The White Island : the Extraordinary History of the Mediterranean's Capital of Hedonism, Paperback

The White Island : the Extraordinary History of the Mediterranean's Capital of Hedonism Paperback

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The White Island is, and always has been, a magnet for hedonists.

Its history reads like a history of pleasure itself.

It is also a story of invasions and migrations, of artists and conmen, of drop-outs and love-ins.

The Carthaginians established a cult to their goddess of sex there, and named the island after Bez, their god of dance.

Roman centurions in need of a bit of down time between campaigns would go to Ibiza to get their kicks. And over the centuries, cultures around the Med have used the island either as a playground or a dump for the kind of people who didn't quite fit in back home, but who you'd probably quite like to meet at a party...This is the history of Ibiza, the fantasy island, framed by one long, golden summer where anything can happen - and it usually does.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, Illustrations (some col.)., map, ports
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780552771894


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Informal history of Ibiza, from is beginning as an island renowned for it’s fertility to…oh well, some things never change. Armstrong’s journalistic turn of phrase helps some of the more boring points in history roll along, and it’s interesting to see the ‘clubber’s paradise’ from the perspective of the embittered locals. Good beach read.

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