We have been thoroughly underwhelmed by our time in Ibiza so far. We arrived yesterday arvo, grabbed a bus into Ibiza town and checked in to our hostal, Europa Punico. We then went for a walk around town to see some sights and find a pub or club for a few drinks. Being the party island and a Saturday night we were going to make the most of it and probably have a huge night. Upon leaving our lodgings the rain began and continued all night. No matter, we'll find somewhere cozy and let the drinks flow. But it wasn't to be. After having a nice feed at a cafe we began the search for our party place. We searched and searched and found nothing. Nearly all shops were closed. Funnily enough plenty of hairdressers were open. No shaggy hair around here thank you very much. Couldn't find a bar or club & hardly even saw a person (hairdressers excluded). Plenty of posters up for closing parties but unfortunately they were last month. We really should have done some more research as we were about a month too late. Most clubs aren't even here, but on the other side of the island. Four nights may be a big miscalculation if even McDonalds has closed for winter. You're soft Ronald you red headed freak! So we grabbed a bottle of Roses bourbon and retired back to our room.
The one good thing is we have awesome accommodation. We are so glad to be in a clean room with our own bathroom, no need for roach population control and a bed that doesn't have the goal of bodily harm. We have free wifi and a tv which would be great if we could speak Spanish. Still it's nice to have background noise. We spent the evening creating our own club experience.
Today we knew that there would be even less shops open being Sunday so we organized a hire car for the next 2 days. We jumped in and headed off to explore the island. I just wish all these fools drove on the right (left) side of the road. After a little while we got the hang of it and enjoyed the drive. Mind you it takes a lot of self chatter to alter natural instincts from driving on the correct side of the road all my life.
The drive was beautiful through the hills and it was lovely to get out of the city and in to the countryside. It was great to see the Spanish houses, farms and villages. They look just the way you imagine them. After getting our bearings we had a look at Sant Josep then headed towards Sant Antoni which is a bigger centre and where all the famed clubs are. Jac had wanted to go to the famous Cafe del Mar and I prayed it was open for her. After finally finding where it was we wandered along the beach to it's location. Of course it wasn't open and I was sad for Jac's sake. At least she got photos there and we may return one day in summer for the experience. From there we headed to Port Miquel and had a beautiful feed by the beach. Then back home via Sant Joan before it got dark. It was a great day and a case of making the most of the situation. We returned back to Eivissa (Ibiza town) and found a parking space before wandering to the supermarket to get some snacks and coke to finish off the bourbon. Of course they were shut so we grabbed some coke from the hostal then back to our room to continue club Dan & Jac!
Tomorrow we will explore the parts of the island we didn't see today. It's nice to be driving again even if Jac is sitting on the wrong side. Bloody glad she's a fantastic navigator though.