Explore Iceland

Iceland is considered to be part of Europe even though it is located far out in the Atlantic Ocean equidistant between mainland Europe and North America. Iceland is located above the geographic area known as the Mid Atlantic Range and this makes it a hotspot for volcanic activity.

Despite the fact that there have been 30 or so eruptions over the last couple of centuries, Iceland is perfectly safe to visit and you may even get the chance to see active lava from a reassuring distance. The cooled lava has made some crazy shapes including land that American astronauts actually practised their moonwalking on. There is also a strange shape known as ‘Troll’s Cathedral’.
The geothermal properties of the island are used for creating energy as well as being channelled into areas known as ‘hot pots’ where the locals relax in warm waters.

Iceland’s capital Reykjavik is the most northerly European capital. Being so far north there is almost year-round sunshine though the temperatures get down to freezing in January. The midnight sun is always a source of amazement to first time visitors while people come from all over the world to Iceland to see one of nature’s wonders, the Northern Lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis.

About 150,000 people live in Reykjavik, half of the total population of Iceland. The residents of Iceland are the descendants of Nordic people and Norwegian Vikings. They are for the most part an attractive bunch with a fun loving spirit. Just as their ancestors did, the economy of modern day Iceland has been mostly based on fishing. There have been many attempts to diversify this and while the Icelandic banking system was dealt a heavy blow during the financial crisis the island still relies heavily on tourism for its revenue. Up until the global recession Iceland had one of the highest standards of living in the world.

The Icelandic language is in essence an old Norse language which has been thoroughly modernised, even though the habit of adding the father’s surname to the son’s Christian name still exists. This is intriguing when it causes members of the same family to have different surnames – most perplexing for foreigners.

With such a small population Iceland is pleasantly uninhabited. You can have a peaceful holiday here and get to some beautiful spots in the country without being distrubed by other people.

Much of Iceland is made up of rugged terrain including Mountains and glaciers. The highest peak is Hvannadalshnjukur which is more than two thousand one hundred meters high and Iceland has the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull.  Iceland self drive vacations, walking and hiking are very rewarding in Iceland, whether you want to see the country’s famous waterfalls or the shores of its beaches. Bird watching is world renowned here as you can see huge colonies of puffins and some spectacular seabirds. Whale watching is also a very popular past-time with a high success rate for sightings.

Ibiza Restaurants

All over the island, from north to south and east to west, there are some wonderful eateries, each offering up superbly created dishes, whether crafting French food, reinventing local fare or simply cooking beautiful Mediterranean delights the way they were intended. La Masía d’en Sort is one such place.

Taking considerable effort to realize a menu of the most authentic Mediterranean dishes, La Masía d’en Sort has been the delighting demanding gastronomes since opening its doors in 1976. This is the place to eat for those who want to taste the full range of strong, fresh flavors which are so vital to proper Mediterranean cookery.

From fish and seafood direct from the sea, to locally produced olive oil and the distinctive herbs of the region, hungry diners can expect to be treated to a range of delicious morsels which allude to the simple pleasures of authentic island life.

As an Ibiza Restaurant, La Masía d’en Sort is something of an institution, much loved by those who’ve already sampled its culinary treasures, many of whom have been returning since the ’70s. The lovely venue offers a choice of places to sit, relax and enjoy the food.

There is an upper floor with various rooms as well as lower deck, although it is the garden with its surrounding orange groves which really lends itself to essential Mediterranean dining. You’ll find the service of the highest standard, with the staff knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.

From the exquisite dishes of the à la carte menu, to the chef’s special creations, La Masía is all about the best food in surroundings which lend themselves to its enjoyment. The chef is also widely known for his unmatched desserts, so whatever you do make sure you leave just a little bit of room, even if it’s just for a spoonful of the sweet stuff. La Masia Restaurant, hall
Ibiza Restaurants continue to attract the attention of the world’s gourmets and it is places like La Masía which set the standard for eateries around the island.

Whether you’re planning a large celebration and need somewhere special, have a business meeting, or simply hope to experience the culinary prowess of one of the most authentic Ibiza Restaurants, then La Masía d’en Sort should be first on your list. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure and don’t want to miss out, it does get very busy, more so during the summer, so it’s best to book in advance to secure a table. Far in advance if you want to enjoy a meal on the much coveted terrace.