Well, provocative headline aside, it is the truth. I visited Ibiza a few weeks ago but didn’t set foot inside a single of its high-profile clubs. Sacrilege, you say? Well, before you judge me, let me clarify that my time in Ibiza was during the so-called 'off season' (April) when clubs are still closed and parties aren’t happening, so I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. Figuring that Ibiza is a good idea irrespective of the season, I landed up.
I was delighted to find that even without the hyped partying scene, there’s a lot to do here. From the gorgeous beaches to the numerous pubs, cafes, blue seas and more, read on!
1. There are beaches and then there’s Cala Salada: Hands down, my favourite beach in all of Ibiza is Cala Salada. Surrounded by pine-forested hills, the sandy bed and turquoise waters of Cala Salada are among the most enticing on the island. The beach is nestled in an alcove, while makes it even more cosy. Just alongside is Cala Saladeta, the twin beach. It’s possible to spend a lovely day here, just lounging, enjoying the sunshine and dining at the beach restaurant (which has a great view too).
2. Evenings at the Sunset Strip: As the name suggests, this line of buzzing and hip bars, restaurants and cafes in San Antonio provides a dazzling view of one of the most famous sunsets of the world. There’s Savannah, Sushi Mambo, the classic Ibiza hangout Café del Mar, Café Mambo and several others. After dark, enjoy the drumming and fire throwing – it’s quite a spectacle. The strip has the Caló des Moro beach to the right, which offers a lovely promenade too.
3. Ibiza Old Town (Dalt Vila): Do not miss this one – irrespective of how much partying and sunbathing you plan to do, this is a must-visit. Ibizia’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers wonderful panoramic views, a treasure trove of history, mystery and discoveries - spanning 2,500 years. As you make your way to the top, you will have some spectacular views of the harbour! Dalt Vila is also filled with so many cafes, bars, restaurants with a great ambience. I will never forget the amazing chocolate cocktail that the bartender at this tiny bar whipped up for me!
4. Visit Formentera: If Ibiza is beautiful, Formentera is pure paradise. Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s known for its clear waters and long stretches of beach backed by dunes and pine trees. In case you’d like to visit, just hop onto one of the many ferries departing from the main harbour of Ibiza (you can buy tickets on board) and it takes about an hour to reach. I highly recommend visiting the Playa de Ses Illetes beach (if there’s one beach you have time to visit here, let it be this one) with a cool drink at its bustling El Pirata café.
5. Eat, eat, eat: My personal favourite was Rita’s Cantina for its brilliant food, ambience and service. The Nasi Goreng we had was in particular amazing! Head to Fat Man’s Café for an all-British breakfast and Restaurante Manila is a wonderful dinner option.
So go on, enjoy Ibiza. Don’t forget to carry loads of sunscreen and cash (many places to not take cards). Until then, adios!
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