Welcome to another travel story from me. This time we, Mike and I, went back to Ibiza.
We have been to Ibiza or Eivissa as the locals say in August 2013. We were amazed back then how beautiful the island was that we definitely wanted to come back. This January we saw some cheap tickets for the month May and we immediately booked them. So the 6th of May we went back for a week to the lovely Eivissa.
I will give you a small overview of the things we have done in Ibiza and some tips to go for dinner. Maybe one day when you are going to Ibiza you can enjoy these tips & tricks! When we went to Ibiza in 2013 we stayed in a small hotel in San Antonio because it was cheap and at the time I was still a student so everything that was cheap sounded perfectly fine to me. This time, since we both have full time jobs we wanted something more Ibiza luxe life during our holiday. We stayed in Santos Ibiza Coast Suites, a more luxury hotel right by the Strip, the big clubs in Ibiza and the hotel is at the beach called Playa d’n Bossa.
Transport on Ibiza
One of the must do’s in Ibiza is renting a car. The best way to rent a car is booking your car online before you go to Ibiza. If you are looking for a rental car on the Island itself or at the airport you pay double the price you would when you book it in advance from home online. We booked a car from Sunny cars and it all went perfect. Going around Ibiza by car is the easiest way of transport. There are busses and taxi’s too. But because there are a lot of mountain roads in Ibiza usually the busses and taxi’s will not go there. And that is a shame, because beyond those mountain roads you will end up on the most beautiful beaches and bay’s. You can also rent a scooter or quad in Ibiza, but then you have to drive your scooter or quad on the motorway… Rent a car if you can!
What to do when staying in Ibiza, from beaches to hippy markets
Because we went ”off-season” we had to plan to go to certain markets and places because they were not open everyday. We arrived on Friday so I will start with our planning from there on. On Saturday we went to the hippy market Las Dalias. This was my favorite hippy market. This one is a little bit smaller then the hippy market in Punta Arabi. Don’t be mistaken by the word market, because it is not a cheap one! The prices of the clothing and accessoires are the same as you would buy clothes here in the Netherlands. Either way we bought some cool stuff at the Hippy markets. The best thing to do on a Sunday is going to Cala Benirras. From 5 o’clock in the afternoon untill the sun goes down the real hippies, ”the older island people”, come together and they drum the sun down. Grab a beer, and dance the evening away! It is a great place to go for people and children of all ages!
Another event that took place when we where in Ibiza was the Medieval. It was a festival in the old town of Ibiza where people wear original clothing that the people used to wear in the middle ages and there were foodstands everywhere and people showed old handcrafts. It was a lot of fun. This fesitval takes place every year in the beginning of May. Make sure to visit the old town of Ibiza! In the evening it is a great place to grab some drinks and dinner in the old town or at the harbour area of Ibiza nearby the old town.
On Wednesday we went to another hippy market at Punta Arabi. This is the original and the biggest hippy market in Ibiza. We did not like this one because it is so big and way too crouded. But we still bought some fun bits. On the other days we explored the island by car. Make sure to go and watch the sunset at the viewpont near Cala d’Hort to see Es Vedra. Es Vedra is a 380 meters high rock in the sea and together with the sunset this gives a magical view. Also Cafe del Mar is known to be a great place to watch the sun set in Ibiza!
Exploring Ibiza and finding new beautiful beaches everywhere you go is the best thing about Ibiza. When I went I was kind of stressed out because I wanted to see the most beautfiul beaches and that in only 7 days. But don’t worry, do not plan too much because everywhere you end up is gorgeous. One of our favorite beaches were:
Cala Tarida; Cala de Sant Vincent; Platja de Figuerettes; Cala Jondal; s’Aiqua Blanca; Cala Xaracca and Cala Talamanca. It is to hard to pick a favorite! If you really want to see a beautiful Caribbean looking beach then you have to go to Formentera Island. Hop on to a ferry and go to the nearby island (30 minutes on a ferry) Formentera. We did not went this year because we wanted to explore Ibiza but we went three years ago and it was A-MA-ZING.
If you have some spare time visit the home store Cocoq. It is located close to Santa Eularia, have a nice wonder around and don’t try to buy everything. If you have a rainy day or four like we had go to Cova de Can Marca. This are one of the oldest caves in Ibiza, it is a fun thing to do!
Just go and explore the Island, from beaches to harbours to the old town. You will find a gem everytime you go around another corner.
Eating in Ibiza
Can we take a little moment for all the amazing beachbars and restaurants in Ibiza? I give you a view of my recommendations you MUST go to.
Amante, with a beautiful sight over the sea this restaurant in the rocks is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visted. This restaurant is in the mid-price range. I had a goat cheese salad, what can go wrong? Favorite food at my favorite place in Ibiza. Amante is located on the right side of the Island at a viewpoint called Sol d’en Serra. The next restaurant on top of my list is Cotton Beach Club at Cala Tarida. Everything is so Ibiza white, you want a luxury lunch or dinner? Go to Cala Tarida, which is one of the best beaches in Ibiza and make a visit to the Cotton Beach club, it is located on the left side of the Island.
When we were in Ibiza Town we had dinner at the famous La Bodega tapas restaurant. It is a place a lot A LOT of Dutch people go, but it is worth it.This restaurant is at the mid-price range. Another restaurant with a beautiful view is Sa Punta, overlooking old Ibiza town and the harbour from the other side. The restaurant is close to Cala Talamanca. I had the best Apple Martini cocktail ever. The last place I will talk about is Cafe La Paloma in San Lorenzo. When you walk into La Paloma Cafe it feels like walking into a lost paradise from a Cinderella movie. Make sure to bring cash money because you can’t pay with card in this restaurant. After all the expensive dinners and drinks it is understandable if you want a cheap meal for once. Go to San Antonio for a cheap burger or pizza!
Some other hyped and good restaurants in Ibiza are: Blue Marlin located at Cala Jondal, Nikki beach close to Santa Eularia, Elements (fun place to eat at Cala Benirass) and Restaurant Cicale in San Juan a good Italian restaurant.
So much for this blogpost. If you want more recommendations leave a comment down below! We did not went to the clubs because we were off-season and there were no good parties to go to. We had a poolparty at our hotel and some late night dinners and drinks at the restaurants and that was it!
Hope you are having a lovely day.
With love, Irina