The island of Ibiza has long since been known to be a partying hotspot and on our recent trip to the Balearic isle we weren’t short of options in terms of club nights and well know headlining DJs. But there is of course another side to the beautiful island – with luscious landscapes and luxurious beach clubs, there’s definitely a lot to do for the individual who just wants to relax and enjoy the sunshine – maybe even explore a little!
We stayed right in the heart of Playa D’en Bossa which provided great access to both the main club strip as well as the beautiful sandy beach. Out apartment (Ebano Select) boasted awesome minimal furnishings (you know how we love all things minimal) and we enjoyed spending time lounging by the pool in the mornings. Although we would also say that renting a villa near the more mountainous regions of the island is a cheaper and more quiet way to go if you’re after a more relaxing getaway – but be prepared to take a drive to the nearest shops or town in this case.
On the first day we took a short taxi ride to Ibiza Town which is packed with quaint little side streets as well as a huge range of shops and restaurants to while the hours away. The food in Ibiza is mainly focused on Seafood (naturally) and even though these options are usually more expensive, they are well worth the higher price tag for a fresh and well prepared dish! However you’ll definitely not be short of Italian influenced cuisine; I’m talking pizza, pasta and fresh salads – that’s right, the good stuff. The harbour that runs alongside the town also provides great views!
Now don’t get us wrong, Ibiza is considered a house music pilgrimage so we made sure to experience the what it had to offer in terms of music on our trip. From David Guetta performing at Pacha, to Kygo/Avicii at Ushuaia, it was great to see masters of the trade putting on a great show at ridiculously extravagant club venues. It’s an awesome experience to be part of the crowd at one of these events, enjoying the music as well as the theatrics. Although for more die-hard house music fans we’d definitely recommend going to the quieter clubs like Space for an experience that’s more about the music.
As well as driving around and exploring the variety of beaches in Ibiza, another hidden gem is the island of Formentera approximately half an hour away from the main island via ferry. The ferry has a few pick up points both at Playa D’en Bossa and in Ibiza town and they usually run quite frequently between both islands. The best way to explore Formantera is to rent bikes or a dune buggy and have a drive around. A must visit section of the island has got to be Playa de Ses Illetes, an area now designated as a National Park (that costs 8 euros to enter). Now we’re not exaggerating when we say that it contained some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen – clear blue waters and white sand everywhere! It also houses some amazing restaurants serving up fresh seafood and pasta.
Ibiza certainly has a reputation for being a party island, but there’s a lot more to discover there than just that. It’s an island hosting amazing scenery, beautiful beaches and quiet little pockets of paradise if you know where to look. Plus if you’re a house music fan it should definitely be on your list of places to visit no matter what kind of musical experience you’re after – there’s definitely something for everyone!
Patches & Flash x