1. 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.
2. 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 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.
3. 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 commercialization in more recent years, but the spirit lives on or, to paraphrase, the song remains the same!
4. 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 meters 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.
5. Clubbing – Amnesia , Pacha , Space and Privilege
There is nothing to compare to the super clubs 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 favorite 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!
6. 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 flavorsome dish. Saffron is used to flavor and color 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!
7. Visit the neighboring Island Es Palmador and take a dip 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!
8. See the firework display at the old town of Ibiza on August the 15th.
Regular visitors to this site will already understand just how enthusiastic the Ibicencs are about their fireworks. Not a festival goes by without an explosive display. The big one, however, takes place on the night of August 15th, the Spanish-wide celebration of the ascension of the Virgin Saint of Paloma, a woman rescued from men and revered to this day. It’s a national holiday not just in Ibiza, but in all of the Balearic Islands and mainland Spain itself. There is no equivalent in the UK but then, this is not the UK, and there will always be a reason to party here. This is quite simply the biggest party there is, so prepare to be awed.
9. Visit the beach club Bora Bora in Playa Den 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?
10. 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 bongos 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