An Ibiza that no one should miss

An Ibiza that no one should miss

If you still need convincing about Ibiza’s merits as your next holiday destination, this article is for you. Today we’ll make a clear case for all the things on Ibiza you absolutely cannot miss, including all the tips you’ll need to guarantee a 100% Mediterranean summer holiday.

The dates of this season’s opening parties are still TBA, but what we can tell you now is that this year, keeping with tradition, the island’s discothèques will open their doors at the end of May. Rest assured, there’s not a soul around not on pins and needles waiting for this summer to get under way.

Planning on coming to Ibiza before that? Fear not! From springtime onward, Ibiza is ready and waiting with revelations aplenty. (And here’s one nugget of wisdom to start us off: What happens on Ibiza, does stay on Ibiza.)

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

As early as April, there is plenty happening!

First off, go ahead and clear your agenda May 14-15. It’s the Medieval de Dalt Vila festival, when folks from round the globe come to Ibiza to rehash the medieval past of a majestic town with a heavy dose of history. (If that’s your cup of tea, check out a previous post on low-cost Ibiza getaways.)

Though open year round, clubs like Pacha really start revving their engines in the period immediately preceding summer. As we say, surprises abound, about the coming season’s visiting DJs, predictions about the hottest events on the scene (see Flower Power) and more.

If you want to kick back and relax, agritourism tract Atzaró has got plenty of ideas about the best way to do it. It might include spending a day poolside, getting pampered at the spa, or sharing a succulent meal against a beautiful backdrop. Or perhaps you’d rather get on board with more organised entertainment. In that case you can have your pick between fashion shows, concerts, or relaxing classes on anything from yoga to pilates to reflexology. Then there’s Atzaró’s springtime festival, a true Ibiza institution!

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Shopping

The hippy markets will be up and running too! Surely you’ve heard of ‘Las Dalias‘ in Sant Carlos, ‘Punta Arabí‘ in Es Canar, ‘Cala Lenya‘ in Santa Eulalia, or the Sant Jordi flea market, AKA ‘el Rastrillo’. Some of these markets keep trucking through the winter and others pull up at the start of summer. These are ideal enclaves for the avid shopper: hippy wear, chic accessories, hot new swimsuits and other beach wear that you’ll only find here. If shopping on Ibiza is your thing, we recommend the shops of the designers at Adlib, a trusted name in homegrown fashion for more than 45 years. Included on their roster is the swanky boutique of Elisa Pomar, creator of handcrafted Ibizan jewellery. Pomar’s creations have even managed to get Dolce&Gabanna designers to swoon. Want proof? They’ve featured in the fashion house’s runway shows and international ad campaigns. Hippy shop World Family Ibiza is, with locations in Sant Joan and at Las Dalias, a must if you want Europe’s most talked about handbags. And for those of you who spell fashion with a capital F, Charo Ruiz‘s Vara de Rey boutique really is a required stop on any trip. (Ruiz’s designs are a runaway success among the celebrities of the Ibiza marina.) No fashion walk would be complete without a stop at the Botafoch bay, always a hit for the latest in exclusive couture and big name (but limited edition) apparel.

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Days at the beach and sunset spots

This part is our favourite! There’s nothing quite like doing that one special thing that the place you’re visiting is famous for (true, Ibiza has plenty of special things, but its turquoise coastal waters and exceptionally white sands just happen to be at the top of our list!)

With Benirrás, in northern Ibiza, we’re not sure if it’s the absolute tranquility or the unbeatable natural beauty, but if you stick around till dusk and watch the sun sink as drums beat not far the distance, you’ll understand.

Cala D’hort is located in Ibiza’s southwest. It offers an array of exquisite eateries, like El Carmen, Es Boldadó or the eponymous Cala d’Hort, right on the waterfront. This last spot has got delicious, fresh-caught dishes and more scrumptious paellas than you can shake a stick at! This is a fab place to spend a day, get a bite and watch the sun set from a clifftop perch. It’s the perfect lookout from which to gaze at Es Vedrá, a UNESCO world heritage site and one that’s said to embody the balance and magnetism of Ibiza itself.

Aigües Blanques is the perfect spot to dip your feet in the water and leave them there all day long. The immense flatness of the landscape is its own draw, and this is also a great point to watch the evening sun slip away.

Want to know more about Ibiza’s beaches and coves? Check out some of our past posts.

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Foto: Juan Carlos Flórez

Who said party?

Ibiza is famous for parties and for good reason. In 2016, for the second straight year, Ushuaïa nabbed the prize for Best Club in the World at the Las Vegas International Nightlife Congress. Its legendary open-air parties marked a turning point for the island, on the strength of a matchless production and the world’s greatest DJs, spinning discs seven days a week all summer long. The best part? Things get going at 5.00pm and you’re out of there by midnight. So you can keep the party going, you know, elsewhere.

For instance, at Amnesia or Privilege. The latter is listed in the Guinness Book of Records and it’s got a gigantic central dance floor (and swimming pool) that will leave you breathless, plus outdoor halls and a massive dome that can be seen from the other side of Ibiza. Likewise, nights like Troya, Foam Party, Cocoon and Matinée are not to be missed at Amnesia.

Now, for a completely different take on partying, there are clubs like Ocean Beach Club, Blue Marlin and Surf Lounge Ibiza in San Antonio and Sant Josep. Their formula is deviously simple: good music, one of a kind settings and unbeatable food.

If you’ve got the message —that Ibiza is the best destination spot, bar none— book your accommodation now and get big discounts at the 36 hotels of Ibiza’s leading chain of hotels: Playasol.

Don’t miss your opportunity to take time off at one of the world’s most exceptional holiday destinations. We’re here waiting!



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