The island of Ibiza is the third largest of the archipelago,
covering an area of 541 km2, and with a population of over
70,000. Thanks to its hilly terrain the island offers some
magnificent scenery of great beauty. There are a great deal
of pine forests (the Greeks in fact named the island Pitiusa
which means "pinery"), as well as almond trees, fig
and olive trees, and also palm trees.
Another interesting fact
about Ibiza is that the use of the windmill and the waterwheels
is still quite common, mainly due to the lack of rainfall.
Rainy days on this island of almost perpetual sun are something
of a luxury.The climate is very mild and produces the phenomenon
of an everlasting springtime.
The port of Ibiza is 162
miles from Barcelona, 70 from Palma, 100 from Valencia, 101
Alicante and 152 from Algiers. The journey by ship is
a most pleasant experience, thanks to the generally calm sea
The Spanish company Trasmediterranea has a regular ferry
service between Ibiza and the ports of Barcelona, Palma
and Valencia, and this service is increased from spring
onwards when there can be as many as four or five crossings
between Barcelona and Palma.
There is also an excellent
airport on Ibiza which is one of the busiest in Spain.
from Valencia tales half an hour, while from Barcelona
it tales an hour and approximately twenty minutes,
respectively. The airport never has to close because of adverse
Ibiza (27,685 inhabitants)
Ibiza is the island's capital and a lively maritime port,
built on the side of a mountain beside the sea. It has some
interesting districts, such as San Penya, and many magnificent
viewpoints that look out across the sea. The white constructions
of its popular districts, which were built following the exquisite
architectural lines of the islanders, constitute an unmistakable
and picturesque urban ensemble.
The district of Dalt Vila is
at the very heart of the city and contains some fine aristocratic
mansions, the Town Hall, and the Cathedral which was rebuilt
in the 17C. Ibiza was founded by the Carthaginians in the
year 654 B.C. Its walls were put up in the 16C and are considered
a National Monument since they are the only ones of their
remaining in Europe.
The Archeological Museum exhibits import
Punic remains and many others that have come from excavations
made on the island. Three kilometres from the capital are
the beaches of Talamanca, which can be reached by a frequent
and motor launch service. In addition there is Figueretas,
at a distance of 1 km, and En Bossa (3 km away).
Sant Josep (9,095 inhabitants)
Here can be found one of the
island's most beautiful churches, along with the beaches
of Cala T,244 inhabitants)
This is the ancient Portus Magnus of the Romans, which today
is a lively and cosmopolitan small town. The magnificent church
is in the typical Ibizan style, and the Chapel-cum-Catacombs
of Santa Inies at the mouth of the only river on the Balearic
Islands. It has a beautiful church and the beaches of Cala
Llonga and Es Caning steed cliffs. The centre of the island
spreads out in a long, narrow depression which runs northwards
where it ends in salt pans and two large lakes. The entire
coastline is bordered by beautiful beaches with fine sands.
Access to Formentera is via Ibiza. There is a ferry service
between the two islands six times a day, and this rises to
ten during the summer months. This service is also linked to
a bus service that runs between La Sabina, Sant Francesc Xavier
and La Mola.
Sant Francesc Xavier (794 inhabitants)
The capital of Formentera is a white hamlet, lying around
a fortified church that is of delightful simplicity. There
is a splendid beach at Cala Sabina. Visits can be paid in a
westerly direction to the wildest part of the island, and there
is a vallery that runs as far as Cala Sahona beach which is
dominated by the promontory of Cape Punta Rosa.
Here we find the island's only port, consisting of a dozen
or so white houses and some small salt silos.
Has a forest of pine trees and savines, as well as Es Pujols
beach. Towards the south lies Mitjorn beach and in an easterly
direction if the beautiful natural port of Es Cal
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