A popular Balearic Island

Another Balearic Island (also part of a subdivision known as the Pine Islands archipelago, along with Formentera) which is extremely popular with younger generations of tourists from all over the world is Ibiza, located off the coast of Valencia, on the Mediterranean Sea. Although nowadays it is mostly famous for its dazzling nightclubs and partying, the island has got a very long history, its first settlements dating back to Phoenician times. It was later under Carthaginian, Roman and Moorish domination, each period leaving well defined traces preserved to this day.

Ibiza, old town

Perhaps unbeknownst to those associating it with dancing and loud music, parts of Ibiza are listed as World Heritage Sites for their natural splendour and uniqueness; the status grants them protection against any attempts of altering them for commercial purposes.

Visitors intrigued by the island’s past, culture and architecture can visit notable constructions such as the Parish Church of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, parts of it dating from the 1760s, built in baroque style.

The island abounds in picturesque locations, such as Passeig de ses Fonts in the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany, which is a promenade area overlooking the harbour, or the cave in the resort of Cala de Sant Vicent, in the town of San Joan de Labritija.

The island’s appeal is by no means limited to partying and sightseeing, as there are numerous exciting activities for visitors to engage in. Ibiza abounds in sport facilities, predominantly centred on water sports, such as kayaking, jet skiing, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and parasailing.

Anyone who loves marine environments can go on diving trips which include wreck dives and cave dives; diving courses are available locally at affordable prices. Other invigorating ways to explore the area include hiking, cycling and mountain biking; guided tours are available as well.

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