Featured Locale: Ibiza, Spain

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About Ibiza

Ibiza is a Mediterranean island off the coast of Spain. The “White Isle” (as it is affectionately called by the locals) is a hot spot for nightlife. The sheer magnitude of open parties, booming bars, and wild clubs is truly staggering but this little island has so much more to offer than just white sand beaches and cocktails.

Punta Arabi (Shopping)

Shopping might not seem like much of an activity but on Ibiza it truly is a pastime. The island is teeming with markets and shops, often cornering the market on specialty items. If you’re looking to bring home something memorable these small markets are the place to find your treasures. Try stopping at Punta Arabi first. This “hippy market” features an eclectic blend of items so there is something for everyone. It occurs every Wednesday and is a great source of information for other shopping hidey holes. Be sure to sample the food while you’re there; the produce, salt, and seasonings are some of the best in the world. Check out their website for more details: http://www.hippymarket.info/index.php?lang=en.

Mud Baths

Four miles from Ibiza is Espalmador, a small island along the coast. This island is privately owned, however, the owners allow anyone to visit the salt deposits and, most importantly, the mud pit. In the center of Espalmador there is a large sink hole of mud which is completely free to bathe in. The mud is crammed with sulphuric properties and natural minerals that aid in skin repair, revitalization, and cleansing. The same treatment in a spa would cost hundreds of dollars. This is a great excursion to do during the day and there is a ferry that takes travelers back in forth. (Please note that some say it’s possible to walk along to the shallows to the island from Ibiza. Be aware that while this may be true during low tide it is still improbable and highly dangerous). See the website for details on the ferry:  http://www.formenteraguide.com/espalmador/.





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