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 for Quality Ibiza Holidays You can see Deepgroove play at We Love Sundays @ Space on Sunday 31st August!

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