Nikki Beach Ibiza Set For Grand Opening
Put on your statement swimwear, grab your designer sunglasses and polish your dancing shoes as the chic Nikki Beach Ibiza is opening its doors for the 2017 season on Thursday, April 27th, with a heavy dose of good vibes, great
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Ibiza Karting Under Starters Orders For 2017
Ibiza Karting opened its doors on March 23 and declared itself ready for Ibiza 2017. That’s great news for anyone heading to the island as it offers the ultimate fun day out, with the added bonus of racing conditions for…
Dinner Delights At Villa Mercedes
Villa Mercedes in San Antonio has long been a favourite destination of ours to drop in for sundowner cocktails, a meal with friends, a little dance to the venue’s infectious DJ sets or… all of the aforementioned. Overlooking the harbour…
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White Island Classic
Sunday April 23 sees Marina Botafoch come alive as it welcomes the White Island Classicos, celebrating the first annual White Island Classic regatta (WIC). The festivities kick off at 4pm and the prize giving is at 7pm as it brings…
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Discover A World Of Wonder At La Dispensa
The setting couldn’t be more picturesque if it tried: ascend the ancient stone ramp up to Ibiza Town’s UNESCO World Heritage site Dalt Vila and take a stroll along its cobbled main street Calle De Santa Creu, which is lined…
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IMS 10 Ibiza Announces More Speakers
As the build up to IMS 10 Ibiza, taking place at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza between May 24-26, continues, a further 20 speakers, from global industry leaders and influencers, has just been announced. Artists such as Art Department, B.Traits, Hot…
Glitterbox Reveals Hï Ibiza Line Up
Friday June 9 is the date that house and disco lovers on and off the island are looking forward to, as Glitterbox opens its account in brand new Ibiza venue Hï Ibiza. With expectations for the new venue rising as…
DJ EZ Announced as Disturbing Ibiza Co-Host
Following the exciting news that Tinie Tempah will return to Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel this summer with his Disturbing Ibiza concept, the UK rapper has announced that he will be joined by DJ EZ as his illustrious co-host on a…
Cocoon Announces Opening Party Line-Up
With only a few weeks to go until Cocoon returns to its home on the White Isle, Amnesia Ibiza, we have been itching to find out who will join Sven Väth for the grand opening on May 29th to kick…
Hï Ibiza Presents Thomas Jack
The announcements for brand new super club Hï Ibiza just keep on coming, with the brand new party destination adding more and more exciting names to its carefully curated roster which skilfully mixes big names with up and coming talent….
Pikes On Sundays Returns
Pack your inflatables, put on your Hawaiian shirt and put an extra hole in your belt, because the hugely popular combination of poolside fun, premium beats and lashings of, erm, gravy, returns to Pikes Hotel on May 7th. Now entering…
Take Home The Sound Of Nassau Beach Club
Whether its lounging on a spacious daybed overlooking the glittering sea with a glass of cava in hand and the finest deep house beats drifting into your ear or dancing on the soft sands after sunset to a sexy and…
Be Crazy! Ibiza Set For Sixth Season In Lio
Be Crazy! Ibiza has announced details of its sixth season in Ibiza as the glamorous club night returns to Lio on Thursday May 25, running weekly until October 12. The party has been a nocturnal staple in the diet of…
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A Magical Easter Afternoon At Aubergine
The bright blue shade the April skies have been treating us to recently may have been slightly tarnished by clouds on Easter Sunday, but as soon as we arrived at charming countryside restaurant Aubergine we were greeted by an abundance…
Ushuaïa Ibiza Unveils New Limited Edition Concept
Since opening its doors in 2011, the sleek al fresco party palace that is Ushuaïa Ibiza has brought some of the finest international DJ talent to its festival-size stage, securing big names as its headlining residents who, supported by their…
Sundays At Elements Episode One
Sundays At Elements returns on April 23 with a full line-up of day and night time activities to keep you occupied. Sunday is arguably the biggest day to visit Benirras Beach, as the drummers descend on the iconic stretch of…
Hï Ibiza Announces Full Line-Up For Eric Prydz Residency
Hot on the heels of the exciting news that freshly announced Hï Ibiza resident Eric Prydz will be joined by Deadmau5 for two exclusive dates at the White Isle’s hot new super club, the venue has revealed the full line-up…
Blue Marlin Ibiza’s Epic Opening Extravaganza
With only just over a week to go until one of our favourite White Isle venues, the glamorous Blue Marlin Ibiza, opens its doors for another spectacular summer we are getting super excited to return to the stylish beach club…
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La Belle Ibiza Opens With Three Days Of Easter Fun
Following two successful seasons that have seen the charming San Rafael restaurant and bar going from strength to strength, it was only befitting that La Belle Ibiza entered its third summer on the White Isle with opening celebrations that lasted…
All HEART At The Weekend
HEART Ibiza is understandably excited about its forthcoming third season on the island, having made an instant impact in 2015 before cementing its place as one of the top lifestyle destinations in 2016. The multi-sensory concept – a creative collaboration…
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Early Opening For Hotel Es Vivé
Towards the end of last year, celebrated UK daily broadsheet, The Telegraph, confirmed something anyone that has spent any time in Ibiza or indeed stayed in Hotel Es Vivé already knew, that it is one of the finest boutique establishments…
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New Flavours At Nassau Beach Club
With its pole position on the golden sands of Playa d’en Bossa, unspoilt views on the Mediterranean sea and stylish décor, Nassau Beach Ibiza is the epitome of seaside perfection, providing plenty of pinch-me-am-I-really-here moments with its delicious culinary offering,…
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Savannah Opens Its Doors For Ibiza 2017
Images: Sergio Canizares Slowly but surely the San Antonio’s sunset strip is coming to life, the latest of which saw Savannah witness its first sunset of the season and it couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. After a…
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Melon Bombers Invade Tanit Beach Ibiza
Having only recently returned to the island I’m like a kid in a candy shop as get reacquainted with people and places I haven’t seen for just under a year. Ending the week with a double header at two of…
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Babylon Beach Swings Into Summer
One of our favourite seaside destinations on the White Isle, we were very happy to make our first trip to Babylon Beach this week as the charming restaurant and bar opened its doors for the season for a relaxed lunch…
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IMS College Malta 2017
As Ibiza gets set for the tenth anniversary of the International Music Summit (IMS), the team behind the concept announces details of the latest IMS College – Malta. IMS College returns to the island July 7-9 offering a crash course…
Mosaic Announces 2017 Line Up
Maceo Plex and Mosaic returns to Tuesday night in Pacha for a second season, from May 30 until October 3 and, after a fantastic debut, it has revealed the protagonists that will be responsible of building on that success. After…
Café Del Mar Eases Into 2017 Season
It was a chilled local affair as Café Del Mar, one of the world’s most famous sunset spots, opened its doors for the first time this year. The sunsets strip basked in some early season rays, resulting in a spectacular…
Defected Announce Line-Up For Ibiza Season At Eden
With some significant changes to Ibiza’s clubbing landscape this season, 2017 is a very exciting year to come and party on the White Isle. And the news that house music heavyweight Defected is returning to the island after a hiatus…
Pikes Brings Ibiza To The UK At The Electric Weekender
Iconic White Isle haunt Pikes Hotel is set to bring authentic Balearic party spirit and a heavy dose of hedonism to the UK with its first ever outing to Manchester. Collaborating with The Electric Weekender festival in Manchester, the legendary…
Party Day & Night At Nassau Beach Club
Following a cracking opening party last weekend, now that Nassau Beach Club has officially entered its tenth anniversary year, they are not taking any prisoners when it comes to dropping epic parties and big surprises. This Saturday, April 15th, sees…
Flamboyant Fun With Future Disco At Pacha
Those who love their parties with plenty of glamour, feel good vibes and authenticity are in for a treat as Future Disco brings its unique party to the White Isle on May 18th with an epic line-up that is so…
Pacha Celebrates Last Night On Earth
Amongst the many exciting party announcements that are popping up in our inbox right now, we are very excited to share this gem with you! On May 13th, the legendary Sasha will return to Ibiza with his Last Night On…
Float Your Boat Teams Up With Hï Ibiza
Now here’s an announcement that we know is going to cause a splash! Float Your Boat Ibiza has proudly announced it is partnering with hot new super club Hï Ibiza on Tuesday nights to serve as The Official Boat Party…
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano Join Hï Ibiza Wednesdays
The exciting residency announcement for what is arguably the White Isle’s most talked about club this season, Hï Ibiza, are coming in thick and fast right now, and today it has been confirmed that Ushuaïa veterans Sunnery James and Ryan…
Celebrate Easter In Mediterranean Style At Yemanjá
Effortlessly nestled into the stunning natural surroundings of Cala Jondal bay with its majestic cliffs, azure waters and white beach, we couldn’t think of a more idyllic setting to celebrate the Easter holidays in style than authentic and charming seaside…
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DJ Harvey Returns To Pikes With Big News
DJ Harvey and Pikes Hotel are two names that are intrinsically linked with the White Isle and both hold a truly iconic status in Ibiza. Named one of ’25 DJs Who Rule The Earth’ by Rolling Stone magazine and dubbed…
Easter Sunday Funday At Pura Vida
We don’t know about you, but we are incredibly excited about the upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend and Easter celebrations. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself on the White Isle and are lucking for something to do with the whole…
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Andrea Oliva Added To Hï Ibiza Tuesday
Having announced Eric Prydz in The Theatre (Room 1) for his debut solo Ibiza residency, Hï Ibiza Tuesday nights just got even better as the brand new super club reveals the addition of Andrea Oliva & Friends in The Club…
Aquatic Fun For Kids At Ocean Beach Ibiza
Ocean Beach Ibiza is the epitome of the glamorous beach club experience, drawing crowds of trendy party animals from all over the world with its offering of stylish surroundings, great music and the opportunity to splash around in the statement…
We’re going to launch in with the assumption here that your Easter weekend threw in a fair few number of opportunities to give your mates the following patter: “I partied so hard this weekend, I felt like Jesus rocking out that tomb.” If it wasn’t that nutshell of religious appropriation, it was no doubt some other knackered one liner. Some of you likely began today with the glazed expression of one sorry sausage, but here’s something to put that spark back in as we selfishly override your suffering and bring it back to Ibiza. Sun, sea, clubs, boat parties…you know the drill.
Pukka Up boat party kicks off Saturdays
Pukka Up is an ocean-bound bash that’s never short of queuing clubbers, and now that Saturdays have been added to the calendar, we know we’re guaranteed another scorcher summer. The first of Pukka Up’s weekend cruisers heads out on 10 June, and from then you´ve got until 23 September to experience this crew’s perception of what partying truly means. Two tickets types are on sale, with the boat party tickets also giving you a pre-party at Rio, and the package ticket throwing in entry to Tropical Wonderland at Eden on Saturday night and Cuckoo Land at Ibiza Rocks Hotel on Sunday afternoon.
Laidback Luke confirms techno dates at Eden
Depending on their age, people associate Laidback Luke with different sounds. If EDM is where you’ve been getting your music licks for the past few years, then he’s a name heavily associated with the genre. You might have also been introduced to him during the glory days of electro house. Or if we go back even further and step into the ´90s you might know him for bashing out seriously good house and techno, and that’s what he’ll be doing in Ibiza this summer. If you caught his set in December last year at New York’s Flash Factory, you might be especially excited by this news. His techno set in New York hammered out tracks from Reset Robot, Sasha Carassi, Truncate and Luigi Madonna – he knows his stuff. On Friday 30 June and Friday 28 July, he’ll be at Eden with the Taste The Punch gang, and there’s your chance to check out Laidback Luke’s origins in dance music.
Rebels Cave at Sankeys on Fridays
The Capadi Rebels will be hosting their own night of quality underground beats this summer. Cracking out the goods from Friday 23 June to 29 September, you’ll have this lot for 15 dates. For a titbit on the crew’s history, in the past 8 years they’ve been running one of the most successful underground boat parties in Ibiza. Rebels Cave also worked alongside Steve Lawler and the VIVa Warriors parties, hosting the Spektrum at Sankeys on Sundays. On top of it all, their Sunday radio show on Ibiza Global Radio has pulled in a good following. Deep house and tech house is the kind of sonic sauce you’ll be getting throughout their summer.
Richy Ahmed takes FOUR THIRTY TWO party to Privilege
Over the past few seasons, clubbers have piled into DC10 to catch a piece of Richy Ahmed. While we can only assume, he’ll be on Circoloco’s and Paradise’s line-ups at some point this summer, he’s also coming in with his very own one-off event at Vista Club. The move comes after selling out parties in the UK, and we’ll be getting our taste for it on Thursday 1 June. Taking care of tunes, head honcho himself Richy Ahmed will be playing an extended set, and he’ll be accompanied by Mathew Jonson, DJ Rossko and Ryan O’Gorman.
Andrea Oliva & Friends join Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz’s residency was HUGE news for us and you when it hit. So, imagine the reaction when we found out that Andrea Oliva & Friends would also be getting a spot at Hï Ibiza on Tuesdays. He’ll take over the Club – what used to be known as the Terraza – and Eric Prydz will have the Theatre – once the Discoteca. Every Tuesday from 20 June to 22 August.
Do Not Sleep residency at Sankeys
This week Do Not Sleep announced a move to Sankeys and the opening party line-up. Now in its third year, the next chapter for the no-frills techno and party is deep in that basement. On Wednesday 24 May, the opening party will offer a taster for season 2017 and the booth heavies in charge are Skream, Darius Syrossian, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, Detlef, Matt Tolfrey and Jamie Roy.
DJ Harvey’s Mercury Rising residency back at Pikes
Harvey Bassett has signed up for a third consecutive season, and this year he’s getting involved with the beloved venue in a much bigger way. Mercury Rising embarks on its eight-week stint from Monday 7 August onwards, and Bassett has also been appointed Cultural Attache, with his increased role including overseeing the soon to be launched Pikes Records.
Nick Warren at Boutique Hostal Salinas with one-off special
The UK veteran is getting involved in the opening week action as he heads to Boutique Hostel Salinas for another sunset session. On Tuesday 23 May, he’ll return to the lush venue within the Salinas nature reserve, and joining him are Andy Woods, Gustin, and one very special guest that’s yet to be announced. It all begins at 5pm, and entry is free.
Dance 88/89 back with the nostalgia at Sankeys
Acid house and Balearic beats will be back in focus at Sankeys from Wednesday 7 June. We were gunning for this residency to make a heady return in 2017, and we know clubbers who pounced on this nostalgic ride were feeling the same. We’ll be drenched in the kind of sweat that pumped the second Summer Of Love full of party spirit and we’ve got 16 dates to do so. On top of that, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the days when Paul Oakenfold, Danny Rampling and Nicky Holloway came to Ibiza and discovered the music at Amnesia listening to the legendary Alfredo. It does not get much better than celebrating with the original spirit that sparked the movement.
elrow season line-ups dished
The mania, the magic and the chaos that underlines elrow fever is back this year, and as you should know by now, it’s happening at Amnesia. The artists for 2017’s confetti-charged carnage are on regular rotation with the elrow crew, including Skream, Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Anja Schneider, Art Department, Matador, Ilario Alicante Cuartero, and residents De La Swing and Eddy M. Other artists confirmed to be dousing your eardrums in sonic dynamite are Alan Fitzpatrick, Andres Campo, Detlef, Bastian Bux, Edu Imbernon, Riva Starr, Richy Ahmed, Russ Yallop, Technasia, Sidney Charles, Santé and Claptone, among more.
FUSE confirms HYTE takeovers this summer
London’s FUSE crew is back for a Balearic tussle this year in another special collaboration with Amnesia techno pack HYTE. Four exclusive dates are in the diary, with the first showcase landing for the big opening on Wednesday 19 July. FUSE founder Enzo Siragusa will be spinning across all dates, and he’ll be joined by fellow FUSE residents Seb Zito, Archie Hamilton, Rossko and Rich Nxt, and some very special guests.
Maceo Plex unleashes 2017 season line-up
Before he embarked on his first residency last summer, Maceo Plex announced that he’d be giving clubbers a taste of artists who don’t regularly frequent the White Isle, and he did just that. This summer, he’s in with the same mindset by giving us a line-up loaded with DJs and producers who’ve decorated Ibiza line-ups regularly over the years, some who might be unknown to many, and others who have either never or rarely played at Pacha. His savage season line-up includes Adam Beyer, Virginia, Steffi, Pearson Sound, Stephan Bodzin (live), Ben Klock, Rødhåd, Mano Le Tough, Levon Vincent, Henrik Schwarz, Moodymann, Recondite, Derek Plaslaiko, Tale Of Us, Jon Hopkins, Palms Trax, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Röyksopp and Aurora Halal, among more.
New residency announced at U R with Armin van Buuren
Dutch powerhouse duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano have confirmed that they’ll be bashing out the bass under Armin van Buuren’s night, U R. Their 13-week residency will be over in the Club (formerly known as the Terraza) and the first date to dice with this duo is the opening on Wednesday 21 June.
Amnesia completes opening party line-up with Marco Carola
Techno don Marco Carola is the mixing maestro to bring that much-awaited line-up to completion. Others on that tantalising roster are Erick Morillo, Patrick Topping, Gorgon City, Jackmaster, Claptone, Hannah, Cuartero, Mar-T, Luca Donzelli and Amnesia residents Caal and Les Schmitz. This one is normally pinned as a marathon session, so get testing your limits, folks.
Reverb boat party brings in the goods
Reverb is giving you good reason to make sure your ocean clubbing gear is decent. Running from Wednesday 31 May to 20 September, it’ll be the only boat party to include a swim stop at sunset, and the package deal ensures that you’ll be clubbing for two days and nights. If you choose to go in for the whole lot and get the absolute maximum out that ticket, you’ll have Audio Rehab at Eden, We Are Rockstars or Craig David’s TS5 pool party at Ibiza Rocks Hotel, and Afterlife at Vista Club.
Be Crazy! returns to Lio with first line-up
Jean Claude Ades is bringing in another season of killer tunes to the glamorous venue for a sixth season. The tech house master retains his +1 concept meaning he’ll will have some of the finest electronic music talent by his side at the stylish Marina location. The opening party is on Thursday 25 May 2017 and will see Guy Mantzur alongside resident Jean Claude. The season runs until 12 October.
Easter in Ibiza is a fantastic time of year to visit, it’s warm, quieter and much more laid back than the summer months. Just perfect for exploring and recharging those batteries after the cold damp and dreary winter months.
Easter 2017 falls right in the middle of April. This is when the island starts to come alive and although there is less open than at the height of summer its really worth going as you find another beauty to the island often missed by people during the summer months.
Easter in Ibiza is also a very important time for the catholic church across Spain and you will find religious parades taking place across the island. The streets of Ibiza are decorated with flowers and crosses with bearers carrying large ornate religious statues through the streets. Some complete their outfits with tall hoods called capirotes. These are worn to hide the bearer’s sombre reflection of their own sins.
The big event on Good Friday sees all the cofradias, who are charged with taking care of the statues, take part in one big procession from the Cathedral (Dalt Vila) mid evening. This is a great religious and cultural spectacle to see.
Getting to Ibiza for Easter
Only Ryanair and British Airways are operating direct flights from the UK around Easter but as the prices are so low it is worth looking at connecting flights either via Barcelona or Palma. It does take a little longer but well worth it to enjoy the paradise of Ibiza.
For example, you can find flights to Barcelona for £34 each way from the UK and an onward flight to Ibiza for less than €20 so all in for £50 each way is a bargain price.
What to do
This is the big one and we have to admit it can be a little surreal walking through the major resorts with many premises still boarded up not yet ready for the summer but away from the obvious holiday hotspots there is still a lot to do and find.
The beaches are all open and quiet with an average daily temperature of 19 – 22c its perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Swimming is possible, it is a little “fresh” but you will see many of the locals taking a dip and one your in its fine.
Cala Bassa at Easter crystal clear waters and deserted
Cala Bassa in April crystal clear waters and deserted
A top tip is to take your own food and drink as not all of the beach bars and restaurants will be open and we have found it is a little hit and miss at the start of the season.
Exploring the island is fantastic the roads are quiet and walks, cycling are much more pleasant when it’s not so hot as it is in the summer. We have enjoyed some great coastal walks and visiting Las Dalias Hippy Market around easter was much more pleasurable than the summer, not as busy or as hot.
Read here for more on walking and cycling in Ibiza.
The stunning Ibiza countryside great for exploring
Water sports there is very little available but we have been paddle boarding in April with SUP Boat Ibiza which was fantastic. There were a lot less boats blasting past and with the added fear of falling in the “fresh” waters we really got our technique down to a fine art.
Paddle Boarding in Ibiza a great activity for the whole family
Paddle Boarding in Ibiza a great activity for the whole family
Ibiza town is open as it is all year round with the cafe restaurants and shops bustling and again it’s great to explore the old town and Dalt Villa around this time as the walk to the top is a much less sweaty affair or for those of you wanting something more taxing why not try Escape Rooms.
San Antonio is just coming to life with many of the local restaurants opening for longer than the winter months, we recommend checking out Tapas Ibiza, Relish, Ritas Cantina to name but a few.
Surf Lounge is usually open at weekends in April with their artificial wave machine running which is great to have a go on or just to watch either way it is pure entertainment and suitable for all ages.
Youngest riding the wave at Surf Lounge Ibiza
Our youngest riding the wave at Surf Lounge Ibiza
Easter in Ibiza is not as livley as the summer but a few of the West End bars do seem to open earlier and earlier each year mainly catering for the first summer workers arriving It’s always a great evening out at bars like the Fish Ibiza or the Social in San Antonio.
Mint Lounge and Cafe del Mar will be open for those who wish to enjoy the sunset strip although a top tip is to take a jacket as when the sun goes down the temperature does drop significantly compared to the summer.
For those who are looking for a good party Pacha in Ibiza town is open at weekends and in 2016 opened for 5 nights over the Easter period so it’s well worth checking out if you want to dance the night away.
Overall visiting Ibiza at Easter is fantastic, the islands true beauty really does shine through, it forces you to explore a little more with less open but this is no bad thing and you will find some hidden gems you never knew existed.
Everywhere just seems more relaxed and the pace of life is so much slower with the locals preparing for the madness of summer and early summer workers arriving day by day.
It won’t suit those who are looking for a pure clubbing holiday but if you want a relaxed unhurried few days away, Easter in Ibiza is just perfect.
Tomorrow March, 23rd at Pacha from midnight till late: BE CRAZY 4 Years Anniversary.
Artist of the night : JEAN CLAUDE ADES (all night long)
Time to celebrate 4 years anniversary with magic moments!
“Enjoy Salinas beach with a delicious Mediterranean menu, a refreshing juice bar, a range of amazing cocktails, a luxurious beach bed area and a cool soundtrack.”
IBIZA OPENING PARTIES 2014 PARTIES
The Ibiza opening parties 2014 are some of the best parties of the season and should not be missed.
23rd May, Ocean Beach
24 th May, Ushuaia
25 th May, Space
26 th May, DC10 / Circoloco
28 th May, Zoo
31 st May, Amnesia
You can reserve a amazing villa with us for these parties.We’ll see you in Ibiza 2014.
Ibiza is absolutely one of my favourite places in the world. Of course I know that when I say Ibiza the first thing that springs to mind is their unrivalled party scene and, don’t get me wrong, I do love a party – I live for a good party – but sometimes you’ve got to chill out, and Ibiza draws me back every single time. It also helps that I’m lucky to have a group of friends who live in Ibiza all year round, giving me the perfect excuse to visit as well as a gorgeous little place to stay.
And whilst Ibiza possesses that special something that draws clubbers back year after year (lets face it, everybody already knows about the incredible clubbing and nightlife), it’s the islands energy, beauty and diversity that’s its real selling point. I thought I’d take advantage of the lovely four-day weekend to head over to the Ibiza to recharge and visit friends, who are in the process of setting up a host of exciting new projects for the upcoming summer. And whilst it’s just over a month until all of my favourite clubs start opening their doors to punters again, there was still lots going on in Ibiza to keep me entertained. Spending Friday basking in the sunlight, drinking Spanish beer and eating cake in Ibiza’s old town (with views of the Dalt Villa, which is beautiful and steeped in history), Friday night we headed to the opening of super-cool Ibiza lounge bar Aura for it’s first party of 2011.
Situated on a quiet road in the north of the island – and handily only about 800 meters from my friends villa – Aura is known for it’s chic restaurant, gorgeous outdoor cocktail lounge and terrace, and it’s cosmopolitan mix of clientele. With Friday night seeing nearly 2000 people through it’s doors it was busy to say the least but, more than anything, it was really exciting; this was one of Ibiza’s first opening parties and the outlook for the summer of 2011 in Ibiza is amazing – people’s spending confidence is definitely back on the White Isle. Saturday saw another beautifully sunny day in Ibiza, and spending the day relaxing at the beach clubs that line Las Salinas beach was more than enough to keep me happy. Just 10 minutes drive from Ibiza Town, Salinas is popular with the wealthy and beautiful people of Ibiza, as well as celebrities and footballers who flock to Ibiza every year in their droves. Of course being off-season meant that we were able to get a great table with a view overlooking the sea and all the way down the beach as well, which is normally hard in the summer as the bars are packed full. Whilst the beach bars in Salinas can be expensive in the summer (expect to pay around €25-30 for one of the hefty salads at The Jockey Club – eek), the beach itself is absolutely stunning and the perfect place for people watching. A popular beach and definitely worth a visit in the summer months, it’s perfect for sharing a little sangria with the girls when you fancy treating yourself.
Having made plans to visit KM5 on Saturday night and establishing that all this relaxing was hungry work, we booked a table at Kathmandu, a Nepalese restaurant in Santa Eularia, for dinner. Santa Eularia has a good reputation as Ibiza’s gastromnomic and cultural centre and has a thriving all-year community. Perfectly located and with a wide choice of good, hearty Nepalese food at a very reasonable price, Kathmandu comes highly recommended (the paneer pakora and butter chicken comes on personal recommendation if you have trouble choosing). And whilst you’ll need a car to get there and back, the food alone is worth the trek. On route from Kathmandu back into Ibiza Town we stopped off for a quick drink and peek inside KM5.
Located about 5 kilometres from Ibiza town (hence the name), KM5 offers the quintessentially balearic experience, with their beautiful, Bedouin styled oasis, arabic-style tents and enchanting gardens – and their cocktails are rather good too. It’s usually very popular during the summer months, so it was great to get the chance to visit in April when it was a little bit quieter……
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Ibiza’s secret beaches: It’s not just the bars and clubs which get rammed in the party island’s high season, many of the beaches are packed too. To find a peaceful spot away from the madness, try one of these hidden gems from Secret Beaches: Ibiza
Cala Llentrisca beach,
In the middle of the crescent-shaped Cala Llentrisca sits a rickety old timber jetty protruding out into the bay that makes a perfect diving platform. This slim stretch of beach can be enjoyed in full sunshine until late in the afternoon and will often be deserted. The waters here are so blue that they colour the sand and sea grass with a subtle fluorescence, something that makes a vivid impression when you see this cove for the first time. Cala Llentrisca is a place that invites repose and reflection, with only the fishing boats bobbing far out to sea offering much in the way of distraction. Keep a sleepy eye on them as they make their lazy journeys home – some of them are stowed away by their owners in the little shacks lining the back of the beach.
Pitstop Es Cubells is a small village nestled among the orange, lemon and olive groves on precipitous terraces. Occupying an enviable location on the uppermost terrace, Bar Llumbi‘s uninterrupted view across to Formentera is almost as compelling as the typically Spanish menu. You’ll find all the usual suspects here – fresh fish, paella, copious salads – and the quick, friendly service means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the extraordinary vista over your coffee. • +34 971 802128 Further information, directions and map
Hidden among the rocks and cliffs, away from the sprawling tourist hotels that encircle the white sands of Cala Tarida, are several tiny little coves, one of which can be enjoyed only by those willing to get their feet wet. With perfect southerly aspects, these beaches are picture-postcard locations where pure unpolluted waters reflect the sun, making the entire scene resemble the interior of a giant bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Given the popularity of these spots, they are usually occupied by locals brazenly sunbathing in their birthday suits, but they still seem a world away from the crowded main beach in high summer.
Pitstop There are plenty of restaurants serving higher quality food in or around Cala Tarida but Ses Eufabies, family owned and run, occupies by far the best position. The entire restaurant has been built atop a vast rock in the middle of the beach with its dining terraces cut directly into the stone, making it feel as though you have hardly left the sand. The menu is typical beach cafe fare: cheap and cheerful with a couple of fresh grilled fish thrown in among the burgers and hot dogs. Book a table here for lunch and you’ll have a base for the afternoon from which to survey the comings and goings all about you. Try to stay for the sunset as the westerly orientation means incredible views out to sea. • +34 971 806328 Further information, directions and map
Ibiza‘s natural beauty is present in all its glory at this perfect teardrop-shaped beach, dramatically sliced from the cliffs to form a natural harbour of translucent azure water. You reach this tiny stretch of protected shoreline by descending a precarious, rickety path, which adds to the thrill of the location. Once there, it is easy to understand why the beach is so important to local fishermen, who use it as a social focal point as well as a place to store and launch their boats. Our recommended access to the bay allows you to experience the historical rhythm of the island’s spellbinding coast by following the same route used by fishermen, pirates and invaders for hundreds of years. Like them, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of cliffs plunging into fathomless cerulean waters.
Pitstop Ignore the deceptively residential frontage, Can Cires opens up to reveal a wonderfully atmospheric alfresco dining area. The place is run by an eccentric owner who likes to wander around with a parrot on his shoulder. He’s from Alsace and his Gallic roots are well in evidence, from the house speciality – a thin and crispy tarte flambée – to the outdoor pétanque area. The interior is decorated with a restored classic French motorbike and large print photographs of the island’s coastline. The wine list includes an Alsace Gewurztraminer and as many as seven Ibicenco riojas and crianzas. • +34 971 805551, cancires.com Further information, directions and map
The distinctive uninhabited island of Es Vedrà is framed behind the craggy cliffs that overhang this small bay. Cala Llentia is known to a few locals as a place to escape the madness that takes over the island during the high season. The slightly tricky access will put off any fair weather explorers, but those that do make the effort will always find somewhere to lie and enjoy the tranquility.
Pitstop It’s a short stroll over the headland to the classic Ibiza chiringuito at Cala Codolar, and it’s a lively contrast to the sandy solitude of Cala Llentia. First set up in 1974 and still owned and run by the same Ibicencan local, it is the type of simple wooden shack that is rarely seen today. Before beach bars and restaurants became ubiquitous, nearly every beach on the island had one or two chiringuitos like this one. They would be set up to serve drinks and simple snacks during the summer months, before being dismantled and taken away at the end of each season. Perhaps their days are numbered, but thanks to the restrictive building laws protecting Cala Codolar, this one is safe for the time being. Bog-standard plastic chairs and tables are shaded by promotional parasols giving the bar an unpretentious, friendly atmosphere. • No telephone Further information, directions and map
Cala Llarga is the most southerly beach on Ibiza, and one of the most perfectly formed. A deep pebbled area, linking the shoreline to the woodland of Punta de la Rama, stretches out behind you while you contemplate the views. And as with many of Ibiza’s secret beaches, there is a springy mattress of dried sea grass along the foreshore to keep you comfortable while you snooze. For those in search of more energetic activities, the rocks and platforms lining the bay are so perfect for diving and jumping that they could have been specifically designed for just that purpose. Our chosen approach is equally spectacular, taking you south along the coast from Ses Salines beach and over the headland to enjoy some distant views of Formentera and the satellite islands of s’Espalmador and s’Espardell.
Pitstop Set back slightly from the actual beach, Can Masia is a welcome alternative to the sandy dancefloors of the identikit beach bars at nearby Ses Salines beach. As a result, the bougainvillea-shaded terrace gets packed out with locals seeking shelter from the midday sun. The cooking is simple, constantly changing and marked up on the chalkboard. A menú del día is a generous and reasonably priced option, however it won’t feature some of the more interesting à la carte offerings such as jellied octopus. • +34 697 457082 Further information, directions and map
Discovering Agua Blanca’s secret satellite beach will require a short swim or a wade through gin-clear Mediterranean waters to a world of stone stacks and rune-like shells. This is a particularly calm and peaceful place, where the sound of waves drumming into miniature caves will lull you into a peaceful siesta. Just make sure you save enough energy for that watery stroll to the chiringuito for lunch or cocktails.
Pitstop Once a chiringuito shack selling cold drinks and snacks to a small crowd of tourists, Restaurante Aguas Blancas has grown gradually over the years, with a little bit of timber here and a few planks of decking there, into today’s fully fledged beach restaurant. Thankfully, it hasn’t lost the charm and friendly welcome that has always marked it out, and the menu is still all-encompassing and uncommonly reasonable. Early birds should come here for a coffee (and or night owls for a nightcap) at sunrise – the blankets of warm colour as the sun appears are spectacular, arguably one of the most impressive sights on the island. • +34 971 326862 Further information, directions and map
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Ibiza 123 Festival
Ibiza will be the home of a new festival on the 1st – 3rd July 2012. The brand new event is still in early stages and has only just been officially confirmed, however it’s currently the talk of Ibiza and everyone is expecting big things.
The festival is taking place on the sunset strip, near Cafe Mambo and will have a capacity for 20,000 people each day.
The festival is being organised by Live Nation and the IMS team and promising to have an excellent blend of big names and up-and-coming artists. With a Rocktronic theme the festival will be mixing rock legends and the hottest electronic artists to create something never seen before.
Already confirmed to be playing at the festival:
1st July 2012
Ibiza 123 Festival
Sting (Live), Labrinth (Live), David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Tiesto, Japanese Popstars (Live), DJ Pippi
2nd July 2012
Ibiza 123 Festival
Elton John vs Pnau (Live), Tinie Tempah (Live), Axwell, Steve Angello, 2ManyDJs, Pete Tong, Rob Da Bank, Heritage Project – Alredo & Jaime Fiorito
3rd July 2012
Ibiza 123 Festival
Lenny Kravitz vs Luciano (Live), M83 (Live), Luciano, Azari & 111 (Live), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Live), Mr Blake, Troublemakers
12:00 noon – 2:00am
Pacha, Amnesia, Space and Ushuaia
Dear Friends, just a little appetizer before the summer starts,
The International Music Summit have announced the initial set of speakers for this years IMS 2012. Some obvious interesting ones from our point of view are Nile Rodgers (Keynote Interview), Tatiana Simonian from Twitter (Keynote Address), Patrick Walker from Youtube (Technology Address), D.A. Wallach from Spotify (Presidential Debate) and Omid Ashtari from Foursquare (Technology Address).
Here’s the blurb:
First speakers for IMS 2012 are now revealed. IMS enters year five at the five-star Ibiza Gran Hotel with speaker executives from Twitter, You Tube, Spotify, Vice, Foursquare, Creamfields, Metropolis, PRS, VUE Cinemas as well as a Keynote Interview with the legend that is Nile Rodgers, plus Diplo, Carl Cox, Luciano, Loco Dice, Paul Oakenfold, Francois Kevorkian and more.
Ben Turner, co-founder and IMS partner said: “IMS is so excited about this year’s line-up starting with the news of Nile Rodgers coming to Ibiza to talk about his incredible history at a crucial time for him. He has just confirmed he’s on production duties for Daft Punk so it’s also a very special moment to get time with him. Aside from this, we have visionaries from Twitter, You Tube, Vice and Foursquare coming, plus the strongest artist speakers we’ve had in five years. Electronic music is in a huge position of strength, so this year’s theme is Connections Count, as we open the doors to some of the biggest partnership companies around. Come to IMS Ibiza and make it count.”
NILE RODGERS – CHIC (Keynote Interview) DIPLO (Keynote Interview) CARL COX (IMS Legends Dinner Recipient) PROFESSOR GREEN (Brand Presentation) LUCIANO (Keynote Interview) ABOVE & BEYOND (Emerging Market Focus: India/Presidential Debate) LOCO DICE (IMS Grand Finale DJ) PAUL OAKENFOLD (Film & Television) FRANCOIS KEVORKIAN (The World According to Francois Kevorkian) SETH TROXLER (IMS Grand Finale DJ)
JAMES BARTON – CREAMFIELDS (Keynote Interview) SIMON DUNMORE – DEFECTED (Keynote Interview) DANIEL MILLER – MUTE (The World According to Francois Kevorkian) PINO SAGLIOCCO – IBIZA 123 / LIVE NATION ES (Ibiza: Year of Change) RAY COSBERT – METROPOLIS (IMS Question Time) BRETT ROBINSON – FUTURE ENTERTAINMENT (Market Focus – Australia) JHO OAKLEY – JHO MANAGEMENT (Meet Team Chase & Status)
OBI ASIKA – WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOUR (Meet Team Chase & Status) TED COHEN (TAG STRATEGIC)
Music Brands / Partners:
TATIANA SIMONIAN – TWITTER (Keynote Address) PATRICK WALKER – YOU TUBE (Technology Address) EDDY MORETTI – VICE (Keynote Address) D.A. WALLACH – SPOTIFY (Presidential Debate) FOURSQUARE (Technology Address) MARC DE QUERVAIN – VUE CINEMAS (Keynote Address) JAMAL EDWARDS – SBTV (Under 30 – Next Gen) BLAISE BELLVILLE – BOILER ROOM – (Under 30 – Next Gen) LUKE HOOD – UKF Dubstep (Under 30 – Next Gen) MARK LAWRENCE – PRS MEMBERSHIP & RIGHTS (Publishing – Now, Show Me The Money)
INTRODUCING HACK DAY FESTIVAL BILLING WARS IBIZA – YEAR OF CHANGE MARKET FOCUS – AUSTRALIA EMERGING MARKET FOCUS – INDIA AMERICA – AFTER THE GOLD RUSH PUBLISHING – NOW, SHOW ME THE MONEY VISUAL ARTISTS – THE VISIONARIES BEHIND THE ARTISTS IMS ANTHEM BY THE JAPANESE POPSTARS TECHNOLOGY ADDRESS – TWITTER, YOU TUBE, SPOTIFY, FOURSQUARE
Ibiza Town in Winter (Eivissa)
Life goes on in Ibiza town throughout the winter months. As the capital of the island, with a population of over 30.000, there is a great deal going on in Ibiza which has nothing to do with the Summer tourism.
First of all one is struck by the genuine Spanish flair to the town, much more than you see in summer; this a chance to see some real locals in the cafés, bars and shops of Ibiza. Take a stroll around the new town, near to theAvenida España, with its large indoor market. Cheap clothes, great value Tapas and real Spanish food, and a wonderful feeling of belonging, of being part of Spanish life.
Suggested Places to Visit
Although almost all the shops and bars right down to the end of the Port are shut, there are many, many shops still open in the lanes just below the city walls and in the Carrer del Mar, running parallel to the harbour. Designer fashion from Diesel, Mango and Levis (at cheaper than summer prices); all sorts of shoe shops, such as Angels and Buffalo (great value); jewellery stores; souvenir shops selling trinkets and knick-knack; even the famous Croissant Show at the foot of the main gates to Dalt Vila is open.
Take a look at our Dalt Vila shopping guide, some of these small shops are open for business in the winter months so it is worth taking a wander upto the old walled town, whilst our Ibiza Town shopping guide can give you a flavour of what you may find in the port area.
The first Christmas decorations are on show, and the Vara de Rey becomes a Christmas Market over the festive season (06.12 – 05.01), (with Gluehwein and all! from 12.00).
And do remember to pay a visit to the wonderfully empty Dalt Vila and the Cathedral.
For those of you used to the summer months of parties, sunbathing and going out, Ibiza in winter will be quite different – (before you shake your head, make sure you read our off-season clubbing special – at the weekend even in winter you can be sure to find some great parties!).
However, if you ask any residents which is their favourite time of year, you will almost always hear ‘winter of course!’ It is a slower, more tranquilo vibe. A time for admiring the architecture and the scenery. A wonderful time to appreciate the clarity of the air, the vibrant colours and the mild climate. A very important time of year for the island and her inhabitants to rejuvenate and recover. After all, without the winter there would be no summer season.
Sightseeing & Exploring in and around Ibiza Town
A few hours spent in Ibiza Town exploring the Old Town, Dalt Vila is a must for everybody visiting Ibiza. Simply the sight of the Medieval fortress rising over the horizon as you drive into the town of Ibiza is enough to bring out the romantic in everyone. You can really feel the history as you walk the ancient cobbled stone paths of the ancient fortress.
Remember to bring good sturdy shoes for the walk to the top of the Castle and of course your camera.
Focal point of the rich and famous ‘Wet-Set’. Be amazed at the beautiful ships on display, and enjoy a coffee and a snack in some of the many bars and cafés there (our tip: Café Sidney). There is a lovely walk from the harbour right along to Marina Bota Foch (and even further onto Talamanca for the intrepid). Maybe one day one of those ships will be yours…. (we can all dream!)
Out on the Town
See our section on off-season clubbing for some tips on where to go out in Ibiza Town adn around the island. Remember there are many of us residents who stay on the island all year, so there is always a good party to be found!
Out and About
For those who have hired a car, this time of the year is ideal to get out and about exploring the island. To help you on your way take a look at our 4 ‘self drive’ island routes – do them all or choose the one for the area you’re staying in – we’re sure they’ll introduce to another side of Ibiza. They’re printer friendly too – so you can take them with you when you travel.
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