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How to See Spain Like the Rich and Famous

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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:

Ibiza

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.

Barcelona

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

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

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.

What’s new in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

From cocktails and late-night DJ sets to beach yoga and wild swimming, here’s what’s happening in Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza & Formentera this summer

Cala En Turqueta. Menorca. Balearic Islands. Spain

Do

If you’re in Menorca this weekend, head to Mahón to watch the inauguralMenorca Maxi (until 25 May), a superyacht regatta featuring top sailors including America’s Cup winners, round-the-world veterans and Olympic medalists. Or try it yourself – Menorca Cruising runs sailing coursesfrom Mahón harbour (from £240 for two days). If you’re more of a landlubber, have a go at horse-riding along the beach. Menorca Horse Riding offers rides along the Cami de Cavalls coastal path to a tiny “secret beach”, Cala Rafalet, among other coastal excursions. New this year are dressage lessons on a Menorcan fiesta stallion (from €15).

Formentera Yoga runs yoga and meditation retreats at a beach house on Playa de Migjorn. You meditate on the sand, and do yoga on a seafront deck (from €960 for five days). Recently built Hotel Es Marès has the swishest spa in Formentera, but for a free beauty treatment, take a boat from La Savina to the private island of s’Espalmador and bathe in its sulphurous mud pools. Platja de S’Alga is the island’s best beach, and popular with naturists (formenteraguide.com). Back on Formentera, family-run beach hotel Hostal La Savina has live music, food and drinks every Saturday at sunset throughout the summer.

The Healthy Holiday Company runs tailormade trail-running trips toMallorca, from £895 for four nights. You can opt for runs along the beach or through the Tramuntana mountains. One route along the peninsula between Pollensa and Alcúdia reaches secluded coves only accessible by foot or boat. Or try a swimming holiday – SwimTrek offers an introduction to open-water swimming in Mallorca, from £790 for seven days, staying at a beach hotel in Colónia St Jordi. Either side of town are some of Mallorca’s best beaches: Ets Estanys, Es Trenc, Es Dolç and Es Carbó. You’ll practise in these bays before swimming out to Na Moltona, an island reef in Es Carbó bay.

Amante Beach Club, on a cliff above Sol D’en Serra bay in Ibiza, is launching midnight movie nights (€20 a head) this summer. Audiences will sit on giant beanbags overlooking the beach, sipping cocktails and watching hits such as Gravity and Blue Jasmine on a big screen set against floodlit rocks.

Eat & drink

Beso Beach, FormenteraBeso Beach, Formentera

At more than £300 a night, the Jumeirah Port Soller hotel in Mallorca is beyond most budgets. However, it is worth saving up for lunch there on a special occasion. The hotel has launched a Taste of Mallorca menu (€160pp), focusing on a different local fruit or herb each month: May is lemons, for example. The package includes an hour-long treatment using oils and extracts from that month’s ingredient, followed by a specially created tasting menu at the seaview restaurant.

The restaurant at Torralbenc, a boutique hotel recently converted from a 19th-century farm in Menorca, is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Paco Morales. Now, for €30 a head, the hotel offers beach picnics: guests take a rug and a basket full of gazpacho, cheeses, meats, salads and cava, down to the beach at nearby Cala’n Porter. Ibizan agroturismoAtzaró has just opened a beach restaurant at Cala Nova, with a casual bar and barbecue, and a more formal restaurant serving modern Spanish food, such as sautéed squid with mayonnaise foam. The restaurant has views of Tagomago island, five minutes away by boat, which also has a swanky new beach bar (island-tagomago.com). For cutting-edge cocktails, head to Experimental Beach at Cap des Falco. The drinks are designed by the Experimental Cocktail Club, which has bars in London, Paris and New York. Concoctions such as a Spritz Me Up (Aperol, vermouth, lime, grapefruit and coconut water) are served singly (€12) or in a giant conch to share (€50).

Formentera has a more laid-back beach scene. One recent addition isBeso Beach, which serves seafood sharing dishes for two, plus plenty of mojitos, at a beach hut and bar on Playa de Cavall d’en Borràs.

Stay

View across bay to the castle, Spain, Mediterranean, EuropeCabrera Island. Photograph: Alamy

For the first time this summer, people can stay overnight on Cabrera an uninhabited island and national park off the south coast of Mallorca. The old army barracks has been turned into a 12-room hotel (doubles from €50 a night). Get there by boat from Colònia de Sant Jordi or Porto Petro. In Formentera, Es Pas is a recently restored 200-year-old finca with eight bedrooms (from €120 a night), a few minutes’ walk from the beaches of Es Calo and Migjorn.

Contrasting with these peaceful retreats are two new openings in Ibiza aimed squarely at the party crowd. Ocean Beach (B&B doubles from €93), a celebrity hangout in San Antonio, has just opened a four-star hotel next door to the beach club. Also in Ibiza, the new Hard Rock Hotel on Playa d’en Bossa is the five-star chain’s first branch in Europe (doubles from £195).

Source : The Guardian home

Haim to perform at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks 2014

Haim and The 1975 will perform at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks next year.

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The two bands, both of whom have had Number One albums in the UK this year, will perform in June with Haim playing the opening party for both Mallorca Rocks on June 3 and the following day at Ibiza Rocks. British band The 1975 will follow shortly after, playing in Mallorca on June 10 and Ibiza on June 11.

Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks promoter of Shane Murray says: “What a way to kick off next summer poolside at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks. It’s a real coup to confirm Haim and The 1975 so early. They are two of the biggest breakthrough acts of the year and set the bar pretty high for the rest of the 16-week season.”

More Rocks headline acts are due to follow in the New Year.

Earlier this week Haim revealed the Giorgio Moroder remix of their single ‘Forever’. The original of which features on their debut album, ‘Days Are Gone’. Moroder recently collaborated with Daft Punk on their 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories’.

Source : NME

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