IBIZA HAS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN CHRISTIAN SARNELLI'S HEART./ EVER SINCE HE FIRST VISITED THE ISLAND IN 2002, HE WAS ENCHANTED BY ITS NATURE, ITS PEOPLE + ITS PARTY./
ALTHOUGH ORIGINALLY FROM NAPLES, CHRISTIAN SPENT MANY YEARS TRAVELLING THE WORLD, SPENDING HIS WINTERS IN PLACES AS VARIED AS AUSTRALIA, UGANDA, CHINA, MOROCCO, INDIA, FIJI + MANY MORE./ WHEN SUMMER CAME AROUND, THOUGH, HE WOULD HEAR THE CALL OF IBIZA + HE'D HEAD BACK THERE TO WORK THE SUMMER SEASON./
THE CALL OF 'MAMMA IBIZA' (AS HE CALLS HIS SPIRITUAL HOME) FINALLY GREW TOO STRONG + CHRISTIAN TOOK THE DECISION TO SETTLE ON THE ISLAND./ IN JULY 2016, HE SET UP THE AMAZING 'WELOVEIBIZA ART CAR PROJECT', ALLOWING VISITORS TO RENT UNIQUE 'ART-CARS' TO TOUR THE ISLAND./
WE ASKED HIM TO SHARE SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE PLACES ON THE WHITE ISLE...
"Festival Club is an abandoned club surrounded by nature + full of graffiti art. Many legends are rumoured about this place, some even say Bob Marley played there.
I usually go there on sunny days, it helps me to feel relaxed. I think each corner of this place is a piece of Ibiza's history + an expression of art. As the place is high above sea level, there are some nice views that can be seen just walking around the place. My suggestion is to carry some food + drinks with you - but please keep in mind to respect the environment."
"Atlantis is an amazing place to visit. To get there you need to walk about 30 minutes down the mountain until you reach the sea. The way back is uphill so you will need around 1 hour to get back.
A long time ago, stones were extracted from this place to build the medieval wall of Ibiza Town. That's how it formed a natural pool where you can spend the day relaxing. On the way down you will see some caves where hippies lived in the past. My recommendation is to wear shoes + bring some food and water. Please be respectful, bring back your garbage + pay attention to the local flora + fauna."
BAR CAN JORDI BLUES STATION
"It is an amazing bar on the road to San Josep. If you want to hear some good rock, blues, and country music, the best day to go is on a Saturday. It is quite an experience, people of all walks of life united with a single interest - good music and good vibes - and that is what Ibiza is all about!
I think this bar is a very authentic place to visit here in Ibiza. The best time to go is early afternoon, just after 'Mercadillo de Sant Jordi'. Amazing people, good selection of drinks and music... highly recommended!!!"
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UNCOVER TOP PICKS + INSIDER TIPS FROM OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF INSP1RATIONAL LOCALS./ FROM CREATIVES + MUSICIANS, TO ENTREPRENEURS, WE MEET THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP THE VERY FABRIC OF THE CITY. //
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