San Antonio’s Sunset Strip in Ibiza

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One of the top places to hit up in Europe for night life, a good time and to see one of the world’s most amazing sunset destinations has to the be the Sunset Strip in the resort of San Antonio which lies on the island of Ibiza (Eivissa) west coast. For anyone who is visiting the island and into dance, trance and other similar music, it doesn’t matter if this is their first visit or tenth, it is a rite of passage that the Sunset Strip has to be done. It is a great way to start the evening by having a drink in one of the famous bars here, watching the sunset before hitting the nightclubs in the town or elsewhere on the island. Here are my reason’s to check out the famous strip.

The Sunsets

Again, I found that some of the best sunsets I have ever come across have been here on the Sunset Strip. Watching out from the bars (or the beach down below) with a drink in the hand, listening to the music from the DJ as they sync in the appropriate music as the sun goes down is a truly magical experience. It is a feeling I never experienced before, I can’t really sum it up in words but it is one which I take forever with me. Everyone else around here just gazes at the sun and are all quiet, taking in the emotions. What is also amazing during the sunset, it dips in between the small islands of Sa Conillera and Des Bosc and add in a small boat into the view, then this truly sums up Ibiza in one hit.

The Bars

There are five bars on the famous Sunset Strip but I managed to check out three of them. They maybe expensive price wise for drinks but because of who they are, what they are and the DJ’s playing there, it’s worth paying the price. Here are the three I recommend to any visitor.

The oldest bar is Cafe Del Mar, going since the 1980’s and still a firm favourite with visitors. It was the first bar I checked out when visiting the island and it was here where I was sitting at a table on the top floor (with an open balcony) looking out to the sea watching the sunset where the DJ that night played the right moving chillout music as the sun went down. I had tears coming out of my eyes afterwards and had to go up to the DJ afterwards, shake his hands and expressed how that felt for me. He was very happy also (and if anyone reading this wants to know, I wasn’t drunk either). Here I had a few cocktails after a couple of beers (my advice is not to mix up beer with anything else), and took in the sound of the waves off the Mediterranean as well as the beautiful music being played.

Next door is the equally famous Cafe Mambo which opened its doors in the mid-90’s and has thrived ever since. A lot of DJ’s in the summer come here to do a warm up set before hitting the nightclub which makes this a bar to hit. What I also liked about the bar is that it is open most of the day and a great place to grab some snacks and a light drink before the evening kicks into play.

My favourite low-key chillout place has to be Savannah which is also a great place to eat out. During the sunset time (and similar to Cafe Mambo), DJ’s come here to warm up and play excellent tunes throughout the night but once again, when the sun is setting, it is a truly amazing experience. There is plenty of cushioned seating on the terrace and the whiteness of the bar is more than inviting for visitors. The staff here are very welcoming and once again, a lot of memories were taken away with me from this night.

So there you have it guys, these are the tops things to do (and eat/drink) whilst out on the Sunset Strip. I can guarantee you that there will be a lot of memories to bring back home.

Fire show on the beach at the Sunset Strip

Fire show on the beach at the Sunset Strip

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26 Responses

  1. That looks gorgeous! We love watching sunsets! Great pictures:)

  2. Your photos are so beautiful, I loved the sunset, they really make you want to pack and fly there! I bucketlisted it!
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  3. I would totally love all the sunsets, nothing better than a cool drink as you watch the sun go down. After that, I would stay far away from the clubs and probably just do a nice quiet dinner! That’s more my style!

  4. With those views of that sunset and music to set the mood, I don’t care how much the drink costs it would be worth every penney

  5. Wow the sunsets are amazing! I also love all the beautiful lights at night. The fire show looks fun (and a little dangerous haha).
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  6. The fire show looks like it would have been a good sight to see! Since I stopped drinking, I guess the drink prices won’t affect me too much 😀
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  7. Sounds like a great weekend trip! The sunsets do look quite lovely, and I bet the weather was wonderful. The fireshow looked like fun too, though it looks like the bars were probably your favorite part 😛

  8. I went to Ibiza as a teenager an I still remember the great party places. Now that I’m older I probably prefer the quieter part of the island an some of the cafes you mentioned look really nice.
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  9. Well it is quite clear why it is called Sunset Beach!! I love that there are so many bars to choose from! It is so much fun so see fire shows on the beach! Looks like a great time!
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  10. I am completely obsessed with sunsets! And if you get a fire show on the beach at the end, bonus 🙂

  11. Lovely photos! The nightclubs wouldn’t really be for me but I would definitely enjoy watching the sun go down from one of the bars with a nice cocktail in my hand 🙂
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  12. Wow! This is a great place to visit for those would go into a honeymoon and people who are stressed in life. Just by looking at the sunset view, I think I can feel relaxed and can have a quiet “me time.”

  13. When I first read the title I thought you were in Texas. Ha! I didn’t make it to this part of Spain when I went years and years ago. If I go back I’ll check this part out. Drinks and fire shows on the beach! Yes, please! I’m so with you, don’t mix cocktails and beer! Or wine and beer either.

  14. The sunset looks amazing. I visited San Antonio when I was in Ibiza but only stayed about 30 mins, too many groups of drunken lads at 11am!! I would love to go back though and experience sunset in one of the bars, it does sound amazing.

  15. Tami Qualls

    I must visit! I have always enjoyed watching the sun set. These images are facinating. I can only imagine what it looks like in person. I will find out soon enough!

  16. Cafe del Mar & Cafe Mambo are so iconic! It would definitely be worth the inflated drinks prices to spend an evening in either, watching the sunset. Just magical!
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  17. Ah these names take me right back to the 90s listening to Radio 1 in Ibiza (I never went, boo!). Glad to hear Cafe Del Mar and Cafe Mambo are still going! Do they still play all the classics? If they do I might be tempted to dump the kids with my parents and pop out to Ibiza for the weekend and pretend I’m 18 again!
    I love the sunset photos. (In reality I’d probably end up quietly watching the sunset and going back to the hotel for a blissful child-free sleep, instead of raving the night away).
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  18. Sunsets no matter where are precious! Have you explored other parts of Spain too? I lived on the Northern Coast for a year and absolutely loved it!

  19. The photos of the sunsets are breathtaking; I just love the colors. The fire show on the beach looks like such a fun experience. That’s something I would want to see. You really got good pictures of that event! This looks like a vacation that my sweetie would enjoy…he really likes beaches and being close to the water.
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  20. Love the position of the sun between the mountains with your telephoto shot. Beautiful work. Love the idea of hanging out and watching sunsets in Spain. It seems so ethereal.
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  21. Oooo, I have to remember Savannah. Sounds great. I just love Ibiza! And WOW, that sunset is epic. You photographed it beautifully too. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂
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  22. Okay, a sunset like that is reason alone to visit Ibiza. But thanks for giving me even more reasons! It looks like such a fun and beautiful part of the world. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing 🙂
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  23. Wow, I’d really love to see the sunset here one day! And all the bars look really fun too, but I think I’d prefer Savannah since it’s a little more low-key. Another reason for me to get to Ibiza! lol
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  24. Ibiza has such intrigue. I’d love to go.

  25. Sounds like an interesting adventure. I think the sunsets alone make it worth a visit. Plus the fire show at night would be fun to watch. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Chrysoula

    The sunsets are truly amazing and cafe del mar sounds like the place to party there. I would love to visit!

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