10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT IBIZA

The Ushuaïa Magazine May 2017 CHECK OUT IBIZA Read in PDF format N13/2017
10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT IBIZA Curiosities about Ibiza

 1  Ibiza’s only plane crash happened on 7 January 1972, when a plane that took off from Valencia aiming to land at Ibiza airport crashed into the side of the island’s highest point, Sa Talaia. All six crew and 98 passengers on board were killed. 


  Ibiza’s yearround population stands at around 142,000 residents, swelling to more than 1.5 million over summer thanks to the influx of tourists. (In total, 7.1 million tourists visited Ibiza in 2016.) 


 3   The island’s oldest established hotel is the Gran Hotel Montesol on Vara de Rey, Ibiza Town, which first opened in 1933. During the Spanish Civil War it was used as a base by the Spanish military.


 4  Santa Eulalia is where the only river on the Balearic Islands meets the sea. It runs for around 15km, although for most of summer it dries up in the heat, meaning Santa Eulalia is your best bet for catching a glimpse of it.

 

 

 

 


 5  Ibiza isn’t actually an island. Millions of years ago, the Mediterranean basin was flooded by the Atlantic and that in turn, created the Medite-rranean Sea. What we consider to be islands are the tips of mountains poking from below the sea’s surface. 


 6  The Ibiza landscape is synonymous with the gnarled branches of ancient olive trees, some of which are thought to be as much as 2000 years old.


 7  Ibiza was pilloried by pirates for hundreds of years but no bad blood remains - the island is the only place in the world where the seafaring plunderers are honoured; an obelisk in their memory was erected in the port of Ibiza in 1915. 


 8  Es Vedrà, the mysterious rock that stands 2km off Ibiza’s west coast, was used in the musical South Pacific. It played the part of the famous volcanic island, Bali Hai. 

 

 

 

 


 9  Film director Orson Welles was a famous Ibiza resident; he included snippets of the White Isle in his acclaimed movie F For Fake. 


10  DJs go to great lengths to stay on the White Isle. Sven Väth hitchhiked his way to the island from Barcelona, then spent three months sleeping on beaches. And when Carl Cox first arrived he slept in a Fiat Panda for two days with his girlfriend and his sister. 

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