One more year, Ibiza will be one of the favorite tourist destinations for thousands of tourists from all countries of the world. Only in 2018 a total of 2,506,639 foreigners and 666,169 national tourists arrived at the Pitiusas – Ibiza and Formentera. Many of these visitors usually arrive attracted by an old hippie paradise that today lives in good measure of the party and the vip beach; however, not everything on the island is nocturnal leisure.
Just scratch a bit to find the hidden face of the island. Ibiza offers alternatives to its marathon festival days in nightclubs such as Pacha or Ushuaïa, and these are usually related to the landscape. Beyond its beautiful beaches -the sunsets in the bay Benirrás are inalienable-, the truth is that this island shines in great measure thanks to biodiverse landscapes that too often go unnoticed.
Outside of the most publicized attractions you can enjoy, for example, the natural park of Ses Salines. It consists of a protected natural space of more than 1,500 hectares that host 178 species of plants and 210 of birds, among which the characteristic flamenco stands out. In Ibiza the exploitation of the salinas began in Phoenician times, around 600 a.C., and constituted for centuries the main source of wealth of the island.
Completely crossing the island from north to south, 40 minutes by car, the tourist will have the opportunity to discover the cave of Can Marçà, of magnificent geological formations. It is surprising especially for its stepped terraces and filled with water colored by the lights of the enclave. The first people who used Can Marçà were the smugglers to keep their goods, but since the Belgian speleologist Jean Pierre Van Der Abeelle knew it, the place has been designed to receive visitors.
Another of the unknown charms of the island is its typical landscape of carob trees. The more rural Ibiza hardly appears in the tourist guides, but for locals it is a fundamental part of its territory. The Ibizan carob fields were very important during the postwar period and are now again, thanks to the fact that projects such as Ibiza Carob Company are relaunching the collection of the native carob for the production of organic products.
Returning to the urban area but outside the island capital, another stop almost obligatory – nothing is obligatory in the vacar – is called Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, a typical Mediterranean town of white houses. This haven of peace is chosen by sculptors from all over the world who seek retirement and inspiration in their old buildings. The main street of Santa Gertrudis is dotted with craft shops and bars in which the island’s cuisine is sublimated. At the end of that street stands an eighteenth-century church that greets tourists with its atypical color.
Finally, since alternative tourism tries to avoid overcrowded routes, it is worth proposing an out-of-season plan. Specifically in December, which is when the popular Wine Festival is celebrated in Sant Mateu. This town, located in the north-west of the island, meets in 2020 some thirty editions in which the throat is irrigated with rough peasant wine. In the party there is usually a colla, the aforementioned peasant wine, kilos of sobrasada and dozens of donuts; all the ingredients of the least known Ibiza for the visitor to feel the true island traditions.