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where there are beach restaurants serving freshly caught local fish. I recommend the S’Illa des Bosc restaurant; the food and the views are simply the best. San Antonio is one of the most popular


resorts on the island, and is where many of the larger hotels and resorts are located. The birth of chill-out music was inspired by the magnificent Ibiza sunsets and it is along the coast of Ses Variades, in San Antonio, where people gather at the end of the day at such venues as Cafe del Mar and Mambo. This has become something of a pilgrimage in the


Ibiza has always attracted artists, inspired by the vivid intensity of the light and the free creative atmosphere.


summer months and famous DJs try out new rhythms on the spellbound crowds as they watch the magical kaleidoscope of colours spread across the ocean as day becomes dusk. We headed for Santa Eularia, another


hot tourist destination, which has some of the best beaches. The urban centre has a multitude of shops and restaurants, a yachting marina and the coastal boulevard of Paseo de S’alamera. The area around Santa Eularia has many charming villages such as Sant Carles. Nearby is Las Dalias, venue for the famous hippy markets every Saturday, and also for rock concerts and shows. Extremely popular in summer with both locals and visitors, Las Dalias has, over the years, attracted celebrity rockers such as Mick Jagger and Brian May. Nearby, in the area of Punta Arabi, another hippy market is held every Wednesday - definitely worth going. There are some great clothes, original jewellery and artisan crafts for sale and the atmosphere is very 70’s! Indeed many of the stall holders are from that era! Anita’s bar, in San Carles, is reputedly where the hippy movement began. Very popular with the local Ibiza arty set, this unassuming but interesting small bar is brilliant for people watching – and serves good traditional Spanish food. Ibiza has always attracted artists, inspired


by the vivid intensity of the light and the free creative atmosphere. The ‘Ruta del Arte’ is an initiative that encourages painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople to bring their art out onto the street, exhibiting in villages and town squares once a month during the summer. This is a popular event and benefits both the artists and collectors looking for original works. The island boasts some of the most and


exclusive charming hotels. Under


a government promoted scheme known as Agro-tourism, remote farmhouses in the heart of the countryside have been converted into country hotels, where the owners combine agriculture with tourism. We stayed in one such hotel located close to the village of Sant Carles, and Can Curreu is undoubtedly one of the loveliest places we have ever stayed. The owners have created a clever combination of traditional architecture with


ultra contemporary


interiors. Our superior suite with its own private terrace was breathtakingly gorgeous; bright orange contrasted brilliantly with crisp white walls, terracotta floors and exquisite decorative finishing touches. Bowls of home-grown fresh lemons, vases of lavender, together with the aromas from the surrounding orange trees, made this a heavenly retreat. The hotel has an excellent spa, with indoor pool, hamman, sauna, gym and treatment rooms, together with an outdoor pool complete with white cushioned


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