The Alternative Side of Ibiza
Ibiza is home to more than just the stereotypical club scene. Of course, it‘s great for clubbing, if that’s what you’re after – but if 24-hour partying just isn’t your thing, no problem. Ibiza has so much more to offer. Taking the kids? No problem. Fancy an upmarket hen do with a difference? Sure, we’ve got that covered.
Ibiza has miles and miles of gorgeous sandy beaches to choose from, and plenty are away from the clubbing scene. For example there are lots of small coves hidden around Cala Tarida which are postcard-perfect. You’ll get off the tourist track and be surrounded by locals (probably starkers) but it’ll be a world away from the overcrowded central beaches.
If you’ve got kids with you, you’ll probably want to steer clear of the clubbing holidaymakers so avoid the San Antonio area and Es Caná beach. Santa Eulalia is one of the cleanest beaches in Ibiza and a quiet location perfect for families; alternatively San Miguel beach is also child-friendly and comes with a resident lifeguard.
This video of San Miguel beach gives you an idea of what to expect.
If you want to go further afield, Formentera is a little island that’s about a 30 minute boat ride from Ibiza which has world-class beaches. It’s a peaceful island with natural beauty and is known for being very relaxing. Take it a step further by joining a yoga class while you’re there.
For a peaceful getaway, groups of girlfriends can save themselves the hassle of arranging hotels and activities by booking a hen party package that includes a spa visit and a VIP experience at a bar. Find out more here.
Shopping and fine dining
You’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to food in Ibiza. Some of the best include Sa Capella, which is in an old converted church. It’s perfect for a romantic meal for two but will also happily host families with children – and is popular with wedding parties.
For something a little more bohemian, try the beachside Kumharas. There’s a chill-out area, an intimate lounge area, or a more traditional dining room. The menu has Asian influences and the venue regularly hosts percussion workshops and African dance activities.
Don’t forget that the Spanish tend to eat later in the evening than people who live in the UK – so bear this in mind if you have hungry young children. You may find cultural eating habits different when you’re on a holiday abroad – this post lists some of the interesting differences between English and Spanish etiquette.
If you fancy a bit of shopping while on your holiday, you must check out Ibiza’s famous hippy markets. Es Caná market is on Wednesdays just outside the Club Punta Arabí; while Las Dalias market is held on Saturdays. In each you’ll find an array of handmade ceramics, jewellery and clothing from all over the world.
Soaking up the culture
Ibiza Town, found of the south east coast is divided into two areas: the old town, locally referred to as Dalt Vila, and the newer part called Eixample. Head to Dalt Vila by foot to experience its gorgeous, narrow, winding alleyways – we really recommend you climb the 100m summit for amazing views over the town, harbour and out to Formentera.
In Dalt Vila you can’t miss the beautiful fortress cathedral, built in the 14th century, and Almudaina Castle. Opposite the cathedral you’ll find the Museu Arqueològic is an archaeological museum which preserves and researches remains from the prehistoric age. The nearby Museu Puget pays homage to Ibizan painters Narcís Puget Viñas and his son Narcís Puget Riquer.
For a tour around the island, you can hire mountain bikes or join a guided ride to explore the stunning coastline and mountains. Alternatively the tourist train will let you put your feet up and enjoy the ride!
Photo by Forbfruit, via Wikimedia Commons