How did Ibiza come to be?

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The Spanish island of Ibiza, one of the most popular destinations in Europe, has a rich historical background. Part of the Balearic Islands, it has a complex geological and cultural history. Geologically, Ibiza was formed by tectonic activity. This formed the mountainous landscape along with the picturesque coastlines and beautiful beaches that characterize the island. Culturally, Ibiza’s history is just as layered, beginning with the ancient Phoenicians who founded the city of Ibiza around 654 BC. For them, the strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea was important and they named the island Ibossim. Over the centuries, the island has been influenced by various cultures, including the Romans, Moors and Catalans. Each of these peoples has left its mark in the architecture, language and traditions of Ibiza. To this Ibiza owes its unique identity and special stories.

Cultural influences over time

Ibiza’s past is a fascinating journey through time, characterized by conquest and cultural exchange. After the arrival of the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians appeared, using the island as a settlement base. They worshipped the mysterious goddess Tanit, patroness of fertility and femininity. The remnants of this era are still visible in the form of ancient ruins and shrines scattered around the island.

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Roman and Moorish rule

After the Carthaginians, the Romans took over. They called Ibiza “Ebusus” and enriched the island with their architecture and roads. The Moorish rulers then introduced new agricultural techniques and architectural styles, which still adorn the landscape as surviving forts and towers. In addition to these stone remains, of course, all these cultures also influenced local cuisine, music and art.

Christian reconquest and Catalan influence

After the Christian reconquest in the 13th century, the Catalans annexed the island and introduced their language and customs, which are still an important part of Ibizan identity. The characteristic whitewashed houses, now a symbol of the island, can be traced directly back to this period.

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    Modern influences and tourism

    In the 20th century, Ibiza slowly changed from a predominantly agricultural society to a popular vacation island. From far and wide, people flocked to its beautiful beaches, historic Ibiza Town and other tourist attractions. With beautiful beaches such as Cala Comte, Cala Xarraca, Cala Benirras and Cala Jondal, Ibiza became a place of ultimate relaxation for sun seekers and nature lovers. The arrival of hippies in the 1960s put Ibiza on the map as a symbol of freedom and creativity; slowly the Ibiza feeling and the Ibiza Style emerged. The number of tourists and the supply of vacation homes were increasing rapidly. Many airlines started flying into Ibiza Airport and airfare became more affordable. This period also ushered in the early years of Ibiza’s status as a destination for party lovers because of its famous parties and big clubs with the accompanying vibrant nightlife. The number of restaurants also continued to increase.

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