Almost as universally known as its clubbing scene, Ibiza’s sunsets are in a league of their own. No matter how many times you see it, Ibiza’s sunset never gets boring. You can watch the most stunning of natural events at various places along the island’s west coast. To make it easier for you, here are some of our favourites.
1. Café del Mar
Situated down the sunset strip in San Antonio sits the original sunset bar founded in 1980. You have no doubt heard of Café del Mar, possibly through it’s world-famous chillout mixes, or maybe through the 1993 rave classic with the same name. You can grab some amazing food and drinks whilst listen to their chilled out tunes until the sun’s final descent before the music is ramped up at 21:00 as big names take to the decks.
2. Café Mambo
Another classic sunset bar you will find along the sunset strip, Cafe Mambo has become the largest sunset bar on the strip. It’s now known for being the official pre-party spot of Pacha, meaning that you often find the same DJ’s spinning at both Mambo & Pacha. During the day you can chill out with a cocktail, and after dark, your adrenaline will start pumping, whilst street performers take to the rocks and beach to put on a dazzling display of fire breathing, juggling and showmanship.
3. Golden Buddha
Our last favourite from the sunset strip in San Antonio, Golden Buddha is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more low key to start off your night. Situated directly behind the Caló el Moro beach, Golden Buddha is a sleek bar with plenty of sofas to chill out during the day and night. Expect to see the same amazing views of the sunset with an Ibiza chillout soundtrack, drink in hand, and maybe even some Shisha.
Kumharas is a coastal oasis located in San Antonio Bay. Blissfully laidback, you won’t find loud, high-octane music or crowds clapping at the sun going down – and it’s all the better for it. Either coch back and chill with a drink in hand or hunker down for an evening meal with Indonesian flavours. We recommend coinciding you visit for when local legend Paco Fernandez is playing. The multi-disciplinarian and his band fuse modern electronica with traditional Spanish folk music for an entirely unique performance. After the sun has disappeared and the night cools, wander around the street markets that sell a range of worldly trinkets.
5. Sunset Ashram
Sunset Ashram feels as though as its assimilated into the rocks that overlook Cala Conta. Enjoy a shisha or intoxicating cocktail as the sun sinks below the horizon. Alternatively, the beach is up there with the best that Ibiza has to offer, so get down during sunlight and lap up those gorgeous rays. For the liberal minded, nudity is permitted on all public beaches, but Cala Conta is known to attract some impressive specimens of the human form. If that isn’t you thing, you needn’t worry. The nudist section is kept quite separate from the main beach.
6. Hostal La Torre
You can find Hostal La Torre a short taxi ride just north of San Antonio. With distressed white wood and boho chic ethos, the clifftop venue is a world away from the pulsating sunset strip. Revered island DJs such as Pete Gooding and Andy Wilson can be caught playing. Very occasionally you might even be lucky enough to see a DJ with a profile like Sasha turn up. Effortlessly cool.
7. Experimental Beach
Located on the salt flats at Las Salinas, Experimental Beach is not so much of a beach, but more a cool bar to hang out at. Invoking the island’s bohemian spirit, it’s definitely one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets. Because of its location, sunset isn’t visible from here until the out of season winter months. But a November or December visit definitely warrants a stop here to experience sunset from a new perspective.