IBIZA ANECDOTES & PECULIARITIES  







ANECDOTES and PECULIARITIES from IBIZA and some names for IBIZA island

   

 Anecdotes & peculiarities
from Ibiza

Ibiza has over the last four decades developed from
an isolated virgin Spanish island, into an
Idyllic Multi Cultural Meeting Point
for people from all over the world.

IBIZA - Idyllic Multi Cultural Meeting PointIBIZA - Island of Bes - is famous for its hospitalityIBIZA - land of charm and glamour always looking for new sensations

The Isle of Bes (etymology) is famous for its hospitality, and visitors from all times have finished by falling in love of the island.
Truly in this land of charm and glamour, many rejected adventurers and seekers of spiritual experiences always looking for new sensations have finished poorly.
But the noble people that does not surrender itself in front of difficulties and work in and for life, has prospered and done well.
We can find good and bad as it is in any part of this world: but Ibiza is different.

Some names for Ibiza:

Apart from the name already mentioned: Ebysos, Ibosim, Ebusus, Aivis, Yebisah, Eivissa, Ibiza, were the respective names used by the Greek- Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Iberians, Arabs, Catalans, and Castilians.

Pitiusas Islands
: is the name given to a total of 60 islands situated at the southern part of the Balearic archipelago, the Greek meaning of it is “Pines islands”.
 

IBIZA The WHITE ISLAND
IBIZA - The White island - for its tradtionally white colored housesIBIZA - The White island - for its old tradtion of lime washing their houses twice a yearIBIZA - The White island -IBIZA - The White island - tradtions came from Ibiza’s first civilizations, Phoenicians & Carthaginians


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white island: As we go around the island we notice immediately the white color of the typical houses. An old tradition speaks about the custom of the Ibizan people of lime washing house at least twice a year.
There is a certain religious meaning, because curiously they do it just before the holy week (Easter) and just before the Saints day of each village of the island.
A friend of Cala San Vicente, Mari 86 years old, told me once: “This tradition is coming from the first civilizations we had here, Phoenician and Carthaginian”, as he was speaking he led me to a patio outside the house and pointed with his hand at three holes dug in the rock, not to wide and with a rectangular shape: “Look here on the floor, Guillermo, my grand father used to say that this is from a Moorish family who lived here before ours”.
I was amazed realizing that it could be between 700 and 1235 AC when that house was built.
While speaking I gave a glance at the kitchen where Maria, the wife of Mister Mari, was cooking something. In a big frying pan she was preparing sugar almonds.
 

IBIZA LOVE ISLAND
IBIZA - The Island of LoveIBIZA - The Island of LoveIBIZA - The Island of LoveIBIZA - The Island of Love


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The island of love : This name was in used specially in between the 70´s and 90´s because many young couples were coming to Ibiza on their honey moon.

Some still do it. As a tour guide I took quite many on tours round the island.
In one occasion, a very rainy day, we could hardly enjoy our beautiful countryside, something unusual in Ibiza; by the end of the excursion I asked to one of this couple: “Hello have you enjoyed my explanation?”- “Well, they said “we had difficulties to concentrate in history, but we really enjoyed the beautiful coast and countryside!”-
 

IBIZA HIPPY ISLAND
IBIZA - HIPPY ISLAND - IBIZA - the Hippy Island home to several hippy markets IBIZA - the Hippy Island - every summer LAS DALIAS open a special Night MarketIBIZA - the Hippy Island - Formentera its beautiful sister island


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The hippy island: Many people discovered Ibiza attracted by the idea of seeing the hippies who used to live here from the late sixties till nowadays.
Hippy communities were created around San Carlos Village, Santa Gertrude and later Formentera island (San Francisco Javier).
Visitors can still see at some places frequented by hippies and artists: Oil paintings, pictures and pieces of hippy collections.
Actually there are hippy markets with handicraft objects for the joy and surprise of all tourists.
Las Dalias
is at the moment a place to see; a hippy meeting point, and an international cultural center.
At a time when hippies were rejected by the society, the people from Ibiza offered them the possibility to stay and do some work at their measure. The idea worked very well and many stayed, enjoying the climate and clear waters of coves and beaches.
By that time when the pioneers of the hippy movement came to the island, Adlib fashion was created. Today the boutiques fashion from Ibiza can be seen in Paris, London, Madrid Rome..……. Actually the Council from Ibiza promotes Adlib fashion.
Personally I know some of the real hippies who came first, the ones who dedicated themselves to business, have done well in life and prospered, the ones who were on drugs finished poorly.
Some others are leading social trusts working in Africa and other parts of the world.
 

IBIZA ISLAND of MUSIC
IBIZA - The Island of Music - home to famous seafront bars boasting amazing sunsets while listening to the true Balearic soundsIBIZA - the Island of Music - with beach bars, beach parties and great Ibiza musicIBIZA - the Island of Music - a place of inspiration and creativityIBIZA - The Island of Music - Where Pachá disco is pioneer in creating new branches around the world


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The island of music: During four decades, night life, fiestas and parties and music from Ibiza have been attracting a multitude of people from all over the world.

I remember when I came first here: Hanoi, Piano bar, Kings bar at San Antonio West End, Nito, Playboy, Pachá later some of the pubs and music bars at la Marina Port in Ibiza, were places with a very good vanguard music.
Beach parties are not new because at the end of the sixties many fiestas were celebrated quite close to San Antonio.
Ibiza
became a place of inspiration and creativity.
The music from Las Dalias: A place where artists and inspired hippies of different styles and cultures have performed and is become the cradle of Ibizan new artists, still unknown in the artistic world, but with proper style and quality.
Chill out music at sunset time at Punta Pedrera in San Antonio, is getting known all over the world via MTV London: Café Del Mar, Mambos, and all along that promenade have fantastic settings to enjoy and experience new music.
Pachá disco
is pioneer in creating new branches around the world. Awards for best world DJs are given here. Mega discos are only the climax of what started a long time ago in Ibiza.
 

IBIZA ISLAND of the SUN
IBIZA - Island of the Sun - The light of Ibiza, Formentera and the minor islands of the archipelago, is UNIQUE IBIZA - Island of the Sun - the atmosphere is free of pollution and the sun reflects on the white houses all over the islandIBIZA - Island of the Sun - Artists from all over the world come to the island captivated by the wild countryside: the clear blue of the sky, the green pine forests, the red soil full of iron, the white cubic constructions, the greens and blues of the sea round the island, crystal watersIBIZA - Island of the Sun - home of the harmless local lizards named Podarcys Pitiusos


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The island of the sun
: The light of Ibiza, Formentera and the minor islands of the archipelago, is unique.
As the atmosphere is free of pollution, the sun reflects on the white houses all over the island and becomes the joy of the numerous harmless local lizards (Podarcys Pitiusos), endemics types with different colors.

Visitors must get protection at certain hours.
At night it gets cooler with the dew and the breeze from the sea.
Artists from all over the world come to the island captivated by the wild countryside: the clear blue of the sky, the green pine forests, the red soil full of iron, the white cubic constructions, the greens and blues of the sea round the island, crystal waters allowing you to see a clear sand where the largest amount of posidonia prairies in the Mediterranean is growing constantly.
All what we see can get its intense color, even the people who live here and would make a special attraction for artist painters, writers and poets.

Many people come here to live an ecological life style and get involved in biodiversity actions, but I learned that style from Violin my ibizan hound, who constantly used to make deep holes in my garden to get in contact with the fresh soil from underneath.
I noticed that all this used to happen in summer, at the hottest times. That type of dogs came from Ancient Egypt, 4000 years ago, brought here by the first Phoenicians who came to this island.
 

IBIZA MAGIC ISLAND
IBIZA - The Magic Island - the spirit of Ibiza is sui generisIBIZA - The Magic Island - People seeking for TRUTH and NEW WAYS found themselves in IbizaIBIZA - The Magic Island - the people from Ibiza live in harmony in spite of the mixture of cultures and peopleIBIZA - The Magic Island - The entire world is suffering a severe crisis, IBIZA invites every body to come and know this insignificant island in the midst of our Cosmos, but with a type of people with an everlasting projection


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The Magic Island: People who seek for truths and new ways, many back in life of many things, found themselves in Ibiza, if you hear them they would say: “This Island is an unexploited mine of inspiration, every body can find a reason to live here”.
No doubt the spirit of Ibiza is sui generis.
At a time when nations are divided and people live selfishly, the people from Ibiza live in harmony in spite of the mixture of cultures and people.
Even in the past between Romans and Carthaginians, something special happened to them, they made an agreement to live peacefully in Ibiza while Punic wars were on in the Mediterranean coasts.
A Punic- Roman pottery exposition at the museum is a clear prove of it.

Ibiza
is an example of peace in the world today.
No doubt many came to this island seeking for super experience and found a supernatural force that led them to find a purpose in life.

The entire world is suffering a severe crisis, Ibiza invites every body to come and know this insignificant island in the midst of our Cosmos, but with a type of people with an everlasting projection.

By IBIZA GUIDE: Guillermo Vargas

Member of the A.P.I.T.I.F 
- Association of OFFICIAL TOURIST GUIDES for Ibiza and Formentera

 

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