We spent a weekend in Ibiza

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Visiting the most famous island of the Balearic Islands this summer? From open-air fiestas to sightseeing tours and crystal-clear coves, Sneaker Spirit shares its best insider tips for enjoying the party capital of the world, even in the post-pandemic period.

An outdoor party in Cova Santa

Of course, the clubbing hubs of Amnesia, Pacha, HÏ and Ushuaia are closed due to health restrictions. This is no reason to miss out on the more intimate and confidential outdoor fiestas. Let’s head for Cova Santa, an atypical restaurant and cultural venue located along the San Jose road. Its beating heart? A natural cave 25 metres deep, a hypnotic spot that all the island’s revellers have visited at least once in their lives. All summer long, the cream of the local DJs perform there, for outdoor concerts adapted to the unusual situation. The event not to be missed under any circumstances? The Pyramids party on August 10th, where DJs Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano will take control of the decks.

Shopping trip to Las Dalias

Do you want to go back to the blessed era of Ibiza, a meeting place for hippies from all over the world since the 1960s? Head to the hippie market Las Dalias in San Carlos, a vestige of the island’s baba cool era. The ideal spot to discover local crafts and bring back authentic souvenirs, clothes, accessories, jewellery, records, books or shoes made by hand or found in India and Bali.

Instagrammable sunsets in Cala Comte

For a beach day that is out of the ordinary and fully captures the Ibizenco spirit, head to Cala Comte. Facing a cluster of islets that emerge from the translucent waters of the Mediterranean, the beach is one of the most popular in southern Ibiza. A day of idleness concluded with an aperitif at the Sunset Ashram, a panoramic bar located right on the beach and a prime sunset spot that offers an unparalleled view of the island’s legendary sunset colours.

Cultural moment: a visit to Dalt Vila

The one and only advantage of the Covid surge? Like its counterparts Mykonos and Saint-Tropez, as well as all the most popular tourist destinations, Ibiza is less crowded this summer than usual. We take advantage of this temporary lull to discover the cultural treasures that the white island has to offer, starting with the medieval old town of its eponymous centre. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, the town known as the “upper town” in its original form is of Phoenician origin. A maze of narrow streets that wind through the walls built in the 16th century, it offers a breathtaking panorama of the entire city and its hills.

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