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DJ Carl Cox’s guide to Ibiza

Alice Barnes-Brown
11 August 2016

As he nears the end of his 15-year residency at Space Ibiza, the island’s best-loved DJ chats to High Life about beaches, seafood and taking time out of the party

What’s your favourite beach on Ibiza?
I can’t go to the beach much because I get mobbed – people want photos with me. If I do go, I often visit Sa Caleta. It’s a very small, cosy beach – a great place to watch boats going past. I like to spend the day there; they’ve got a little garden you can go into with hammocks. I don’t actually have to go on the beach – I’m happy to stay in the shade in my hammock.

Any particularly romantic spots on the island?
Es Torrent is special. It’s one of those hidden treasures – I take my girlfriend there. It’s romantic because you can watch the amazing sunset and look at the rock formations. You’ll find many family-run restaurants. Es Torrent has a good selection of wines – the Chablis Louis Latour is a must-try.

What about watersports?
You would definitely need to go to San Antonio. It’s easy to get there, and you can parasail, jet ski, and even learn how to sail. It’s pretty cheap and the water is really quite calm. When you go out towards Formentera though it starts getting a bit choppy.

Best beach for cocktails?
Definitely Talamanca. You can walk along the sand and there is an array of bars to choose from. I go just before sunset, as there aren’t many people there at that time. I like the area and the vibe and the cocktails – mine’s always a mojito. It’s a really beautiful place – that’s the spot I take my guests to when they visit the island.

Favourite local delicacy?
The sea bass at Restaurant Sa Caleta. It’s cooked simply in sea salt, which is the best way to eat it. They put the salt around the fish, bake it for an hour and it comes out as a crust but the juices keep the fish succulent. Take the salt off the skin and add a bit of local olive oil – delicious.

Describe your perfect day on Ibiza
On a boat. I’d start at Formentera and have lunch at a great restaurant there called Es Moli De Sal, which is right next to the ocean. Then I’d jump back on the boat to explore all the coves around Ibiza. The water’s only five metres deep, and is warm and a brilliant turquoise colour. I’d bob about all day and enjoy the laziness. After that, it’d be a slow ride to San Antonio to watch the sunset. I don’t get the opportunity to relax that often so I would really treasure it.