Head to the south of France with the family to enjoy an autumn break

Head to the south of France with the family to enjoy an autumn break

Autumn is perfect for a holiday in the south of France. In the summer the glitterati flock to the sandy beaches and smart towns but as the leaves change colour and the grapes are harvested, the Cote d’Azur takes on a whole new identity.

Enjoy the relaxing peace and quiet of the beautiful countryside and bask in the pleasantly warm sunshine flooding the hills, pastures, lakes and beaches of southern parts of the country – the temperature often reaches mid-20s in autumn.

Accommodation
A luxury villa makes your south of France autumn holiday truly special, a chance for the whole family to unwind, indulge and relax in style. Return from a day’s activities to your own private retreat and choose whether to dine out or light the log fire and have a delicious meal with local food and wine in your own dining room or even outdoors – autumn is often mild enough for al fresco meals. Most of our villas have heated pools and several have indoor pools – perfect for family fun, whatever the weather!

City breaks in Saint Tropez and Cannes

Saint Tropez in autumn is balmy and beautiful. Sit in a café or bar by the port and watch the world go by (perhaps the stars too, as this town is a favourite with the likes of Kylie Kardashian and Kate Moss) when the superyachts moor and get settled for the winter. Kids love building sandcastles and going for a paddle and in early autumn it’s still warm enough for a full dip. Plage de Pampelonne and Plage des Salins near Saint-Tropez offer endless hours of bucket-and-spading!

Head further east to Cannes, hop on the regular passenger ferries out to the Lérins islands, where the children can hunt for shells in the rocky coves and discover the secrets of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. There are plenty of diving and sailing schools still open in October along the coastline.

There’s plenty to do in the south of France and lots going on in autumn with the week-long Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez in October. One of the world’s favourite sailing events, you will find racing and sailing enthusiasts from around the globe racing and partying in the historic port town.

At the end of October you’ll enjoy fantastic shopping as the much anticipated Grande Braderie de Saint Tropez brings the sale signs and reduced price tags to the boutiques and shops in the city. This is your time to snap up some bargains and get yourself kitted out in the St Tropez look.

Autumn in Cote d’Azur

Enjoy the wonderful countryside, coastal towns and hilltop villages of the Cote d’Azur like Tourrettes sur Loup, Eze-sur-Mer, Cap d’Antibes and Grasse. In autumn the vineyards turn russet, flamingo pink and burnt orange, the garrigue, scrubland in the interior, is like a quilt of gold. Sunsets are deep coloured and memorable. The weather is just right for the kids to enjoy cycling routes, and its’s one of the best time for nature lovers to visit the south of France.

Nice is hard to beat. In fact Harry and Meghan have been spotted here on several occasions – they’re clearly fans of the Cote d’Azur. Nice in autumn is far less crowded and though some restaurants are closed, those that are open are the ones catering to locals so you know you’ll enjoy authentic dishes.

Stunning autumnal countryside tours
For hikers, ramblers, nature lovers and visitors who are just looking for peace and relaxation, late September to early November is one of the best times of year to visit rural France, particularly in the hillsides of the south

Activities and wine tours

France offers a great choice of outdoor activities and many people prefer the cooler conditions of autumn for fishing or golf. Also for taking to the impressive network of tracks and paths for cycling, horse riding, walking and trekking through leafy lanes, coastal routes or the spectacular and immensely varied scenery of national parks. The autumn hues provide colourful subject matter on which to practice – or even learn – the skills of painting and photography.

A wine tour is a great idea for autumn, with the chance to take in harvest celebrations. Smaller vineyards offer tastings and the opportunity to learn more about grapes, wine and that mysterious ‘terroir’ factor. You also have the satisfaction of selecting and buying splendid local wines that are simply not available at home.

With regular flights from a good range of airports in the UK – autumn’s the perfect time to take a family break. Take a look at our spectacular, luxury holiday villas in France here…

Explore Mallorca’s coastline by luxury yacht…

Explore Mallorca’s coastline by luxury yacht…

The beautiful bays and crystal clear water of Mallorca are an absolute must see for any visitors. Climb aboard the luxury yacht Maura for a day of sailing round the island coast to discover its charm and beauty in a unique way.

Charter a yacht and see off the beaten track Mallorca

There’s nothing to beat your own chartered yacht for your voyage of discovery. Take a day trip with experienced crew who will provide personalised itineraries and make recommendations including Mallorca’s answer to the Caribbean, Es Trenc Beach. Explore this 2km stretch of golden sand with its clear blue water. Perfect for relaxing, swimming, kayaking windsurfing and loads of water sports including snorkelling. Es Trenc Beach is not attached to any resort, which gives it a secluded vibe and it’s almost always very peaceful although it has plenty of facilities. The shallow waters make it suitable for children, and lifeguards patrol during the busy summer months. Behind the beach lie protected sand dunes and wetlands which are home to migratory birds and marine vegetation.
Discover the stunning coastline in the east which most people miss, or Cape Salinas at the southern tip of the island.
Set sail and explore the coastal villages like Ses Salinas, a charming, traditional town – authentic rural Mallorca at its prettiest.

The perfect day of sailing

On board Maura, make the most of the day with a perfect lunch, sunbathing on deck, diving and swimming in secluded bays. You can also dine at restaurants which can only be reached by boat – truly exclusive and extraordinary.
Chartering the yacht Maura is a fabulous way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends. Celebrate any event in an exclusive and luxurious atmosphere while cruising or anchored at a secluded bay. Whatever the occasion, Maura – a Windy SR52 Yacht is a real head turner and a great experience to share with family and friends (up to 10 passengers).

To book your perfect day of sailing and charter the yacht Maura:

Email: Charter@palmerparker.com

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Spain – food lovers delight

Spain – food lovers delight

Plump olives, velvety crème Catalan (a Spanish version of crème brulee) and fresh fish with smoky chorizo accompanied by a glass of crisp Cava – holidays in Spain and the Balearic Islands might be famous for endless sunshine and gorgeous beaches but it’s also where you’ll enjoy the most delicious dishes and fabulous wines…

Spain is a foodie paradise

From tasty tapas to superb seafood and traditional roasts, food in Spain is all about making the most of the best local produce. Food is celebrated in Spain – literally! Check at the local tourist office for details of festivals and foodie events. Full of flavour, here’s what to look out for, and try, on your Spanish

Tapas. The famous snack-sized dishes are perfect for hot days and glasses of wine. Whether it’s a bowl of stuffed Spanish olives, crispy calamari, crunchy croquettes or marinated mussels, tapas goes perfectly with a glass of Spanish Rioja, Cava, Sangria etc.
Iberico ham – wherever you go in Spain, every restaurant and bar will host a leg of ham. Enjoyed with a glass of wine, this salty snack is very popular.
Patatas Bravas – craving comfort food, these little fried potatoes served with a spicy sauce which varies from region to region, will satisfy your soul.

Paella – it’s the ultimate Spanish dish. Born in Vallencia in the 19th century, this scrumptious rice and meat or fish dish is a favourite. You’ll discover it everywhere in Spain but ask a local for a recommendation if you want to know where to get the authentic version.
Tortilla Espanola – or Spanish omelette. Definitely not the same as the UK version, it traditionally includes plenty of peppers and fried potatoes (tortilla de patatas). Delicious.
Chorizo – a staple in Spanish tapas. Spicy, garlicky and moreish!

Markets in Spain
Self-catering at one of our luxury villas means barbecues round the pool in the sun (all of our villas have pools) and they all have great, fully equipped kitchens. Why not take a trip to the local market – it’s a cultural experience as well as a chance to buy the freshest local produce. You’ll find street markets all over Spain most of which open in the morning and close around lunch time, though there are some that open all day or at night (check at local tourist offices). It’s also a good excuse to pop in and out of local tapas bars for inspiration…

Whether you want a perfect break on the mainland or on an island, at Palmer & Parker we’ve got the perfect luxury villa in Spain – for you.

A holiday in Spain that makes you feel good

A holiday in Spain that makes you feel good

Spain has the highest number of sunny days annually throughout Europe so you can maximise soaking up that vitamin D and beach time too.

These days, holidays aren’t just the sun and beach though, many of us aim for wellness and experiences that raise emotional and spiritual levels. Wellness holidays are no longer reserved for spa breaks but include everything from walking and yoga to cycling, cooking classes, and personal discovery. All are designed to help you cultivate a healthier lifestyle.

Yoga

You can take yoga classes in most resorts in Spain. In Marbella there are more than a dozen studios where you can join a class (some offer yoga for children too). In Ibiza, Amante Ibiza offers morning beach yoga and breakfast three days a week. And in Mallorca, Earth Yoga in Palma offers classes with English speaking instructors and there’s a class on Yin-Yoga which encourages healing with meditation through stillness of the body and mind.

Spa

All of our villas have pools but sometimes you want a little more pampering – if so, head to one of the many day spas in Spain or on the islands. In Mallorca the Arabella spa is particularly lovely. You can buy a daily pass as well as book a treatment with spa specialists. Marbella has a huge choice of day spas including the well-known Pure Skin Boutique http://pureskin.es/ where you can enjoy the latest beauty treatments with their expert team.

Hiking and cycling

Cycling is a great form of exercise, and even an e-bike which makes life just that little bit easier, still has health benefits. You can easily hire bikes in Spain, just check at the local tourist office for details and to discover the best routes.

Regular walking is very good for your health, and you don’t have to walk too far or for too long to reap the benefits. On your Spanish holiday, the warm weather, glorious landscape and sandy beaches make walking even more pleasurable. Scientists also say that walking helps boost endorphins to put you in a better mood, improve digestion and helps for a better night’s sleep.

Golf

You could of course do your walking on the golf course. The average round of golf means you’ll walk between 5 and 7 kilometres. Playing golf helps you stay fit, improves muscle tone and endurance and helps you burn body fat. Plus – it’s fun!

Combine this with a stay in one of our luxury villas in Spain and the Balearic Islands, all of which come with pools, many with gyms and tennis courts, and you have a recipe for a great wellness holiday with family and friends…

Check at local tourist offices for details of wellness activities.

Things to do in Mallorca in the Autumn

Things to do in Mallorca in the Autumn

After the summer holidays, the autumn months are cooler but still sunny and warm enough for plenty of outdoor pursuits. It’s also the time when the cultural season starts on the island.

Island hopping
Mallorca has a scattering of islands off the coast and autumn is the ideal time for a boat trip. We recommend a ride out to Sa Dragonera island. It’s a protected nature reserve with stunning coastal scenery that’s inhabited by wildlife and especially lizards – like a miniature Jurassic Park! You can take a walk on the island, and with some boat rides, discover secluded bays and go diving in crystal clear waters. You can often see dolphins on the boat journey and around the island.

Hiking
When the heat of the summer is gone and the beaches empty, the mountains become more popular with visitors. Still warm in early autumn, it’s the later months when hiking conditions are about perfect. Forests walks, spectacular landscape, stunning views and a variety of well sign-posted routes that suit all levels are a big draw. In a rural landscape peppered with ancient dry-stone terracing and knotty centuries-old olive trees and tiny villages, stop off at for a cool drink and tasty local dish.

We really like the hiking trail which starts in San Telmo and runs around the coast to the ruins of La Trapa Monastery. From here you’ll have wonderful views over the coast and Sa Dragonera island.

Harvest festival
There are more than 70 vineyards on the island and an autumn tour reveals them at their best. If you go in the early autumn you might get a chance to see the grape harvest in full flow. There are plenty of festivals to celebrate the end of summer and local produce from nuts to olives. In restaurants all over the island, menus reflect the bounty from summer. It’s also a great time to visit the markets, less busy and full of lush produce.

Golf
Mallorca is one of the top European golf destinations with numerous golf courses and top class facilities. Autumn is the idea time to practice your swing, take a lesson with a professional golf instructors and for experienced players, be challenged by championship-level courses. The greens, shrubs and trees are kept in lush perfect condition all year round.

Beach
Although slightly cooler, at the start of autumn it’s certainly warm enough to hit one of the island’s numerous beaches. Choose a beach with a sheltered cove for maximum comfort. With summer crowds gone and without the intense heat, it’s an idea time to relax on the beach and take a last dip of the season.

Go gallery hopping in Palma
The season of culture starts with the ever-popular Nit d’Art in the middle of September. Palma hosts this free event where the museums and galleries open their doors to visitors. Many of the galleries feature new exhibitions by well-known artists and you can enjoy a glass or two of cava as you enjoy the art. In addition to the open-house galleries, the streets of Palma come alive with performance art and street theatre. The event starts at 19:00 and galleries remain open until midnight.

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Summer in the Algarve

Summer in the Algarve

If you’re off to the Algarve this summer you’re in for a treat. Not only is the weather forecast showing sunshine all the way but Quinto do Lago, the upmarket resort, has a summer programme that’s simply superb.

Seaside, safari and sensational wines
There are so many beaches to choose from you’ll have no problem finding your own favourite to relax on. Swimming in the sea is said to actively improve your health and wellness so what are you waiting for! See our top tips for best beaches in the Algarve.

Take a jeep safari from Portimao to get the most amazing views of the Algarve coastline from the mountains. Stop at Navy Beach, considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in Europe and rated by the Michelin Guide as one of the top 100 beaches in the world. Jeep tours are run by several companies including Algarve Discovery who also run popular boat tours.

Quinta dos Vales Winery, Estômbar, is a vineyard as well as open-air art gallery and the perfect place to enjoy the red, white and rosé wines produced here.

Summer Sports Camps
The new Campus sports facility at Quinto da Lago never fails to impress. There are popular programmes like football with Rio Ferdinand, dance with Lauren Jamieson, rugby with Brian O’Driscoll and tennis with Judy Murray, as well as exciting new additions like Karate Camp for kids. There are options for adults and children, so don’t miss out and book in advance to make sure you get the programme you want. The programme is year round so check the Campus website for details of more great activities.

Golf at Quinta do Lago
There’s not much that beats a round of golf in the sun. Book your session on the lush fairways at Quinta da Lago and make the most of the gorgeous location.

Wine and Dine in style
Casa Vehla, the French fine dining restaurant at Quinta do Lago has a new head chef and updated menu of fresh, local and seasonal dishes. Book in advance to indulge in a delicious culinary experience at this popular restaurant.
For a taste of authentic and rather special Portugal, head to Canico restaurant and bar in Alvor. Accessed via a tunnel and elevator from the top of the cliff you’ll find a beach-level cafe bar whilst upstairs the dining room offers wonderful views of the ocean. The cuisine is traditionally Portuguese with fresh fish and seafood and a fine wine list.

Music, Movies and more
At Quinta do Lago there’s a full programme of events with Movies in the Park, Big Band performance, jazz brunches, picnics in the park, live music nights, barbecues and parties. For details of what’s on at Quinta do Lago see their full list of events: https://www.quintadolago.com/en/events-guide

Don’t miss FIESA, the biggest sand sculpture festival in the world, head to Pêra to be wowed by sand statues up to 12m high.

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Plan your perfect summer getaway to Mallorca

Plan your perfect summer getaway to Mallorca
Mallorca is an enchanting island just waiting to be explored. With great gastronomy and beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and historic towns, plus loads of activities and shopping, we know you don’t need any excuse to visit Mallorca. But, we’ve put together some of our favourite things to tempt you…

Sunshine breaks in Mallorca
Maybe you fancy a round of golf in the sun, cycling through stunning countryside or a relaxed day of wine tasting at a vineyard. Or perhaps snorkelling in the crystal clear sea, browsing the boutiques that line picturesque streets or simply lazing on the beach or round the pool of your gorgeous villa is your thing.

There’s a great choice of seaside towns and picturesque villages for your Mallorcan holiday. Pollensa is one of the most popular seaside destinations and with good reason – gorgeous beaches, huge choice of bars and restaurants and a charming town that’s a jumble of buildings, cobbled streets and courtyards. Hop over to our home page to see our listings of magnificent luxury villas in Mallorca to find the holiday home of your dreams…

Action packed Mallorca
There are plenty of boat rides round the island but for something different try Robinson Boat Trips. They’ve been operating for 60 years and know the secrets of the coast. Take a day trip round the cliffs, go snorkelling, discover secluded beaches and even take a sunrise tour to see the dolphins frolic while you have breakfast on the deck.

Get a round of golf in at Club de Golf, a beautiful 9-hole course in Pollensa. With olive and pine trees, lakes and a stunning natural landscape – reserve your tee time online and relax on the green.

Cycling in the area is very popular and offers several routes including the famous Formentor Peninsula, a 19km long road which winds its way around the coastline of the Med. Ending at the Cap de Formentor lighthouse from where there are fabulous views over the bay. Apparently British Tour de France legend, and holiday maker, Bradley Wiggins holds the record for riding to the lighthouse and back in under an hour!

Shopping and culture
When you’re not relaxing on a golden sandy beach, wine tasting, playing golf or enjoying the many activities and sports on offer, indulge in a spot of shopping and enjoy Mallorca’s cultural scene.
Palma de Mallorca is where you’ll discover the designer boutiques filled with beautiful clothes and accessories. You’ll find local designers as well as big names such as Louis Vuitton, Boss and Mulberry.

Head to the Es Baluard museum to enjoy the work of contemporary artists with a collection which includes Picasso, Fernand Léger and Joan Miró. There are several museums on the island as well as art galleries.

Enjoy exploring parts of the 13th century Royal Palace La Almudaina which is opposite the imposing cathedral in Palma. The grand rooms of this former home of Mallorca’s rulers have some beautiful tapestries and furnishings and the gardens are lovely.

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Mallorca


Mallorca has long lured visitors to enjoy the sun, sea and sangria vibe.
With its Mediterranean climate and pleasant year-round weather, the small island has loads to offer. The capital, Palma is vibrant with plenty of cultural activities and none more than two hours’ drive from anywhere on the island.
With a 340-mile coastline and over 200 beaches, there’s plenty of choice for your seaside holiday. One of our favourite places is Pollensa – it’s family friendly, great for groups and couples too. We’re not alone… apparently cycling legend Bradley Wiggins and family often have holidays here…

Beaches in Pollensa
One of the best beaches is right in the port of Pollensa. Relax on the sandy beach and take a dip in waters so blue they match the clear azure sky. Take your pick of restaurants close by, there’s loads to choose from and plenty of shops to browse.
If you fancy getting away from it all head to Fomentor beach near Pollensa. You’ll find golden sands, clear waters and spectacular views from the old lighthouse next to the beach and a laid-back vibe at this rather hidden, mini paradise. There are a couple of small café’s at the top of the hill leading down to the beach which is lined with pine trees – it’s very local and very relaxed.

Restaurants in Pollensa
There’s plenty of choice for eating out in the town from tapas bars to traditional Spanish restaurants and posh eateries. In the former 1950’s cinema, you’ll find Fogoneu, a friendly and cosy restaurant which in cooler weather has a rather grand fireplace. Off the main drag and in a quiet back street, it’s a favourite with locals who love its fresh, seasonal menu with some classic Mallorcan specials. The tasting menu is highly recommended and some nights they have live music (check their Facebook page for details).

For people watching, Q11 is perfect. In the middle of Pollensa’s main square sit on the terrace and watch the hustle and bustle of the market. Fresh local fish features high on the menu which is varied (great vegetarian and vegan options too). Dishes here are a feast for the senses. See their website for details and to make a reservation online

What to see and do in Pollensa


Climb the 365 steps from the old town of Pollensa to reach a tiny 18th century chapel. The steps, known as the El Calvari, are said to signify the days of the year and were built by the Knights Templar. Some pilgrims do it on their knees but take your time and take a rest on the way up and enjoy the breath-taking views. At the top there is a small chapel plus a café offering refreshments, delicious cakes, pastries and ice creams to fuel your journey back down. At the bottom of the steps there are some quaint little shops offering handmade goods and souvenirs plus more places to sit, eat and watch others make the climb.
Enjoy the stunning décor and artwork of the interior of Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles Church. It might not look much from the outside but it’s absolutely worth a look inside.

Culture vultures may enjoy Museo Dionis Bennassar, the former 17th century home, now museum, of Pollensian painter, Dionis Bennasar (1904-1967(. A range of oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures, plus tools and furnishings bring the museum to life.

Float your boat

If you’re looking for something a bit more active to do, take a boat tour round the island discovering caves and secluded bays. You can do a half or full day, shared or private trip which includes food and drink plus guided tour. Take your camera – the views are simply sublime.

Shop ‘til you drop
Don’t miss the Sunday morning market in the very pretty town square. Perfect for your fresh veg, fish, meat, spices and oils, cheeses and wine. There are also craft stalls – perfect for souvenir hunting. there are plenty of places to choose from to take a break and enjoy a drink or two soaking in the atmosphere. Small boutique clothes and jewellery shops are always open ready to tempt you in with their wares.

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Secret Ibiza, away from the crowds…

Secret Ibiza, away from the crowds…


Ibiza has long been known for its party atmosphere and endless nightlife – but there’s another side to this beautiful island. A secret side where you can watch the sun set far from the crowds and enjoy a tranquil day on the beach before you join in the party. A land of wildlife and culture awaits…

Escape the crowds
Pine forests and juniper bushes cover 40% of the land. Ibiza is also known as the Pitiusas Islands, Greek for “abundant supply of pine trees”. It’s a great place to hike or cycle, and it’s one of the best ways to discover the true face of the island. In the north the area is more rural and less crowded. In the south there are plenty of beautiful hikes including at Salinas. Check at the tourist office for official hiking trails (it’s a small island but easy to get lost in the forests) and Ibiza Walking Association – www.ibizawalkingassociation.com.

See the sights on two wheels: there are plenty of cycle routes and it’s easy to hire a bike in the towns. Find more details on the Welcome to Ibiza website.

Ses Salines, named after the salt lakes, Ibiza’s natural park in the south of the island is a unique landscape. It’s home to many protected birds (more than 210 listed species) and amazing views, where you’ll get to see typical fishermen’s huts, spot flamingos and discover hidden beaches.

Ibiza and Formentera are home to the largest living organism on the planet – the sea grass meadows of Posidonia, a UNESCO site, protects the pristine turquoise waters of the coves, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Mystical Ibiza
The island has been a centre for spirituality since time immemorial. Legend has it that in the southwest of Ibiza, Es Vedrà a small rocky island, is where magnetic forces exert a mystical pull. Some say that there is a natural pyramid under the earth’s crust which radiates energy. In Sa Pedrera, hippies started to gather in the 1960s, drawn to the spiritual energy of the area. The beach is known for its stunning views and you’ll discover sculptures, created by artists and stone masons over several centuries.
Ibiza is a great place to recharge your batteries, take a yoga class or enjoy a pamper day – there are several excellent spas on the island.

Dalt Vila | UNESCO World heritage town…
Dalt Vila, which literally means upper town, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. It is a fantastically preserved Mediterranean fortress where walking through the gates is like travelling back in time, with its cobbled streets, high stone walls, dramatic drawbridges, numerous churches and historical museums. Being Ibiza, it’s full of stylish modern Mediterranean restaurants and cool bars, so you can refuel as you walk up and down the endless streets, hills and stairs. The best of both worlds…

Best places for sunsets in Ibiza
Ibiza is famous for its beautiful sunsets and you’ve got a huge choice of places to witness the sight of rosy hued skies. One of the best is at the beach of Cala Benirras. You’re likely to find yourself alongside hundreds of other sunset fans, listening to drum music as the red ball dips below the horizon, it’s truly magical. Es Vedra (above) is also a fabulous place to watch the sun go down.
And if you want to watch the sunset in the lap of luxury, head to the 2 Michelin Star Edén Restaurante where you’ll discover an unbeatable view of the sunset towards Hacienda Na Xamena.

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Ibiza – the island of dreams

Ibiza – the island of dreams

Ibiza is a favourite year-round destination for all ages thanks to its wonderfully sunny weather and so much to see and do.
Long known for its nightlife and musical events, the “White Isle” as it’s known, is full of surprises and charm. A world heritage site, beaches, caves to explore, the most glorious sunsets, great food, architecture, fashion, hiking, art, shopping, sports and culture make for an intoxicating holiday.


Best beaches on Ibiza
There are more than 56 beaches to cater for all tastes and with 300 days of sunshine a year – relaxing on the beach, taking a refreshing dip and water sports activities take centre stage here.
Sandy beaches surrounded by outstandingly beautiful nature sites, dramatic cliffs, tiny islands, secret coves and crystal clear turquoise waters, perfect for snorkelling and diving – it’s a beach lovers paradise. Here are just a few must-see beaches:
Cala Conta is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza and very popular, though if you go to the naturist beach part, there are less crowds. Beautiful views, shallow waters and a great atmosphere make this a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Cala Xarraca is a sheltered beach and if you’re keen on snorkelling this is the ideal place to don your mask. You can also get a free facial here – there are naturally-occurring mud baths to the right of the main beach!
Benirràs in the far north isn’t the easiest beach to reach, but it’s great for relaxing and is the perfect place to witness a glorious sunset to the sound of drum music, especially on Sundays. Browse the hippie market and shop for stylish and bohemian clothes and accessories.
Ibiza Spotlight has an excellent list of beaches on Ibiza.


Excellent Restaurants
Ibiza has become as well known for its cuisine as for its clubbing. There are world class restaurants as well as plenty of rustic Fincas for an authentic local taste.
Sa Punta is a classy, cosmopolitan restaurant on the bay of Talamanca with dazzling sea-views over Ibiza Town and the marina. Delicious international cuisine and fine dining in beautiful surroundings.
For a romantic meal and fabulous sunset views, Sa Capella restaurant near San Antonio, in a former church offers traditional and modern dining where fresh food is prepared on a gigantic grill.
If you really want to push the boat out then Sublimotion at the Hard Rock Hotel is the world’s most expensive restaurant. Michelin-starred Chef Paco Roncero and his team offer a “three-hour, multi-sensory experience” which includes 20 courses and immersive technology. Expect to pay around 1700 euros – per person.


Great high end beach bars
At night, the beach bars come into their own. Most have DJs and start to get busy from mid afternoon though they really get going from around 6pm onwards. Here’s our pick of some of the best sunset cafés:
Beach restaurant Sunset Ashram at Benirràs is a bohemian institution on the island. Book in advance though as its very popular and if you turn up without a reservation, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Blue Marlin is full on VIP and the place to go if you’re rich and famous. A lounger will set you back around €100. In the evening dance the night away, DJ Pete Tong is a favourite here, and gaze at the private yachts in the bay.


Ibiza’s night clubs
Ibiza is world famous for its clubs. In the summer months, there’s a music festival every night of the week. Book your tickets in advance (they can sell out fast) and to avoid queues, you can get them at most ATMs on the island.
Ushuaïa is one of the best known clubs on Ibiza. This outdoor club claims to have the most famous stage in the island and is super stylish with four-poster beds on the beach where you can enjoy champagne or dine on fresh lobster.
Privilege is the biggest club in the world and has established a reputation for the grandiose and spectacular. Watch the dawn come up from the glass encased Vista Club annex.
O Beach Ibiza is known for its stylish, decadent daytime pool parties. Expect to hear Champagne corks pop around the VIP pool beds…
Boat parties, clubs, beach parties – this is club heaven.


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