Londoners (myself included) love Ibiza; off-season for a yoga retreat or basically any time during the summer months for a weekend or week of fun. It’s inexpensive and quick for us to get there and the weather, food and music is just amazing. It’s a misconception that you only go to Ibiza to party as the island has so much more to offer if you take the time to explore it: Fomentera (ok, I guess that’s another island but still), deserted beaches, amazing authentic Spanish food and the most incredible sunsets.
Here are my tips on where to….
Staying in one of the island’s amazing villas is probably the best option but can require quite a lot of organisation. You can’t rely on taxis during the busiest weeks (read end of July plus August) so you need to make sure you drive yourself or book a driver (highly recommend if you engage in any DC10 or Amnesia action). Unfortunately villa break-ins aren’t uncommon either.
For hotels Destino or Ibiza Gran Hotel are the best options but I also recommend just checking out the many great flats you can rent in Ibiza town on Airbnb without breaking the bank. Staying central in Ibiza town also solves the driving/taxi problem as you can always go to a taxi rank and queue for a car.
One year I stayed with my girlfriends in a flat in the Old Town and there are some mean stairs in the fort there where you can run or just power walk in the mornings. You’ll get an amazing work-out and view at the same time. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle though, or you’ll die!
Nowadays there are so many but I’m pretty sure one of the best ones will be this which takes place in May and September. I really hope to go!
Breakfast or juice place?
I’m obsessed Passion Cafe in Marina Botafoch. They have amazing juices, smoothies, salads and acai bowls. Actually everything they have is great and it’s a complete life saver if you have been out partying. This year when I went for the opening weekend we even rented an apartment based on how close it was to Passion. The also have a second branch close to Ushuaia but it’s much smaller.
I always like to have lunch on the beach in Ibiza. Great spots are El Chiringuito, Beach House or Yemanja next to Blue Marlin (I’m not a big fan of the actual Blue Marlin which is quite touristy). I also like Es Torrent, Cotton Beach Club and the restaurants on the beach close to Es Vedra. Jockey Club on las Salinas beach can be nice a little bit more off-season as it gets super crowded in August. Sa Trinxa at the end of las Salinas is very laid-back and you can eat in the sand.
My favourite dinners in Ibiza are always villa dinners but there are many amazing restaurants of course. Cipriani has good food and can be convenient logistics-wise but in general I don’t love these international chain type of places. I want to have Spanish food when I’m in Ibiza. Other good ones are Sa Punta, Madrigal, Amante or El Ayoun. Lio, where they have a cabaret, is fun to go to once but in general I like more chilled out places.
The music scene in Ibiza is amazing but of course there are also places and nights that aren’t my thing as it’s a big island with a lot variety. I recommend googling the Ibiza party calendar for the days you are going to see what djs are performing where. Also don’t forget about possible day-time venues, such as Guy Gerber’s Rumours at Beach House, or events at Destino.
Every year since I started coming to Ibiza I have been meaning to go to Las Dalias which is the hippie market. Embarrassingly enough I still haven’t been (beach or sleep have been the priority) but I heard it’s fun and great to visit, especially for someone who needs to do Burning Man shopping for example. The shops at El Chiringuito beach can also have cute dresses and beach bags.
I really recommend going for at least a day-trip to Formentera. Check out Juan y Andrea or the newly opened beach club Beso. El Pirata is also nice for mojitos in the sunset.
There are so many amazing placing for watching the sunset in Ibiza. Make sure you check out Experimental Beach in Cap des Falco or Sunset Ashram in Cala Compte. Hacienda Na Ximena, which is a boutique hotel and spa in the north of the island, also has an incredible sunset.