The wonderous island of Ibiza

Ibiza is a magical place, full of hippie towns, yoga retreats, incredible scenery and of course, the best clubs in the world.

Read below for a brief overview of the island, from the beautiful restaurants, places to visit and which clubs to attend – because the party never stops in Ibiza. IMG_1604.jpg

Ibiza Old Town

Ibiza Old Town on the south of the island is stunning with its old castle walls, which host bohemian shops, little bars, and restaurants. Head up to Dalt Villa, the castle, for the scenic views across the Old Town.

Restaurants/bars in Old Town:

  • Can Terra Ibiza – This typically Spanish tapas wine bar is always busy so get down early to ensure a table, although it is worth the wait.
  • La Bodega – My favourite restaurant which I always go back to. The waiters are hilarious and attentive, providing outstanding food and a finishing Limoncello.
  • Calma – Perfect bar to watch the sunset and the boats entering the harbour across from Old Town. After a few sunset drinks, take a short 20-minute walk to Old Town for some food.
19554820_10155431630809378_7704263144747679843_n.jpgPhoto: The walk to Dalt Villa in Old Town

Restaurants/Bars around San Antonio:

  • Hostel La Torre – If you’re looking for a truly special space to watch the sunset, this is it. Book a table in advance and sit back with some Sangria and enjoy the breathtaking views. Photo below.
  • Pikes – The legendary hotel, voted Sunday Times top 100 hotels in the world, is owned by the Ibizian version of Hugh Hefner, Tony Pike. Situated in the hills, this magical hotel has been an iconic party ground for Kylie Mongue, Noami Campbell and Freddie Mercury. With pink tennis courts, risque rooms, hot tubs, and Sunny (the onsite ‘celebrant’ and host) ‘s Boudoir to play dress up, this is an adults playground but also an intimate place for dinner and drinks. Book in advance.
IMG_1605.jpgPhoto: Sunset at Hostel La Torre

Where to stay?

Each part of the island has something different to offer. I stayed in San Antonio when I first started going to Ibiza over 10 years ago but I wouldn’t stay there now. I usually stay around Playa d’en Bossa since it’s close Old Town, the airport and most clubs I’d go to. If you are going in a group, I’d recommend an Airbnb villa. Also, a point to note: be careful of the villa scams advertised on places other than Airbnb!

If you fancy a complete chillout, I’d stay in the north. It’s full of stunning hotels and spas and far away from all the party goers. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena is a particular favourite, although if you can’t afford an overnight stay, book a table for dinner to experience the view (only available in high season).

IMG_1777.jpgPhoto: Pikes Ibiza

Activites

We rented a moped (sorry mum) from Autos Manuel in Playa d’en Bossa which was reasonably priced around €30 for the day and the lovely owner only charged us £5 for petrol.

We drove to quaint hippie town Santa Gertrudis, which has weekend markets but I’d check ahead to check when they are happening. The best place to eat in town in Bar Costa, a firm favourite with locals with a solid selection of cured meats, cheese and Spanish cervezas.

Across on the west side of the island is the iconic Es Vedra, the rock with magical magnetic powers (so legend has it).

Take a boat across to Ibiza’s little sister island Formentera, to enjoy a day at the beach. Local and private boats leave from all around the island frequently. Boat information can be found here.

IMG_1812_2.jpgPhoto: Es Vedra

And finally clubbing…

Ibiza Spotlight website lists every party happening each day throughout the season (May – October). The parties aren’t cheap but they are worth it. Sometimes clubs will do a discounted ticket after a certain time, however, don’t be surprised to pay €50 for entry.

My favourite clubs are DC10, Amnesia and Pacha (RIP Space). If you’re a fan of the fancier things in life, Ushuaia and Hi Ibiza (the new Space, might be your tea of tea.

Head to San Antonio is you fancy a rough and ready night out. Cafe Mambo is also good for sunset cocktails.

Any questions, please email me: sauntertheglobe@gmail.com.

❤STG x

 

 

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