After binge-watching Normal People, it’s been a case of scouring Netflix for the next TAT (totally addictive TV) and White Lines, an Ibiza-based murder-mystery with a side helping of adultery, drugs and clubbing, has helped to fill the gaping void.
The plot is vaguely ridiculous - Manchester teenager Axel Collins (Tom Rhys Harries) heads off to Ibiza with his mates in the 90s leaving his little sister behind. Twenty years later, his body is discovered in a desert, and his sister (Laura Haddock) is desperate to know what happened to him.
Best of all is Ibiza island itself: sun-soaked golden beaches, pine forests, vast villas, glistening swimming pools and open-air clubs steal the show and help to take our minds off the fact that we’re not going to be sipping a cocktail on an inflatable flamingo in the Med any time soon.
So where was it all filmed? Ibiza, obvs, but also dreamy locations in Mallorca and Spain, providing plenty of inspiration for that lengthy ‘where I want to holiday once restrictions are lifted’ list.
If you’ve been to the White Isle you’ll instantly recognise Ibiza Old Town as a backdrop in various scenes, but there are plenty of other beautiful, less well-known spots too, like an old watch tower revealed by Axel’s girlfriend Kika as his favourite place on the island - IRL it’s called Torre d’en Rovira in Sant Josep de sa Talaia and is a spectacular place to catch sunset.
Marina Ibiza, lined with super yachts and posh restaurants, is the setting for Axel’s sister Zoe’s arrival on the island as well as a venue for middle-aged-yet-eternally-teenage Marcus’ (Daniel Mays) rendezvous with some Romanian drug dealers - try Calma Bistro for similarly stunning views of Dalt Vita (Old Town) and food served ’til dawn.
While White Lines creator Álex Pina set all 10 episodes on Ibiza (apart from a few flashbacks to a gloomy looking terraced house in Manchester), plenty of filming actually look place across the Med in Mallorca.
Marcus’ dreamy villa - think whitewashed walls, large pool overlooking the sea and immaculate grounds - was shot on the island and you can rent the five-bedroom, four-bathroom getaway through airbnb for £1089pn - that’s £108pn divided between ten friends, which sounds a whole lot more affordable.
Another key location is the cinematic restaurant where Marcus has drinks with Oriol Calafat (Juan Diego Botto ), son of one of the island’s most powerful, Mafia-esque men. Set on a rocky outcrop out to sea and reached via a long bridge, Restaurant Illeta https://illeta.com lies in the bay of Camp de Mar and serves a memorable paella - if you want to really style it out, arrive by boat.
Mainland Spain also makes an appearance in the first episode, when Axel’s spookily well-preserved corpse is uncovered in the wild Tabernas Desert in Almeria. Murder victim aside, it’s a stunning setting and when Zoe flies in to identify the body we were curious to see her chatting to police in a Hollywood film-style saloon bar.
A quick check revealed there’s a theme park in Almeria, Oasys Mini Hollywood, where Westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (ask your dad) were filmed long before White Lines started messing with our minds.
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