All about Balearic Islands | Motor | Parties | Blog » Ibiza All about the Balearic islands Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:52:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 From work shoes to fashion statement Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:59:34 +0000 from work shoes to fashion statement

Abarcas and espardenyes were the popular footwear of the working class, but how come that everybody wears them now?

Let’s start with the espardenyes, where do they come from? Well, the first written evidence that refers to the craft sandal is from 1322 and is written in Catalan. Because of the affordable price the shoe became favorite of the lower classes and gradually, this particular shoe was gaining more and more followers.

Especially in rural areas the ‘espardenya’ became typical for the peasantry, strengthened by the fact that some family members could not leave home to work in the field because they were too old or too young. But to help the family economy, they sewed the fabric of the sandal on the soles, which were made out of canvas or an other heavy fabric. They used ribbons to fasten the sandal to the ankle. The very bad paid workers at that time discovered the espardenyes, to keep their feet covered minimally. During the Civil war, the Republican soldiers were sent to the front with espardenyes so the companies which sold the sandals were nationalized.

After the war the small progress of the economy allowed the common people and farmers to afford some real shoes. The ‘espardenyes’ suffered and were relegated to second place and were only used as part of the folkloric costumes events. But when the amazing french designer Yves Saint Laurent designed the unseen sandal with wedge heel named ‘ the peasant’ major fashion brands started designing their own model and gave it a personal touch of sophistication. The ‘espardenyes’ thus became chic shoes, adored by a lot of upper class women. What few people know is that Saint Laurent commissioned a small but well-known Catalan espadrille manufacturing company and saved the family Castañer of Banyoles, wich for various reasons was about to close his factory. This windfall allowed Castañer to sell today more than 6 million of those new versions of espardenyes.


As the espardenyes, the ‘abarcas’ were used as workshoes too. They have their origins in Menorca, a small Mediterranean island where the terrain is steep and rocky. To get the fruit to land the peasant needed strong but flexible and simple shoes at the same time.

As the time went by, the Abarca, became increasingly popular on the island of Menorca. For the first time, abarcas were not solely being worn by farmers and the working class.

It was during the the tourism boom in Spain and in particular the Balearic Islands in the 1970s that the Spanish sandal was seen by the world.

The abarca is a high quality, resistant and comfortable sandal. Made with cowhide leather and recycled rubber under sole, it can be found today in a huge range of leathers, colours and designs.

There are a few famous shoe companies from Menorca and Mallorca. For example Mascaro wich was founded in 1918 in Menorca as a workshop making handmade ballet slippers. Now this brand has become the preferred shoe of celebrities all over the world. Not to forget Camper who gathered together the best leather craftsmen in Inca (Mallorca) and introduced them to the first machines used to manufacture shoes. And of course Farrutx. This business project was set up in 1982, and is part of a sector with a longstanding tradition on the island of Majorca, namely the creation of footwear.

abarcas menorquinas

So the trendsetters were the Republican soldiers, Yves Saint Laurent and the tourism boom! These practical sandals are making simplicity fashionable. Do you own a pair of these cool spanish ‘Abarcas’ or ‘Espardenyes’ ?

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The wardrobe of our ancestors, typical Ibiza costumes part II Thu, 02 Aug 2012 10:20:12 +0000 typical ibiza costumes for men

What was the style of men from Ibiza back in the days?

If you have read our first post about the typical Ibiza costumes you already know everything about the women dresses. So it’s time to start with the men’s wardrobe.
Well, the materials, colours and even the names are very similar to those from the women costumes but instead of 4 types of costumes, men only have three: the white suit, the Gonella and the working clothes.

The first one is the typical white groom suit, which consists of white trousers, a white shirt with hand embroidered decorations, a scarf around the neck, a red belt with a black or red waistcoat with filigree bells, ‘espardenyes’ and a red beret, all accompanied by Ibizian castanyoles.

men costume

Second is the Gonella, the oldest suit, which consists of black wool trousers, a white shirt with a by hand embroidered collar with various details, a vest with silver bells, a black jacket with silver buttons, a scarf in the neck, hemp sandals and castanets.

And the last one: the working clothes. This was a simple outfit of work pants, a work shirt or a white embroidered shirt, a belt for farm work, some sandals, a straw hat to protect their head from the sun and of course not missing the castanyoles.

Details were very important in these costumes. The phrygian cap, also called barretina, the one with the black bottom bar, was the hallmark of maritime areas and it has a curious history. This garment is originally from the old Phrygia, which is now Turkey, and in Roman times this cap was the hallmark of the freedmen. In the nineteenth century it symbolized freedom and the republic. This cap is only used in the Pitiusas and is totally absent in the rest of the Balearics. Other important details of the male clothes were the bells made of filigree silver or gold, the buttons on the shirt and the collar and sleeves wich were decorated with beautiful embroidery.

details costume

And now our story about the wardrobe of our ancestors has ended. If you would like to see the costumes in real: every Thursday at 18:00 there is a display of traditional “ball pagès” (folk dancing) by the Balansat local dance group. The display also coincides with the craft market in Sant Miquel’s square.

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The wardrobe of our Ancestors, typical Ibiza costumes Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:20:19 +0000 typical ibiza costumes

How were our ancestors dressed on the beautiful island?

In these days everybody is dressed the way they want because there is so much to choose from! There are countless shops, brands, styles and trillions of choices. But remember, it wasn’t always like that, so let’s take a look in the wardrobe of our ancestors.

The tipical Ibiza costumes are very unique compared with the ones from the rest of the Balearic Islands. The clothes had characteristics of the architecture and it had many colorful touches. There were 4 types of costumes for the women. The white dress, the ‘Gonella’ , the coloured one and the working dress.

Let’s start with the first one, the white dress which was the total opposite of the Gonella. It was the typical bride costume and it consisted of several petticoats, a jacket, an apron, a shawl and a headscarf. The sleeves had gold buttons. To complete their look they wore traditional gold jewelry like multiple rings and the so-called ‘Emprendada’, it were six or seven gold necklaces semi across the chest and two or three necklaces with a cross. This was part of the dowry and was sometimes used as payment of the rightful inheritance for daughters, avoiding the forced division of the estates for the benefit of the heir. The Emprendada was very important for the women from Ibiza because it was the only material link with their home.


The second and oldest dress was the Gonella, they say it’s from the eighteenth century but some of the details can be even older. This costume consists of a petticoat, a black wool jacket with satin woven sleeves embroidered with silver and a gold embroidered apron. They also wore a shawl and lace handkerchief, all accompanied by a black felt hat with a wide brim. The tapes they had hanging said the number of suitors. The jewels on the chest showed their economic status, the oldest were made of coral and silver and the modern ones were made of gold.

Then there was the coloured dress. Which was the modern version of above dresses. Composed with an underskirt, a black wool jacket, a colorful apron and a shawl which was used as handkerchief at the same time. It was the most colorful costume of all. The tail may be pink (single), green(promised), blue (married) or black (widow).

Last but not least: the working dress, much more simple than the rest. It consisted of a petticoat, a jacket made of a lower quality fabric than in the other cases, a long apron, more suitable for household chores or field, a big straw hat and espradrilles. Jewerly were limited to little more than a few simple filigree earrings and during the working days they didn’t wear their ‘emprendada’.

The different typical costumes

So now we have talked about the women’s wardrobe, but what about the men? They wore clothes too! Read our next post: Wardrobe of our Ancestors part II, to get to know more about the men costumes.

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Peace & Love, Hippies in Ibiza Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:44:41 +0000 Hippies in Ibiza

Who where those people of that counterculture movement? Full of freedom, happiness, peace and love.

Living in communes, defending ecology, the pleasure of traveling, long hair, brightly colored clothing in unusual styles, head bands and long beaded necklaces.

Well, it all started in the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. Young people were attracted to this village because of the low rent houses. Many of these youth were called ‘beatniks’, a subculture that would evolve into the hippies. By the mid-1960s Haight-Ashbury had become the center of the hippie culture. It was also known as the center of drugs and it was home to many psychedelic rock groups like Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. By the time ‘the Summer of Love’ was organized in 1967, Haight-Ashbury had become ‘the place to be’ for the hippies across the country. Prominent intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary were one of the ideologues who preach this philosophy of life alternative.

But what about ibiza? It was the tourist boom in the 1960s that brought the hippies in their masses to Ibiza and it became the European equivalent of San Francisco. People just began to see what there was to live in a different way.

Peace & Love , hippies in ibiza

There were variant classes of hippies. First it were the ones who started the movement. Tens, then hundreds of thousands of young people had to give up their dream of college to go to fight in a distant war and some of them flew to Ibiza. But also painters, artist and other interesting people moved to the magic island. ‘Make love not war’ was their slogan. They created a new environment; they lived in field houses with up to 30 people with the doors always open, and they shared everything. Later the hippies became part of the materialist, consumer culture. They became artisans and made all kind of jewelry, sandals, belts and clothes. After that came the markets (which still exist today as the hippie markets like Las Dalias) where they earned a living by doing their work normally.

Hippie Market Ibiza

In those years they were experimenting a lot with very pure drugs. Many hippies used cannabis, considering it pleasurable and benign. They were against the use of hard drugs like alcohol, heroin, amphetamines and cocaine because they generate high levels of addiction and they didn’t accept the business that was around it. There were hippies that used it sometimes but most were looking for new ways to relax.

Music was a really important aspect too. That time consisted of unique psychedelic folk rock music, the level of Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Donovan, The Who, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Bob Dylan, among many others. This great music you can hear today, for example, at the successful Flower Power parties in Pacha.

In the late 70′s there was a revolt against this hippie movement. The events taken place in the 60’s and 70’s, for example the Tate murders and the death of 3 people during the Woodstock festival made an enourmous impact on the world and after that, the freedom of trusting total strangers was over. In Ibiza there are still some hippie communities but of course they don’t live exactly as they did in the 60’s.

Hippie made the great promotion of Ibiza. And today there are still many places that are due to them. Would you like to get that hippie feeling in Ibiza? Visit the markets in Es Canar or Las Dalias and go for a beautiful sunset in Benirras where hippies used to celebrate the drum festival. Ibiza is the island where still today people are free to express their selves either they are gay or totally dressed up. That’s what makes this island so magical.

Peace and Love from Ibiza.

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Smilja, the princess of the Adlib Fashion Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:19:27 +0000 Have you ever heard about her? Well, if not don’t worry, she wasn’t even a real princess! How did this story start?

Adlib Fashion Ibiza

Ibiza dreamed in 1971 about becoming a fashion capital and it attracted half of a world globetrotters. Smilja realized the enormous appeal of the classic attire of the Ibiza women and noted that everyone who came to Ibiza immediately changed the way they dressed. They wore lace blouses and long dresses with batik prints, the original clothes for the beach and the combination of fabrics with crochet chart with the main colour: white. Adlib fashion was born and grew with the intention that women gain a real awareness of its own body, to be able to dress according to their true will, far from the narrow rules imposed by the creators. Hence the motto: “Dress as you like, but stylish”. This philosophy of freedom comes from its name, derived from the Latin ad libitum, which means ‘as you like’.

This Serbian ‘princess’ was the leader of this trend and made it famous all over the world. She was born in 1918 as Smilja Constantinovich. Because of the communist movement she had to leave her country. They say that she became the lover of King Peter II of Yugoslavia and like that she granted the title of princess. Of course she always used this special title to introduce herself. Ahhh, so that’s why everybody called her princess Smilja! She was a very powerful woman and not just beautiful, but intelligent and educated too.

Princess Smilja - Adlib Ibiza

Smilja launched the first Adlib fashion show in 1971, and the adlib fashion was officially born. All over the world people got to know this new way of dressing. In 1975 the prestigious fashion magazine Vogue traveled to Ibiza to do a report about the Adlib fashion. This was a great publicity not only for fashion but also for the island itself. Like this the fashion became a means to free publicity in national and international media on the island.

Apart from all this, she did something for the economy of Ibiza and especially for the women of that time that hadn’t done anything before. We are talking about the women aged from 30 to 60, coming from a rural society where they rarely studied or had a job. Finally they could have a salary, and something that they hadn’t had so far: economic independence. Multitude of sewing studios opened. It was strange that the families in the capital not had at least one woman sewing for all those designers, dressmakers and tailors who jumped on the bandwagon of the adlib fashion.
Beside the economy and fashion, princess Smilja also did a lot for the equality between women and men.

She died in 1994 which was the result of a new phase of crisis. Everybody thought that Adlib couldn’t survive without it’s princess. Thanks to the Ibiza Fashion Board the fashion shows and sales kept going on. The Adlib fashion is now something which has become one of the key dates in the fashion circuit.It has definately changed, instead of using only the color white they now use other colours too. Changing times means changing materials and designs. New designers are born and they keep the original spirit of Adlib in the new creations, they reinvented the Adlib Fashion.

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Special Offer Scooter hire for Ibiza: 30 days for only 375€ Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:41:22 +0000 The perfect offer for workers and for those who spend a long holiday in Ibiza in Summer.
125cc Scooter deal for Ibiza: 375 euros per month
Ritmocars has this year a special offer for anyone with plans for a long Stay in Ibiza or Formentera islands.

Every year millions of people come to spend their holidays in Ibiza, or to work here. Each year there are nearly 150,000 people who live and work alongside the locals in Ibiza in the summer season.

Ritmocars has an agreement with its rental partners which provide a wide fleet of Scooters and motorbikes so we launch this year a special offer for long time rentals for April, May, June, September and October: 125cc Scooters with the special price of 375 € for 30 days.

Scooters are not only the ideal vehicle to get around or drive to work, they are also the most used vehicle in the Balearic Islands, because they have certain advantages compared to other transport vehicles like being cheaper, it is easier to find a parking place and also get you to any place and every corner of the Balearic islands.

Visit us on our website for Scooter hire in Ibiza or Formentera, or call us at 971 308 007. We are looking forward to inform you about this Scooter deal !!!

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See the best Routes on a Scooter in Ibiza and Formentera Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:31:24 +0000 See the best Routes on a Scooter in Ibiza and Formentera

With the good weather we all want to discover the fresh air trying to get to some of the hidden landscapes of the Balearic Islands.

There are a few transport alternatives the islands offer to get around such as car, bicycle or public transport, but if there is a vehicle that in the Balearic Islands dominates this is the Scooter. It is more and more common that Tourist decide to rent a scooter in Ibiza or Formentera.

Because of the short distances in these islands, it is really easy and quick to get to any point on the island on a scooter and not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also is really easy to find a parking space.There are many routes to follow on a Scooter in Ibiza and Formentera. Here are a couple.

It is true that when traveling by scooter is always very important to take away the most essential things, on the Northern route from Ibiza it is enough with comfortable clothing, a snack and specially swimwear and a camera to capture the beautiful moments you will sure have.

Once we have the scooter ready, we drive from San Antonio on the road to San Rafael, there is a paved road, so there will be no difficulty to arrive to this small town. San Rafael is a city known for its craftsmanship and pottery Commerce, here is our first station where we can also enjoy some tapas and snacks in one of its famous bars.

After visiting the town of San Rafael we continue our journey to Santa Gertrudis, one of the most picturesque villages on the island that never has lost its ibicenco touch for art. You should also have a short break and test some of the typical sandwiches and snacks that they offer on the “plaza” where you can also visit the famous White Church in the village.

Routes with 125cc Scooters around Ibiza and Formentera

After visiting every angle of Santa Gertrudis we can get back on our scooter and follow the northern road to San Miguel. This is one of the most magical places on the island, that no one should ignore, perhaps one of Ibiza’s most beautiful villages situated in the north of the island. San Miguel is located on a hill and is crowned by the church that was built on the top. If our journey is on a Thursday afternoon you can enjoy the market of handmade wares in the middle of the church yard. This market is definitely worth a visit if you are in vacation on the island.

With our rented scooter in Ibiza we continue our journey to Sant Mateu, which is maybe the smallest town in the Balearic Islands, and although there are not many spectacular sights, it is worthwhile to simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the streets. We continue our course to Santa Ines getting enchanted by vineyards, almond and orange trees, as we get closer to the small entrance of the village where the Bar “Es Pla de Corona” is a perfect place for a coffee break in the afternoon and has a amazing view of the valley.

After we have met all these villages and the sun slowly goes down, we can not overlook Cala Salada, one of the most spectacular areas of the island, where we can watch the beautiful sunset, with a splendid view of the cliffs. This is just one of many routes Ibiza has to offer but there are so many options that you will never get tired of moving with a scooter on these routes.

The scooter rental in Formentera, allows us to explore the island in a much more convenient way. Among the many possibilities that Formentera has to offer there are three that we can not ignore, and what is a better way than this to go on a scooter. These three ways are the Camino de Sa Pujada, which borders directly on the cliffs and at the same time connects the Calo of San Agustin and La Mola. This is one of the most popular ways, from here you have stunning views, and you can also see more caves and remains of paving stones.

Among other , one of the most popular routes around Formentera, is the Camí of Ram, where you can admire the spectacular scenery and the fishing scene of the island. This is a very nice way right from the beginning, with deciduous trees right down to to the sea which surprises with the beautiful coast.

Finally we come to the Cami de Torrent funds in the plateau of La Mola, one of the most popular hiking trails on the island, leading us to one of the most important lighthouses, the Moli Vell de la Mola. Around Formentera we can enjoy almost 2,500 meter routes of small adventure on our Scooter.

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Dance in Ibiza: you choose the Music Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:53:37 +0000

Music in Ibiza: There is something for everyone !

Music in Ibiza is one of the main reasons why this island is so famous and attracts so many visitors. You will find all kinds of music ranging from the famous Chartbreaker to the Underground star. The numbers of  visitors are each year record-breaking and the shows are getting bigger and better every year offering really expensive events. We want to give you a brief insight into this in our blog, it´s about who’s playing what music and where to find what one seeks.

The discotheques in Ibiza every year offer with the most famous Dj’s some of the richest events in the world. One finds here every year the most famous names in the field of House Trance and Techno scene and also from all other areas of music like Hip hop, Rock and Pop. No style is  missing here !

It would be difficult to name all the stalks and kinds of Music, for this reason we want to give you in this block only a small look insight on what Ibiza in the summer of music, shows, stars and starlets has to offer. The year 2011 has shown that you can find everything in Ibiza, from David Guetta, Carl Cox in the field house and comercial electronic music to Lady Gaga, Snoop Dog Jamiroquai  and The Streets on mega concerts for every one they  rock, hip hop and Pop music loves.

To demonstrate the different facets we will move toward  first to the DJs they give ther honour each year to audiences of nightclubs inspire. David Guetta is one of the most famous if not the most famous DJ is waiting every year with his style
France House, Electro House, Hip House, an incredible show accompanied by Go-gos and always ahead of his self-produced music. He is one who can say that  he was working apart from its awards  with some of the most famous personalities.

Every Monday at Amnesia in Coocon,is Sven Väth, with his line up of techno trance and hard house on the agenda. He is also at the same time the head of the label with the same name as the party and has the Dj’s Richi Hauwten, Ricardo Vilalobos and  many more  under contract. Cocoon is one of the most visited and most diverse parties that can be found in Ibiza, as their line-up consists of so many Dj’s with so many different stems can any lover of house, techno and trance to find their own favorites.

Carl cox the resident DJ of Space Club, the first DJ to be ranking in the list of the top DJ’s around the world in the number of calls the first 10, fills every Tuesday, the dance floor and wowed fans with a variety of house and techno hits. His show basically consists in the diffrent hits he has produced himself.

The dutch Dj Tiësto, who rocks Privilege, is one of the biggest celebrities mentioned previously of the DJ scene. His line-up is made up of Electronic Dance, Trance, Progressive Trance, Electro House Music and House together. His reputation preceeds him, hurries through his popularity with audiences.

The year 2011 was not only the year of the Dj’s in Ibiza, also superstars from other styles of music there was no lack Presents, musicians such as Snoop Dog, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga, The Streets, Jamiroquai  presented  concerts in the clubs. The music line up lies in Ibiza this year, nothing to be desired from techno and hip hop to rock and Pop music: everything was covered.

Hope to see you around in 2012 !

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Places to stay and enjoy Ibiza all year round Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:31:13 +0000

Ibiza is also very nice in winter,  quiet and perfect for a relaxing escape.
Here we provide a list of hotels that remain open all year round  for you to enjoy the island in high or low season.

Tarba Hostel

San Antonio – San Antonio Pueblo

Mari Hostel

San Antonio – San Antonio Pueblo

La Marina Hostel

San Antonio – San Antonio Pueblo

Hotel Lux Isla

Ibiza – Playa d’en Bossa

Talamanca Hostel

San Antonio – San Antonio Bahía

Hotel El Puerto & Apartments

Ibiza – Ibiza Ciudad

Hotel Montesol

San Antonio – San Antonio Pueblo

La Marina Hostel ed mismo puee

Ibiza – Ibiza Ciudad

Summer traffic has dropped, less visitors, less people what means cuts also in public transportationt therefore we recommend car hire in Ibiza to transform your holiday in an adventure in which you can be  your own guide.

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A back view of the weather in 2010 for the Balearic Islands Thu, 03 Feb 2011 08:31:12 +0000 Here we give you a back view of the weather in 2010 for the Balearic Islands, we hope this information can help you  choose which month is the best time to visit and/or stay in the Islands, for nice days and relaxed time on the beaches in the season 2011. Enjoy !

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