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The third biggest of the Balearic Islands is so much more than just a famous party island. On the last weekend of May, on May 25th to be exact, it is the official season opening of the island which attracts hundreds of tourists. From families to couples, there are offers and possibilities for everyone’s taste.

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source: Ibiza Spotlight

Location

Ibiza is located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 150km away from Valencia on the east coast of the peninsula. Together with Formentera it forms the Pine Islands (Pityuses) that are part of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.  Therefore, Ibiza can easily be reached by plane from Barcelona and Madrid in about one hour.

History

The island is known for its mild, Mediterranean weather which is perfect for spending the summer there. That’s what makes it so popular among tourists from all over the world.
After a big hippie movement in the late 1950s, Ibiza became a well-known vacation destination. There was a big tourism boom around 1970 when a lot of nightclubs and bars were installed and rave parties were trendy. Today, many famous DJs and producers hold weekly or annual shows in the biggest clubs of the island.
But the government is constantly promoting family friendly, cultural tourism as well. By introducing a “sustainable tourism tax” in 2016 they are trying to protect the UNESCO world heritage site from mass tourism, take better care of the locals and make Ibiza a more quiet holiday spot for families and couples.

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source: Expedia

What to do in Ibiza?

There is a wide spectrum of activities to do, sights to see and new things to try. If you like boat cruises, a sailing tour with a catamaran to Es Vedra, the third most magnetic rock in the world could be suitable. Additionally, one can try snorkelling to see the special Neptune grass, a kind of seaweed that only exists in Australia and the shallow areas of the Mediterranean. But also water ski, Jet Ski or a banana boat ride give you a rush of adrenaline.

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source: Ibiza Spotlight

Of course, there is more to see than just the ocean. Ibiza has amazing cliffs, coasts and bays but the UNESCO world heritage site also has a lot to offer when it comes to cultural tourism, like the port of Ibiza or places like Santa Eulalia, Punta Arabi, Cala de Portinatx, San Antonio or the romantic medieval part of the capital city Ibiza, called Dalt Vila. Here you will find the historical heart of the city, with an ancient castle, city walls from the 16th century and the highest point of the city with the best view over the port. In the narrow streets you can easily lose yourself, stroll around and have a drink to enjoy the nightlife. Ibiza is famous for its clubs and bars and if you come to party you shouldn’t miss out on clubs like Ushuaïa, Pacha or Privilege, the world’s largest nightclub with a capacity of 10.000 people.

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source: Ibiza 5 Sentidos

Besides the clubs and parties, Ibiza is also known for its numerous hippie markets. Vendors sell bags, fabric, jewellery, dreamcatchers, and most importantly handicrafts and local products. It is definitely worth a visit, even if one isn’t interested in that kind of art.

Since the island isn’t that big it’s also a nice idea to take part in a quad or vespa island tour and visit the nicest beaches of the area. Another option would be to do an excursion to the neighbouring island Formentera. The beaches there are usually a little more quiet and the main village, San Francisco is beautiful as well.

Hotel recommendations

A great holiday includes the most comfortable hotels possible, so we tried to summarize the best offers for families, couples and single travellers in a few sentences.

Hard Rock Hotel
This well-known establishment offers more than 400 ultra plus rooms and suites for your pleasure. They all have 24-hour room service and terraces with blissful views of the Mediterranean. What sounds so suitable for couples is also a great family resort. The hotel offers a wide range of kids and family activities, such as the Roxity Kids ClubTM.

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source: Pinterest

Palladium Cala Llonga Hotel
Palladium Hotel Cala Llonga is an adults-only hotel offering an ideal setting for couples to escape the hectic work life and spend a relaxed and romantic holiday. With features like a wellness room, massage service and a candle-lit chill out zone, the Palladium Hotel is the perfect accommodation for a wonderful vacation as a couple.

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source: Travel on spot

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
This hotel combines luxury, celebration, exclusivity, design and technology in one. With its daily pool parties, 181 luxurious rooms and suites and access to the services and events of Ushuaïa club, it’s the ideal hotel for the typical singles lifestyle.

 

Across Spain has a special focus on this beautiful Balearic Island. Whether it’s family packages that offer fun for old and young or a nice couple’s get away, a romantic honeymoon or a crazy singles party lifestyle, there are offers for everyone. They are easily combined with a stay on the mainland, either Madrid or Barcelona or just the full island experience as well. What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to find out more about your next holiday destination.

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Every spring, the region of Caceres in the province of Extremadura, is shining in white because of the many blooming cherry trees. From the 23th of March until the 7th of April there are going to be lots of celebrations dedicated to this unbelievable occurrence.

This natural phenomenon happens annually for about 10 days around mid-March till beginning of April, although the exact date can never be known since the blooming of the trees depends on the weather conditions.
Nevertheless, the people in the Jerte Valley, including villages like Piornal, Cabrero, Jerte, Navaconcejo or Casas del Castañar celebrate this incredible sign of spring like nobody else.

The event is supposed to reflect the past and the future of the region. This is why many wineries or the local smith show how they used to work 50 years ago. There are also several families that open the doors of their ancient houses to demonstrate live how it was many years ago.

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source: pinterest

But the real attraction throughout the days are the millions of cherry trees that slowly start to bloom in a beautiful white colour. At the beginning of the blooming process it is the perfect time to do some hiking, climbing or cycling through the valley. At this time of the year, the snow in the mountains starts melting but at the same time the cherries start blooming, which creates a picturesque landscape.
Only a few days later the area is covered in white from all the blooming trees. This marks the highlight of the festivities.
Unfortunately, this magical moment only lasts a small number of days until the petal rain starts, which is a nice farewell to such an original event.

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source: viajarporextremadura

In Cabezuela del Valle, the Museo de la Cereza (the cherry museum) can be visited. Located in an old house typically for this region, the history of cherry cultivation is shown through interactive resources and recreations of some agricultural processes, as well as information about the Cherry Blossom Festival.

The mixture of the beauty of nature and the hospitality of the inhabitants of the villages make an incomparable celebration that welcomes many visitors every year. If you are interested in experiencing this event do not hesitate to contact us!

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