SUN, SEA & (LOTS OF) SANGRIA!
All I knew about Ibiza when I was growing up was that the Vengaboys were going there, and they were going to have a party. As an adult, I've realised what a beautiful and tranquil island it is. When twelve of us decided to plan a trip together to go, I vowed that alongside the all-day, all-night partying/ tanning, I would see what this tiny little paradise had to offer. It was so beautiful that I returned more recently, for a three-day beach tour of the stunning San Antoni coastline.
So, here's Ibiza! The first time I went, I stayed in Sant Jordi the first time,which is a 10 minute drive from Ibiza Old Town, where historic scenery meets chic tapas bars. After driving up to the top of Dalt Villa, and admiring the breathtaking views of Ibiza and the neighbouring Balearic Islands, we worked our way down the hill, passing little shops and bars on the way.
You MUST go here. It's probably more economical if you're with a large group of people to hire a boat and hop across to Formentera, the smallest of Spain's Balearic Islands. It was just me and my best friend who decided to see this Island, so we took a more crowded ferry, which ended up costing around €40 each... and it was worth every penny. This Island is every bit as stunning as I was told, with unspoiled beaches, clear blue water and yachts- lots of yachts.
Es Caló is not the most famous beach on the Island, but deserves as much attention as the more popular Playa Illetes and Playa La Savina. Don't be alarmed if you see any body parts jiggling in the distance...it is what you think it is! Many nudists come to this beach as naturism is widely practised here.
San Antonio Beaches
Obviously nothing beats Paella, but the beaches in Ibiza are truly somethin'. There is a reason why people buy holiday homes here, and return year after year. Sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza has some of the most clear sea waters in Europe. The second time I went (with my 16 year old little brother!), we went to different beaches every day by bus. It is packed in mid-august, so we left out early.
My absolute favourite beach on this trip. The water is as clear as diamonds, and remains shallow for yards and yards. It is surrounded by really good restaurants and there is a beach bar serving sangria by the jug. Yes please.
San Antonio Sunset Strip
Watching the sunset from the appropriately named 'Sunset Strip' is an unrivalled experience. Watch the e sun go down behind the horizon of the sea, painting the sky all kinds of burnt orange and dusky purples, with everyone clapping and cheering when it disappears. Then go and get your fourth jug of Sangria that day from the wolrd famous Cafe Mambo.
Sunset Watching on Sunset Strip
Every evening, hundreds gather on the beach by Cafe Mambo/Cafe Del Mar, to watch the stunning orange sky. See for yourself.
Cala Comte and Playa de Talamanca
These two beaches aren't a priorty, Cala Comte is slightly rocky, and Playa de Talamanca, in Ibiza Town, is right next to the port so the water won't be as pure. However, i took some pictures there so it would be a shame not to share them, and Cala Comte has one of the best beach restaurants on the island- Sunset Ashram.
So there you have it, a brief Ibiza beach itinerary. I will definitely try to go back again this year, to hopefully focus more on the amazing food there :)