Tag: Ibiza

purple star

Purple star

Scientific name: Ophidiaster ophidianus

It is a large starfish that can reach 40cm in width. It always has five arms with very soft and smooth grainy skin. It feeds on small invertebrates although it prefers shellfish. It lives on rocky bottoms with scarce lighting up to 100 meters deep.


This star is protected by international legislation. Its main threat is collection for sale for decorative purposes.

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Ibiza artist Julia Ribas' exhibit at Can Tixedó

Ibiza artist Júlia Ribas’ exhibit in Can Tixedó

Meet the Sea attends the exhibit of Ibiza artist Júlia Ribas in Can Tixedó and marvels at her depiction of typical local farmhouses.

I must admit I was not familiar with Júlia Ribas’ work until I arrived in Can Tixedó art café on Sunday. A picture in the local newspaper, Diario de Ibiza, announcing her most recent exhibit caught my eye. My passion for all expressions of traditional Ibiza did the rest.

Sunday afternoon was unseasonably warm once again. A beautiful day to drive around the fields of the island and follow the backroads of Sant Antoni until you arrive to Can Tixedó, an old shop turned bar by the side of the road and now with a solid tradition of hosting local artists. Right next to the café is the market of Forada that takes place on saturdays and that should not be missed either if you come to Ibiza.

Julia’s work

As soon as I entered the exhibit I was shocked. Facing me was a painting of a XVI century ibiza farmhouse that could not have been more realistic. I have seen over the years many interpretations of ibicenco fincas, ranging from the naïf to the abstract, but this painting made me feel like I never had before.

The painting makes you understand at once that you are before a farmhouse that was built out of necessity. That those that built it did so gradually, with hard work, as the family grew and additional areas were needed. You might almost be able to tell their story, their daily lives and appearance. Julia’s paintings evoke the history of the houses and the stories of those who lived in them.

I was fortunate enough that Júlia was there on Sunday. She was having lunch with family or friends, but still parted to speak to me and greet me though we had never met. She explained that part of the “realism” I felt was down to the lime she used to paint the houses. The same lime that for centuries has protected from insects and disease the farms. She also explained that the use of “betún de judea” or Bitumen of Judea was responsible for the range of brown across the painting. This was used often in homes to protect wooden objects and its use helped me recognise a tone that was familiar.

Nobody should miss Ibiza artist Júlia Ribas exhibit in Can Tixedó. I hope to find more Ibiza jewels this winter and share them with you.

The use of lime for the walls of the houses and Judea bitumen for doors and other brown tones make Julia Ribas' paintings realistic.
Meet the Sea attends Julia ribas exhibit at can Tixedo.
Gregorio Cañellas with Ibiza artist Júlia Ribas at her exhibit in Can Tixedó
Painting by Julia Ribas depicting the patio of an ibicenco farmhouse in her exhibit at Can tixedó

Beadlet anemone

Scientific name: Actinia equina

Beadlet anemone are solitary animals that colonize rocks and coastal crevices. They have a foot that allows them to adhere and move slowly through rocks. It is primarily a nocturnal hunter that feeds on small fish and crustaceans with the help of its stinging tentacles.


Their ability to retract the tentacles and close with seawater allows them to live for periods of time out of the water. They tend to open their tentacles at night.

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Meet the Sea attends the World Travel market 2022 show in London

Meet the Sea at the World Travel Market 2022

Meet the Sea attended the World Travel Market 2022 at the Excel in London to explore new horizons and partners for next season.

What a great show November 7th, 8th and 9th at the Excel! Meet the Sea made the Ibiza stand its point of departure every morning and familiar faces were there to jump start our day with a smile. As always, our island ‘s representatives were actively promoting Ibiza’s attractions and new developments for tourists around the world. Interesting exchanges about the recently concluded summer season took place between our founder with Carmen Ferrer, mayoress of Santa Eulalia and Vicente Guasch, president of Santa Eulalia empresarial. Our friends Alejandro Sancho and Alba Noguera of Invisa hoteles and Rocío of San Antonio City hall were also part of this highly energised group of Ibiza lovers.

The World Travel Market is and endless source of lead generation: We were thrilled to meet with Florian Piper and Franklin Baeckman of Oceanwide expeditions, a company that for the past thirty years has organised fantastic adventures to both poles in their ships and with whom we envision a cooperation very soon. Oliver Sassen, CEO of Ocean Advice and member of the board of United Rivers, opened the doors to Meet the Sea’s plans of future growth with their cruise ship under construction and our goal to a debut season in cruise experience for Meet the Sea lovers in summer 2025.

We began to build our plans for future expansion to other harbours in the coast of Spain with a conversation with Pilar Carrión, executive consultant for tourism promotion of the Costa del sol. Also at the show were Graham Mckenzie of Travelmole, Lami Çunaku, Patricia Ramos and Natalia Burgues of VAS Dmc, as well as Annette Schmid and Daniela Menez of Amstar Dmc. A true pleasure to have had the chance to talk to all of you and learn more about each of your companies!

We are left with the impression that WTM 2022 was a very well organised event and a great opportunity for Meet the Sea to expand our horizons and let the world know about our mission to educate and entertain at sea with our activities specifically designed for families. We are grateful for the support we received and accolades for our Family Boat trip!

Finally, we had time in London after the show to spend time with long-time friends Mehul Patel and Matt Cheung. A very special thanks to Mehul Patel, CEO of Newsquawk for his hospitality and advice over the years, as well as Jack Maddox for his contribution to our website. Thanks also to Matt Cheung, CEO at Ipushpull, for his thoughtful analysis of future endeavours for Meet the Sea!

Pearly razorfish

Scientific name: Xyrichtys novacula

Pearly razorfish measures between 15 and 20 cm, although males can reach up to 30 cm. Their elongated shape allows them to quickly hide under the sand to flee from predators, sleep, and hibernate. It feeds on shellfish and crustaceans.


It is highly appreciated in the Balearic Islands, especially in Ibiza, so the ban is lifted for a few days as fishermen attempt to catch it.

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Red mullet

Scientific name: Mullus surmuletus

Its coloration varies according to age, environment, depth and mood. It lives on soft, sandy ground and sometimes on rocky bottoms. To feed, it uses the two sensory barbels, stirring the sand to look for its prey.


It swallows the sand to filter it and expels it through the bronchi, retaining the food as small fish and crustaceans.

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Scientific name: Oblada melanura

It is a fish that lives near the coast between 5 and 20 meters deep both in rocks and in underwater grasslands. It feeds on small crustaceans, fingerlings, and worms. We often see them as they like to approach boats anchored on sandy bottom.


They always swim in a group and in a very orderly way. To eat they rise to the surface and as they are omnivorous we like to feed them in our boat trips.

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Painted comber

Scientific name: Serranus scriba

It lives in shallow waters of up to 30 meters between rocks and areas of sand and posidonia, although sometimes we can see them inside sponges. They spawn near the shore leaving the eggs attached to the rocks at the bottom. They are carnivorous fish.


They are a very curious fish who like to stare at the diver and also like to observe octopuses when they move about the bottom of the sea.

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