14 Interesting Facts about Ibiza
- Ibiza has a total area of 220 square miles (571 square kilometres), which is 0.4 square miles (1 square kilometre) smaller than the Isle of Man.
- In 2010, Ibiza had a population of 132,637 – a boom considering that in 1991 it was believed there were only around 76,000 inhabitants
- The third largest of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is situated just off the coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea, along with Majorca and Menorca.
- It has a coastline that is 130 miles (210 kilometres)
- Ibiza was first called ‘Ibozzim’ by the Phoenician settlers who founded it in 654BC; they dedicated the island to Bes, the god of music and dance.
- Unsurprisingly, Ibiza’s main industry is tourism; 75% of the population get their income directly or indirectly from this industry.
- The picturesque island is visited by approximately 2.8 million tourists a year and the airport handles 26,000 flights!
- Although the island is a well-known clubber’s paradise, it’s actually a World Heritage Site due to its architecture, coastline and sea life.
- Ex-British prime minister, David Cameron holidayed in Ibiza…
- Sex Pistols punk, Sid Vicious, lived on Ibiza as a child for a short time and the music video for Wham’s ‘Club Tropicana’ was filmed at the famous Pikes Hotel on Ibiza.
- The soil in Ibiza is of an orange colour, thanks to tannin in the pine needles that fall from the island’s many pine trees.
- In the past, Ibiza has been claimed by Spanish, French and Greek and Roman Empires. The Norwegians also invaded the island on their Crusade to Jerusalem, as did the British as they sailed between their two British colonies, Gibraltar and Menorca.
- In 2007, the island’s government decreed that all new hotels in Ibiza must be five-star. Sounds prefect – we’re booking our flights!
- The dialling code for Ibiza is +34.
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