Ibiza – beach island with culture and clubbingBerlin, 27.02.2015
The third-largest island in the Balearics offers an incredible choice of options for holidaymakers. For those looking for a classic bathing holiday there are water sports and bathing fun along Ibiza’s long beaches. The island’s longest beach, the popular Playa d'en Bossa, is the perfect spot. Located four kilometres from Ibiza City, there is an great choice of fun options to be had here: from pedalo and kayak hire to jet skis and banana boat rides, right through to diving and surfing - there’s practically nothing you can’t do here. A great selection of restaurants and bars by the beach serve food, drinks and tasty snacks for all budgets.
Ibiza for culture lovers
For holidaymakers interested in the island’s culture the ancient fortress of Dalt Vila, which forms the old centre of Ibiza City, is an absolute must-see. The World Heritage Site was originally built by the Spanish rulers to protect the island against Turkish and Berber attackers. Today, tourists stroll around the narrow lanes and enjoy the fabulous view from the top: from Dalt Vila you not only see the island and the sea, you can also catch a glimpse of the neighbouring island of Formentera. As well as ancient buildings visitors can soak up culture courtesy of the many artists who have been drawn to the island over the decades. There are numerous open studios that welcome visitors. Another place to enjoy the island’s art is at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza (MACE). MACE exhibits contemporary art - from 1959 to the present - that was created on the island or is connected with it.
Ibiza for explorers
Holidaymakers seeking a cool spot with some shade and protection from the Spanish sun will love an excursion to one of the many caves on Ibiza. As well as the Cova des Vi and the Cova de ses Fontenelles, the cave of Can Marçà is highly recommended. It is situated in the north of the harbour of Sant Miquel and boasts impressive rock formations. The underground waterfall offers great views and is a fun adventure for children. Visitors who want to enjoy the sun but like things a little bit quieter than down on the busy beaches, can go hiking on the island. One of the most spectacular walks is up to the peak of the highest mountain, Sa Talaia. A comfortable 475 metres in height, novices can also enjoy the walk and are rewarded at the top with the stunning views.
Ibiza for foodies
Ibiza has a rich choice of Mediterranean culinary delights, for example stewed octopus or baked fish. A typical dessert is Flaó, a cake with goats’ cheese and mint. Lovers of liquid pleasures should definitely sample the local island wines. The indigenous grape varieties are Monastrel and Garnacha for red wine and Malvasía for white.
Ibiza for clubbers
Amongst younger visitors in particular Ibiza has a reputation as a great place to party. Quite deservedly so: thousands of visitors return every year to attend the spectacular parties in the island’s many discos and clubs, which also include Privilege, the largest discotheque in the world.
Getting there by plane
Ibiza Airport (IBZ) is located roughly eight kilometres from the island’s capital city, and is easy to get to by bus or taxi. On 1 May 2015 Germania starts flying from Berlin-Schönefeld to the Mediterranean island; the flights to the Spanish island depart on Mondays and Fridays and take around three hours. airberlin has up to five flights a week from Berlin-Tegel to Ibiza.