Historical-Beginnings



 

        

  HISTORICAL BEGINNINGS OF IBIZA - IBIZA ON ITS EARLY DAYS -

- IBIZA ON ITS EARLY DAYS -

HISTORICAL BEGINNINGS OF IBIZA
- By means of this picture one can imagine the original looks that the hill on which the old town rests should have had at the time of the Carthaginian’s arrival to Ibiza. The rocky slopes of the front is what conforms the quarters of "La Marina". The smaller hills by the side is the actual "Hill of the windmills" that was on the way to become the punic nechropolis. At the angle Vara de Rey would arrise, behind it ave. España, and the rightside beach what today is known as ave. Sta. Eulalia and "barrio del Pratet"  - Thats how I can imagine it. - José Miguel

When I began to work as a touristic guide of Ibiza in 1977, I had to learn its history, to talk about it. The knowledge of the island’s history involves the origins of our civilization, developed around the Mediterranean sea. All that awakened on me an inexhaustible interest for history in general.

Phoenician sailors settled down on this island almost 2.700 years ago.

Those Phoenicians were a trading people who founded important commercial centers around the Mediterranean sea, one of them, the mythical city of Carthage which later became the capital of their western colonies.

So Phoenicians and Carthaginians more or less were the same people, they were cultured, already able to write and read, in fact one of their greatest achievement was the development of a script, that adapted by the Greeks would result into the alphabet that we use ourselves.
They were very fond of Ibiza, its mild climate, the fertility of its red soil, the abundance of fish in its surrounding waters and the salt from the salt-lakes, that still work near the airport.

To have an idea of how prosperous this island was during those early days, we have to consider that about the year 350 B.C., the Carthaginians from Ibiza began minting coins, in bronze, copper and some silver too.
Little coins that still appear all over the island, bearing the image of God Bes as the main design on their obverse, and a bull or the legend “Ai’Bsm” on the other side, meaning “Island of Bes”.
And that is where the name “IBIZA” comes from, both for the island and its capital city.

God Bes was the protector against poisonous animals which on this island don’t exist, and that fact wouldn’t go unnoticed to those enterprising Phoenicians and Carthaginians.

God BES - protector against poisonous animals

By IBIZA GUIDE: José Miguel Abad Indarte.

Member of the A.P.I.T.I.F 
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