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Where to next? Ibiza Spain,Europe

All-night raver, boho-cool hippy, blissed-out beach lover – Ibiza is all this and more to the many, many fans who have a soft spot for the Balearics’ party-hard sister. In summer the cream of the world’s DJs (David Guetta, Sven Väth, Armin van Buuren et al) descend on the island, making it the ultimate destination for clubbers. Ibiza’s modest population is swallowed whole by the seven-million-odd tourists that arrive en masse each year, and nowhere does sunset chilling or boho-glam style quite like the White Isle.

Platja de Ses Salines

Arguably Ibiza’s best beach, Platja de Ses Salines is a gorgeous sweep of white sand with glass-clear sea, backed by rolling sand dunes, patches of sabina pine woodland and buzzy chiringuitos. Sunseekers of all kinds flock here to work the bronzed, blissed-out Ibiza look. The scene varies from northwest (family-friendly) to southeast (with a more boho vibe and some nudism); things can get busy in summer. There’s a huge, quick-to-fill car park (€6); buses L11 and L11B run here from Ibiza Town.

Dalt Vila

Its formidable, floodlit, 16th-century bastions visible from across southern Ibiza, Dalt Vila is a fortified hilltop first settled by the Phoenicans and occupied by a roster of subsequent civilisations. Tranquil and atmospheric, many of its cobbled lanes are accessible only on foot. It’s mostly a residential area, but contains moody medieval mansions and several key cultural sights. Enter via the Portal de Ses Taules gateway and wind your way uphill: all lanes lead to the cathedral-topped summit.

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Platges de Comte

Occupying a low-lying headland, this dreamy cluster of three blonde-sand coves enjoys shallow, fabulously clear aquamarine waters. The beaches face directly west, making this a ridiculously popular late-afternoon spot, when hundreds gather to watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean, often from ultra-boho-cool bar-restaurant Sunset Ashram.

The small, southernmost bay is favoured by nudists, and has a chiringuito. Offshore is Illa des Bosc, ‘Island of Woods’, though its pines were cut down over a century ago.

Bus L4 links Platges de Comte with Sant Antoni (€2.90, 35 minutes, seven to 11 daily May to October); Cruceros Portmany has ferries to/from Sant Antoni (return €9, three to six daily May to October).


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