Over the years, i have heard a lot about this island, watched videos of people dancing during parties — amazing atmosphere, goose bumps I WANTED TO BE THERE ! ……and finally
I experienced it myself too ———- the island of Ibiza !
It is never too late ! When the person i travelled with suggested we close our summer in style and visit the island,I contemplated that at 34 I would feel quiet out of place. No way! People of all ages come to Ibiza….(On a funny note, our hotel neighbour, an old-ish man of about 70, must have opted to slowly slowly die on this island ! There he was every evening in the adjacent balcony, with his coffees and cigs ruining our pre-partying siesta, with his coughing….) Anyhow, age group in clubs ranges from 20 – 40, more or less, though I did spot someone whose age exceeds the bracket…only once though.
It always happens to me, before I go abroad that I look up for pictures and gather information of the place I am visiting, so automatically I draw a scenario in my mind of what to expect….I expected Ibiza to be different! That is what I explained to my friends back home….you don’t need to be a clubbing freak to visit, as there is plenty of other stuff you can do – explore the beaches (there are plenty of them), walk around Ibiza Town (Eivissa), visit the fortress and enjoy a drink or two in the many narrow streets, or savour a yummy paella and you can shop too in Ibiza. For sure …you cannot go home without a Pacha cherries tshirt. their shops are everywhere in Ibiza, even at the airport !!
Did I mention we travelled on the second week of September? Well the weather was not exactly on our side. We had rain and thunder for the first three days, in fact we headed to the shops and got some winter garments, which we never put on (except for the shoes) ! anyway on Monday night we were at Pacha for the Swedish House Mafia night….fantastic party! Whilst dancing the night away little did we notice that the rain did not stop. So towards the end of the night, or rather in the early hours of Tuesday morning, we headed for the exit…..taxi stand was miles away…..everyone was rushing to get the first available. Somehow we got in one and managed to pursuade the drunk English girl that we also needed shelter and a ride to our hotel. When we got close to our stop, we noticed that streets where quite flooded….and to our surprise and luck the taxi driver refused to stop us close to our apartment….Nothing to do ….but venture into the water with our new shoes. It was not funny back then especially for the stink that was coming out of the water……but somehow we managed to get safely to our room, of course WET!!!
Ibiza, will be one of my travel experiences that I will speak of over and over again…..well in fact it’s already on my favourite list, except for the fact that it is not on the cheap side. Entries in clubs range from EUR 30 – 45, and for water you pay EUR 5 – 10 and EUR 15 – 20 drink+mixer depending in which of the clubs you are! Ridiculously expensive! Though the party atmosphere is like I have never experienced before ! WHAT FUN !!!!!!! Food is not that cheap either but there is a big selection where you can choose from. so you can opt for the simple burger which would cost nothing. I ate grilled Calamari over and over again ….following that the Paella with seafood and the Black rice with fish seafood were my favourites. The Spanish Tortilla was nothing to talk home about 😉 I can do better ! In fact given the opportunity I will give out my version of the Spanish omelette : 4 eggs beaten, onions cut into strips, fresh parsley, chopped tomatoes, grated edam cheese, sea salt and fresh pepper. Mix all ingredients and fry on both sides until golden brown.
Back to Ibiza — on our fourth or fifth day we visited San Antonio for the day. We travelled by bus and taxis, though it is really easy to drive around, in fact car rental is very popular
and apparently a cheaper transport option. To my surprise San Antonio was nothing like I was told of…..I quiet preferred it to where we were staying Playa D’ En Bossa. Maybe we were not as lucky with the weather to enjoy the beach but somehow we both agreed we much prefer the feel of San Antonio and more people converse in English here. Just before sunset, it is a must to walk towards Cafe Del Mar and Cafe Mambo promenade and chill out with the cool background music whilst watching sunset. Rest assured you will bump into at least one Japanese there with his gadgets to get the best sunset picture.
On our last day we crossed to Ibiza’s sister island Formentera which is about 40 minutes away by fast ferry. Somehow similar but at the same time different. Quieter for sure, except for the sound of the motorini. The beach we visited was out of a Carribean postcard with clear crystal waters and white sandy beach. The small town in the heart of the island is a must see but it only takes a 10 minute walk around to see it all.
I want to go back !!