Enjoying the Balearic sunset on Ibiza’s west coast is a rite of passage for visitors to the island; a moment to connect with nature’s beauty, and one that signifies the beginning of the night’s festivities for many revellers. Dozens of venues populate the island specifically to serve this purpose – from party bars to fine restaurants. I’ve selected five venues that deal in euphoric vibes and great music to help make for an unforgettable Ibiza sunset experience.
Kumharas – San Antonio Bay
Tucked away at the quiet end of San Antonio Bay, far from the madding crowd of the famous sunset strip, Kumharas is inspired by 1980s Indian hippy culture. Featuring percussion workshops, African dance, capoeira, fire twirling, flamenco as well as offering cocktails, shisha and an internationally inspired food menu, Kumharas is a delightfully cultural gem of relaxation.
El Chiringuito – Cala Gracioneta
Located near probably the best beach in the San Antonio area – Cala Gracioneta (or simply Cala Gracio) – El Chiringuito offers a more intimate, upmarket vibe. Hidden away in the bushes, El Chiringuito (which translates to “The Outdoor Bar”) has become a popular spot for weddings, and is beloved by locals. It offers flamenco fusion and Latin pop jazz music, and has great sangria!
Not to be confused with the other El Chiringuito at Es Cavallet (which is also a great bar, but doesn’t have a sunset view).
Elements – Cala Benirras
Cala Benirras, in the island’s northwest, is famous for one thing in particular – drums! Every Sunday, hippies and shamans gather in the sheltered cove of Cala Benirras to play drums all day long. Situated perfectly to take in and enjoy the spectacle is Elements, with a relaxing lounge bar, and a restaurant which serves ultra fresh, environmentally conscious food. Elements also offers ayurvedic massage and, of course, a gorgeous view of the sunset. Open until 2am every day, Elements is a cultural gem and an absolute must visit.
Sunset Ashram – Cala Conta
Few spots on the island have a better full frontal view of the sun dipping below the Balearic Sea than Cala Conta. Sunset Ashram, the self appointed “last hidden paradise in Ibiza”, is perfectly situated to take advantage of this spectacular view. Sit on the terrace or feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy the music from a range of local DJs and live acts, or enjoy the restaurant offering Mediterranean, Hindi and Japanese cuisine.
Cafe Savannah – San Antonio
Situated right on the main stretch of San Antonio’s renowned sunset strip, Savannah may be less famous than its neighbours Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo, but it’s my personal favourite. Offering world class DJ sets as the sun goes down, Savannah prides itself on its selection of gin and tonics – the perfect refresher after a day in the searing Ibiza sun. Savannah also hosts free parties every Friday night in the Backroom, runs cocktail classes for groups from 6-16 people, and its menu offers everything from local tapas to full English breakfasts.