Saturday, 12 May 2012
The Balearic island of Ibiza is known best for being the centre of the world for the wildest parties and biggest night clubs but it also offers much more than this for people of all ages.
The island is inundated with flights from the UK in the summer months and a flight time of 2.5 hours and 1 hour time zone means that you can be on the beach by early afternoon after departing the UK on a morning flight.
Despite being only 45km in length and 25km wide Ibiza is large enough to not notice the nightclubs (if you are trying to avoid them) and small enough to visit any of the 50 beaches with a hire car. For those who did not want to venture further afield whilst on holiday there are also a wide variety of family hotels in child friendly resorts such as Cala Llonga and Santa Eulalia which also have the option of all inclusive stays so that you don’t need to worry about evening expenditure.
For those feeling more adventurous and active, the Ibizan Government has invested in Cicloturismo Ibiza. The scheme offers road and off routes around the island for cyclists of all abilities, although this is probably advisable in the cooler months of April and early May when the roads are quiet and you can hear your tyres hum underneath you. The main hub for hire bicycles is Kandani located in Santa Eulalia.
For those looking for a more sedate form of exercise away from the beach, the island also has a single golf club called Golf de Ibiza which offers 27 holes of golf to suit all abilities. Green fees are around €90 per player including a buggy with the complex open all year round.
Ibiza can also offer the perfect retreat for those wishing to go on a spiritual holiday and to incorporate yoga as part of a break in the sunshine. Yoga specialists such as Ibiza Yoga operate such trips to the north of the island located near Benirras beach which is a must place to visit for anyone traveling to the island.
Located 45 minutes by boat is the stunning island of Formentera which is the perfect day trip to incorporate aquamarine waters and sandy beaches. It is worth noting that Formentera is rather exposed and worth taking a parasol due to the midday sun and lack of shade! There are also several restaurants on the island to have a nice meal whilst the mad dogs stay out in the sun.
Ibiza will remain as the focal point for the world’s lovers of dance music but it is worth a try sample some of its other secrets.
Posted by Tom Warsop at 15:47