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There’s more to Ibiza than clubbing

ibiza dalt_vila_downtown_21_06_12Ibiza: an island principally known as a clubbing hotspot for the ’18 to 30′ bracket, but beneath this facade of 24-hour drinking, dancing and debauchery lies a beautiful island with heaps of culture to offer.

Situated off the south-west coast of Spain, Ibiza has a rich history; in fact, large areas of the island are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites (protecting them from development such that has occurred in clubbing capital San Antonio).

Strongly embedded in the art scene of the ’60s, hippy culture is very much alive and well in Ibiza today, perpetuated in the renowned markets dotted around the island. One not to miss is Las Dalias in San Carlos which takes place on Monday nights (8pm to 1.30am) between June and September and all year round on Saturdays (10.00am to 6.30pm). With over 100 stalls, you will truly feel spoilt for choice – between the hand-crafted bracelets to the ornate tapestries – but there is always the opportunity to indulge in some fresh mint tea whilst you ponder potential purchases.

As well as the hustle and bustle of the markets, Ibiza provides exquisite opportunities for the keen photographer or sightseer. The Ibiza Old Town – Dalt Vita – is home to an archaic fortress which settlers built when they arrived there in around 650 BC. With narrow streets to explore littered with restaurants and boutiques, there’s lots to explore. Not to mention the breathtaking scenery you can cast your eyes over whilst you meander the windy roads of the island. Hiring a car is a great way to see Ibiza in its entirety, especially as you can drive the span of it in a mere two hours.

So when planning your next getaway, don’t dismiss Ibiza as a party island, and consider indulging in its cultural delights.


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