Tradition in its purest form

LThe traditional dance of Ibiza evokes the courtship the Ibizan ancestors once performed. It is kept alive thanks to the work of the different colles, dance groups, that present the traditions at the Patron Saint feasts, at meetings at old communal wells or at family gatherings.

The dance begins when the man, by a blow of the castanet, invites a woman to dance and initiates a procession accompanied by music. A music that comes from the instruments the men play.

The women, meanwhile, with their eyes fixed on the floor, wear colourful costumes in different shapes. Even so, they emphasise the immensely valuable traditional jewels, known as emprendades, that the women of the colles wear and that are of gold, silver or coral.