Have you booked your summer holiday yet? If you want a hot mix-up of different experiences, Ibiza is where you need to be.
Situated east of Spain in the beautifully clear Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza has a real mixture of history, culture and- once the summer arrives- youth. As you walk around the capital, Ibiza Town, you will notice the diversity in your surroundings, with old buildings on the rocky edges and modern day super-clubs just around the corner.

Ibiza
has been renowned for being the party capital of the World, with clubbers from all around the globe coming together at summer time to go a bit wild. The list of famous clubs includes Space, Pacha, Privilege, Amnesia, DC10, Eden & Es Paradis. ‘Ibiza Rocks’ is a recent attraction for party-goers, with more live music being performed, with the ‘Ibiza Rocks Hotel’ as the accommodation.
But the number of clubbers arriving each summer has gradually dropped more and more since the turn of the Millennium; the famous DJ’s are getting older, and so are the regular clubbers of the 90’s.

In recent years the island has started to go back to its 60’s routes of the hippies; people would rather have a relaxed all-nighter on the beach; people would rather enjoy the vibes of the sunshine and mellow music than the constantly-throbbing bass of house music running through you. It’s almost by accident that the island is going back on itself, but this now looks like the future of the Ibiza.

Ibiza
has artistic roots going back to the early 60’s when artists - such as painters and designers – would flock to the island and gather to create a really unique, loving atmosphere. In the 70’s, Ibiza and Formentera became the centres of the hippie movement in Europe. For 40 years Pacha has hosted ‘Flower Power parties’; where everybody and anybody can come together and enjoy wide varieties of music, such as music form the 60’s, pop, soul, rock, underground & psychedelic. This attracts tourists, who are always more than welcome- but there will still be a good few old school hippies around!
The famous Hippy Market runs all through the summer; where you can find lots of unique items handmade by hippies that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the World! You can end up shopping and looking around for a good while, as the walkways are shaded by palm trees and it really gives you a chance to cool down, enjoy the market and chill with the hippies in Ibiza.

So whatever you want out of a Holiday- whether it’s a cultural experience, raving and clubbing, or you just want to chill and feel the vibes- Ibiza has it all.

 
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Paris, the capital city of France is often known as the city of romance and is a city steeped in art and culture. Like many of its neighbouring European cities, Paris is full of beautiful architecture and museums showcasing fine art from some of the world’s most respected artists. But how did Paris become such a beautiful and romantic city, and has it always enjoyed such status?

Between the 1500s and 1800s, Paris was in fact the largest city in the entire world.  Paris covers an area across the River Seine, in the North of France. Historians have found indication of settlement around the Paris area dating back as far as 4200BC. Much later down the line in 52BC the Romans conquered Paris and are responsible for the expansion of the city. The grandiose architecture that the Romans are remembered for was erected across Paris in the form of baths, theatres and palaces which became commonplace in the city they had named Lutetia.

Unfortunately, just like London, Paris suffered an epidemic of the Black Death, also known as the plague.  In the 19th Century, Paris was subject to a Cholera epidemic too. During these times it was unlikely that Paris was seen as a romantic and relaxing place to visit! Paris has also hosted its fair share of battles and wars throughout the centuries, including the Hundred Years War, French Revolution and a centre stage role in World War I. Despite the disruption and disarray within the city, Paris has still been lucky enough to survive with its most attractive and famous landmarks in one piece. The Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre are all monuments of the culture of Paris and are among the reasons why so many tourists each year look for a property exchange or luxury family home swap Paris can easily provide.

The romantic reputation of Paris is likely to come from stories of Casanova’s presence in the city and his seductive and promiscuous ways. The Eiffel Tower in Paris is also a very romantic place for couples to visit, thanks to views over the moonlit Paris skyline and a feeling of being swept off one’s feet so far up from the ground. Aside from the Eiffel Tower, young lovers can skip through the flower lined avenues and fountains before enjoying an evening at the Opera or the ballet, followed by drifting off to a dreamy luxury apartment to spend the night together in love.

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