Each year Ibiza plays host to numerous festivals and events which celebrate the island's culture, heritage and natural resources all marking an important aspect of island life. Open sea regattas, world-renowned opening and closing parties, high profile mountain-biking events, jazz, fireworks and the more traditional Saints Day celebrations, the Ibizencos really know how to celebrate in style!

The Almond blossoming
From the end of January, hundreds of almond trees in the Santa Ines valleys begin to flower becoming a place of pilgrimage for people who come to visit the marvellous spectacle. Many artists flock to catch the flowering on canvas or the moment on camera, especially when the full moon lights up the fields with soft pinks, whites and greys.

Ruta de la Sal
One of the most celebrated sailing regattas is the Ruta de la Sal (The Salt Route) which takes place in Easter week (April) and unites more than 300 boats in Denia and Barcelona, before setting sail towards the finishing line at San Antonio Harbour. The event marks the start of the summer season in Ibiza and since the launch in 1989 is now the most popular deep sea regatta in the Mediterranean.

Mountain Bike Tour
Ibiza offers undiscovered tranquility and a series of clearly marked cycle routes covering intertwined paths, hills, tracks and forests. During Easter week Ibiza celebrates the island's established Mountain Bike Tour which attracts more than 800 participants and involves a number of biking challenges and events.

The Medieval Festival
The Medieval Festival marks the declaration of Dalt Vila as a World Heritage Site. During the second week in May the walled city transforms into a medieval market with noblemen, knights in shining armour, dragons and pipe-players. The maze of cobbled streets play host to all kinds of actors, comedians, and artists who depict characters from the middle ages. Costumed men fight for the crowd's attention with street shows, fire blowing, dance and comedy and onlookers can sample home-made food products and learn about typical instruments and customs.

Guided Tours
The Ibiza Tourist Board now offers visitors the chance to discover the turbulent history and the secret corners of the fortified city, with free audio guides available in six different languages. Visitors can collect the audio guides from the Ibiza Tourism Office (Vara de Rey, Ibiza) and leisurely retrace the steps of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and the Romans.

Alternatively, each Saturday from 6pm actors will host a guided tour whisking guests back in time to understand more about life in the walled city over the ages. The guided tour costs €12 per adult and €6 per child (children under six go free).

Traditional Dance Exhibitions
The traditional Ibizencan ball pagès or country dances show the courtship between a man and a woman who sombrely dance to the rhythm of banging drums and castanets. The dancers are dressed in traditional costumes and the woman wear elaborate traditional jewellery with multiple bangles and rings. The women look towards the floor in a submissive way whilst the men try to impress them with a series of leaps and jumps.

Full Moon Treks
Full-moon treks are organised for each full-moon that falls on a Saturday from May to September. These walking tours provide an ideal way to meet new people and discover the off-the-beaten-track paths between Sant Antoni and Santa Agnes, Sant Joan and Santa Eularia or between Es Cubells and Puig d'en Serra.

Day of the Tourist
September 17th is a chance to pay homage to the tourists who have been visiting the island throughout its tourism history. Each town council provides different forms of entertainment that include traditional dance displays, fireworks, and traditional food tastings.

The Jazz Festival
Each year Ibiza celebrates a three-day long jazz festival in September which attracts musicians and performers from all around the world at Dalt Vila. The line up for 2010 will involve a number of internationally renowned jazz figures.

V Scubaweek
With more than 200kms of coastline, Ibiza is a popular resort for both amateur and professional divers. The Posidonia prairies in Ibiza are a World Heritage Site and regarded as the most important bio-community on the Mediterranean coast. With options for cave-diving and wreck diving including the recently opened Don Pedro wreckage, Ibiza is fast becoming recognised as a world-class for diving enthusiasts.

The V Scubaweek takes place in October gathering Scuba enthusiasts to take part in a range of talks and presentations, pool diving competitions and/or getting to grasps with underwater photography.

A Winter in Ibiza
In October each year the Winter in Ibiza programme is launched with a six-month programme of festivities, concerts, exhibitions and sporting and cultural events. For more information on this visit www.ibiza.travel


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