ibiza island beach

 

One of the places I was super excited to visit this year was Ibiza island in Spain. Like Barcelona, this place needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. It has everything: great beaches, amazing food and famous massive parties.

 

ibiza island

 

On my direct flight to Ibiza with Air Berlin, I was singing this cheesy song in my head.

 

?Oh we’re going to Ibizaaaaaaaaaa // Oh we’re gonna have a partyyyyyyyy? @airberlin #DreamEuroTrip

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When I arrived in San Antonio, located at the western side of Ibiza, what I saw shocked me. Dozens of chavs littered the place. If you don’t know what a chav is here’s what Wikipedia has to say: 

Chav is a pejorative epithet used in Britain to describe a particular stereotype. The word was popularised in the first decade of the 21st century by the British mass media to refer to an anti-social youth subculture in the United Kingdom. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “chav” as an informal British derogatory, meaning “a young lower-class person who displays brash and loutish behaviour and wears real or imitation designer clothes”.

My take: really trashy British kids. Really really trashy. And apparently this was their enclave. But thank god we were only sleeping here and we were exploring and partying in other parts of the island. The chavs in Ibiza need its own dedicated blogpost so I’ll focus on the experiences I enjoyed in Ibiza instead.    

 

1. THIS Welcome Drink

You know you’re doing Ibiza right when your welcome drink is called Sperm Bank.

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2. Spending days at Es Cavallet beach

Ibiza truly has some really nice beaches typical of Mediterranean destinations. We loved hanging out at Es Cavallet, one of the more popular gay nudist beaches in Ibiza.

 

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es cavallet nude beach

 

There’s a nice beach restaurant there serving good and fresh food (more on that in a minute) and this Spanish guy selling drinks illegally by the beach. Seriously Spain?!?

 

hot spanish men es cavallet

 

3. Mouth-watering food

Oh my! If there’s one thing I enjoyed the most while in Ibiza, it would be eating. EATING! You would think I will say partying. I’m getting old. You need a car to get around Ibiza though which is kinda annoying. Taxis are expensive and the restaurants, parties etc are all over the island so you need a car!

We got lost driving to some of these places but it was all worth it. Some of them are quite secret. Here are some of the best foodie spots in Ibiza:

For the best sunset views: Savannah – located at the appropriately named Sunset Strip in San Antonio, this restaurant offers affordable food with the best sunset views in the island. It’s a great place for drinks too and it turns into a bar in the evening.

savannah sunset strip

 

For the best paella and beach view: El Carmen – this place serves one of the best paellas I have ever eaten and it is located in one of the most magical places in Ibiza facing the Es Vedra islands, believed to be the 3rd most magnetic place on Earth.

el carmen restaurant paella

 

For the couples and honeymooners: El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta – dine on the shaded terraces overlooking the picturesque bay of Cala Gracioneta in this very romantic restaurant serving the best Mediterranean and Spanish dishes. It’s quite a secret place and probably my favorite restuarant in Ibiza. If you love seafood, Parrillada de Pescado is made for you. Just look at this:

El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta seafood

 

For the gays: Chiringgay – right by the gay Es Cavallet beach (you can’t miss it, it’s the only business in this part of the beach!), this restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes and a really refreshing cava sangria. Yes cava sangria! This restaurant introduced me to this delicious cocktail and it was life-changing. Normally sangria is made of red wine. This one is made of cava. How decadent. So if you go, order a pitcher of cava sangria! It’s really good. It also doesn’t hurt that gorgeous men are tanning in view while you’re eating lunch.

chiringgay restaurant

cava sangria

pitcher of cava sangria for 1 por favor!

 

4. The First Ever Ibiza Gay Pride Parade

mr gay ibiza

My friends Two Bad Tourists and Mr. Gay Ibiza who’s not really gay…

 

Okay, it’s not really historically the first. Ibiza used to host its own gay pride throughout the 90’s until 2002 and then it stopped. I don’t really know why. But this year, gay pride returns to the white island. I attended the parties and gay pride parade as my last stop for #mygaypride campaign (you’ve been following my posts from Cologne Pride and Barcelona Pride right?) with my friends Auston and David from Two Bad Tourists and James from Gay Star News and my partner.

 

ibiza gay pride parade ibiza gay pride

 

The Ibiza Pride parade was an important event for Ibiza as a gay destination although it was rather short and small. You can watch the entire parade for less than an hour. This is understandable since this was the first one again after more than a decade of absence and not many people knew about it. The parties were also not as crowded as expected. So now you know why I wasn’t so keen to say I loved partying here which is not to say I didn’t have fun. I did. And to be fair, I didn’t really attend other parties outside of the pride parties.

 

 

5. Our own oasis in Ibiza, Purple Hotel

purple hotel pool

 

That Sperm Bank drink was from the mini-bar of The Purple Hotel, the first and only hotel in San Antonio dedicated to LGBT travellers. Seriously this place saved me from the chavs and the insanity of San Antonio. It was our own oasis in Ibiza. We were actually staying at Red Hotel (a sister hotel of Purple) because Purple Hotel was fully booked.

 

purple gays purple hotel

 

But every day we would go here to eat breakfast, have a drink or swim at the pool. It was such a chill, cosy and beautiful place. I LOVE the pool. But what I loved the most was the staff. They were so friendly and nice and gay. If you’re gay and going to Ibiza, consider staying here. I truly, highly recommend it. Rates start at 60 euros a night. Affordable, no?

Apparently it’s also great to experience Ibiza by renting out an apartment or a villa with your friends. Check out Airbnb for some great places. Get 19 euros off on your first booking if you sign up here.

 

Have you ever been to Ibiza? Have you always wanted to go?

 

ibiza sunset

This trip is part of the #mygaypride campaign in partnership with Gay Star News and Ibiza Tourism and Ibiza Pride. I also want to thank AllDayInternet for providing us with mobile internet during the trip.

DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

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15 Responses to “My 5 Best Experiences in 5 Days on Ibiza Island” Subscribe

  1. Pericles Rosa August 30, 2016 at 10:54 PM #

    Just posted my article and video today my dear: 7 Reasons to Love Ibiza.
    I hope I can enjoy many summers over there, because I loved it!!

    • DJ Yabis September 1, 2016 at 12:07 AM #

      Awesome. Will check it out! I wanna go back too!

  2. Ian July 28, 2016 at 2:49 AM #

    I’ll definitely think about heading over next summer if I make it to Spain before September … sounds like a fun place!

  3. Tuk June 29, 2016 at 2:54 PM #

    Sperm Bank looked fun! 😀 You got to visit three huge prides in this project, do you have a favorite?

    • DJ Yabis July 5, 2016 at 3:51 AM #

      I love Stockholm Pride and Cologne Pride.

  4. Elisa Zen January 20, 2016 at 9:54 PM #

    Ahhhhhh I need to get to Ibiza immediately!

    • DJ Yabis January 21, 2016 at 2:02 PM #

      YAAAAASSSSSS!

  5. Pericles Rosa January 18, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    Really nice!!

    Loved your blog, so you :))

    • DJ Yabis January 19, 2016 at 4:43 AM #

      Awww thanks dear! <3

  6. Jen Venturists January 13, 2016 at 1:51 AM #

    Great Photos! looks like you really had some good time in Ibiza. How can the authorities allow one to sell drinks at the beach illegaly?

    • DJ Yabis January 13, 2016 at 9:29 AM #

      Thanks! We did! Well no one is checking it seems!

  7. Sullivan December 12, 2015 at 7:49 AM #

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but I’m wildly curious… how did the Sperm Bank taste?

    • DJ Yabis December 12, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

      FREAKIN delicious

  8. the-worldwide November 25, 2015 at 6:36 PM #

    The island was beautiful, foods are delicious. You had a great time with your friends. This inspire me to make a plan with my friends for a party like you.

    • DJ Yabis January 19, 2016 at 4:44 AM #

      Do it!