¿Whats going on with the beach kiosks in Formentera? ¿Where is the largest solar park in Ibiza? Nativ Alert: some news from the Pitiusas you should know.
The number of invasive snakes on Ibiza has reached an estimated 500,000. The island desperately needs funding to increase its supply of snake traps from 4,000–5,000 to 20,000.
Three hundred children aged 12 to 18 from across the Balearic Islands met to discuss the marine environment, sustainability, protection of the sea and biodiversity under the banner “We Give Voice to the Future” at the latest Future Forum last month.
After a very worrying few months concerning the future of many of Formentera’s most loved beach kiosks, agreements have been made with the original long-term owners to open for the summer. Tender bidding had been made available to overseas buyers for the first time and many venues remained closed into June. NATIV will keep an eye on developments.
MICHELIN STAR CHEFS
Ibiza will soon boast three Michelin star chefs – a huge achievement for such a small island. Expectations are sky high for the opening of Nassau Group and Dutch chef Edwin Vinke’s new restaurant 1742 in Palacio Dalt Vila. The two Michelin-starred Vinke will be joining the recently garlanded Óscar Molina at La Gaia and Alvaro Sanz Clavijo at Es Tragón.
After two years of closure, Ibiza’s clubs have bounced back with record figures and three new venues. This season will also see more international DJs than ever flying in – to spin over 30,000 sets during the course of the summer.
Sirenis Hotels & Resorts has installed Ibiza’s largest solar park on the roofs of its hotels in Port des Torrent. “This project represents a reduction of 666 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of planting 4,000 trees,” says Sirenis managing director Pedro Matutes.
The new Plastic Free Balearics certification has succeeded in eliminating 16,394kg of plastic waste across the archipelago during its 10-month pilot phase – including nearly 760,000 33cl plastic bottles.
The prestigious Repsol Guide has awarded new “suns” to two Ibiza restaurants: Martín Berasategui’s Etxeko Ibiza at Bless and Sevillian chef Rafa Zafra’s Jondal. In Formentera, a sun also goes to restaurant Molo47, run by Neapolitan Antonio D’Angelo – former personal chef to Giorgio Armani.
NEW INSECT SPECIES
The Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and Illots de Ponent Nature Reserves have identified 43 new insect species on the islets. The discovery is a great bioindicator that shows the health of this protected area as the insects both pollinate the islets’ flora and serve as food for small birds and reptiles.
Acclaimed visual artist Felipe Pantone has transformed the façade of Hï Ibiza into a kaleidoscope of colour. The Argentinian-Spaniard has exhibited his distinctive murals in New York, London, Tokyo and Paris. “The spectrum of colour gives you a taste of what you will experience once inside.”