Posted on 08 March 2017
With the end of winter on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about packing away the skis and shedding the layers for another year. Budget airlines are beginning to divert their attention from the slopes to the Spanish sun as the mercury begins to rise. And as ever Ibiza will be one of the most popular destinations for clubbers, holidaymakers and property buyers from British shores. Whatever your motivation for heading to Ibiza you’ll be pleased to hear that flights to the “White Isle” are 32% cheaper this summer than they were last year. The average cost of a flight to Ibiza in the summer of 2016 was £174, compared to £118 this year – £56 less.
Ibiza is famous for a number of reasons, but over the last 25 years the island has been defined by its dance music scene, which has led to it being dubbed the party capital of the world. And it’s easy to see why: it’s home to some of the biggest and most famous clubs on the planet, making it a mecca for party-lovers from across the globe. Dance music fans may have been left weeping on the dancefloor when the legendary We Love Space Sunday session dropped its last beat in 2016, but there are still plenty of places to party. And you won’t have to wait long to hear your first Balearic beat of the season. First up on the opening party calendar is the Ocean Beach offering on 28th April, before Zoo Project dust-off the decks on 9th May. The fun comes thick and fast after that as major clubs like Amnesia, Eden and Pacha launch various nights throughout May and June.
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Discover the real Ibiza
But there’s more than meets the eye on this fabulous island. Scratch the surface and you will unearth its rural and surprisingly peaceful charms, where a spiritual undercurrent lives in harmony with all the hedonism. Even Ed Miliband and his wife went to Ibiza for some much need RnR after the former Labour leader resigned from his post following the general election defeat in 2015. Perhaps he headed off the beaten track, away from the masses, to take in the stunning view of the mystical island of Es Vedrà and find his zen. Or maybe he caught some rays on Cala Xarraca, a picturesque hidden cove and one Ibiza’s best kept secrets. With hardly a tourist in sight, it couldn’t feel further from the bustling beaches in the south.
Live the dream
If you like the idea of having everything Ibiza has to offer on your doorstep, then you might be considering dipping your toes into the local property market. The green hills in Ibiza are peppered with white villas of varying sizes, most of which provide convenient access into the main towns. You could even end up being neighbours with James Blunt. If you prefer to be in the thick of it and want waterfront views of the famous Ibizan sunset, Café del Mar style, you can pick up a 3-bedroom apartment on the edge of San Antonio for little more than £270,500.
So you’ll be pleased to hear that the Spanish property market has entered the early stages of a welcome recovery. Prices are on the up but not at a rapid rate, creating a perfect storm of affordable property and long-term investment potential.
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