Ibiza 2020, what it’s really like this year.

There’s been a lot of misinformation, speculation and sadly, quite damaging false reports as of late, about what Ibiza is like post-lockdown.

We thought we’d put the rumours to bed, and let everyone know what Ibiza is REALLY like this summer season.

The island may not be as busy this year, but now is the perfect time to experience it properly.

Alexandra Rose Creative
Alexandra Rose Creative

Yes it’s true, the clubs aren’t open.

It’s not the end of the world, they’ll be back again.

If however you like bars, great restaurants, beaches that aren’t ridiculously overcrowded, exploring, sunsets, nature, the sea, boats, music and the sun…then get booking, as there’s so much more to Ibiza than meets the eye.

Cala Xarraca -Formentera - Alexandra Rose Creative
Cala Xarraca -Formentera – Alexandra Rose Creative

Lockdown here brought things back to life in a way

The sea has never been so clear, dolphins have been spotted closer to the shore than they have been in years, and the beaches aren’t overcrowded.

Now is the best time for snorkelling, swimming and exploring.

Who likes packed beaches where there’s nowhere to sit anyway? We definitely don’t.

Room to relax - Alexandra Rose Creative
Room to relax – Alexandra Rose Creative

There’s hundreds of amazing things to see and do here.

From renting your own private boat charter to shopping in Ibiza Town.

There’s plenty of fabulous restaurants open too, where you can enjoy a range of cuisines from all over the world.

The bars are open, the drinks are flowing, the music is loud, and there’s so much more to experience here than you first realise.

Hostal La Torre - San Antonio - Alexandra Rose Creative
Hostal La Torre – San Antonio – Alexandra Rose Creative

Ibiza isn’t ‘dead’ or empty, contrary to ‘reports’.

People live and work here year-round.

We can assure you that it’s never empty.

Businesses are open.

They’re serving locals and tourists 7 days a week,  just like every other year.

Albeit some establishments have decided not to open their doors this summer to avoid too much of a loss, but that doesn’t mean that everywhere is the same.

Quite the opposite actually, as there’s definitely more open than there is shut.

It’s hot, the island is more beautiful than ever, and there’s a great vibe about the place. It’s also the first time the locals have got to enjoy the summer properly in years, normally everyone is far too busy to have any free time.

It’s magical.

Here’s a list of things you can get up to whilst you’re here, and we can assure you that you won’t have time to get bored.

Days at sea - Alexandra Rose Creative
Days at sea – Alexandra Rose Creative

Boat Hire:

    The best way to see the islands coastline is by renting your own private boat charter with (or without) a skipper. From full day trips to the stunning island of Formentera, visiting the white isle’s golden sandy beaches, snorkelling experiences or sunset cruises.
    It’s definitely a great alternative to the clubs this year, and with drinks and speakers included, you’ll get to enjoy your own private party for less!

Island Tours:There’s some absolutely incredible parts of the island to visit that are not accessible by public transport, and taxi’s aren’t the cheapest option here either as they charge on a meter.

    Booking an island tour is a great way to see the best of Ibiza, and what’s more, food and drink is included!
    Here’s a few places that you’ll get to visit when you book through us:

The cliffs above Cala Llentia are home to the Time and Space sculpture.

It’s the Balearics answer to Stone Henge (although a lot more modern), and overlooks Es Vedra rock, which is the third most magnetic place on earth.

Time and Space - Alexandra Rose Creative
Time and Space – Alexandra Rose Creative

Festival Club is the islands oldest superclub, which opened in 1972. Due to mounting debt it was closed only two years later, but its ruins are now a haven for graffiti artists, photographers and fashion brands who want to explore their creative skills, with an added edge.

Its huge, open access location is a great spot to check out during the daytime.

Festival Club - Alexandra Rose Creative
Festival Club – Alexandra Rose Creative

If you’re the adventurous type, then you’ll love Sa Padrera (aka Atlantis), which is located in the Cala d’Hort nature reserve facing Es Vedra. Its steep walk down really gets the adrenaline pumping, and once you reach the bottom, you’ll be greeted by large rock pools filled with warm crystal clear waters where you can have a swim. The rocks were carved with figures by the hippies in the 60’s, although it could be mistaken for something that was etched centuries ago. Its ‘ancient style’ looks and feels as though you’re really stepping back in time. Sturdy walking shoes and a bottle of water are a must for this walk.

Sa Pedrera - Alexandra Rose Creative
Sa Pedrera – Alexandra Rose Creative

SUP:

Short for stand up paddle boarding, this fun water activity is great for both exercise, and for exploring the caves around the coast of Ibiza. It’s a fab opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ and drift to your hearts content. They’re really popular for sunset hire too, and make for a great yoga-inspired profile picture.

SUP boarding - Alexandra Rose Creative
SUP boarding – Alexandra Rose Creative

Restaurants:

Ibiza is home to a truly remarkable gastro scene which in our opinion, isn’t celebrated enough.

Whether you’re on a budget or a big spender, there’s something available for everyone. From secluded countryside finca restaurants, busy eateries in town or beachside dining spots, you’ll really be spoilt for choice when deciding where to go. We have a few favourites here including Kasbah, the number one sunset restaurant in San Antonio, Can Mimosa in Santa Gertrudis which serves Mediterranean farmhouse cuisine, Japanese-Fusion favourite Nagai in Sant Joan, the gorgeous Tapas in San Antonio and La Mesa Escondida in Cala Carbo, which overlooks the beautiful Es Vedra.

Ibiza Town is also a great place for good food and drinks, with a real feel for Spanish city living.

Tapas Restaurant - Alexandra Rose Creative
Tapas Restaurant – Alexandra Rose Creative

Nightlife:

Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink with a partner or a lively evening out with friends, this island never fails to disappoint in terms of nightlife, regardless of the current circumstances.

If you’re young (or young at heart) and want some energy from your holiday, then San Antonio is most definitely the place to be. With bars such as Rio, Plastik, Ibiza Rocks Bar, Linekers, Cafe Mambo, Itaca, Tulp and Enigma offering live music, shows, DJs and more, you’ll never be without somewhere fun to go whilst you’re here.

Make sure to book a table in advance to avoid being turned away at the door, as this year it’s table service only. The fun isn’t compromised though and actually saves you queuing up for ages at the bar too, so its a win-win for all!

Ibiza Rocks Bar - Alexandra Rose Creative

Ibiza Rocks Bar – Alexandra Rose CreativeIbiza Town is also a cracking little night out for places such as Lio, STK or Malanga, amongst others.

If you fancy something a little more chilled then why not pop to Kumharas for cocktails at sunset? Or maybe take a trip to the old town of Dalt Vila, and stop in one of the little Spanish bars for a jug of Sangria or a few beers?

Sunset Spots:

Ibiza is known for its legendary sunsets, and there’s a number of FREE spots to watch it from on the SW coast during the summer.

Our favourites are:

Es Vedra

The Es Vedra viewpoint on the cliffs above Cala d’Hort beach are by far, of the best places on the island to watch the breathtaking sunset from. It’s accessible by car, moped, quad or taxi and is located only 20 minutes away from San Antonio.

Simply grab some drinks, a blanket, your friends and enjoy.

If you’re feeling brave, you can also hike up to Torre d’Es Savinar (Savinar Tower) which is around a 35 minute treck up the cliffs from the viewpoint.

Flip flops are a no-no if you’re going to do it, as it’s very steep but most definitely worth it.

Es Vedra - Alexandra Rose Creative
Es Vedra – Alexandra Rose Creative

Sa Talaia

Located around 30 minutes away by car from San Antonio, this is the highest point on the island and has views which go on for miles.

On a clear day you can see Formentera, and sometimes the coast of mainland Spain.

It can get chilly up there in the evenings as it’s 475m high, so grab a jumper just incase!

Sa Talaia - Alexandra Rose Creative
Sa Talaia – Alexandra Rose Creative

Cala Benirras

Bennirras beach is located just a few miles east of San Miguel and whilst there’s restrictions this year on the famous drumming ritual due to social distancing, that doesn’t mean that the stunning sunsets are any less beautiful. You can be sure that there will still be locals playing their drums as the sun descends behind the sea, and it’s the perfect beach to plot up from the early evening, and relax on until after dark.

Grab a cool box, a couple of bottles of wine and enjoy.

Cala Bennirras - Photo by Can Pujolet - Alexandra Rose Creative
Cala Bennirras – Photo by Can Pujolet – Alexandra Rose Creative

Las Salinas

Between August-October you can witness the migrating Flamingo here at Salinas, and whilst you won’t see the sun go down from here, you’re guaranteed a stunning after-effect of oranges, reds and purples from it setting in the distance.

A great place for a budding photographer to capture the magnificant wildlife, with the glorious golden backdrop.

Salinas - Renata Subic Photography - Alexandra Rose Creative
Salinas – Renata Subic Photography – Alexandra Rose Creative

Sunset Strip – San Antonio

We can’t finish our sunset spots without mentioning the one that we all know and love. The rocks on the famous sunset strip are a popular pit-stop in between bars, where you can enjoy a few drinks with friends whilst you look out into the open waters.

It’s always a ‘must visit’ for tourists during the summer months.

The Sunset Strip(Kasbah) - Alexandra Rose Creative
The Sunset Strip(Kasbah) – Alexandra Rose Creative

Beach clubs/Pool Bars/Hotels with a vibe

With announcements of the big clubs keeping their doors closed this summer, many people thought that it also applied to the beach clubs. Fortunately that wasn’t the case.

Whilst dancing is sadly not permitted for guests this summer in most places, that doesn’t mean the music has gone too. We all love a good day around the pool/beach with good music, food and drink don’t we?

Here’s a list of the best places open!

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Destino

The Beach Star

Nassau Beach Club

Nikki Beach

Blue Marlin

Ibiza Rocks Hotel

Wi-Ki-Woo

O Beach

Itaca

Enigma

Elements

Bam-Bu-Ku

Amante

Cala Bassa

Tropicana

Sunset Ashram

Chiringuito Blue

Alma Beach

Bora Bora

Just to name a few…

The Beach Star - Alexandra Rose Creative
The Beach Star – Alexandra Rose Creative

Trust us, Ibiza is very much open!

Want to know what else is happening this summer? Drop us a message on Facebook!

If you’re interested in a hiring a private boat charter, SUP board or joining an island tour then simply send us an email to info@alexandrarosecreative.com or contact us on Facebook

One last thing in case you thought we’d forgot…

“THE RULES”

  • Yes it’s true that the bars must close at 2am.
  • Masks must be worn walking into restaurants, shops, petrol stations, other indoor spaces and bars.
  • They can be removed in restaurants and bars when you’re sitting down with food and/or drink.
  • You don’t need to wear them when you’re exercising,
  • You need to wear them in busy areas, where you can’t keep a 2m distance between the next person.
  • The quiet countryside doesn’t count.
  • You need to wear them in taxi’s and on other public transport.
  • You don’t need to wear them on the beach.
  • You don’t need to wear them in, or around the pool.
  • Cash is accepted as well as cards everywhere.
  • You cannot sit/stand at the bar after 10pm, you must be on the terrace.
  • You will need to have your temperature checked on arrival at the airport.
  • You will need to write down where you are staying on the island.

*The rules are regularly changing, but the information above is correct at time of release*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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