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Ibiza has quite possibly amounted the largest number of stereotypes throughout the whole of Spain. The vast majority of which surround the Party Paradise in the sun reputation that the island has created for itself.

Those residing on the island are more than aware that Ibiza is more than just a melting pot of clichés. Here we list 8 stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents.

1 “What happens in Ibiza, stays in Ibiza!” Sex, drugs and… the party! This is the biggest stereotype surrounding the island and among the most damaging to Ibiza’s tourist image. Ibiza is much more than drunk “guiris”, and groups of young ones celebrating stags and hens with the “What happens in Ibiza, stays in Ibiza t-shirts on”. At least this is what the many tourist attractions found inland point to. Visit the small white washed towns of the island, their traditional cooking, and their hidden gems in ”The best hidden coves in Ibiza”, Dalt Vila’s walled district, its museums and a long list of etcetera’s. Find out more fun things to do here.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents

2 “Ibiza is just for rich people” Ibiza offers variety to all purse sizes, for both tourists to residents. In spite of the media’s focus on the most famous side of Ibiza; its celebrities, yachts, and top class hotels… there exists another side of the Island, enjoyable to the more modest lifestyles, with plenty of bars and restaurants open to the mere mortal. Not everyone celebrating their holidays on the island are staying in 5 star hotels: there are also reasonably priced apartments and camping sites all throughout the island. Not all those living on the island live in a villa with views of the ocean, either. Apartments shares and even room sharing is the order of the day, and as with most things, the trick is knowing how to share 😉

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Photo: Jaime García

3 “Ibiza is for the young” You’ve probably heard someone say at some point, that “Ibiza is only for the young”, The phrase is just one more in a long list which gives outsiders the impression that Ibiza is nothing more than fist full of night clubs. For the more senior tourist, Ibiza can offer a variety of offerings: a rich culinary scene, white walled villages to discover and explore. Markets and artisan stores, a vibrant capital city, beaches where you can forget it all, and finally Sunest to that take your breath away.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
A walk around Dalt Vila

4 “The wages in Ibiza are way higher” If you’re looking for work in Ibiza, don’t let them fool you when they tell you that the salaries are much better here than on the mainland. The standard of living – in general – is only slightly higher, and the salaries offered have a lot to do with this, the catch however are scares days off and long shifts. Get more info on Salaries in Ibiza here.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents

5 “There’s nothing to do in Ibiza in winter” Another one of those misguided and unfortunate stereotypes is that there’s nothing to do during the winter in Ibiza. Ironically, this is when the residents of the island make the most of the Island. Almost deserted crystalline waters, outdoor sports, long walks and small beers in the sun. Don’t miss our article on 20 ways to enjoy Ibiza in winter.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Photo: Jaime García

6 “They only listen to electronic music in Ibiza” It is true that Ibiza holds its head high as one of the world leaders in electronic music as an international stage, but the island is becoming even more diverse in its musical tastes. As the good weather arrives, Ibiza drums up an incredible number of diverse music festivals. Don’t forget to bookmark this website where you’ll get all the info you need on various concerts throughout the season.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Benirrás music festival “Tamborada”

7 “You’re going to work in Ibiza???” Your neighbour, your grandmother, your mother’s friend. How many people have you heard say these words with that panic stricken voice? For many, seasonal work in Ibiza is synonymous with complete loss of control and self-destruction. The reality? The majority of workers don’t get to enjoy much spare time. Although occasionally they might get off for their favourite party night, or concert, the work days are so intense that few do more than resting on the couch, or if they’re lucky, the beach.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents

8 “Ibiza is all beach” If having read this entire article you still think this stereotype might be true, go back to number one and start reading again. Many think of Ibiza as a beach destination, ignoring the infinite possibilities which Ibiza can offer. An example: lovers of history will find a number of museums, where you will be given the chance to study many of the different civilisations present on the island, throughout its history.

stereotypes most hated by Ibizan residents
Photo: Jaime García

Original text by: Alba Garcia

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