The IslandIbiza is one of the most beautiful islands in Europe, and it certainly is the liveliest one. Every year more than 4 million visitors come to the island, which has just over 100,000 permanent residents. ‘Eivissa’ is the formal Catalan name and the name used by its inhabitants. The Balearic island has had many occupants over the last thousand years - from the ancient Phoenician and Carthigan peoples to the Greeks, Moors, Turks and Catalans.
By the 60's, though, the main invaders were hippies and they established Ibiza as a place for counterculture. All left their cultural fingerprints on Ibiza with a 2,000-year-old salt industry, an old smugglers route, a hippie market and a charming old town. Today, Ibiza is more international than ever - this is evident in the many restaurants offering very different culinary experiences and in the bars and clubs with chic designs set against absolutely breathtaking scenery.