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Since the early 1990s, Ibiza has been widely regarded as the undisputed nightclubbing capital of Europe; a hedonistic, wild partying island where the young never sleep, running amok and dancing themselves into oblivion! Although there is still certainly an element of truth in this, things have calmed down somewhat as Ibiza has moved forward with the times. It is still a great place to visit if you enjoy clubbing (and it still has the world's largest club: Privilege, capacity 10,000!), but the real Ibiza - so long seemingly neglected or hidden behind the dominant brashness of club culture - has forced itself back to the front of the queue, attracting holidaymakers who have little or no inclination to hit the nightspots.

The real Ibiza is a tranquil and beautiful place of pretty villages, medieval buildings, pine forests, almond trees, olives, figs, sunshine and stunning beaches lapped by clear blue sea. This is how it was long before the dance beat started, and how it will remain long after it stops. But the laid-back population of just 110,000 warmly embraces all-comers and will tell you that, even though it can be a little noisy sometimes, they are extremely grateful for the considerable revenue the club scene generates for the island!

A magnificent coastline of 125 miles is trimmed with over 50 lovely beaches that constitute almost a quarter of it. An average of 300 days sunshine per year and a classic Mediterranean climate ensure that Ibiza is perfect for a beach holiday. The southeast of Ibiza is noted for its beaches, especially the stretch between Cala de Santa Vicent and Santa Eularia des Riu, but there are many beaches all around Ibiza that can be recommended. Particularly popular with families are the beaches at the friendly resorts of Cata Llonga and Platja des Niu Blau; those in search of a quiet, picturesque spot need look no further than Cala be Boix; naturists are catered for at Cala es Figueral and there are many livelier stretches of sand with beach bars and cafés for those who wish to keep the mood of the evenings simmering during the daytime!

Concerning history and culture, head first for Ibiza Town. Dominated by its magnificent cathedral, Ibiza Town is the enchanting island capital, and one of the most impeccably-preserved medieval towns in Europe. Clustered on a hillside overlooking Ibiza port, it's an atmospheric maze of twisting, cobbled lanes full of excellent shopping, dining and nightlife. It's very much a walking town that can take days to fully discover, but it is certainly worth spending time doing so.

For a delightful insight into traditional Ibiza, the miniscule village of Poblado de Balafia is a must. Perhaps more accurately described as a hamlet, Poblado consists of just five houses of traditional design and is one of the island's quirkier attractions. Another would have to be Ponylandia, a catch-all entertainment and shopping area including horse rides and a wealth of other activities for children amongst the bric-a-brac and handicraft stalls of the flea market!

As for natural attractions, you do not need to go far in Ibiza to see something beautiful. The famous Es Vedrá Rock is unmissable - literally, as it towers 400 metres from the sea! Apparently where a crazy hermit once called home, the rock seems to come alive with the beautiful colours it takes on at sunset. Beneath the ground, the stunning cave Cova d'es Culleram should be considered essential. This ancient chamber was full of Carthaginian treasure when discovered in 1907, which is now displayed in the superb Museo Arqueológic - one of many excellent museums and art galleries on Ibiza.

If you have been considering investment in Spanish property with relocation or a holiday home in mind, Ibiza can offer you a very good life indeed. If your thoughts on property in Ibiza are more geared towards renting to tourists, the huge volume of visitors each and every year makes Ibiza an extremely sound location in which to invest. Our portfolio of property for sale in Ibiza offers a wide range of options in many locations, with new developments and resale properties added to our database on a regular basis. If you wish to keep yourself fully updated concerning our Ibiza property, please subscribe to our free newsletter service to receive full details on an ongoing basis.

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