I am writing this post from the verandah of our favourite villa in Ibiza with a homemade rum cocktail by my side, and I'm wondering how I can find a way to share my love of this place with you...
Do you remember the Roger Sanchez music video 'Another Chance', with the girl walking around the city with a giant heart which gets smaller and smaller as she goes along? Well, Ibiza restores my heart. And it inspires me.
Most hear 'Ibiza' and they picture masses of people off the set of Geordie Shore or TOWIE on a 4-day bender. And there is that. But that is not the Ibiza I fell in love with.
Ibiza has the rich and famous, the hippies, the stag-dos, and everyone in between. It draws to it people in the search of Pura Vida, in their own way, with a laid-back nonchalance…the aqua and azure warm waters of the coves, the rustic earthy terracotta-baked fincas, and a constant, low-thrum of music pulsing through the island - also known as the White Isle, or the Magic Island...
Now you are here in Ibiza, the MAGIC ISLAND, let the ENERGY come out of your SOUL...Feel yourself, and be FREE, DANCE, LOVE and ENJOY LIFE...This is what we are LIVING for...
There is something special about long days spent lounging at the hot beach or pool, the sound of the breeze rustling through the pine trees in the hills, the crickets chirping in the background, mojitos at the open-air bars, dancing until dawn...And there are probably many places in the world that have some of these things, but I have not yet been to them or fallen in love with them the way I have for Ibiza - and I've fallen hard.
Here are some of our suggestions of places to go if you get the chance to visit this magical place. This is just a starter for ten, even after a few years of visiting every summer, there are still so many places I wish to explore and discover on the island!
The Sunday Sunsets and Drum Parties at Cala Benirras
On Sunday evenings in Ibiza you will find me at Cala Benirras. It has the best sunsets on the island in my opinion, and this island has incredible sunsets. Probably my favourite in the world (from the ones I’ve seen at least!). But it is not just the sunsets, it is the pilgrimage of people who come to the beach to watch the sun set on the sea horizon with the sound of the bongo drums beating out a hypnotic tempo. As in the corner of the beach people congregate with their drums every Sunday to worship the setting sun in harmony and unison. Earthy. Rhythmical. Magical.
Elements Bar and Restaurant, Benirras
In the North of the island, far away from the neon lights of San An (Sant Antoni de Portmany), is this secluded and sheltered bay, and since you'll already be there for the drumming party, why not meander to this oasis of a beach bar as twilight arrives - to sit outside eating delicious fish dishes, with twinkling lights and soft Balearic house in the background. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it as the food is top notch, and a great atmosphere with local and Spanish people and it's white decor and day beds for lounging with cocktails late into the evening.
As the sun sets, you can feel the electricity build up as the island prepares itself for a long night of dancing. And finding somewhere to dance will not be difficult, as it is the clubbing mecca of the Mediterranean, with the world’s best DJs passing through at some point over the summer. It is no secret my friends and I enjoy a dance, and my go-to while in Ibiza is Pacha - they always have great decor and some really good nights there. But if you love EDM you’ve also got to try Space (we saw the legendary Carl Cox do a 10 hour set there!), and Amnesia.
Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal
If you’re looking for a little glamour and something a bit snazzy, Blue Marlin in Cala Jondal is worth a visit, albeit an expensive one. They have some renowned Ibizan house DJs playing outside throughout the afternoon into the warm evening, day beds to rent for some tanning whilst overlooking the crystal clear waters of the bay with the super-yachts moored off the jetty, white leather sofas and no-end of models and good-looking people prancing about. The cocktails are worth every penny and the tapas are delicious to snack on.
Ibiza Old Town, Dalt Vila
If you’ve got half a day to spare and enjoy a wander around, go to Ibiza Town and walk from the bottom of town with all the fun Ibizan souvenir shops up to the old town, known as Dalt Vila, with its cobbled streets, quaint cafes decorated with walls of bougainvillea and pretty views from the medieval castle walls. This is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take your time, stop to have a beer or jug of sangria, sit outside watching the world go by - this is Spain after all!
These are only some of our recommendations to enjoy this fabulous place and the Ibizan spirit, a true representation of chasing the sun, of Pura Vida!
If I could find a way to spend my entire summer there every year, I would.