Our final day on our holiday resulted in the cultural part of the trip and we re-visited Eivissa Town to explore the old walled town of D'Alt Vila.
The Romans were the first to fortify the hilltop, but the walls which can be seen now were completed in 1585 to protect against invasion by combined French and Ottoman forces. The fortifications consist of seven artillery bastions joined by thick protective walls up to 22m in height.
Inside the town the narrow streets and historic gateways are evocative of the past and as you climb higher towards the fortifications, markers in several languages explain the significance of various sections of the town and parts of the wall. Being at the highest part of the fort/town also provides an excellent opportunity to capture some spectacular views.
After an overpriced fruit juice near the top of the fort we spent the remaining hours of the afternoon traipsing Sa Penya's streets and hippie stalls but that was just a time filler rather than any desire to see such tat.
After partying in Pacha all night, the chilled out environs of Cafe del Mar in San Antonio was the target for this evening's activities. A famous spot for viewing the sunset, Pat and myself established ourselves on the sea front, sipped sugary cocktails and tapped our feet to some excellent chilled out and atmospheric tunes.
After the sun had set (to a cheer and applause from other sunset watchers), Ruth and the gang turned up and we joined them next door at Cafe Mambo. That's Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo ticked off the 'must see' list.
Ibiza is known for its super clubs such as Es Paradis, Amnesia and Eden. On one night we visited Pacha in Eivissa Town (Ibiza Town). The night started in the old town of Sa Penya, overlooked by the even older town of D'Alt Vila, before hitting the packed narrow streets full of bars and party people.
I've mentioned below how this area is full of eccentrics but it is worth noting that of people watching is your game then you will be entertained. Aging transvestites, young transvestites, scantily clad PR girls and aging hippies who look like they have been here for decades are just some of the sights that can be seen. Not to mention the usual attractive female bar touts tempting men like bees to honey before discarding them once they have bought a drink.
After getting our tickets for Pacha in one of the bars (it's cheaper than paying on the door), we headed off to the club which was very impressive. Because of the high prices, a certain crowd are excluded (these are all in San Antonio) and the atmosphere is very relaxed with very little jostling for space.
After a number of hours going from chilled out room to chilled out room, each playing different music, we went for a meal in the club at about 3AM. The quality of the food was of a very high standard and after consuming a bottle of wine between us we headed back to the main area. With alcohol coursing through our veins we went for a boogie, several more beers and then by 5:30AM Pat declared himself out thus signalling time to get a taxi back to San Antonio and for Pat to fight the temptation to vomit in the back.
Known as the '10 years too late tour', this latest trip with Pat was to the infamous partying island of Ibiza. Over the years we have experienced many brash resorts favoured by the British louts and I've often come home vowing 'never again'. However, by the following year this is often forgotten. I've always had a curiosity about Ibiza though and despite being a veteran, it's actually a resort that is frequented by crazy teens, on their first trip abroad, as well as seasoned travellers looking for something a bit more up market and with coin on the hip.
After you've experienced my delights or horrors of Spain, see what the destinations below may have in store for you.