8 Secret Reasons to Visit Ibiza in September

Ibiza in September: Is it the best time to go?

 Easy answer: YES.

OK, end of the blog. That was easy, see you next week. What do you mean, why? Surely over the last few months, you have learned to take everything you read here as a cast iron fact? But, ok. This blog is nothing if it is not geared around catering to your every whim. Here we go with the finest 8 reasons to get a flight to Ibiza in September. 

ibiza temperatures ibiza in september

1. The Weather is Better

We don’t mean the weather is better than in the UK or the rest of Europe (even though it is). Look at the forecast here, and this is early September. Sorry, Glasgow, Sorry Cardiff, you’re both beautiful cities; but you’re covered in cloud and you’re not hitting 25 degrees in the shade all month long.

glasgow temperatures ibiza in septemberCardiff temperatures ibiza in september

My friends back home are already pulling on jumpers and hoodies, and here we are on Ibiza, in September, not even remembering what socks are for. It’s actually kind of cloudy today and has been for the last two or three, and no one wears anything more than shorts and t-shirts- and even then, you’re overdressed.

Anyway. What I mean by saying the weather is better in Ibiza is that the brutal heat that visits us from mid-July begins to diminish. a near 40 degrees centigrade peak is too hot for most, which is perhaps why August is known as Italian month. Our neighbours over by the Tyrrhenian Sea are as accustomed to high temperatures as we are in Ibiza. That’s just my theory, any Italians out there, put me straight in the comments below.

My Polish friends who also (foolishly) visit us in August are generally more familiar with the cold and return back home a curiously luminous pink. We do try to warn them. Visit us on Ibiza in September or you will burn to a crisp. They do not listen.

Cooler by a couple of degrees, the highest peak of the season has passed on Ibiza in September, which leads me to…

2. There’s room to swing a cat on the Island

Note: Do not swing cats. It’s not nice.

August on Ibiza is partly a state of mind. The residents greet it with a mixture of excitement and terror as the roads turn into a Death Race sequel and the beaches are so many paltry inches of sand betwixt spread out towels. It’s really not all that bad though, we just think it into being bedlam. Creating our own reality.

villa pool ibiza in september

Ibiza in September is different.

While there is still packed flights landing at the airport and the clubs are, if anything, getting ever more exciting as the legendary closing parties approach; you can feel the extra few inches of space.

As there are slightly fewer package holidays sold, the traffic is a little faster flowing, parking is a possibility, and the stress levels drop. This is nice for everyone, you might see the smiles on the waiters be that little wider. Ahhh.

3. The Parties Are Better

August is crammed wall to wall, as I say. Even Cafe del Mar can have trouble squeezing in all our guests, and that’s with the giant Cafe del Mar Lounge available. Clubland in late July and August feels a little cramped for my taste. The DJs feel it too I am sure, it’s nice to have a dance floor go off, right? That necessitates some space for people to move.

This September in Amnesia alone there is Adam Beyer, Chase and Status, Andy C, Pendulum, Paul van Dyk, Eats Everything and Nathan Barato. Not bad, for one week in just one club on the island. The closing parties start to appear on the horizon. Despite the gruelling months that are behind them, the promoters and club workers always find that extra gear. Which, of course, means truly unmissable events.

woomoon ibiza in september

4. The Price is Right

Yeah, September is great for the parties, the extra space and the awesome weather, but the real deal is how happy your wallet is. Flights from most European cities lose at least 25% of the price- and it doesn’t end there.

It may stun you to know but many day-to-day items on Ibiza mysteriously increase in price during peak-season. Funny, huh. We can’t be too snooty about this practice, almost everyone depends on the tourist trade here to survive- and through winter every centimo can be important.

The good news for the tourist though is that it costs less to get here, it costs less to stay here- and it can even be easier on the spending money. Win Win Win.

5. Look out of your window right now

Does it look like this?

Es vedra ibiza in september

Well then. 

6. The Storms

I know, I’ve been saying how great the weather is here, but the end of August heralds the season of storms. Incredible views of the power of nature are available for the brave- it’s still warm, of course.  Last year we stayed in a house overlooking a cliff and were treated to a thunderous lightning storm. So low were the clouds that for a short time, we were inside them!

Also, a couple of years ago there were even tornadoes out to sea. Cool, and a bit scary. But mostly cooler than a mojito in an ice box.

7 The wild side begins to live again

As visitors to the White Isle will know, a major problem during the summer is the threat of forest fires. One chap has been arrested for deliberately setting fires this year, and a sizeable chunk of woodland went up in flames in August. Thanks to the amazing skill of the bomberos and the seaplane and helicopter pilots, the blaze was controlled quickly.

While the lone fool with a lighter out for arson is hard to stop, it’s still a relief when the tinder-dry underbrush gets a little moisture. Even better, a little drop of moisture in the air is enough for the green leaves to pop with colour.

We’re along way from the lush tones of February. but it’s a start!

8. Scuba time.

scuba ibiza in september

Take it from me, there’s nothing better than getting out around Illa sa Conillera on a boat, rolling off the side with a tank and diving for an hour.

Why is SCUBA so much better during September in Ibiza? Firstly, the waters are far less busy. Less engine noise means that the undersea world is happier, behaving in a less stressed manner. Kind of like how we are on land with lighter traffic. The waters are warm and clear still and you can encounter all manner of fish and other aquatic life.

Don’t delay, get your fins on!

Naturally, the best part of all is that Cafe del Mar is open all month long… and it’s a poorly kept secret that the sunsets in September are some of the most spectacular. What are you waiting for?

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Cafe del Mar & Privata: A Very Balearic Story

Let’s talk about fashion. Specifically, I want to talk about a clothing brand called Privata.

Fashion is a funny old game. Have you ever wondered how trends become trendy? Why is it that last year skinny jeans are in, but the by the next season boot cut is everywhere?  For a while, I entertained the conspiracy theory that companies got together like the Illuminati to collude together about how to maximize sales of denim.  Maybe that’s true.  Why are we even talking about this? I’ll tell you. Privata. They are the clothing company that makes the shirts we wear at Cafe del Mar, so they’re great blog-friendly content!

As an extranjero, I was unfamiliar with the company when first wearing the shirt. However, I am also inordinately impressed by the quality of the materials used. Throughout our careers, waiters have become accustomed to being shoe-horned into polo shirts of synthetic fabric, so to be clad in a sturdy, lightweight cotton shirt is actually pretty refreshing.  Still, the question remains: Who are Privata?

These sorts of questions tend to keep me up at night, so I have put my investigator’s hat on and I am going online in search for answers. Sure, I could ask my Spanish colleagues, but I already bombard them enough with questions about local wildlife, Spanish grammar and where to find good Hierbas. And so, down the rabbit hole of international fashion we go.

privata vintage 1

Did you know that the major fashion labels now employ multinational companies who are solely focused on predicting trends?  The opinion of a select few kingmakers influence the minds of Dior, Dolce and Gabbana and the other elites. Naturally, this filters down to what will hit the high street sometime after the catwalks premiere the new look.

How do you even begin to get that job?

So there is, apparently, a fairly elite section of the fashion world who watch trends, employ sociological analysts and pay attention to oil prices and other obscure data points, and use this knowledge to produce books on style for the forthcoming year.

This book is then bought at a price in the multiple thousands of dollars, turned into seminars on which shapes, fabrics, and colors will be popular, and voila. Lagerfeld’s show looks a little like DKNY’s, and for a little while, we all follow the same basic trends. Even if this is as simple as whether a bare midriff is in or out.

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IBIZA …

Then we come to Ibiza. The original bucker and starter of trends. Ibiza has her own style. There are the ubiquitous white outfits for when you’re particularly Moda Ibiza, but the fashion does not there.  From the beaches of Bossa to the San Joan set to the Sunset Strip, the varied fashions of world citizens combines and amalgamates into Ibiza chic. Even the West End has a signature look. Spot for yourselves, the slightly early 90s looking neon shorts on pretty much every young guy this year. privata vintage train workers

So, against this background of a globe-spanning fashion machine, you can imagine my shock when I found almost nothing online about Privata, at all. Their website is simple, they have a list of their stockists (exclusively in Spain and Andorra) and a social media presence that takes pride in being unobtrusive.

 

It turns out that Privata has been making clothes for over forty years, but have eschewed listening to the advice of the industry at large. Almost on purpose. I  see why Cafe del Mar choose them.  Many moons ago, when we were all much younger, Privata developed a technique that had gone out of fashion during the post-war prosperous years. There is a technique for recycling raw and used materials like wool into finer fabrics. But, that is another story. A story that begins at the dawn of the 20th Century, and fades during the intervening years as it becomes cheaper to produce synthetic fabric.

Still with me? OK.

It appears that in the early 70s, when our older relatives were about to discover the horrors of velour and lycra, Privata broke with fashion ideas entirely to make nautically inspired clothing from natural fabrics. Forward thinking indeed, when we consider that twenty years after Privata began, we British folk were wearing shell suits. privata vintage fishermen

It seems to me that Privata and Cafe del Mar have the same sort of mentality. It didn’t matter to Privata what other fashion labels were doing, and it still doesn’t matter. Privata are themselves, with their own identity. I wouldn’t hesitate to say the same about Cafe del Mar (though I am obviously biased!)

Privata take inspiration from their surroundings. Like the founders of Cafe del Mar in 1980 take inspiration from the sunsets of Calo des Moro. Like this, the architect Lluis Güell interpreted the island of Ibiza into the styling of the original cafe.

Privata country

The ideas of Privata are as true today as they were in 1973. Interpret the natural world around us, the sea, the countryside, and provide practical, stylish clothing that exudes timeless cool.  They also keep your servers at Cafe del Mar happy!

Find Privata’s full range on their website, or through their Facebook Page.

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