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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: Sunsets

Beautiful Ibizan sunsets

The iconic Ibiza sunset is now a thing of legend. As the sky turns a million hues of pink, orange and gold every night, a million visitors want to be there to see the sun pop away over the horizon, which is, as we all know, when the party really starts! As the beginning to an unforgettable night out, the sunset show is the best and there are monumental spots all over the island from which to view it, and to match your mood. Here's our definitive guide to the ultimate places from which to watch Ibiza's incomparable, free and natural show…


Sunset Strip San Antonio - Mambo, Cafe Del Mar, Savannah, Mint

Where else would you head if you want to combine the sunset with a soundtrack provided by the best pre-party DJs that the island has to offer? All of the bars along the Sunset Strip are totally equipped to make yours the greatest experience they can possibly provide. Think lovingly crafted cocktails, and tunes timed to perfection to reach a crescendo when the sun disappears for another day.

Top Tip - Get there early or reserve a front line table so you get the best possible view. Make an evening of it with some food too! And if you're really in the mood to party afterwards, then stick around as the highest echelons of headline DJs play for free most nights before setting off to the super clubs.

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Hostal La Torre

A relatively new addition to the sunset crew, Hostal La Torre is a super-chilled alternative to the madness of the Sunset Strip in San An, yet only minutes away from it. The team behind Mambo have given this traditional Spanish hostal a stylish makeover and employ the cream of Ibiza's Balearic DJ set to accompany your sundowner.

Top Tip - Why not get deeper into the Ibiza spirit (pardon the pun!) by trying their new Frankie Knuckles cocktail to whet your whistle as the sun goes down!?

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Es Vedra

Behold the magical rock of Es Vedra! For a spiritual sunset experience, drive across to the cliff top that rises above, and witness the almost supernatural phenomenon of the sun setting behind this gargantuan and mystical rock formation. A truly breathtaking event. The closest beach to Es Vedra is Cala d'Hort, where you can also watch the sunset, from the beach or nearby restaurants.

Top Tip - Take something comfortable to sit on and stop at the convenience store in San Jose on the way to pick up a little picnic. Get there early and try to find a more secluded spot (it can get busy in the peak season), then sit back and let nature do its thing!

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Benirras

Situated right in the north of the island, Benirras beach is now synonymous with hippie drummers who congregate to provide a hypnotic acoustic backdrop, making for a pretty unique experience. As you approach the beach through the hills, you'll get a feeling of calm and the sun sets right behind the awe-inspiring rock of Cap Bernat, or Finger Of God.

Top Tip - It's definitely worth climbing the rocks to the sides of the cove for the best view and in order to avoid the crowds. Take care!

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El Puerto de Cielo

This spot high on the clifftops just outside Santa Agnes was where the hippies would gather in the 1960s to watch the sunset. And we can see why! A traditional Spanish restaurant and bar, this is a no-frills adventure where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Spanish mainland! The surrounding cliffs and pine forests are great for hiking too, so find yourself a spot and look on…

Top Tip - The paella and sangria here are to die for! The food and drinks are cheap. You'll be sure to get a real ‘Ibiza-feeling' from this basic little family-run joint.

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Sol House

Another new addition for 2016, Sol House is a recently renovated hotel in San Antonio bay, where they hold pool parties by day and wonderful sunset sessions on the rooftop bar by night. The music is programmed by the Ibiza Rocks team who are focusing on a mixture of classic live acoustic sets and modern Balearia to connect the sunsets with the perfect mood music.

Top Tip - The rooftop infinity pool has been stylishly designed and provides a stunning backdrop to the sunset. Take your swimmers and enjoy their extensive cocktail menu.

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On a boat

As far as sunsets go, watching it from a boat off the coast of Ibiza is something quite spectacular. With a whole host of charter companies to choose from, you can create a bespoke day out, whether it be a romantic cruise, or a party boat for you and your friends. Just make sure that the skipper is perfectly poised in the right spot for sunset!

Top Tips - A lot of charter companies will throw in food and drink packages at highly affordable prices so you can make a proper day out it, culminating in sunset drinks from the comfort of your own boat!

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Kumharas

Just around San Antonio bay, nestled in between all the high-rise apartments, lays Kumharas. Often referred to as one of San An's best kept secrets, this beach bar and restaurant has a wonderfully Bohemian feel, with the tables strewn out in front on the beach for a fabulous sunset view.

Top Tip - Kumharas also boasts a charming little hippy market where you can pick up some local trinkets for excellent prices!

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Sa Talaia

The highest point of the island lies just past San Jose. On a clear day you can see the entire coastline of Ibiza and right across to the mainland. Super-stunning views and even more stunning sunsets. Prepare to be floored!

Top Tip - There are a number of ways to reach Sa Talaria - a very long steep walk, a tough and challenging bike ride, or (recommended!) hire or borrow a 4x4!

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Cap Des Falco

Secreted behind the Salinas salt flats down a narrow dirt track is Cap Des Falco. Here you will find a beautiful restaurant and bar called Experimental Beach situated on a rocky beach. From here, you have unrestricted views of the sunset over the sea, where you can lounge on recliners whilst some of the best cocktail makers on the island feed you delicious concoctions.

Top Tip - Experimental Beach is also a great location for weddings! The team here can organise everything for you, so you can celebrate the best day of your life with the sunset as your scenery.

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Coricancha

Brought to you by the Blue Marlin Group, this brand new Peruvian restaurant stands proud in a renovated finca on the road between DC10 and Salinas beach. Coricancha means Temple of the Sun and this it most certainly is. The sun sets across the road over the salt pans which glow orange, purple and pink. You will simply be blown away. The quality of both the drink and food menus is very high and this is fast becoming the newest place to be seen.

Top Tip - Look carefully and you may spot one of the pink flamingoes that live here in the natural park…

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WORDS | Leena Sharma