As some of you know, I used to be a DJ in a Spanish nightclub during my time living in Salamanca. I was actually a DJ for 6 years, and when I took some time to live in Spain I spent many evenings working in the club. It should go without saying then, that given my profession and my love for a good party I was more than excited to take a trip to Ibiza. Although it was only for a short three days, that trip to Ibiza in 2004 provided all the reasons I needed for visiting again. Mellow beaches, all night clubs, and a carnival of languages floating through the air from the global community of sun-tanners and party seekers. Given my affinity for the Balearic Islands, I’m happy to run this sponsored guest post about the reasons why you should consider a visit to Ibiza. Even if you’ aren’t an all-night party kind of traveler, I can guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the coastal simplicity found on the beaches of the Mediterranean shore.
With world-famous nightclubs such as Pacha, Space and Amnesia, it’s no surprise that Ibiza owns the title of the world’s best party island. However, there is a lot more to this sun-drenched Canary Island than Balearic beats, and Ibiza offers something to suit every taste whether you’re looking to relax on a beautiful beach or try out some adventure activities.
Ibiza’s hidden beaches With over two million tourists arriving in Ibiza each year it’s not only the night clubs that are packed. Ibiza holidays are synonymous with long days of lounging on beaches such as Las Salinas. Beaches like this are likely to be popular though, so if you want to escape the crowds, head to hidden gems along the coast such as Cala Xuclar Beach, located five minutes from Portinatx. The stunning bay at Cala Xarra is another laidback beach location popular with snorkelers and even boasts mud baths said to contain healing properties.
Island tours Tear yourself away from the beach and explore this beautiful island by boat, jeep or even mountain bike. At only 45km long by 25km wide Ibiza is a compact island and easily traversed. Ibiza Town makes an excellent base from which to hire a car for a few days to start exploring the island’s traditional little villages such as San Juan and San Miguel in the north. There are many mountain bike trails around the island giving you the chance to explore locations at your leisure including the Natural Park of Ses Salines or the breathtaking scenery of the west coast.
Adventure activities If you’re a thrill-seeker then Ibiza holds every adventure activity you could possibly wish to try. How about watching the sun set over San Antonio while sailing through the air on a two hour parasailing trip? Or if watersports are more to your taste, then windsurfing, jet skiing, water skiing and of course the banana boats are all available at locations such as San Antonio, Cala Bassa and Playa d’en Bossa. There are also diving centres in Ibiza Town with qualified instructors for lessons and excursions to some of the best dive sites around the island.
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