Ibiza: Where To Eat, Party And Beach – HuffPost UK

Ibiza is one of my favourite holiday destinations. I’ve been travelling here for over ten years, each time discovering something new. Whether it’s hedonism or holism you’re looking for, Ibiza has something to suit everyone.

Beaches and Beach Clubs
There’s no better way to explore the island than by hiring a car and giving yourself a few days to tour around. There are over 40 beaches on the island to discover, after all. Car hire is relatively cheap, but choose your insurance carefully so you don’t get stung at the end of your trip. There are plenty of very narrow, winding roads to deal with particularly in the mountainous regions.

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El Chiringuito at dusk

If you’re looking for long lunches Jockey Club on Ses Salines, Amante and El Chringuito de Es Cavallet are some of my favourites. El Chringuito does exceptional food, but you need to book in advance as it’s immensely popular. If you like seafood, I recommend the sharing spaghetti frutti di mare. It’s rich with locally sourced prawns, mussels and clams with a tasty garlic and lobster infused sauce. The portion for two is enough to comfortably feed four. If you like your meat, you can’t go wrong with their slow roasted lamb shoulder or “Iberian secret”, a lightly marbled cut of pork that’s packed with flavour.

Amante Beach Club on the South East of the island is a particularly picturesque location – it’s set up on a cliff above Sol D’en Serra Beach. Whether you come for lunch, sundowners or a romantic dinner, it’s simply idyllic. Top dishes include their signature fish croquetas, the monkfish, king prawns and squid served with “sofrito marinero” and their succulent fillet steak.

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Looking down from Amante’s restaurant

For a bit more of a party vibe, Cotton Club is a beach club located on Cala Tarida. The menu is a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean with a wonderful selection of sushi. It’s also an excellent place to people watch. If you’re looking for the perfect sunset spot with cocktails to match the view, head to Experimental Beach Club on Cap Des Falcó.

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The view from Cotton Club’s roof

If you like your beaches without the club, Cala Mastella is one of the best and has an incredible seafood restaurant, Es Bigotes. It’s rustic, authentic and famed for apparently once refusing to serve the King of Spain as he arrived without a booking.

Sa Pedrera, otherwise known as Atlantis, is another beauty found on the South West coast down a rocky trail. It’s not an easy path, but it’s worth the journey. The historic hotspot is laden with century-old carvings of extraordinary faces and other creatures across the rocky cliffs. As for the other 40 or so beaches, their secrecy is part of the island’s charm. Go and spend some time in some of the more traditional bars and restaurants and get chatting to the locals.

Formentera
If you’re staying for more than just a couple of days, Formentera is an absolute must. It’s easily reached by ferry or a private yacht (if you’re feeling lavish!). It’s a heavenly world of white-washed houses and miles of sandy white beaches. It’s paradise. If you’re a competent driver, renting a scooter and driving around on its rough terrain is an incredible way to spend your day.

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Outside Juan y Andrea with @heloisenangle

Ferries and catamarans leave Ibiza Old Town every 20 minutes. You can buy return tickets directly from the boat for €20 return – slightly cheaper than the ticket office – and you’ll still get a discount on scooters. Tip – don’t buy tickets from your hotel as they will charge extra. The average ferry is around an hour, but you can spend it up on the sun deck sipping on a €2 beer. Private excursions start at around €500 for a basic vessel and go up into the thousands for a super yacht.

If you’re just popping in for lunch Beso Beach or Juan y Andrea are the perfect place for a long, lazy lunch with delicious food followed by a swim in the beautiful, clear water. If you’re a seafood lover, try Juan y Andrea’s sharing paella or their baked fresh fish. If you want to spend a night on the island, there are plenty of good options. I love Gecko Beach Club – it’s pure luxury and has an insanely good chef.

Evening Dining
There’s a vast range of restaurants and one to suit every palette. Bambuddha Ibiza is one of the best on the island. It’s an all round wonderful culinary experience with some of the finest Pan Asian food I’ve tasted paired with fantastic service and beautiful surroundings. STK Ibiza, is another restaurant that delivers a high-end experience. It’s famed for its delicious steaks and an incredible raw bar.

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The quiet before the storm at Bambuddha Ibiza

Wandering around the Old Town gives me that real holiday feeling. I love exploring its web of cobbled streets and the multitude of boutiques. Down by the marina, there’s a bustling market with jewellery and gift stalls. If you follow the roads to the top of Dalt Vila there’s a beautiful 14th century cathedral, Santa Maria d’Eivissa. My favourite restaurant here is La Oliva where you can enjoy a Mediterranean menu on a candlelit table underneath the stars. La Tana is another favourite with excellent food, wine and service. If you’re looking for authentic, modestly priced tapas La Bodega, located beside the drawbridge, is hands down the best you’ll find here.

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Walking up the Old Town’s drawbridge

I often stay at my friend’s apartment around Cala San Vicente towards the North of the island. On the far side of the beach you’ll find a place simply called Restaurante and Chill Out – On The Beach. It’s not high end luxury, but it’s a wonderful place to relax or have an evening with live music. It’s family run, and serve up some tasty tapas and juicy burgers with a chilled, but buzzing atmosphere throughout the day and night.

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On The Beach – Cala San Vicente

In the nearby town, San Juan, you’ll find one of my most-loved restaurants, Giri Café. It’s part of The Giri Residence, a boutique hotel and spa. They use local, organic and sustainable produce, much of which is grown in their garden that surrounds you whilst you dine. The food is presented as beautifully as it tastes. I highly recommend the beef cheek wrapped in filo or the flame-roasted sea bass. They also serve up an exquisite breakfast with a varied selection of fresh juices, divine poached eggs sourced from Ibizan hens and, my favourite, home marinated salmon on focaccia. If you’re feeling a little fragile from the night before, it’s the perfect place to recharge and relax on one of their comfy outdoor beds.

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Recovering at Giri Cafe

San Juan holds a midsummer party every year, around the 23rd June. Hundreds fill the decorated streets to dance to live music and jump over a bonfire as part of a cleansing ritual. It’s the perfect opportunity to hang out with the locals and experience one of Spain’s great traditions.

Nightlife Highlights
Ibiza is the party capital of the world and, even if you’re there to relax, it would be a shame to not experience some of the incredible clubs. Personal highlights for me include Circoloco at DC10, Together Tuesdays at Amnesia with residents Chase and Status, Disciples and Sigma, Ants at Ushuaïa, Guy Gerbers’ Rumours at Destino, Solomun Sundays at Pacha and Elrow at Amenesia.

The ultimate opening of 2017 is Hï Ibiza. It may have replaced iconic superclub, Space, but it’s been fully fitted with a state of the art Soundsystem and glows with giant LED screens and incredible ceiling displays. Even the toilets are mesmerizing. Residents include Steve Lawler, Hardwell, Steve Angello and Black Coffee. If you’re in Ibiza over the weekend, head to Black Coffee on Saturday. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Hï Ibiza

The island has changed dramatically over the years, but its hippie soul is still there. Once you’re off the airplane which, let’s face it, is likely to have a drunken ‘Brits on tour’ group on it, you’ll find some truly magical places. The island has an incredibly high-level of quartz in its soil – some say that’s where it gets that special energy it’s known for. And, whether you’re wanting to come and explore or just want to have some hedonistic escapism, everyone is welcomed with open arms.

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Made In Chelsea: Ibiza promises most explosive series yet | Daily … – Daily Mail

Andrew Bullock For Mailonline

They’ve summered in the Big Apple, the City of Angels and the South of France.

But this year the cast of Made In Chelsea have jetted to Ibiza to shake off the shackles of refined London privilege and let their hair down on the White Isle.

And in an exclusive first look, the show has released the official cast photo for the series, which sees the bevvy of blonde beauties Frankie Gaff, Georgia Toffolo and Mimi Bouchard looking beach-ready in bikinis and flowing sarongs.

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'There was drama last season – but this time, expect worse!' Made In Chelsea: Ibiza reveals first look of bikini-clad cast and teases its most explosive summer series yet

'There was drama last season – but this time, expect worse!' Made In Chelsea: Ibiza reveals first look of bikini-clad cast and teases its most explosive summer series yet

‘There was drama last season – but this time, expect worse!’ Made In Chelsea: Ibiza reveals first look of bikini-clad cast and teases its most explosive summer series yet

The cast have also teased exclusively to MailOnline that this promises to be the most dramatic summer season to date.

Last year’s newest bad boy addition to the cast, Harry Baron, said of MIC: Ibiza: ‘There was drama last season – but this time, expect worse!’

He added: ‘It’s going to be a fantastic watch. Gripping!’

MIC stalwart Jamie Laing will appear in the new run of episodes and is in fact one of the only cast members from the reality show’s first year to be appearing.

To be continued: Last season, various relationships were left strained: things were tense between Harry and Ella Wills [pictured L with Daisy Robins] after a turbulent series of run-ins with her and boyfriend Julius Cowdrey

To be continued: Last season, various relationships were left strained: things were tense between Harry and Ella Wills [pictured L with Daisy Robins] after a turbulent series of run-ins with her and boyfriend Julius Cowdrey

To be continued: Last season, various relationships were left strained: things were tense between Harry and Ella Wills [pictured L with Daisy Robins] after a turbulent series of run-ins with her and boyfriend Julius Cowdrey

‘A lot of interesting things happen…’ he teased, without giving too much away.

New girl Mimi also hinted at six weeks of high drama: ‘It’s an amazing series. You see a new side to everyone!’

The show returns for its fourth summer season, making this the 17th run in MIC’s seven-year history.

Tease: New girl Mimi Bouchard also hinted at six weeks of high drama - 'It’s an amazing series. You see a new side to everyone!'

Tease: New girl Mimi Bouchard also hinted at six weeks of high drama - 'It’s an amazing series. You see a new side to everyone!'

Tease: New girl Mimi Bouchard also hinted at six weeks of high drama – ‘It’s an amazing series. You see a new side to everyone!’

Much like the previous year’s MIC: South of France and the year before’s MIC: LA, the trip abroad will see the cast hitting the beaches for a summer of partying and, most likely, romance.

Last season, various relationships were left strained: things were tense between Harry and Ella Wills, after a turbulent series of run-ins with her and boyfriend Julius Cowdrey (who is not featuring in the current season); Mimi and Liv Bentley were at each other’s throats after Liv blamed Mimi for splitting up her and Fredrik Ferrier (who is also noticeably absent in Ibiza); and Toff ended her brief fling with new boy Sam Prince.

On or off? Last season Toff ended her brief fling with new boy Sam Prince

On or off? Last season Toff ended her brief fling with new boy Sam Prince

On or off? Last season Toff ended her brief fling with new boy Sam Prince

Meanwhile, romance was dicey between Sam Thompson and Tiff Watson, Jamie and Frankie.

Sam and Tiff announced they were taking a break for the summer and that they were allowed to see other people; Tiff doesn’t appear in the cast photo, but is thought to be making an appearance.

Sam’s sister Louise Thompson and boyfriend Ryan Libbey are also set to make a guest appearance, as well as Victoria Baker Harber.

Jamie and Frankie appear to be back on going by the cast image – however, their relationship has been a notoriously rocky one and the status of it is anyone’s guess.

She's back: Former cast member Emily Blackwell also crops back up this season - sure to have her eye on one of the boys [pictured L with Liv Bentley and Harry Baron]

She's back: Former cast member Emily Blackwell also crops back up this season - sure to have her eye on one of the boys [pictured L with Liv Bentley and Harry Baron]

She’s back: Former cast member Emily Blackwell also crops back up this season – sure to have her eye on one of the boys [pictured L with Liv Bentley and Harry Baron]

Former cast member Emily Blackwell also crops back up this season – sure to have her eye on one of the boys. 

Also not appearing in this summer edition are Binky Felstead and Josh Patterson.

This will be the first season Binky hasn’t been in, and is sitting it out due to the birth of her baby India, who she and JP welcomed in June. 

MIC: Ibiza is set to air on E4 at the end of July. 

Rocky roads? Jamie Laing, Frankie Gaff and Sam Thompson are all thought to be in the midst of love life drama during the trip

Rocky roads? Jamie Laing, Frankie Gaff and Sam Thompson are all thought to be in the midst of love life drama during the trip

Rocky roads? Jamie Laing, Frankie Gaff and Sam Thompson are all thought to be in the midst of love life drama during the trip

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Last minute holiday DEALS: The best places to go in July including IBIZA and Majorca – Express.co.uk

Brighton 

If you’re desperate for a helping of sun and sea but are keen to avoid security checks and baggage reclaim, why not head to Brighton?

Brighton is one of the UK’s sunniest towns and its promenades have been packed with visitors every summer for the last 200 years. It’s the quintessential British seaside break; seagulls overhead, deckchairs on the pebbles, and an ice cream in both hands.  

What to eat 

Brighton’s breakfast and brunch scene is booming so make sure you arrive in time for the most important meal of the day. You can get your traditional Full English here, but there’s also scope for the more adventurous – there’re French, Indian and Mexican versions if you’re feeling brave. 

If you’re a fry-up purist, head to Joe’s Café. This independent café has been serving breakfast for 27 years and was recently voted the ‘Best Brunch’ in Brighton. Ingredients are locally-sourced and served with a smile. 

In need of a sweet treat? Make a bee-line for Boho Gelato. Offering a twist on the seaside classic, this ice cream parlour offers a rainbow of flavours – everything from carrot cake to apple and avocado. Or, bag a Crème Brûlee Cronut from Dum Dum Donutterie, the world’s first artisan baked doughnut brand. 

What to see and do 

There’re plenty of things to see and do in Brighton, though most people opt to bask on the beach till sundown. 

If you want to add popcorn and blockbusters into that equation, get tickets for the UK’s largest beachfront cinema, Brighton’s Big Screen, which begins its 2017 programme on the 29th July.  

But if you’re not one for sitting still, have no fear; Brighton is a wanderer’s paradise. Stroll through the Brighton Flea Market or Upper Gardner Street for all sorts of antiques and oddities. Or, head to the Palace Pier for a ride on the roller-coaster or to try your luck on the slots. 

Where to stay 

There’s plenty of hotels in Brighton, whether you’re looking for big brands like Hilton, a boutique B&B or something affordable and family friendly.  

If you’re in the mood for relaxed glamour, stay at Boutique hotel Drakes of Brighton, whose designer rooms boast sea views, free-standing baths and monsoon showers. 

There’s also the grand Victorian Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel, which overlooks the West Pier and promenade – a perfect spot to catch the sunset.  

lastminute.com’s top Brighton travel deals: 

4* Drakes of Brighton

Double room from £119 per night, room only 

4* Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel 

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Ibiza ‘shark attack’ leaves swimmer in hospital after ‘savaging him off … – The Sun

A SWIMMER was attacked by a blue shark off a popular Ibiza holiday beach which left him needing emergency hospital treatment, it is reported.

The Spanish pensioner was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand after it was claimed he was bitten off the beach at Playa d’en Bossa – home to famous clubs such as Ushaia and one of the most popular destinations on Ibiza for British tourists.

A shark bit a pensioner off Playa d’en Bossa beach on Saturday afternoon

A shark bit a pensioner off Playa d’en Bossa beach on Saturday afternoon

Playa d’en Bossa beach is one of Ibiza’s most popular tourist spots

Playa d’en Bossa beach is one of Ibiza’s most popular tourist spots

Several people are said to have left the water after the incident, which happened on Saturday afternoon, although the beach was not closed to swimmers.

First aiders launched a search for the shark but abandoned their hunt after about an hour when they failed to find any sign of it.

The bite victim, an 82-year-old man, was discharged from Can Misses Hospital near Ibiza town around 7.30pm on Saturday following treatment, some four hours after he had been admitted.

BLUE sharks are long thin predators that hunt in temperate waters around the world.

They are known to approach shore in cooler areas like the Med while in more tropical seas they live deeper.

They can grow over 7ft long and have large litters of up to 100 offspring at once.

Although they mainly feed on squid, they have also been known to hunt lobsters and crabs.

But they have killed humans. Since records began they have been involved in four deadly biting incidents, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

“While not overly aggressive it is not a timid shark and needs to be approached with caution, especially if it has been circling since it may attempt an exploratory bite in test feeding”, a museum factsheet says.



Local authorities said they believe the incident was caused by a blue shark or a large fish – but have yet to officially confirm it.

Blue sharks are one of the most common species of sharks in the Mediterranean.

The same type of shark was blamed for an attack on a holidaymaker in Elche near Alicante last July.

The 40-year-old victim was rushed to hospital and given stitches to a wound in his hand.

The Spanish pensioner was left with a gash on his hand after swimming off the popular beach

The Spanish pensioner was left with a gash on his hand after swimming off the popular beach

First aiders described the bite as “large” and said he had come out of the sea with blood streaming from the injury.

The drama happened at Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach.

The red flag was kept in place for around two hours when bathers were allowed back in the water.

Tourists were ordered out of the water last August in the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola after bathers said they had spotted a shark.

Lifeguards on jet skis helped kids on dinghies and from an inflatable water park near where the shark was spotted to safety as colleagues ran along the shoreline blowing on whistles and ordering swimmers out of the water.

Fuengirola beach, one of the most popular of the Costa del Sol with British tourists, was closed for five hours while patrol boats searched for the fish.

The red flag was hoisted along nearly two miles of coastline.

The beach was eventually reopened after nothing untoward was found.


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Shark attacks swimmer at popular Ibiza beach as others flee the … – Mirror.co.uk

A shark has attacked a swimmer off the coast of one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza.

The victim was treated for a two-inch gash to his hand after being bitten at Playa d’en Bossa – home to famous clubs like Ushaia and a Brit tourist favourite – yesterday afternoon.

Other swimmers fled the water following the attack, although the beach was not closed to swimmers.

First aiders spent about an hour searching the waters while the local authorities confirmed that a blue shark or a large fish was behind the attack.

The 82-year-old victim was taken to Can Misses Hospital
The 82-year-old victim was taken to Can Misses Hospital
(Photo: UGC MSN)

The 82-year-old Spanish victim was discharged from Can Misses Hospital near Ibiza town around 7.30pm yesterday, about four hours after he had been admitted.

Blue sharks are one of the most common species of sharks in the Med, with the same type believed to have attacked a tourist near Alicante last July. The 40-year-old was rushed to hospital after also being bitten on the hand at Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach.

The red flag was kept in place for around two hours before bathers were allowed back in the water.

Tourists in the Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola were ordered out of the water last August after bathers said they had spotted a shark near an inflatable water park.

A blue shark attacked a tourist in Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach last July
A blue shark attacked a tourist in Elche’s Arenales del Sol beach last July
(Photo: iStockphoto)

Lifeguards on jet skis rushed kids on dinghies to safety as colleagues ran along the shoreline blowing whistles and ordering swimmers out of the water.

Fuengirola beach, one of the most popular of the Costa del Sol with British and Irish tourists, was closed for five hours while patrol boats searched.

The red flag was hoisted along nearly two miles of coastline but it was eventually reopened after no signs of a shark were found.

10 of the best hidden beaches in Ibiza – The Guardian

Cala Mastella, Santa Eulalia

Much of the area north-east of Sant Carles de Peralta is bucolic, with smallholdings and farms, people on bikes, dusty roads and sleeping dogs. This is the right beach for the neighbourhood: natural, quiet and accessed (ultimately) along a dirt road through cane and pine forests. A rocky seabed means clear water, with good snorkeling over patches of seagrass. To be honest, the highlight is lunch: book weeks in advance and follow a dip with lunch at El Bigotes, in the miniscule harbour just over the rocks at the far left of the beach. There are tables right on the harbour’s edge, outdoor cooking over wood, and just one option: fish (offered noon-12.30pm) or bullit de peix (fish stew, offered from 2pm). It’s perfect, if in a slightly ramshackle way.
Between Punta d’en Ribes y Caló Roig, around 5km from Sant Carles de Peralta; 10km from Sant Eulalia. Restaurante El Bigotes, +34 650 797 633 (call 11am-1pm only), no website

Ibiza beach map.

Cala Xarraca, Sant Joan de Labritja

Ibiza Punta de Xarraca turquoise beach



Photograph: Alamy

This rough sandy beach is relatively bustling for the north end of the island but use it as a base for exploring smaller, quieter neighbouring coves, starting with Sa Cova de Xarraca, just around the rocks to the right (100m). Swim or rent a kayak; those who go too far will bob into S’Illot des Renclí, which is no bad thing. Cross the headland to the left and go to Es Canaret, a beautiful deep and turquoise bay, dominated by a swanky house of dubious design, and which feels private but is not. It is possible to walk but the more straightforward option is to drive, then walk for about 10 minutes along a signposted trail to Es Canaret. Alternatively, stay at Cala Xarraca; the area of flat rocks to the far left is generally quieter. Kayaks, loungers and umbrellas are available from the eponymous restaurant, along with, unsurprisingly, fish.
C-733 Sant Joan to Portinatx, signposted at 17km. Watch out for the steep but short, one car-wide descent to limited parking. Continue past the parking area for Es Canaret, taking the third unpaved road to the right

S’Illot des Renclí, Sant Joan de Labritja

S’Illot des Rencli, Ibiza


As with nearby Xarraca, this lovely, small beach with eponymous restaurant mops up most visitors, leaving little inlets to the right virtually untouched. Admittedly, it’s tempting just to just to stay and eat the famously good paella here, particularly if there’s a table free under the pines on the bluff above the sea. Or to paddle out and snorkel round the little island, where the stony seabed gives way to sand, and starfish and various other marine life loiter in the wafting posidonia oceanica (seagrass). But if splendid isolation is the goal, wade and swim around the mini headland with boathouses, or follow the trail that leads off to the right looking at the sea from the first parking area reached after turning in from the road. Overgrown to start with, it widens out and follows a low cliff to a couple of stony but secluded spots, ending up before long at Cala Xuclar.
C-733 Sant Joan to Portinatx, signposted at 25.3km

Cala Xuclà, Sant Joan de Labritja

Cala Xuclar. Beach. Sant Joan de Labritja. Ibiza. Balearic Islands. Spain.



Photograph: Alamy

Keep a sharp eye out for the sign in time to make the turn off a fast, swooping coast road, and head down a short, steep, rutted track that descends through pines and junipers to a circular sandy cove with gently lapping water and maize growing around the edges. Through summer, there is a proper chiringuito – a wooden shed with hatch, and half a dozen tables set out under a sail shade – which also rents out loungers and umbrellas. Despite the top-notch facilities, this remains a hidden gem. Note: the parking space is small and rutted, and while it is possible to tuck in along the track, be warned that turning around on it in a rental car is a tense business.
C-733 Sant Joan to Portinatx, signposted at 26.5km

Punta de Ses Portes, Sant Josep

Punta De Ses Portes, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain



Photograph: Alamy

For those jetting in for Ibizan glamour, half a day in a quarry may not be top of the “to-do” list. But this quarry is half a millennium old, facing Formentera on the southern tip of Ibiza in the Ses Salines natural park, and sploshed by clear sea. And the blocky holes left when rock was removed to make the walls of the Dalt Vila are now shallow, smooth-walled designer pools with warm water and spectacular views. Park at the creamy-sand party beach Ses Salines, with its of loungers, beach clubs, music and people, or at Es Cavallet beach, and follow the wooden walkways south over dunes or through pine forest (about 1.5km). Take water, mosquito repellant and some form of shade. There are many attractions, and even some buildings – an interpretation centre (open at weekends), fishermen’s huts, a splendid tower built to defend Ibiza from Algerian corsairs – but a chiringuito selling cold beer isn’t among them.
Es Cavallet and Ses Salines are both around 8km from Ibiza airport, via PM-802

Cala Llentrisca, Sant Josep

Spain, Ibiza, Fishermen’s huts at Llentrisca Beach



Photograph: Alamy

This is probably the most famous “hidden gem” on the island. Nevertheless, some confusion regarding exactly how to get there, the walk (albeit short), and perhaps the fact the beach is rather pebbly, keep visitor numbers low. Backed by pine forests, and usually quiet but for the chirruping of cicadas, this still feels like an escape. Inevitably, there are fishermen’s huts, but slipways and a well-positioned jetty are nice spots for a lie-down while contemplating the return hike. Buy supplies in Es Cubells before heading there.
Access by foot (700m) from the point where the road ends in Urbanizació Es Cubells. A path heads west along the top of the cliff before descending to the beach

Cala Tarida, Sant Josep

Cala Tarida beach in Ibiza Balearic Islands



Photograph: Alamy

There are steps down from a car park roundabout – beside the somewhat tawdry Hotel Club Cala Tarida – to this west-coast beach. It is popular but also wide (50m) and long, with fabulous rock formations. Head to the rocky areas at the end of the beach and secure a rock platform for an uninterrupted bask with uninterrupted sea view. Better still, there’s a second beach – a small sandy cove, reached by going back up the steps by the Can Yucas bar, and down a track accessed from the no-entry road beside them. And beyond that, there’s a third: the lovely Es Pujolets, with lots of fishermen’s huts, white sand, the most extraordinary turquoise water and, often, bobbing boats.
The easiest, least slippery, way to reach the smaller coves is to park at the Cala Tarida Norte car park (signposted) and to walk back with the sea to the right until Es Pujolet’s huts come into view below

Cala Saladeta, Sant Antoni de Portmany

Beach and cove at Cala Saladeta, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza.



Photograph: Alamy

Leave the car in the big pine-shaded car park at Cala Salada, follow the trail down to the beach and up and over a low rocky headland to its little sister: Cala Saladeta. This is a classic example of the beach beyond the beach and while it may not be the quietest, it is quieter and, protected from wind, with gently shelving sand and a decent restaurant back on the main beach. The restaurant is a good option for families. An even better option is lunch at the legendary and laid-back Restaurante Can Cosmi beside the quietly glorious church in Santa Agnès de Corona (go for the tortilla: it’s almost obligatory).
Just under 5km north of Sant Antoni de Portmany

Es Portitxol

Es Portitxol, Ibiza



Photograph: Alamy

For those who simply must have a beach of their own … here’s one that involves a hike and potentially some scrambling. Es Portitxol is an easier alternative to others that fit the bill (for example Cala d’Albarca, Ses Balandres and Cala d’en Sardina) and sufficiently special and spectacular to merit the modicum of effort (most associated with finding the start of the 1.5km trail). The beach is almost circular, and shingly, the water transparent, all green and turquoise over the patches of seagrass. In fact, the place has the stillness of a forgotten world, despite the ubiquitous fishermen’s huts and the presence of other people seeking somewhere solitary.
From the Sant Miquel to Sant Mateu road, take the turning for Urbanizació Illa Blanca. Once there (under 1km), take the right zigzagging road to a fork then the right downhill track for 350m and park by the stone wall. At this point, there will be an arrow indicating the trail

Caló des Moltons, Port de Sant Miquel

Utopía Chiringuito, Calo des Moltons, Ibiza.


It’s a resort (with a pug-ugly development scar) but the northern Port de Sant Miquel still feels remote, clean, fresh and other-worldly up here at the end of the road – and there’s plenty of space on the wide sandy beach for all. However, a track from Restaurante Port Balansat leads up and over a second and very different seaside proposition: Caló des Moltons, a long, deep inlet shaped like a dressmaker’s dart, with flat rocks and pebbles, boathouses, and cool, still water. While it has the feel of a private find, the inlet has its own chiringuito: Utopía – a pretty, white-wood and surprisingly upmarket place, with good cocktails and sardine specials. From June to September, rent stand-up paddleboards as it’s the perfect place to try the sport for the first time: those who can’t get onboard here, never will.

Secret Ibiza: an insider guide to the best hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and clubs – Telegraph.co.uk

Another Figueretas favourite is Beachouse on Playa d’en Bossa is run by the talented team behind El Chiringuito, a smashhit beach club in Es Cavallet.

Smaller and more luxurious than many of its neighbours on the strip, it has pared-back whitewashed interiors, sea views, talented DJs, a juice bar and a restaurant with lounge areas. The food – rustic Italian dishes, presented with flair – is pretty special, too.

Bar 1805 in Ibiza Town takes its name from the year Henri-Louis Pernod launched the first commercial absinthe distillery. So no surprise that absinthe cocktails here are de rigueur – try the potent Green Beast, which is served in a birdcage punch bowl under the watchful eye of Charles Vexenat, a veteran of London’s mixology scene.

The best places to eat in Ibiza

There are many great beach restaurants on the island, but if I had to pick one, it would be Es Torrent (0034 971 802160), which overlooks a delightful tiny bay near Sant Josep.

I remember going as a little girl and playing in the sand while my parents settled in for a long lunch; it hasn’t really changed in the 40 years I’ve been visiting. It was – and is – renowned for its fish, though you need to book (phone only) and order dishes in advance if you want fish or paella.

In similar vein is Amante Ibiza (971 196176), a beach club close to Cala Llonga, which sits in a small, secluded and very pretty cove. Book a sunbed and spend the day relaxing, then rouse yourself for a supper of light, modern Mediterranean food. Time things right and your trip might coincide with one of the club’s weekly moonlit movie screenings (Tuesdays or Wednesday in June and September).

Otherwise, one of my all-time favourite restaurants in Ibiza is La Brasa (971 301202), half hidden by flowers at the base of the castle in Eivissa’s old town.

It’s intimate and cosy and the food is reliably delicious. Meals here are very romantic. Also away from the beach is La Paloma (971 325543), a lovely family-run restaurant in San Lorenzo, in the middle of the island.

It has an Italian home-style feel (chef Prasuna learned her craft from her Tuscan mother) and all ingredients for the small, often-changing menu are locally sourced or brought from Italy. This is a special place for dinner, but there’s also a café for snacks and light Asian, Middle Eastern and North African dishes.

Food on Ibiza, with its rich harvest of fish, seafood and wonderful natural ingredients, is hardly bad for you, but the island’s most progressive health-food spot – and perfect for a light lunch – is Passion (971 314566) in Marina Botafoch.

Where to go in Ibiza

I’ll always remember my school trip to Las Salinas, where we learned about the salt-making process. I feel I’ve come full circle when I go back to enjoy the beach here, which has one of the best vibes on the island. End the day by going to Cap Des Falcó, a cliff-top eyrie overlooking a beach just five minutes from Las Salinas itself. Watching the waves lap the rocks and the sun dip is breathtaking; the ice-cold beer at Experimental Beach is pretty good, too.

Where to find the best beaches in the world – Stuff.co.nz

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Sun, sand, sea. It’s a combination that never goes out of fashion, and one that can be dressed up or down to suit your mood.

Ready to take it slow? A deserted beach, where waves gently wash the shore while the wind whispers through the palm fronds, fits the bill. Looking for something a bit more lively? Then head for a stretch of sand where beach bars dish up tropical cocktails to the accompaniment of a reggae soundtrack.

But how do you find a beach that fits the bill? We turned to 10 experts, asking hotel and resort professionals who work right next door to some of the planet’s most celebrated beaches as well as experts for whom the beach plays an integral part of the working lives, to provide their picks. Their choices are surprisingly diverse – ranging from Rio to the Red Sea, Spain to Hawaii – and offer plenty of holiday inspiration.

Just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.

BEST BEACH FOR A ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Yasawa Island, Fiji

Yasawa Island.

Yasawa Island.

“Relocating to the Fiji Islands last year gave my wife and I the opportunity to explore its 333 islands.  From the main island of Viti Levu, many outer island beaches are within easy reach by boat, seaplane or helicopter. We found one of the most secluded and breathtaking beaches on Yasawa Island. We arrived with picnic and books in hand to find not a single man-made noise, just the gentle lapping of waves and palm fronds in the breeze.” Martin Rogers

Read more:
* Stunning country no one visits

BEST BEACH FOR NATURE-LOVERS
Caves Beach, New South Wales

My family have gone to Caves Beach, near Lake Macquarie in NSW, for holidays for years. It’s like a second home and I love to stay there when I have time off and just relax. The beach is named after all the caves on the coastline and at low tide you are able to walk through and explore all the caves. Phoebe O

BEST BEACH FOR SUNSETS 
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hundreds of people watching the sunset in Arpoador Stone.

Hundreds of people watching the sunset in Arpoador Stone.

“Arpoador in Rio is one of the first beaches I ever put my feet on as a young child. What I like is the different “tribes” co-existing and sharing the same piece of land, from fit senior citizens practising tai-chi-chuan to a crowd of surfers patiently waiting for the perfect wave that will make their day. Summer evenings in this spot are special, featuring nocturnal swimming, jam sessions and picnics. Locals come here to wait for the sunset, and when the sun sets behind the mountain in orange skies, it’s time to applaud.” Cristina Kastrup

BEST BEACH FOR GETTING ACTIVE
Ala Mana Park Beach, O’ahu

“While living and working on Hawaii’s beautiful island of O’ahu, I’ve found that one of my all-time favourite beaches to visit is Ala Moana Park Beach. Often frequented by locals, Ala Moana Park Beach is just a quick walk or bike ride from Prince Waikiki and offers everything that I love when it comes to beaches. It’s clean, well protected by the reef making the water ideal for swimming and it’s an amazing place for a sunset stroll on the sand.” Charles Abbott

BEST BEACH FOR GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL
Makena Beach, Maui

“Some of the best beaches in Maui are found on its south-western shores, and Makena is my favourite. It’s a long, secluded beach – I have been told it has more than 900 metres of sand – and it has huge surf and great snorkelling. I love to walk this beach and simply take in the beauty. In fact, I love it so much, I named my dog after it.” Ilse Harley

BEST AFTER-HOURS BEACH
Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak beach at dusk.

Seminyak beach at dusk.

“While you need to be a strong swimmer to brave the water, there are plenty of stylish shops, bars and restaurants that line its street. Sometimes what’s around the beach is just as important as what’s on it! For a nice dinner near Seminyak Beach or for late-night drinks, I personally enjoy Starfish Bloo or 1 Below conveniently located at the nearby W Bali.” CB

BEST BEACH FOR AN EXOTIC FAMILY HOLIDAY
Red Sea Coast, Egypt

“Egypt wouldn’t be top of mind for many people as a beach destination, but its marine and coastal environments are incredibly beautiful. On our first visit we were awestruck by the whitest of sands and crystal clear aqua water. The diving and snorkelling is among the best in the world. You only need to wade in the shallow waters to see a rainbow of coral and fish species. It inspired two of the children became certified divers.” MR

BEST BEACH FOR PEOPLE WATCHING
South Beach, Miami, US

People-watch in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

People-watch in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

“Miami’s social scene revolves around the water, and South Beach is the centre of it all. It’s worth the visit just to soak up the lively atmosphere from the bustling crowds, from rollerbladers and cyclists zooming along Ocean Drive to people plunging in for a swim. On a perfect day you can float and see straight to the bottom. But South Beach is as much about the action out of the water as in it. The art deco buildings lining Ocean Drive are home to lots of stylish bars and restaurants, which are busy all day and into the night.” Robert Lowe

BEST FOR CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER
Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

“Vivonne Bay [on the south coast of Kangaroo Island overlooking the Southern Ocean] has natural clear water that is that a wonderful turquoise colour, and the long sandy beach curves around the bay. It’s a beautiful place.” Shane Daw

BEST BEACH FOR KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

“Unlike its sister-island Ibiza, tranquillity is the name of the game in Formentera. Cars are rarely seen, people commute on bicycles and scooters. There is not a lot of tourism infrastructure, but the laid-back hippie vibe gives this beach a special place in my heart. The landscape is stunning, with velvet white sand and clear water; people are never in a hurry; and the scent of salt permeates the island. A beachside dinner of pescado al sal – salt-baked fish – is divine.” CK

BEST BEACH FOR WHITER-THAN-WHITE SAND
Lucky Bay, WA

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia.

“The sand at Lucky Bay, which is located in Cape Le Grande National Park [631 kilometres south-east of Perth] in Western Australia is the whitest in Australia and the turquoise water is crystal clear. The kangaroos on the beach also make for that picture-perfect image.” Sean Scott

TAKE ME THERE: FIVE BEACHES I WANT TO VISIT
NAVAGIO BEACH, GREECE

“I’ve actually been to Navagio Beach [Shipwreck Beach] on the coast of Zakynthos, Greece, but I would love to return. This beach can only be reached by boat as it is enclosed between large cliffs. There is a famous shipwreck you can roam around on the beach, and combined with the beach’s remoteness, its crystal-clear water and white sand, it is a spectacular experience.” Phoebe O

RAINE ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

“Raine Island, towards the border with Papua New Guinea. It is probably the most important green turtle nesting island in the southern hemisphere, where hundreds if not thousands of green turtles nest every year. Unfortunately this turtle population is under threat from fishing nets, from pollution and from climate change.” Dermot O’Gorman

AMALFI COAST, ITALY 

Positano, Amalfi coast.

Positano, Amalfi coast.

“The beaches on the Amalfi Coast. The whole scenery there looks incredible. I do think we have the best beaches in the world but for something a bit different the Amalfi Coast appeals to me.” Sean Scott

STARFISH BEACH, PANAMA

“There are hundreds of them. I love beaches that are unspoiled, with not too many visitors. Some of the beaches in the Seychelles look amazing, but I saw a picture of Starfish Beach in Panama that makes it look magical.” Shane Daw

A REMOTE TROPICAL ISLAND

“The beach I’d most love to visit is any beach on any remote tropical island. There’s absolutely nothing better than being able to lie on soft white sand in the middle of nowhere, or sit in the line-up and have all the waves to yourself and your friends. It doesn’t get any more perfect.” Nikki Van Dijk

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“When we are on holiday with our children and grandchildren, it’s never-ending white sand, crystal waters and the buzz of happy beach goers. When my wife and I are travelling alone, it’s a small, secluded bay, rock pools or reef to snorkel and only the sounds of nature.” Martin Rogers

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“The best beaches are those that are clean, relaxing, peaceful and a great place to walk.” Charles Abbott

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“Somewhere that invites you to sit back and relax. Ideally, with white sands and clear blue water and palm trees that offer shade.” Robert Lowe

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“The landscape obviously plays a big part – fine white sand, clean and clear water, the surrounding nature. However, intangible features such as the atmosphere, the crowd, the vibe, are what really makes a great beach.” Cristiana Kastrup

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“Soft sand, beautiful blue waters, and beautiful views.” Ilse Harley

Traveller.com.au

Where to find the best beaches in the world | Stuff.co.nz – Stuff.co.nz

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Sun, sand, sea. It’s a combination that never goes out of fashion, and one that can be dressed up or down to suit your mood.

Ready to take it slow? A deserted beach, where waves gently wash the shore while the wind whispers through the palm fronds, fits the bill. Looking for something a bit more lively? Then head for a stretch of sand where beach bars dish up tropical cocktails to the accompaniment of a reggae soundtrack.

But how do you find a beach that fits the bill? We turned to 10 experts, asking hotel and resort professionals who work right next door to some of the planet’s most celebrated beaches as well as experts for whom the beach plays an integral part of the working lives, to provide their picks. Their choices are surprisingly diverse – ranging from Rio to the Red Sea, Spain to Hawaii – and offer plenty of holiday inspiration.

Just don’t forget to pack the sunscreen.

BEST BEACH FOR A ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Yasawa Island, Fiji

Yasawa Island.

Yasawa Island.

“Relocating to the Fiji Islands last year gave my wife and I the opportunity to explore its 333 islands.  From the main island of Viti Levu, many outer island beaches are within easy reach by boat, seaplane or helicopter. We found one of the most secluded and breathtaking beaches on Yasawa Island. We arrived with picnic and books in hand to find not a single man-made noise, just the gentle lapping of waves and palm fronds in the breeze.” Martin Rogers

Read more:
* Stunning country no one visits

BEST BEACH FOR NATURE-LOVERS
Caves Beach, New South Wales

My family have gone to Caves Beach, near Lake Macquarie in NSW, for holidays for years. It’s like a second home and I love to stay there when I have time off and just relax. The beach is named after all the caves on the coastline and at low tide you are able to walk through and explore all the caves. Phoebe O

BEST BEACH FOR SUNSETS 
Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hundreds of people watching the sunset in Arpoador Stone.

Hundreds of people watching the sunset in Arpoador Stone.

“Arpoador in Rio is one of the first beaches I ever put my feet on as a young child. What I like is the different “tribes” co-existing and sharing the same piece of land, from fit senior citizens practising tai-chi-chuan to a crowd of surfers patiently waiting for the perfect wave that will make their day. Summer evenings in this spot are special, featuring nocturnal swimming, jam sessions and picnics. Locals come here to wait for the sunset, and when the sun sets behind the mountain in orange skies, it’s time to applaud.” Cristina Kastrup

BEST BEACH FOR GETTING ACTIVE
Ala Mana Park Beach, O’ahu

“While living and working on Hawaii’s beautiful island of O’ahu, I’ve found that one of my all-time favourite beaches to visit is Ala Moana Park Beach. Often frequented by locals, Ala Moana Park Beach is just a quick walk or bike ride from Prince Waikiki and offers everything that I love when it comes to beaches. It’s clean, well protected by the reef making the water ideal for swimming and it’s an amazing place for a sunset stroll on the sand.” Charles Abbott

BEST BEACH FOR GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL
Makena Beach, Maui

“Some of the best beaches in Maui are found on its south-western shores, and Makena is my favourite. It’s a long, secluded beach – I have been told it has more than 900 metres of sand – and it has huge surf and great snorkelling. I love to walk this beach and simply take in the beauty. In fact, I love it so much, I named my dog after it.” Ilse Harley

BEST AFTER-HOURS BEACH
Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak beach at dusk.

Seminyak beach at dusk.

“While you need to be a strong swimmer to brave the water, there are plenty of stylish shops, bars and restaurants that line its street. Sometimes what’s around the beach is just as important as what’s on it! For a nice dinner near Seminyak Beach or for late-night drinks, I personally enjoy Starfish Bloo or 1 Below conveniently located at the nearby W Bali.” CB

BEST BEACH FOR AN EXOTIC FAMILY HOLIDAY
Red Sea Coast, Egypt

“Egypt wouldn’t be top of mind for many people as a beach destination, but its marine and coastal environments are incredibly beautiful. On our first visit we were awestruck by the whitest of sands and crystal clear aqua water. The diving and snorkelling is among the best in the world. You only need to wade in the shallow waters to see a rainbow of coral and fish species. It inspired two of the children became certified divers.” MR

BEST BEACH FOR PEOPLE WATCHING
South Beach, Miami, US

People-watch in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

People-watch in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

“Miami’s social scene revolves around the water, and South Beach is the centre of it all. It’s worth the visit just to soak up the lively atmosphere from the bustling crowds, from rollerbladers and cyclists zooming along Ocean Drive to people plunging in for a swim. On a perfect day you can float and see straight to the bottom. But South Beach is as much about the action out of the water as in it. The art deco buildings lining Ocean Drive are home to lots of stylish bars and restaurants, which are busy all day and into the night.” Robert Lowe

BEST FOR CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATER
Vivonne Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

“Vivonne Bay [on the south coast of Kangaroo Island overlooking the Southern Ocean] has natural clear water that is that a wonderful turquoise colour, and the long sandy beach curves around the bay. It’s a beautiful place.” Shane Daw

BEST BEACH FOR KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

“Unlike its sister-island Ibiza, tranquillity is the name of the game in Formentera. Cars are rarely seen, people commute on bicycles and scooters. There is not a lot of tourism infrastructure, but the laid-back hippie vibe gives this beach a special place in my heart. The landscape is stunning, with velvet white sand and clear water; people are never in a hurry; and the scent of salt permeates the island. A beachside dinner of pescado al sal – salt-baked fish – is divine.” CK

BEST BEACH FOR WHITER-THAN-WHITE SAND
Lucky Bay, WA

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Coral Coast, Western Australia.

“The sand at Lucky Bay, which is located in Cape Le Grande National Park [631 kilometres south-east of Perth] in Western Australia is the whitest in Australia and the turquoise water is crystal clear. The kangaroos on the beach also make for that picture-perfect image.” Sean Scott

TAKE ME THERE: FIVE BEACHES I WANT TO VISIT
NAVAGIO BEACH, GREECE

“I’ve actually been to Navagio Beach [Shipwreck Beach] on the coast of Zakynthos, Greece, but I would love to return. This beach can only be reached by boat as it is enclosed between large cliffs. There is a famous shipwreck you can roam around on the beach, and combined with the beach’s remoteness, its crystal-clear water and white sand, it is a spectacular experience.” Phoebe O

RAINE ISLAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

“Raine Island, towards the border with Papua New Guinea. It is probably the most important green turtle nesting island in the southern hemisphere, where hundreds if not thousands of green turtles nest every year. Unfortunately this turtle population is under threat from fishing nets, from pollution and from climate change.” Dermot O’Gorman

AMALFI COAST, ITALY 

Positano, Amalfi coast.

Positano, Amalfi coast.

“The beaches on the Amalfi Coast. The whole scenery there looks incredible. I do think we have the best beaches in the world but for something a bit different the Amalfi Coast appeals to me.” Sean Scott

STARFISH BEACH, PANAMA

“There are hundreds of them. I love beaches that are unspoiled, with not too many visitors. Some of the beaches in the Seychelles look amazing, but I saw a picture of Starfish Beach in Panama that makes it look magical.” Shane Daw

A REMOTE TROPICAL ISLAND

“The beach I’d most love to visit is any beach on any remote tropical island. There’s absolutely nothing better than being able to lie on soft white sand in the middle of nowhere, or sit in the line-up and have all the waves to yourself and your friends. It doesn’t get any more perfect.” Nikki Van Dijk

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“When we are on holiday with our children and grandchildren, it’s never-ending white sand, crystal waters and the buzz of happy beach goers. When my wife and I are travelling alone, it’s a small, secluded bay, rock pools or reef to snorkel and only the sounds of nature.” Martin Rogers

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“The best beaches are those that are clean, relaxing, peaceful and a great place to walk.” Charles Abbott

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“Somewhere that invites you to sit back and relax. Ideally, with white sands and clear blue water and palm trees that offer shade.” Robert Lowe

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“The landscape obviously plays a big part – fine white sand, clean and clear water, the surrounding nature. However, intangible features such as the atmosphere, the crowd, the vibe, are what really makes a great beach.” Cristiana Kastrup

WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH?

“Soft sand, beautiful blue waters, and beautiful views.” Ilse Harley

Traveller.com.au