Sir Joan, our private paradise overlooking Ibiza’s port and Old Town, is open for the 2019 season. Here are some surprising facts about the island we love.
THE FUN FACTS:
- The Phoenician settlers who founded Ibiza in 654 BC originally named it Ibozzim. The protector goddess was said to be Tanit, the warrior goddess of dance, fertility creation and destruction.
- You’ll hear a lot of different pronunciations of the island’s name, but the correct pronunciation is ‘Evissa’.
- In addition to Spanish, the official language of Ibiza is Eivissenc, a dialect of Catalan.
- The island’s famous salt flats have been in use for over 2,000 years.
- The island’s earth is that characteristic orange because of the pine trees. When their needles fall, their tannins dye the ground that color. Ibiza isn’t actually an island—it’s the top of a mountain that was flooded by the sea.
- You can thank the seaweed for Ibiza’s crystal-clear water.
- Ibiza has 57 beaches.
- Over its long history, Ibiza has been claimed by the Greek and Roman empires, British, French and Norwegians.
- In the 17th century, Nostradamus said, “When the end of the world comes, I should like to be on Ibiza.”