After a one-hour flight from Valencia, Spain while on holiday in Europe, I found myself in the world’s party capital, a friend I was staying with in the third-largest Spanish city had WhatsApped me to “politely” ask if I’d join her and her DJ boyfriend, who was playing at a gig in Ibiza. I “politely screamed” yes!’ Here are my top island tips…
- Visit Es Vedra
This was the first thing we did when we arrived. The uninhabited rock island is 400m high, made of limestone and situated 2km off the west coast of Ibiza. This gigantic monolith is surrounded by myths, and to prove how special it is, all navigational instruments supposedly go haywire in its vicinity. Plus it’s the perfect lookout point for sunset drinks and a picnic with friends, before you go out partying…
- Have lunch at Yemanja
Yemanja and Blue Marlin (they are neighbours) specialise in day-to-night beach-club dining, where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner with the sand between your toes and cool music in the background. I ordered the most delicious salmon and Camembert cheese salad, with a glass (or two) of white wine. The view of the Mediterranean sea is unforgettable. After lunch, we booked a lounger (the best spots go quickly) on the beachfront, with nothing between us and the sea.
- Party at a club
I was one of the few lucky people to experience an Elrow party at Space Ibiza the weekend before it closed. It was one of the oldest and largest clubs in Ibiza, so it was hands-down the most insane party I have ever been to, from the hired flash mob that fills the dance floor wearing the craziest outfits to the very best of electronic music. My friend’s boyfriend, Edu Imbernon, played at the main stage at 1am, so I got access to the back entrances as part of his “crew”. If you have to wait in line for any of the main clubs in Ibiza, make sure to allocate about two hours and go for pre-drinks – as alcohol inside is really pricy (R300 for two tequilas).
- Spend the day at Cala Comte
This is one of the most beautiful turquoise bays on the island. I enjoyed my last lazy lunch at Ashram, where we listened to laid-back tunes from the in-house DJ. I ended my adventure with one last swim in the Mediterranean and an ice cream before heading back to the airport.
A MASSIVE thank you to Chantelle and Edu for having me, and Natalia from Be Real Ibiza for giving me a 6 star experience.