This weekend, rapper Eve married Maximillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain while Miley Cyrus hung out poolside in Barcelona. It sure seems like for the second summer in a row (at least), Spain is the hot spot for the Celebrity Jet Set. Here’s a guide to the top four most celebrity visited cities:
An island off the East Coast of Spain, Ibiza is about 10 times the size of Manhattan. If you ask anyone in the electronic music/nightclub scene, they will tell you the nightlife in Ibiza is 10 times the size of Manhattan as well. Known for parties that go from sundown to sunup, Ibiza has become a haven for top DJs around the world. The beaches are all within a one-hour drive, the water temps are swimmable from May to October and the Euro is gladly accepted at all of the beach bars and restaurants. Ibiza was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Biodiversity and Culture. El Chiringuito is a beach house/restaurant serving breakfast and lunch offering up everything from Flambèed Mussels to Lobster Lasagna.
Originally founded as a Roman City, Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and is the tenth most visited city in the world. Barcelona contains seven beaches and was listed as number one in a list of the top ten city beaches in the world by National Geographic and Discovery Channel. The city has numerous venues for music and theater and has one of the best futbol teams in the world. The nightlife here is almost as appealing to the celebs as the beach is. Make sure to check out the Gothic Corner, where you can find alleys full of stylish bars, Irish and British Pubs, and clubs that even host flamenco nights. Check outBuenos Aires Grill Restaurant for a cut of steak and top notch service.
Formentera is the smaller brother of the Pitiusic Islands Group along with Ibiza. The culture here is much quieter than Ibiza, too. Formentera is known more for its white pristine beaches and it nude sunbathing than its partying lifestyle. The island is relatively flat and therefore a big bicycle/moped rental location. They have a huge respect for nature and the various heritages of the artisans has lead to unique design in the local arts and crafts. They bill themselves as “the Last Mediterranean Paradise.” For a good Italian/fish dinner head to Casanita Cantina y Pescado. They feature fresh fish and hand-made pasta.
Mallorca is the largest and most populous island off the West Coast of Spain visited often by the rich and famous. The landscape consists of beaches and mountains and draws many vacationing Europeans. If you want to do some eating, they claim over 2,400 restaurants to their name. Olives are the local specialty, and even though they are an island, most of their seafood, although super fresh, is imported. There are also 18 golf courses on the island as well.El Foque is a highly rated local spot with homemade sangria to die for.
So if you want to be like the super hip and trendy this summer head the coast and islands of Spain and indulge in the pristine beaches, the nightlife and the culture.