Saturday, August 27, 2011

Top 10 Things to Do in Ibiza


DJs have been going to Ibiza for over 10 years and have seen many sides to the Island, both night and day. Here they give an insight into Ibiza outlining what they see as the top 10 must do's when on the island:

1 Enjoy sunset on the West coast. A truly spiritual moment on the island is how Lee describes enjoying the sunset over the sea line. Seen more of a celebration, the sunset brings people together and is seen as a symbol of the beginning of night. Ibiza clubbing is legendary and what better way to signal the start of an evening's festivities than by watching the sunset.

2 Take a trip Formentera... After a hard nights clubbing what better way to recover than by taking a short trip over the island of Formentera. Ibiza holidays should not pass by without enjoying some of Spain's longest, cleanest, whitest and least crowded beaches. Only a 20 minute ferry-ride away, Formentera has some fantastic places to eat including Yuan and Andre's wonderful fish restaurant.

3 Opening and Closing Parties... The start and finish of the summer season is always a great time to enjoy clubbing in Ibiza. The parties are bigger, better and people really push the boat out to have a good time. Having grown in popularity over the years you will now find more people on the island in June and late September than ever before. The weather is great and Ibiza villas can be found on the cheap!

4 Try and find Atlantis... An undiscovered part of Ibiza which Lee describes as a 'nice little roadtrip', Atlantis has a magical history; created over 1,000 years ago when rock was quarried to build the fortress walls of Ibiza town, it can be found in the far South West of Ibiza. Over the centuries, stonemasons and artists have created their own sculptures that include dragons and people emerging from the rocks. Hire cars in Ibiza are reasonably priced so happy hunting!

5 Visit Ibiza's hippy markets... Ibiza has two main hippy markets. Es Cana Hippy market held on Wednesdays is located in the North West of the island in the Arabi complex, just outside the town. The second hippy market is known as Las Dalias and is held on Saturdays. It makes a nice change to do some shopping in Ibiza. Lee states there are plenty of bargains to be had!

6 Visit the Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town... The historic Dalt Vila actually means high town. Representing the oldest part of the town, the rocky escarpment is topped by huge Renaissance walls that surround Ibiza's finest monuments. Climb to the top and check out the views over Ibiza Town and out towards Formentera. There are some lovely Ibiza apartments to rent nearby.

7 Visit the Salinas salt pans... The Ibiza salt pans represent over 1,000 acres of land and at their height made up Ibiza's main industry. In fact the salt was used to finance the city wall that surrounds Ibiza Town. Today around 60,000 tonnes of salt is exported annually with the highest quality going to Norway for salting cod and the rest heading to Scotland to help salt the roads. They are quite a sight as you drive down to Salinas beach, worth stopping and taking some pictures.

8 Park up and look out to Es Vedra... Rising to 378m above sea level, this seemingly semi-submerged volcano is in fact a limestone outcrop. There's a great little spot where you can have a picnic, the views are stunning. The South West of Ibiza has some lovely secluded villas to rent that are nearby.

9 Party at Bora Bora... Bora Bora is an Ibizan institution. While the clubs may be expensive, Bora Bora has always been a place for the free spirited. Pumping out top quality house music from 4:30pm every day, it is very much a place to be seen. Having played here a few times we can say the atmosphere is fantastic by 6pm. You can either party or relax on one of the many beach loungers situated on the beautiful sands of the Playa Den Bossa. There are many Ibiza apartments in Playa Den Bossa to rent ensuring you are never too far from the party.

10 Ibiza Restaurants... Eating good food is all part of the holiday experience and when it comes to Ibiza, you are spoilt for choice. We love L'Elephant and Alyoun, great menus, and you are always spoilt for choice. Both in San Rafael these are two of many restaurants you can enjoy throughout the summer months. But our favourite and indeed best kept secret is the little local eaterie, Bon Profit in Plaza Del Parque, Ibiza Town, great food great prices.




Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For Balearic Island holiday advice he Recommends IbizaCalling.com for Quality Ibiza Holidays You can see Deepgroove play at We Love Sundays @ Space on Sunday 31st August!




Friday, August 26, 2011

Top 10 Things to Do in Ibiza


DJs have been going to Ibiza for over 10 years and have seen many sides to the Island, both night and day. Here they give an insight into Ibiza outlining what they see as the top 10 must do's when on the island:

1 Enjoy sunset on the West coast. A truly spiritual moment on the island is how Lee describes enjoying the sunset over the sea line. Seen more of a celebration, the sunset brings people together and is seen as a symbol of the beginning of night. Ibiza clubbing is legendary and what better way to signal the start of an evening's festivities than by watching the sunset.

2 Take a trip Formentera... After a hard nights clubbing what better way to recover than by taking a short trip over the island of Formentera. Ibiza holidays should not pass by without enjoying some of Spain's longest, cleanest, whitest and least crowded beaches. Only a 20 minute ferry-ride away, Formentera has some fantastic places to eat including Yuan and Andre's wonderful fish restaurant.

3 Opening and Closing Parties... The start and finish of the summer season is always a great time to enjoy clubbing in Ibiza. The parties are bigger, better and people really push the boat out to have a good time. Having grown in popularity over the years you will now find more people on the island in June and late September than ever before. The weather is great and Ibiza villas can be found on the cheap!

4 Try and find Atlantis... An undiscovered part of Ibiza which Lee describes as a 'nice little roadtrip', Atlantis has a magical history; created over 1,000 years ago when rock was quarried to build the fortress walls of Ibiza town, it can be found in the far South West of Ibiza. Over the centuries, stonemasons and artists have created their own sculptures that include dragons and people emerging from the rocks. Hire cars in Ibiza are reasonably priced so happy hunting!

5 Visit Ibiza's hippy markets... Ibiza has two main hippy markets. Es Cana Hippy market held on Wednesdays is located in the North West of the island in the Arabi complex, just outside the town. The second hippy market is known as Las Dalias and is held on Saturdays. It makes a nice change to do some shopping in Ibiza. Lee states there are plenty of bargains to be had!

6 Visit the Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town... The historic Dalt Vila actually means high town. Representing the oldest part of the town, the rocky escarpment is topped by huge Renaissance walls that surround Ibiza's finest monuments. Climb to the top and check out the views over Ibiza Town and out towards Formentera. There are some lovely Ibiza apartments to rent nearby.

7 Visit the Salinas salt pans... The Ibiza salt pans represent over 1,000 acres of land and at their height made up Ibiza's main industry. In fact the salt was used to finance the city wall that surrounds Ibiza Town. Today around 60,000 tonnes of salt is exported annually with the highest quality going to Norway for salting cod and the rest heading to Scotland to help salt the roads. They are quite a sight as you drive down to Salinas beach, worth stopping and taking some pictures.

8 Park up and look out to Es Vedra... Rising to 378m above sea level, this seemingly semi-submerged volcano is in fact a limestone outcrop. There's a great little spot where you can have a picnic, the views are stunning. The South West of Ibiza has some lovely secluded villas to rent that are nearby.

9 Party at Bora Bora... Bora Bora is an Ibizan institution. While the clubs may be expensive, Bora Bora has always been a place for the free spirited. Pumping out top quality house music from 4:30pm every day, it is very much a place to be seen. Having played here a few times we can say the atmosphere is fantastic by 6pm. You can either party or relax on one of the many beach loungers situated on the beautiful sands of the Playa Den Bossa. There are many Ibiza apartments in Playa Den Bossa to rent ensuring you are never too far from the party.

10 Ibiza Restaurants... Eating good food is all part of the holiday experience and when it comes to Ibiza, you are spoilt for choice. We love L'Elephant and Alyoun, great menus, and you are always spoilt for choice. Both in San Rafael these are two of many restaurants you can enjoy throughout the summer months. But our favourite and indeed best kept secret is the little local eaterie, Bon Profit in Plaza Del Parque, Ibiza Town, great food great prices.




Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For Balearic Island holiday advice he Recommends IbizaCalling.com for Quality Ibiza Holidays You can see Deepgroove play at We Love Sundays @ Space on Sunday 31st August!




Ibiza's Top 5 Clubs As Voted For By Top DJs


Ibiza has always held the reputation of being THE place for clubbers to descend on in the summer seasons. Between the months of May and September, Ibiza (the smallest Baelaric island) is transformed from quiet resort into the clubber's paradise the name is synonymous with. In recent years, there have been suggestions that the island is losing its reputation as the clubbing 'Mecca', but thankfully a recent poll of top DJs really puts this to bed. The world's biggest DJs voted on their top 50 clubs to perform at and Ibiza clubbing has a far better representation than such a small island should have! In terms of quality club density, it would be pretty hard to beat the island, with 5 Ibiza clubs in the top 50 and with 4 of those featured in the top 10!

From these results, it should be pretty easy for me to list the DJ's top 5 clubs in Ibiza, so without further ado, here it is in reverse order:

5. Privelege (36th in the world)

According to the Guinness Book of Records, Privelege is not just the biggest club in Ibiza, but also the world. This will come as no surprise to people who have visited the breathtaking venue. Spectacular light effects are made all the more impressive by the 25 metre ceiling, and it even houses a huge swimming pool. The real beauty of this Ibiza club is that due to its size, the venue changes every night - the décor is different to fit the club night, making for a slightly disorienting experience for those with a hazy memory of the night before! As with other top Ibiza clubs, tourists can expect to share a dance floor with some big names - in the past, Privilege has been patronised by Madonna, Jean-Paul Gautier, Puff Daddy and Jade Jagger...

4. Amnesia (8th in the world)

Founded in 1976, Amnesia is viewed as legendary by the Ibiza clubbing scene. Although it is no longer open air, the venue has made the loss acceptable by replacing the freedom with volume! If Privelege was all about the building itself, Amnesia is all about the sound system and the effect it has. Cocoon's techno Mondays provide sonic innovation aplenty, while Cream's Ibiza music is legendary. Residency is provided by the aforementioned Cream, Made in Italy and Armin Van Buuren.

3. DC10 (7th in the world)

In terms of décor, this is striking if not particularly aesthetically appealing - DC10 is a converted airport hanger (the club contains giant inflatable aeroplanes in homage to this heritage), which creates an amazing atmosphere with interesting acoustics. And because of its size, the Ibiza club can hold a massive 1500 revellers each night creating an atmosphere that's unforgettable - it's unsurprising the DJs in the poll valued it so much. The resident DJs are Jo Mills, CLoco Dice and Cirillo.

2. Pacha (3rd in the world)

Although Pacha is the name for a chain of nightclubs across Europe, it is the Ibiza club that has become synonymous with the brand. Opened in 1973, the club is one of the most famous on the island and has a capacity of 3,500 - which is just as well as the nights like 'Pure Pacha' really test the capacity, with top DJs such as Pete Tong hosting proceedings during the peak summer months. House music is the type most associated with the famous Ibiza club, but it actually has five separate rooms with distinctive musical stylings. One final aspect worth noting is that Pacha is the only club to stays open during the winter season, which is well worth remembering if you're trying to save some cash with a cheap holiday to Ibiza in winter.

1. Space (1st in the world)

It's hardly surprising that Space is regarded as the world's best night club. Ibiza's favourite has won all kinds of awards - as well as the accolade voted by the DJs this year, the nightclub was awarded the 'best club in the world' award at the 2001 Dancestar awards, and won 'best global club' at the International Dance Music Awards in 2005 and 2006. Space is most famous for pioneering its "We Love Sundays @ Space" events, which really test the endurance of clubbers. Ibiza's revellers will find the doors opening at 8am on Sunday morning, and closing again at 6am on Monday! The atmosphere is what makes the club great, and that in turn attracts top name DJs throughout the summer. The venue allows clubbing Ibiza tourists and residents to rave until the sun comes up on the outdoor terrace - which was moved (stone by stone) to the other side of the club to stop upsetting the neighbours!

With plenty of smaller, lesser known venues dotted around Ibiza, clubbing is set to be the focus of tourism to the island for some time to come. Certainly, you cannot call yourself a proper clubber until you've taken in a cheap Ibiza holiday.




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Spend an Exciting Ibiza Weekend


More than 50 expansive sandy beaches, gleaming sea, the adorable Spanish culture, and party, party, party! All these make the sultry Spanish island of Ibiza one round-the-clock party zone, and the "entertainment island of the world". However, fondly called the 'White Isle', there is more to Ibiza than parties and flamboyant nightlife - it has charming traditional streets of the Old Town, history, and hidden caves. All these make Ibiza weekend quite a rage with tourists.

When you leave for a weekend to Ibiza, you must already know that you are in for the time of your life. Other than the sun-kissed beaches and clubs, you can check out the following:

Ibiza Town (Eivissa for the locals): This island capital has the historical hub and the medieval walled-city Dalt Vila dating back to the 500 BC and overlooking the rocky cliffs. It is replete with art galleries, bars (Pacha and El Divino being the best ones), restaurants, and beaches like:

Playa d'en Bossa
Las SalinasSan Antonio is also a major tourist place in Ibiza. It does not have as many cultural options as Ibiza Town, but prides in:

Cala Tarida
Cala Conta
Cala d'Hort - a work of magic, this beach has a natural rock ascending 391 meters out of the sea. Circles of light emanate from the sea reaching up to 50 meters in diameter. This happens because of a strong magnetic force in the rock.
Port Des Torrent
Cala VadellaSa Penya: The arched gateway Portal de ses Taules leads you to the old fisherman's quarter of Sa Penya. It has quaint shops, pubs and balconied houses and transforms into a party hubbub by night.

Formentera is the traditional rugged village that has sandy beaches and caves. Ses Illetes is the beach you must go to.

San Miguel Area is known for its beaches Playa de St Miguel and Portinatx

Museo Arqueologic de Ibiza y Formentera

Located in the old town of Ibiza, the museum was originally established in an erstwhile arsenal. It houses world's most noteworthy collection of Punic remains featuring figurines, vases, pottery, Carthaginian artefacts, and Moorish artefacts dating back to the 10th Century

Ibiza-Diving - located in Santa Eulalia, this 5-star diving centre is a must visit. It offers:

Scuba diving
Night-diving
Wreck-diving
25 meter non-decompressive dive of the Wall of Santa Eulalia
Underwater cave dive of Cala LlongaIf you're looking for a quiet weekend in Ibiza, you can stay at the calm family-run resorts like Club Calador at Cala Carbo. It has its own pool and panoramic view over Es Vedra. Some other options are:

* Playa San Antonio

* Playa D'en Bossa

* Privilege

* Hotel Milord

* Es Bol Nu

With all these and a lot more, you're sure to have the most exciting weekend in Ibiza!




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Villa Or Hotel - Where to Stay For Your Ibiza Holidays?


Location

If you want to be in the centre of town and step out into the action of Ibiza's nightlife then you'll probably want to base yourself in San Antonio. There's plenty of hotels in San An but as a built up urban area, fewer quality holiday villas. To find the best Ibiza villas you need to look on the fringes of town, the most exciting and spacious properties are scattered around the tiny villages which outlay the main holiday resorts like San Antonio, Ibiza town and Es Cana.

If you're visiting Ibiza for the nightlife, don't rule out staying out of town. Ibiza is a tiny island and you're rarely more than a 10 euro cab ride or short drive in a rental car from anywhere, including the best clubs and bars, most of which aren't actually located in the centre but are spread across the island.

Price

Hotels typically offer cheaper rooms than villas, that's because you rent just a room, not a whole house. However when you build in the additional costs of living in a hotel, stuff you wouldn't spend out on when living at home the true cost is probably much greater. Food, drinks, entertainment, day trips all cost money. When you rent a villa for your Ibiza holiday many of these expenses are reduced. For example you can cook your own meals at a fraction of the price of eating out at restaurants.

If you're looking for really cheap, last minute holidays to Ibiza, hotels are your only real option. If however you're spending out on a mid priced hotel based package holiday it's well worth comparing the relative price against a villa rental instead.

Facilities

With a hotel you can expect use of the communal swimming pool. Some hotels in Ibiza will have games areas for kids, volleyball or 5 a side football pitches. Depending on the board basis the hotel caters for you may also have a bar an restaurant within your hotel.

With a villa there's no restaurant obviously, but you will have your own kitchen an you can stock your own bar at the supermarket at a fraction of the cost of a hotel bar. Most Ibiza villas also have private swimming pools, numerous living areas, BBQ, indoor and outdoor dining areas.

The experience

Holidays are all about having a good experience, a better time than you'd have at home. When you pay handsomely for your holiday you should expect a pleasant experience at your accommodation. Ibiza hotels have an excellent reputation and the vast majority of holidaymakers leave having had a great experience. But hotel holidays by their nature can be stressful, particularly for families with young children or big groups. Your plans have to account for the hundreds of other guests in the hotel with you meaning you might not always get a sun lounger or you might have to queue at the bar! Not the end of the world but these are the little stresses which may be eliminated by renting a villa instead of a hotel room.

Villa holidays are stress free as you have a lot more privacy and freedom to make your own plans and enjoy your time in Ibiza. What you're not going to get with a private villa is the sort of experience a clubbing holiday orientated hotel can offer where you may meet people and make new friends at the hotel, go on organized tours and parties and generally get involved in hotel life. If this is what your Ibiza holiday is all about then a hotel may still be the best option for you.




Hopefully this article will help you decide what type of holiday you're after. Whatever you decide, love Ibiza have extensive information to help you plan and book your Ibiza 2011 holidays including Ibiza hotels and Ibiza villas.