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Sa Caleta beach — Ibiza’s Es Bol Nou

imageOne doesn’t fly to Ibiza and not experience its beaches. I, for one, am from faraway Madrid, and made sure I’d be able to visit one — Sa Caleta Beach.

Earlier, I was told this was one of the lesser known beaches of Ibiza, but I had to admit my disbelief when I arrived there.  Needless to say, Caleta is one of the most awesome sights I have ever seen.

The beach is nothing sprawling, but instead stretches only so far. Its smallness makes it easy for a few number of tall reddish and rustic cliffs to enclose it. Parts of the shore are dotted with dark-colored rock formations that further enhance the beauty  of the surroundings. Sa Caleta is obviously frequented, but this spectacular natural wonder seems hardly untouched.

The waters are bluish, and upon close checking, you would discover that they are crystal clear. From afar, the sea is serene, almost still, except for the repititous action of the water racing to the seashore as small, gentle waves.

We decided to see the place at 1PM, thinking that it was an early time. However, upon arriving at the site,  the beach is already filled with swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the day’s excellent weather condition.

Sa Caleta, I learned, is one of the handout beaches of many locals and tourists — they consider the beach as a favorite among all beaches in Ibiza simply because of its amazing natural setting.

How to get to Sa Caleta beach

From Madrid: Flight is more or less an hour. I rode the Iberia, which cost me 150 euros.

From the Town or Ibiza Airport: Car ride to the beach is some 15 to 20 minutes traveling the San Jose road towards Cala Jondal.

Autobus: Ride Bus number 26, which takes the Ibiza/San Jose/Cala Vadella route. You alight at Sa Caleta stop; the beach is 10 minutes away

Bit of trivia: Did you know that the Sa Caleta is the site where the Phoenicians first settled in Ibiza, during 654 BC. Because of this, it was included in the list of World Heritage sites in 1999.

imageThink twice about going to the beach late during weekends as it fills up early with local swimmers and beach lovers. The beach is the perfect place to lazily lull around, read a book or sunbath.

imageRock formations line up this part of the beach. I wish Madrid also has a beach as beautiful as this to speak of. Ibiza boasts of the most breathtaking beaches — it is a must that you see as many as possible.

imageThis reddish brown rock wall serves as a protection of the beach against strong winds. Such formation greatly adds to the already picture perfect setting, making Sa Caleta one of the standout beaches for locals and tourists alike.

imageDon’t be surprised if you would encounter habitues lying down or promenading by the shore without anything on. Apart from the cool waters, golden to white sands, blue and almost clear skies, nudists are also what you can expect at Sa Caleta

imageThe beach has shallow waters, hence, making it ideal for a number of water activities and safe for kids to swim in

imageRestaurant La Sacade is the popular beachfront restaurant with a terrace that affords the diners with an excellent view of the beach and Mediterranean Sea

imageI sat on this very table and took advantage of the best view of the beach.  The restaurant is open to serve beach goers all year round

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Faces at MADO Madrid Orgullo

This could’ve been a more thorough blog post had I attended the stiletto race for men, an awaited part of Madrid Orgullo.  MADO for short, Madrid Pride is undoubtedly the most popular gay pride event in Europe.

I always wanted to feature Madrid’s gay-friendly barrio Chueca, where the run will be held, but unfortunately, I didn’t learn about the event in time. In fact, I almost missed the whole MADO affair if hadn’t been for its advertisement with event details plastered inside ad street panels along Bravo Murillo.

So last Saturday, I took the Metro Line 1 that passes through Atocha station one and a half hours before the parade’s supposed start at 6PM. I didn’t witness the whole event since I left way before it was finished; still I made sure that I collected fine photographs for my blog.

I took shots immediately as I reached Calle Claudio Moyano in front of Plaza Emperador Carlos V, the roundabout near Retiro Park. People were everywhere and in a perpetual motion, running around and waving their flags, securing the poles to the sides of their banners, and watching other people.

Participants focused on their makeup and costumes, prepping like they never prepped before. It was obvious that everyone was excited for the parade to start.

What’s also apparent was that people appeared bold and unabashed – an effect of Tinto de verano (a popular Spanish alcoholic beverage), I suppose. Some walked back and forth, and then back again, in the middle of the street like it is a catwalk, excited to show off their costumes and look. After one strutted down in the midst of an enthusiastic crowd, another would follow and try to outdo him by performing out-of-this-world antics.

And, just when you thought you had seen the craziest costumes, a naked pair arrived, each parading a prosthetic reproductive protrusion that dangled from his waist, to the amusement of the crowd.

I saw at least two groups with members in revealing outfits, a few of them stripped to their underwear. The most popular materials for costumes at the event were mesh cloth and leather, and anything that carries the LGBT colors.

Many loved to use the rainbow flag as an accessory, draping it on their back like a cape. A few others wrapped the flag around the waist like a skirt. One wore a small-sized flag like a headband, which was the right thing to do considering that afternoon’s intensely hot temperature. It was indeed fun, even exhilarating, to get shots of the crowd.

Overall, many looked really fabulous, except for a few, which to be frank, didn’t look so fabulous at all.

One thing that quite surprised me is that people willingly posed for anyone who requested to take photos. People did have the right to refuse, but in my case, everyone was accommodating. Those with cameras must have had a field day since every other person in the event was a beautiful subject of photography. I myself had a hard time in choosing which one to shoot first since there are just too many. It was a prolific day for me, having gathered enough  blog-worthy pictures from the MADO event.

Hopefully, I have chosen well and posted the best, most colorful, and most fabulous photos in my Madrid blog.

imageThis Gothic beauty walked down the whole route of the parade to the enjoyment of the spectators.  She strutted with a fierce look on her face, stopping only whenever photographers requested to shoot her

imageThe water looked inviting, and it really was a hot afternoon, and so this lady decided to cool down by sitting at the water fountain along Paseo del Prado

imageThe girl on the left, with the alpha and omega tattoo on her belly, thought I wanted her to take my picture. They gamely posed when I told them I wanted theirs. An attractive pair with comely smiles, brought close together by a beautiful lei of rainbow colors

image Flags flashing the LGBT colors were everywhere and used as capes or what they’re intended to be – like in this picture

image I requested this gentleman to close his eyes for a better look at his eyelashes. It was a colorful work of art that’s meant for everyone to see

imageAlthough there are many other Pride parades happening in different regions in Spain, such as Barcelona and Ibiza, the Madrid Orgullo is recognized as the biggest and most colorful parade event in the country
image This pair wears the attire that suits the occasion – a pair of sunglasses, glitzy ties, and nothing else

imageThe Madrid Orgullo is recognized as the most celebrated and attended pride event of them all.  It is everyone’s observation that MADO has become more and more conventional throughout the years, in the sense that not only members of the LGBT community attend it but those with straight orientation as well

imageThe Plaza de Cibeles above, an hour before the event. The whole area was filled by onlookers by the time the parade passed through it. Notice the LGBT flag hanging at the facade of the Palacio de Cibeles

imageGirls just wanna have fun! Notice the girl on the left holding a glass filled with the wine-like beverage known as Tinto de verano, very popular in the country and often compared to sangria. La Casera, a top brand, was sold in many corners along the parade area

imageGroups position in the street upon the announcement that the parade is about to start

imageFour sailors and their muse

imageThis lady projects her exquisite look for the camera. Apart from the stilleto race and the gay parade, activities were also held at Barrio Chueca, known as the gay district of the city and the biggest one in Europe

imageGiving their best smiles, they strike me as cool, strong, and independent young women ready to have some fun at the event.

imageThe winged man! Vive y deja vivir – Live and let live. Use Google Translate if you want to know what the second line means

imageRainbow flag flies high over participants as they march along Paseo del Prado. The parade passed through Plaza de Cibeles, with Plaza de Colon as the final stop, where parties, dancing, and fun activities happened through the remainder of the day