Ibiza is the smallest of the main Balearic islands, 'discovered' by artists and hippies in the 1960's. It is an island of contrasts, where, away from the well-known clubbing scene it offers tranquillity and charm. In the heart of the countryside traditional island life goes on unchanged, as it has done for centuries. It has a hilly terrain, dotted with fig, olive and almond trees, whitewashed villages, and pine woods and hundreds of miles of unspoilt coastline with many little tracks (usually known only to locals) leading down to secluded coves where some of the most beautiful beaches and tranquil waters can be found. It is also a nature lover's paradise; one of its nature reserves Ses Salines being of great ecological importance and providing a nesting area for many species of migratory birds. The highest point on the island is Sa Talaissa, where from its summit there are wonderful views over Ibiza's south coast.
The main resorts in Ibiza range from the infamous San Antonio to family resorts such as Portinatx and Port de Sant Miguel in the north, Santa Eulalia in the east and Figueretas which lies close to the capital of the island, Ibiza Town, one of the most attractive and cosmopolitan ports in the Mediterranean. In the summer months it is a bustling place which attracts all sorts of people who come to soak up its vibrant atmosphere with many shops and street stalls staying open until well after midnight. From the harbour it is also possible to take a ferry to the nearby unspoilt island of Formentera. The historic Dalt Vila meaning upper town, built on a hill, looks down over the harbour and is an outstanding example of a fortified acropolis. On entering the carefully preserved stone city walls you pass into a UNESCO world heritage site with steep cobbled streets leading up to the cathedral and ancient fortress. Here you can find many places of interest including the Museum of Contemporary Art and an Archaeological Museum. Other important heritage sites on the island can be found at Sa Caleta and Es Puig des Molins where exceptional evidence of Phoenician urbanisation was discovered.
With something for everyone, Ibiza can be what you want it to be, lively or peaceful; you can opt for both or choose between them as Ibiza really does have it all.