It’s not often that we organise our plans for the next destination the day before, but that’s what we did on a Sunday afternoon in Valladolid in Ribera del Deuro, Spain. Abandoning our plans for a provincial French road trip to instead bask in the endless Spanish sun, we packed our bags and headed to Ibiza. As our tiny aeroplane came into landing, just as the sun dipped below the horizon, it was swept up in turbulent winds and we became unsure what was sky or sea. Breaking through the clouds, relief swept over the entire cabin as the island came into view below. Hola Ibiza, our home for the next three nights!
One of the Balearic Islands in an archipelago off the east coast of Spain, Ibiza is incredibly picturesque with hidden beaches, rustic white-washed villas, pine-clad hills and an abundance of fig trees and grapevines lining the unpaved roads. With its strong reputation as a party island, we were unsure what to expect especially in high summer. But similar to Mykonos there are quiet villages, and if you know where to stay and which beaches to visit it’s heaven.
If you’re staying on the islands north coast it might be best to hire a car or a motorbike to explore the island, but we found it quite easy to travel by taxi staying in the hills on the west coast. To understand the true beauty of the island, a road trip to see the islet of Es Vedrà is a must. Just two kilometres from Ibiza’s coast, the transcendental rock juts out of the sea and is said to be the only visible point of the lost city of Atlantis, according to some locals. More recent stories tell of failed navigational systems and radars of boats when they are near the islet due to the magnetic ‘triangle of silence’, similar to the one around Bermuda. Legends aside, it’s a captivating sight where the sky blends seamlessly into the sea in a haze of blue, and its majestic beauty will leave you speechless. It’s possible you may have the whole viewing point to yourself, as we only saw a handful of people whilst we were there in the morning. Pack your swimwear, a picnic lunch and a bottle of rosé and soak up the sunshine and infinite sea views.
Legends aside, it’s a captivating sight where the sky blends seamlessly into the sea in a haze of blue, and its majestic beauty will leave you speechless.
In the afternoon, head to one of the many coves on the island. One of our favourite spots was Cala Comte on the south west of the island, with stretches of white sand and clear, turquoise water. Swim in the shallow reefs with small tropical fish (I even spotted a small jellyfish) and look back on the rainbow of beach umbrellas dotted along the shore. Pack a Turkish towel, bottled water and a good book – you won’t want to leave until the sun goes down.
For dinner, we loved the quiet, narrow streets around the Castle of Eivissa. Enjoy freshly steamed muscles, linguine de mariscos and a glass or two of Tempranillo at La Dispensa before wandering around the perimeter of the castle looking down at the twinkling lights of Ibiza Old Town below.
If you’re staying on the island for a few days, Formentera is the perfect day trip. Catch the fast ferry from the San Antonio port in the Old Town (they leave every 30 minutes) to the smallest of the Balearic Islands and head down the peninsula to Playa de Ses Illetes for a day in the sun with good tunes and Spanish locals enjoying their summer. You can even hire bikes and cycle around the island stopping at various coves along the way.
I think I might be tempted to miss my flight to Paris to stay a few extra nights on this island paradise…
LOCATION / Ibiza, Spain