Ibiza, Spain (NewsMadura) — Leading up to the summer, Ibiza’s nightlife empresarios were optimistic that the White Island could safely fully reopen, but despite their best efforts, the hedonistic day and night dance superclubs remain devoid of fluorine-clad ravers.
Travelers heading there now have more daylight (and energy) to explore.
Historically, this 220-square-mile island off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean – called Eivissa in the local Catalan dialect and part of the Balearic Islands group – was populated by Romans, Arabs and Spaniards, although it remained relatively poor and concentrated on local occupations. such as fishing, agriculture and crafts until the rise of large-scale tourism in the 1950s.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the island saw an influx of bohemians – an influence that is still evident today in the island’s hippie markets, Punta Arabí and Las Dalias, community farming initiatives, and in the club culture, which grew out of early gatherings in the open. air environments where costumes, nudity and hedonism were encouraged.
Today, the bohemian vibe is accompanied by a decidedly exuberant, see-and-seen crowd – or it used to be.
Large-scale events have been closed due to the ongoing pandemic, although visitors seeking spiritual pursuits can still stray into private settings and world-renowned DJs have moved to hosting more intimate private functions, including music-led yacht excursions. But for restaurants and beach clubs — those that serve food at clearly defined tables or cabañas — it’s business as usual, and exploring the island’s many great places to eat and drink, some new to the season, is a great way to pass the time.
The new beach restaurant and cocktail bar El Silencio offers waterfront dining and a variety of creative events.
Where music, fashion, design and art meet
“The island’s independent spirit – fused together by music, fashion, design and art – feels both natural and familiar to Silencio,” said founder and owner Arnaud Frisch announcing the launch of El Silencio.
Next to the sand-floored open-air restaurant — where diners can nibble on eggplant and grilled octopus with blistered padron peppers at sunset — artist Miranda Makaroff’s striking large-scale, immersive installation, “The Octopus Visit,” is inspired by an encounter the artist had when he spent a day on the nearby island of Formentera. Director d’Ambiance Arman Naféei — who has worked with LA’s Chateau Marmont — oversees music direction for the beach house and will also perform his popular interview podcast “Are We On Air?” record. on sight.
Miranda Makaroff’s immersive installation, “The Octopus Visit”, is located next to El Silencio’s open-air restaurant.
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Six Senses’ nearly 13,000-square-foot spa includes massage catacombs with direct access to the organic gardens and is anchored by an anti-aging program with ongoing treatments by visiting practitioners. The farm is located in a 400-year-old olive press and agricultural estate, where guests are invited to participate in growing food for the property’s restaurants, overseen by the renowned chef and pioneer of New Israeli cuisine. , Eyal Shani.
Local food and a focus on wellbeing
While these outlets are new, the philosophies underlying them are not: in recent decades, as well as developing a reputation as a hedonistic haven for clubbers, Ibiza has also become a magnet for anyone seeking restorative, luxurious experiences that emphasize nurturing creative connections. as locally produced food.
Tourists enjoy the view of Ibiza harbor from the top of the old town on July 16, 2021.
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The reduced number of visitors to the island hasn’t made it any easier to make reservations at the island’s more popular spots, many along narrow, unsigned dirt trails that will have you asking, “Are we sure we’re going in the right direction” …?”
Elevated agroturismo experiences
Boutique agroturismo properties — usually consisting of a handful of rooms and a restaurant on old farms or farmland — have long been popular with wellness-conscious visitors and residents, now gilded with another veneer of pandemic appeal due to their inland seclusion and low guest numbers.
Can Sastre’s casitas and villas are surrounded by lush foliage, olive and orange trees.
Thanks to Can Sastre
Tourists will gather in the old town of Ibiza on August 6, 2021.
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The magic lives on
Another setting where a lack of bulging crowds is apparent and appreciated: the labyrinthine streets of the UNESCO-listed fortified historic settlement of Dalt Vila, which translates to ‘Upper Town’ but is commonly referred to as ‘Old Town’.
It’s a lovely place to spend a few hours: the town’s narrow cobbled alleys and streets are flanked by a mix of whitewashed houses, small boutiques selling locally made Broderie Anglaise cotton dresses, kaftans and shirts, and intimate bars and tapas bars roaring trade in sangria and small bites.
“Magic” is an adjective you hear a lot to describe the island’s myriad charms. The mystical rock Es Vedra is rumored to be magnetic (although this has sadly been disproved) and is home to characters from Greek mythology. No sirens were seen — bikini-clad Europeans aside — during a recent sunset where onlookers gathered on the scrubby slopes, part of a socially distancing crowd that alternated between meditating, doing yoga, or just sitting peacefully as the sun set. the horizon. But it still felt quite special.
People gather at sunset at Es Vedra viewpoint on July 16, 2021.
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And for a little more up-tempo, enough spots provide a Balearic Beat fix.
Until Pacha and Amnesia’s searchlights begin to trace the skies and moth clubbers to a flame, it’s places like this that keep Ibiza’s party pilot light burning.
Top image: Figueretas Beach in Ibiza, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)