I'd heard about the way it works down in Spain, eating late.. clubbing 'til the morning hours, but I was still not prepared for the pattern of everyday life.
Lunch is quite big and is often eaten at restaurants, around 2-4 pm.
Most people have siestas and take a nap in the afternoon, before going out to eat dinner at 10 m-12 pm (the restaurants are deserted before 10 pm). Then they move on to a bar (11-01 pm) before heading out to the clubs at 2 am..and keeping it going until 6-7 am.
Then back to bed! Wow, exhausting! But you just have to get used to it to survive!
Juaquin Vara del Rey y Rubio was born in Ibiza in 1840. he went to military school and rose through the ranks of the army serving in the Phillipines and uprisings in Spain. In 1895 he volunterred to serve in Cuba. After a battle in which his brother was killed he was promoted to general in the Spanish-American War. He refused to surrender despite the fact his troops which numbered only 500 faced an American force of 15,000. He was killed as he was being caried off the battlfield after being wounded in both legs. in 1902 King Alfonso XIII errected his monument in Ibiza
You will need to taste " SA GRAIXONERA", its a desert made by milk, eggs, cottage cheese, suggar, and local ensaimada (known by everybody)...looks like a pudding but its a cake. Its a high calorie meal of course
And HERBES EIVISSENQUES...a liquor distilled from local plants like rosemary, thyme, anisette, alcohol and lemon and orange peel
While driving to Cala Conte, Stace told us that many rich people had a house there, one of them Rod Steward.
The first time I saw this house I though … I lucky one, later on while we were on the boat excursion, we were told that was the house of Elle Mcferson (not sure if I had written correctly)
While on the boat, one of the staff begins to feed the seagulls throwing pieces of bread, some of them get as close as to the hands of him, but I am afraid I could not get a photo of it.
This photo is from Stace
When the people at the boat said they were offering Champaign in the typical shot, I was shock to find they were talking about the porron…!!!
At my university times I was famous for drinking on this Porrones as it is not so easy as it looks, My grandfather taught me to drink water on it when i was a child, while he had his porron with wine (yes, I was always spoiled by him LOL)
But is much difficult to do it in a boat, when it is moving all the time… or maybe I loosed my training hehehe…
Adrian has lived in Ibiza for 4 years now so i guess you could call him a local, here`s something he tought me. When the sun is shining many tourists rush to the bars for a cold beer, it can be like drinking liquid bread, you are quickly filled and bloated and it leaves you feeling uncomfortable. Try a jug of Sangria, its very cheap very refreshing and doesn`t carry the same stigma that it does back home, in fact it will be nothing like the sangria you have tried at home. Made with wine and spirits it has quite a kick so BEWARE! but it is a long cool drink and it hits the spot, it`s great for sharing too, especially in the evenings.
The Torrent Bay is one of the most romantic places on Ibiza. The bay naturally looks over the Badia de Sant Antoni and characteristic mountain called Nono (258m).
The area around Torrent Bay is quiet and very beautiful. The golden sand beach is the best in San Anoni area. Torrent Bay Club is 150m away from the sea. On the other side of the bay there are 2 hotels and several shops (a supermarket, shoe store etc.).
Several time a day a boat comes from San Antoni giving the visitors alternative to cars and buses.
Websites and Newsletters
Two excellent websites, that I can recommend are www.ibiza-online.com and www.ibiza-spotlight.com both give information on nightlife, restaurants, bars, clubs, accomodation, ecology, politics and beaches. Both sites do a great weekly newsletter giving all the latest news from the Island. I've found them indispensible over the last few years for keeping in touch with whats happening, including through the Winter months.They are in a choice of Spanish, English, German and Catalan languages.
The typical dancing are celebrated at the church door when there is a patron saint’s festival or some solemn occasions. In these dancing outstanding are the high jumps that the man makes in front of the slow and elegant steps of the woman. The womans’ costumes have numerous skirts one top of the other, a shawl beautiful embroidery and shining on her chest is the mass of jewellery known as the emprendade.
The folklore music in turn uses instruments which are almost archaeological: Castanyoles (castagnets) of a large size, the softsounding flute made with cane decorated with fine markings
Don your costumes and musical instruments and head to the wharf for the nighly midnight parade - fall into a club troupe and follow them back to their hive, free entrance will surely follow.