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Ibiza is still the undisputed top summer destination for party people. Unforgettable sunsets bounce off whitewashed walls, while the young and beautiful dance until sunrise to the thumping beats of world class DJs. As well being surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and blessed with months of sunshine, it oozes a sense of luxury, and attracts an A-list crowd. However, the hippy vibe is also still going strong, and there’s plenty on offer for those on a budget. Here’s our guide on where to go and what to do in Ibiza this summer, both on and off the dance floor.
Although this bar is top of the tourist list and San Antonio is generally a packed corner of the island, the sunsets at the Cafe Del Mar are unmissable, as they are really quite spectacular. As the sky turns red, sit on the rocks with the crowds, piña colada in hand, and sway to some laid-back Balearic beats.
A trip to Ibiza wouldn’t be complete without at least one evening spent in one of the largest clubs on the island, if not the world. Pacha, Ushuaïa and Privilege rank top of the list for many partygoers, and although entrance fees are high, they will undoubtedly serve up an unforgettable night. No expense is spared on the over-the-top decor, world famous DJs and pumping sound systems. Take advantage of the costumed ticket sellers who parade the beaches during the day offering discounts and promotions for special evenings.
Pacha, Av. 8 d’Agost, 07800 Eivissa, +34 971313612
Every Sunday, you can find a crowd of hippies summoning the sunset with a drumming circle on Benirrás beach. Fire pits dotted along the sand, poi dancers and the rhythmic sound of bongos make for a magical New Age atmosphere. The night-long parties here are memorable and unpretentious, and offer up a great way to make new friends. For a cheesier affair, spend Wednesday afternoons at the Punta Arabí Hippy Market in Es Caná, or Saturday evenings at the Dalias Hippy Market in San Carlos, trying on silly outfits and browsing the local handicrafts.
On a long balmy evening, take a leisurely stroll around Ibiza Old Town. It’s hard not to fall in love with the quaint cobbled streets, old stone walls and whitewashed restaurants with candlelit tables spilling out into charming squares. For an authentic taste of Spain at a surprisingly reasonable price, squeeze yourself into the ever-popular Comidas Bar San Juan restaurant. There are no reservations here, so you may find yourself queuing or sharing a table with strangers, but the mouthwateringly good dishes are well worth it.
Make a reservation to dine on the terrace at Es Boldado in Cala d’Hort while watching the sun set over Es Vedra rock. At 400 metres (1,312 feet) high, this imposing island jutting out of the sea is certainly a sight to behold. Its powerful magnetic properties are the stuff of legend, and there are countless mythical tales of sirens, sea nymphs, giants, and even UFO sightings to pull in the intrigued and enchanted crowds. They serve arguably the best paella on the island, too.
Hop in the car and discover some tucked-away beach clubs where you can lounge all day in true Balearic style. Experimental Beach and Blue Marlin are hard to reach, but occupy some of the prettiest bays on the island, and have sensational views of the blue ocean. Loungers and drinks aren’t cheap, but you are bound to spend an enjoyable day here socialising, listening to laid-back beats, dancing and eyeing up the beautiful people.
Experimental Beach, Playa des Codolar Salinas, 07817 Ibiza, +34 664331269
Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal, 07800 Ibiza, +34 603708796