An Inside Look At Ibiza; Beyond The Parties

Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands of Spain is renowned for its raves, boat parties and DJ residencies. But if you're in your late 20's like myself, and you're running thin on party mojo, Ibiza is still a wonderful place. The heart melting calas (mini beach coves), alley ways, hills and stunning views make Ibiza a place to remember. My sister and I took a trip there last month to finally see what everyone was raving about. Our trip consisted of a mix of outdoor experiences, dining, day partying and exploration. Here are my top picks for a grown 4-day Ibiza getaway.

Organic Food

The best organic food on the Island can be found at Passion. They have an excellent array of smoothies, salads, sandwiches, pastas and juices. The island has four different Passion locations, each featuring a unique  self-love theme that leaves you feeling better about your life and your decisions when you walk out of those doors.

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Source: Ghislaine Leon 

Day Trip

During your Ibiza visit, you MUST take a day trip to Formentera. The breathtaking island is just a 40 min. ferry from Ibiza. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by the car and skooter rental business owners. To fully enjoy this chill island, rent a car (stick shift only options) or rent a skooter. You will thank me later.

Platja de Ses Illetes. If you want to start your day on a high note, drive down to Formentera's most popular cala, Platja de Ses Illetes. This beach has no beach chairs, showers, or sunbeds; the perfect place for the simple beach goer. It's also unofficially a nudist beach. Don't be surprised at scenes of naked adult and baby humans. While you're there,  stop at Pirata Bar. It's a little over priced but a super cute bar/restaurant that tourists frequent. It's also the only bar on this beach. I recommend getting their native Cava Sangria and their seafood platter (to share). Sip on your cava while you stare at the panoramic turquiose sea.

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Pirata Bar. Source: Ghislaine Leon 

Cala Saona. The hues of the natural bedrock and the combination of its clear golden sand are my favorite characteristic of this Cala. It's like you're in a wave pool, as you can walk far into the shore thanks to its low tide. The tranquility of this cove, as it lays in between the two bodies of beautiful red brown bedrock is perfect. Go right before sunset and feel like you're shooting the cover for Jhene Aiko's. See for yourself.

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Affordable Breakfast W/a View

After a nice 2 mile run around the south east end of the island my sister and I walked up to Hotel Rocamar, a boutique hotel near Cala Talamanca. Their European buffet style breakfast features a plethora of options to choose from which include cured ham, croissants, fruit, cheese, and an egg (yes one) in whatever style you'd like freshly made for you. All for just 9 euro. Oh and their terrace comes with a view, see below.

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Sightseeing

I was so happy to bump into Old Town Ibiza. Make sure you wear walking shoes to explore this ancient cobble stone district. The architecture here is reminds us of the days when Ibiza was occupied by the Moorish Empire. Located right above the sea, the Old Town Ibiza stroll include canon balls, cathedrals and Ibiza's Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Ibiza

Countryside Dining

If you want to have a divine dinner experience away from the city, take a cab to Sa Capella. The Spanish restaurant is housed inside an old monastery chapel in the hills of San Antonio. The old elegance of the restaurants interior and its surrounding gardens take you on a trip to ancient Ibiza. The mouthwatering menu and it's wine selection is worth the trip. This is for sure a place I would visit again, with bae or no bae.

 

Waterside Drinks

Now if you really want to live, head over to the Marina Ibiza and have waterside drinks al fresco. The Marina is located at the most luxurious part of the island, Downtown Ibiza and on the bay of Cala Jondal.  As you walk in you are greeted by Blue Marlin, a lifestyle beach club and restaurant that boasts with it's own local clothing line and magazine. Overlook the crystal waters as you drink a glass of fine wine or champagne. You can also sun bathe at this beach club so make sure to pack your cutest beach day outfits.

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The Marina offers it's guests a handful of restaurants and designer boutiques including Bottega Venetta and Stella McCartney. There are also a number of yatch rental offices, but don't even think about it unless your budget starts at 5,000 Euro.

Pool Party Turn Up

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My sister and I aren't crazy about EDM, so picking the right kind of pool party was important. Ocean Beach Club provided exactly what we were looking for-a nice turn up that didn't require us to stand all day and pump our fists. This day party space is located on the west side of the island in San Antonio and features daily DJ's. You will be mesmerized by the acrobatic dancers and the waterfront view.  Order a bottle of champagne and sit at a day bed with your girls, or if you're on a budget like we were, get a high top table and order a nice cocktail.

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Have you visited Ibiza or are you thinking or planning a trip there? Perhaps I have inspired you to visit. If you enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment below! x 

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