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The Old Town in Ibiza City

For my last night on the island, I head to the secluded bay Benirras to watch the sunset. I learn I’ve stumbled into an especially important event for the people who live here – they often stop at this spot to celebrate the day.

Tonight – and on every Sunday – ‘welcome all’ crowds of people gather to watch the glowing orb we take for granted descend to the primal sounds of drum circles, the sight of fire twirlers and the smell of some peculiar tobacco. Dancing around bonfires long into the night, I can’t think of a better way to end my brief holiday on a magical island that’s been enchanting people for thousands of years. 

Getting there Fly from London Stansted to Ibiza from £98 return with easyJet.  

Can Marca cave entrance is £8.50pp. Aquabus return from Ibiza to Formentera is £25. From £5 to hire a bike on Formentera. For more information on Ibiza visit ibiza.travel

Eat, drink, sleep

Eat

Budget: If you’re visiting the famous outdoor hippy market in bohemian San Carlos (open Saturdays), refuel at nearby Anita’s Bar where you’ll find authentic Spanish food, including mouth-watering tapas and exceptional coffee. Meals from £5. (Plaza de la Iglesia, San Carlos; tel. + 34 971 335 090)

Midrange: For top-notch authentic Spanish cuisine, head to Sa Carboneria in Ibiza City. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the atmosphere is laid-back and romantic with candlelit tables and al fresco dining in an intimate garden. Very chic. Mains cost from £17. 

Luxury: Fast becoming the most popular restaurant on Formentera, Can Carlos is idyllic – sublime Italian food served al fresco under fairylight-decorated trees and with first-rate service. It can be pricey and reservations are recommended. Meals from £40.  

Drink

Budget: Watch the sun set over the waters of San Miguel at the relaxed Port de Balansat. Quench your thirst on the terrace of this fish restaurant with a San Miguel beer or a decent quality glass of wine for just £2. For a casual night out, you can’t beat it.

Midrange: For those wanting to experience legendary Ibiza, a sunset drink at Café del Mar (above) is a must. First opened in 1980 and later releasing the now-famous  Café del Mar chill-out compilation albums, this place is an institution and can get pretty crowded. Drinks start at £5.  

Luxury: Infamous club Pacha lives up to the hype, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for one of the most popular club nights out … in the world. Entry starts at £40, beers from £2 and basic spirits with mixers are from £15.  

Sleep

Budget: Holiday resort Torremar Balansat Apartments, located at the very top of the island in peaceful San Miguel, offers good value large apartments.  The complex has three swimming pools, entertainment room and a buffet for all meals for additional cost. One-bed apartments from £40pn.  

Midrange: Located in San Antonio Bay (where most of the nightlife action happens), Reco Des Solo is just a few minutes from the beach and has an outdoor pool and terrace. The apartments are fully equipped with a kitchenette and the rooms are clean and pleasant. From £60pn. 

Luxury: Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel (above) has an A-list rock’n’roll heritage that includes hosting Freddie Mercury’s 40th birthday bash. It has two pools, a great cocktail bar and is a stone’s throw away from San Antonio. Rooms from £136pn.  

 

Photos: Kelly Griffin, Paul Broomfield, Facebook, Thinkstock, Getty


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