Ibiza is such a stunning island and form part of the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera). I have to explain the ambience of the island just to give you an idea and feel of what’s to come. The ambience is a mixture of four worlds. The atmosphere started before you even left the UK, in the airport and when boarding the plane all the clubbers create this tangibility in the air. The clubbing scene is all over the island so there are many(barely legal and old alike) heading for the island to let loose and spend the nights dancing away to godly DJ’s “spinning the tunes”(trying to sound cool as all those young ones migrating to the island). As soon as you walk off the plane you are drawn into the feeling of freedom created by the hippies that settled on the island. Not far behind is the unmissable feel of the ultra wealthy, especially when you notice the yachts surrounding the island. And lastly the feeling of sun seekers with normal family resorts dotted around the island.
|Ultra wealthy Radiant Yacht|
|Yes, it’s a helicopter on the back.|
So my review will mostly cover the experiences that we had over the two weeks holiday enjoyed on this tiny island. We experience to some extend all four of the islands influences, and hopefully I can portrait that through my blog and pictures.
Believe me the island is expensive, very expensive. The reason for the trip is that my partner turned 40, therefore we invited friends to join us for the celebrations. We decided to split our holiday into three parts which I believe worked very well so I would strongly suggest. So the format of my blog will take the three parts and point out some highlights with suggestions of “what you could do ….. “
What you could do…. is stay at Barbara…
We started our Holiday staying at Barbara who we found on AirBnB. We had a few “not so good” experiences with AirBnB but we had to give it another try as we didn’t want to splash our cash on accommodation. Accommodation on the island is very expensive, I guess supply and demand is rive here! The accommodation is what’s expected from a BnB. Its off the beaten track tucked away on a country road, however easy access to all the best beaches and San Antonio/St Josep and Eivissa. Our host Barbara require a special mention. She went out of her way to ensure that we had a good stay and even offer to drop us off at locations when we didn’t want to drive.
So we arrived early on Sunday morning. Our flight from Gatwick was at 5am already! Luckily Barbara was expecting us early so we could already drop off our bags. Fortunately we rented a car, I would highly recommend renting a car to get around the island. It’s well worth exploring but then again it all depends what you want out of the holiday. No sooner the bags droped on the floor at Barbara’s we were off exploring some of the beaches on the island. To me Ibiza host some of the most stunning beaches I have ever seen. Our first stop is Cala Comte only a stone through away from Barbara –
Cala Comte – by far my favourite beach on the island.
This beach has a feel of a family beach however later in the afternoon young and beautiful locals come out to enjoy the beach. This beach are made up of two smaller beaches each on either side of the bar, however on the far sides of each of these beaches are stunning coves, well worth exploring but be careful you might see things you didn’t bargain on 😉 (it is Europe after-all) .
The first day was extremely gusty and I have never experienced such strong winds on Ibiza. I have visited a few times before. Since it was Sunday I suggested that we make a move to another beach, so we set off towards the north of the island. About 30 minutes’ drive north of San Antonio we reached Benirras Beach – This is a great experience and a must for anyone visiting the island.
During the Vietnam War many of the wealthy Americans came to Ibiza to escape being sent to war. This was also at the time when the hippy movement swept through San Francisco. Benirras is one of the original areas that hippies of the 60’s settled. This is visible throughout the whole beach.
|Yoga I say, and he did play the didgeridoo too – Talented!||
|Pacha promoting Power Flower|
|Hippy Bongo Players|
On a Sunday this beach gets infested by people for one reason – Bongo’s! This is such and tranquil surrounding with the most beautiful bay. Hippies start to gather together around sunset(6pm’is) the first beats of the bongo’s start in the distance and as the sun makes its way westward and setting on the horizon, as more hippies with more bongso’s arrive the waves of drumming is getting loader and loader drawing you in to have a look what the noise is all about. Once you get to see the celebrations, you are drawn in for hours mesmerised with sounds and visions of people dancing (a certain “stench” is also present and smoke floating around the whole beach at this time of night). My suggestion is to get there early, if you arrive too late, you might have to walk for miles as parking gets filled up and traffic is regulated by the police.
Fortunately we had a little time to get romantic too 😉 after all how can you not feel romantic when you are on holiday? On the Monday evening we did just that with a movie under the stars. What a great experience and one that I will cherish probably for the rest of my life. Fortunately because of my “research nature” I stumbled across Amante Beach Club. Whilst browsing their website I noticed the “Movie Night” tab. I know that my partner loves movies! therefore I had to book a movie and the choice was easy and quick to make. Fortunately for us, our friends joining us on holiday is only arriving on the Tuesday and wonder by wonder the Monday night is one of the six movies that they showed over the summer season. Alexandra was the host, she was wonderful and tried to sell us a movie night at the Villa that we rented for the illusive 40th Birthday.
Tuesday was spent on the ultra fashionable beach Las Salinas. This is a great beach and something everyone must experience during their visit to Ibiza. The beach has ample parking and actually if you are lucky enough you can grab an undercover parking space. A suggestion is to park as far left as possible, this will position you just a short walk away from Jockey Club. This beach is beautiful with a jetty to take you over the rocks into the see. Other than that there are chico’s and chica’s walking around shouting “Coco Cola, Sangria, Tuty Fruty….” and additionally the hawkers flashing their “high end” fashion freshly imported from Goa who parade their clothes to the crowd head bobbing to the beats of the DJ. The water is crystal clear and refreshingly cool. Just the perfect place to be, to be seen and to be returning to!
The first wave of friends arrived later on Tuesday, we were kind enough to head to the airport to meet them there. We quickly arranged to meet that evening in Eivissa Old Town. Our group expert suggested to head for dinner inside the castle walls, a really beautiful setting and extremely romantic sitting having dinner in a world heritage site. We approached el Olivio and were offered a table outside with a little persuasion and begging from our friend. The food was delicious and we recommended this restaurant to others too, but the biggest treat was actually the most stunning waiter who in all of our books could have been a model! The question on everyone’s lips was “why is he a waiter”? surely he can get a modelling contact (for all we know this job is a break from that world ;-), or maybe research for his next movie…). Not sooner after we finished our meal we hear the loud noise and realise the club promoters are making their way up the old town. Pacha Flower Power promoters were dancing with such high energy that makes us all want go out clubbing! it is Tuesday after all.
Next to come will be the post about the second part of the holiday – What you could do…. is rent a Villa…