Whoah! We’re going to Ibiza!

It’s safe to say that the Vengaboys made up a significant part of my childhood music memories. Little did I know, that one day those lyrics would become a reality! We did got to Ibiza, and it was unbelievable! For a long time, I believed that the beaches in Thailand were the most beautiful in the world. That is, until I discovered the clear waters and white beaches of Ibiza…

TRAVEL

Ibiza is a small Spanish island, located in the calm, clear waters of the Balearic Sea. This island of fun perfectly compliments any trip to Spain.. There are only so many museums and palaces one can see! During my trip, Ibiza was the second stop, after Barcelona. After only an hour in the air, we were ready to explore and party!

Vueling Airlines seems to be the most popular airline for domestic travel in Spain. After having 2 of my flights delayed, and 1 of my bags lost for three days, I do not recommend this airline at all! The alternate airline is Ryan Air and may be a safer option.

If you are only visiting Ibiza, Spanish schengen visa requirements should be taken into account. More info can be found here.

Taxi travel within Ibiza is safe and easy, but it can be quite taxing. There are also water taxis, which allow you to go island hopping. They run on a daily basis and can be found at any pier along the coast. They can cost anything from 5 to 10 euros, depending on the destination. Ibiza Buses service various routes around the island, linking all major attractions, for a small fee. Another good option is to hire a car and drive yourself around the island. Many tourists prefer this because you can do things at your own pace, and it’s more cost-effective!

CLIMATE

Being in the Northern hemisphere, Ibiza experiences summer from June to August, and winter from December to February. Temperatures range from 30 degrees centigrade in August to 9 degrees centigrade in January. October is the month that sees the most amount of rainfall. My visit to Ibiza was during mid July in 2016. The weather was beyond perfect, with temperatures reaching the low 30’s (centigrade).

Sunscreen! Make sure you carry a sunscreen of at least SPF50! I recommend using Vichy’s Ideal Soleil range. It is a bit pricey, but offers great protection!

PLACES OF INTEREST

Ibiza Town

Narrow cobblestone pathways, and breathtaking views make this little town an intriguing part of your Ibiza holiday. The medieval castle, Dalt Vila, perched on the hilltop of Ibiza Town provides the perfect alternate to the party scene that Ibiza is famous for!

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Ibiza Town. Source: Ibiza Spotlight
Playa d’en Bossa

This famous holiday resort area in Ibiza is flocked by tourists almost every single day of the year! If you want to party, this is the place to be! Ushuaia, Sankeys, Hard Rock Cafe, and Bora Bora make up the list of it-parties to attend. Playa d’en Bossa also boasts the longest beach on the island, lined with beach beds and beach bars!

Sant Antoni de Portmany

San Antonio is located across the island from Ibiza Town, and is said to display some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. We opted to stay in San Antonio as it is the quieter and more relaxed part of the island.

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Sunset in San Antonio. Source: Fun Global Adventures

San Antonio’s sunset strip houses many different restaurants and bars, and is also home to the famous Cafe Del Mar, which is a must! Please make sure you book in advance! Clubbing options in San Antonio include Ibiza Rocks, Eden Ibiza, and Es Paradis.

BEACHES

Cala Bassa

Warm crystal clear waters, white sand, champagne and crayfish, followed by a massage on the beach.. Sounds too good to be true! This is Cala Bassa!

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View of Cala Bassa from a water taxi
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Entrance to the Cala Bassa Beach Club

The most unreal beach I have been to yet. The Cala Bassa beach club runs along the entire beach. They offer luxury meals of prawns, crayfish and champagne, at exorbitant prices of course! At the far end of the beach sits the more affordable dining option, with meals such as pizza, nachos, sandwiches, and sushi. The sangria is also amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

Cala Salada
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Cala Salada. Source: Ibiza Spotlight

This secluded cove is only a 15 min drive away from San Antonio, and can also be reached water taxi. As with most beaches in Ibiza, the water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming!

 

Cala Jondal

This beach is one of the more upmarket beaches in Ibiza and is the go-to beach for the richbluemarlin
and famous. The island is home to the famous VIP beach club, Blue Marlin Ibiza. The Blue Marlin is open from May to mid October annually and is only accessible by car or private yacht! The pebble shore, turquoise waters, and live music from world famous DJ’s makes this beach club a hot favourite!

 

NIGHTLIFE

There is no doubt that Ibiza is the party capital of the world! Most clubs open at the end of May and close at the end of October every year.

  • Ushuaia – Located in the Playa d’en Bossa area, Ushuaia is known as the best open air club in Ibiza!  David Guetta, Axwell, Ingrosso, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Armin van Buuren, NERVO, Hardwell, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, and Avicii are just a few of the big names who play at Ushuaia. The club is attached to the hotel with the same name, making it an all-in-one! I was lucky enough to catch David Guetta’s Big concert while I was there. WOW! I have never been to a concert that comes anywhere close to this one! The atmosphere was unimaginable!
  • Amnesia Ibiza – This club has been a dance music favourite since the ’80s! Amnesia houses 5000 guests and attracts Dj’s from every continent, with one dark room and one greenhouse room. Good parties to look out for are: Cocoon, Cream, and Music On. Amnesia is located in the middle of the island.
  • Eden Ibiza – Eden has been known as one of the superclubs in the San Antonio area. After recently undergoing major renovations, Eden has remained a firm favourite in the Ibiza clubbing scene, and is one of the few clubs which open during the Winter season.
  • Pacha Ibiza – Staying true to the Pacha name, the Ibiza club exudes charisma and authenticity through 5 different dance floors connected by stairways and secret corridors. House music enthusiasts would feel right at home at this all-time favourite party venue.
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Inside Pacha Ibiza. Source: Pacha Ibiza

FOOD

Indian, Italian, American, Mexican, Spanish.. you name it! Ibiza boasts culinary experiences from around the world! Food was not an issue at all. Restaurants and cafes are around every corner, and the options are endless. There are the usual fast food chains such as Mc Donalds, KFC and Burger King, but there are also many speciality restaurants. One that stood out for me was the restaurant we ate at after the David Guetta concert. Mumak served authentic Indian and Thai food. Unfortunately, the restaurant has been closed permanently! 😦 It would have been one of my must-eat places in Ibiza. Sev puri, thai green curry, chicken tikka masala, and chicken breyani  were some of the dishes we enjoyed.

Nevertheless, you will probably find a restaurant just as good!

ACCOMMODATION

Ibiza hotels can be quite pricey, especially if you’re looking at 4 and 5 star only. We stayed at the Bellamar Hotel in San Antonio. It’s a 4 star beach hotel, offering great views of the San Antonio Beach. However 4 star in Ibiza isn’t quite like the 4 star we’re used to. Because many are beach hotels, luxury isn’t the focus. The rooms are basic but comfortable, and the bathrooms are decent but clean. The hotel did have a pool and was literally across the road from the San Antonio beach, making it a convenient location to get a water taxi, taxi or bus. img_3745San Antonio is home to many other amazing but affordable hotels such as Hotel Neptuno, Hotel Tropical, Intertur Hotel Hawaii Ibiza, and THB Ocean Beach Hotel. Looking for a party venue and hotel in one? Ibiza Rocks in San Antonio and Ushuaia in Ibiza town provide just that! Both establishments boast a central party venue with pools, surrounded by a hotel with many different room types. The posh hotels with the big names are all found in Ibiza town. Luxury hotels include Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza (Hilton), and the Grand Palladium resorts. If your budget allows, these hotels would make the ideal home for your holiday!

 

 

Ibiza sees no age, colour or shape! People from all over the world visit with the common goals of partying and relaxing. Some of the world’s best parties and beaches should be visited by anyone who is able to… I will definitely be back soon!

– A

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