About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
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Ibiza holds several hippy markets, but the oldest and one of the biggest is Punta Arabi, with hundreds of stalls selling arts, crafts, fashion and jewelry, as well as live music and home-made paella.
The tourist train is a lovely, relaxed way to get your bearings in your resort. One of the finest train trips is the Ibiza Express, which runs several excursions lasting from two to three hours. Hop into your carriage for a journey to different beaches, traditional rural villages and farms, or Santa Eularia.
For great views and a bit of history, a hike up the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila (meaning 'High Town') will reward you with far-reaching views. It’s an impressive part of Ibiza town with its castle, cathedral, and buildings dating from the 12th century through to Moorish times and beyond. There's an old draw-bridge, ancient cobbled courtyards, and traditional squares along with souvenir shops, art galleries, and local craft shops.
Light, sandy beaches with amazing clear waters have made Ses Salines a firm favorite with fashionistas and celebrities. It's within the protected natural park, which has salt lakes, beaches, cliffs, and rocky coastlines that are also worth a visit.
A visit to the magical island of Es Vedra, full of myths and legends, is a wonderful way to enjoy amazing views over Ibiza and marvel at the clear water. Many people believe they can feel the mystical vibes from the island, which is said to be home to sea nymphs and sirens who tried to lure the legendary Greek king Odysseus from his ship. The giant of Es Vedra is also believed to have lived on the island. You may recognize this place from the Hollywood musical South Pacific or the front cover of Mike Oldfield's Voyager album.
Gorgeous turquoise waters and views of the little islands off Ibiza are the main attractions of Cala Comte. It's one of the best beaches on the island, although not very large. The water is so tempting, and great for swimming or snorkeling.
Enjoy an adrenaline rush at sea by booking a trip on the Jet Boat 360, which is described as a roller coaster on the sea where you can ride or jump the waves at top speed. There's also the chance to walk on water with the Jet Pack, which will make you feel like a superhero as you defy gravity. You can try other water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing or scuba diving as well. You can even charter a boat for exploring the coastline or for a private party on board!
Ibiza has many chill-out bars, but the iconic Café Mambo on San Antonio’s sunset strip has to be experienced at least once. It's fabulous for food, gorgeous sunsets, and world-famous DJs. It's open all day, so you can always pop in for an afternoon drink and a snack. It’s still family-run, with charming Ibizan decor like white furniture, mosaics, and marble.
Definitely the place to stop off to see the beautiful colors of the sunset, Benirras Beach is famous for the long-established hippy ritual of drumming down the sunset on Sundays, which is unique to Ibiza and not to be missed.
Pacha Ibiza is the oldest and most luxurious club on Ibiza. It's cool and glamorous, with fabulous parties, celebrities, world-famous DJs, and the best sounds. This is the place to be seen and to party the night away. There are five areas playing different musical styles, including a roof terrace where you can cool down.