Ibiza is a clubber’s paradise that is known for its fabulous party scene and night life but here are some facts about Ibiza that you are probably not aware of:
- Ibiza was originally called Ibossim
- The local name of Ibiza is “Eivissa”
- Ibiza is smaller than the Isle of Man
- Ibiza has its own language
- Ibiza isn’t an island
- Ibiza attracts almost 6 million tourists each year
- Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- You can walk the entire coastline of Ibiza over 11 days
- Experience a mysterious magnetic attraction in Ibiza
- Ibiza is surrounded by water but doesn’t have fresh water
- Ibiza is “The Entertainment Island of the World”
- The soil in Ibiza is coloured orange
- The water around Ibiza is clear because of Neptune grass
- Ibiza experiences sunshine 10 hours a day for 300 days per year
- Ibiza has been home to famous DJs and celebrities
- Ibiza has hidden beaches even during the peak of summer
- Ibiza experiences an average temperature of more than 20ºC for more than 8 months of the year
- Ibiza has 57 beaches
- Pacha is the oldest club in Ibiza
- Ibiza has its own beer
- Ibiza has a delicacy called Sant Joan’s Weird Macaroni
- Ibiza produces fine wine
- Ibiza is pushing for a high-end tourism
- Many establishments shut down for half the year
- Puig des Molins is home to Punic artefacts
Ibiza was originally called Ibossim
A group of Phoenician settlers who founded Ibiza in 654 BC called the island ‘Ibozzim’ in honour of Bes, the guardian god of dance, music, safety, female adornment, and cosmetics.
The local name of Ibiza is “Eivissa”
Ibiza is the Spanish name of the city which is correctly pronounced as I-bith-a but the Catalan name of the city is Eivissa. Some of the signs write Eivissa instead of Ibiza.
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Ibiza is smaller than the Isle of Man
Ibiza is only 571 square kilometres which is smaller than the Isle of Man by 1 square kilometre.
Ibiza has its own language
Ibiza is part of the Balearic Islands. All of the Balearic Islands use Spanish and Catalan as their official language but the official language in Ibiza is Eivissenc. It is also the language used in Formentera and S’espalmador which make up the Pityusic Islands.
Ibiza isn’t an island
Ibiza is not an island but an ancient mountain top.
Ibiza is nestled on the Balearic mountain range. 5 million years ago, the Mediterranean basin was flooded during the Zanclean flood allowing the Atlantic Ocean to pour in through what is now the Straits of Gibraltar which created the Mediterranean Sea or Med – Assio Ibiza and left the mountain tops which are now known as the Balearic Islands.
You can clearly see the mountain range here…
Ibiza attracts almost 6 million tourists each year
Ibiza welcomes around 6 million tourists a year accommodated in 57,000 flights a year.
Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its biodiversity, culture, architecture, sea life, and coastline. It has an outstanding natural beauty, a rich heritage and culture, pristine beaches, and remarkable landmarks such as Ibiza Old Town also known as Dalt Vila, the burial grounds of Puig des Molins, the Posidonia of Ses Salines Natural Park, and sa Caleta which served as the settlement for Phoenicians.
Ibiza has a lot of heritage sites dating back to the different settlers who inhabited and tried to claim the island over the centuries.
You can find hiking trails, hidden beaches, and scenic drives in Ibiza.
You can walk the entire coastline of Ibiza over 11 days
Toby Clarke is the founder of Walking Ibiza that offers tours around the island. He walked the entire coastline of Ibiza in 11 days with just €1 and his dog Cosmo. He is now offering walking tours around the island that features hidden ancient ruins, a five million year old stone bridge, and crystal clear coves than can only be accessed on foot.
Experience a mysterious magnetic attraction in Ibiza
Es Vedra is a mystical isle off the coast of Ibiza which is the most famous spot in Ibiza’s landscape. It is a 400 metre uninhabited limestone amidst the Mediterranean Sea that emits a mysterious glow.
It is believed to be the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis, a UFO sighting hotspot, and the home of the wailing sea nymphs and sirens who tried to lure Ulysses in Homer’s The Odyssey.
Es Vedra is said to be the third most magnetic place on Earth after the Bermuda Triangle and the North Pole. Have a great view of Es Vedra at the lookout point of Torre des Savinar or hire a boat to see it up close.
Ibiza is surrounded by water but doesn’t have fresh water
Drinking water is really expensive in Ibiza which costs around €9 for a small bottle.
It’s the price of gold!
The reason for this is that Santa Eulalia Riu, the only river in Ibiza, dried up in the late seventies and so the supply of fresh water on the island is hidden in deep natural underground reservoirs.
This makes fresh water a commodity.
Ibiza is “The Entertainment Island of the World”
Ibiza was given this title by the Guinness Book of World Records in the 1990s because of its party status.
The soil in Ibiza is coloured orange
Ibiza’s soil is orange in colour. Ibiza has a lot of pine trees. The orange colour of the soil is caused by the stain from the tannins in the pine needles that fall from the pine trees.
The water around Ibiza is clear because of Neptune grass
The waters in Ibiza are crystal clear because of the seaweed Neptune grass that keeps the water sparkling, clean, pure, and untainted.
Ibiza experiences sunshine 10 hours a day for 300 days per year
It rarely rains in Ibiza especially during summer. Ibizza experiences a Mediterranean climate which has hot summers and mild winters.
Ibiza has been home to famous DJs and celebrities
Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols lived in Ibiza during his childhood. James Blunt owns a villa in the island. Solomun, Carl Cox, Orson Welles, and Pink Floyd are former residents of the island.
Ibiza’s best known beaches are very much crowded during the summer so good luck in finding a spot to lay down your towel.
…because even at the height of summer, there are secluded coves that you can find just by walking along the far end of the beaches.
Ibiza experiences an average temperature of more than 20ºC for more than 8 months of the year
Ibiza can be really hot especially during the summer when the temperatures could reach more than 30ºC.
The average temperature for the rest of the year is around 15 to 20ºC. Because of the Mediterranean climate, it doesn’t get too cold and windy during autumn and winter.
The temperature rarely or almost never drops below 0ºC.
Ibiza has 57 beaches
The island is basically surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and has 57 different beaches that have different facilities and offer various water sports and activities.
Which watersport are you most into?
Do you feel like giving the jetski a go?..
Pacha is the oldest club in Ibiza
Pacha is one of the world-famous clubs which apparently is the oldest club on the island that started in 1973.
Ibiza has its own beer
The beer of Ibiza is called ‘Islena – The Taste of Ibiza’. The beer is made from Ibizan barley but is bottled in Germany.
Ibiza has a delicacy called Sant Joan’s Weird Macaroni
Why was it named as such?
This delicacy is cooked in water with lemon, sugar, cinnamon, and milk giving it a rice-pudding like finish.
Ibiza produces fine wine
It’s an unknown fact that Ibiza produces wine. Ibiza is actually home to several small wineries.
Ibiza grows grapes such as mourverdre and ganache for red wine and Malvasia for white wine. The vineyards can be found in Buscatell, Sant Josep, and Sant Mateu.
The wines produced by Ibiza have an excellent quality according to wine connoisseurs.
Ibiza is pushing for a high-end tourism
In 2007, the government of Ibiza required all new hotels to be built on a five star property to push for high-end tourism and to make Ibiza a glamorous destination.
Many establishments shut down for half the year
Ibiza’s economy relies heavily on tourism especially during its peak season in the summer.
Some of the resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs start to shut down in October. They begin to open around mid-April the next year.
Puig des Molins is home to Punic artefacts
The cemetery in Puig des Molins holds the world’s largest collection of these artefacts.
During the ancient times, people in Ibiza buried their dead in graves and included some objects and utensils that they believed would help them in their next life.
Punic artefacts were found in these graves.