City-Battle Spain – “Island or Mainland”?

City-Battle Spain – “Island or Mainland”?

Catalan metropolis or Balearic island – decide yourself.


There’s no doubt about it – Ibiza’s heart beats to electronic music. And if you’ve not had much contact with this kind of music before, you’ll soon learn to treasure the numerous balmy evenings spent outdoors with a view of the sea. This island loves and lives the beat and it’s not without reason that only the best of the best DJs are found behind the turntables. Clubs like Privilege, Pacha, Amnesia, or Ushuaïa are not only world-renowned, but they have also made this Balearic island famous. Space is also part of the line-up of the world’s best clubs, but is unfortunately likely to close its dance floor for good in 2016 after 30 legendary years.

Numerous dreamlike bays and sunsets

Not only can you party on Ibiza, but also chill out in style, because Ibiza certainly isn’t short of natural beauty. When it comes to wonderful bays and sandy beaches, Ibiza is a veritable wonderland: Behind every bend there’s either a dream bay with superb rock formations (e.g. Cala Salada) or yet another white sandy bay (with lots of beach bars and more: Playa d’en Bossa; or quieter: Playa de ses Salines). Now all you have to do is decide where you want to put your beach towel first.

Ibiza is also famous for its unique sunsets and you’ll see these in the evening across the west coast. Whether you want to enjoy a great Mediterranean meal or simply watch the comings and goings, there are some particularly good places for a sunset drink. In addition to the legendary Café del Mar or Café Mambo in Sant Antoni de Portmany, the beaches of Cala Benirrás, Cala Falco, or Cala Conta provide a great backdrop for the moment that the big fireball sinks into the sea.

Hippies and Ibizans

Ibiza is known for hippies who’ve already spent decades looking to make it big and find themselves. You’ll meet and experience them at one of the numerous hippie markets such as Las Dalias or Es Canar. Maybe one of them will even give you a drum concert on the beach. Ibiza’s residents are called Ibizans and they speak both Catalan and Spanish.

Capital city, shopping spot, and world heritage site

The hub of the island is Ibiza Town, also called, in Catalan, Vila d’Eivissa. You should keep a couple of hours free to enjoy the winding alleyways and lively squares of Eivissa, if only simply to wander around, look at the small shops and boutiques, discover a new favorite café, and also immerse yourself in the city’s centuries-old history.

The old town is called Dalt Vila and was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its impressively large city wall that still remains intact. You can even walk on the wall and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view. The picturesque harbor and fishing quarters La Marina and Sa Penya are nestled next to Dalt Villa. Eivissa’s city beach is the Platja de ses Figueretes.

Dancing, daydreaming, and diving

The water in Ibiza is so clear that you shouldn’t miss out on diving. There are lots of opportunities for divers on the island, but, of course, all you have to do to immerse yourself in the underwater world is to put on a snorkel and diving goggles and you can discover the island from a completely different perspective. And talking about changing perspective: You can, of course, climb up Ibiza, too. Sa Talaia is the highest point in Ibiza, from where you can look down on the whole of the island. At the Ses Salines nature reserve, you can compete with the flamingos to stand on one leg.

A detour into mysticism and a Caribbean feel

Ibiza is wonderful but there is one good reason to leave the island during your holiday: to visit the smallest Balearic island of Formentera. You can reach it by boat – and after a journey time of less than an hour, you’ll be welcomed by Caribbean-style beaches and water. You can also get on a boat to see the rocky outcrop Es Vedrà up close, situated opposite Cala d’Hort. Es Vedrà is said to be mythical, and it is rumored that Atlantis is located somewhere near here.


Hola and Benvinguda! Landing in Barcelona, you’ll soon be immersed in one of the most beautiful, exciting, and varied cities in Europe. A city of culture, music, design, ancient quarters, and modern architecture as well as one big, blue, glittery extra: Barcelona is situated right by the sea.

A new discovery on every corner

Barcelona is a city that houses millions of people but is still easy to navigate. This means you can easily get to all the hotspots and secret tips on foot and by bike or using the well-networked bus and metro system and thus experience a huge amount in just a few days.

And you’re the one who determines the pace. Barcelona is fast-moving and vibrant, but also relaxed. It’s up to you.

Want to enjoy some art, design, and a feast for the eyes?

Then turn off the shopping mile, the Ramblas, and wander right and left through the streets of the old town. Discover brilliant street art, admire contemporary art in the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), or vintage works in the Picasso Museum.

Enjoy the surprises that the winding alleyways and squares in quarters such as El Bron, El Gotico, or the northern Gracia have ready for you. And marvel at the exceptional traces that architect Antoni Gaudí left behind across the city – whether the Casa Batlló or the incredible, seemingly never to be finished Sagrada Família – Gaudí’s modernistic buildings are both exceptional and unique.

Want to chill out but still experience things?

Then sit down in one of the numerous lovely cafés, get yourself a cortado (espresso with some foamed milk) or some Catalan tapas and let the atmosphere work its magic on you. Or choose a few treats such as Manchego (sheep’s cheese), Serrano (air-dried ham), stuffed olives, or sweet, fried shortbread biscuits (churros), socialize with young “Barcelonès” and world travelers, and have a picnic in the wonderful Parc de la Ciutadella.

An absolute must-see in Barcelona is the Park Güell. This green oasis created by Gaudí is full of winding paths, hidden corners, curious constructions such as icing sugar roofs, colorful and shiny mosaics, and sunny and shady terraces. This is the best way to combine sightseeing and relaxation. The city beach is located in Barceloneta, but it’s quieter in Ciutadella and Bogatell. Or leave the city completely and take a day trip to nearby Sitges.

High above the rooftops of Barcelona

There are numerous mountains and ridges surrounding Barcelona. This means there are plenty of ways to experience the city from above. A top location is Tibidabo. Not only can you look forward to an impressive panorama, but also what is probably the smallest but highest leisure park in Europe. Also a guarantee for unforgettable far-reaching views is Barcelona’s local mountain Montjuïc, which can even be reached by cable car. At its highest point is a huge Castell from which it’s not only possible to see the city, but also look down on the busy harbor. A few meters down, you can wander through a beautiful palm garden.

City sport: shopping and dancing

You can shop for everything your heart desires around the Plaça de Catalunya, up the Passeig de Gràcia, in the pedestrian zone Porta de L’Angel, and in the many side streets. Many young designers have set up shop in the old town alleyways, meaning that you will find unusual fashion and art alongside well-known chains. And when it gets dark? Enjoy the Font Màgica fountain display to music from the steps of the Palau Nacional. If you still have some energy, settle down in one of the numerous bars or conquer the dance floors in the clubs. There’s good dancing to be had in Razzmatazz or Sala Apolo. In summer, Barcelona plays host to the music festivals Primavera Sound (indie) and Sónar (electro).