I've visited Spain many times before, but never a Spanish Balearic Island. Ibiza has always been on my list of places to visit. I arranged to go with friends for four nights, staying in an Airbnb apartment in Ibiza Town (Evissa). It's no surprise that Ibiza has always been known for its party island reputation, however I was keen to explore the rest of the island as I knew there was so much more to it than Sant Antonio and its package holidays.
I visited Ibiza during off-season mid April. It was quiet and not as full of tourists, reasonably priced and the weather being a considerate 21 degrees during the day - this is not to say it wasn't cold in the evenings. I would say some form of jacket is essential once the sun sets. Sadly, I was only in Ibiza for four days, so I pre-wrote a list of things I wanted to see/do, which I happily managed to achieve.
Ibiza has stunning beaches all around the island. We were lucky enough that our apartment overlooked the sea, which was lovely to wake up to everyday. Although the sea was a little cold during April, simply being on the beach and lying out in the sun was enough. The beaches were somewhat quiet which I liked, as there wasn't many tourists around at that time of the year. It's easy to hire a car or take a bus to neighbouring towns to visit their beaches, with lots of beautiful coves around the island.
IBIZA OLD TOWN & IBIZA CASTLE
Ibiza Old Town was my favourite place to visit in Ibiza. To the locals, it's known as 'Dalt Vila'. It's full of character and culture which I'm all about whenever I visit a new country. The cobbled streets are narrow and winding filled with amazing architecture, with some views reminding me of Havana, like random little tiles with cool patterns. There's lots to see, including independent quirky bars and restaurants.
Ibiza Castle, which is located within Ibiza Old Town, is pretty cool. It has so much history and offers fantastic views of the Old Town, marina and headland. It's pretty much an outdoor museum, with old houses built in and around it. Once again, the architecture is pretty cool, showcasing history and lots of colour! I'd say the winding roads and stairs are steep at parts, but it's well worth it for the views - especially when you get to the top!
THE HIPPY MARKET
It's no surprise I'm a big fan of shopping, so I definitely wanted to experience the hustle and bustle of the famous Hippy Markets, located in Punta Arabi (Es Cana), which is roughly a 25 minute drive from Ibiza Old Town. It's only open on Wednesdays from April to October and is one of Ibiza's iconic places to visit. It's pretty cool, full of different stalls selling self made products from jewellery and leather goods to handmade hand puppets! I treat myself to a leopard print purse (surprise surprise - for those of you who follow my blog, you'll know I'm a massive fan of leopard print!) and a wooden 'Ibiza' sign, as I love to decorate my room with pieces I've picked up during my travels to different countries. The vibe of the Hippy Market is very chilled with an upbeat atmosphere and live music filling the entire venue.
THE SUNSET STRIP
Now I couldn't go to Ibiza and not watch the sunset on the legendary Sunset Strip. Cafe Mambo wasn't open yet, so fortunately we watched it from Cafe Del Mar on their first opening night of the year. It was lovely to sit back and enjoy a cocktail, soak up the atmosphere and watch the Ibizan sunset. Definitely a rite of passage for any first timer to Ibiza! Although the Sunset Strip is situated in Sant Antonio, it didn't feel like we were in that area. Due to the time of year, Sant Antonio is quiet and chilled and not full of drunk partygoers. We walked around the marina and had a look round the area and it felt like we could have been anywhere on the island, which says a lot!