ISLAND GUIDE: IBIZA
Just a short 40 minute flight from Barcelona lies the White Island. Ibiza, or Eivissa, is one of Spain’s Balearic Islands that is known around the world for the sun, sea and legendary parties. Whether it’s a quick city-break or an entire summer, time in Ibiza always seems to be just enough but not enough. A wise man once told me “There’s an Ibiza for everyone”, vale!
Though it may look like a tiny speck in the Balearic Sea, Ibiza is a rather big island. One end of the island to another is around 50km, around an hourish by car. Prior to booking a house or hotel, I’d recommend mapping out general plans and places you want to go - this will determine whether you’ll want to rent a car or not. The majority of the beaches and clubs we wanted to go to were on the western part of the island so we decided to base ourselves in Ibiza Town near Platja Den Bossa at Hotel MiM Ibiza Es Vivé. It was a perfect home base with a great pool, rooftop bar/lounge and the most amazing in room bathroom/shower situation - something you’ll want après partying all night or after a long day lounging in the sun . Renting a car wasn’t necessary for us as taxis were convenient to hail or schedule from the hotel and ran 24/7.
SEE + DO 📸
You’ll never run out of things to do on Ibiza, no matter how long your stay. There is a huge community of artists, endless beaches, outdoor activities, world renowned gastronomy and of course the brazen party scene.
Epicenter for history and contemporary culture.
Restaurants: La Dispensa, La Brasa, La Olivia, Café Born
Museums: Art Projects Gallery, Museo Puget, Museu d'art Contemporani d'Eivissa
Boho-chic restaurants, beach clubs and coastline galore.
Beach clubs: Es Cavallet, Experimental, Blue Marlin
Beaches: Cala D’Hort, Es Vedra, Talamanca
Nirvana as far as the eye can see.
Tranquil scenery away from the hustle and bustle.
Beaches: Portinatx, Benirras, Cala Xuclar
Formentera (guide coming soon!!) is a quick 30 minute ferry from the port of Ibiza. It makes a great day trip for biking from the port to Ses Illetes followed by lunch at Juan y Andrea.
EAT + DRINK 🍴🍸
Cotton Beach Club: Undoubtedly our favorite meal after a day of laying out and swimming in Cala Tarida. Order a little bit of everything and indulge to the max through a late lunch. Some crisp rosé in the sweltering heat pairs perfectly with crudités, seaweed salad and tomato/burrata tartare. Drooling just thinking about it.
At night we’d wander into the Old Town to grab a glass of wine before dinner and see where the locals were going. If you wander up the (steep!!) and tiny streets of old town you’ll land in the Plaza de Vila in Dalt Vila. There are tons of charming restaurants and bars in this area. After dinner, head towards the castle and there are some lookout points that give the best panoramic night views of the island. We loved La Dispensa for pasta and seafood and La Brasa for tapas (the besssssst jamón iberico) and sangria. Near Plaça del Parc, there’s Cafe Born… a quaint outdoor cafe perfect for bites and an Aperol Spritz. Keep in mind that dinner starts at 10/10:30pm so don’t show up before then!
We didn’t spend too much time shopping so I don’t have any particular stores of note. However down Passeig de Vara de Rey in Old Town Ibiza had some great little boutiques and shops with the best linen, caftans and island clothes. Another street with cute stores is Plaça de Vila near Ibiza Castle. Ibiza’s salt-works date back to 800 BC, and the island is known for having some of the best sea salt on earth. Sal de Ibiza is the place to go for the best little souvenirs and such. ** Their salt + vinegar chips are to dieeeee for!
Ibiza has a long standing reputation for being the party capital of the world with the best clubs. I’ve made my rounds to Mykonos, New York, London, Cannes, Paris etc etc… but Ibiza takes the cake. Maybe it’s the sticky summer, maybe it’s the magic of Ibiza’s peace and love in the air? But there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about hearing the music roar from Amnesia as your taxi pulls up just after midnight - you simply can’t get that anywhere else. You’ll see the party start the second you step foot on to your IBZ bound Easy Jet flight - rowdy groups of all ages pregaming their week on the island by passing around vodka redbulls at 30,000 feet. Anything goes in Ibiza - whatever you’re searching for, you can get.
The big names are: Pacha , Amnesia, Hï Ibiza, HEART Ibiza, Ushuaïa, Privilege, Lío, Eden, Es Paradis, Ibiza Rocks Hotel and my personal fave, DC-10. They are all known for their themed parties on certain nights of the week for example, DC-10 holds the Monday night spot, Amnesia is known for their Wednesday Espuma parties and Ushuaïa on Sundays.
The high summer season starts in mid May and the closing parties are usually the first couple weeks of October. Calendars start rolling out in the Spring with the long anticipated list of DJs taking residency in on the island during the summer.
DON’T LEAVE IBIZA WITHOUT…
Jumping off the rocks at Cala Salada
Catching a sunset at Hostal La Torre (near Sant Antoni)
Experiencing Ibiza Nightlife!!! Young or old, seasoned or rookie… there’s a party for everyone 😉
I’ve made life long memories on this island and hope to return for many more summers to come