The Summer of 2020 in Ibiza will be like no other here on the Island.
It is as if we have been taken back in time and experiencing the Island as it was in the 60's and 70's.
The water is crystal clear, the beaches less crowded, and the roads eased of congestion.
With less people here this year and the big super clubs closed for the summer, Ibiza can breath and blossom in the mediterranean summer sun.
The clubs maybe closed but there are many natural gems to Ibiza that often get over looked in the hustle and bustle of the summer months.
We at Baron would like to share with you our top five things to do if your lucky enough to come to the Island this year of 2020.
Ibiza might be small but it is packed full of history and magical mystery that dates back hundreds of years.
The Island might be more recently know for its party life style scene but Ibiza has much more to offer.
Let me give you a brief history of Ibiza before we dive in on where to go this summer.
Ibiza is part of the Balearic Islands, which were populated by Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and the Spanish.
Isolation and a lack of trade through much of history meant the island’s residents were traditionally poor farmers, craftsmen or fishermen. This changed dramatically when Ibiza began to attract large scale tourism. The food, habits and culture reflect a close relationship with the land and sea and a strong Catholic influence. An influx of bohemians in the 1930's and 1960's added another dimension to the artistic side of the island.
Ibiza began as a port town, founded by Phoenician settlers in 654 BC. Their decline in power saw the island come under control of Carthage, during which time locals produced dye, salt, wool, and fish sauce to become a regular stop on the Mediterranean trade route.
Ibiza negotiated a treaty with the Romans that allowed the island to retain its Carthaginian–Punic institutions while avoiding further destruction during the Second Punic War. The island became an imperial outpost, off the trading radars of the time, which also allowed for the preservation of many buildings, monuments and artefacts.
Here is our top 5 recommendations of places to visit this summer in Ibiza.
Number 1, Es Vedra
Rumour has it the monolithic limestone rock formation of Es Vedra, off Cala D’hort on the south coast of Ibiza, is the third most magnetic point in the world and has long been referred to as the source of Ibiza’s inexplicable energy.
While geologists say no, one thing that is unquestionable is its beauty at sunset, best viewed from the beach or the deserted pirate lookout tower, Torre de Savinar.
Es Vedra is the source of many island myths and legends: some claim to have seen UFOs flying above it, old wives’ tales say it’s the ancient site of the lost city of Atlantis, others have heard siren calls from the shore and mystics say it has healing powers.
As the sun goes down, it’s almost impossible not to feel energy emanating from the rock.
The experience can become quite emotional from the lookout point, as you witness the sky start to change from orange and gold to pink and purple before darkness finally falls and the sky is twinkling with stars.
Whether you go to solo to meditate, practice yoga, chant or pray, or you go in a group with a bottle of cava, it’s a sunset that should be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
Number 2, The Old Town
The city is divided into three distinct parts.
The first being the Old Town which is the area of the fortified citadel Dalt Vila and the old fishing area just below it around the main drawbridge called Portal de Ses Taules.
Dalt Vila is a treasure trove of history; it was founded by the Phoenicians over 2500 years ago and has people living within its walls today.
You still find some traces of the Moors, and museums display artefacts from various periods of the island's history, including Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman.
Around the old port area you will find lanes with cobbled streets and pretty white-painted houses and buildings.
In summer there's lots of people strolling around during the day; and at night the area comes alive for the nightly hippy market where you can pick up souvenirs of all types.
Number 3, Benirrás
The beautiful approach, winding down through hills and valleys, brings you to the beach of Benirrás.
It is a pretty beach of partly pebbly sand with rocks either side that you can clamber over and a picturesque view across the water to an interesting rock formation known as Cap Bernat (or referred to locals as 'the finger of God').
The sea bed is rocky and the water crystal clear which makes it excellent for snorkellers.
This sheltered bay is a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and motor boats which gather in the late afternoon to enjoy the romantic sundown, in summer accompanied on Sundays by drummers who descend to the beach to 'drum down the sunset' in this iconic hippie ritual. This drumming is a unique Ibiza experience, established over many years and well worth experiencing while your here in Ibiza
Number 4, The Gates of Heaven
In the idyllic village of Santa Inés (in San Antonio) there is a place that lives up to its name: "Las puertas del cielo" ("The Gates of Heaven").
This viewpoint, accessed only on foot, will make you enjoy one of the most special sunsets on the island. It truly is breath taking.
If you are looking for a quiet place of reflection and harmony with nature,"The Gates of Heaven" is your perfect choice.
Remember to wear sports shoes because the road is a bit rough, but it's well worth it!
Number 5, The Cave of our Goddess Tanit
Ibiza is an island steeped in myths, magic and legends, and perhaps none so prevalent as the ancient tale of the Goddess Tanit, who, for centuries has been celebrated as the Goddess of Ibiza, a warrior woman who represents fertility, dance & creation of life.
Also known as a guardian of womankind and all things feminine, her presence is felt by many women who travel here to seek solace, soothe troubled souls and find peace and guidance on this magical island, whom so many before them have done.
Tanit´s image can be found in many places across the island, from private pieces of art adorning the walls of hotels and villas, to ancient carvings to be discovered in mystical places such as Atlantis, Es Vedra and most of all, in the historical cave hidden deep into the rocks on the road to the beautiful bay of Cala San Vicente, where settlers created a temple for their Goddess Tanit many thousands of years ago.
This spectacular cave, to be found nestled high above the picturesque village, is some 150 metres high and was discovered in 1907, by the Archaeological Society of Ibiza, who unearthed over 600 carvings, statues and other commemorations to this empowering Goddess.
The official name of the cave is the Cova d’es Cuieram, and legend has it that this sacred space has been inhabited since many thousands of years ago, when much of the island’s tiny population worshipped the goddess Tanit as their deity.
And if this was not already enough to keep you occupied while here on the island, you can always come and say hello and discover our charming Boutique stores in Santa Gertrudis where we have many beautiful collections for both men and woman.