Centuries before the Mediterranean island developed a reputation as a clubber’s paradise, Ibiza had been a haven for rovers rather than ravers, drawing bohemians, explorers in droves, not to mention the odd occupying army.
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Today, this mix of influences, from the Romans and Moors to new age hippies, has left a powerful mark on the island in its architecture, food and style, and Ibiza is now a favourite with everyone from foodies to families and honeymooning couples.
Ibiza is often referred to as an island of two halves. There’s the party island side with its 24-hour super-clubs, fashionable bars and boutiques forming the yin, whilst the more rural, undeveloped tranquil side of the island forms the yang.
This latter half is where you’ll find superb locally grown wines and olive oils, unspoilt beaches and spectacular coastal walks, as well as small towns awash with art galleries, excellent restaurants and independent boutiques.
Whichever side of the island appeals, there are spectacular sunsets at almost every turn and it’s perhaps little surprise that Ibiza has proved so popular with those seeking a retreat in some form or other from the stresses of urban city life.
In our special Ibiza feature we’ll be discovering where to stay on the island, how to best explore its exceptional coastline (spoiler alert – the answer is by boat) and finding out about the companies who can expertly help you find a dream home, whether you’re looking for a holiday rental or a high end villa.
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