Life in IBIZA is never dull: at times amazing, at other times truly exasperating. They say that life is a journey so to celebrate my 200th BLOG and 26 years living and working on the island here are 200 REASONS that make Ibiza unique and one of the most talked about and special places in the world. Excuse the over indulgence and in no specific order:

  1. Getting giddy on a full bottle of HIERBAS left on the table
  2. Walking through the ALMOND BLOSSOM  in Santa Ines in January
  3. Forcing down FLAO at the end of a typical meal
  4. Eating BUÑOLES after the flao even though you’re full
  5. Drinking FRIGOLA for medicinal purposes only
  6. Seeing those humongous SUPER YACHTS in August
  7. Spotting famous international footballers at CALA BASSA beach
  8. Marvelling at SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH
  9. Spotting elegant FLAMINGOES at Las Salinas SALT FLATS
  10. Haggling at ES CANA HIPPY MARKET (and getting nowhere)
  11. Drinking anything alcoholic in a local bar with OLD PAYESES
  12. Snorkelling at ATLANTIS
  13. Listening to sunset tunes at CAFE DEL MAR
  14. Walking down CALLE DE LA VIRGEN in the height of summer
  15. Drinking a fruity GnT at CAFE MAMBO/MINT LOUNGE
  16. Jumping off the rocks at CALA SALADA
  17. Eating tortilla at CAN COSMI, Santa Ines
  18. Walking up to ES BROLL waterfall
  19. Burning your mouth on a delicious plate of ARROZ DE MATANZA
  20. Driving on EMPTY ROADS in January
  21. Being stuffed after eating a large plate SOFRIT PAGES
  22. Swimming at ES VEDRA
  23. Scratching your head at the latest POLITICAL nonsense
  24. Listening to drums at BENIRRAS and feeling good to be alive
  25. Wandering down the restaurant street in SANTA EUALIA
  26. Whizzing down the Foam at AGUAMAR
  27. Drinking champagne at OCEAN BEACH
  28. Enjoying a boozy night out with friends in the WEST END
  29. Seeing a TRANSVESTITE in Ibiza Town for the 1st time
  30. Meeting OLD FRIENDS and realising that you’re still the same (just a few more wrinkles)
  31. Watching a SEPTUAGENARIAN dancing at a super club
  32. Drinking rum and coke in the sunshine on SPACE TERRACE
  33. Ignoring a FAMOUS DJ at the airport
  34. Walking along the sand and looking at the ‘sights’ ES CAVALLET BEACH
  35. Ignoring a BEACH SELLER who just woke you up.
  36. Watching the sun set over CONILLERA
  37. Drinking a mojito on the boat served by MOJITOMAN
  38. Eating a juicy steak at CAN PILOT, San Rafael
  39. Taking friends to SA CAPELLA for the first time
  40. Trying not to be excessive in the SUMMER and failing miserably
  41. Taking GO-PRO photos purely to p**s off your mates
  42. Wandering around looking at the BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
  43. Checking-in to a beach club on FACEBOOK when it’s raining back ‘home’
  44. Waving goodbye to PRINCE ABDUL AZZIZ
  45. Sipping overpriced drinks at BLUE MARLIN and loving every second of it
  46. Playing for IBIZA CRICKET CLUB in the October sunshine
  47. Having 1 more when you you’ve got the SCHOOL RUN in 4 hours
  48. Being amazed at how amazing ES PARADIS is
  49. Sitting on a bench and people watching in VARA DE REY, Ibiza Town
  50. Dancing in PACHA VIP and seeing an A-lister on the next table
  51. Buying a pair of sh*t sunglasses from a LOOKY LOOKY and instantly regretting it
  52. Eating TRADITIONAL FOOD in a neighbours garage on a wet winter Sunday
  53. Having a stand up row with a TAXI driver
  54. Drinking shots with Julian at 3am in SOUL CITY
  55. Walking on the white sand at CALA CONTA beach
  56. Eating Nasi Goreng with a hangover at RITA’S CANTINA
  57. Going to BENIMUSSA PARK (home of the Zoo Project), Ibiza’s most original venue
  58. Eating tapas served with a scowl at RINCON DE PEPE
  59. Smelling fresh oven bakes at CROISSANT SHOW
  60. Drinking VINO PAYES in the winter and waking up with a very thick head
  61. Watching the DANCING FOUNTAINS in San Antonio
  62. Driving to PORTINATX, revelling in its beauty then not going back for 10 years
  63. Having tapas at BAR COSTA in the square at SANTA GERTRUDIS
  64. Watching IBIZA RUGBY CLUB at Can Misses and wincing at the tackles
  65. Cycling to CAN TIXEDO in BUSCATELL for a healthy vegan lunch
  66. Walking the dog from LAS SALINAS to the watch tower at the most southerly part of the island.
  67. Taking the fast ferry to FORMENTERA in the spring/autumn
  68. Abusing Andy’s famous hospitality at PLASTIK
  69. Drinking and eating with the FRIDAY LADS in winter and only spending 10 euros
  70. Putting the BOAT back in the water in May
  71. Buying a drink at a SUPER CLUB and saying “sorry, how much did you say?”
  72. Struggling to pay the bills in FEBRUARY then having a walk in the sunshine and realising it’s all worth it
  73. Watching SAN ANTONIO UNDER 10’s and realising that England will never win another world cup
  74. Having 40 minutes of pure exhilaration on TWISTER/JET360
  75. Listening to your children SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH to their friends
  76. Having LONG WINTER LUNCHES that go on for hours
  77. Walking round the ghost town that is PLAYA D’EN BOSSA in winter
  78. Going to USHUAIA for the 1st time, world class
  79. Making excuses to go to Ibiza Rocks because you’re a secret CRAIG DAVID fan
  80. Flying on the first international RYANAIR flight of the summer
  81. Flying on last international RYANAIR flight of the summer
  82. Walking the dog from CALA CONTA to the watch tower and not seeing another soul
  83. Picking up friends at the AIRPORT and having to drive round the block 3 times
  84. Bumping into the ‘old’ THOMSON AIRPORT GIRLS, and catching up with the gossip
  85. Cycling from LA SAVINA to San Francisco in the Spring
  86. Reading IBIZA WINTER RESIDENTS on Facebook, Ibiza is full of the weird and wonderful
  87. Getting irate when your VISITING FRIENDS eat you out of house and home
  88. Eating lobster paella washed down with cava sangria at CALA BASSA BEACH CLUB
  89. Watching LIVE MUSIC in a local bar drinking a €1.20 caña
  90. Going to LIO every 2 years then showing everyone the bill
  91. Eating a FISH GRILL on wooden chairs listening to waves at CAN PUJOL
  92. Meeting friends for weekend bruch at the MONTESOL
  93. Browsing the XMAS MARKET in Vara de Rey, Ibiza Town
  94. Being able to PARK your car in the winter
  95. Getting that first SUNBURN of the year because you’re out of practice
  96. Attempting to SPEAK IBICENCO after a few too many
  97. Lamenting the GOATS every time you pass Es Vedra
  98. Enjoying a peaceful lunch in the square at SAN FRANCISCO, Formentera
  99. Walking to PUNTA GALERA with the dog so you can both have a swim
  100. Spotting magnificent DOLPHINS in Ibiza waters
  101. Enjoying CARNIVAL time when the whole island comes out to play
  102. Taking your kids on the MINI TRAIN
  103. Snorkelling and looking for octopus at CALA GRACIONETA
  104. Drinking CAFE CALETA whilst gazing at Es Vedra at ES BOLDADO
  105. Playing GOLF in the twilight at ROCA LLISA
  106. Going out for a QUICK DRINK and getting back at 7am
  107. Putting your FEET UP with a GnT at sunset
  108. Dressing up for the best HALLOWEEN parties in the world knowing it’s a bank holiday in the morning
  109. Eating a delicious 3 course MENU DEL DIA for less than a tenner
  110. Perusing the flea market behind the church in SAN FRANCISCO, Formentera
  111. Walking up to the cathedral at D’ALT VILA on a sunny winters day
  112. Having Sunday lunch at PIKES then it all going wrong
  113. Loving the 1st of SEPTEMBER
  114. Watching the CHRISTMAS TREE lights being switched on
  115. Eating GRAPES on the chimes on New Years Eve
  116. Walking from Cafe Sydney to the lighthouse at MARINA BOTAFOCH
  117. Picking the bones out of a delicious BULLIT DE PEIX at Cala Mastella
  118. Savouring a glass of LOCAL VINO and a slice of bread and SOBRASADA for 2 euros
  119. Cycling with a thousand others in the PORQUET charity ride in March
  120. Enjoying 14 BANK HOLIDAYS every year
  121. Being SURPRISED/AMAZED/INFURIATED with the island on a daily basis
  122. Passing the WALK OF SHAMERS in San Antonio on the school run
  123. Watching English movies at CINE REGIO, San Antonio
  124. Having a cool dip in the crystal clear MEDITERRANEAN SEA
  125. Trying to stay awake to see the SUNRISE at BORA BORA
  126. WATERSKIING on a flat sea on a fresh December morning
  127. Taking a long SIESTA, it’s tradition after all
  128. Touring the CAN RICH vineyard on the outskirts of San Antonio
  129. Going bananas on the BANANA, Cala Bassa
  130. Drinking Bloody Mary’s at COTTON CLUB, Cala Tarida
  131. Being invited to a ‘DRINK ON THE HOUSE’ after a good meal (see point 1)
  132. Indulging in a spa day at ATZARO or HACIENDA NA XAMENA
  133. Buying a fresh T-bone steak directly from CARNES MARCH in San Lorenzo
  134. Risking your life on the GO-KARTS
  135. Savouring a scrumptious Sunday lunch at RELISH
  136. Trying to remember those lost nights at the MANUMISSION MOTEL
  137. Trying to remember those lost days at the CLOCKWORK ORANGE villa
  138. Watching JASON BYE play the classics at MAMBO
  139. Dancing to 80’s music at CHILDREN OF THE 80’S at the HARD ROCK HOTEL
  140. Having a kids party on the BEACH in winter
  141. Eating spicy food at CASA THAI San Antonio
  142. Getting drenched in the GOTA FRIA rainstorms in September/October
  143. Picking up sweets at the KINGS DAY procession in Ibiza town
  144. Buying TRADITIONAL TILES from the family run outlets on the Santa Eulalia road
  145. Listening to DOGS barking at all hours in the campo
  146. Watching Jim make an incredible GnT at PARADISE LOST BAR in D’alt Vila
  147. Begging your FRIENDS to come over in the winter…then they come in August
  148. Eating too many of Cati’s tasty tapas at BAR VEDRANE
  149. Seeing those gigantic BILLBOARDS with the worlds best clubs and DJ’s
  150. Watching BARÇA v REAL MADRID in a local bar
  151. Having a long lunch at TROPICANA on CALA JONDAL beach
  152. Spraining your neck on the BUMPER CARS after plenty of mojitos
  153. Finding out that 2 of your good ibicenco friends are actually SIBLINGS
  154. Having a selfie with WAYNE LINEKER – the self proclaimed king of selfies
  155. Going to a GYPSY WEDDING and having your shirt ripped off
  156. Knowing lots of people who have won the LOTTERY
  157. Being frustrated that the island closes down for 5 days over EASTER
  158. Immersing yourself in LAS DALIAS Market in SAN CARLOS
  159. Berating MALLORCA at every given opportunity
  160. Watching the hooded religious gathering on GOOD FRIDAY at D’alt Vila
  161. Looking for a 2nd hand bargain at The HIPPODROME at SANT JORDI
  162. Losing your temper in AUGUST on an hourly basis
  163. Pausing at the 1972 air crash monument whilst climbing SA TALAIA
  164. Listening to Ibiza SONICA on your car radio
  165. Being referred to as a GUIRI by the locals
  166. Spotting Z-LISTERS hustling for drinks at a beach club
  167. Friends NOT telling you the details about their NEW BUSINESS because it’s all ‘hush-hush’
  168. Eating your own body weight in meat at CA’S PAGÈS San Carlos
  169. Doing the Conga around BESO BEACH after a long boozy lunch
  170. Being full of optimism in APRIL
  171. Being totally knackered in OCTOBER
  172. Eating delicious HOMEMADE ICE CREAM on a warm summers night
  173. Stumbling across some of the most beautiful CHURCHES in the world
  174. Having a picnic at ES PORTIXOL, probably the most secluded bay in Ibiza
  175. Fishing for ‘RAONES’ on 1 September
  176. The kids going back to school in September after 80 DAYS off for summer
  177. Reading the TABLOIDS ‘reporting’ on Ibiza knowing that most of it is rubbish
  178. Sitting next to the statue of ISIDORO MACABICH in the old town, peaceful
  179. Queueing up with all your PAPERWORK knowing that you’ve forgotten something
  180. Eating the freshest fish at the FISH SHACK in Talamanca
  181. Walking from SIESTA, over the bridge and into SANTA EULALIA
  182. Watching a chukka at Ibiza Polo Club in SAN LORENZO
  183. Dancing under the stars at PRIVILEGE, the biggest club in the world
  184. Singing KARAOKE with Sunny in a bathtub full of balls at Pikes
  185. Listening to some of the best rock bands in the world at IBIZA ROCKS
  186. Eating delicious food in the garden at ‘TAPAS’ in San Antonio
  187. Remembering all the GOOD FRIENDS from the island that you’ve lost along the way
  188. Having a drink poolside at ES VIVE whilst getting nostalgic with Jason
  189. Listening to all different languages in IBIZA TOWN, a truly international destination
  190. Dropping anchor in the clearest water your will ever see at ES PALMADOR
  191. Throwing bread to the DUCKS on the river in Santa Eulalia
  192. Having an expensive lunch at JUAN Y ANDREA and remembering when it used to be a shack on the beach
  193. Chatting about San Antonio with the owner JAVIER ANADON Mambo  whilst the worlds best DJ’s play in the background
  194. Browsing round the unique shops in IBIZA TOWN
  195. Eating a delicious PIZZA at Davids, Mint or Es Verge
  196. Dressing up for San Antonio’s massive FLOWER POWER PARTY in January, the town’s biggest party of the year
  197. Discovering the Caves at PORT SAN MIGUEL
  198. Waiting for hours to get your car inspected at the ITV garage
  199. Witnessing first hand the ISLAND constantly evolve and change
  200. Constantly talking about ‘BACK IN THE DAY‘ with a knowing smile on your face

With special thanks to everyone mentioned in the list and many more who weren’t. Please let me know your special reasons or if you think I have missed anything.


Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

3 thoughts on “200 REASONS TO LOVE IBIZA”

  1. Hey Martin – you’ve hit the nails on the head and even though you’ve got six years on the island more than me and are about 20 years younger I’m happy to say I can get around 150 out of your 200. In spite of everything here that we think of as “wonky” we are so unbelievably privileged. I love 31 (it was me 😊😊😊) and 84 (those girls worked miracles when flights were like gold dust AND were charming with it).

    Maybe I’ve missed it – I would only add one thing to your list *To be trusted by an Ibicenco!

    Great read keep ’em coming. C


  2. Cool article, thank you Martin! Where would you recommend for me and my husband to stay this June please – we are into walking, exploring and chilling out not clubbing. Somewhere quiet but not dead (I am sure none of the island is dead but you know what I mean). I am vegan but I understand there are lots of cruelty free restaurants about. I last went when I was 10 and am so looking forward to the return!


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