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Spontaneous vacation — I took a flight to Ibiza

Four months on the Costa Brava – the light blue sea on your doorstep, impressive cities and beaches just next door, summer temperature on a daily basis, nothing but fantastic views of beautiful landscapes and endless possibilities to do something unforgettable.

 

 

What could be missing? Now and then a short trip to other Spanish regions! There are plenty of possibilities to explore the country and many places can easily be reached from Barcelona. This is why I decided to spend an unforgettable weekend in Ibiza! I’d love to tell you everything about it..

 

 

SHOPPING IN IBIZA CITY

Just got out of the plane, inhaled the fresh Ibiza air and there they are: my friends are welcoming me to the beautiful island: We’re more than happy about the reunion! Big plans were made for these 3 days together – from now on, we won’t waste any time.

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The harbour of Ibiza and the shopping streets next door!

First item on our agenda: Shopping in Ibiza city! Only 2 minutes are necessary to reach the shopping paradise from the harbour. Once arrived, you won’t be able to leave without buying way too many things: Ibiza city offers numerous fashion stores, boutiques, souvenir shops and much more. I guess I won’t be able to resist either..

IT’S POOL TIME!

Sun Ibiza Summer Perfect

The perfect place to enjoy the sun!

 

Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the fantastic pool with views to the sea! What more could you ask for? Our motto for the rest of the day: Put our bikinis on and jump into the cool water! After hours of sunbathing and swimming, the first day in Ibiza comes to an end. What’s still missing? Exactly: “One night in Ibiza!“

 

 

PARTY – PLAYA D’EN BOSSA

And off we go to the nightlife district, the Playa d’en Bossa, which welcomes us with a free round of shots! Couldn’t it always be like that? From bar to bar, the level of fun and alcohol is rising – sober? Not in Ibiza! The bars are crowded with people and the good mood is spreading – we wanna party!

Ibiza offers numerous clubs to suit every taste – the most popular of course: the USHUAÏA. The greatest DJs in the world guarantee a once in a lifetime party experience. To a night we’ll never forget!

Clubbing Ibiza Ushuaia

Definitely one of the best clubs in the world!

SUNSET ON THE BEACH – CALA COMTE

After a night like this, there’s only one absolute priority: Sleeping. And bathing in the sun. And sleeping more.
Just kidding: it’s beach day! Destination: Cala Comte. Definitely one of the most beautiful beaches of Ibiza: Crystal clear water and breathtaking views of the small islands just off the coast. Also one of the most popular spots to enjoy the impressive colours of the sunset. Very romantic.

The later it gets, the more people arrive to say goodbye to the sun: They clap, whistle and cheer – what a wonderful atmosphere! Something you will probably only experience in Ibiza.

Breathtaking views.. even without the sun!

COCKTAILS – BAR KM5

Our next stop: A very special and glamorous bar called KM5, which impresses with a stylish and luxurious atmosphere. Actually, the term bar does not really do justice to the KM5: Not only does it have an open-air area, but also a restaurant, a club and an own boutique.

Cozy, isn’t it? 🙂

 

We decide to pick a nice spot in the outside area next to a radiant heater and enjoy the evening snuggled up in a brown leather couch and drinking delicious cocktails. Later, two women dressed in white come by to offer us a head massage – made us feel like queens!
Following the motto: „I’ll have one glass or two or three..“, the second evening ends very comfortably.

 

 

CALA D’HORT – RESTAURANT EL CARMEN

On my last day in Ibiza, we decide to enjoy the wonderful weather on the beach Cala D’Hort: as well one of the most beautiful beaches, including a unique view to the magical rock “Es Vedra”.

The magnificent weather makes it quite easy to forget about the time. Oh, it’s already this late? Time to head to the restaurant El Carmen, which is located less than 10 steps from the sandy beach. With an excellent paella and views to the sea, we say goodbye to Ibiza.

Spanish food - Ibiza Restaurant

The Spanish cuisine – nobody could ever resist ..

After that, we make our way to the airport. An incredible weekend that I will definitely never forget: Viva Ibiza!

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Yo ho, yo ho – pirates in l’Estartit

„Yo-ho, yo-ho a pirates life for me“ Jack’s Sparrow was humming with a wild grin on his face as he puts out to sea with his beloved ship. Plundering, capturing, throwing all manners overboard and knocking back barrels of rum… Oh, the sweet life of a pirate!

 Back in time – pirates in l’Estartit

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Pirates in l’Estartit!

 

Of course, life for commoners wasn’t always easy during that period. Especially the citizens of the former fishing village l’Estartit had a hard time. In the 16th century, the Medes Islands – now uninhabited – were jam-packed with pirates, corsairs and rapscallions of all sorts. The poor villagers were victims of the pirate’s attacks more than once.

The pirates are coming!

Even though l’Estartit’s past is still engraved in the citizens memory, nowadays they take it a lot more lightly – as I could see for myself at the pirate’s celebration in l’Estartit! Having arrived at the village, I immediately felt the changed atmosphere of the usually quiet holiday destination: thrilled anticipation and hundreds of voices excitingly chattering. Boat trips to the Medes Islands, workshops, exhibitions and artisan markets are organised during the day. But now, at night time, when the sun has already sunken and the moon is up in the sky, the scene changes. It’s getting dangerous and loud… the pirates are coming!

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Pirates on the beach of l’Estartit

Fire dancers and sword fighters

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Playing with fire

In the course of the next two hours, l’Estartit offers its visitors a spectacular show. Torchlight processions accompanied by traditional musicians as well as dancers performing incredible acts with fire and realistic sword fights are thrilling the audience. The best is yet to come, though. I let my eyes wander over the dark blue sea and in the distance – far away from the show – my eyes catch a glimpse of something big. Something big that’s coming closer and closer. A giant pirate ship packed with pugnacious barbarians loudly roaring while swinging their swords. Not only the kids jaws are dropping – mine is too! The first pirates are already jumping overboard and screaming furiously while running towards us. The fierce fighting that follows couldn’t be more thrilling.

Fireworks on the beach

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Giant firework over the sea

The spectacular show on the beach ends with a a giant firework over the sea.

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Sparkling firework at the beach

Grand Finale on the church square

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Fire-breather on l’Estartit’s church square

But that wasn’t all. The whole gang of pirates persists in roaming the streets of the village – and we are of course close behind! Finally, all pirates and corsairs come together on l’Estartit’s church square to celebrate the end of the spectacular show. For many visitors this was only the beginning of a wild night. The next barrel of rum is already open – that’s the way real pirates live! And we say: drink up me ‘earties, yo ho!

 

 

Pink rockstars in Roses

Carnival in Roses 2017: colourful, loud, cheerful

Hot rhythms and tight costumes

Samba and hot disco rhythms, that is the motto of carnival at the Costa Brava.
People are having wild parties in Roses, L’Escala, Empuriabrava, Platja d’Aro and other places along the coast of Catalonia.

Dancing all night long

Rising temperatures make it easy to have a street party while dressed in short costumes. Salsa rhythms are roaring from the decorated carriages. At the promenade, people are in party mood. Garishly dressed, people are dancing all night long.

Dancing in the street

In Roses, people know how to make party.

The beat booms far out to the sea

Golden knights waiting for their battles, coloured masks laughing into the crowd: the beat is roaring over the sea. People applaud when  the festive carriages, going from Plaça Catalunya to Plaça Frederic Rahola, pass by. There is a lot of dancing, flirting and singing going on.

Gentlemen of Freixenet

The noble guys from Freixenet know too how to celebrate.

The square in front of the harbour

This year, there have been 62 creatively decorated carriages and lots of marvellous costumes to admire. The mayoress gave the keys of the town to king carnival, who would be in charge for the town during carnival time. At the end of carnival, on Monday before Lent, she got back the keys and power.

Lions partying at carnival

A little party never killed nobody.

Funeral of the sardine

The end of carnival is near when weirdly dressed figures wander through the town of Roses on Monday before Lent (in other parts of Spain this would be Ash Wednesday). After the funeral of the sardine, carnival is officially over. There is big fireworks when the locals set fire to the sardine. In some places, the burning sardine gets carried to the open sea. The legend says that something has to be destroyed for something new to arise…

Partying dragon in Roses

The last party people are walking through the town.

This unique tradition has many explanations:

1. The custom is supposed to originate from 19th-century Madrid. At Ash Wednesday, Lent starts. The townspeople went to the countryside, in order to symbolically bury something. Because during Lent they did not consume any meat, they buried pork ribs, which were called “cerdina“. Over time, while passing on the legend, some mistake happened and “cerdina“ turned into “sardina“ – sardine.

2. In the 19th century, a group of students organized a funeral procession, in order to celebrate carnival one more time and symbolically start Lent.

3. King Charles III. of Spain (1716 – 1788) prohibited to eat meat at Ash Wednesday, instead people were supposed to eat sardines. At Ash Wednesday, temperatures were unusually rising and it got too hot for the sardines and they turned inedible. The smell was unbearable. Therefore, they organized a funeral. This spontaneous procession then became tradition and a party.

4. Other legends tell that the sacrificial offering was part of praying for a large fishing.

Nowadays, it is impossible to truly discover the origin of this tradition. The only certain thing is that the custom terminates carnival with big fuss, before starting again next year.