I’m lucky to have places like Ibiza close to home. I live in Girona which is located in the northeastern Catalonia region of Spain. I normally work as an auditor but am currently studying graphic design. My passions revolve around photography and discovering the world through travel.
Another great passion of mine is the sea. When the pandemic struck at the start of 2020 and I was not able to travel outside of Spain, it was clear to me that I should visit some of the islands in my own backyard. Ibiza is known as the White Island and has some of the most amazing beaches in the world.
When I arrived in Ibiza the island surprised me. This island is famous for its parties but I found a lot of relaxation here. Ibiza is beautiful with white houses that make it even more special. The people are friendly, the food is great and the sunsets are breathtaking. What more could you ask for?
Spending 12 Beautiful Days in Ibiza
I spent 12 days touring the island. Our route started in the north and looped around until we returned to our starting point. The best way to experience Ibiza is by car. That way you can explore the island freely. Our first couple of days were spent at Cala d’en Serra, Benirras and Aigues Blanques.
We also enjoyed some beautiful lunches by the sea in those first few days. I remember the fresh fish which was just sublime. Then we headed towards the central area of Sant Antoni de Portmany region before venturing out east to the town of Santa Eularia des Riu. I loved travelling all over Ibiza.
Favourite Place in Ibiza: Viewpoint of Es Vedra
My favourite place in Ibiza was without a doubt the viewpoint of Es Vedra. This place is a must-see especially at sunset. Of course, a place this beautiful is going to be popular so it can become crowded. My advice is to go down to Cala d’Hort where you can see the island of Es Vedra at sunset.
5 Best Things To Do in Ibiza
Ibiza is known as a party island but like I said before there is another world to discover. If you combine the nightclub/festival scene with gorgeous hidden bays, beautiful old churches and stunning sunsets – then you have yourself an incredible destination. Below are my top 5 recommendations:
1. Watch the Sunset Looking out at Es Vedra
Visitors can choose from a few fantastic spots to watch the sunset looking out at Es Vedra. Cala d’Hort Beach is a great place to take in the colours of dusk by the sea. The famous cliffs can get crowded but are stunning. Other spots include the Defence Tower and Hippie Cave.
2. Attend a Sunday Drum Party at Cala Benirras
Cala Benirras is a little secluded bay in the north of Ibiza. On Sundays you can attend a drum party at sunset here which involves some of the best drummers in the world coming together to celebrate life in a festive atmosphere. Bring your own bongo and drum along to the beat!
3. Stroll through the Gorgeous Town of Dalt Vila
Dalt Vila offers travellers narrow lanes, city walls and town squares to stroll around. It’s a gorgeous town perched on a small mountain next to the sea and has many stunning buildings like cathedrals, museums and open-air cinemas. Enjoy candlelit dinners at night by medieval castles.
4. Shop at the Awesome Hippie Markets of Ibiza
One of the most popular things to do in Ibiza is to shop around the hippie markets. For example, the Dalias Night Market is a great place to shop for hand-made clothes and unique jewellery. They often play live music too. Other markets include: Hippy Market Punta Arabi and Forada Market.
5. Explore the Beautiful Ses Salines Natural Park
Ses Salines Natural Park is famous for its beautiful beach called Ses Salines. However, there is a lot more to see than just that one beach. Visitors can check out the Sal Rossa Watchtower, see flamingos at bird watching sites, visit the Montanas de Sal, explore Cap des Falco and much more!
People, Culture & Food of Ibiza
I found the locals of Ibiza to be super friendly. I remember meeting some awesome people at the Cala Benirras drum party. There is quite a strong heritage on this island which is seen in the museums, churches and towers of Torres des Savinar, Torre d’en Valls and Torre de ses Portes.
Food is something that Ibiza does amazingly well too! I was speechless by how good it was. The typical dish of “Bullit de Peix” is a fish dish which is absolutely delicious. “Arroz a Banda” is another great dish consisting of rice, seafood and saffron. For dessert, make sure you try Greixonera.
The best restaurants and bars include: Amante Restaurant at Sol d’en Serra beach, Aubergine farm-to-table restaurant, Eden nightclub in Sant Antoni de Portmany, Hostal La Torre Restaurant and the super nice Aiyanna Ibiza.
Where to Base Yourself in Ibiza
If you’re looking for peace and tranquility then the north of Ibiza is where you’ll want to stay. Otherwise a great central spot is Playa d’en Bossa. It’s located near Dalt Vila which is one of the most beautiful villages.
During the first week of our trip we stayed at Hacienda Na Xamena. It offered us complete peace and relaxation. I highly recommend this place. Another good option in central Ibiza is Santos Ibiza Coast Suites. This hotel has an interesting program of live music and outdoor movies.
What you Need to Know Before you Go
The main travel tip I can recommend is to hire a car. This is the best way to travel around the island freely with no limitations. I also highly suggest taking a day trip to Formentera island which is located just a short distance away. Make sure you pack your snorkelling gear for this part of the trip!
July and August are the most popular months to visit Ibiza but they attract massive crowds of tourists. To beat the crowds, try visiting in May or June. The weather is warm enough and this way you can get carried away by the magical atmosphere of the White Island without the crowds.
I would like to leave you with another great experience that we enjoyed. We toured a place called La Posidonia Spa which has incredible views that are hard to explain in words. It’s one of those places you have to see to believe. Being alone and watching the sunset was like something out of a movie.
Make sure you experience this activity too! Thanks for reading about my recent trip to Ibiza. I hope it has inspired you on your next holiday here.