"The Mecca of the Hippies" Balearic Islands by jorgejuansanchez
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Balearic Islands are a favourite place for kings as our Juan Carlos, writers as Robert Graves or George Sand, musicians as Frederic Chopin, and tourists and travellers alike. In this island there are megalithic dolmens and caves with stalactites, imposing cathedrals, beautiful nature, good weather and beaches, and excellent daily connections by boat from the Spanish peninsula or direct charter flights from most of the European countries. Apart from the spanish, the Balearic language is also official.
Here below are the five islands forming the Balearic archipelago:
MALLORCA is the biggest island. In it there are so many germans (tourists and others who live there for ever) that many people call Mallorca with a touch of humour “the seventeen german lander”. In Palma de Mallorca, the capital, there is a beautiful cathedral, considered one of the greatest in Spain, and the impressive Bellver castle.
MENORCA is the second balearic island by surface. During a few years of the XVIII century it was occupied by the English, but after a Treaty we recover it. It is a quiet island, without many discotheques, as Mallorca has. There you can also find many megalithic vestiges.
IBIZA is the third balearic island and in the sixties and seventies was a Mecca for the hippies in their route to India via San Francisco, Isle of Wight, Crete, Istanbul, Kabul and finally Manali in Himachal Pradesh and the Kathmandu valleys, or Goa beaches in winter. Today Ibiza is a pleasant and nice island where their people produce the famous white fashion clothes, and many of the hippies of the past (all of them are today sixty or seventy years old) sell handicrafts to the tourists.
FORMENTERA is an artist shelter. In this small island of about 75 square kilometres live just about 6000 people, but in summer this number increases dramatically.
CABRERA island is today a National Park. In the middle of it there is an old castle.
Tired of learning useless and alienated subjects at school, I left home when I was 15 years old and took a boat from Barcelona to Ibiza Island.
In those times, the sixties of the XX century, there was the hippy movement around the world and the young people were idealist, and at the same time they were tired of the mediocrity of life offered to them.
The called in Ibiza before heading to Crete, then Istanbul, Kabul and India with Nepal in search of knowledge and a new way of living that is not taught in schools or universities.
My purpose in Ibiza was to be with them. Many lived on the beach of Ibiza or rented dormitories. Most came from Europe but here was a large contingent of Americans living in Ibiza and Formentera Islands, some of them escaping from the compulsory army.
I stayed in downtown Ibiza, close to the old walls, enjoying the atmosphere of the old town.
At the beginning I also slept in the beaches and ecosystems of the island, but finally I rented a bed in a hostel.
When I finished my money I found a job washing dishes in a hotel of Ibiza Island, so permitting me to live in Ibiza several months, time enough to get familiarized with the ideas of the young generation.
So I can say that I experienced Ibiza UNESCO site, not like a tourist, but with all my being.
- Pros:close to the spanish peninsula and to Europe
- Cons:in summer there are more foreigners than spaniards
- In a nutshell:it is a previlege to live here
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