Things we plan on doing in Ibiza
There are many great things to do in Ibiza and here are some of the best..
Clubbing - Amnesia , Pacha , Space and Privilege
There is nothing to compare to the superclubs of Ibiza. Frankly, the rest of the world is the runner-up. Privilege alone has a capacity of around 10,000 people, Pacha is the year-round club, and a favourite of the locals as well as the tourists, while Space invented the concept of the day-club, kicking off their parties when the other clubs are kicking you out of the door at sunrise. In Ibiza, you can literally party until you drop from exhaustion. And you wouldn't be the first!
Watch the sunset at Cafe Del Mar.
At the far end of San Antonio Bay lies the world-famous sunset strip and the bar that launched all those chill-out compilations you find in record stores all over the planet - The Café Del Mar. Get here before sunset and grab a long cool drink in readiness for one of the most memorable sights you will ever witness. The promenade and rocks by the seafront are thronged each night with people of all ages, some getting ready for the clubs, but all sharing the spectacle and the sunset soundtrack provided by the cafés.
Walk the old streets of Ibiza town after midnight.
With the old walled city of Dalt Vila lit up like something out of a fairytale, this is one of the most captivating experiences Ibiza has to offer. Even long after midnight, you'll find bars, cafés and all sorts of boutiques still open and selling their wares. The scent of the evening by the port is something you will forever associate with long summer nights. And then of course there are the club parades. Pacha, Amnesia et al send out their entourages into the streets around the port, handing out their flyers and enticing you into their clubs. It's worth staying out late just to catch a glimpse or two of the 'beautiful people' as they troupe by.
Ibiza Gran Hotel / Casino de Ibiza
Located in the beautiful, coastal Ibiza Town, the Ibiza Gran Hotel is a five-star hotel that has earned rave reviews. It has been rated as sixth in the world in a list of top hotels with casinos by travellers on the Trivago travel and hotel website. Besides having a view of the Mediterranean, the hotel is also home to a five-star restaurant which serves Mediterranean and international cuisine. There’s also the Casino de Ibiza, which is one of the best-known leisure areas for night-life and features everything from American Roulette, Black Jack, Caribbean Poker, Punto Banco and slot machines.
Cala Bassa Beach
Just 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio is Cala Bassa beach, a haven of peace and tranquillity with beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters.
The best thing about this beach is its remoteness. You can’t see any hotels or buildings from the sand, making this a real deserted haven. You will find a couple of cafe-restaurant type eateries nearby and there are activities for all ages, including pedalos and banana boats taken out by instructors. This place really is the epitome of chill-out; if the busy beaches of San An are just too much for you then this place is a spectacular alternative.
Visit Cala D'Hort to see the famous rock of Es Vedra.
This imposing creation of nature wouldn't look out of place as the villain's hideout in a Bond film. Some 400 metres high, Es Vedra simply dominates the view out to sea. It's an official nature reserve, and lies some 3km off the coast. Visit the area of Cala D'Hort at any time of day and you'll be impressed, but it is at sunset that the rock truly comes into its own. Make sure there's plenty of room on your camera, as you won't want to come away from here without a handful of memories of this most photogenic of landscapes.
Visit Benirras beach for the Sunday drumming party.
Come see the hippies in all their natural glory at Benirras beach (just around the corner from Port de San Miguel). At sunset each Sunday, the drums and bongoes begin, and you can dance around the fires until the sun comes up again. Step back in time to the Summer of Love, live and not remotely exclusive.
Visit the neighboring Island Es Palmador & Swim in the mud baths.
It matters not whether you actually need a mud bath, the point is about wanting one. When you find Es Palmador, this island may well trick you into believing you're in the middle of the loneliest spot in the Caribbean, but don't be fooled, because the experience here is at least one step better than that. Chill the hell out in one of the most remote, most relaxing spots on the planet. Like this needs more explaining!
Arenal Diving Centre
Contrary to popular belief, the real action in Ibiza takes place under the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and Arenal Diving Centre in San Antonio allows you to get up close and personal with the Island’s underwater inhabitants.
Don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned diver, as the centre offers excursions for unqualified beginners. The Discovery Scuba Diver course lasts for 3 hours and only dives at a depth of 6 meters. If you want to give the diving a miss, a boat excursion could be the option for you, taking you to secret pools in the caves around San Antonio and allowing those of you who want to snorkel a guided tour.
Have a traditional Spanish Paella.
The Paella was born in Valencia hundreds of years ago, and the rice dish was cooked with the local game of the time, including rabbit, chicken and snails. In Ibiza, however, seafood has replaced the snails, though Paella on the island will often include rabbit and chicken. You simply must sample this incredibly flavoursome dish. Saffron is used to flavour and colour the rice to give it that dusty yellow look, and the taste, well, it's unique. There is simply nothing to compare it against. Many restaurants on the island cook their paella in giant pans, anything up to six feet in circumference.
Cap Blanc Aquarium
A short water taxi ride deep into the caves of Cala Gracio will take you to this fantastic hidden gem on the outskirts of San Antonio. This old Smugglers cave is home to a large range of sea animals and plants, including lobsters and turtles, and allows you to get up close to these beautiful creatures. The Cap Blanc also provides rehabilitation for injured sea animals, that live here to recover before being released into the sea. It isn’t all fish and algae though, as the aquarium has a great in house bar, which is incredibly chilled out and relaxing, and you can also dive off on the wooden walkways into the sea.
Visit the Hippie Market in Es Cana.
Catch a bus, taxi or ferry to the resort of Es Cana on the east side of the island. Just outside of town you'll find a hillside covered with stalls selling all manner of hippy-related goodies. Leather goods from jackets and handbags to belts, shoes and accessories. Trinkets, beaded necklaces and bangles. Pipes and bongs and other curious talking points for the mantel back home. Tie-dyed shirts and trousers and scarves, of course, alongside more modern clothing. The market has undergone a pinch of commercialisation in more recent years, but the spirit lives on or, to paraphrase, the song remains the same!
Visit Bora Bora Beach Club in Playa D'en Bossa.
The day-long party area of Ibiza is waiting especially for you. We're not kidding - there's your table, your Pina Colada on the mat, and the five thousand near-naked close friends you're about to make. What on earth are you waiting for?
You simply cannot have a vacation experience like this on your own!
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