Not Just A Party: Where To Stay, Eat, And Play In Ibiza, Spain
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Ibiza has long been known as Spain’s nightlife capital. But beyond its world renewed party scene, Ibiza is an island of great contrasts that can also boast some of the most stunning beaches and views in the Mediterranean. If you are looking to go beyond the club scene, here are some suggestions on how best to enjoy your next Ibiza getaway.
Where To Stay
Las Mariposas is a rustic, chic hotel and a hidden oasis in the countryside, that gets you in touch with nature, but it also strategically located with easy access to the beaches, shopping, and culture on the island. Es Cucons is another island gem located in the heart of a picturesque almond valley in Santa Agnés, Es Cucons. This family-run hotel was once a farmhouse built in 1652 and later reformed by the owners in 1997. Can Talaias is a rural boutique hideaway that offers guests a haven of peace and serenity. Surrounded by hills and pine forests, just above the picturesque village of San Carlos, you will enjoy breathtaking sea views while listening to nature.
Where To Eat
Bambuddah is a MediterrAsian food village offering modern fusion recipes inspired by the ancient Spice Route from Spain, through Thailand, Vietnam to Japan. For a more authentic experience, check out Sa Soca built on an original family farm. Originally, the restaurant only offered typical dishes of the island, nowadays they combine the culinary tradition of the island of Ibiza with the freshest and tastiest dishes of Mediterranean cuisine in general. Mar A Vila serves high-quality tapas and pintxos (or small skewered snacks) with an international mixture of flavors and inspiration. A great place to enjoy a cocktail and shared plates after a day basking in the Mediterranean sunshine.
Where To Play
If you are looking to spend a long, lazy day in the sand head over to Cala Cabró or Cala Olivera.
The unpretentious and unspoiled vibe is what keeps locals coming back to these beaches. If you are looking for a bit more activity, Cala Xarraca is the perfect beach destination for some of the best snorkeling on the island.
Aside from its beaches, Ibiza is also well known for its hippy markets, street and food markets, and ones selling second-hand goods. The biggest markets are the Punta Arabí Hippy Market on Wednesday in Es Caná and the Las Dalias Hippy Market on Saturday in San Carlos.