Hippy markets, a nightclub culture, families relaxing on the beach: this is summer on Ibiza. A small island in the Mediterranean Sea. Part of Spain.
The island has an image of being a party paradise and indeed, clubbing is a lifestyle here. But (as always) the image has grown to cover the truth, and the truth is that Ibiza offers far more than clubs and bars only.
Ibiza is also (but lesser) known as the Hippy Island. Hippies started to settle here in the 1960s, being the ultimate place where they could work and wind down in summer. In winter they all went to Kathmandu (Nepal) and Goa (India).
But there is one thing all these different groups of people have in common while visiting or living on Ibiza: they celebrate life to the fullest. It even goes as far as celebration of the sun setting! We were very surprised to learn that sunset is actually being celebrated. By hippies. Every Sunday afternoon hippies gather at the beach of Cala Benirras with non- or wannabe hippies, families, party people, sun admirers, nature lovers, entrepreneurs, locals, and others to celebrate the sunset. Our kids were excited ever since they heard about this and didn’t want to leave the beach before they experienced this sunset jubilation.
At around 7pm hippies started to bang the drums and blow the horns until almost 9pm when the sun finally set and people started cheering and clapping their hands. Of course it is just another sunset, but when people actually start cheering it is covered by a little bit of magic.
In Europe we see a growing trend of people traveling to Ibiza, with families being the latest group to discover the island as a great holiday destination. It’s a interesting mix of people. Different people with different expectations but with the same goal: to celebrate life. I want to tell you our story in 10 pictures (and that one video of course): 10 reasons to visit Ibiza.
Which picture do you like the most? What would be your favorite way of spending time on Ibiza?