Ibiza, Europe’s favourite nightlife playground!

Ibiza, Europe’s favourite nightlife playground!

Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. This is one place to enjoy the real Mediterranean lifestyle all day and all night long. It is world famous for it’s intense night life and huge clubs which attracts top DJ’s from all over the planet. Although it’s rightly earned it’s crown as night life royalty, there is so much more to Ibiza than it’s party credentials.  The maximum length of the island by highway is 42 km, Ibiza boasts more than 100 miles of coastline with some 50 beaches, plus plenty of restaurants, bars and the largest clubs, of course. Apart from it’s great night life, Ibiza is well known everywhere for it’s picturesque beaches and it’s 100% Mediterranean landscapes. Why not take a little road trip through some of it’s most beautiful coves and beaches like the hidden Cala Vadella, or Caló de s’Oratge. Cala Carbó and Cala d’Hort are also well worth a visit and to cool down in their crystal clear waters. Do not miss out on the views from the very iconic Torre d’es Savinar and of course, don’t forget about the world renowned salt flats, one of the most surreal landscapes you will see in Ibiza. Watching the sunset is like a ritual in Ibiza and no matter where you go you will be rewarded with a fire-red sky while the golden disc of the sun slowly dives in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. You can catch a sunset from one of the trendy lounge clubs like Pearl Restaurant in San Antonio, famous Café del Mar, also in town, or try the celebrities’ favourite, Café Mambo. Or, alternatively, if you’d rather enjoy a quieter environment, choose a beach like Cala Conta, Cala Bassa or the hypnotising Ses Salines. The experience will be worth it… and leave you ready for a great night out in any of the local clubs. Don’t forget to explore it’s nooks and crannies, smell the vibrantly colourful bougainvillea and reach the church of Santa Maria, which overlooks the whole town and has views across the strait to Formentera. This charming part of time is UNESCO World Heritage and once you step in it you will understand why.
Popular Beaches : From secluded pebbly coves to vast sandy bays, Ibiza’s beaches are renowned for their crystal clear sparkling waters and unique natural settings.
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[1] Cala Vadella – The big, wide beach of fine white sand slopes gently into shallow waters close to shore – good for fun and games with the children. Even at the height of summer there’s always a spot to be found on this wide beach. The crystal clear water is perfect for swimming & snorkelling and a dive school is also in the area. With breathtaking views, you swoop around and down to the picturesque bay of Cala Vadella, surrounded by pine-clad hills that are perfect for walks.

[2] Ocean Beach – Standing on the San Antonio waterfront, Ocean Beach offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind to an Ibiza soundtrack underneath the Spanish sun. Focusing on day time parties, you can book poolside VIP beds, eat at the roof garden restaurant looking over the sea and even arrange for a massage to help you prepare for the night ahead. The sheltered bay is a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and motor boats, who often gather there to watch the romantic sunset. The waters are shallow, safe and great for messing about in – perfect for what is largely a youth-focused beach in the summer.

[3] Cala Salada – Surrounded by pine forested hills, the small, protected sandy cove of Cala Salada is a favourite for residents and private boat owners. The water is beautifully clear, shallow and perfect for swimming and the sea bed is mostly soft sand. This small beach gets very busy on summer weekends, with people often spread across the rocks (perfect for jumping from) which separate Cala Salada and neighbouring Cala Saladita.
Night life: A very important part of the Ibiza club scene is the many music bars around the island, where clubbers go to warm-up for their coming nights out or to listen to music and dance in a more relaxed atmosphere. Most of these bars have free entry and cheaper drinks than the clubs (not that much cheaper in some cases), but still have great local or big name international guest DJs playing. Many of the beach parties will start in the early afternoon and really get going from 5 or 6pm until midnight. The other bars will start getting busy after midnight and will run until early morning.

 

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[1] Privilege – Being the world’s biggest club! Famous for open air clubbing in the 70s/80s, it’s swimming pool, Manumission and it’s sex shows, sunrise in the Vista Club. According to it’s promoters, it has the largest dance floor in the world. Hosts superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren as it’s headline act. Going to Ibiza and not visiting
Privilege is a little bit like going to Venice and not having a ride in a gondola. With a 10,000 capacity, it holds a Guinness World Record for being the globe’s biggest club and in the past two years has been the home of White Isle demi-Gods Tiësto and Armin van Buuren.

[2] Space – Crowned with the title of being the ‘Best Global Club’ at the International Dance Music Awards in 2005 and again in the year 2006, Space has captured the hearts of thousands and thousands of clubbers all over the world. This nightclub is in Playa d’en Bossa which is located on the outskirts of Ibiza Town. Space has an open terrace which is the most distinctive feature of the nightclub. Sunday nights at Space are considered to be the most popular nights. Any club in the world that has won Best Global Club TWICE deserves a visit!

[3] Pacha – As one of the largest environments that have made Ibiza famous and brought to the island. With a capacity of three thousand people in it’s five rooms, you’ll find music for almost every taste. In the main hall, the best DJs of the moment gaining followers every night. The Funky Room for some is unmissable. The Global Room, where experimental music has it’s place. The terrace continues to be a meeting point for lovers of peace and good vibes. And finally, the most visited by the Spanish , Pachachá, where all the Latin rhythms have a place.
Food : Ibiza’s party-like atmosphere has crowds filling tables at lunch and dinner.

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[1] Mercado Viejo – If you want to save some money or you just don’t want to go to a restaurant every day, then you can buy some fresh fruits and vegetables at Mercado Viejo, right in the heart of town, near the main gate to the Old Town.

[2] Restaurante S’Ametller – This is a local, dining experience not to be missed! This popular restaurant is located in Ibiza town, about a 5 minute walk from the port. It’s a very casual, simple dinning atmosphere, but the food that comes from the kitchen will amaze you. It has a home dining experience feel about it. Go with the taster
menu, plus wine, but the glass recommendations. Sublime, the service from the waiter was impeccable, and the homely feel was so warming, you feel genuinely welcome. It’s not overly expensive. This restaurant has managed to achieve what 95% of places can’t deliver. It’s not a fast dinning experience so give yourself time as everything is prepared to order. Sit back and enjoy, you will have a wonderful meal.

[3] Sa Soca – Run by the same family for many years, Sa Soca prides itself on it’s inviting atmosphere and personal service. If you want a hearty home-cooked plate of succulent meat or fish, then Sa Soca ticks the box. The varied menu combines stodgy and warming dishes like the rabbit stew and shoulder of lamb with lighter seafood options including fried squid and paella. Likewise, for the colder winter months there is cosy seating by the log fire or, for the balmy summer evenings, an alfresco dining terrace picturesquely framed by flora and grape vines.

Shopping:

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[1] Hippy Market – The famous Es Canar Hippy Market (held only on Wednesdays) on the east coast of the island and Las Dalias Hippy Market in San Carlos on Saturdays. Las Dalias’ hippy market is an institution in Ibiza. Open every Saturday all day and also at night on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday during the summer. It has been drawing a lot of visitors for 30 years that come here in search of clothes, jewellery, artisan produce and antiques. The vibe at Las Dalias is amazing and people seem to travel back in time to the Flower Power years. It’s also a good place to enjoy live music, grab something to eat and have a relaxing massage. Es Canar and has more than 400 stalls with stuff which include silver, leather goods, jewellery and even African art.

[2] Sa Penya – Sa Penya area near the port is full of small stores and boutiques selling colourful but sometimes weird alternative clothes. You can also try some nice t-shirts, typical souvenirs (magnets, caps etc) or CD’s with music (DJ compilations, the popular Café del Mar cds etc)

[3] Santa Eulalia – For some lovely local designs, excellent sportswear and boutique creations, pay a visit to the shops of Santa Eulia. There are plenty to choose from, both down by the marina and in the town, including everything from cheap beachwear to expensive designer brands. With loads of shoe shops to choose from, this is the perfect place to pick up some sexy sandals or leather boots.

Activities: Explore the wharf side festival. Hundreds of locals flock to the carnival-style stands for fresh foods, enticing smells, and quality made trinkets. In addition to incredible tastes and smells, there is a strong visual aspect to the festivals. A snake charmer is seen leading a small parade through the different stands at the glee and fright of small children everywhere. There are many more activities such as Pedalos, sailing, windsurfing, jet-ski, parasailing, inflatable water park, boat trips etc.

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Natalia Nevens

Natalia Nevens

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