As a youngster I used to see my elder brother’s bedroom wall having few canvas photos print of him and his whole group of friend at a party in Ibiza. Trust me just by watching those pictures I used to tell myself, man I have got to go there. The expressions on their faces in the photo were like they got a shot of adrenaline. Two years back I finally got the chance to go to Ibiza on Christmas and New Year holidays. And was I happy that I did make it there. I and my other five friends planned things in advance and here is how we managed it. Just sharing it so you know what you are missing.
It takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Ibiza from London Airport. If you book ahead of time you may strike a good deal. British Airways has direct flights to Ibiza but you may want to look for any cheaper offer you can find. We were lucky enough to get a one way ticket for £98 each. We booked for accommodation 2 months in advance and got 3 double bed rooms for €80 each per day at Hostal Parque. It is next to the old town walls and is located at a prime location. After arriving at the airport go straight to the bus stop as taxis are very expensive. Although there is shuttle service going every hour from the airport to the city center, I would recommend for boarding Bus no. 10 which comes after every 15 minutes. Another thing to remember is that € is the currency used in Ibiza. Make sure you have your pounds converted to euro in London as you won’t be getting good exchange rates in Ibiza.
Plan your activities for everyday of vacations in advance. If you plan on deciding when you get there, you are in for a trouble. Vacations are all about planning, we researched through internet for every possible place to visit during the morning and clubs to hang out in the evening. Make a plan keeping in mind that you will be starting late because of partying all night and have to be there at the port at 9 pm after all the sightseeing tours. The port is the place of happening and it comes to life after 8 pm.
Sushi is one of the famous things of the island but also very expensive. Look for good deals wherever you are. Drinking in the club is also very expensive so pre drink before entering a club. You can keep the buzz all through the night by having a couple of tequila shots and beers during the time in the club. You don’t want to be in Ibiza and miss a visit to Avenida 8 de Agosto at Pacha Hotel. The entrance charges are extreme with going up to € 70 at times.
The Christmas parties start in the first week of December. All the malls and streets are decorated with Christmas decoration with Santa everywhere. The most famous thing in Ibiza for the event of Christmas is its famous traditional dessert by the name of Salsa Nadal also known as ‘Christmas Sauce’. It is made of almonds, honey, oriental spices and cooked in broth. Ibicencos used to have a rigorous fast a day before the Christmas day and prepare the ‘Salsa Nadal’. It is usually served with sweet bread. It is a wondrous dessert and thing not to be missed. Ibiza has the tradition of celebrating an event by the name of 3 Kings also known as 3 Wise Men. There is a legend associated with it that 3 Kings or 3 Wise Men visited baby Jesus and gave gifts of gold in many other things. Since then its celebrated widely in Spanish territory on 6th of January.
Celebrations and parties would have continued up till second week of January but we had our job to get back to and so we were back to London on 2nd of January. Without any doubt it was exactly as I thought it would be. In fact I had few of stories to surprise my brother as well.
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