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Discovering the Authentic Ibiza

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Behind the popular perception of clubland Ibiza, behind the brashness and shameless all-night hedonism of the renowned party island, is an unspoilt island paradise waiting to be explored.

This is the authentic Ibiza. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of miles of beautiful beaches and explore the hidden cultural gems of this infamous Balearic island off the beaten track.

Outside of the main towns of San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa are a selection of beautiful towns enjoying life at a slower pace, where you will encounter more cultural attractions and landmarks, including Ibiza's castle d'Alt Vila, a short climb from the centre of Ibiza Town. The cathedral sits next to the Archaeological Museum, where you can learn about each of the cultures that make up modern day Ibiza.

The third largest of the Balearic islands, Ibiza was first populated by Phoenician settlers followed by the Carthaginians, and the first Phoenician settlement can be found at Sa Caleta, where remnants of stone buildings have been discovered. Watch the sun set behind Gods Finger, a rock island and world heritage site.

Mouthwatering dishes of fresh fish are the centre of local cuisine. Eat succulent seafood brought straight from the sea to your plate whilst watching a stunning Ibiza sunset on the seafront. It is common to take a large lunch between two and four in the afternoon and then take a siesta before eating a late dinner around ten at night! Pub crawls take place after dinner around midnight, followed by the renowned club scene after one in the morning.

Get around Ibiza by renting a car in order to explore every nook and cranny at your own pace. Visit the Cova de Can Marca to explore a hidden cave and marvel at natural rock formation, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Santa Eulalia river walk and explore religious attractions Iglesia de Sant Rafel and Puig de Missa. Take a boat trip to see the coastline from a different perspective or even walk around the island to take in the sights at a slower pace if you are feeling energetic.

For an authentic island experience, choose accommodation away from the heart of the party towns. For families, there are ample places to stay off the nightlife strip. Kids will love to explore the caves and take long walks as well as enjoying a day at the beach and a swim in the sea.

Ibiza has it all, stunning coastline, perfect Mediterranean climate and a wealth of fascinating culture. Fly to Ibiza and get a package holiday with a company like Thomson, to sit back and let your holiday be taken care of by the specialists.

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