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Hello all, may I take this opportunity to introduce myself. I?m a new member here and I go by the name of ry9n. This is my first review and it?s on Ibiza in General, obviously. If God would have gone anywhere on that lazy seventh day after all that creation business, I?d put money on that he would have gone to Ibiza. Ibiza is basically whatever you want it to be. I?m a 19 year old male with a penchant for dance music and alcohol, but a retired couple or a family can have just as much fun as me, although not in the same way I hope. I?m sorry if there is anyone reading this and expecting to be a ?what-to-see? in Ibiza as regards tourist attractions. It?s not. I couldn?t write about that even if I wanted to because I was getting to my room at nine in the morning, getting up at eight at night and repeating that until it was time to go home. I didn?t even see the sun, let alone a museum. What I can talk about however is clubs, drugs and drink. It?s not everyone?s cup of char but that is a major part of what happens on the island, and it was the bit I was exposed to so I?m semi-qualified to write about it. *The Clubs* Ibiza undoubtedly has the best nightclubs in Europe, they consist of Pacha, Privilege, Eden, Es Paradise and Amnesia. I visited Privilege, Eden, Es Paradise and Amnesia, unfortunately I missed out on Pacha but I?m hopefully jetting back next month so I?ll tell you about it then. What you will find when you go to Ibiza is that the best club nights are midweek. With the exception of Judgement Sundays, the weekends are nothing compared to what happens Monday-Thursday. The reason being is that the big name DJ?s Eric Morillo, Carl Cox and Brandon Block etc all usually come back over to the UK to do their radio shows or UK club nights, leaving the islands resident DJ?s to play over the weekend. These guys are still really good but when you are paying around £20, you want to be able to say you?ve seen some pretty famous people. <
br> Privilege, like all the clubs on the island opens at 12 midnight and closes at 7 am. It is roughly about 7 miles away from San Antonio (towards the airport) and usually costs about 14 euros in a taxi. That?s about £8, not bad at all. They host the ?Most Wanted? night on Fridays which costs 20 euros, or you can pay 50 euros and go on a classy booze cruise and get a free bus to the club. They also hold Manumission on every other Monday, this is 45 euros. Privilege was by far my favourite club in terms of décor, it blows you away when inside. There is a huge main room complete with state of the art lasers and swimming pool, although this is for dancers only and numerous bars and tables and chairs. Outside they have the finest chill out area I have ever come across. The room is upstairs from the main room and is pretty much on the roof of the club, it?s open air so you can stare at the stars and is wall to wall of cushions so you?re always comfortable. This was the only club I came across with security performing drug searches however they weren?t every good at it. They only managed to find my Chub-a-Chub lollypops. Expect to pay 8 euros for both a bottle of water and a bottle of Bud. Privilege can hold 14,000 people however weekends are usually dead. Eden, for me was a bit of a let down. It felt scruffy, the DJ booth wasn?t nearly as impressive as those of Privilege and Amnesia, the lasers weren?t the best and the dancers were mainly men. It?s only saving grace was the fact it was in San Antonio and the drinks were the cheapest out of all the clubs. It was 5 euros for a bottle of water and 7 euros for a bottle of Bud / San Miguel. Eden hosts Ministry of Sound on a Thursday, home to Brandon Block amongst others and Judgement Sundays led by Judge Jules. It doesn?t really have a chill out area as such, just a room playing either Hip-Hop or funky house. Es Paradise was the first club I visited and I would recommend a newcomer to do the same. It is
quite small compared to the others but it is really extravagant. The décor is outstanding but the drinks are still kept cheap. It is opposite Eden in San Antonio. Es Paradise hosts Mondays with DJ Sammy, a night I was very sceptical about visiting but I absolutely loved it. They also have a water party on Saturday nights but expect to get absolutely soaked. DJ Sammy is 25 euros, the water party is 33 euros. I only went to Amnesia once for the Cream opening party and I was by far the best clubbing night I have ever experienced. The club is huge, holding around 10,000 people and unlike Privilege, there were 10,000 people here. Cream is held on a Thursday with resident DJ Tiesto opening and Paul van Dyk playing from 4am to close. Cream tends to play a even mix of commercial and not-so commercial dance, so it is very appealing. The security have a presence but only when something is happening which warrants their attention. A friend of mine asked the security if it would be ok if he took his t-shirt off to dance. The guy said, ?take your shirt off, take your pants off, just have fun.? Amnesia is just near to Privilege and will cost around 15 euros in a taxi from San Antonio. *Drink and Drugs* In what I?m going to write I?m not telling people to take drugs to have a good time, but if they are intending on getting drugs, they may find what I?m going to write helpful. I would say that well over 50% of the clubbers in Ibiza are on ecstasy so drugs are not hard to find. The island is full of English people working there so if you want to know where to get them, just ask. More often than not they?ll phone a friend or give you a number. With regards the safety of drugs like ecstasy, nobody can be completely sure, that?s why I would always say buy from people of your nationality, not only are you not presented with a language barrier but you can get a name and a number for whenever you might need it. Also if you are going to take ecstasy you
?ll find it?s a lot stronger than here in the UK. Where here you may be able to take 4-5 pills 2-3 in Ibiza is more than enough. Expect to pay 5-6 euros per tablet. With regards the law in Ibiza, the police are more than aware of drug presence on the island and aren?t really interested in persecuting the clubbers but the dealers themselves. If you get stopped with a small amount, expect just to have the drugs confiscated. Do not, and I mean do not give the police an excuse to be violent as they will be, and it will hurt. If drinking is your thing then head to the West End in San Antonio, about 6 square miles of clubs and bars. There is everything from the rock / indie club to a hip hop / r n b club. These places shut at four and drink prices are around 4 euros per bottle. Beware though since the new mayor has come to office in Ibiza he is trying to make the island less appealing to holidays makers whose main interest is to come and just spend two weeks drinking. Drinking leads to fighting, fighting leads to arrests. Tour operators can now no longer provide pub crawls and 2 for 1 offers will soon be a thing of the past. Think carefully if this is what you were planning on doing. *Miscellaneous* If you want to save money, then buy beer and cigarettes from the local supermarkets. You can get six big cans of San Miguel for about £2. A packet of cigarettes is about £1.50 although I have to say ours taste much nicer. I highly recommend watching the sunset at either Café Del Mar or Café Mambo. They have flaring waiters walking around along with jugglers and fire eaters. The tunes become strictly euphoric and definitely gets you in the mood for the night to come. If you want to save some money then get the party buses up to Amnesia and Privilege they only cost around 1.50 euros and the atmosphere is usually pretty good.
we arrived at about 10:30 and by then you were welcomed by the holiday reps it was brillant me and my family couldn't wait to see what the hotel was like it was so alive and had a great atmosphere. we went lots of trips but the best is the mardi gra it was brillant and fantastic i would definatly go again. we went the hippy market where there are fabulolous things to buy, crystal waters. the food is great and you have a wide choose of things. there were lots of activities and things to keep you busy what ever you do dont let anyone put you off from this fabulous holiday cause youll regret it.
I have just recently been on holiday for 2 weeks to Ibiza with my husband. Ibiza is an island in the Balearic Islands. It took us 2 hours and 45 minutes to get there and we flew with Britannia airline. We was not delayed at all going there but was delayed 2 hours on the way back. We stayed in San Antonio Bay in a hotel. We was only a few minutes away from the beach as we just had to cross a road and we was there. The beaches are all small in Ibiza but there are quite a few there. They are all kept really nice and clean too. San Antonio Bay is lively but not as lively as San Antonio. People of all ages holiday here including families, couples and big groups of people. There is something to do for everyone. San Antonio is not too far away from the bay either. It is in walking distance, or you can get a boat, taxi or a bus there. All these are reasonable prices. If you walk there like we did, it takes about half an hour to get there, which is not too long. In the bay there are many shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. There are many different types of foods to choose from including pasta dishes, pizza’s, english food, chinese, Indian and also there are take aways like chinese, KFC and Burger King. There are many shops too including groceries, Off Licence and souvenier shops. Most of the vars are open until at least 2am, but after 12am music is not allowed to be played outside, so they have to shut there doors, so you can only hear the music if you are inside the bars. Some of the bars had a rodeo which you could ride and those trampoline things where you are attached to rope and you bounce up and down on the trampoline. There are many boat trips that go to different parts of the Island. The one’s that went the most were to Calla Bassa and Calla Conta, which went every hour. These are both small places which is mainly a beach, apartments and hotels and a few shops. The trips did not take long to g
et there either, just took about 10 minutes. There was a cruise which was for 3 hours on a Catamaran. Here you went to quite a few different places around the Island. Then you got to go to the bottom of the boat to see all the fish. After that they stopped for about 25 minutes so that you could go for a swim. Also whilst swimming, they threw bottles of champagne in which you could keep if you found one. Then just before the 3 hours was up, we all got free champagne. They played music on the boat which was all in English. They also told you about the different parts you was visiting on the Catamaran, and they told you in Spanish and English. This boat went everyday from 3pm until 6pm. There was another glass bottomed boat which went hourly, but that only went around for the Island for an hour. When we was on the Catamaran we went to a place called Calla Conta. This is a naked beach and on the rocks we all saw this man stood there naked, and everyone just looked at him as there was not anybody else naked there. For people who likes watersports, you can go Jet Skiing, Windsurfing, Scuba diving and on a banana boat. These were quite popular with a lot of people. We also visited Ibiza Town, which is not in walking distance. We got a taxi to here and it took us about 25 minutes to get there. There is also a bus to here too which was less than £1. Here you will find restaurants, bars, shops and hotels and apartments. There are quite a few clothes shops here too. There is a port where there are quite a few nice, big boats. The streets are really narrow and cobbled. Most people in Ibiza were friendly, especially rhe people in the hotel where we was staying. We got friendly with the 2 blokes behind the bar there and got free drinks and shots most nights. Ibiza is well known for it’s clubs, which are expensive to go in. Though you can get in cheaper if you buy tickets through your reps. The main clubs here include
Privilege, Space, Es Paradis, Amnesia and Eden. The night clubs always have top DJ’s playing like Judge Jules and Dave Pearce. Most of the clubs shut at about 8am. The annoying thing about Ibiza is you always get bugged by these men trying to sell you sunglasses and jewellery. No one ever buys anything from them and they just walk around all day and ask you about 50 times in just one day. There is a scenic tour train which takes you around the Island for 2 hours. This is nice for the whole family. This picks you up and drops you off in San Antonio. You can hire out a car whilst you are on holiday here. There are plenty of car hire places around. This is useful if you want to go to different parts of the Island. You can also hire out scooters, buggy’s and mountain bikes. The weather was really hot for the 2 weeks that we was there. The day we was due to come home though it did rain but it soon cleared up again though. It was between 90f and 100f most days and we both got a good tan. Ibiza’s currency is Euro’s which is like most European countries now. We found it quite expensive here as we had to get more money out whilst we was there. Alcoholic drinks were expensive compared to over here. There was crazy golf for those people that like to play golf. Also there are arcades here too in San Antonio Bay. I would recommend Ibiza to anyone of any age as there is something for everyone.
Ibiza is a place of such natural beauty that I never thought to see its like this side of the afterlife. The island’s name is its sole disfigurement, for it has been wronged at every level of tittle-tattle media, and been made a pariah by well-informed ignorance, and Chinese whispers. The rumours are wrong. It is an island of exquisite contrast. Peaceful yet frighteningly busy. Ferry-taxis the size and shape of bullets ejaculate from tiny coves, battling the choppy sea like fireflies through a windstorm. The vessels are almost superfluous in the design of the place. It is an architectural Eden; man-made and made-for-man to the smallest degree. The majority of the beaches are constructed with an eye to detail creation could not better. Inlets and coves, tight bays so saline you could slip off your sandals and walk across them. Lush greenery is laid down beside salt-flats, gigantic hills spring from the lip of the water; as if the place has been stitched together, patchwork-like, out of a dozen old countries. In the north-west lies the big bite out of the apple that is San Antonio Bay. Street-lamps stand tethered in a pantomime chain-gang; bunting of red, white and blue stretched and looped about their drooping heads and wasted torsos. The clubs and shops along the main streets seem more a mosaic than a plan. Like pictures pulled from magazines and gummed together on a blank page, they are miscellaneous and unaligned - an army without a uniform. It is a shopper’s paradise. Everything is there to prise your wallet from your pocket. I found a store of such unlikelihood that I entered it merely to watch others shop there. In a place where the temperature averages thirty-degrees the last thing you expect to find is a store selling leather-jackets. The jackets are pinned to every wall, arms outstretched and ready to embrace. They hang from stringy fetters like corrupt fruits on a vine. Tourists try them on for the sake of amusement, and l
ie of their wealth with commiserations of sleeve-length and colour. The smell is of long cooked meat, the skins are cold and bloodless - it is a quite palatable abattoir. Directly south lurks the cause of the island’s notoriety. Ibiza Town is, depending on your own social peccadilloes, a den of iniquity, an asylum for the young and stupid, or a carnival of cosmopolitan wonders. I spent but three hours there, and would happily return for as many nights. There are pitfalls for the young traveller: there are sights to be seen here that you would find (or welcome) in few other places on Earth. The women are all exotic and friendly; yet the most attractive among them all possess a heavy physique and an Adam’s apple. It is not a wise place to drink heavily and be a carefree man. The gay community owns the place in the far reaches beyond midnight. Stilt-walkers and cat-suited men parade peacock proud through the town’s docks in a nightly carnival of extravagance and celebration. The doors to the clubs are peeled back like band-aids from a gory wound. The flesh beneath is hot and seething - a Bosch landscape of torment lent breath. In the darkness, the demure and dislocated beach-life becomes a single cavorting animal. Wicked tarantellas fling madness into and out of a thousand revellers. Alcohol makes singers from bashful mutes; paints wonderful faces upon the normal; lends beauty and courage to the inhibited; turns the gimmicks of stupidity into the acts of a hero. The night is diffuse and bronze with hundreds of lamps suspended above the market stalls. The air hangs syrupy and thick with the taste of olive oil. To the north-east, the lazy, easy majesty of the town of Portinax, slouched upon a hillside like a drunk’s belly upon a bar. The whole town is tilted and leaning, you can feel the old buildings pressing themselves up on tip-toe foundations. Many of the locals insist that the hotels (grand and beautiful for the briefe
st clip of time) are indeed slowly sliding toward the sea. The tapas bars and bistros make you feel so welcome, it is as if your own name appears above the door. Beneath this idyllic place, the sea works inquisitive fingers into the butter-coloured cliffs, like a child worming a sandcastle with his thumb. Great caves have been ripped into the island by nature’s violent care. The earth is caught in these few touristy snapshots, waking up and surprised, yawning with a darkness the night could not hope to master. I never did care for the caves, I confess. Despite being entirely a labour of nature and time, they smell of the work of miserable men. These are hooded, secret places, that offer no welcome to the traveller or the sun. Those few steps that have been hewn by man’s hand to offer passage to the tourist have been smoothed and slicked to the degree they pretend to be the ice the unheated air suggests must be about you. Hell is cold in Ibiza; fitting, given that Paradise is so warm. Yes, even on this tiny elbow of Spain, God is here. The people are reverential; their churches loved as an extension of their families. The smallest pockets of inhabitancy, those scant and dusty bowls away from the beast of tourism retain the truest faith. The tiny, sacerdotal town of San Hose has an unimportant white brick of a church flattered with hard wood trimmings on the exterior. But inside lurks a trove of gold, where the villagers surrendered their jewellery to the greater faith and had bracelets and trinkets smelted into a symbol of worship. God can be found where-so-ever you throw your gaze. I saw Christ martyred in a thousand cheap curios in a hundred gift stores. Suspended from many more tanned and leathered necks in effigies of value and symbolic worth. Even the graffiti - what little is in evidence, for I myself saw but a single looping scrawl - talks of praise over debasement. Rain was abroad the Friday I was here,
perverting the shapes and smiles of the crowd. A deluge! Ibiza sees forty days of rain a year, on average. An apt and purposefully religious figure, for when the heavens break they shriek of God. I have seen this arid place shelled with rain so fierce it told of Biblical torrent. The downpour is always unexpected; always a disaster. It breaks the back of the strongest man, even in its softest incarnations. The water is so unusual that the puddles seem to crackle when your foot finds one, as if charged with electricity and surprise. Huge old flagstones glimmer with a hundred of these mirrors. A dozen coffee-houses cry their wares with odours of acrid brews after the first spots tumble. In a grim, yet proper side-street a tiny snack bar posts prices on a sandwich board and sparks up a heating plate. The wind presses the greasy pillar of smoke from the witches-hat stack into a shelf you could serve a meal on. In San Antonio, I found a coffee-house that was formidably modern. It is as black and white and cold as any surgical theatre you will ever see. The music is inoffensive to the point of irritation. Like the strange looking sandwiches in the standing cooler it lacks any hint of flavour or origin. It is there to fill a hole, for those without skills for conversation, to be a partner for those without love. The price list is scrawled upon a board above the counter; a fortune for hand-painted hand-writing to suggest the wares are up for barter. Fashionably expensive, of course. For it simply wouldn’t do to miss this trick and despoil the ambience. I saw out my last afternoon in this place, listening to a high-tech busker named Jim crack jokes about rain, Germans and Sex on the Beach cocktails, while punctuating his patter with sterling attempts at guitar classics. Funny to find such a tight corner of England in one man, and, in this beautiful otherworldly place, be so charmed by it. I guess we’ll always have Parisienne Wa
Ibiza is part of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and one of my favourite places to go on holiday. I’ve been many times, whether it’s a relaxing holiday with my family or a crazy two weeks with my mates. I know the Island very well and want you to know the whole side, not just what shocks you on “Ibiza Uncovered”. Places around the Ibiza: Playa d’en Bossa - This is my favourite part of Ibiza, mainly because I think this area has the most going on. It’s a lively place if you want it to be or you can just chill out on the long sandy beach, which also happens to be the longest on the island. This place is probably best suited for families where you all want to do something different. There are many beach bars and cafés offering a variety of scenes and the water is fairly shallow in this area so it’s fairly safe and ideal for pedalos, water sports etc… One slightly bad point about this area is that all the planes fly in over it so it can be quite noisy, but you soon block out the noise of aeroplanes. You can also eat out pretty cheaply in this area as there are a large variety of restaurants (very casual). The nightlife is good in this area too. Home to the clubs “Space”, which is next to the water park (which is also excellent) and “Bora-Bora” which is on the beach, pretty much opposite “Space”. A good place for celebrity spotting and is generally best on a Tuesday or Sunday afternoon. Don’t just ignore people handing out fliers, you will often find they give you free entry to these clubs or discount. You will also notice here a “Bungee Rocket” (like a bungee jump, but you’re pinged upwards instead). I actually did this and it was fantastic. I totally recommend to any thrill seekers out there! Overall Playa d’en Bossa is a pretty cheap part of the town, probably best suited to clubbers or singles, however during the day it
8217;s a fantastic place for families, who have young children. Ibiza Town – This is probably the most fascinating part of the island. You can stroll through the winding lanes of the Port area or through the cobbled streets of the Old Town to see the stunning views across the bay and there are many stalls and designer shops here. Ibiza Town is probably one of the more expensive areas to dine in, however you won’t find as many of the cheap, casual restaurants here, so if you want a more formal type of meal, Ibiza Town is probably the best place to find these. In the D’Alt Vila part you can dine within the castle where several restaurants are set, which is also very romantic, especially at night. Not a place to take the kids to eat! You can also catch the ferry to neighbouring island Formentera here, but you may as well stay on Ibiza as all there is, is a beach and a few cafes. The marina is also a spectacular place to visit! What else in Ibiza Town I here you say? “Pacha” and “El Divino” of course. These clubs are definitely worth a visit! Es Cana – This is very much a family resort, but my least favourite place on the island (due to the fact that some gypsies tried to mug us here…but boy did they have a shock when they realised I can pretty much “kick ass” Buffy style). Anyway…it does have a lovely, long beach here and a small fishing harbour, as well as the ‘Hippy Market’, which takes place every Wednesday (May – October). You can find many bargains here, although from what I saw it appeared to be mainly junk. It pretty much has all the amenities you could want here for a quiet family holiday, there are no large clubs, just a selection of bars and restaurants. San Antonio – This place offers something for everybody and a very interesting place it is too! July and August are the best months for clubbing and for younger people, whilst the pre-
season months of May and June, and the later months of September and October are very popular with families with young children and couples. There is a new promenade here now, and even though the beach here is artificial, it’s quite nice if not a little small. (Not as nice as the other beaches on the island). Now if you have ever been here you should have noticed as you approach San Antonio, (Sant Antoni) down the avenue of tall trees, the big roundabout at the entrance to the town, with a large egg with a ship in the cutout in the middle. Well this egg is the egg of Christopher Columbus; the ship represents his ship, the Santa Maria. (So what you say!) We could leave it there. But you'll ask 'Why the egg?' and 'What has Christopher Columbus got to do with San Antonio?'. So, let's get this out of the way right now… Firstly, when Columbus was seeking finance for his trip to discover the route to the Far East, he was told it was an impossible task. So, he took an egg, and said something like 'Would you say it was impossible to stand this egg upright?'. Of course, everyone agreed it was impossible. However, cheekily clever Christopher lightly cracked the base, so that the egg could stand upright. 'Nothing is impossible', said he, and thus obtained the confidence of his financial backers. (I was told that story by one of the locals, who apparently said Christopher Columbus was also an Ibicenco) Now onto San Antonio’s nightlife! You’re probably as sick of programmes like “Ibiza Uncovered” as I am. Why watch? Be there I say! Spearheaded of course by “Manumission”, with many others like “El Paradis” and “Eden”. These are for the more serious clubber. I prefer places like “Kumharas”, “Kanya” and “Bar M” (pre Manumission bar) as well as “Itaca” beforehand though. Portinax – You must have hear
d of the film “South Pacific”. Well believe it or not, some of the film was actually filmed here. (Err…in the Med not the South Pacific!) I think some of the most stunning scenery is in this part of the island. Lovely cliff walks and pebbly, along with sand beaches. This area is very quiet. Definitely suited to people who want to RELAX, RELAX, RELAX, pretty much in seclusion, but is a very suitable place for quiet family holidays. I also noticed a diving school here, but it’s the part of the island I know least well, so you’d better check up on any specific details you want for here. You will generally find the best entertainment in the hotels, but there is a games centre with bowling and pool tables. There are a fair few restaurants and cafes as well. Santa Eulalia – which is about the 3rd largest resort, is also another very beautiful area, with a palm-lined promenade along the lovely long, sandy beach. Santa Eulalia has a long-established reputation as the island's gastronomic and cultural centre. Art galleries, the beautiful and exclusive Yacht Marina, some of the island's best restaurants, some very exclusive shopping, ensure that life in Santa Eulalia is led at a rather slower and more relaxing pace. There are some excellent bars here, but none for clubbers or the famous Ibiza nightlife. There are two main streets in which you're bound to see everyone who's anyone at some time or other. Calle San Jaime is the main street. It's the daytime meeting place for the coffee and conversation cliques who meet at the tables of the cafés and bars to watch the world go by. (All those women in navy suits and gold earrings in other words) Backing on to San Jaime is Calle San Vicente, famous as the 'Street of Restaurants'. Closed to traffic in the early evening, it is transformed into a breathing picture of an ideal Mediterranean scene. Chairs and tables on the street, promenaders and diners, light, mu
sic and strolling troubadors appear, giving this picturesque street an intoxicating fiesta atmosphere. It’s a real fun place to people watch in other words! Cala Llonga – This is a really picturesque resort surrounded by hills and the beach here is lovely. It has shallow waters, an extremely long way out so it’s safer for children and less experienced windsurfers. You’d do best reaching this area by ferry (take in the views along the way!) or by bus or car. Don’t attempt walking! It has a variety of shops, supermarkets, cafés, bars and restaurants, all which appear to look nice, even though I haven’t eaten in them myself. Figueretas - A small suburb, with a mixture of tourists and locals has a selection of cafés, bars and restaurants throughout the area, which seemed to catering for all tastes. In the main section of the promenade from early evening until late, there are artists, caricaturists and artisans with little market stalls offering all sorts of things & handmade items - something for everybody and some nice souvenirs. I actually had my caricature done in Playa d’en Bossa by a Spanish street artist called Daen. (Nr the Bungee Catapult). Overall it’s a nice place for a quiet night out! These are the main places you should visit I think when in Ibiza. However there are many more lovely places such as San Rafel (“Amnesia” and “Privilege” are near here), Jesus, San José, and Cala Nova. As well as the “Cova de Culleram” near San Juan. The public transport in Ibiza is also excellent and very cheap, and buses travel pretty much everywhere on the Island that is worth seeing. Timetables and bus routes are displayed at ticket offices, they also have timetables that you can keep. Timetables change according to high and low season, so ensure you have a current one and buy your ticket before boarding the bus. Bus Stops are sign posted 'P' (f
or Parada = Stop). You'll find that local people love helping visitors. Make sure you know the last bus time before you set off, particularly to the beach as taxis are simply not available in some places and you don’t want a hefty walk! Taxis don't have meters, but every driver (Taxista) has a list of legal tariffs for various journeys. You have a right to see this so in doubt, ask the price of your journey before. Anyway…I hope what I’ve written has been of help to you. Ibiza is a top place and I can guarantee you will love it there if you go.
5:35 am . . . ‘ouch’. It hasn’t actually registered yet, but in about six hours I will be away from the confines of my student bedroom, away from the Yorkshire weather, and deeply involved with and surrounded by the deep warmth of the Mediterranean sun. Getting my things together (a holdall and one over-sized suitcase) I prepare to begin the intrepid journey to Manchester airport, seeing before me problems with trains, turnstiles and other objects and/or people that will be getting in my way whilst I struggle with my mass of clothing and sunshine consumables. The train journey(s) are not nearly as harsh as I expected. I’m not sure whether that’s through good planning or just a large amount of luck (who cares I’m on the plane now). The plane is a typical cheap and nasty ‘National Express’ in the sky type (inside and out), and the passengers are a mixture of young and old – that being about ninety-nine point nine percent of us being about 18-26, and one couple at the front with about sixteen children, complaining every five minutes that “they’re too noisy”. Well, I’m terribly sorry love but who brings their kids to the party capital of the world anyway, I wouldn’t, if she had any idea of the antics we were about to get up to in the space of fourteen days then I doubt she’d even be on the same continent let alone the same island. Touchdown. The undercarriage grabs the runway, and already you can feel the heat. That heat and atmosphere emanates from every pore of this island, pulling you and screaming at you to enjoy and live life to its fullest, either through music or through the people that surround you, it draws you in. The coach ride to the resort is a dull one, all that you see is the poor side of the island, barren waste-land, dusty roads, and run down old houses which probably were enjoyed by the locals once upon a time, probably befo
re the invasion of the revellers and party goers which now frequent this island in their droves every single summer. The coach ride is usually for the quick sleep, the come down, you have to take in where you actually are, what all of it actually represents, and just how you feel about it all, you know that it’s a good feeling, but your not sure how good, the strange and pleasant atmosphere takes you in and can control you at times, but you shouldn’t worry it usually all makes a lot more sense in the morning. The heat bustles around you, and that first jump in the pool is probably the most refreshed you could ever be. The water feeling cool and prickly around your skin, as you put your head back up to the surface you can already hear the music and people in the background beginning to warm up, like somebody putting their foot on the accelerator of life, but their only prepared to do the national speed limit at the moment, the formula one times will most certainly come later in the evening, you begin to prepare, mentally (with the game plan of where your going to go that night) and physically (with several jugs of cocktail and a few shots for good measure). The day progresses and fades into night, people applaud a sunset, bars turn on the lights, promoters get their best lines at the ready, ticket sellers battle it out on the street corners, and you and your group of friends prepare to embark on your first night out on the island of Ibiza.
When I went on holiday here I stayed in San Miguel, this is a little bit away from Ibiza Town and San Antonio. This was my first holiday abroad and an excellent holiday, sucha beautiful place. The area I went to was a family area so it was good to be away from the night clubs because they're not really my thing, I may sound boring but some are just trashy nowadays. When I flew here, I went with Air Europa who were not the best airline but then I didn't care about the air line I just wanted to get there. The flight was about 2 hours long and then I landed in the airport and was taken to my hotel. What a nice welsome, the sun was shining and the sky was a clear blue colour, I couldn't wait to get to the hotel. As soon as I arrived at my hotel it was quite late and tea time had already been but still I was given my tea which was nice and then I went onto the private beach for a little while. This kind of holiday is more of a relaxing one. You paid for umbrellas on the sun bed and then a fruit seller would come a long the beach every day. There are shops near the beach I was at so that I could get my lunch and they sold everything here. I went into the water a lot the seas were clear and there were many nice tropical fish swimming underneath. In the morning I could feed the fish bread and then they all surrounded me which got some great pictures and this was free. Many other things to do in the water are to snorkel you could buy the mask and flippers. There were also pedal boats and a banana boat which is when everyone sits o a boat in the shape of a banana and it sppeds through the sea trying to knock everybody off it. On this holiday I went around July/August and it was sunny every day apart from the day I was leaving when there was a storm and it rained for about 3 hours, everywhere was flooded. This holiday was not all beach there is also Ibiza Town which has many placs you can shop and buy souvenirs. It
39;s quite nice out here but in afternoon hours it does get very hot and I went home about this time, there are buses that take you. Another day I went to San Antonio, after seeing this on Ibiza Unocvered all of the time I felt I had been before. There was a market and many things to buy but I didn't really buy much because I didn't have much money although it is a nice place to go. This is really a day trip to look around everywhere. This was such a fun, relaxing and enjoyable holiday and if anyone wants to go I recommend going to Puerto San Miguel.
Ibiza is a white Island situated in the Mediterranean Sea, just South of Spain. I went on my first holiday abroad with my family at the begining of October this year, It was a last minute decision and we decided to go to Playa d'en bossa in Ibiza. We were a bit cautious at first as you hear all the rumours about it being the clubbers capital etc. and with two young boys we didn't fancy the idea, but a freind who had just returned guarenteed us that this was not true, and highly rated it for a family holiday, so we booked up and she was right it was great! We stayed in Playa d'en bossa which is situated to the south of the Island and is surrounded by Ibiza's famous windmills, it has long beautiful sandy beaches that have won awards for their cleanliness and safety, It is situated close to the Airport and is only 3km from Ibiza town. I must admit you do hear the airoplanes arriving and departing, but to be honest this didn't bother any of us, in fact it was quite relaxing, as our balcony overlooked the sea. We would sit and watch the sun go down, and as the planes flew over with their lights flashing it looked great reflecting on the sea, (sad but true). Like I said before the first thing most people think about when you say Ibiza is all the drunk clubbers, but this is definatley not true, San Antonia being the capital has the worst Reputation due to the west end, which has many top clubs, but be warned these are very expensive, ranging anything from £15 through to £70 for entry and if your lucky a free drink. There are many people out on the streets advertising all the clubs by handing out flyers which offer free shots which you will want to take advantage of as the drinks in that part of Ibiza are very expensive unlike most of the Island. Where we stayed drinks and food were very cheap, but I will warn you again the drinks are much larger than England and alot cheaper so be careful not to go to mad at first he
he. It was also a great place to stay for families as the atmosphere wherever we went was great, everywhere welcomed the children with open arms and they were welcome to stay for as long as you wanted and bearing in mind most places stayed open all night this could get very tiring. Although Playa d'en bossa is host to Space and Konga which are chilling out clubs (space being voted the best club in the world) you never really come across anyone going to it as it doesn't open till 6am and being a family we were tucked up in bed by then. Konga is open all year round and like Space is open during the day and has a reputation for plaaying hard house. Playa d'en bossa also hosts the water park which I would definatley reccomend to anyone as we all had a great fun day out there even though I had a really bad hang over that day I really enjoyed it. I could go on and on telling you loads about Ibiza, but I don't want to bore to many of you, all I can say is I really enjoyed it and hope to be returning soon.......
For as long as I can remember, Ibiza has had the worst reputation for being an alcoholic’s/slappa’s/stud’s/sun worshipper’s/pill popper’s/raver’s haven. So when my friend booked a week staying in typical Brit resort “San An” I was somewhat shocked (seeing as I’ve never really considered myself any of the above… well, alcy to a certain extent and a slappa on the odd occasion, but nothing out of the ordinary), yet also excited at the prospect of staging my very own “Ibiza Uncovered”. I had the usual parenty type warning from my darling Mumsy: “Don’t sleep around; don’t do drugs; don’t drink too much; watch out for Spanish drivers; and never ever get on the back of a moped!!!” Pretty good advice really. But rich coming from the woman who herself went to Ibiza in it’s heyday in the late 1960s and got up to God knows what! 1. How to get started We booked through Going Places and were sold the typical young, dumb (and thankfully not full of c*m) person’s deal i.e. an Escapades holiday! However, we were told that although it was similar to an 18-30s holiday, we wouldn’t be made to down scarily large amounts of cocktails, race along a beach wearing nothing but a nipple clamp and then simulate sex with some fat bloke in Speedos reclining on a sun lounger. So we were left to assume that our holiday would be a nice mixture of peace, tranquillity, sun and a bit of clubbing/drinking when we felt up to it… I forget how much we paid in total now, but it was quite reasonable seeing as it was a late deal (booked about 1 month in advance). The price included flights, accommodation (self catering) and transfers from Eivissa Airport, plus the wholesome and supposedly “safe” feeling of having a rep there to offer us “good” advice! We flew from Manchester on the 15th June, which is a good time to go because al
l the clubs are opening for the new season and the first nights are usually the best with fancy “shows” and top DJs. Plus it’s not as busy as you’d think for the time of year, so the beaches are quieter and the clubs are a bit less packed. The aiport is about ½ drive away from San Antonio, if transfers aren’t included in the price of your holiday then taxis are really easy to find at the aiport and they shouldn’t cost too much. 2. Where to stay We stayed in San Antonio somewhere behind the Westend, which is the main bar area where basically everyone gets: a) hammered b) more hammered c) ratar**d d) sh*tfaced e) pukingly drunk f) laid by greasy locals, smarmy flyer boys (or girls!), tanked up Britons specifically out on the pull! The flat was small (a lot smaller than we expected) but it was clean and fairly quiet, and let’s face it we weren’t in there much anyway. A bed, a shower, a toilet, a fridge and a mirror are basically all you need! Plus it was less than a 2-minute walk away from the beach and a 20-minute walk away from a really nice beach. Anyway, hotels are normally decided on before you go and you can seek advice from the travel agent, or you can just do what we did and pick the cheapest! There are some really nice complexes and more expensive hotels if you fancy splashing out. But San An is definitely the place for cheap and tacky. If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive then head for Ibiza Town, at the other end of the island or Portinatx, which is more family based (as opposed to screaming groups of drunk scallies). If clubbing is what you’re into, then San Antonio is a good base, as it’s really easy to get to the major clubs, buses run quite frequently to San Rafael, which is where two of the island’s biggest clubs are situated. 3. What to eat Yeh ok so it’s Ibiza and intoxicating liquor is the top of everyon
e’s shopping list (cheap Absinthe!), but for all that clubbing and sunbathing you’re going to need some energy. Buying British-branded food from the little supermarkets along the main front is a complete rip off. I think I paid something stupid like three pounds for a box of 12 Weetabix! But because we were self catering, we had to buy the essentials like bread and milk and stuff for snacks and a quick lunch. But in all honestly, it’s a lot cheaper and a lot nicer to eat out (and I mean all the time!) Because although we set off with really good intentions about cooking for ourselves, the restaurant down the road was far too tempting! English breakfasts are a perfect hangover cure and are available just about anywhere, aswell as traditional Spanish (not just paella!), Indian, Chinese and Italian. It’s just like being home! We tended to go for the nearest, but you can scout around and probably find somewhere fairly cheap. 4. What to buy Erm, Sangria? 5. Clubs/Bars Well, what can I say? Here, you’re spoiled for choice… Ibiza Town is home of the infamous Pacha aswell as loads of bars and clubs that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of! Residing in San Antonio, are Eden (Judge Jules was playing here every Sunday) and Es Paradis and the Westend (cheesy bars with loads of drink offers aswell as clubs playing everything from eighties to tacky pop to dance to Indie) plus loads of bars along the front such as Bar M and Kanga. We spent quite a lot of time in the Westend, in the earlier part of the week when we just couldn’t be mithered to find the “real” clubs, you see, tack and cheese is our thing so we absolutely loved it! Alcohol consumption to rocket levels helps to enjoy the “unique” atmosphere of the Westend! You’ll find Amnesia (home of Cream and Godskitchen) and Privilege (Manumission on a Monday night) located in San Rafael, a
small town about halfway between San Antonio and Ibiza Town, on the main road. We went to all these opening nights and although I can’t really comment on the clubs in San Antonio itself, the ones in San Rafael were excellent. My favourite night had to be Godskitchen, which was held on the Tuesday. Tall Paul and Mauro Picotto were playing and they put on a really good night. Most of the clubs don’t really kick off til around 1 or 2 in the morning and they don’t shut til 5 or 6, but that evening was rocking from when we went in about midnight. The dancefloor and the terrace were packed after about 1am and you couldn’t move on the main dancefloor, but the air-con was on full blast so you don’t have to worry about dropping down dead with the heat! This particular opening party had an aquatic theme so there were loads of freaky men in white lycra jumpsuits holding up giant psychadelic jellyfish with streaming tentacles (no I’m not mad and neither was I on drugs, but I understand if you’re reading this it probably sounds a bit weird!) and half naked mermaids riding around on trollies! WARNING! - If you do go to Amnesia be prepared for the smoke blasting gun thingy. This is situated on the left side of the dancefloor about halfway up and I recommend that you do not stand right beside it when it decides to go off. Because believe me you sh*t your pants! Then you think you’re going to die… the music usually stops for about 5 seconds and then a massive blast of freezing cold white smoke shoots in the air. It seems to last forever, you feel like you can’t breathe and you can’t see a thing. So keep tight hold of your friends and hold your breath! - Be prepared to pay loads for drinks, even a bottle of water costs about £4. This is standard for most of the clubs, not just Amnesia. - Watch out for drugs if drug taking isn’t or indeed is your thaaaaaaaang. You will almost certainly be offered t
hem or even asked if you sell them. I don’t think the clubs condone drug taking so if you do decide to get off your tits then be wary of burly bouncer types and the possibility of CCTV. Obviously, you won’t have any idea where they’re coming from so they may or may not be good stuff. I didn’t do anything and in all honesty I didn’t see anyone have any bad experiences the whole time I was there, but I suppose you can never be too careful. The Cream night at Amnesia was also good but the music and the atmosphere wasn’t quite on a par with Godskitchen. Manumission at Privilege was certainly a night to remember, but I’ve got to say that everything that’s said about it, I found it to be a bit of a disappointment. I think it’s a bit overhyped, but saying that, the club itself is wicked. I’d definitely go back! The clubs have such a different atmosphere to the bars in the Westend, but that’s the great thing because there’s something for everyone. I was quite surprised by the seriousness of all the clubbers, everyone seemed either really into their drugs or really into the music. But the atmosphere was undeniably friendly everywhere I went and I felt like there was always someone watching out for me so it felt safe! 6. What to do This may seem like a bit of a stupid thing to put. Everyone knows what people come to Ibiza for… don’t they? Well, as me and my friend found out there is a lot more to Ibiza than people give it credit for. If you can be bothered to get out and explore the island, you’ll find that it’s such a beautiful place and there is actually gorgeous scenery beyond the grey buildings of San Antonio. The best way by far is to hire a car, this is surprisingly cheap and if one member of the party is over 21 and holds a full driving license then it’s really easy. We hired a Renault Kangoo through Avis for three days and I
must say it was the best thing we did all week! We drove right round the island, the company should supply you with a map when you rent out the car and driving in Spain is a lot easier than you think it’ll be. Just remember to drive on the right and don’t get confused taking left hand turns or at roundabouts and you’ll be fine! We went to the main cities like Ibiza Town and Portinatx but we also decided the best thing would be to explore the smaller villages and the coastal areas. The inland area is quite pretty but it’s all much the same so I would say it’s not really worth bothering with (however you have to drive right across the island to get practically anywhere, so you get used to the barren scenery). My favourite places were the south of the island, on the coast, where there are some gorgeous rocky beaches (Es Cubells where there’s also a really nice restaurant right on the beach that’s quite expensive but does fantastic seafood) and the north easterly part of the island where there’s a nudist beach for those of you who are feeling somewhat brave!! This beach was absolutely stunning and you don’t have to go nude if you don’t want to. It’s well worth a visit, if not for the beach, for all the old naked people you can have a good giggle at (immature I know!) There are some interesting caves to the North-West of Portinatx which have fantastic stalagtite and stalagmite formations, if you’re interested in that sort of thing! If you’re not then the views from the top of the cliff are worth a look. If after all that, you don’t fancy hiring a car, then most of these places are accessible by bus (though how frequently they run I don’t know, that’s assuming you’d feel safe on a bus travelling along clifftop roads!) The island is small so it doesn’t take long to get anywhere, I think the drive from San An to Ibiza Town took less then an hour. Al
so, if you’re prepared not to drink, then hiring a car is a really good way to get to the clubs that are in San Rafael (or in Ibiza Town if you’re staying in San Antonio), as getting a taxi all the time could work out expensive and it’s a lot more reliable than the bus (safer too cos the main road around San Rafael is really dodge and there’s been loads of accidents involving cars knocking over people coming out of the clubs). Erm, what else is there? Shop I suppose. Apart from the alcohol/duty free, you can probably pick up bargains in the clothing department (branded sportswear and designer labels are likely to be cheaper than you’d find in Britain) and also music (you can generally find cd’s that you wouldn’t be able to get in Britain, such as underground dance and house music). Go slingshotting! There’s one on the front right next to Es Paradis. I’m a coward I didn’t try it. But for those of you who don’t know, the slingshot is basically like a reverse bungee jump, where two people sit in a small seat like thing, which is held on elastic. And when the nice man holding it down decides to let go, you, the person with you and the seat you’re sitting on shoot right up into the air at a force of something which I presume feels like 10 000 gs!!! Talk to people! Quite obvious I know and probably not so much of a problem when you’re in a big group but we went in a two and although we got on superbly, it did feel a bit isolated at times. There were some pretty groovy people out there, but I’m afraid I just couldn’t be arsed to make an effort, which I now regret. So get off your backsides and approach people, cos I’m sure everyone would be friendly and meeting someone new always livens things up! 7. Things to Remember - travel insurance! - condoms! - The warning about the smoke gun in Amnesia! - Don’t drink the water! - Some people, however friendly they seem, could be a bit dodgy. So I would say, if you’re a woman, then don’t go back to someplace or with someone you don’t know. And stick together cos there’s safety in numbers. Well, I think that’s all from me. I hope that helps anyone who is planning to go to Ibiza. Just remember, there is a lot more to the island than most people realise. I think to get the best out of your hols, Ibiza is the place to go to combine clubs and great nightlife with sun, sand, sea, sex, gorgeous scenery and also a good view of traditional Spanish lifestyle for the more cultured amongst you. Ha ha! I found that Ibiza wasn’t anything like I thought it’d be and was everything like I thought it wouldn’t be (does that make sense? Go and you’ll see what I mean!) Ibiza Uncovered is a load of boll**ks, if you want to dance on the bar with your tits out, then fine… but really Ibiza is what you make it to be. Oh! And if you happen to drive through Sant Gertuidis de Fruitera or Sant Joan de Labritja, then think of me cos they are the alter egos of my friend and I (Saint Gertrude of Fruit and Saint Joan of Labia, in English)! Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am getting on in years now. I am a bit long in the tooth I suppose, at 27, but I do like a good night out. I love the dance scene, and can spend hour’s bopping away in a sweaty nightclub to the right music. To top all that, endless Ibiza fly on the walls had really whet my appetite for a big old Balearic blow out. My girlfriend and I decided to get it out of the way this year while we had it in us to spend all night out and still have enough energy for sun bathing. So was it worth it? Did Ibiza really live up to its hedonistic reputation? Would we go again? What should you do to make your Ibiza experience on to remember, and is there more to the White Isle than big name DJ’s and boozy Brits? Hopefully this review will give you an idea of what we thought of Ibiza, and maybe what you can do to make the most of your stay out there next year. I’ve tried to break it up into nice manageable sections for you, with all the interesting bits of our holiday covered. All prices I might quote in this rather long review were at the rate of 253 pesetas to the pound. Booking – We decided back in January to go on a group holiday at the start of September, in an attempt to catch a few of the big club closing parties, and avoid most of the younger “beer monsters” (they all go back to school around 3rd September). It is possible to get late deals to Ibiza, and you’ll save yourself a few pounds if you opt for one, but the island does get booked up quite heavily through July and August (Both Radio 1 and MTV have their big events in mid August). We noticed quite a steady stream of arrivals throughout our two-week stay, so it would be best to book early if you are really keen on an Ibiza outing next year. We went with Thompson’s Club Freestyle (more about them later) and the Club Pariaso Hotel in San Antonio. Six of us each paid £285 for two self-catering apartments for 14 nights. The last week of o
ur stay (ending on the 18th September) we noticed more and more families arriving. Our hotel was essentially a clubbers retreat throughout the whole season, but seemed to switch from a Club Freestyle location to just a normal Thompson’s hotel on the day we departed. Hotel – This was my biggest worry when I booked the holiday. I know that many hotels in the San Antonio area are quite well used, and expected, for the price to get a fairly basic place with resident insects as roommates. How wrong I was! The Club Paraiso is fairly new (built in ’98) and is a very clean, modern looking place. It is a bit of a maze, but you get used to that. There are two main pool areas, three bars, plenty of sun loungers, pool tables and games machines, an onsite supermarket and 24 hour security. The studio apartments we had are bright and airy with two sofa beds and a pull out bed, a balcony, bathroom and kitchenette. You can choose a 1-bedroom apartment in the complex, but these seem to get snaffled up quite quickly. The pool is rather cold (colder than the sea in fact) and the prices for extras such as food and drink are a bit steep. We used the local supermarkets; just few minutes walk away for provisions and had all our meals and drinking sessions outside of the hotel. The staff at reception are friendly enough, and the maid service is excellent. The hotel is situated a short walk from the “Sunset Café’s” Mambo, Café Del Mar and the ultra cool Coastline Café. It’s an ideal base for a holiday in San Antonio. The only complaints we had with the accommodation were due to the neighbouring hotel being a home for drunken idiots – making noise 24 hours a day 7 days a week. A lovely Scottish guy offering us cut price donkeys while his mate tried in vain to rouse “Gaareey” serenaded us one night, for several hours. Not a problem if you are out till 8 in the morning. Unfortunately, on that par
ticular night we decided to go to bed at 2am. Club Freestyle reps – These guys really do leave you alone. Freestyle has a policy of letting you get on with your holiday. You won’t have much to do with your rep at all, which is not always a good thing. We chose to book our club tickets through them, and take a boat trip to the island of Formenterra as well. The total cost of this little package was £120, which we thought, at the time, was very good. What we found, later on it the holiday, was that the nights selected were not the best on offer, and that the prices were not the lowest possible. As an example of this - we found that a trip to Amnesia, where Cream were playing on Tuesday nights this year, was 1000 Pesetas (£4) cheaper from the pre club bar. The coach we had thought was included in the price was in fact a freebie coach, running on the hour after 1am from Coastline bar. As you can imagine it got rather busy and when the heavens opened for the biggest downpour of the season we soon lost interest in the clubbing. We saved the ticket for another day. Our advice would be to choose your own nights and ask other people how much they paid for their tickets on previous nights. Clubbing – That brings me onto the clubs. Most of your will go to Ibiza with your dancing shoes, so what are the clubs like? Well, I have to say I was a little let down by Cream. Amnesia is a great looking club, but its location is a bit of pain, out there on the “Death Road” between San An and Ibiza Town. Cream itself threw a good party, with some cool décor. Sadly the night we went along it seemed to be a single thudding beat that none of us could get into at all. Maybe one to leave out if the DJ list is not jewelled with a good name (The downpour night would have been better – but alas we opted to go the next week) Es Paradise, on the front in San Antonio is a great looking club. It is t
hemed like a lavish garden and includes comfy cushions, lots of dance floors and bars and an open-air area. We went to the Water Party, and it was a fairly good night out. The music was OK, and the atmosphere is quite relaxed. If you plan to go in the water make sure you don’t wear those expensive Acupuncture’s. Manumission, at Privilege is spectacular. This year the club was themed in a nautical style in the main room, with a huge ship stage for the various performances. Another one on the nasty San An – Ibiza Town road – use the Disco bus and you can get there for just 250 Pesetas. This night maybe needs no explanation, but bear in mind it’s the biggest club in the world, so it gets busy. The music is fantastic – trance and house, and the 7 rooms are all brilliant. My favourite was the chill-out area under the Privilege dome. The main arena went from a few hundred to at least 5,000 in about 30 minutes and we had an excellent night in the rather sweaty climate this massive crowd created. The best night by far though was had at Eden. This club is situated next door to Es Paradise, and is quite distinctive – it the one with the dome. We went along to the “Biggest night on the island” according to Ibiza uncovered, Judgement Sunday. Judge Jules was in residence for 4 hours, two in each room and he really got us going. However, we also got treated to a wicked set by trance master Ferry Corsten. Lisa Lashes took over from Jules, and sadly it all went down hill from there, but by then it was 6am and we’d had an amazing night. The whole club was entertained by a crowd of odd balls – from midgets in bags to a mad gang with a huge Lycra sheet they dragged over half the crowd. This night is one not to be missed if it runs in 2002. A word on drinks prices. Yes, its true, they do charge £4 for a bottle of water – AT LEAST! Manumission takes the most expensive drink award at 100
0 Pesetas for a 50cl bottle. This was the largest on sale, as the others charge 800 for a poxy 30cl mouthful. They all have toilet attendants asking for tips on the door, and if you need loo roll you’d better cough up! San Antonio – It’s Blackpool in the Sun. I could leave it at that, but you’d all give me a NU. Enjoy it for its bars, shops and a little bit of sand. Treat it as a base for good holiday and you won’t go far wrong. It’s a bit of a building site, and does look really bad at 4am. Best bits – The sea front area where all the café’s and boat trip operators can be found. The sunset café’s are a must. Mambo is great, the classic Café Del Mar is worth a look, but my favourite by had to be the brand new coastline. This place is so cool, and even offers swimming pools for you to cool off in. A great place to watch the sun go down. Joe Spoons, in the West End, was a firm favourite for us. Cheerful staff and cheap drinks make it a good starting point. San An has plenty of places to eat too. Our money went to the Mexican Cantena (near the West End) where we had several meals. The staff is excellent, the portions are huge and the restaurant is great with an open-air balcony for those warm evenings. However, my girlfriend, brother and I decided to blow a whole chunk of cash on one excellent meal in the Villa Mercedes. This amazing restaurant is right by the night bus stop and is the coolest place I have ever eaten in. We had an interesting meal including dishes such as kangaroo; chocolate soup and pan fired gilt head (a fish) obviously not all on the same plate. The total bill for the three of us, including wine was £70 – not too bad but still one to mull over if you are trying to watch the pennies. The one annoying thing about San Antonio is the lookie lookie men. These are African street traders who train in the art of selling crap jewellery and hash by watc
hing Only Fools and Horses. When you first get called Dell Boy and offered “any hash, any blow?” it’s quite funny. After the first few hours it becomes irritating. By the end of a fortnight you’ll hate the sight of Dell and Rodney. Other things to do in Ibiza – Scuba diving is a must if you feel adventurous. You can get a try dive from several operators on the sea front in San An. We chose the Serina Dive School. For 7500 Pesetas you get a whole day out on the boat, with a 30-minute dive and all the time you want to snorkel or sunbathe. Photos will be taken, and you can buy the for 1000 Pesetas each. Take a boat trip out to the aquarium, for just 1500 Pesetas, and you get a great tour of the coastline. We really enjoyed this as a chilled afternoon activity and it didn’t exactly break the bank. The aquarium is set in a cave and is not that impressive, but the boat trip made up for it. Formenterra is a smaller island off the coast of Ibiza. It has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Med and is a bit of a millionaire’s playground. We took a catamaran trip out to spend the day soaking up the sun, swimming in the blue and enviously eyeing up massive yachts. At the end of the day we got to dive off the boat before watching an amazing sunset. Don’t forget to take a bus trip to Ibiza Town. It has a real variation of modern and old with the Dalt Villa dominating the skyline and its trendy shops, bars and marina drawing the jet set. Take plenty of water though, as it’s a bit of a trek up to the top of the old town. Aquamar is also a good diversion from the hardcore clubbing. It offers a few good water slides, and is right by Space and Playa den Bosa beach. Would I do it again? – Yes! I would only take a week, and I would stay else where, maybe Playa den Bosa. You can blow a huge amount of cash and not have much to show for it, and you
can also get the feeling that you’ve been had when you look at the rather tatty view that is San Antonio. But if you look under the mounds of beer bottles and hamburger wrappers there is a lot more to Ibiza than the three S’s
Ibiza is obviously famous for its incredible nightlife, and believe me it really is special. Its not just the fact that the clubs are great and usualy contain a well-known DJ, but the fact that everyone is out to have a good time and just get away from the reality of home. This of course means the girls wear far more excentric clothing and are a lot easier charm. In fact, I could honestly say that if you go to Ibiza for two weeks and don't end up going through a pack of condoms then there's something wrong. Apart from the well known clubs like Manumission and Privelege, Ibiza also has many underated clubs and bars and for the less avid clubber these are the ones to find. The bigger clubs do provide a truly special night out but can cost over £40 in terms of entrance fees and the drinks inside aren't too cheap either. There is also the risk of having to queue for hours and believe me, even if you have a ticket there is no guarantee that you will get in. Cost is perhaps the one downside to the island and even food doesn't come cheap. However, if you look carefully it is possible to find very reasonably priced accomodation close to where all the action is. For a worry free week in Ibiza if you intend to go out every night then I would recommend taking no less than £700 (£100 a night). You would be surprised at how fast this money disappears. What many people don't realise is that away from the clubs and tourism, Ibiza is a beautiful island and could also be a perfect family holiday for relaxing and taking in the sun. There is also a lot of tradition involved to this side of Ibiza, and many of the citizens have never even travelled out of there home town so don't be surprised if they seem a little old fashioned or strange. If you like clubbing and you've got the money then Ibiza is definitely the place to go. My advice is try to add as much variety as possible, visit Bobby's bar and try to visit at
least one of the major clubs (Manumission being my favourite).
Most people in Britain will have heard of the Spanish island of Ibiza. It is part of the Balearics and is situated in the Mediterranean, around 2 1/2 hours flight from Britain. As soon as Ibiza is mentioned it conjures up images of drunken British yobs, drugged up clubbers and constant partying, and although all of these things do exist on this beautiful island I would say that it is not as full on as TV programmes such as 'Ibiza Uncovered' make it out to be. Much of the island plays host to many a family holiday, and in some of the remote areas you can observe traditional Spanish life that has remained unchanged for decades. But anyway that's enough about that, here I've tried to give you a broad guide to the white isle, I've not put everything in, but I'm sure you'll agree that if I went on any longer then you may well never read any of my ops again. So, here's the real Clubbers Guide to Ibiza... WARNING Before you proceed you may want to know that this op is quite massive, as you may have noticed from the toolbar, and you will probably be quite, no, very bored in under 20 seconds, if you think this may be the case then please leave now, once you've rated it VU, obviously. Come on, it took me ages. Now concentrate. The Ibizan nightlife is centred in four different locations on the island, San Antonio, Ibiza Town, Playa d'En Bossa and San Rafael. Each houses a different kind of nightlife and the clubs are spread between them. San Antonio is situated to the North of the island, Ibiza Town and Playa d'en Bossa to the South, and San Rafael slap bang in the middle. SAN ANTONIO: There are 3 different areas to San Antonio, the sunset strip, the West End and the alternative sunset strip. This town is probably the best known of the Ibizan towns to the British, and probably has the worst reputation. This is largely down to the part of town referred to as the West End, here the Brits abroad
come to get drunk and dance to cheese in their football shirts. Every building in this district is either a bar, a club, or a food outlet. Every night it's streets are filled with people flyering for the surrounding bars. They will use any means necessary to get you into their bars, and once they've got you talking you're done for. The upside to these flyerers is with their flyers you will receive a free shot with your first drink, or maybe even more, one bar offers a free BOTTLE of schnapps with your first drink, so if you only have one drink in each bar you will soon be feeling rather merry without damaging your pockets too much. If you're single then you are nearly guaranteed to pull in the West End, and even if you don't you'll be too drunk to remember anyway. The downside to all this merriment is the rubbish. At the end of the night the streets are filled with unwanted flyers, food wrapping and empty bottles, it's quite a depressing scene. This part of town is not for the die-hard clubbers, but if you're after a cheap drink, crap music and maybe some bedroom action, then this is the place to come. But don't forget your football shirt/Ben Sherman (primary colours only please)/rockport shoes/skirt as short as a belt/10 tonnes of hair gel* *Please delete as appropriate** **I'm only joking, I'm sorry if I offend, please don't rate me NU, please, please... Right, now I'm back off my knees I'll continue. The sunset strip is where people come to, well you know, watch the sunset. It is made up of Cafe Del Mar, Cafe Mambo, Savannah, Sugar Sea and further up the coast Coastline and Kanya. When the sun sets large crowds gather on the beach (read rocks) in front of the bars and cheer as the sun dips below the horizon. I would recommend this to everyone who visits Ibiza as it is quite an experience to have everyone gathered to watch the turn of day to night. A money saving hint here (for all you st
udents), buy some bottles of drink from the surrounding shops so you don't have to pay the rather high bar prices, or queue, as it gets rather busy at this time, and as you'll be sitting on the beach you shouldn't feel too scabby, but remember to take your rubbish with you! All of the bars pump out a chill out soundtrack for this memorable occasion, perhaps the most famous being Cafe Del Mar, which has inspired many a great trance record. Once the sun has gone the crowd retreats for an hour or 2 to prepare themselves for the evening ahead. Whilst they are gone the bars up the tempo, many of them playing host to the clubs pre-parties. Here you will here the top name DJ's for nowt, as they try to tempt the crowds to their nights. Roger Sanchez, Erick Morillo, Darren Emerson, and even Dave Pearce (if you're lucky) can all be found on the wheels of steel along this row of bars. The drinks along here can be expensive, anything up to £4 a drink, but if you want the class then you're going to have to pay. The alternative sunset strip is situated just down from San An town, round towards the bay, and consists of Bar M, Itaca and Bay Bar. They are referred to as the alternative sunset strip because you can come here and see the sun set across the bay, behind all the boats and the main part of San An. These bars also host some great pre parties, especially the pre party for Manumission at Bar M, who even lay on entertainers such as fire-eaters and jugglers to keep you amused as you sip your San Miguel. These bars are a bit cheaper than the original sunset strip and also very close to Es Paradis and Eden, so they are usually rather jammed. Another bar to look out for in this set is Kiwi bar, although it's not very well known it serves great food at very low cost, the drinks are cheap and the music is usually rather good. The flyerers for it are also the friendliest people you are likely to meet, so all in all a great starting point
for your clubbing shenanigans. Also look out for the fantastic sand sculptures here, they are truly amazing. There are 2 major clubs located in San An; Eden and Es Paradis. Eden is a relatively new club to the island and plays host to such quality as Judgement Sundays (Judge Jules presides over the hard house massive), Euphoria (Dave Pearce is crowned the king of cheese and stupid sayings) and Retro (for those that can remember back in the day). They also have foam parties and disco nights for those not quite so serious among us. I didn't go to this club so I can't really comment on it, though it's meant to be ok, but not really in the same league as the others. Es Paradis is right next to Eden and looks out across the bay. It is built in a pyramid shape and has a retractable roof, so yes, the DJ really can take the roof off. It is famous or their water parties, where at 5 in the morning they flood the dance floor and turn on the foam. So don't forget your umbrella. IBIZA TOWN: Ibiza town is situated on the opposite side of the island to San An and is a lot more up market. It actually feels like a Spanish city, rather than a hot Britain, and makes you feel like you are on holiday when you visit. The crowd is also a lot more cosmopolitan, with beautiful people from all over the world coming to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, for it is here where any one who's any one will dock their luxury yacht to party the night away in Base bar, or the most stylish club in the world, Pacha. The only thing ruining this posh picture is the dreadful smell of sewage that engulfs the town; they really ought to sort that out. During the day Ibiza town is a bustling town filled with Spanish shops and businesses and if you venture onto the harbour front then you can watch the yachts as they make out to sea. But at night this picture is completely changed, for if you to travel up to the old town (just before the castle, off the harbour fro
nt), then you'll be greeted by the parade, this is made up of drag queens and general 'eccentrics', shall we say. They make their way around the trendy bars, entertaining all the way. Their route usually includes; rock bar, base bar, café Macao and zuka. These bars are a far cry from their counterparts in San An, these being all minimalist décor, European clientele and £4 drinks. Apparently they are the best places to blag free club passes, especially in the gay district, up the Avinguda d'Virgin (yes the street of virgins, how ironic, ha ha), but we never got round to trying. Ibiza town also houses all manner of shops to pick up clubbing mementos of your night out. Yes here you can find; Pacha shop, El Divino shop and the Ministry's club zone. They all sell tickets for the night ahead, at discount prices, and you'll also be able to pick up stickers, flyers, posters and even records, so if you just can't wait til you get home before buying that big tune, then here's where to go. Though you'll get it back to your hotel and realise you may as well have waited til you get home as you have not got a record player and it'll probably get broken on the flight home, ah. Anyway, once you've recovered from the record trauma then you may want to go clubbing... Ibiza town holds 2 of the islands main clubs; Pacha and El Divinio. They are both situated about 15 minutes walk around the harbour from the main town, so you may want to get a taxi (they're only about £2 and you'll get the authentic grand prix experience to get your blood pumping for the night ahead. Pacha was the first club to be built on Ibiza and is probably the most stylish in the world. It has a capacity of 5,000, spread amongst 3 rooms and a terrace. It has the largest VIP area of all the clubs and you'll often see such famous faces as George Michael, Kylie, JK and many other celebs off their tits, if you're in any fit state to see that far that
is. Pacha attracts a very glammed up European crowd, so there may be a bit of a language barrier when you want to chat up that honey at the bar, but don't let that stop you, I've heard that I you just shout at them and use hand gestures you'll soon be in there. But remember to make sure they're a girl as Pacha is a favourite hangout for the drag queens, you have been warned. Most of the time the Pacha music policy is funky house, with promoters such as Ministry of Sound, Subliminal and Made in Italy. But on Tuesdays you better get your trance trousers on for Perfecto with the monkey, I mean man, himself, Mr Paul Oakenfold. I would say a visit to Pacha is a must as its style is truly magnificent, so leave your football shirt at home, boys. El Divinio looks out across the marina and can be seen clearly from the town on the other side. The crowd here is also quite cosmopolitan, but maybe not quite as glam as those at Pacha. Every night is a funky night with parties including Miss Moneypenny's and Ali G, I mean Roger Sanchez. I didn't attend this club either but I've been told it's very nice indeed, so get yourself down there. PLAYA D'EN BOSSA: This resort is situated just down from Ibiza town, about ½ hours walk from centre to centre. The hotels in this area are filled with a mix of Germans, Britains and Americans and it is generally a lot quieter than the two resorts I've previously mentioned, very suitable for family holidays, especially because the longest beach on the island is here, mmm, warm sea and sand. There are a few bars dotted around, but nothing really to get excited about til you reach the Jet apartments very own Bora Bora bar. In high season the party never stops here, with people chilling on the beach during the day and dancing on the terrace at night, there will usually be something to look at as Space is just round the corner and Bora Bora is where people go to chill after their 24 hour (or longer
) sessions. The music is quite mixed with resident DJ Gee playing for 14 hours or more, taking you through the whole spectrum of house music; it's a spiritual thing, a body thing. The only down things about this bar is that it gets very crowded and the drinks are quite dear, so be prepared. There are two clubs in Playa d'en Bossa (well 3, but don't go to Kiss if you have ant dignity), Space and Konga. Konga is one of the few clubs that is open all year round, and, like Space is a day club (yes I said day), it is apparently very dark and dirty and plays hard house, not quite my cup of tea but it certainly pleases the locals. Space has been voted the best club in the world and consists of two areas, the outside terrace and the inside bunker. It opens at around 8 (in the morning) and is soon jumping, if you want to get in on a Sunday (it's most popular day) you better be there by 10, or it's dancing in the car park for you. They host after parties for Ministry and Manumission and We Love Sundays at Space is the stuff of legends. The music is usually funky on the terrace and progressive indoors and all the top jocks play here (Sasha, Digweed, Carl Cox etc..). I didn't get to go as we arrived and departed on a Sunday, but I can't wait til next year to cheer the planes in (the airport is rather close and as the planes come in to land they are rather low over the club wahey!). Oh yes, another thing, the water park is just behind it if you fancy cooling off. Or you could run across the road and jump in the sea, whichever you prefer. SAN RAFAEL: There are only two things worth going to San Rafael for Privilege and Amnesia. They are situated on the main road from Ibiza town to San An, right in the middle of the island. Privilege is the worlds biggest club, with a 10,000 capacity and the main room has to be seen to be believed. It has two levels, 3 rooms, 2 terraces and a swimming pool. Manumission is probably it's most famous n
ight, but it also hosts Renaissance and Xtravaganza to name but 2. The atmosphere in this club is amazing, just because of it's sheer size, but be warned if it's raining outside take some wellies as the roof leaks and the dance floor will probably flood, but at least you won't be too hot. I wouldn't recommend going for a dip in the pool either, it looks rather dirty. Amnesia is placed across the road from Privilege and is famous for it's smoke cannon, it can fill the main room with smoke in 5 seconds. But beware, don't stand underneath it or you'll need a change of pants, it's so loud it blocks out the music, shit yourself? I think so. It has two rooms, the main room and the terrace, though the terrace has a roof, so it's not really a terrace, is it? Well, it's got trees and other green stuff in it so I suppose it is open to discussion, not that I really care. Amnesia is home to Cream as well as Cocoon, Godskitchen and Dance Valley. They all offer a relatively trancey palette, mixed in with a sprinkling of the harder stuff. The terrace is a strictly house area, so leave your glow sticks in the main room cyber fool. Amnesia is another club who don't prepare for rain, though I suppose the trees do need watering some how. Right, I've finally finished my tour of Ibiza clubs, only missing out DC10, which is right by the airport and is another day club for those who just can't stop. Monday is it's best day with Smokin Jo doing the honours, expect more messiness than a rhino with a dodgy stomach. Right, I really have finished now so you're nearly to the end, I'm rather surprised you've made it this far, all there is left for me to do now is include my helpful hints* *Warning: these hints may not be helpful 1.Buy your club tickets in advance. You'll often get at least 1,000 pts (£4) off and at Pacha you'll get a free drink as well. All the pre club bars sell them b
ut the prices can vary so shop about. 2.Drink local drinks. All bottles (Metz etc..) are very expensive wherever you buy them, especially in the clubs, so stick to San Miguel or spirits. 3.Drink spirits if you are poor. Spanish measures are VERY generous, at least 4 times British measures, so although they may seem very expensive they aren't really. 4.Drink before you go out. A 1l bottle of local sprits can cost less than £4. Bargain. 5.Stay in San Antonio. It is not as full on as everyone makes out, it's a lot cheaper than the other resorts and the nightlife is a lot better. 6.Get on the bus. The disco bus runs all night from San An to Ibiza town and only costs 250 pts (£1), it stops at all the big clubs and has a very regular service, it's far cheaper than taxis and you even get some Spanish music. Great. 7.Eivissa is Spanish for Ibiza. Remember this when trying to catch the bus. 8.I don't condone drug taking (much) but ask the flyer people if that's your thing. Don't forget, it's Ibiza, they're everywhere. 9.Go to the official pre club bars. You'll see the top turntable wizards for nowt. 10.Go to Kiwi bar. It's very underrated and the salads are excellent. 11.Go to the West End. If you can stand the crappy music and foolish people then you can get drunk very cheaply. Actually, don't go, it's not worth it. 12.Watch the thunderstorms round San An bay. They are really amazing, but remember they'll move inland so get in a bar that doesn't leak, most of them do, or soon you'll be wetter than a fish in a car wash. 12.Don't litter. Please. 13.Have the best time and if you can't remember it when you get home then you know you'll be going back. Thanks for reading all of this, I don't think I'll ever write another opinion this long, what's that you said? Good? Well, if that's how your going to be I'm off.
I went Ibiza three weeks ago and really had the time of my life. I went with a friend and we stayed in the El Pinar Appartments in Cala Longa. We didn’t realise at the time of booking that we were staying in a very quite part of the Island and one area that wasn’t really that “touristy”. We had a really bad start to the holiday as we were caught up in the Taxi Drivers strike and were queuing in the sun for 5 hours. But when we arrived we fell in love with the place. The apartments were amazing, the beach was right outside and was probably the best beach I’ve ever been on. You have to pay about three pounds for the hire of two sun beds and umbrella but this was a small cost considering we stayed there all day. There was not that much to do to be fair and we were a bit gutted there was not more people our age around and also not much night life. But looking back we realised we were lucky to have a really relaxing time in a beautiful part of the island. It was quiet but we stayed in the bar every evening and because the food is so cheap and of excellent quality, we never used the Self Catering facilities once. Cala Longa is very clean and very nice. There are buses regularly but be where Cala Longa is a fair bus ride to the Ibiza Town or San Antionio. I would recommend this highly to families as it is quiet and the beach is an ideal place to be and the taxis are fairly priced. But if you want clubbing and a lot of night life, I wouldn’t go to Cala Longa. But we loved it and we will be going again, hopefully soon.
I have been to Ibiza 3 times now and l really don’t know why l have held off writing an opinion on the island, but l just returned from my third trip there on Sunday evening. When you tell some one you’re off to Ibiza it is usually met with looks of pity - oh you off raving, are you a mentalist or are you mad! Well yes Ibiza is the clubbing capital of the world and yes San Antonio is a bit of a 18 - 30's nightmare - drunk teenagers not know what plant they are on and not caring either!! BUT there is another side to the island as well. My partner and l were looking for a cheap week away and after a bit of a trek we got Ibiza - we live in Belfast, so to get the cheapie, we had to drive to Dublin (2.5 hours or so depending on traffic), flew with Ryanair to Gatwick and from Gatwick with JMC to Ibiza. Now we knew we were going to Club 18-30s accommodation BUT it was cheap £189 for the week per person. After being picked up by our teenaged rep we got to our apartments - we were first to be dropped off which was great. Easy check-in although they wanted to keep my passport behind the counter - l didn’t want this so after a bit of wrangling l got my own way! Off up to our room - No 203 Casa Maria - slap bang in the Centre of San Antonio!! (I took my earplugs!) I wasn’t expecting much to be honest - well l was pleasantly surprised - it was a studio apartment which had obviously been recently renovated. Two single beds and a sofa bed, a kitchenette with 2 rings and a fridge and a decent sized bathroom (with no bidet!!) and the balcony was decent too. Club 18-30 are notorious for dragging customers to welcome meetings - l was well aware of this - l had been there before (I was young and naive once you know!!) - so the knock for the welcome meeting began at 10.30am. Now this annoyed me for 2 reasons - (1) the meeting was not until 12.30pm and (2) they knew we arrived late that night - approx. 4 am. I tri
ed to ignore the hammering at the door until 12.10pm when l was trying to get ready to go out - so l lost it!! I opened the door to find a pre-pubescent child at the door demanding l attend this meeting - l told him where to go in no uncertain terms and l am pleased to say that they did not bother us the rest of the week! So what is there to do on the island? Food There are decent restaurants out there if you search. Of course you can have your chicken and chips for every night of your holiday but if your palette is used to something better then please look. There is an Indian restaurant in San An called the Curry Club - excellent service and food, Coastline Cafe Bar serves excellent Spanish cuisine. Such eateries do cost that bit more but if you want quality it does cost you. If you are luck enough to be mobile check out the restaurants nestled in the hills - stunning views and food. Sights Ibiza is a beautiful island with its hills and mountains leading to the sandy coves and beaches. Please do not judge it on the man made beach in San Antonio - the beach is dirty and the sea even worse. Beaches such as Cala Basa or Cala Conta are nice but busy. Numerous coves are sign posted of the roads especially around Portninax - take time to visit. Ibiza is well known for the sun set - in San Antonio there are the Sun Set Cafes such as Kanya, Coastline, Mambo, Savannah and the best know Cafe Del Mar - here hundreds of people congregate to watch the sun set - people of all nationalities and ages l must emphasis also Relaxing music beams out from the bars and it really is a beautiful experience. I would also recommend watching the sunset at Benarres Beach on the north of the island not far from San Miguel (as in the famous local beer!)- the beach is sandy full of hippies on bongos and guitars strumming away - a really relaxing experience. On a Wednesday in the resort of Es Canar you will find the weekly hipp
ie market selling all types of produce. It took us approximately 1.5 hours to get there as you head to Ibiza town, San Euliguia and Es Canar. Traffic can build up so beware and take water least you dehydrate. It took us about 1.5 hours to wander around the market and live music can be heard also. It is a well set up market with resting areas and loads of amenities to be found. There is carparking costing 500 pesetas (about £2) for as long as you want. Another town to visit is the capital city Ibiza Town - historic castles, amazing sites and great shopping. I cannot go into great depth about the town as we only drove around it at night but it really looked fascinating. Clubbing Ibiza is known for its clubs - Eden, Privilege, Es Paradis, Pacha Amnesia and El Divinio. Various UK clubs hold nights here and in San An they are promoted to death by kids getting paid a pittance to parade up and down the beach handing out flyers. Competition is fierce! The clubs can cost from 4000 pesetas to 7000 pesetas (£20 upwards), drinks can cost an arm and a leg (David bought a Jack Daniel’s and coke in Pacha and it cost 2000 pesetas £8 - l nearly died on the spot!). Tickets can be bought in bars at a minimal reduction with the promise of a free drink of anything so it is worth taking advantage of this. The weather was excellent hitting 35 degrees most days. I really could not complain. We quite like Ibiza, the resorts are not just aimed at the young clubbers or teenagers, family resorts such as Es Canar or Playa de Bosa are excellent in catering for the family market too. The next time a friend or colleague tells you they are heading to Ibiza please do not pity them or ask are they mad - there are many sides to the island you just need to get out of the tourist resort and explore.
Many people and brochures will tell you that Ibiza has a special energy about it that is really unlike anywhere else in the world. Having been there on three occassions in my lifetime I can say that this truly IS the case. There's just a strange vibe about the island and even as you get off the plane you can't help but feel an awesome air of anticipation and excitement to go with the usually pefect weather. This is increased a you realise that the people around you are also witnessing the same feelings perhaps explaining why everyone is always 'up for it' in Ibiza. Ibiza is obviously famous for its incredible nightlife, and believe me it really is special. Its not just the fact that the clubs are great and usualy contain a well-known DJ, but the fact that everyone is out to have a good time and just get away from the reality of home. This of course means the girls wear far more excentric clothing and are a lot easier charm. In fact, I could honestly say that if you go to Ibiza for two weeks and don't end up going through a pack of condoms then there's something wrong. Apart from the well known clubs like Manumission and Privelege, Ibiza also has many underated clubs and bars and for the less avid clubber these are the ones to find. The bigger clubs do provide a truly special night out but can cost over £40 in terms of entrance fees and the drinks inside aren't too cheap either. There is also the risk of having to queue for hours and believe me, even if you have a ticket there is no guarantee that you will get in. Cost is perhaps the one downside to the island and even food doesn't come cheap. However, if you look carefully it is possible to find very reasonably priced accomodation close to where all the action is. For a worry free week in Ibiza if you intend to go out every night then I would recommend taking no less than £700 (£100 a night). You would be surprised at how fast this m
oney disappears. What many people don't realise is that away from the clubs and tourism, Ibiza is a beautiful island and could also be a perfect family holiday for relaxing and taking in the sun. There is also a lot of tradition involved to this side of Ibiza, and many of the citizens have never even travelled out of there home town so don't be surprised if they seem a little old fashioned or strange. If you like clubbing and you've got the money then Ibiza is definitely the place to go. My advice is try to add as much variety as possible, visit Bobby's bar and try to visit at least one of the major clubs (Manumission being my favourite).
"Ibiza (Eivissa) is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea (38.98° N 1.43° E), belonging to Balearic Islands (Spain). With Formentera, it is one of the two Pine Islands. Major cities are Ibiza, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. The name Ibiza is derived from the Original Arabic word "Yabisah" " يابسة" as for Land or Landward in English. Eivissa is the official Catalan name."