Ibiza

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Ibiza (official name in Catalan: Eivissa IPA: [əjˈvisə]) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. With Formentera, it is one of the two Pine Islands or Pityuses. Its largest cities are Ibiza Town (Catalan:Vila d'Eivissa or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. Its highest point, called Sa Talaiassa or Sa Talaia, is 475 m/1,558 ft above sea level.

The official name is the Catalan Eivissa ([əjˈvisə]). The name in Spanish is Ibiza ([iˈβiθa]). In British English, the name is usually pronounced in an approximation of the Spanish (/ɪˈbiːθə, ɪˈviːθə/),[1] while in American English the pronunciation is more anglicized, or closer to Latin-American Spanish (/ɪˈbiːzə/,[2] /iːˈbiːsə/[3]).[4][5]

The island is well-known for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists, but the island and the Spanish Tourist Office have been working in order to promote more family-oriented tourism. Though some dispute the islands ability to attract higher income families in large numbers, due to a lack of professionalism in the hospitality and service sector, the island is keen to dispel its image as merely a destination for young clubers.[6] Noted clubs include Space, Pacha, Privilege (ex Ku), Amnesia, DC10, Eden,and Es Paradis. Probably the most famous bar on the island is Café del Mar.[7] This bar has been largely responsible for the music genre of chill out music. The other notable player in the entertainment world in recent years has been Ibiza Rocks who are credited with bringing Live Music back to the island. The brand now runs the most famous youth hotel on the island, Ibiza Rocks Hotel.[8] Ibiza is also home to the legendary "port" in the district of Ibiza, a popular stop for many tourists and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[7]

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