When it comes to Ibiza we, at Together, like to think we know a thing or two. Where’s the best club? What’s the best party? How do I get rid of heat rash? Who let me spend €100 last night? We’ve got an answer for everything. Spending countless nights, weeks, if not months on the island over the last few years; we’ve managed to educate ourselves on the Ibizian lifestyle pretty well.
When thinking of Ibiza, a few things spring to mind. Partying, drinking, dancing and girls in bikinis. Yes, nightlife plays a large role in the popularity of the island, but it’s not as major as you think. Well, it is pretty major; but Ibiza also boosts thousands of years of interesting culture and beautiful surroundings that most of us tend to overlook when crawling back from a club at 8am.
Forget about the bikini-clad girls swaying their extensions to the beat and the odd idiot spilling his beer on you. Get over forcing your way through crowds of sweaty testosterone fuelled men in white ankle socks. And we certainly don't want to relive the ear piercing squeak of Huaraches scraping against the ground in an attempt to shuffle. Regardless, we love Ibiza. It’s implemented itself on our hearts and souls over the years, leaving us coming back for more season after season. We’re going to forget about clubs and drinking for a minute, and focus on stuff you didn’t think you wanted to know. But you do, and if Ibiza is ever a topic in a pub quiz - you’ll know your facts.
1. Ibiza was originally called “Ibossim’, founded in 654BC by Phoenician settlers who dedicated the island to Bes; the Greek god of music and dance. Bes was also the god of war and slaughter, but also a protector of children which is slightly worrying. Take that as you will.
2. Ibiza attracts over 2.8 million tourists a year, with the small airport overseeing 26,000 flights. If you ever go to the club DC-10, you’ll be able to literally touch the aeroplanes as they go over. That was slightly dramatic, but they do fly pretty low over the club.
3. The liqueur Herbas Ibicencas’ originates from Ibiza. In the middle ages the island was mainly home to Monks who cultivated wild herbs and alcohol for medical use. It wasn’t until the late 1800s when the actual production of Hierbas was formalised, beginning the manufacturing of the aniseed-flavoured liqueur; made from extracting aromas of various plants such as fennel, thyme, rosemary and lavender.
4. On the South Western seaboard of Ibiza lies a small rocky island called Es Vedrà. The island is uninhabited and has a total height of 413 metres, forming part of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve. The island is said to be home to mythological sirens and sea-nymphs, who tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey, it has also been thought as the holy island of the Tanit the Phoenician lunar goddess. In reality, the island is home to sub-species of wild goats and Ibizian wall lizards.
5. The island is divided into five provinces; Eivissa the capital, Santa Eulària, Sant Antoni, Sant Josep and Sant Joan. Which ones the best? Impossible to answer, they all have their advantages and secret gems. But San An does have the cheapest pint...
6. The island has no running water running through it, but there is plenty below the surface to provide islanders with the essentials to grow their crops. We, and everyone else on the island, would not recommend you drink the tap water. One of the Together team once thought she was superior to this rule, and it ended badly. It wasn’t me. (It was).
7. According to Nostradamus, the reputed French seer, Ibiza is the only place in the Northern Hemisphere where life with survive after a nuclear fallout due to its prevailing winds. We can’t think of a better place to have a post-apocalyptic party...
8. David Cameron loves Ibiza. Yes that’s right, David Cameron is no stranger to the Balearic Isles. We might not have seen him partying in Space, but David loves to rent an £11,000 per week 7 bedroom house on the island where guests can enjoy in-house massages, a butler service, yoga and pilates. In December last year he also hosted an ‘Ibiza rave’ birthday party for his wife, inviting 200 guests to celebrate the boozy event until the early hours of the morning.
9. Guinness Book of World Record’s “entertainment island of the world” in the 1990s.
10. In the 70s Ibiza was a playground for the rich and famous. Nowadays it’s filled with Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss.
Words by Louisa Newton