I love visiting new places! I have been to all different parts of Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Romania, and I’m from the UK, now living in Ibiza!
This page will advise you of my experiences in different places, with photographs, and recommendations of things to see or do.
Have you visited a great place that you’d like to share or recommend? Or an experience you’ve had? I’d love to know….
Ibiza – Apr 2012 – PRESENT
What can I say about Ibiza, the Balearic island, AKA the hedonistic magical White Isle. Whatever you’re looking for, this place has it all! One side of the island has the tranquillity and cool atmosphere such as the sunset strip, where people sip cocktails at Cafe Del Mar, Savannah’s etc and watch the sunset, which is a daily tradition, (hundreds of people gather on the steps and clap as the sun goes down) it really is magical! And the other side of the island is the all night partying and immense atmosphere, where no one has a care in the world.
Ibiza is the party capital, the Hollywood of music, bringing the best DJ’s, performers and musicians. Whatever sounds you are into, with the variety of events on each night, there will be something to your taste. If I fancy a big night out at one of the big super clubs on the Island, and for example want to listen to R&B, I will go to Kisstory at Es Paradis, if I fancy trance, or house, I will attend Space for Carl Cox, or F*** Me I’m Famous with David Guetta. Or if I fancy a pool party in the daytime, I will go to Ushuaia, Santos Beach Club, Ocean Beach Club, or Destino – Pacha’s resort. Or, if after a chilled night, the trendy lounges or cocktail bars of Eivissa Town or Blue Marlin.
The most popular clubs are: Eden, Es Paradis, Space, Pacha, Amnesia, Privilege, Sankeys, DC10 and Ushuaia. Bora Bora – Playa d’en Bossa also has great beach parties!
Ibiza is a mix of culture, and you are guaranteed to come across people from all walks of life.
There are some vibrant parts of Ibiza with cool boutiques, tapas bars and restaurants, such as Santa Eulalia, San Jose, Santa Gertrudis and Portinatx.
Not only are the clubs the main attraction, but the beauty of the Island itself. With over 40 idyllic beaches, soft sands, clear Mediterranean sea, and grassy landscapes, it definitely is relaxing! Some of my favourite beaches are: Ses Saladas, Pinet Playa (Reggae beach), Cala Bassa, and Cala Comte.
There is so much to do, such as partying, eating out, sunbathing on a choice of beaches / pools, shopping in Ibiza Town, and sightseeing. MUST SEE places are the castle in Ibiza with its stunning view (Dalt Vila), seeing Es Vedra from up high, the architectural churches, cute little boutiques, and the traditional Spanish parties. It is also worth getting a boat over to Formentera.
There are many family resorts also, such as San Antonio Bay, packed with children’s activities, mini fairgrounds, arcades and swimming pools. There are entertainers in most of the hotels, and sports and activities to enjoy.
My favourite places are as follows:
To chill out: Having a drink on the terrace of Buddha Bar or Kumharas, overlooking the beach, or sitting on the beach front at Cafe Del Mar, enjoying the ambient music.
Eating out: Villa Mercedes overlooking the port of San Antonio, Hollywood restaurant in Ibiza town, or a restaurant overlooking the beach. Bambuddha Grove and Tijuana Tex Mex is nice too.
Partying: I have been to every single one of the big clubs. My fave is probably Es Paradis, the water party is loads of fun, Ushuaia, or an Ibiza Rocks gig. Chase & Status performing was one of my best nights, just about beating Global Gathering and Creamfields! I also love a good boat party, purely for the view, and Bora Bora beach party at Playa d’en Bossa. 😀
To sunbathe: Ocean beach club, one of the many beaches that the Island has to offer, and private villa’s. I’m lucky as I have a beautiful villa to go to regularly to swim in the pool, have a barbecue, or sunbathe. Oh, and the big residential pool of our apartments! 😀
Shopping: Ibiza town has Zara, Superdry, The Body Shop, Pull & Bear, many little unique clothing boutiques, and my fave being Stradivarius.
Well, there you have it. Whether you’re after a luxurious, relaxing break, family fun or a party holiday, Ibiza is the place. There is something for everyone!
Barcelona – Dec 2013
Before I went home to England, me and my other half spent a day in Barcelona. It was the 23rd December and I was extremely pleased that it didn’t rain 😀 We were given great seats on the plane (plenty of extra room) and the flight was pleasant. Barcelona was a beautiful City, so many nice buildings to look at, especially the old buildings. I couldn’t believe how busy it was though, (reminded me of London.) We went shopping in Corte Ingles which is a huge shopping centre with all the well-known brands. We went shopping in Las Ramblas. The Christmas decorations were up everywhere which was pretty. There were many human statutes lined along the street, which performed if you paid them. I saw Caesar, The Mask, and a bronzed King statute. In the summer there are many more if you Google it (:
We walked around sightseeing, checking out the stadium where bull fights used to take place, many ancient statues, buildings and the enormous church, Sagradia Familia! It has been there for thousands of years, and considering it was hand-made it’s massively impressive! It attracted a lot of tourists.
We then looked around the market stalls and stopped to have food in a lovely restaurant. My other half had paella and I had grilled chicken and potatoes.
We also explored different parts of Barcelona by using the tube. We didn’t have time to visit the Barcelona Football Stadium, however footballer Cesc Fabregas rode past us on a bike!
I really enjoyed Barcelona. If you like exploring, sightseeing, architecture, eating out and different culture, then you will like it too.
I hope to visit Madrid soon and the little Island, Formentera.
Romania 11th Sep 2013
I hadn’t known what to expect when I visited Romania. I knew about its beautiful scenic landscapes, that Dracula’s Castle was there, and famous singers such as Alexandra Stan (Saxobeat) and Inna (Hot) were Romanian.
Where to stay?
I stayed in a Spa hotel in Brasov called The Hotel Garden Club. It was a modern, welcoming hotel. There was an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and beauty / treatment rooms. The grassy landscape view from the room was beautiful.
What to do?
I visited the Carpathian Mountains, the 2nd longest mountain range in Europe. I walked to the top where I had a hot chocolate in a Café, sitting on the chairs outside taking in the stunning view, 2000ft high!
I went shopping and sightseeing in Brasov which is a lovely town excluding a medieval ambience. There are lovely markets selling handcrafted items, little boutiques and the largest gothic church in Romania, the BlackChurch.
The next day I visited BranCastle, a place where I could experience the history and the myth of the Dracula.
In other parts of Romania, I checked out the massive shopping centre of Bucharest, Ploiesti, and the Palace of Parliament which is the world’s largest civilian building, the zoo, the stunning parks, museums and art galleries.
The restaurant that was most memorable for me was Hanul Dacilor, Poiana Brasov, with ‘hunting lodge’ type décor, an orchestra playing music, a singer, and great food. The ciorba soup, stew and warm wine were delicious.
The majority of the place really is lovely and definitely worth seeing.
London, England Dec 28 2013
As you may be aware from previous posts, I went home for Christmas, the UK. Whilst there, I spent a couple of days in London with my other half and family. We booked into Hyde Park apartments, and were pleased to find that they were lovely! Modern, spacious, perfect location being a street away from Hyde park and Winter Wonderland. The apartments were fully equipped with everything that you could need.
We spent the day exploring. So, we took the tube to different parts of London, and went sightseeing. We saw the London bridge which was absolutely gorgeous at night, all lit up. We checked out big Ben, the house of parliament, the shard, the London eye, and Winter Wonderland.
Winter Wonderland was so magical! Held in Hyde park, It was covered in Christmas decorations, pretty market stalls selling food, clothes, handcrafted items, little bars selling warm wine, a fairground and an ice skating rink. It was packed with people. It was absolutely lovely, and definitely put me in a Christmassy mood.
The next day, we checked out Oxford street and done some shopping. We also went for a nice meal.
London is a lovely city, I had been before, but years ago. It’s definitely worth seeing if you haven’t been before. I would have liked to see Buckingham Palace, Camden markets and Covent Garden, however there’s always next time.
Mallorca, Palma Nova June 2012
My other half took me to Mallorca, Palma Nova and it was lovely. I had been to Mallorca before, however when I was younger, and it was Magaluf. Palma Nova, even though close, was so different. It was beautiful. There were lovely little restaurants, shops, parks, and a gorgeous view of the port.
We ate at an Italian restaurant overlooking the port. The next day, we ate at a Mexican restaurant called Katmandu. The restaurant is built so it looks upside down. It’s brilliant! Mexican people played live music as you ate, and the food was delicious. I would go back there, for sure.
The spa hotel we stayed in was lovely. It had a big swimming pool, private sunbathing terrace, a jacuzzi and sauna. It was so relaxing.
We wondered round the parks, I love sightseeing. We also ventured into the Magaluf clubbing strip one night. It was absolutely hectic, just as I thought it was. I was mistaken by a PR as being Russian! LOL. (My grandfather was Russain, so I am quarter) though you’d never tell 😀
Had a lovely trip, and would definately recommend Palma Nova for a romantic break, for fine dining, sightseeing, partying and somewhere hot to catch a suntan!
Canary Islands – Costa Adeje – Apr 2010
I went to the Canary Islands, Costa Adeje in 2010 for my birthday. I wanted somewhere which was 40 degrees weather, so I could get an amazing suntan, whilst relaxing and close enough to party some nights. This definately was the ideal place. The hotel was lovely. We had our own studio apartment on a nice complex, and the view was amazing! You could see the sea. The pool was relaxing, not too busy, and the restaurant and food was decent too, (we went all inclusive.) There was also a bar on site, which was pretty lively also.
We got a taxi into the centre one night where there were a few bars. It wasn’t bad. A bit too quiet for my liking, especially when it came to birthday celebrating. So the next night, we headed into Playa De Las Americas, the clubbing strip. It was great! Really busy, lively atmosphere, good music and plenty of bars and clubs.
Mallorca – Magaluf – 2010
Canary Islands – Playa De Las Americas – 2011
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