Sunday, 2 June 2019

Ibiza Rocks... Part Two

The weekend was sort of the mid-week point of my holiday... and it felt like it.  Three days of serious partying was beginning to take its toll, and I woke on Saturday morning feeling.. a bit tired.  I carried out my usual routine in heading off to San Antonio's marina for a healthy brunch at The Skinny Kitchen before heading back to join friends at the hotel pool.

One thing I did notice about the Saturday morning was the slight change in SanAn's clientele.  Yes, the usual type of holiday-maker were always there (shirtless, usually a nice lobster red, drunk and shouty) but there suddenly seemed to be quite a few more loitering around SanAn's west end.  It was nice to hear the distant sounds of rock music as I approached the hotel - the rock crowd at the hotel was now becoming a little oasis.

Of all the days in SanAn, Saturday was, strangely, the quietest.  I remained at the poolside for the remainder of the day, only leaving to get a takeaway salad to eat on my hotel balcony.  At 7.00pm I went for a lie down on my bed and woke up... on Sunday morning.

Which was probably a good thing, as a bunch of us had decided to head into Ibiza town itself as a medieval fayre was being held there.  The last time I'd been in Ibiza town was back in the 1990s, when Club Submission was running events in the town.  It was a memorable week - I had booked a small apartment above a sex-shop for the week, and the days were full of lounging on yachts in the marina and the hedonistic nights full of dance clubs, champagne and sex.  This would be a very different visit...

The bus ride to the main town on the island was pretty quick - less than an hour, and Ibiza town was lovely in the early morning.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
 It was certainly different to SanAn.  Old streets nestled between the marina and castle, serene and beautiful.  Our stroll took us down past the marina itself and past the only monument to piracy in the world.  The views across the bay were lovely, helped by the lovely old sailing ships and odd sight of a pirate galleon nudging the marina wall.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - marina, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - marina, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - marina, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - marina, Ibiza town.
Looking out at the magnificent view were a lovely line of old buildings, caf├ęs and apartments, and I couldn't help but feel a bit of envy at the owners - what a lovely place to live.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - marina, Ibiza town.
 We turned away from the marina and headed for the castle where the fayre was being held, walking past what can only be described as a 'gay pirate' shop.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Pirate shop, Ibiza town.
 Imagine Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, rolled in glue and glitter... that seemed to be the designer's idea, anyway, and it was utterly OTT fabulous.  Perhaps not a look for a cold grim  Manchester February, but fabulous nevertheless.

As we approached the main entrance to the steep old town streets, market stalls began to appear.  Old ladies hand-making lace, old gentlemen weaving straw... forgotten arts from a lost time.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
 We finally reached the ramp to the main entrance. It looked innocuous at first, but as I took the first steps up it I realised it was going to be a tough walk - centuries of people walking over them had turned them to a smooth, slippery-as-ice finish... and I was in my high-heeled sandals.  Thank heavens it wasn't raining.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Inside the old town entrance, it was a bit cooler in the narrow, shaded streets.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
The old town was stunning and peaceful - but I would be glad of our early start, as later in the day it became massively crowded.  It was a blessing to see it in relative tranquillity.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Pretty soon we hit the first of the main market stalls.  All the stallholders had bought into the spirit and theme, dressed in medieval-style clothing to create an amazing atmosphere.  The bargaining buzz of the market traders was even drowned out at one point by a couple of goose-herders and their noisy, funny flock.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
I was quite bewitched with the experience - yes, touristy, but superbly done and the smells and sounds were amazing.  At one point drum beats and trumpets roused the air, and a medieval band marched past, adding further flavour to an intoxicating dish.  Then, more blaring and squawks - the geese were back, leaving behind them a trail of slippery goose poo and laughing, smiling faces.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
I did treat myself to one thing - a beautiful leather necklace.  In fact, a few of us bought items from the cheerful Spanish stallholder, and he certainly seemed happy with our visit.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - necklace, medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
We continued the walk up through the market, busy narrow streets were eased by small plazas where the congestion lessened.  Also, as we climbed higher the crowds began to thin out slightly... but the old smooth cobbles still made it an obstruction course at times.  Colours still abounded, though, whether in bright flags and bunting, cloth, food and even beautiful Moorish pottery.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
As the crowds lessened, the beauty of the old town revealed its eternal elegance again.  No wonder they call it the white isle.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza old town.
Finally, we reached the castle and top of the hill, and were rewarded with stunning vistas from the high castle walls.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Ibiza town.
 We began the long walk down, and I took care to tread with caution.  In my high-heeled sandals it was certainly tricky - and I saw one man fall over whilst wearing trainers, and another poor woman who had clearly fallen and had blood coming from her nose.

Halfway down we met another procession, this one quite beguiling and strangely sensual.  The members wore strange, Venetian-style masks, giving an other-worldly aura.  It made me think of ancient sexual rites in old cellars and hidden forest clearings, women pleasured by a throng a masked faceless strangers, a time when we imagined the gods had given us pleasures to celebrate rather than to guilt and shame us...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
I will admit to feeling some relief as we reached the bottom of the hill and its slippery streets, but remained still overwhelmed by the gorgeous colours and sights.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - medieval fayre, Ibiza town.
Outside of the old town once more, we stopped for refreshing cocktails (for the ladies) and beer (for the gents) in a lovely old bar.  The street nearby wasn't one that I thought suitable for my trade, though...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - street of the virgin, Ibiza town.
Afterwards we headed back to SanAn by the bus, all enthusing about the fabulous day out.

Once back in SanAn I refreshed and made a fairly quick outfit change before heading out once again - this time back to Ibiza Rocks bar for the evening 'Unplugged' sessions.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - heading for 'Unplugged' at Ibiza Rocks.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - pussy-selfie.
First band on were Witch Tripper...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - 'Unplugged', Ibiza Rocks bar.
...who got the crowd into the mood.

Dig Lazarus were next on, and continued the chilled-out rock vibe...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - 'Unplugged', Ibiza Rocks bar.
...before the arrival of the third band - Red Rum.

"Hmm," I thought, as a rather out of shape but jolly chap hit the stage with his band, "these look... interesting."
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - 'Unplugged', Ibiza Rocks bar.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - 'Unplugged', Ibiza Rocks bar.
Red Rum got their set to perfection.  A couple of their own songs, but they then switched into something different.  Disney songs ('I Wanna Be Like You' from The Jungle Book, 'Under The Sea' from The Little Mermaid, etc.) done in hilarious sea-shanty, rock, sing-a-long style.  It was genius, utterly brilliant and even outside the open windows of the Ibiza Rocks bar non-rockers stopped to listen in amazement.

Revival Black had the problem of following such an act, but they did some great cover-versions of rock classics to keep the night going - brilliant, too.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - 'Unplugged', Ibiza Rocks bar.
Afterwards, it was a return to the Ground Zero bar for another long night of more rock classics via a DJ, and it was 4.00am when I finally fell into bed.

The bright Monday morning sun roused me from my slumber again, and I stepped into my little denim playsuit for my morning walk for brunch.  Once again, more crowds of 'normal' SanAn visitors, and my outfit seemed to cause some interest as I strolled through the mid-morning streets.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
Once again routine demanded a return to the hotel pool afterwards, and the remainder of the day... again was spent lounging and resting... the previous nights partying was now asking for payment.  With the bands now finished, I debated about venturing out on the night, until a friend informed me that one of the group was having a 50th birthday celebration that night.

"OK," I said to myself, "I'll go out for just one drink to celebrate..."

When evening arrived I slipped into a very short and low-cut leather biker dress and headed off for my one drink at Ground Zero.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - one drink only... San Antonio, Ibiza.
As more friends arrived, more drinks arrived in my hands.  A few hours later and fired up by pink gin and Bon Jovi, etc., I was swinging myself around a dancers pole (and getting some friction burns on the inside of my thighs) and all thoughts of 'one drink' had gone.

In fact, by the time Ground Zero closed around 2.00am we were still partying, so moved on to the town's other rock bar - Ragnarok.

It all became a bit OTT here, and I ended up dancing on the bar.  I was eventually joined on the bar by other girls and even the bar staff, and was thoroughly enjoying myself.  I did, however, totally forget that my tiny dress pretty much exposed me to the onlookers and their camera phones... and forgot that I was wearing a tiny G-string thong that left... well, nothing to the imagination.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
Some of the old rockers certainly looked a bit over-heated  and flustered when they checked their camera footage - it was probably a bit more of a bonus than they expected.

So, my one drink turned into another 4.00am finish... but a truly fantastic night to finish the holiday.

Tuesday, with most of the rock crowd now gone, was quiet, but I still made the trip to the marina for brunch...

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - San Antonio, Ibiza.
...before heading back to the hotel pool for a last visit.  That evening was spent sadly packing my holiday things and finally having an early night to prepare for my dawn flight the following morning.

I've visited some tremendous places over the last few years, (Venice, Prague, Berlin, Hamburg...) but this was the first time that I'd properly relaxed, it felt, in a long time.  No rushing about, no sights to see... and if someone had told me before the holiday that I'd love sitting around a San Antonio hotel pool for a week I'd have laughed at them.  However, throw in some fantastic music and bands, a brilliant rock music community and some truly wild nights, and everything changes.