Ibiza and Formentera: the Pitiusas Islands


The Pitiusas Islands is how citizens of the area refer to Ibiza and Formentera. Surely if you’ve spent a few days in the islands you’ve heard this name more than once. But do you know where this curious name comes from?

To explain the origin of this name we must go back to many years ago, a few centuries back, as this denomination is native from the Greeks and Romans.

When the Greeks came to the islands of Ibiza and Formentera for the first time, they were surprised by the amount of pine trees across the islands. So, if you stay in our hotels in Ibiza and Formentera you will notice on the way, that the amount of pines in the area is abundant.

Pitiusas means pine in Greek, this is the reason why the islands are called this way. Years later, when the Romans arrived they kept the name of the Pitiusas Islands and this name has been preserved until now.

However, the Greeks not only renamed the islands of Ibiza and Formentera, they also did it to the islands of Mallorca and Menorca. These two islands are called the Gimenesias Islands.

The Greeks used this name because of their group of militaries. Their defense team was understaffed and the Greeks were “naked.” Greek degymnós meant naked and Gimenesias is the adaptation of this term.

Now you know more about the curiosities hided by the islands. Never stop visiting them in the company of INSOTEL GROUP, so that every trip is like the first time. Whenever you go, you’ll find a new place to spend long hours just enjoying the surroundings.

Come to Ibiza and Formentera!