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Guardia Civil have detained the alleged perpetrator of at least nine forest fires in Ibiza

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Guardia Civil have detained the alleged perpetrator of at least nine forest fires in Ibiza

The Guardia Civil have detained a 27-year-old man as the alleged perpetrator of at least nine forest and agricultural fires on the island of Ibiza.

27 year old arrested for ibiza forrest fires

Ibiza is constantly on high alert when it comes to the threat of fire in the summer months. This summer has seen exceptionally high temperatures and little rainfall (with the exception of last weeks downpour). The pines from the islands native trees make for a highly combustible forest floor. However, it has come to light that there have been more sinister contributing factors to this year’s spate of forest fires. It has been established by an investigation conducted by members of the Civil Protection Service ‘SEPRONA’ (the environmental division of the Civil Guard) that all the fires (that occurred mainly in the areas of Sant Josep and Sant Antoni) were started in a similar way, following similar suspicious patterns.

Guardia Civil investigators were able to conduct the investigation of the fires by obtaining data and evidence with the cooperation of local police, this culminated in the identification of the now detained suspect and the collection of corroborating evidence supporting their involvement as the alleged perpetrator for some of these fires. The investigation continues.

Donate your disks to our charity vinyl sale

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Donate your disks to our charity vinyl sale

The Great Ibiza Vinyl Fair returns to Las Dalias for Wax Da Jam on the 17th of August. We are asking you the public to donate records to our charity stall. We will donate 100% of revenue from sales of these records to Last Night A DJ Save My Life, a charitable foundation creating opportunities & fundraising initiatives to enable the dance music industry to make a positive impact in support of children in crisis.

Indian Children

 If you have some dusty old vinyl you no longer play hidden away in some recess of your home then please drop us an email to [email protected] or message us via our facebook page. Please leave your number and we will arrange pick-up. Your old wax could find a new life with someone who will listen and appreciate it and the proceeds go to a very good cause.

Ritual and Namaste present Up2Us at Las Dalias

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Ritual and Namaste present Up2Us at Las Dalias

Tucked away over the hills of Ibiza, in the heart of the north lies something quite different from the typical Island tourist attractions. Up2Us a festival style gathering, launched by Ritual and Namaste Ibiza has bought something quite magical to Wednesday nights to the island.

Unlike typical club nights that charge overpriced door charges, drinks and promote segregation of its clubber through VIP services. Up2Us brings something for everyone, promoting an evening for all ages, social status and cultural backgrounds. Everyone is treated like a VIP, without the price tag, with a modest door charge – free before 9pm and 10Euros after. It’s no wonder an evening created by the island locals is turning heads from all areas of Ibiza, with tourists and island residents creating a solid creative community, in an otherwise transient culture.

Cloaked in creativity, fuelled by live music and hand selected DJs, artists and performers, UP2US prides itself on bringing the creative community together to experience something outside the primary clubs and typical DJ line ups. Here you’ll find the emphasis is on visual performance and co-creating your experience alongside other spectators and their own UP2US performers, enhancing the mood and inciting the celebration.

The ongoing weekly happening has brought a flow of ancient wisdom keepers through to experiential performances to the already abundant Ibiza landscape, and thankfully shows no sign of stopping. They openly welcome a vibrant mix of locals, family’s, clubbers, visitors and long term seasonal residents serving a platform for a melting pot of unique ideas, forward and independent free thinking exercises all culminating in a memorable weekly party.

First launched a few months ago and starting as Namaste’s 20th anniversary celebration, UP2US have continued to support the creative communities of the island all joining forces across different stages that also includes and incorporates a stylish saloon and a family friendly experience. As they saying goes … what’s next is Up2Us!

About Up2Us Up2Us is an alternative gathering of its very own held on Wednesdays in Las Dalias. Set up by Ritual and Namaste the two have joined forces to bring an evening of creative expressions in all its forms, hosted by the residents and locals for all to enjoy. For more information visit their facebook page

Cathy Guetta’s lawyers call for apology from mayor for Bagatelle closure

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Cathy Guetta’s lawyers call for apology from mayor for Bagatelle closure
Cathy Guetta Bagatelle Ibiza

Bagatelle (formerly Cala Moli Beach Club) opened to great fanfare this summer hosting over 500 socialites at it’s inaugural event. The beach club hosted by David Guetta’s ex-wife has hit headlines for all the wrong reasons this week as the Diario reported that the Council of Sant Josep has opened a file for a “very serious” infringement. The infringement in question is for exceeding regulated noise levels and according to the first deputy mayor of Sant Josep, Paquita Ribas they could face a fine of 12,000 euros.

The fine is not so much what has stirred interest and amusement in the case, rather it’s how the Bagatelle legal team have dealt with the complaint. A member of their legal team contacted the Diario and expressed his dissatisfaction in relation to the police action. On the 14th of January local police carried out a sound check following complaints from neighbours. As is the procedure in such cases police officers ordered the cessation of music while tests were carried out to ensure there was no other sound interference that could influence the test. The test stopped music for “one hour” thereby interrupting “a significant social act” with French VIPs. Speaking to the Diario he said that he contacted the French consul on the island to ask for “explanations and an apology” from the mayor, Josep Marí Ribas Agustinet.  According to the newspaper, the mayor has not received any calls to clarify the police action.

 

WHAT IS SAVE IBIZA?

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WHAT IS SAVE IBIZA?

The following is from a recently published article in DUB magazine, a publication that has long championed an alternative insiders view of Ibiza with quality journalism and photography, we are figuratively and in this case literally on the same page. You can download the full issue here

What is Save Ibiza, who are we and what are we saving Ibiza from?

Save Ibiza is an alternative guide to Ibiza, created and curated by some long standing Ibiza residents. We focus on affordable and sustainable tourism. We feel these two issues have been the most poignant to the changing face of Ibiza in recent years. The name (which we get a lot of questions about) has a double meaning, it’s a cheeky pun. Our guide aims to help you save money by showing you the best value bars, restaurants, hotels and services on the island, we also have a discount voucher system that makes some of the more expensive aspects of Ibiza more affordable. Prices in Ibiza are amongst the highest in Europe and we want people to enjoy the island without feeling like they have been squeezed, we want it to be an inclusive place that offers people who visit value for money. By directing our focus on what we feel are the more authentic Ibiza experiences, by supporting independent businesses and highlighting projects that promote sustainable tourism we hope we can help save Ibiza from over commercialisation and over saturation of resource hungry VIP culture, there are many Ibiza websites dedicated to the VIP experience, we are simply addressing the balance. We believe the islands natural assets are its most valuable, by promoting these in a sustainable way we hope to promote the importance of its preservation. Tourism is here to stay, how we engineer it will define the future for Ibiza. We are looking at things from a slightly different perspective.

We are not a charity but we do donate to the island’s charities and promote their activities through our blog and social media. We are a social and eco conscious business that works with like minded individuals. Projects like La Bella Verde (eco boat trips), Casita Verde (ecological centre), The Fenix Project (eco tourism) are fine examples of such ventures. We believe social and environmental ideals can coexist and thrive within our capitalist system, our business is an experiment in this. We have some of the finest digital marketing people in Ibiza on our team, we engage people through high-quality content, which we offer our clients at manageable prices for the kind of independent businesses our site represents. We believe that our ideals will resonate with people and contribute a positive alternative to how tourism is promoted on our little island that grows in global demand each year, it’s a place we have lived and loved for many years and hope to continue doing so for many years to come.

If you have an eco conscious business that promotes sustainability or simply offers good value for money contact us. If you have a community project, a preservation initiative or an organisation that protects the islands animals or any project that helps people in need then please get in touch, we will extend our communicational resources to help promote what you do. Drop us an email to [email protected] and let us extend our community to yours.

The Save Ibiza Team

¿Qué es Save Ibiza, quiénes somos y de qué estamos salvando a Ibiza?

Save Ibiza es una guía alternativa de Ibiza, creada y administrada por unos cuantos residentes de largo tiempo de la isla de Ibiza. Nos centramos en turismo asequible y sostenible. Creemos que estos dos asuntos han sido los más relevantes en la evolución de Ibiza en los últimos años. El nombre (sobre el que nos hacen un montón de preguntas) tiene un doble significado, es un juego de palabras. Nuestra guía tiene como objetivo ayudarte a ahorrar dinero al mostrarte los bares, restaurantes, hoteles y servicios de la isla que te ofrecen una mejor relación calidad-precio. También tenemos un sistema de vales de descuento que hace que algunos de los aspectos más caros de Ibiza sean más asequibles. Los precios en Ibiza están entre los más altos de Europa y nosotros queremos que la gente disfrute de la isla sin sentir que los han exprimido, queremos que sea un lugar inclusivo que ofrece a las personas que lo visitan una buena relación calidad-precio. Dirigiendo nuestra atención a lo que creemos que son las experiencias más auténticas de Ibiza, apoyando a los pequeños negocios y destacando proyectos que fomentan el turismo sostenible esperamos poder ayudar save ibiza a evitar la excesiva comercialización y la saturación de la hambrienta cultura vip. Existen muchas paginas en Ibiza dedicados a la experiencia vip, nosotros sencillamente estamos abordando el equilibrio. Creemos que los recursos naturales de la isla son los más valiosos; al promover dichos recursos de una manera sostenible esperamos fomentar la importancia de su conservación. El turismo ha llegado para quedarse, cómo lo manejamos definirá el futuro de Ibiza

Save Ibiza es una guía alternativa de Ibiza, creada y administrada por unos cuantos residentes de largo tiempo de la isla de Ibiza. Nos centramos en turismo asequible y sostenible. Creemos que estos dos asuntos han sido los más relevantes en la evolución de Ibiza en los últimos años. El nombre (sobre el que nos hacen un montón de preguntas) tiene un doble significado, es un juego de palabras. Nuestra guía tiene como objetivo ayudarte a ahorrar dinero al mostrarte los bares, restaurantes, hoteles y servicios de la isla que te ofrecen una mejor relación calidad-precio. También tenemos un sistema de vales de descuento que hace que algunos de los aspectos más caros de Ibiza sean más asequibles. Los precios en Ibiza están entre los más altos de Europa y nosotros queremos que la gente disfrute de la isla sin sentir que los han exprimido, queremos que sea un lugar inclusivo que ofrece a las personas que lo visitan una buena relación calidad-precio. Dirigiendo nuestra atención a lo que creemos que son las experiencias más auténticas de Ibiza, apoyando a los pequeños negocios y destacando proyectos que fomentan el turismo sostenible esperamos poder ayudar save ibiza a evitar la excesiva comercialización y la saturación de la hambrienta cultura vip. Existen muchas paginas en Ibiza dedicados a la experiencia vip, nosotros sencillamente estamos abordando el equilibrio. Creemos que los recursos naturales de la isla son los más valiosos; al promover dichos recursos de una manera sostenible esperamos fomentar la importancia de su conservación. El turismo ha llegado para quedarse, cómo lo manejamos definirá el futuro de Ibiza

No somos una organización benéfica, pero donamos a las organiza-ciones benéficas de la isla y promocionamos sus actividades a través de nuestro blog y nuestras redes sociales. Somos una empresa con consciencia social y ecológica que trabaja con individuos con ideas similares. Proyectos como La Bella Verde (salidas ecológicas en barco), Casita Verde (centro ecológico), The Fenix Project (eco turismo) son excelentes ejemplos de dichas aventuras. Creemos que los ideales sociales y medioambientales pueden coexistir y prosperar dentro de nuestro sistema capitalista, nuestra empresa es un experimento en esto. Tenemos algunos de los mejores profesionales de marketing digital de Ibiza en nuestro equipo, enganchamos a la gente con contenido de alta calidad que ofrecemos a nuestros clientes a precios razonables para el tipo de empresa independiente que nuestro sitio representa. Creemos que nuestros ideales conectan con la gente y contribuyen a una alternativa positiva a cómo el turismo se promociona en nuestra pequeña isla que crece a demanda global cada año; es un lugar en el que hemos vivido y que hemos amado durante muchos años y que esperamos continuar haciéndolo durante muchos años más. Si tienes un negocio con consciencia ecológica que fomenta la sostenibilidad o sencillamente ofrece una buena relación calidad-precio, ponte en contacto con nosotros. Si tienes un proyecto comunitario, una iniciativa de preservación o una organización que protege los animales de la isla o cualquier proyecto que ayuda a personas necesitadas, por favor, ponte en contacto con nosotros, ampliaremos nuestros recursos comunicativos para ayudar a promocionar lo que haces. Mándanos un correo electronico a [email protected] y déjanos llevar nuestra comunidad hasta la tuya.

Es Vedrà, sirens, sacrifices and ufo’s. Myths, truths and legends

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Es Vedrà, sirens, sacrifices and ufo’s. Myths, truths and legends
Es Vedra

Es Vedrà is arguably Ibiza’s most iconic and recognizable landmark. The 400 tall limestone behemoth rises imposingly from the islands south-west seaboard off the shore of Cala d’Hort. It lies beneath the flight path of the airport greeting and bidding farewell to all who land on Ibiza’s shores, stark and beautiful from a bird’s eye view.

In an act of seismic violence 155 million years ago Ibiza rose from the ocean into existence, Es Vedrà in its incongruous beauty is a wonderful reminder of the geological tumble that brought this magical place into existence.

Contrary to the urban myth Es Vedrà has no magnetic properties, none of the physical kind anyway. However, the mythology behind the island is colorful and extensive. As are the many UFO sightings.

The island is said to be home to sirens and sea-nymphs, who tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey. It is also thought of as the holy island of the Tanit the Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the patron goddess and of fertility, who became Ibiza’s patroness. Legend has it that specific sacrifices were made to Tanit during full moons on the shore of the island. Es Vedrà is also the setting for one of Ibiza’s popular fables. Es Gegant des Vedrà (The Giant of Es Vedrà) is the tale about two brothers who, to cure their father of an incurable illness, had to go to Es Vedrà island to gather rock samphire and face the huge giant who lived on the island, huddled in one of the island’s many caves. The two brothers’ ingenuity, along with the help of sea urchins, managed to debilitate the giant, and thus collect the samphire for the cure.

Many people have reported UFO sightings in the skies around the island and some believe that there is a secret UFO base under the sea there, it has been claimed that Es Vedrà is their gateway or navigation beacon. One such sighting is famously known as Caso Manises. On November 11, 1979 a commercial flight between Mallorca and Tenerife was redirected to make an emergency landing in Valencia. The pilot reported a strange rapid moving light accosting his aircraft close to the island of Es Vedrà. He sent out an SOS signal and as the air traffic controller was unable to identify the object he was urged to change his flight path. The incident was recorded and documented in the film below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCo3-1E5EUw

Cover image by Marc De Groot.

Ibizeneco, organic produce direct to your doorstep

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Ibizeneco, organic produce direct to your doorstep

Ibizeneco is an organic produce sale and delivery service, they source their produce from local farmers and deliver directly to your doorstep. Ticking boxes in healthy eating, sustainable farming and supporting local businesses we felt it pertinent to learn a little more about Ibizeneco and introduce then to our readership, we sat down with Ben and put our questions to him.

Who is IbiZenEco and how did you arrive in Ibiza?

IbiZenEco is myself, Ben, and my Argentinian partner Fernando. Fernando joined me at IbiZenEco when my previous partner, Tsuri, returned home to his farm in Israel. IbiZenEco’s ethos and promise is to provide locally grown, seasonal, freshly picked organic goodness, with 100% love. In every way possible we support our local farmers and producers and focus on sourcing Ibiza grown/made organic produce.

Back in 2011 my wife and I were both working as Personal Trainers and hiking guides on health and wellness retreats in Southern Spain and looking for a new challenge. After a brief stay with my parents, who live in Denia on the mainland, we packed up our little Renault Clio and took the ferry to Ibiza. We had no jobs to go to and didn’t even have anywhere to stay that night let alone somewhere to live, but we did have belief and a sense of adventure and have been here ever since!

What motivated you to start IbiZenEco?

Having worked in marketing for Riverford Organic Vegetables in the UK for many years  and being an integral part of the team growing it from a small organic farm to the UK’s largest and most successful vegbox scheme, I had a deep-set passion for the promotion of organic food, especially fresh fruit and veggies. Near enough immediately on arrival to Ibiza I heard of a very new organic vegbox scheme just started by two guys, Tsuri & Doron. I contacted them to see if I could volunteer my time and knowledge and ended up taking over the business in 2013.

Why should people eat organic?

In study after study, research from independent organisations consistently shows organic food is higher in nutrients than traditional foods. Research shows that organic produce is higher in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and the minerals Calcium, Iron, Chromium, and Magnesium.

They’re supportive of growing children’s brains and bodies. Children’s growing brains and bodies are far more susceptible to toxins than adults. Choosing organic helps feed their bodies without the exposure to pesticides and genetically-modified organisms, both of which have a relatively short history of use (and therefore safety).

They’re free of neurotoxins – toxins that are damaging to brain and nerve cells. A commonly-used class of pesticides called organophosphates was originally developed as a toxic nerve agent during World War I. When there was no longer a need for them in warfare, industry adapted them to kill pests on foods. Many pesticides are still considered neurotoxins.

Organic food is earth-supportive (when big business keeps their hands out of it). Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future. Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilisers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.

Organic food choices grown on small-scale organic farms (like us!) help ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood. Consider it the domestic version of fair trade. It supports wildlife habitats. Even with commonly used amounts of pesticides, wildlife is being harmed by exposure to pesticides. It supports greater biodiversity. Diversity is fundamental to life on this planet. Genetically-modified and non-organic food is focused on high-yield monoculture and is destroying biodiversity.

organic vegetables

And I imagine growing and consuming food on the island has a significant effect on your carbon footprint as well as keeping money in the local economy?

Absolutely. Growing and consuming food on-island has a hugely positive effect on our carbon footprint. There’s minimal transport impact – we collect the produce from local producers and farmers and we deliver it straight to our customers – so by buying and consuming food in this way our customers are massively reducing their own carbon footprint by not using their cars to visit perhaps many shops to get what they want, adding to the congestion of the island, as well as keeping money circulating in the local community. It really is Ibiza looking after itself and the environment as a whole.

Who is your typical customer?

There really isn’t a typical customer, we have all sorts from every walk of life. They do tend to be health conscious and environmentally conscious individuals, however. The majority are ex-pats who were customers of similar schemes in their home countries, but also we have many born & bred Ibicencos who just want great quality organic produce without the hassle of visiting all the different markets and shops across the island, especially when the roads of Ibiza become so congested in summer. We take the hassle out of that and deliver straight to your door, and as previously mentioned, greatly reducing the carbon footprint with 1 vehicle doing the work of 20 to 30. We have ever increasing demand from retreats, restaurants and villa agencies wishing to provide their own clients with our fantastic produce.

Where do you deliver to and how do people order?
We deliver throughout Ibiza, from the furthest tip of Portinax to the West End of San Antonio. It’s very simple to order, simply visit www.ibizeneco.com, make your order and we’ll do the rest. Anything that a customer cannot find on the website we do our very best to source, be it fish, chocolate or Vodka – just ask us.

An introduction to The Ibiza Chili Company

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An introduction to The Ibiza Chili Company

Sid Shanti is a pretty established figure on the island of Ibiza, having arrived here originally on his travels as an international touring Goa Trance dj in the 90’s, he has since worn many hats, chef, restaurateur, host, promoter, author… and now captain of (cottage) industry. If you have had the pleasure of reading his Glorious Ibiza Food cookbook then you will know what lengths he goes to, to source the finest in local produce. An extensive local knowledge, his expertise with food and a fondness for the limelight are the perfect recipe for an Ibiza Chili… oh yes and chillies!

chillies

The Chillies (along with the other fruits and vegetables used) are grown organically in the fertile soil of Ibiza by local farmers. In the spring of 2016 Ibiza Chili Co. planted 600 of the world’s rarest chili plants (Carolina Reaper, Trinidad 7 Pot, Chocolate Douglah and Jigsaw) across two farms in the North of Ibiza with a view to create a new range of authentic Ibiza hot sauces. Sid takes a very hands-on approach to the entire process, personally making small batches one at a time. Lemons are squeezed, tomatoes are chopped, Nisperos are de-seeded, secret spice mixes are blended, Chili’s are de-stalked and minced.

“We have four different sauces with different heat scales and flavour profiles. Each with its own use and way to be enjoyed even by those that don’t like things too hot!”

Ibiza Chili

The Great Ibiza Vinyl Fair returns with Wax Da Jam

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The Great Ibiza Vinyl Fair returns with Wax Da Jam

Putting the Wax in Wax Da Jam, The Great Ibiza Vinyl Fair heads to Las Dalias on the 22nd of June.  For the 2017 season, Wax Da Jam has teamed up with Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, a charitable organisation that work within the music industry to make a positive impact on children in crisis. The Great Ibiza Vinyl Fair will also be contributing, donating 10% of all vinyl sales to the charity. As per usual, they will be featuring vinyl from some of Ibiza’s most discerning collections, enthusiasts can find everything from discount discs to rare collector’s editions. There is still time to participate as a vendor if you have a collection you would like to put on sale. Contact [email protected] for more info.

The musical line-up for the opening event is absolutely massive with a soundclash between Nightmares On Wax and Fat Freddies Drop. Get your tickets here http://bit.ly/waxdajam1

Cala Tarida, a birds eye view

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Cala Tarida, a birds eye view

Cala Tarida, one of San Jose’s many beautiful beaches, follow the coast south-west of Cala Conta. The golden sands stretch for over 1km, broken only by rocky inlets that make it conducive to snorkelling. Its shallow waters are kid friendly and there are plenty of nice places to eat and drink that cater to most budgets. Ferry boats can be caught to the beach from San Antonio.

Filmed by Ruairi Cahill & Camilo Andres Sepulveda for Save Ibiza.