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EVENT | International Christmas night market – Ibiza Town

Feasting and merriment are upon us as the streets around Calle de la Virgen get set to host this fab, art-infused, multicultural event


As December hits us and the festive season launches into 4th gear, the time for eating, drinking and yes, shopping is once again upon us all, ladies and gentlemen.

And to assist us with the general merriment, Ibiza council have organised a special, international Christmas night market, centred around picturesque Plaza sa Drassaneta and Calle de la Virgen in Ibiza old town (Dalt Vila). Famous for its LGBT friendly ambience, Calle de la Virgen is stuffed full of quirky little bars, cool restaurants and unique, arty boutiques.

In collaboration with AMAE (Ibiza Society of Visual Arts), itself located in Plaza sa Drassaneta, this international Christmas market aims to give visitors a taste of typical festive fayre from all around Europe, whilst enjoying some local art and culture.

From the 4th – 8th, then the 19th – 31st of December from 8pm-3am, the streets of Dalt Vila will be transformed into not just a market, but an open air art exhibition too. As well as lots of international food and drink and a great atmosphere, expect to find many shops open till late offering some really special Christmas deals. The market will close on new year’s eve with a no doubt flamboyant, colourful and rompingly good party centred around one of our favourite haunts on Calle de la Virgen, Bar 22. Expect Djs, dancing in the streets and naturally, a great atmosphere.

We’ve listed the participating bars and restaurants along with their international theme so you can see at a glance who’s doing what. From German sausages to Austrian orange punch, there’s sure to be something deliciously festive for everyone!


Bar La Virgen – GalicianQueimada Gallega – a mix of fruits and alcohol that is dramatically set alight in a traditional ritual before drinking.

Bar La Nada – GermanGlühwein, hot wine punch, Schaschlik, Currywurst and Bratwurst served with bread plus Frikadelle, small meatballs with potato salad (Price: €1.50 – 5.50)

Bar Sunrise: Swedish:  Glögg hot wine punch with spices, Pearkakor Christmas cookies and Lussekatter, saffron bread. Children can have their photo taken with Father Christmas who will give each child a small gift.

Bar León – GermanGlühwein“ hot wine punch. Tombola on the 22nd December at 10pm. Free entry into a special Christmas lottery when you spend over €5 with prizes including: a smartphone, a shopping voucher at fashion clothing shop Ibiza45 (to the value of €50), a pair of bluetooth sound boxes and various drinks vouchers.

Mad Bar – BelgianLiege Coffee“ with  waffles (€2.50) and a ‘Latin rhythm party each Friday.

Bar JJ – FrenchTypical French Christmas goodies.

Bar Ohdiosa – IbizanCompanatge cheeses, Sobrasadas, Butifarras, typical confectionary such as Flao, Orelletas, Bunuello, liquors and ordinary table wines, Hierbas Ibicencas. (Price: (€1.50 – 4.00).

Crazy Mozart Café Bar – AustrianOrange Punch, Leberkäse – a popular meat loaf in Germany and Austria served with bread and typical sweets served during the christmas season in Austria. Also a special, non-alcoholic children’s punch served at the very festively named Snowman Bar.  (Price: €1.50 – 2.50).


Il Pavoni – ItalianOpen every day during December, find special Christmas offers on focaccia, pizzas and more.

Restaurant Pomelo – SpanishTapas and finger foods to take away: hot chocolate, soups, empanadillas, croquettes and more (Price: €1.50 – 7.00)

Il Gato e Volpe – Italian and SpanishTasting menu €25, tapas, Paella, pasta, pintxos and drinks.

Sushiya Aoyama – JapaneseTapas for €2 Temaki €5 and hot Sake.

And if you can still actually move after all that festive quaffing, then you’ll find fashion clothing shops like BoomBap, Rituality, Jamel and Ibiza 45 open until late. But to be honest, we were already sold at the mere mention of Glühwein. Mmm, see you there!

WORDS | Jane Charilaou  PHOTO | Spotlight

EVENT – Ibiza Spirit Festival

Ibiza’s festival scene shows no sign of letting up. Next round: October 5th at beautiful Atzaró for a day of gorgeousness for the whole family.


Ibiza is increasingly home to festivals that push the boundaries of their genres. From electronic music festivals such as the Ibiza Music Summit, to World Music celebrations such as the Ibiza Roots Festival. From huge weekend extravaganzas like the famous Ibiza Medieval Festival, to small, local, crowdfunded festivals like Ai Carai. Plus a whole ream of recent art festivals, from surrealist Bloop to Urban in Ibiza, showcasing cutting-edge street art and held in the lavish gardens of the incomparably beautiful Atzaró.

So it’s really no surprise to see another small, local festival, now in its second year, having blossomed quickly into an event that half the island seems to be enthusiastically involved in. The date for your diary ladies and gents, is Sunday October 5, 2014.

Celebrating life

Ibiza Spirit Festival is a holistic event with a fascinating programme that spans dance, Tantra, workshops and talks, Yoga, a chill-out zone, music therapists, birthing woman, oracle readers, special events and a fabulous children’s area. While last year’s resoundingly successful inaugural event was at Casita Verde, this year they’ve grown, expanding into the much larger, stunning surroundings of Atzaró. For the full programme, just check out their website.

The organisers, Jerry and Sabina Brownstein, assisted by local media good guy, David Moss and Café del Mar producer Ingmar Hansch, have declared the day long event ‘a day of inspiration and celebration.’ All are devoted to promoting ‘conscious living’ to improve health, happiness and longevity.

A World transformed

The organisers are collectively focused on providing a day that provides a glimpse into an alternative reality, one in which the participants (that’s you and me) get to envision ‘a World transformed.’

Transformed into what? You may ask. And rightly so. The answer, in short, is a World transformed for the better of all. One that embraces freedom, equality, cooperation, compassion, respect and joy in each other’s lives. This is a World of singing and dancing, to inspire and be inspired by, an inclusive, peaceful World of art, of beauty, of learning and playing.

Well we definitely like the sound of all that!

Ancient Rituals

The event runs from 11am until 8pm and entry is by voluntary donation. You can expect a dramatic closing ceremony from 7.30pm, with accomplished performer Zinnia performing a beautiful sacred dance for Tanit, the ancient Carthaginian Goddess of Ibiza.  She will dance for Tanit as an ancient priestess, asking for blessings of prosperity, joy and protection.

Naturally, Atzaró will be providing delicious food & drinks for the occasion.

The festival is sponsored by Greenheart Transforms and Fundacion por el Futuro, two non-profit organisations dedicated to “envisioning a World transformed”. These charities generously fund positive projects, conferences and events throughout the world. All donations generated from the event will assist these two organisations with their various existing and future projects.

Below is a summary of the programme:

Dance and movement: Essential elements of The Spirit of Ibiza, the festival will bring people together in creative dance, sensual Tantra and soulful musical meditations.

Inspirational talks and workshops: Presented by fascinating people from Ibiza and around the World, who will invite you to explore new ways of finding health & happiness in mind, body and spirit.

Music is the messenger: The festival features wonderful DJs and musicians who will fill the air with healing and uplifting sounds, all day and well into the evening. At sunset everyone is invited to celebrate and dance to the beats of DJ Ohm G’s new “Quantum Collage”.

Yoga classes: At the beautiful Pagoda, you can experience different styles of Yoga presented by the accomplished teachers of Ibiza. This will begin with a spectacular ‘spectrum of Yoga’ exhibition at 12 midday.

Therapy room: You can receive a variety of alternative treatments including different styles of Massage, Reflexology, Reconnective Healing, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral, Crystal Healing and much more.

Ibiza art: Will be on display with several local artists showing their work.

The children’s area: At the entrance to Atzaro you’ll find fun, creative activities going on all day… face painting, puppet shows, Yoga for kids, arts & crafts, storytelling, workshops and more.

There is also a special area dedicated to feminine empowerment called Birthing Woman.

Ibiza Spotlight welcomes this relatively new event onto the Ibiza festival scene. It sounds like a unique opportunity to really meet the alternative, holistic people of Ibiza and get some much needed end of season recuperation (particularly those who have partaken of the Ibiza closing parties, ahem). We’ll be down there trying out some new therapies (mmm, massage…) and enjoying the blissed-out ambience of Atzaró. See you there?

WORDS | Jane Charilaou  PHOTOS | Ibiza Spirit Festival

Freddie Rocks Ibiza

We nipped down to check out the daytime shenanigans in honour of the late, great Freddie Mercury’s birthday down at legendary Ibiza hotel, Pikes.


Ever more impressive hotel parties seem to be springing up everywhere in Ibiza recently. But the original, iconic island party hotel has to be Pikes. These days home to Ibiza Rocks House, but with an illustrious history of outrageous rock-star parties too numerous to mention.

I first heard of Pikes Hotel back in the early eighties, whilst still a wide-eyed teenager. I remember seeing the video for Wham’s Club Tropicana, filmed at Pikes, with my mouth open in awe. The beautiful people, the pool, the glamour!

So it was an absolute delight to finally rock up to Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes yesterday to celebrate the birthday of another of this Ibiza hotel’s legendary clients, the late, great, truly inimitable (despite everyone’s best attempts) Freddie Mercury.

Stunning setting

Nestled beautifully into the mountains around San Antonio, Freddie loved Pikes Hotel. He held some pretty unforgettable (according to the lucky ones who attended) parties at Pikes. He had his favourite suite which now bears his name and Tony Pike, the hotel’s famous proprietor, sure knew how to throw a party. He’s not lost his touch, ladies and gents.

The party started at 1pm, and by the time we arrived around 3pm, the pool was buzzing with mustachioed ladies, mustachioed men and hell, I even saw a dog with a moustache (it was made of stone, but still…). “No moustache, no entry,” insisted the receptionist firmly, armed with a big black body-paint crayon and a mischievous glint in her eye.

Cocktails, music and sunshine

Bravofox (aka Jamie Porteous) was blasting out super-smiley electro-pop with a tasty Balearic twist and some nifty live vocals floating in and out, providing the ideal backdrop to the daytime Freddie frolicks. Cocktails abounded and the vibe was funky and friendly.

Characteristically starving when we arrived, we ordered some tapas by the pool. Mmm! Patatas Bravas (but made with sweet potato and with sweet chilli sauce and ‘salsa brava’), Tortilla (Spanish omelette) with spinach and honey plus nachos with melted cheese served with guacamole, yogurt dip and a tomato and chilli sauce.

Lunching by the pool

The nachos came in a very generous portion, the tortilla was served with soft, fresh, warm bread and the sweet potato chips were divine. And what’s more my bill, including a glass of white wine and a beer came to just €30.50. When you consider that some other Ibiza party hotels present you with a bill like this just for the drinks, we were very pleasantly surprised.

Kids ran around happily (and noisily) splashing around their own private pool and bouncing around gleefully on some impressive looking bouncy castles. And yes, even the kids were proudly sporting Freddie ‘tashes.

Before we knew it, 4 hours had flashed by and my moustache had begun to melt into a shapeless streaky black blob as we entered lustily into the spirit of the party.  We joined the crowd in enthusiastically belting out raucous renditions of pop classics such as Madonna’s Vogue, Tears for Fears’ 1980’s monster hit Shout and all the while observing the queue at the door growing longer by the minute.

We literally dragged ourselves away around 7.30pm, by which time, it has to be said, the party was just getting going with the full evening’s line-up yet to come (sob!). And we left only because we had our very own Spotlight closing soireé at We Love… to excitedly head off to – more about that from our clubbing team soon!

Daytime party comeback

It seems that daytime parties are back, ladies and gents. Perhaps not in the clubs as before, but increasingly at gorgeous hotels such as Pikes, UshuaïaHard Rock Hotel,Aguas de IbizaDestino Pacha and others. Not to mention the expansion of the island’s rocking, ever-more-popular boat parties.  Anyone who came to Ibiza years ago, when daytime partying was one of the defining characteristics of the island’s music scene, will no doubt be delighted to see the reemergence of that most iconic of Ibiza pastimes: dancing to fantastic music, surrounded by incredible beauty, in the gorgeous Balearic sunshine.

Many say that’s one of the (many) things that made them fall in love with Ibiza. Carefree days of dancing in the sunshine with smiling people from all over the world. Freddie Rocks Ibiza delivered exactly that, and it was very nice to see parties such as this one that cater really well for the kiddies too. Nice.

It was good to be there in the beautiful Ibiza countryside, dear reader, and feel those sunshine party vibes. A fab, family day out with just a touch of glamour, we say happy birthday Freddie and high five Pikes!

Source : Ibiza Spotlight

Medieval festival Ibiza 2014 this weekend!


It’s that time of year again when Ibiza jumps into the tardis and emerges in medieval times! Beginning at lunchtime on Friday 9th May 2014, this weekend’s annual 3-day medieval festival has to be one of Ibiza Spotlight’s favourite events of the year.

Vibrant Ibiza streets

The streets are alive with the most colourful sights, sounds and smells and the island is veritably buzzing with excitement. The celebration continues all the way through to Sunday night.

Set in the beautiful streets of Dalt Vila (the high part of old Ibiza Town), it’s an explosion of history brought dramatically to life before your very eyes.

Fab for foodies

You’ll discover quite literally hundreds of stalls displaying artisan products from the period: from pools of sausage and oceans of ale to leather headbands and strange looking instruments of medieval torture (eek!)

The traders dress in traditional medieval costumes too which lends a vibrantly authentic ambience to this fabulous festival, originally created to proudly celebrate Ibiza’s World Heritage status.

Entertainment galore

You’ll find the streets stuffed with street performances, from music and art to dance and period dramas. Expect jugglers, jesters, acrobats and clowns, not to mention assorted kings, queens and princesses wandering nonchalantly around the ancient streets. Dressed in all their finery, it’s quite a sight!

Family fun

There will be a whole raft of fun activities for the children too, plus a world of traditional food and drink to sample (mmm!). Think wines, traditional liqueurs, delicious cured meats, cheeses and other delectable tit-bits too numerous to mention.

And, dear reader, it’s gloriously FREE!

For an in-depth look at last year’s festival, check our review.

For an in-depth look at the history of the festival check our detailed write up.

In the meantime, here are some tips for making the most of this year’s medieval festival.

Parking: we recommend the big car park behind the port as the streets are packed and the blue bays only allow 2 hours parking. Don’t get caught out with an expired ticket!

Footwear: it may sound like a silly detail, but this is so important! The streets are steep and cobbled and you will be very, very glad you wore flat, comfortable shoes.

Disabled visitors: the most easily accessible part of the medieval festival is the flat area around Plaza del Parque. Map here.

Pit Stops: If you fancy a nice spot to sit down and watch the world go by, check out La Cava and Hard Rock Café in Vara del Rey. For really gorgeous Italian food, we highly recommend the beautiful and elegant Tentazione.

Finally, if you’re thinking of coming over for a cheeky weekend, check out these hotels nearby.

And one last word. Enjoy!

Images by Cat Milton and James Chapman 

Source : IbizaSpotlight

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