Ibiza - Kate's Quick Guide
Despite being a relatively small island, there were just too many lovely places to visit in a week! Here are some of my favourite finds, together with a few that are top of my list for next time.
Santa Getrudis is a gorgeous traditional village in the heart of the island, surrounded by fields of sheep, goats and the islands’s only dairy cows. A main square surrounded by a pretty white washed church, restaurants, bars and an eclectic mix of shops make this little village worthy of a whole day out!
Es Cucons @escucons_ibiza
A beautiful tardis of a shop selling a great selection of clothing and beachwear for women, men and children, as well as to die for home wares and baskets galore! Possibly my favourite shop, like ever...
(Also a laid back, family run rural hotel and restaurant in the heart of an almond valley.)
Open all year round, this is a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even just to sit and watch the world go by with a coffee. Healthy menu options such as omelettes, avocado toast and fresh juices mean this gem of a cafe is loved by locals and travellers alike. (Very busy apparently around school drop off and pick up times...) Great vegetarian options too!
Wild Beets @wildbeets
A botanical restaurant offering locally sourced and organic seasonal produce. Not only do they claim that every mouthful tastes delicious, but is also healthy for both the body and mind. And with the simple philosophy, ‘eat with awareness, eat well and above all, enjoy’ this is definitely top of my ‘go to places’ for next year...
Finca la Plaza @fincalaplaza
In the middle of Santa Gertrudis, a Mediterranean restaurant celebrating local flavours, together with amazing cocktails. A perfect option for a romantic or family friendly dinner in the secret fairy lit courtyard garden.
A stylish and serene boutique hotel in a renovated finca with a rooftop pool with panoramic sea views and a pretty little bar. Gatzara apparently means abundance and joy and the simple but luxurious white rooms with wooden beams certainly capture this feeling. Best for grown ups!!
There are plenty of beautiful sunset spots in Ibiza but Sundays at Benirràs is perhaps the ultimate sunset experience. Every week a dedicated group of drummers turn up to continue the tradition which started on Sunday 18th August, 1991 when hundreds of people gathered to protest against the first Gulf War in Iraq. Be warned, expect countless people and a parking nightmare, so arrive well before sunset to grab your space on the beach, or better still stay for the whole day. Book a table at Elements (@elements.ibiza) either before or after sunset for one of their gorgeous super juices or cocktails. The goats cheese salad with strawberries,
was one of the best I’ve ever had! There is also a small market on Sunday evening selling jewellery, kaftans and dresses.
Dalt Vila - Ibiza Old Town
An evening trip to Eivissa is a must and the old town, which is the area of the fortified citadel Dalt Vila is awash with history. Beautiful cobbled streets and pretty painted houses lead to various little squares with bars and restaurants. There is a lovely selection of restaurants on Plaza de Vila, but there are plenty of other hidden gems to be found.
Las Dalias @lasdaliasibiza
Ibiza’s famous hippie market in the north of the island. Open during the day on Saturday until 8pm and evenings 7pm until 1am Sunday to Tuesday. A huge mix of stalls selling a variety of jewellery, clothes, toys and handmade arts and craft, interspersed with bars, food and juice stalls. Live music gives the market a unique party atmosphere (full on dancing is not uncommon!) and there is also a great supervised area for young children which makes it a viable evening out for the whole family.
Can Domo @candomo
The most gorgeous organic agroturismo set amongst olive and pine trees in the north of the island, featuring eight rustic chic rooms and a small pool, together with an enchanting farm to table restaurant. Delicious locally sourced Mediterranean produce, including vegetables from their own garden, together with a fairytale outdoor, candle lit terrace make this a magical setting for dinner. They are very happy to tailor their menu for children, but in the end this wasn’t necessary. It was definitely a culinary highlight for everyone!
Mimi Bistrot & Cocktails @mimi_pizzabistrot
Classic Italian pizza and pasta made from fresh produce from their own organic garden and weekly deliveries of the best ingredients from Italy. Live music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays in July and August. Eating traditional Italian pizza (no pineapple to be found here!) on a magical sea view terrace, listening to the laid back DJ made this a great evening out. (Takeaway also available.)
A great lunch option at Nobu Ibiza Bay. Enjoy a traditional paella made by Valencian head chef, Carlos. Fresh seafood, tapas and a small but adventurous kids menu. Non residents can reserve one of the beachside Bali beds and set up base for the day.
100% natural ingredients made in Ibiza, these are the best ice lollies I have EVER tasted! Amazing flavours such as passion fruit and blueberry, lime, ginger and spirulina, but kiwi and watermelon was my absolute favourite.
Once Upon a Boat @onceuponaboat_ibiza
Possibly the best day ever and loved by the whole family. Set sail on a classic beauty (with skipper) on a day trip to Formentera. Unfortunately, they were fully booked the week we were there, but Marlot went out of her way to source us another boat. Perhaps not quite as beautiful as the original, but just perfect nonetheless. Stop off at one of the many beach clubs for lunch, some quiet and laidback, others rocking more of a party vibe!
The water in Ibiza is beautifully clear, but the hidden coves of Formentera only accessible by boat are something else!
Sailing back to Ibiza listening only to the sounds of the sea and the sails flapping, is an experience not to be missed.
Lots more inspiration can be found in the Ibiza and Formentera insider guides @myibizaformentera... I’m already busy planning my next visit!