Have you ever been under the impression that Ibiza is solely a party island? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong and I hope this post will help to show you a more of what this little gem of an island has to offer other than a vibrant world-famous clubbing scene.
Ibiza has always held a special place in my heart. I had many trips there in my twenties, mainly due to my partner DJing at the superclub Pacha over the summer seasons.
Fast forward 8 years and we decided to return with our daughter, Lilah over the Easter holidays to experience a more chilled side to the island. If you are not interested in the clubbing scene or are planning on visiting with family, I’d recommend visiting the island towards the end of April or during September to avoid the party-season crowds and also benefit from the good weather.
Where to Stay?
We have always based ourselves in Ibiza Town, apart from one occasion when we were staying with a friend at a Villa in a secluded area, north of the island. Ibiza town is conveniently located just ten minutes from the airport which is always a massive bonus.
Being a city-girl at heart, I always prefer to base myself in the livelier areas, but if you’d like to stay somewhere a little quieter I’d recommend Portinatx, Puerto San Miguel (both north) and Cala Llonga (east). Here you can experience more of the island’s bohemium vibe, secluded beaches, delicious bistros and natural scenery.
Getting Around Ibiza
The island is very small, (25mins drive across and 45mins north to south) and public transport isn’t the greatest (but doable), so in the past, we have always used taxis to get around, which can obviously be expensive.
This time around we decided to hire a car to give us the opportunity to experience more of the island (and hopefully more cheaply). We booked the car through Ryanair when booking our flights and planned to collect it from the airport on our arrival. Unfortunately, Ryanair’s instructions weren’t at all helpful and failed to tell us that we had to wait for a shuttle bus to take us to the car rental office, so we ended up getting a taxi to our hotel and returning the next morning. If you plan to do the same, be sure to factor in extra time for collecting the car and completing all the documentation, which can take a while during busy periods.
I absolutely adore Ibiza Town and don’t think I would ever choose to stay anywhere else due to the fact it has so much to offer and has such a fantastically addictive vibe to it, one that I don’t think I’ve felt anywhere else I’ve been.
It’s also fab for shopping with lots of independent shops as well as the classic Spanish high street shops like Mango (plus a separate Mango Accessories!), Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull & Bear.
Ibiza can be quite expensive for eating out, so we always try to save money by having breakfast and lunch at the cheaper spots like Cafe Mar y Sol by the harbour which is excellent value for money and has some great options for fussy kids (we’ve been coming here for years!).
For delicious Gelato, try Vivi’s Creamery, a very cute spot to stop-off for a break, just before you reach the main entrance to Dalt Vila. They also have the cutest photo opportunity outside which we took full advantage of.
We spent the majority of our 4-day trip roaming the streets of the town and Dalt Vila (Upper Town).
Dalt Vila is the most stunning area of steep, narrow, winding streets full of white houses adorned with plenty of plants and Ibiza blue windows and doors all leading up to the castle in the centre (Castell de Eivissa).
Every corner you turn you’re wowed by the prettiest little scenes ahead of you. I took several hundred photos here, much to Darren and Lilah’s delight, but it was just too difficult not to (hopefully you can see why!).
Head up to the battlements, next to the cathedral for stunning panoramic views of the sounding castle and harbour.
There are plenty of beautiful beaches across the island of Ibiza. One I would recommend nearby to Ibiza Town is the island’s longest beach, Playa d’en Bossa, for the great beach bars (also suitable for children) and palm trees aplenty!
If you’re looking for a great restaurant based on the beach, head further along the coast to El Chiringuito.
The restaurant also has a dedicated kids area called Little Chiringuito where there are plenty of activities on offer that they can get involved in such as jewellery-making and painting, giving you time to enjoy your lunch and relax!
Ibiza sunsets are pretty spectacular and are always the highlight of every trip. People come from all over the island to appreciate and celebrate them together which makes for such a wonderful atmosphere in the evenings.
We took a drive to the sunset strip in San Antonio to enjoy the sunset one evening, taking a stroll down the promenade and then settling down at the perfect waterside spot at Mint Lounge (next door to famous Cafe Mambo) for a yummy burger and cocktails.
We had really wanted to watch the sunset at the viewport in Cala d’Hort (south), looking out to the mysterious island of Es Vedra (after spotting it on Instagram) on our final evening. We were all pretty shattered though, so instead we headed into Dalt Vila for our final dinner at Popa which felt just as special. If you are looking for a good Ibiza sunset spot though, I’d say this should be on the top of your list.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the quieter side of Ibiza, and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact me via Instagram.