Apartamentos Osiris Ibiza

Apartments Osiris Ibiza

Ibiza´s HistoryThe Island

Locatedon the ancient Phoenician,s Routeof the Sunin the western Mediterranean
The Island of Ibiza has an area of 572 Km2 making up a generally rugged and mountainous world in miniature that stretches from the coast inland – 100 miles from Valencia.The 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands, after Mallorca and Menorca. ( Roughly the same size as the Isle of Man ).

Along with Formentera and other smaller islands, it forms the Archipielago of ” Las Pitiusas islands “, a name refers to the many pine woods covering these small islands.It is a place with all manner of contrats that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in it,s culture, tradition, art & nature.

The modern centre of Ibiza is: “Paseo de Vara de Rey”

Eivissa – Ibiza,s history first began to be written in 1.600 B.C., although it was not chronologically linked untill 600 B.C. when the phoenicians founded ” Ibosim “, which is today called ” Eivissa – Ibiza ” and is the island,s capital.

The Cartaginians were overthrownin the 3rd century B.C.during the 2nd Punic WarThis was whenthe great Cartaginian General Hannibalwas defeaded in 202 B.C.
After the Carthaginians,Ibiza became a Confederated Cityunder Roman rule

During the 2nd Century B.C. the Romans confederated here in Ibiza for nearly four centuries. The Roman,s major industry was the salt

After Romans Ibiza suffered turbulent times

Ibiza only really became settled once again in the early 20th century

From that time on, the Barbarians and Byzantines occupied the island untill 711, when the Arabs loanded and called it ” Yebisah ” untill the 8th of August 1.235, the year when the island was conquered for Christianity by the Catalans.

Discover the defensive towersalong the cost,raised against arabsorpirates invasions

The island of Ibiza contains 5 municipalities called :
Ibiza – Eivissa ( the capital ), Santa Eulalia ” d,es riu “, San Antonio ” de Portmany “, Sant José ” de sa Talaia ” and San Juan ” de Labritja “.

Each of them offers visitors both different and complementary optionsOn 04th December 1.999, Ibiza was declared ” World Heritage ” by the UNESCO, recognising the worldwide significance of the culture and natural resources of the largest of the ” Pitiusas ” islands.

The walled city of ” Dalt Vila “, the necropolis of ” Es Puig d,es Molins “, the Phoeniacian village of ” Sa Caleta ” and the fields of posidonias ( seaweeds ) are the four assets declared World Heritage due to their authenticity, technical perfection, exceptional aspects and excellent state of preservation, features that the UNESCO has praised in order to ensure it,s good conservation.

Not only does Ibiza have a great deal of artistic & cultural heritage, it,s also remarkable for it,s rural areas & the beauty of it,s countryside.
Don,t forget to visit the rural Ibiza

All surrounded by over 32 Km. of beaches, wich allow visitors to choose the atmosphere, the winds & the kind of activities in each area they wish practice of isolated beaches, sports, wild or quiet beaches, those with deep waters or else shallow waters where children can bathe safely.
Consult at the tourism information offices.They will be pleased to help you.


Folklore and Tradition

In Ibiza,away from all the hustle and bustle,old traditionscan still be found today

The quaint towns and villages celebrate fiestas on their saints days and religious festivals with ibicenco folk singing and dancing.Whereas the langer towns celebrate in much bigger fashionFlamenco in Ibiza is rather like baseball in London or Cricket in New York. It,s an import from the Spanish mainlandThe truly local folk traditions are an amalgam of those of the different peoples that have inhabited the island in the past

For example, the traditional dances – “Sa llarga” ( The long one ) and “Sa Curta” ( The short one ) – revolve around a flirtation between man and woman in which she traces circles around her suitor, while they show off their masculine virility by leaping high in the air and playing huge castanetsVestiges of North Africa culture can be heard in the musical traditions of the islandThe colorful traditional costume and the ancestral dances can be seen in the various popular fiestas that are celebrated throughout the year in the different parishes of the Pitiusas islands