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The Ibizan 818 ~ 03 Mar 16


We Are Balearic!

In celebration of Balearic Day 1st March we publish a 4 page Guiri ‘History Bluffer’s’ Guide to the Balearics.

Stark Balearic Naked—The theory that our name is derived from its naked inhabitants.

No Cash, Just Wine & Women—Early Balearic bartering.

Sling For Your Dinner-How Balearic kids earned their daily bread.



Anarchy 4 Esp

Spanish politics in limbo land as PSOE leader Sánchez fails to form government

leader Pedro Sánchez delivered his investiture address in Congress on Tuesday.

In his 90 minute speech the socialist party leader talked of “a government of change and of dialogue” promising that it would save Spain from what he termed its “current situation of impasse and rectify the consequences of the past four years of Popular Party (PP) government.”

Speaking to the deputies of the lower house (think MP’s and the House of Commons) Sánchez called for the support of the other political parties that will be required if he is to form a government and be voted in as Prime Minister. Though the incumbent PP won the election in December in as far as polling the most votes, they fell a long way short of the majority needed to govern. Sánchez has agreed coalition terms with new kids on the centre right political block Ciudadanos but will still need the support of other parties if he is to fulfil King Felipe VI’s invitation to form a government.

In his speech, translated by El Pais, he said ““Eighteen million Spaniards voted for the current government to not continue. Eighteen million Spaniards are expecting a different government, one that will repair the consequences of the mistakes that have been made and clear the path for different, and better, policies.”

The most-repeated word during the speech was “change,” and Sánchez made it clear that he considered himself the only solution to the inconclusive December elections.

He repeated previous statements precluding any possibility of a partnership with the PP, stating time and time again that  his government must be formed with parties that want change, not the status quo. “Do we want a government based on agreement? Yes or no?” he asked the assembled deputies.

Without mentioning them specifically, Sánchez launched an appeal to anti-austerity left-wing group Podemos, mentioning proposals such as an emergency plan for 750,000 families in need, among others. All of these proposals, he explained, could be put into place the very next week should Podemos make way for his investiture by abstaining during the vote.

On Wednesday morning it was the turn of the leaders of other parties to offer their responses.

Acting PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addressed Congress first, followed by Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity left-wing group Podemos.

Both went to great lengths to distance themselves from Sánchez. Rajoy ridiculed the PSOE leader and Iglesias called Sánchez “miserable” at one point. The PP leader described the Socialists attempts to form a government as a “farce.” Iglesias said Sánchez had “surrendered to the oligarchs and the powers that be.”

The leader of Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera, took on the role of peacemaker, appealing for dialogue and accord. He accused the PP and Podemos of trying to derail “an agreement that represents nine million Spanish voters.”

The debate, which continues throughout Wednesday, is likely to see Sánchez lose the first investiture vote.

As it stands, he is unlikely to win a second vote on Friday, at which he needs a simple majority to be successful. Even with the support of Ciudadanos, Sánchez will only count on 130 votes from the 176 needed for an absolute majority during Wednesday night’s vote.

On Friday night, when the PSOE leader only requires  more votes in favour than against, it will still not be enough to be successful in his bid to lead the government. Depending on the outcome of this week’s sessions in Congress, Spain could be looking at fresh elections later in the year.


Retail Booze Ban Midnight to Morning

  • Feb 26, 2016. San Antonio Town Council have today passed an ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcohol from Midnight to 8am throughout the municipality.

The new regulations have been driven through the council’s agenda as a matter of urgency following recent cases of minors being found drunk in the town. Though under age drinking is the cause, and there is no suggestion of any connection to San Antonio’s party tourism reputation, the move is bound to have an effect on some retail establishments noted as all night off licences in the town during the summer months. Combining the ban with the stricter regulations already in place for the closing times of bars and clubs, it will be perhaps the first time that the town will have ‘dry’ hours during which alcohol cannot be purchased from any outlet. Speaking of the initiative Councillor Juanjo Ferrer stressed that the regulations are designed to “protect the health of our children and ensure public safety is maintained.”

The ordinance was passed with all party consensus and now has to wait for a one month public consultation period for any objections before being passed into law. Establishments selling alcohol will then have one month to put the regulations into place or face fines ranging from 350€ to 1,500€.

The possibility of placing a ban on the opening of new Bodegas was considered infeasible due to Bodegas being covered by exactly the same licence as supermarkets and other food shops.

The news sparked considerable debate following our online posting. Many people seemed determined to use the story as a tool for berating San Antonio’s tourism reputation, seemingly ignoring the publicised local factors behind the Council’s decision.

Local Businessman and West End Bar owner Nathan Viva responded in defence of the council’s initiative. “This is good for san antonio, not bad. shops illegally selling alcohol after midnight has been a real problem and has been an unenforceable law for years as the local government were not allowed, legally, to enforce it via the local police. This has lead to people being able to buy drinks in shops and then drink in the street rather than the bar environment that has made Ibiza a tourist destination in the first place. No one is “losing their livelihood”, we, as bar owners, are merely getting what is legally ours back: the ability to sell drinks to our customers rather than have a shop open up next door and sell under the counter for a fraction of the cost paying much less in taxes and ruining it for everyone.
This is a law finally being enforced to the benefit of the whole town and not anything negative at all.”

Editorial Comment
  • Gibbs

In many ways this feels like one of those classic Ibiza political issues that is not being honest with itself. In terms of the outcome, i.e. a dry zone when alcohol cannot be purchased from venues or retail in the early hours of the morning, the initiative is very much in line with the stated political objectives of the San Antonio leadership in improving the town’s image and reducing its reliance on what it perceives as lower quality tourism. As from the implementation of the regulations, tourists will no longer have the option to carry on drinking on the streets when the bars close via a trip to one of the several all night supermarkets in the town. With the ban starting at midnight, it is likely to be welcomed by the town’s bar owners who have complained with what many see as justified cause over the increasing regulations limiting their trade in recent years.

Had the regulations been proposed on those two grounds it would seem likely that the voting citizens of San Antonio, and the vast majority of the business community would have supported the initiative, with only those few who earn a living from the late night retail booze trade opposed — and of course those tourists who enjoy taking some cans to the beach to watch the sunrise, but let’s face it, they are unlikely to carry much sway in the corridors of power.

But as a regulation to curb drunkenness of underage teens, one has to question how this change will have any effect whatsoever. Though the memory of such teenage shenanigans may be growing dim, my recollection is that whatever cash you had available would be spent in one hit from wherever you could obtain the illicit liquid, and it would be spent long before midnight. If the true focus of the restriction were to be on curbing underage drinking, surely a more effective approach would have been in stricter policing of the sale of alcohol to minors at any time of day? Whilst accepting it is disrespectful and unhelpful to our hosts to refer to ‘things being better in the UK’, the system of proof of age identification how mainstream in Britain is one example of how that issue can be addressed. Importantly in that type of system it does also give the unwitting shop/bar keeper a degree of protection rather than having to rely on their ability to correctly assess the age of people who are at an age when they are trying every trick in the book to look a few years older than they actually are.

There was nothing I read in reports of the recent cases of teens being found drunk in San Antonio that said their drinking had commenced after midnight, but there is a general view in not only San Antonio but throughout Ibiza, that alcohol is very easy to come by for teenagers, surely that is the issue, not the time they buy it.

In that respect I cannot help feeling that behind the closed doors of those town hall corridors of power, the politicians could not believe their luck in being handed a reason to impose a back door restriction on drunken tourism, without having to stand up and say that is what they were doing.

Ultimately teenagers will obtain alcohol. Though it may be harder to do so in the UK with the ID system in place, nobody would argue it has stopped teenage drinking. Teenagers drink for one reason only. Because they can’t wait to grow up. They see adults drinking, and marketers sell it as an attractive and glamorous adult pastime.   In that we need to take a collective responsibility in educating our children about ‘responsible drinking’, but therein lies a problem. Such is the inner need to rebel in the teen DNA that any such advice can actually be counter productive and make the peril warning all the more attractive. That is something greater minds than mine could not resolve in the 16 page limitations of this newspaper any more than I think San Antonio town hall have achieved in these hastily drafted and imposed regulations.

One final observation. Anybody who has been on the streets of Barcelona in the early hours of the morning will know that the standard offering of illegal street traders is overpriced cans of beer. One thing we are not short of in Ibiza is illegal street traders. Let’s see how that one works out.

Vericad Meets Animal Rights Groups

  • Es Vedra Goats

Ibiza’s Minister of the Environment, Miquel Vericad, has held talks with three representatives of animal rights groups following protests against the culling of the goats on Es Vedra which were held in front of the Consell HQ in Ibiza Town.

During the meeting, Vericad is said to have expressed  “understanding and respect” for the views of the activists, stating that he understood the decision taken by the Ministry of Environment of the Balearic Government has hurt the sensitivity of many people in Ibiza. He went on to explain that the practice of culling is “commonplace in  wildlife control”, and defended scientific and technical reports that support this action. Vericad warned of spreading false stories about the events that occurred in Es Vedra, saying that is was irresponsible to exacerbate the mood surrounding the affair through what he termed an “unfounded rumour mill”.

Representatives of the animal rights groups were not swayed in their view that the culling is totally unjustiable, though they did condem those responsible for the  death threats and insults the minister has received on social networks.

Load of Bollards

The bollards recently added to Ibiza airport’s transit car lane have been upsetting pretty well everybody it seems. Now San José town hall have joined the chorus of voices asking for their removal.

An online petition is active here

2,600 Ex-Pats Registering Per Day, In “Less Time Than It Takes To Make A Cup Of Tea”

The announcement of June 23rd as the date for the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union has triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to vote.

Latest figures show the average daily rate of online registrations by Britons abroad has quadrupled from an average of just over 600 per day before the announcement of the referendum date last weekend, to more than 2600 per day since then.

The Electoral Commission has launched a global campaign to encourage an estimated five million Britons living overseas to check their eligibility to vote ahead of the referendum on EU membership. The British Ambassador Simon Manley, visiting Malaga on Tuesday said “Whether you think the UK should remain in or leave the EU, the 23rd of June will be your chance to have your say. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the British people to decide.”

If you have been on the UK electoral roll within the last 15 years, you are eligible to vote. The electoral commission’s latest marketing promises that online registration is a simple process, quicker than making a cup of tea.

For full details of how to register and eligibility see our online guide at

New Ibiza Office of Housing Rights Opens

The Minister of Land, Transport and Energy of the Balearic Government, Joan Bonet, together with the President of Ibiza, Vicente Torres, and the Vice President and Minister of Housing insular, Viviana Sans, were in attendance to present the official opening of the ‘Balearic Institute of Housing (IBAVI) to Ibiza, which will also host the Office of Housing Rights. The first vice president of the Consell, Viviana Sans, who also presides over housing matters in the Island government, explained that the office will offer a service that is “global, integral, and will promote actions to develop policies on housing issues and find solutions to the problem of foreclosures.” Sans also announced the next meeting of the Bureau of Housing, which will bring together the councillors of Social Welfare and Urban Planning of the different municipalities of the island. “Housing in Ibiza has become a problem of unacceptable, proportions and we must find solutions,” said Sans.

The Minister of Land, Transport and Energy of the Balearic Government, Joan Bonet, said that the opening of an IBAVI office in Ibiza is “the fulfillment of a campaign promise, and a commitment to attend to the housing problems of Ibiza’s citizens. “

  • The office opened to the public on March 2, and is located on the fourth floor of the Consell offices on Avenue España in Ibiza Town. Open from 9am to 2pm Mon to Fri, Tel: 971 784 994 or email


Food & Drink


Stevie D’s, Expatacular!

  • Nick Gibbs

Stevie D’s has, to the best of our knowledge, been the only venue in Ibiza serving the full English breakfast and Traditional Sunday Roast all winter long. For that alone they deserve a round of applause, just for being there, for fulfilling that expat need to cure the hangover, or get that special Sunday feeling, in the best ways we know how, come rain, wind or lucky as we are here normally shine.

Availability alone would not however gain the pun-line Expatacular. To achieve such Stevie D’s don’t just do it, they do it very well.

Breakfast.  What you see is what you get, plus 2 rounds of toast that you don’t see because I forgot to add them to the photo frame in my haste to tuck in.

It’s big, and it is all British. Well the bacon is probably Danish but you know what I mean. So it’s 2 rashers, 2 proper sausages, Heinz baked beans, 2 eggs cooked as you like them—and neither the 2 hash browns or mushrooms are priced add ons, they all come as standard on the full 6€ breakfast.

There is a smaller option for lesser appetites, great value at 3.50€ and those preferring the lighter plate need not look over at their full breakfast counterparts in envy having missed out on the usual omissions of smaller breakfasts, they still get everything on the full breakfast, just 1 of each item instead of 2.

Onto the roast (a different sitting I should add, it would be a brave man take both breakfast and dinner on the same day), and whilst waiting for my Roast Beef Jeanette delivered a sampler of Roast Pork and Crackling. This presented a problem. The crackling was a real cracker leading to questions as to my existing crackling loyalties. I therefore decided that ranking was becoming impossible and a roll of crackling excellence was required, onto which Stevie D’s go without hesitation.

The Sunday roast is quite simply huge. It is hard to argue with Jeanette’s outlook of preferring to see some left on a plate than have people leave still wanting, and it is hard to think any comment of ‘not enough’ would ever come up on their diner reviews.

The beef was cooked superbly, full of flavour, and everything on the plate had that home cooked quality, unsurprising as that is exactly what everything on the plate was. Criticism? Only one really, and as criticism’s go it’s as good as a compliment. I’d have liked another Yorkshire to soak up the pot of delicious gravy. It’s not that I wanted more, far from it, but I’d never say no to another home cooked Yorkshire Pud. Perhaps I’d have traded something—not the roast spuds or beef, it would have to be a lesser vegetable :-)

Stevie D’s offer Sunday Lunch from 2pm until 6pm throughout the winter. Half of Roast Chicken 13€, Roast Beef 14.50€ and Roast Pork 14€ all served with freshly mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, a selection of seasonal vegetables and gravy. Plus of course, as if you’d have to ask, plentiful pots of mustard, horseradish and apple sauce.

There is plenty going on every day and night of the week at Stevie D’s. See their advert for the day by day  diary.

Find Stevie D’s on facebook


Sunday Roasts @ Cubar

  • Ibiza Town
  • Claire B

Ibiza’s very own Cuban bar ‘Cubar’ is going all British on Sundays at the moment and offering Sunday Roasts, cooked by Darren Potter (formerly of jds). 2 courses (starter and main) costs 15€ or 2 courses plus a mojito or daiquiri is 20€. Reservations are recommended. Cubar is on Parque de la Paz in Ibiza Town.

Community & Agenda



Thursday 3rd Mar to Wednesday 9 Mar 2016

ARIES  – The Hermit

You need some alone time this week.  Healing, through meditation or by other means is essential to your wellbeing, connecting you to source.  Not so random thoughts inspire you to heal old wounds by acknowledging that your outer world only reflects what’s within.  You’ve travelled an arduous road; thankfully now there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

TAURUS – The Emperor

You’re on top form and anything you need to accomplish is easily done.  Your leadership qualities stand out and you’re at your creative best.  If approached to organise or take charge of a new or existing project, say YES!   One thing to watch make time for some rest and relaxation, but even then the Emperor will do that in style!

GEMINI – Judgement

You feel a sense of liberation and anything that’s held you back is now but a memory.  This is especially true if, in fact, you’ve been the engineer of your own setbacks.  Be determined to operate from a place of happiness and contentment be open with your thoughts and feelings and especially don’t be afraid to speak your truth.

CANCER – Transformation

A situation’s past it’s sell by date, so why are you reluctant to move on?  Whether it’s about a relationship, career or domestic set-up, one thing is for sure time to ring in the changes.  Face whatever fears are preventing you from taking a leap into the unknown. The longer you ignore it the likelihood others will dictate the pace.

LEO – Queen of Pentacles

A woman relative or friend will offer you sound advice, especially when it comes to relationships.  Her wise counsel is valuable, so think twice before ignoring it.  Business wise, she also represents a female boss or powerful colleague who it would be wise to treat with respect.  She’ll willingly share her knowledge, but only if you prove to be trustworthy.

VIRGO – Nine of Swords

Keep your thoughts as positive as possible even if situations become problematic. You have much to deal with this week; making it difficult for you to see the wood for the trees.  Sort out one issue at a time by categorising their immediate importance and impact.  Most of what you fear may never happen, so don’t give in to it.

LIBRA – Ten of Pentacles

This card is a great indicator that your finances are on the up as you’ll be attracting material rewards with insulting ease.  New business ventures look to be successful so this is a great week to sign contracts and make agreements.   Ambitions are about to be realised as your public love what you do.  Property investments are worth looking into.

SCORPIO – Five of Wands

Love can only be earned. You can’t force it or demand it, therefore sort out the internal workings of your own emotions this week and let others get on with theirs.  Muddled thinking will tie you up in knots, so relax and bask the affection you attract.  You succeed by breaking through emotional blocks and letting down your barriers.

SAGITTARIUS – Four of Swords

This card advises you to take a back seat and to take life easy; withdraw from a hectic lifestyle and take stock of the past few months.  Enjoy being in the NOW, before making plans for the future.  Meditation, yoga, tai chi, chill music etc. are all good methods for helping you to unwind.  Be peaceful in all your dealings.

CAPRICORN – Queen of Swords

You’re able to cut through the crap and get straight to the heart of important issues this week and are able to expose others lies or weaknesses with a zeal that borders on ruthlessness.  It’s important however, to maintain a sense of humour which air sign women, Aquarius, Libra or Gemini have in abundance; they’re straight talking and insightful too!

AQUARIUS – Ten of Swords

You’re at the point of an emotional breakthrough this week; however from your current perspective you might find that hard to believe.  Old fears cripple your creative output if you allow them to get the better of you.  Seek the expert advice or help of those you trust as you need to offload and feel supported by loving, kind friends.

PISCES – The Tower

Somewhere in your life, a false ideal or belief requires dismantling. This involves great courage on your part as this will have consequences in all your relationships at work and play.  If you don’t initiate this process, events could be taken out of your hands.  The result will be the same, radical change.  See this as an amazing opportunity.

Safe Passage

  • Demonstration in Ibiza
  • Carly S

Last September, the humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and neighbouring countries was brought starkly and harrowingly to the attention of the world by the publication of a tragic image of a tiny boy named Aylan drowned on a beach. It was every parents worst nightmare and a sense of helpless anger swept the world as we asked each other and ourselves how this could ever have happened in a modern world (the answers to which are far too complex, deep and politically charged to even attempt to address in this newspaper article)  However, despite the initial outrage, nothing has really changed in order to prevent it from happening again. In fact, the situation has worsened with over 3000 more refugee men, women and children since dying at sea and on land in attempt to gain refuge. It’s the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War Two and a group of ordinary citizens decided that it was time to take a stand.

The SafePassageNow citizens movement was formed this year to motivate and support the ordinary people of Europe as they broadcast a message to the Governments of Europe:

“We are demanding that European authorities and governments take action now to open safe passage routes for all those who seek protection.

– #safepassage means legal and safe routes: no more deaths at our borders

– #safepassage means protection for refugees on their travel through Europe

– #safepassage means adequate standards of reception and asylum in all European countries, no longer diminishing the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, allowing refugees to keep their belongings, allowing them to be reunited with their families and providing stability as far as their right of residence is concerned.

These people are running away from death. We cannot allow them to die in front of our eyes! We cannot allow them to be held in inhumane camps when they came looking for freedom and safety! We cannot fail as human beings!” (taken from the manifesto on SafePassageNow’s facebook page, a manifesto which was read aloud and added to in various languages and across the world on Saturday).

The response to this plea was fantastic and by February 27th, over 150 cities worldwide, not just within Europe, had answered the call to stand up for their fellow man and organised a wide range of peaceful events, demonstrations, marches, festivals, readings, dramatisations and benefits in an attempt to highlight the plight of the refugees. Spain was the most supportive country involved with events in over 50 of its cities.

As one of the admins of the Love From Ibiza charitable group, set up by Marie Duchar Clark last year in order to send aid to charities helping refugees across Europe, I was part of the group planning the Ibiza event, which was carried out in the name of the Plataforma Sociosanotario de Ibiza (and here I must thank Enric Casanova for all his hard work in soliciting and securing the permission for the demonstration). The only permission we were able to get at short notice was for a peaceful gathering with a reading of the safe passage manifesto, so what we really needed was press support to publicise and cover the event, and feet on the street to make our message clear. We were very lucky on the first count with all of the local newspapers running articles to publicise it. Unfortunately; perhaps due to the dismal weather, perhaps due to people having ambivalent feelings towards the cause, perhaps due to people being too busy or unable to attend for other reasons and despite the Love From Ibiza group having 1000 members; there were only around 60 of us in Vara De Rey on Saturday. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t a little disappointed with the turnout, however some very influential locals were there to make their stand, including the president and vice president of the Consell; Vicent Torres and Marta Diaz, director of tourism Vicent Torres Ferrer Benet and counsellor for the environment Miquel Vericad (and of course, The Ibizan’s favourite local DJ David ‘Chip’ ‘Squirrel’ Ward).  Across the floor were scattered life jackets to represent just a few of the lives lost at sea. Each person carried a placard with the safe passage message and we also placed them around the monument in the centre which we used as our meeting point. Readings of the manifesto, which had been developed and added to by various members of the organising group, were done atop the monument in Spanish and very eloquently and passionately in English, by a local Greenpeace member and Karen Killeen respectively. They highlighted the injustices carried out against the refugees, the racism and fear with which their plight is being received,  the prosperity and relative security of Syria prior to civil war breaking out, the pleas from Syrians and middle Eastern refugees, particularly children, to end the wars and the fact that we are all human and all deserve our basic human rights. You can watch a video of the full speech on the Love From Ibiza facebook page.

I hope that our contribution to this hundreds of thousands strong global citizens movement has had an impact, we await the result. For now, Love From Ibiza will continue in its fundraising and consciousness raising efforts in support of our less fortunate fellows. We continue to sell brand new and second hand products online through our Facebook group and at local markets, and Karen Killeen will be running ‘SOS Yoga’ classes led by various instructors at locations around the island. Participation in yoga classes is by donation and every penny will go to ProActiva Open Arms, a lifeboat charity focused on rescuing refugees. The first class is on Sunday 13th March from 11.30 – 13.00 on Playa D’En Bossa beach in front of Nassau beach club. For more information, go to

We are also in the early stages of planning a big fundraising family day in April, for which we’d really appreciate support from local people, businesses and services in the contribution of raffle and auction prizes, help on the day and attendance at the event. Please get in touch via Love From Ibiza if you’d like to help or to stay updated on our fundraising efforts. 


Bites & Beats

  • Playa d’en Bossa
  • Claire B

The 1st of the Bites & Beats pop up food parties takes place on Friday March 4 at Forty Fives on the beach in Playa d’en Bossa (formerly jds). Hosted by chef Jila Walker and DJ Buckley Boland, the event will combine a sumptuous mix of food and music. Each event will have a different theme on the menu – Jila will be cooking up a 3-course menu of organic veggie and vegan food whilst Buckley sets the mood and provides music for the soul. The first event will be an eastern journey, with a menu of 3 dishes to choose from for each course. To start: Gado gado salad with a punchy peanut sauce; Mezze platter with babaganoush, hummus, tzatziki, olives and almonds with hot pita triangles; Thai spiced butternut squash coconut and carrot soup. Mains: Shitake mushroom, red pepper and green bean Rendang curry served with fragrant rice; Thai red vegetable curry served with fragrant rice; Pumpkin, red onion and cranberry tagine served with Moroccan couscous. To finish: Vegan gooey chocolate brownie served with walnuts and a coconut cream; Baklava; Greek yoghurt, pistachios and rose water infused honey. Whilst Jila is busy in the kitchen, Buckley will be spinning the tunes while dinner is being served and getting the party started afterwards. He’s been djing for 26 years including a residency at the Hacienda back in the early 90’s, an 11-year residency at Back to Basics in the UK and a resident for We Love Sundays @ space here in Ibiza.

There are 2 sittings for dinner – 7.00-8.30pm and 8.30-10.00pm – with music and hopefully some dancing continuing until late. The price is 21€ for 3 courses.

Live music

  • Ibiza Town
  • Claire B

More live concerts are being put on under the banner of ‘Xiringuito a Groenlàndia’. The concerts have been organised by a group of local musicians who want to bring alternative live music to Ibiza and have received a Balearic grant, managed by the Institut d’Estudis Balearics, called ‘TALENT-IB’ to promote performances by music and theatre groups from the Balearic Islands. Most are held in Bar Can Pou in Ibiza Town and the one April 16 is outdoors in the Cloister of the City of Ibiza (Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa), which is a fantastic venue.

  • Mar 5: Los Bélmez (pop, Jaén), Can Pou, 22.30h
  • Mar 19: F/E/A (Andorra), Ora i Sonora (post-rock), Bar Can Pou, 23.30h
  • Apr 2: Rinxolets d’Or (children’s puppet show), Bar Can Pou, 12.30h
  • Apr 2: Los Peligroses Gentlemen (blues R&B, Mallorca), Can Pou, 22.30h
  • Apr 9: Aucell Cantaire (folk), Can Pou, 12.30h
  • Apr 16: GAF y la Estrella de la Muerte (post-rock, Tenerife), and Satellites i Mikrophone (rock, Mallorca), Claustre de l’Ajuntament d’Eivissa
  • May 1: Leonmanso (folk, Menorca), Bar Can Pou 12.30h

Live in Gerts

  • Santa Gertrudis
  • Claire B

Sluiz continues to put on free live music on Sunday afternoons during March from 16.30-20.00.

  • March 6: Mal Brittain, Jodie Kean & Volker Schmitz (unplugged)
  • March 13: Jazzybiza (jazz)
  • March 20: Edu Egito (from Brazil)
  • March 27: Rebecca Gamboa (playing new work)

Sluiz is on the Carretera Ibiza-San Miguel, Km 4, just outside Santa Gertrudis. Look out for the blue and white cows outside.


  • Teatroespana Sta Eulalia

Wed 2nd  Fri 4th Sat 5th & Sun 6th; 18-00hrs. The Danish Girl. (2015 Cert 15 1hr 59 mins) A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s ground-breaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard.  Why not check out the web site for future films and events

Red Peril

  • Playground Pill Popping, Infants on E. 
  • Gibbs

Blue (age 6) “Dad if i get a headache later it will be OK because I can take some of my tablets.”

Dad (distracted) “Let’s hope you don’t get a headache then.”

Dad (penny dropping several minutes later) “What do you mean ‘your tablets’, what tablets?”

Blue “The ones in (name withheld for avoidance of parental shame)’s party bag.”

Blue then shows me what has to go down as the most outrageously inappropriate kids candy ever: a blister pack of pill sized, pill shaped, brightly coloured sweets complete with foil pop out dispensing system. They make sweet cigarettes look like a nutritious health bar in comparison. At least that 70’s faux pas hadn’t gone to such lengths to create such a perfect facsimile of their parent’s vice to which tots could aspire.

It boggles the mind what company would manufacture them, what retailer would stock them, and what parent would buy them. Though I guess none of that supply chain would acknowledge their resounding resemblance to prescription drugs, it was clear talking to Blue that he and his friends saw them as exactly that – play pills.

You can imagine the playground chat, “I’m having the same yellow ones as Mummy every day, as she said it was because of them I was born”, “I’m taking blue ones like daddy’s that make mummy happy Saturdays”, I mean seriously, we warn of medicine’s danger, we lock tablets away high out of reach, we devise kidproof bottles, then some gits come along with the message “tablets are fun, so don’t just have one”.

As it turned out my concerns as to the corruption of universal childhood were cut short with Blue’s comment that the “red ones were best”. As many parents will know, and many more should know, ‘red’ in confectionery terms means only one thing, trouble ahead. I don’t know what E number it is they put in it, but I know it can have as much effect on a child’s personality as its grown up brother E can on a 18 year old double dropper on their first holiday in the Mediterranean sun.
Within 20 minutes our son had gone from mild mannered janitor to whirling dervish. The dog was hiding under the bed, mum was hiding under the dog, and i was just about keeping control with use of an upturned dining chair and whip in the style of circus lion tamer.

OK it wasn’t that bad, but the usual hugely hyperactive that follows ingestion of that special kids E. The problem is even commercially acknowledged. Having noticed this change some time ago, i read the ingredients on the packet of sweets he had eaten, what we used to refer to as red liquorish, to find the tiny small print warning “not recommended for children under 12 years of age” – I kid you not, and this on a packet clearly marketed at children alongside fizzy coke bottles, and mallow bananas.

I can only assume that it is not recognised as a ‘drug’ by more parents as it has no real effect on us. But as ever parent knows kid’s medicines have a huge and immediate effect on them, though they won’t even take the edge of your bout of flu.

Since days of running kindergartens in the UK I have been an advocate of the outlook that a huge amount of behavioural problems in children are to do with the E numbers they eat, and especially the E they use for ‘red’. ADHD? Perhaps, but then again perhaps the child is just a playground pill popping junkie hooked on E.


Easter Fairs.

This year’s Easter Fair at Bar Cruce in San Raphael is taking place on Saturday 26th March 9am to 3pm. The fair is to raise money that will be divided between Age Concern Ibiza & Formentera and The Homeless. I am asking for donations of items that can be raffled, used on the tombola, plant, toy, book, homemade cakes/jams and nearly new clothing stalls. If you have anything that you wish to donate then this can be dropped off at Thomas Greens in San Antonio, or if you’re on the eastern side of the island then call me and I’ll arrange to meet you. I hope that the generosity shown in the past can once again help to make the fair a huge success and I look forward to seeing you there. For more information or if you would like to help out on the day then call me on 971 196394.

Margaret Nawaz.

Age Concern

Dear Friends.  At the recent AGM of Age Concern Ibiza and Formentera it was agreed that in future enquiries concerning the hire and return of equipment would be in the hands of Jayne Bamber.  Please note contact should be made during office ours (except in emergency) to  971 343232 or mobile 690691587.

Kind regards, Dee Facey-Thorne.

 View From The Pew; George Herbert

  • Dr Peter Pimentel

As I write this, the Anglican Church commemorates the life of the English poet and priest George Herbert (d.1633).I think of some phrases from his masterpieces:

“Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back”.

“Heaven in ordinary”.

“Church bells beyond the stars heard”.

I think of his wonderful hymn:

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

The heavens are not too high, his praise may thither fly,

The earth is not too low, his praises there may grow.

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

The church with psalms must shout, no door can keep them out;

But, above all, the heart must bear the longest part.

Let all the world in every corner sing, my God and King!

It’s quite remarkable that a Church of England poet and priest of the 1600’s could write: “the church with psalms must shout”.  That’s so enthusiastic – so un-Church of England!   It more Pentecostal or charismatic hundreds of years before Pentecostals or charismatics existed!

I do like best of all, his phrase: “Heaven in ordinary”.  It seems to me that we do get glimpses of heaven in the ordinary things of life if we treasure each moment as a precious gift of love.

  • Services: Mothering Sunday 6th March 9.30am traditional holy communion & 10.30 worship with holy communion both at San Rafael
  • The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera. See website for locations & information. Tel 971 343383

The Balearics


 The Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands, approved by the Organic Law 2/1983 on February 25, established the Balearic Islands as an autonomous community of Spain. Since its initial approval, the statute has undergone many changes and reforms, the most recent of which came into effect on March 1, 2007, coinciding with the Day of Balearic Islands. Balearic Islands.

The Balearic Islands; Catalan: Illes Balears; Spanish: Islas Baleares are an archipelago of Spain. The four largest islands are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. There are many minor islands and islets in close proximity to the larger islands, including Cabrera, Dragonera and S’Espalmador.

The archipelago forms an autonomous community and a province of Spain, with Palma de Mallorca as the capital. The co-official languages in the Balearic Islands are Catalan and Spanish. The current Statute of Autonomy declares the Balearic Islands as one nationality of Spain. Though currently a part of Spain, throughout history the Balearic Islands have been under the rule of number of different kingdoms and countries.


Both Catalan and Spanish are official languages in the islands. Catalan is designated as a “llengua pròpia”, literally “own language” in its statute of autonomy. Practically all residents of the Balearic Islands speak Spanish fluently. In 2003 74.6% of the Islands’ residents also know how to speak Catalan and 93.1% can understand it.


The official name of the Balearic Islands in Catalan is Illes Balears, while in Spanish they are known as the Islas Baleares. The term “Balearic” derives from Greek (Γυμνησίαι/Gymnesiae and Βαλλιαρεῖς/Balliareis). In Latin (Baleares).

Of the various theories on the origins of the two ancient Greek and Latin names for the islands—Gymnasiae and Baleares—classical sources provide two.

According to the Lycophron’s Alexandra verses, the islands were called Γυμνησίαι/Gymnesiae (γυμνός/gymnos, meaning naked in Greek) because its inhabitants were often nude, probably because of the year-round benevolent climate.

The Greek and Roman writers generally derive the name of the people from their skill as slingers (βαλεαρεῖς/baleareis, from βάλλω/ballo: ancient Greek meaning “to launch”), although Strabo regards the name as of Phoenician origin. He observed it was the Phoenician equivalent for lightly armoured soldiers the Greeks would have called γυμνῆτας/gymnetas. The root bal does point to a Phoenician origin; perhaps the islands were sacred to the god Baal and the resemblance to the Greek root ΒΑΛ (in βάλλω/ballo) is accidental. Indeed, it was usual Greek practice to assimilate local names into their own language. But the common Greek name of the islands is not Βαλεαρεῖς/Baleareis, but Γυμνησίαι/Gymnesiai. The former was the name used by the natives, as well as by the Carthaginians and Romans, while the latter probably derives from the light equipment of the Balearic troops γυμνῆται/gymnetae.


The main islands of the autonomous community are Majorca (Mallorca), Minorca (Menorca), Ibiza (Eivissa/Ibiza) and Formentera. Among the minor islands is Cabrera, the location of the Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Terrestrial National Park.

The islands can be further grouped, with Majorca, Minorca, and Cabrera as the Gymnesian Islands (Illes Gimnèsies), and Ibiza and Formentera as the Pityusic Islands (Illes Pitiüses officially in Catalan), also referred to as the Pityuses (or sometimes informally in English as the Pine Islands). There are many minor islands or islets close to the biggest islands, such as Es Conills, Es Vedrà, Sa Conillera, Dragonera, S’Espalmador, S’Espardell, Ses Bledes, Santa Eulària, Plana, Foradada, Tagomago, Na Redona, Colom, L’Aire, etc.

The Balearic Front is a sea density regime north of the Balearic Islands on the shelf slope of the Balearic Islands, which is responsible for some of the surface flow characteristics of the Balearic Sea.



Ancient history

Little is recorded on the earliest inhabitants of the islands, though many legends exist. The story, preserved by Lycophron, that certain shipwrecked Greek Boeotians were cast nude on the islands, was evidently invented to account for the name Gymnesiae. There is also a tradition that the islands were colonized by Rhodes after the Trojan War.

The islands had a very mixed population, of whose habits several strange stories are told. In some stories, it is said that the people went naked or were clad only in sheep-skins—whence the name of the islands—until the Phoenicians clothed them with broad-bordered tunics. In other stories, they were naked only in the heat of summer.

Other legends hold that the inhabitants lived in hollow rocks and artificial caves, that they were remarkable for their love of women and would give three or four men as the ransom for one woman, that they had no gold or silver coin, and forbade the importation of the precious metals, so that those of them who served as mercenaries took their pay in wine and women instead of money.

In ancient times, the islanders of the Gymnesian Islands (Illes Gimnèsies) constructed talayots, and were famous for their skill with the sling. As slingers, they served as mercenaries, first under the Carthaginians, and afterwards under the Romans. They went into battle ungirt, with only a small buckler, and a javelin burnt at the end, and in some cases tipped with a small iron point; but their effective weapons were their slings, of which each man carried three, wound round his head, or, as seen in other sources, one round the head, one round the body, and one in the hand. The three slings were of different lengths, for stones of different sizes; the largest they hurled with as much force as if it were flung from a catapult; and they seldom missed their mark. To this exercise they were trained from infancy, in order to earn their livelihood as mercenary soldiers. It is said that the mothers allowed their children to eat bread only when they had struck it off a post with the sling.

The Phoenicians took possession of the islands in very early times; a remarkable trace of their colonization is preserved in the town of Mago (Maó in Minorca). After the fall of Carthage, the islands seem to have been virtually independent. Notwithstanding their celebrity in war, the people were generally very quiet and inoffensive. The Romans, however, easily found a pretext for charging them with complicity with the Mediterranean pirates, and they were conquered by Q. Caecilius Metellus, thence surnamed Balearicus, in 123 BC. Metellus settled 3,000 Roman and Spanish colonists on the larger island, and founded the cities of Palma and Pollentia. The islands belonged, under the Roman Empire, to the conventus of Carthago Nova (modern Cartagena), in the province of Hispania Tarraconensis, of which province they formed the fourth district, under the government of a praefectus pro legato. An inscription of the time of Nero mentions the PRAEF. PRAE LEGATO INSULAR. BALIARUM.  They were afterwards made a separate province, called Hispania Balearica, probably in the division of the empire under Constantine.

The two largest islands (the Balearic Islands, in their historical sense) had numerous excellent harbours, though rocky at their mouth, and requiring care in entering them. Both were extremely fertile in all produce, except wine and olive oil. They were celebrated for their cattle, especially for the mules of the lesser island; they had an immense number of rabbits, and were free from all venomous reptiles.  Among the snails valued by the Romans as a diet, was a species from the Balearic isles, called cavaticae, from their being bred in caves.  Their chief mineral product was the red earth, called sinope, which was used by painters.  Their resin and pitch are mentioned by Dioscorides. The population of the two islands is stated by Diodorus at 30,000.

Late Roman/Early Islamic Era

The Vandals under Genseric conquered the Islands sometime between 461 and 468 during their war on the Roman Empire. However, in late 533 or early 534, following the Battle of Ad Decimum, the troops of Belisarius re-established control of the islands to the Byzantine Empire. Imperial power receded precipitously in the western Mediterranean after the fall of Carthage and the Exarchate of Africa to the Umayyad Caliphate in 698 and in 707 the islands submitted to the generous terms of an Umayyad fleet, which allowed the residents to maintain their traditions and religion as well as a high degree of autonomy. Now nominally both Byzantine and Umayyad, the de facto independent islands occupied a strategic and profitable grey area between the competing religions and kingdoms of the western Mediterranean. The prosperous islands were thoroughly sacked by the Swedish Viking King Björn Ironside and his brother Hastein during their Mediterranean raid of 859–862.

In 902, the heavy use of the islands as a pirate base provoked the Emirate of Córdoba, nominally the island’s overlords, to invade and incorporate the islands into their state. However, the Cordoban emirate disintegrated in civil war and partition in the early eleventh century, breaking into smaller states called taifa. Mujahid al-Siqlabi, the ruler of the Taifa of Dénia sent a fleet and seized control of the islands in 1015, using it as the base for subsequent expeditions to Sardinia and Pisa. In 1050, the island’s governor Abd Allah ibn Aglab rebelled and established the independent Taifa of Mallorca.

Crusade against the Balearics

For centuries, the Balearic sailors and pirates had been masters of the western Mediterranean. But the expanding influence of the Italian maritime republics and the shift of power on the Iberian peninsula from the Muslim states to the Christian states left the islands vulnerable. A crusade was launched in 1113. Led by Ugo da Parlascio Ebriaco and Archbishop Pietro Moriconi of the Republic of Pisa, the expedition included 420 ships, a large army and a personal envoy from Pope Paschal II. In addition to the Pisan (who had been promised suzerainty over the islands by the Pope), the expedition included forces from the Italian cities of Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Rome, Siena, and Volterra, from Sardinia and Corsica, Catalan forces under Ramon Berenguer, Hug II of Empúries, and Ramon Folc II of Cardona came from Spain and occitanian forces under William V of Montpellier, Aimery II of Narbonne, and Raymond I of Baux came from France. The expedition also received strong support from Constantine I of Logudoro and his base of Porto Torres.

The combined Crusader fleet raided Ibiza in June, and destroyed its defences, since Ibiza lay between Majorca and the mainland and would have posed a continued threat during a siege. The Liber maiolichinusalso records the taking of captives, who were trying to hide in careae (probably caves), on Formentera. Ibiza was under Crusader control by August. The Crusaders invested Palma de Majorca in August 1114. As the siege dragged on the counts of Barcelona and Empúries entered into peace negotiations with the Muslim ruler of Majorca, but the cardinal and Pietro Moriconi, the Archbishop of Pisa, interfered to put an end to the discussions. Probably the Catalan rulers, whose lands lay nearest the Balearics, expected an annual payment of parias (tribute) from the Muslims and the cessation of pirate raids in return for lifting the siege.

Muslim reinforcements, Almoravids from the Iberian port of Denia, surprised a Pisan flotilla of six in the waters off Ibiza, with only two of the Pisan vessels making it to safety, which consisted of the remains of a fortress burned by the king of Norway a decade earlier. In April 1115 the city capitulated and its entire population was enslaved. This victory was followed by the capture of most of the Balearics’ major settlements and the freeing of most captive Christians on the islands. The independent Muslim taifa ruler was taken back to Pisa a captive.

The crusade then withdrew. Within a year, the now shattered islands were conquered by the Berber Almoravid dynasty, whose aggressive, militant approach to religion mirrored that of the crusaders and departed from the island’s history as a tolerant haven under Cordoba and the taifa. The Almoravid were conquered and deposed in North Africa and on the Iberian Peninsula by the rival Almohad Dynasty of Marrakech in 1147. Muhammad ibn Ganiya, the Almoravid claimant, fled to Palma and established his capital there. His dynasty, the Banu Ghaniya, sought allies in their effort to recover their kingdom from the Almohad, leading them to grant Genoa and Pisa their first commercial concessions on the islands. In 1184, an expedition was sent to recapture Ifriqiya (the coastal areas of what is today Tunisia, eastern Algeria, and western Libya) but ended in defeat. Fearing reprisals, the inhabitants of the Balearics rebelled against the Almoravid and accepted Almohad suzerainty in 1187.


On the last day of 1229, King James I of Aragon (see image previous page) captured Palma after three months of siege. The rest of Mallorca quickly followed. Minorca fell in the year 1232 and Ibiza in 1235. In 1236, James traded most of the islands to Peter I, Count of Urgell for Urgell, which he incorporated into his kingdom. Peter ruled from Palma, but after his death without issue in 1258, the islands reverted by the terms of the deal to the Crown of Aragon.

James died in 1276, partitioning his domains between his sons in his will. The will created a new Kingdom of Mallorca from the Balearic islands and the mainland counties of Roussillon or Montpellier, which was left to his son James II. However, the terms of the will specified that the new kingdom be a vassal state to the Kingdom of Aragon, which was left to his older brother Peter. Chafing under the vassalage, James joined forces with the Pope Martin IV and Philip III of France against his brother in the Aragonese Crusade, leading to a 10-year Aragonese occupation before the islands were restored in the 1295 Treaty of Anagni. The tension between the kingdoms continued through the generations until James’ grandson James III was killed by the invading army of Peter’s grandson Peter IV at the 1349 Battle of Llucmajor. The Balearic Islands were then incorporated directly into the kingdom of Aragon.

Modern period

In 1469, Ferdinand II of Aragon (king of Aragon) and Isabella I of Castile (queen of Castile) were married. After their deaths, their respective territories (until then governed separately) were governed jointly, in the person of their grandson, the Emperor Charles V. This can be considered the foundation of the modern Spanish state, albeit a decentralized one wherein the various component territories within the united crowns retained their particular historic laws and privileges.

The Balearic Islands were frequently attacked by Barbary pirates from North Africa; Formentera was even temporarily abandoned by its population. In 1514, 1515 and 1521 the coasts of the Balearic Islands and the Spanish mainland were raided by Turkish privateers under the command of the Ottoman admiral, Hayreddin Barbarossa.

The island of Minorca was a British dependency for most of the 18th century as a result of the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht. This treaty—signed by the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Portugal as well as the Kingdom of Spain, to end the conflict caused by the War of the Spanish Succession—gave Gibraltar and Minorca to the Kingdom of Great Britain, Sardinia to Austria (both territories had been part of the Crown of Aragon for more than four centuries), and Sicily to the House of Savoy. In addition, Flanders and other European territories of the Spanish Crown were given to Austria. The island fell to French forces, under Armand de Vignerot du Plessis in June 1756 and was occupied by them for the duration of the Seven Years’ War. The British re-occupied the island after the war but, with their military forces diverted away by the American War of Independence, it fell to a Franco-Spanish force after a seven-month siege (1781–82). Spain retained it under the Treaty of Paris in 1783. However, during the French Revolutionary Wars, when Spain became an ally of France, it came under French rule.

Minorca was finally returned to Spain by the Treaty of Amiens during the French Revolutionary Wars, following the last British occupation, which lasted from 1798 to 1802. The continued presence of British naval forces, however, meant that the Balearic Islands were never occupied by the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

  • Compiled with the help of good old Wikipedia and the Balearic Government Websites.

Balearics By Numbers


Each of the main islands is administered, along with its surrounding minor islands and islets, by an insular council (consell insular in Catalan) of the same name. These four insular councils are the first level of subdivision in the autonomous community (and province) of the Baleares.

Before the administrative reform of 1977, the two insular councils of Ibiza and Formentera were forming in a single one (covering the whole group of the Pitiusic Islands).

This level is further subdivided into six comarques only in the insular council of Mallorca; the three other insular councils are not subdivided into separate comarques, but are themselves assimilated each one to a comarca covering the same territory as the insular council.

These nine comarques are then subdivided into municipalities (municipis), with the exception of Formentera, which is at the same time an insular council, a comarca, and a municipality.

Note that the maritime and terrestrial natural reserves in the Balearic Islands are not owned by the municipalities, even if they fall within their territory, but are owned and managed by the respective insular councils from which they depend.

Those municipalities are further subdivided into civil parishes (parròquies), that are slightly larger than the traditional religious parishes, themselves subdivided (only in Ibiza and Formentera) into administrative villages (named véndes in Catalan); each vénda is grouping several nearby hamlets (casaments) and their immediate surrounding lands—these casaments are traditionally formed by grouping together several cubic houses to form a defensive parallelepiped with windows open to the East (against heat), sharing their collected precious water resources, whose residents are deciding and planning some common collective works.

However, these last levels of subdivisions of municipalities do not have their own local administration: they are mostly as the natural economical units for agricultural exploitation (and consequently referenced in local norms for constructions and urbanisation as well) and are the reference space for families (so they may be appended to the names of peoples and their land/housing properties) and are still used in statistics.

 Fact File  
Capital Palma de Mallorca
 • Type Devolved government in a constitutional monarchy
 • Body Govern de les Illes Balears
 • President Francina Armengol (PSOE)
Parliament 59 deputies
Congress 8 deputies (out of 350)
Senate 6 senators (out of 264)
 • Total 4,992 km2 (1,927 sq mi)
Area rank 17th (1.0% of Spain)
 • Total 1,106,049
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
 • Pop. rank 14th (2.3% of Spain)

Population by Island

Island Population  % of Balearics Density (people/km²)
Majorca 777,821 79.12% 214.84
Ibiza 111,107 11.30% 193.22
Minorca 86,697 8.82% 124.85
Formentera 7,506 0.76% 90.17

Municipalities by population size

Municipalities Pop (2013) Island
Palma 398,162 Majorca
Calvià 52,272 Majorca
Eivissa Vila (Ibiza Town) 50,401 Ibiza
Manacor 41,049 Majorca
Llucmajor 37,257 Majorca
Santa Eulària del Riu 36,464 Ibiza
Marratxí 35,258 Majorca
Inca 31,032 Majorca
Ciutadella 29,629 Minorca
Maó 28,765 Minorca
Sant Josep de sa Talaia 24,498 Ibiza
Sant Antoni de Portmany 23,314 Ibiza
Alcúdia 20,163 Majorca
Felanitx 17,359 Majorca
Pollença 16,200 Majorca
Sóller 14,229 Majorca
Sa Pobla 12,901 Majorca
Santa Margalida 12,243 Majorca
Santanyí 11,784 Majorca
Formentera 11,374 Formentera
Capdepera 11,247 Majorca
Son Servera 11,146 Majorca
Andratx 10,748 Majorca
Campos 10,144 Majorca
Alaior 9,769 Minorca
Es Castell 7,956 Minorca
Sant Llorenç des Cardassar 7,857 Majorca
Binissalem 7,792 Majorca
Sant Lluís 7,509 Minorca
Artà 7,415 Majorca
Muro 6,977 Majorca
Bunyola 6,619 Majorca
Santa Maria del Camí 6,500 Majorca
Lloseta 5,680 Majorca
Sant Joan de Labritja 5,677 Ibiza
Porreres 5,496 Majorca
Es Mercadal 5,425 Minorca
Algaida 5,382 Majorca
Ses Salines 5,273 Majorca
Alaró 5,217 Majorca
Esporles 4,991 Majorca
Ferreries 4,610 Minorca
Selva 3,869 Majorca
Consell 3,834 Majorca
Sineu 3,715 Majorca
Sencelles 3,234 Majorca
Vilafranca de Bonany 2,922 Majorca
Montuïri 2,838 Majorca
Petra 2,806 Majorca
Campanet 2,581 Majorca
Llubí 2,324 Majorca
Maria de la Salut 2,140 Majorca
Valldemossa 2,042 Majorca
Puigpunyent 2,010 Majorca
Sant Joan 1,973 Majorca
Santa Eugènia 1,723 Majorca
Es Migjorn Gran 1,520 Minorca
Mancor de la Vall 1,321 Majorca
Lloret de Vistalegre 1,251 Majorca
Costitx 1,192 Majorca
Búger 1,029 Majorca
Ariany 914 Majorca
Deià 755 Majorca
Fornalutx 692 Majorca
Banyalbufar 583 Majorca
Estellencs 369 Majorca
Escorca 252 Majorca



Amanda Zips It Up

Hello everyone, and welcome to another instalment of Amanda Zips It Up.

Yay, it’s March and springtime is just around the corner. I hate winter – in fact, the only good thing about these winter months is the Awards season: the Brits, Baftas, Oscars and the recent Grammys. Fashion-wise, it’s entertaining to see all the A Listers on the Red Carpet dress up to within an inch of their lives, especially those who get it severely wrong.

One thing that has intrigued me this awards season is how female celebs manage to produce the most amazing cleavages within their red carpet frocks. How do they defy gravity in something that has barely any support whatsoever?

Well, Kim Kardashian answered that for us at the recent Grammys. She revealed beforehand via Twitter (like you do) how she achieves that incredible rack. Duct tape. She had zero shame in revealing this secret, even posting pictures of her enhanced bosom with very painful looking tape holding them up and out.

I’m not really blessed in this department so I can only look on in admiration, but if you can bear the agony and uncomfortable feeling of being taped up all night,  it actually creates and amazing effect. High five to Kim for revealing all.

Here’s how she does it.

Covering the nipples is very brave. Do you think she peels it off slowly or rips the tape off like a band aid?

Rymans and WH Smiths have never been so edgy or X Rated.

Onto this week’s edition, and we check out the red carpet at the Oscars. Who nailed it and failed it?

Here’s a sneak peak at my favourite, Gwen Stafani.

So, feet up, take five and enjoy this weeks Zips It Up

London Fashion Week

As well as our Capital hosting the BRITS last week, it has of course been London Fashion Week A/W16. I didn’t go, no prizes for guessing why. It’s always a spectacular few days showcasing all the best in British Fashion.

LFW is known for its weird and wonderful trends, but one new season style is giving us the creeps.

British designer Gareth Pugh held his autumn/winter 2016 show at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden – which alone would be eerie enough, if it wasn’t for the fact he sent models wearing Hannibal Lecter masks down the catwalk.

Yes, the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter from ‘Silence Of The Lambs’, who was forced to wear the same-style restraint mask in case he tried to eat someone.

London Fashion Week is always a top place for celeb spotting, but we didn’t expect this many to turn up to the Topshop Unique show.

A whole host of style stars took their seats in the FROW to watch the brand’s autumn/winter 2016 collection debut, including a very sharply dressed Anna Wintour – but it was the supermodels we just couldn’t take our eyes off.

Now onto the clothes – Topshop described their A/W 16 woman as “a rebel in a rush”, wearing exciting mannish cuts with racy femininity.

The models strutted down the catwalk, donning baby-beehives and heavy feline eyeliner, to an orchestra playing ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ by The Rolling Stones.

For day – oversized trousers and cropped knits were mixed with seductive lace mini dresses and décolletage-baring bra-tops. But the eveningwear truly had the wow factor – featuring embellished star-print velvet, glamorous dresses and plunging necklines.

You all know Toppers is my favourite High Street brand so i’ve already started my wish list.

Health & Fitness


Pop Up Yoga @ Hostal La Torre

  • Carly S

This week I had the pleasure of taking part in a Vinyasa flow yoga class courtesy of YogaOnIbiza Pop Up Yoga. YogaOnIbiza is the brainchild of The Workout Club Ibiza co-founder Marisa Van Welsen and respected island yoga teachers Anna McColl and Leanna Buchanan and classes have been popping up all over our gorgeous white island for several months now. Their aim is to provide a form of yoga accessible to all levels, in beautiful locations and they have struck gold in the beauty stakes by teaming up with Hostal La Torre in Cap Negret for weekly sessions every Wednesday at 17.30 – perfect timing to take in that legendary San Antonio sunset through the huge arched windows of the upper terrace.

I am not an experienced yogi, far from it having only done a handful of sessions, but was very keen to go along. I’ve been doing some pretty intense kettlebell fitness training, so thought a nice relaxing yoga session would be a good way to ease off and stretch out my aching muscles and wind down from the daily mission of keeping an ever increasingly energetic toddler entertained and safe!

It exceeded my expectations.

The space itself was light and airy but warm, with the sounds of the sea, wind and tranquil music creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere which was felt as soon as you entered. Leanna’s gentle voice and big smile added to the sense of warmth and calm and the slow, strong, breathing-led yoga that followed was sublime. A series of breathing and stretching exercises, downward dogs, planks, forward and back bends and various other poses, whose names have since escaped me, flowed together smoothly and lulled me into a kind of trance like state as I moved to the sounds of Leanna’s voice guiding us through, of the wind and music in the room and of my breath. At times Leanna moved around and gently corrected our postures or eased our hunched, stressed shoulders down and I could hear the peaceful breathing as everyone in the room slowly let go of their tensions and worries in the fading sunlight.

It was pure, indulgent ‘me time’ when I didn’t worry about what Ela was up to (and here I must thank my darling husband for watching her so I could attend the class), wasn’t counting how many reps or sets I’d done or planning what to cook for dinner, in fact, I thought about nothing at all other than the breathing and movement of the moment. Absolute bliss. I floated out of there full of serenity and totally relaxed. The only downside was that the overcast sky prevented us from seeing the glorious colours of the setting sun – I’ll just have to go back another time. And I highly recommend that you do too.

Pop Up Yoga classes run every Wednesday at Hostal La Torre from 17:30 – 18:30  and cost just 10€. To book a place at this class, or any of the other locations – they pop up on various beaches and other locations around the island too – join the Facebook group Pop Up Yoga.T he website, where you can stay updated on future Pop Up classes, is due to launch soon.

Beach Body Challenge

  • The Workout Club
    • Summer is peeking around the corner, are you beach body ready?

At TWC Ibiza we help many people reach their fitness goals, and now itis time to help you! The Workout Club Ibiza Beach Body Challenge. Especially for you, our loyal Ibizan readers, we have developed a program that will get you back into training.

No worries, you don’t needany equipment for now. And all it takes is10 minutes a day, passion, determination and persistence.

In all the years of helping people in Ibiza and all over the world with our online training programs, we have learnt that people who prepare well are most likely to succeed in reaching their fitness goals. So this is what you do first:

1 Write down your fitness goals.

2 Choose the best time to train

3 Find a fitness buddy

4 Cut out all processed sugars

Writing down your goals is very important. If you don’t know where you’re headed, you are going nowhere. Training is about you. So plan your YOU-time and aim to be consistent. You will form a habit just like brushing your teeth (you do run the risk of becoming addicted to training after the 30 days). Training together is so much more fun. And the good thing is that you can keep one another accountable.

  • The TWC Ibiza Beach Body Program

Before you start, make sure that you have a doctor’s clearing for exercise. Every day you will do only two simple exercises. The squat and the jumping jack.  Is this all you need todoin order to become the new super you..?

In the future you will need to add more exercises and resistance to keep on progressing. But for now these two exercises will make a great start. To motivate you even more, we will give away a prize to one person who completes the 30-day Challenge.

All you need todois train daily and for 30 days post a picture of you working out on Facebook with the tag   @theworkoutclubibiza.

We will select one winner who will receive 3 months of free training at The Workout Club Ibiza, as well as eternal glory.

  • Are you ready to rumble?

So now it’s your turn to become the best you can be. Follow our programme top left and if you have any questions, feel free to ask us anything on Facebook or Twitter. We will rush to your aid at the speed of light. For now we’ll sign off with the words:  ‘It’s never the right time, so you had best start now’




  • Jezza’s Sport Report

City take their first cup, but what odds the 3?

Rugby Union

and after 3 matches of 5 for each team in the 6 Nations Championship, it’s beginning to look like a straight England/Wales head to head for the title on March 12, after the former beat Ireland 21-10 at Twickenham and the latter put France away in Cardiff last Friday. With England now being the only team able to win the Grand Slam by dint of Wales’ earlier draw in Dublin, should be a cracker as the Red Rose want revenge for their defeat by the Dragons in last year’s WCup and the Dragons, well, just because ’tis England! As for the actual game itself, Ireland just ran out of steam in the second half although they did have a lead, albeit a slender one, at half-time, but give the home team their due, they came out and put the Irish under so much pressure that something had to give but, hey, that’s 3 wins from 3 for Jones’ team and you can’t ask much more than that! In the other w/end match, Scotland won a 6 Nations match at last, winning 36-20 in Italy to go above Ireland in to 4th in the table and at least the wooden spoon is not to be theirs this year!

On the domestic front, Premiership leaders Saracens, shorn of 8 England players, accredited themselves well at Sale as they shared 72 points but now only lead the table by 3 points from Exeter who won 26-17 at home to Bath whilst 3rd placed Wasps won 42-10 at home to Harlequins. Leicester in 4th were the week’s biggest winners as they thumped bottom side London Irish 47-20 and good to see England’s heavyweight centre, Manu Tuilagi, clear of injury and desperate to get back in to the nation’s XV altho’ maybe not so good news for incumbent Owen Farrell.

Rugby League

How the mighty have fallen eh, as last year’s Champions Leeds are floundering at the bottom of the Super League with nil points, beaten for the 3rd time from 3 matches this season, whilst Widnes, who ended up in the lower echelons of last year’s table, sit proudly at the top after their 36-18 away win over Huddersfield. Warrington and Wigan in 2nd and 3rd respectively, remain the only two 100%’ers left after both won at the w/end.


Never been a great aficionado of the sport, apart from the big heavyweights and one of my all-time heroes Ali ( the others being Beefy, Seve, Borg, the Fed and JT/Lamps) but a small matter of 2 unbeaten Brit world title holders fighting for each other’s super bantamweight belts in Manchester on Saturday night grabbed my attention. Thankfully though, I didn’t pay for the privilege, as, to all accounts, the fight turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, led by Mancunian Scott Quigg not really laying a decent punch to Belfast’s Carl Frampton for the first 6 rounds. I wouldn’t normally comment but I’ve had more of a slap from “’er indoors” than Quigg gave out in those early rounds, but maybe it had something to do with his jaw being broken by a Frampton uppercut in the 4th round! Suffice to say, Frampton won it on a split decision altho’ to most eyes, it should have been a lot more.


now, and the first of the season’s silverware, the (Capitol One) League Cup, was up for grabs at Wembley on Sunday and what a match that turned out to be as favourites Manchester City were 1-1 with Herr Klopp’s Liverpool after extra-time. City should have been out of sight after 90 minutes with much-heralded strikers Aguero and Sterling missing a host of chances but cometh the hour, cometh the goalie as much-derided Willie (won’t he!) Caballero saved 3 penalties in a row to give City the Cup, this after his recent howlers at the Bridge as Chelsea put 5 past him. Anyway, good on you mate, as us goalie’s must stick together!

So the first Cup of City’s hoped for treble, but methinks could be the only one as in the Premier League, Leicester took another bold step towards the title, winning ugly at home to Naaarwich with an 89th minute winner to remain 2 points clear of the North London challenge from Tottenham after they beat Swansea 2-1 at the Lane. Up until last w/end it was a double North London challenge as Arsenal were only separated from Spurs by goal diff, but Here We Go Again must be the feeling of you Gunners fans, as your team faltered, surprise, surprise, when the going got tough viz-a-viz a 3-2 loss at OT to a Manchester Utd side under pressure and with 13 injured players, having to field 4/5 youngsters from their Academy, and, yes, you blew it, yet again, a result that had noted Sky TV pundit Graham Souness calling the team, and I quote, “weak and insipid pussyfoots!” However, well done to United and LvG as they had confidence in their “kids” and are beginning to get back in to some good form, and remain in 5th, only 3 points behind noisy neighbours City in that last CL spot. Elsewhere, West Ham scored the only goal in a win at home over Sunderland to stay in 6th, Southampton’s run of 6 unbeaten came to an end on the South coast as Hiddink’s Chelsea, unbeaten in the League and Cup in 2015, are making up for their woeful first half of the seaso and came from behind to win 2-1, Stoke just beat bottom club Aston Villa 2-1 in the Potteries in what Sky TV’s pundit and Anfield legend Phil Thompson described as the “worst match this season”, Watford dropped 2 points at home to Bournemouth in a stalemate,  and finally West Bromwich almost gave up a 3-0 half-time lead at home to Crystal Palace  but scraped through 3-2. Important week as ’tis a double header this week with both mid-week and w/end games  in the Premier with Leicester playing West Brom and Watford, and Tottenham at West Ham and then home to Arsenal so by next week we could be much closer to knowing where the title’s going, or not, as the case may be!

In to Europe now, and to bring you smack up-to-date with both Cups, in the CL knock-out round, Chelsea hope to turn around a 2-1 deficit at the Bridge next week after losing the first leg to PSG but have that all-important away goal which could be vital, Manchester City are almost in to the Quarters after their 3-1 win at Dinamo Kiev but it looks dire for Arsenal, having lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona, although to be fair Arsenal were certainly not embarassed and could have been 2-0 up at the break, but, as we all know, missed chances don’t win matches and to make it worse, they were caught by two sucker punches in counter-attacks. Brilliant though for the English sides in the Europa as all 3 went through to the last 16, Man Utd with a 6-3 aggregate score over Mittjyland, Tottenham 3-1 over Fiorentina and Liverpool 1-0 over Augsburg. Shame then, that the draw threw up a Man U/Liverpool tie, which, considering both club’s illustrious European history, is the first time the two have met in Europe.

Finally, in La Liga, looks as if Real Madrid’s challenge to Barca for the title is all over as they lost 1-0, at home to boot, to arch-rivals Atletico while Barca opened up an 8 point lead over Atletico and 12 over Real after their 2-1 home win against Sevilla. And absolutely finally, can’t quite get my head around the fact that Gianni Infantino has been voted in as President of FIFA, this the same man who was General Secretary to the infamous Blatter for the best part of 12 years and who must have known what was occurring when Blatter was supposedly taking and giving out bribes! Oh, footie politics, eh, don’t you just love ’em!

On that note, cheers for now


The Guide





The construction sector in Spain contributed a total of 80,055 million euro to Spain’s GDP during the last quarter of 2015, which, according to the National Statistics Institute, is the highest figure in the last three years.

The last time that the sector generated a figure over 80,000 million euro was at the end of the third quarter of 2012.

The last quarter of 2015 was the seventh consecutive quarter in which revenue generated from the construction sector increased each quarter.

Nevertheless, while it is great news that the construction sector is back on track, the 80,000 million euro from the last quarter of 2015 is nothing in comparison to figures reached during the boom years.

In fact, September – December’s total is just 57% of the 140,000 million euro reached during the second quarter of 2007, the best figure in the history of the sector.

So, despite the fact that the construction sector is generating more money than it has done for a while, it is still almost half of what it was almost ten years ago.

The last time apart from in 2012 that figures of 80,000 million euro were registered was actually in 1998.

However, let’s not forget that the construction sector is in a positive phase once more. And this is also demonstrated in the fact that the number of new constructions is continuously growing.

According to data from the Department of Public Works, during the first 11 months of last year, a total of 19,529 new buildings were started. This means that construction began on more than 20,000 new buildings for the whole year, which is the highest figure since 2011, when 28,000 were reached.

Between the years of 2003 and 2006, however, this figure was 200,000, ten times more.

And another figure that demonstrates the recovery of the construction sector is one related to mortgages. Last year, a total of 244,827 mortgages were granted – almost 20% more than in 2014.

As expected, this is a long way off the number awarded between the years of 2005 and 2007, when the norm was around the 1 million mark.

  • Information supplied with kind assistance of On The Pulse Of Spain—a great resource for legal , administrative and property matters.