Ibiza Highlights

Beaches of Ibiza

Ibiza's coast is very diverse with the steep coast in the north and northwest, where there are some smaller bays, Calas, with a sandy beach. At the somewhat larger beach sections in the north, San Miguel, Portinatx and Cala San Vicente, some tourism settled quite early. But there are a lot of small and partly hidden and lonely bays in the north.

There are many medium-sized bays on the east coast from Santa Eulalia to Cala San Vicente, which are also very well visited in summer, e.g. Cala Nova with numerous restaurants, Cala Llenya without much gastronomy (there is only a small kiosk) with gently sloping water, Es Figueral as a tourist zone with some hotels up to the natural beach Aguas Blancas with only a small beach restaurant. The town of Santa Eulalia has two spacious sandy beaches, along a several-kilometer-long promenade which stretches from the north of the town to the river in the south. This invites you to stroll and there are also numerous restaurants, most of which are also open in winter. The described stretch of coast from Santa Eulalia to Aguas Blancas also invites you to hike along the coast, as it is rather flat and you can walk almost completely close to the sea. Nowhere else on the island is this possible. Therefore, this zone is becoming more and more interesting for property seekers. Who wouldn't want a poolside villa near the beach?

Basically, one may have to mention that there are plenty of restaurants in Ibiza on almost all bays and beaches, apart from some very small ones. In the past few years, the simple beach restaurants have given way to more trendy and high-priced beach clubs. But they still exist.

The area around Ibiza town to the southern tip of the island has some larger beaches. It starts with the Talamanca beach in the north and continues through Playa d'en Bossa with the trendy hotels Ushuaia and Hard Rock Hotel  to the natural beaches around the wetland Ses Salines, e.g. the Ses Salines beach with numerous expensive beach restaurants with lounge service.
This zone is somewhat special in terms of the property structure: there are various apartment complexes near the beach, villas and fincas, on the other hand, are a little further away in the hinterland.

The south coast of the island has some smaller beach bays, some with expensive restaurants, and the very well-known beach Cala d’Hort. Located just in front of the rocky island of Es Vedrà, it offers an impressive view of the steep rock, some of which claim that it is the lost Atlantis. A magical place that has been shown to have very strong magnetic radiation.

The west coast of the island up to San Antonio is initially characterized by some small and medium-sized beaches such as Cala Vadella, Cala Molí and Cala Tarida, which are all strongly influenced by tourism. The beaches of Cala Comte and Cala Bassa, south of San Antonio, are characterized by beach clubs and upscale beach restaurants, and in particular Cala Comte, a beach with turquoise-blue water, is beautiful and special, but unfortunately very crowded in summer.
Here it is often sought a holiday villa for summer, not so much real estate that is occupied all year round.

San Antonio has a longer stretch of beach, but the beach is not very nice. However, the creation of the long beach promenade in the north and the modernization of the marina contribute to the fact that the place was able to gradually shake off its image of cheap tourism. The promenade offers a great view of the sunset and there are numerous clubs such as the Café del Mar  and Café Mambo , which celebrate it. In the 80s, the Café del Mar shaped the trend to underline the sunsets with suitable music and established the trend of chill-out music. The rather calm electronic sounds of chill-out music to accompany a relaxed sunset have given way to today's electronic music and a pronounced DJ scene that heats up the party people. The center of San Antonio, despite numerous measures, is still heavily influenced by cheap tourism and not very busy in winter, in contrast to the two largest places on the island, Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia.

North of San Antonio there are some smaller bays such as Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta until the inaccessible cliff begins, which extends to San Miguel.

Gastronomy of Ibiza

Ibiza's gastronomy is very diverse and varied.

There is a corresponding offer on almost all beaches, starting with the simple beach restaurant with plastic chairs but one of the best paellas on the island, upscale restaurants with good international cuisine and the trendy beach club with a jet set crowd. The offer is so diverse that everyone can find something suitable and there is hardly anything better than a delicious meal with a view of the sea and your feet in the sand.

In addition to the topic of beach gastronomy, which often takes place during the day, there are numerous other gastronomic offers on Ibiza.
There are the most expensive restaurant in the world (Sublimotion) with menus for 1,500 € or numerous upscale restaurants around Ibiza Town, the marina or some exquisite restaurants in the countryside. The center of Santa Gertrudis is also known for its lively gastronomic scene.

Ibiza was part of the hippie trail in the 1960s and many hippies have stayed and shaped the island, especially the center and the east / northeast of the island. The gastronomic scene is also influenced by this and there is a very large range of restaurants with organic cuisine in northern Ibiza, some with home-grown ingredients, e.g. La Paloma near San Lorenzo.

In the towns of Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town, but also in some smaller towns or on well-frequented connecting roads, there are many restaurants that are open all year round, often with down-to-earth Spanish or Mediterranean cuisine, which offer good food quality and, overall, an excellent price-performance ratio. There are often lunch menus, e.g. you can get a menu with starter, main course, dessert (e.g. salad, gallo fish with oven-cooked vegetables and potato slices and Greixonera or Flan) as well as bread and coffee in Santa Eulalia for € 10.50. To prefer are restaurants that are also open in winter. The quality is usually right here, otherwise the restaurant could not survive in winter.

Entertainment

The island of Ibiza is characterized by an entertainment offer that is unparalleled worldwide and is unlikely to be found anywhere else in the world. Ibiza has also managed to transport its entertainment concepts into the world and make them successful elsewhere.

It all started in the 1970s with the founding of the world-famous clubs Pacha , Amnesia and Ku (today Privilege) and the Space in the 80s, which was consistently voted the best club in the world until its closure in 2016.
Pacha has managed to establish its brand beyond Ibiza by founding various Pacha discotheques in other locations.
Likewise, the Café del Mar on the west coast was founded in Ibiza in the 1980s, the founder of electronic chill-out music to accompany the sunsets under the legendary resident DJ José Padilla.
Until the 2000s, this entertainment scene had no further competition apart from numerous offers for package tourists. A typical sequence for the party person was as follows: You enjoyed the sunset in the Café del Mar with a cocktail, then got ready for dinner around 10pm in Ibiza Town, then enjoyed other drinks in the old town and marina of Ibiza and watched the show and the Parades of clubs. Then you went to the club to dance from 2 am to 6 am and the next day on the beach you slept through your intoxication.
So this party scene was actually not really present on the island, except in a few places. The island was called a party island, but actually this type of tourism only made up a part of the area and was not noticed across the board.

That changed drastically with the founding of the Lío Varieté Club in 2010 and the Ushuaia Hotel in 2011. Both concepts have in common that the event takes place before midnight in contrast to the clubs which were visited from 2 am at night and were rather something for younger people. The audience changed accordingly and the jet set came to Ibiza. Prices have gone up, more and more VIP offers have emerged, and simple beach restaurants have become trendy beach clubs that provide their guests with DJ music and champagne on the loungers during the day. Party is now all over the island and has ousted many traditional offerings and the audience has changed accordingly. Stays are also getting shorter and shorter because the well-earning middle class can only afford entertainment in Ibiza for a few days. The airport is accordingly busy in summer. Many peace seekers and nature lovers have turned their backs on the island and the understatement of the celebrities, for which the island has stood for decades, has given way to the swanky jet set behavior.
But the Jet Set is not a group that you can count on permanently. Because Jet Set didn't come because of the very own identity of the island of Ibiza, but because it was just trendy. The overpriced offer has grown too quickly and in 2018 the restaurateurs and beach club owners got the receipt. Many owners of properties in the multi-digit million range were also no longer willing to pay the very high prices. Ibiza is currently looking for the right way and the gastronomic scene is recognizing that quality may cost something, but must also be reasonably priced.
Ibiza will change once again, as it has so often in the past centuries. And the change and the diversity paired with a beautiful and unique nature is the real strength of the island. The people who live in Ibiza, be they the Ibizan indigenous people, the mainland Spaniards from Barcelona or Madrid, or those who like to spend a lot of time on the island, in their own property or as regular visitors, from South America, Germany, France, the Netherlands , England or Italy, are the soul of the island and will continue to shape it. The island has always stood for offering everyone their own piece of paradise, the Ibizan farmer, the hippie, the artist or the tourist. Everyone could be happy according to their façon and everyone respected and perceived each other. This is also a major difference from many other tourist destinations in the world. In many places on the island, the different currents merge and enrich each other. The secret of the island is the diversity of its people and their power to change.
This is what fascinates many people who are looking for a villa or finca and it strengthens the real estate market as a whole.