HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now that the festivities are finally over it’s time to focus on the summer. New year/new goals as they say so here’s a few suggestion of what you can do this coming year on the White Isle.
1. CLIMB TO ES VEDRA VIEWPOINT JUST BEFORE SUNSET
Time to get spiritual and be drawn to the ‘magnetism’ of this stunning mesozoic limestone rock rising over a quarter of a mile from the ocean. If you are of an emotional disposition then take some hankies and be careful not to propose to the person next to you.
Cost: Zero investment for priceless memories
2. COMPLETE A 3 DAY BENDER WITHOUT SLEEP
Relaxing pursuits are all good and well but Ibiza without excess is like Jack Daniels without Coca Cola so throw caution to the wind and don’t stop until your voice has gone, your mouth is full of ulcers and your credit card can take no more, health permitting of course. Note:mobile phone likely to go missing
Cost: How long is a piece of string and who are you partying with? Try Clockwork Orange Ibiza 2016 – the original hellraisers
3. DRESS LIKE A HIPPY AND EXPERIENCE FLOWER POWER
Ibiza is hippy at heart so pull on your flares, put flower chains in your hair and experience one of the many flower power festivals throughout the year; San Antonio in Jan and Oct, San Jose in March and Pacha and Destino during the summer. Peace out Man!
Cost: A trip to a charity shop and the loss of your inhibitions for a night
4. WALKING TOUR AROUND THE EDGE OF THE ISLAND
All those tracks, coves, beaches and hidden gems that you never even knew existed. There’s so much more to Ibiza than sun, sea & party, you just have to care enough to bother. This is the REAL Ibiza!
Cost: 15-99 euros will give you enough dining stories for a lifetime – see Walking Ibiza for more details
5. SOUND WALK AROUND D’ALT VILA (IBIZA OLD TOWN)
This world heritage site is the heart of the island and you might think that you know the old town but not until you hear first hand of its history can you truly appreciate how far the island has come over the last thousand years. Let international actress Paz Vega guide you through the streets
Cost: Rent an Audio Tour from the Ibiza tourism office
6. A RELAXING DAY AT A SPA
Ibiza is known for excess buts it’s also famous for holistic spirituality and relaxation. Your body needs recuperation and there’s nothing better than a relaxing day at one of the many spas now on the island.
Cost: Massage from 40 euros with Kerry or a full spa day at Atzaro for 120 euros including a delicious lunch
7. WATCH AN IBIZA SUNRISE
Catching the sunset is easy but the sunrise is more of a challenge. Set your alarm or stay sober enough to experience a modern day wonder as night turns to day on the worlds most famous party island. Watch out for the walk of shamers on your way home.
Cost: A long siesta if you take the 2nd option
8. DANCE SEMI NAKED AT A BEACH CLUB
A few over priced beers and a bottle of French plonk should start the process nicely. Stop sneering and start enjoying, it’s Ibiza and nobody cares who you are back in the real world
Cost: about 100 euros…..for starters. Try Ocean Beach for a fun day out
9. GET A SELFIE WITH A FAMOUS DJ (WHILST TRYING TO LOOK COOL)
Ibiza is all about the big names in the big clubs so what better souvenir than you getting up close and personal with a world famous DJ so get your camera phone at the ready, wait for the right moment and give it your best sullen pout. Remember that grinning like a Cheshire cat is not cool. As they say: If it’s not on Social Media it never happened
Cost: The loss of a little self respect is a small price to pay for all those likes on Bragbook. Likes = popularity, right?
10. SWIM IN THE INCREDIBLE WATERS OF FORMENTERA
It’s amazing how many have never ‘made it’ over to the true Jewel of the Med. Only 30 mins by boat lies somewhere that will truly blow your socks off, if you were wearing any that is (note: flip flops and socks are unacceptable at any time)
Cost: Private speedboat with Boat Charter Company from 80 euros per person or 29 euros return with Aquabus for the ferry and 10 euros for a ham baguette from the local bakery. Cheaper than flying to Barbados.
These are just a few ideas, have I missed any or can you think of anything that others should know about? Contact me on Twitter, Facebook or email. Roll on Ibiza 2016!