Ibiza

When I was a teenager, I was a raver. House music was doofing out of my car, and I worshipped Paul Oakenfeld. Back then, Ibiza was the mecca of clubbing and trans-house. I dreamt of partying here.

Then the TV show ‘Ibiza uncovered’ came out – portraying the island as a Kutaesque filthy hole with paralytic sunburnt English…oh, and I grew out of my rave phase. The desire to visit the island evaporated. I grew up.

Much older and wiser, I’ve landed on Ibiza, and what has been missed is that it’s an incredibly stunning island. Not a jaw-chewing soccer jersey molly’d up git in sight! Just beautiful Cala (beach coves) littering this island (57 in total)…all equipped with mojito beach bars. I’m impressed. It’s quite magical. I can see why it draws people from all over the globe…

To explain this island to an Aussie – I’d say, sprinkle some Mullimbimbi hippies, kind of Byron Bayish, a bit of Bali (sans waves) and smother it with heaps of nudity on a beautiful massive rock in the sea – and you’ve got Ibiza! Very different island to Mallorca. So much younger here, and looser. Bohemians have been drawn to this Island for decades. There’s a sense of freedom – you basically can do whatever you like.

Yes, yes, yes…I know the surf is pumping back home. It’s cold too (sweaty 37 degrees here). Time to come home.

One of our favourite beaches, Cala Saladeta, Ibiza

One of our favourite beaches, Cala Saladeta, Ibiza

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Cala D'hort golden light, Ibiza

Cala D'hort golden light, Ibiza

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The water colours are amazing here. Cala Conta

The water colours are amazing here. Cala Conta

They build boat sheds directly into the rocky hills. Cala Saladeta

They build boat sheds directly into the rocky hills. Cala Saladeta

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Jose, chef, La Granga

Jose, chef, La Granga

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Awesome sunset spot, good little bar on the beach, Cala Conta

Awesome sunset spot, good little bar on the beach, Cala Conta

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The 2nd retirement plan, Cala D'Hort

The 2nd retirement plan, Cala D'Hort

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Cala Saladeta, Ibiza. Amazing!

Cala Saladeta, Ibiza. Amazing!

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Some of those boat sheds in the cliff are fully pimped out

Some of those boat sheds in the cliff are fully pimped out

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Cala Benirrás, far north

Cala Benirrás, far north

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Na Xamena, not a bad view from the hotel

Na Xamena, not a bad view from the hotel

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