I never really added Ibiza to my Bucket list. The image I had of Ibiza was this one big party island and nothing more to be honest. But when my girl Karen and I were looking for a close by last minute destination , I figured why not? …Which turned out to be surprisingly a great place to visit!
Where to stay
If you are doing Ibiza for the first time I suggest you stay either in Ibiza city itself or in San Antonio, where we stayed. Both can be crowded by party people, but is also the most practical places.
Renting a car
I highly suggest to rent a car to explore the island. The distances are not long at all and you have more freedom when you drive. You can also enjoy the scenery more this way, allowing you to make stops whenever you would like to. For example at a pretty viewpoint or a supermarket!
Highly recommended is to take the full coverage option. The renting prices in Ibiza are not so high, but the guarantee hold can be! I had the option of holding 1300 euros on my credit card or to pay 74 euro extra for full coverage for 4 days. That choice was made fast, and let me tell you a secret… I kinda had a little bump with somebody at a roundabout so I am glad I choose the full option after all.
Radio tip: Get into the Spanish/ hip hop /urban vibes while you drive with my favourite Ibiza radio station: MuyBuena at frequency 100’30.
Beaches and Beach Bars
Cala Bassa Beach Club
This is some HUGE beach club, with so many options. You can just lay at the beach, or you can one of their 7 types of sun beds! All in different price ranges.
They have several restaurants and shops and offer beach massages and some water activities. You can spend a whole day there if you would like to… but it can be quite pricey! You can keep it budget by just laying on the beach and having a light snack. We just had breakfast there and then enjoyed the sun on their cheapest sun bed.
Later on we had a walk and ended up a type of water pool they had between the mini cliffs, which you can jump from if you dare.
Bikini by Cathy Guetta
A newly opened Beach club/restaurant in a pink theme? Hell yes we had to go!
They made this beach club, near Ibiza city, so instagramable! Enjoy the sun and their cocktails (or juices) while snapping some flamingo shots along the way.
They also have a delicious lunch/dinner menu, including a vegan slim menu! So thoughtful.
This Beach Bar doesn’t really have a beach, but it it’s rocky location and cozy style is still worth of a visit!
And their chicken waffle too! We had it as our 4’o clock snack and enjoyed the last sun of the day there.
A bit of exploration: Es Vedra
Es Vedra is this small rocky uninhabited island part of Cala d’Hort, a nature reserve. The island rises 400 meter up the sea and it has many legends and mythical beliefs.
Many locals believe it is a place for sirens and sea-nymphs or the place where a giant lived. Others think the stones were used for the pyramids or that it has an UFO base under it. My favourite would be that they think it could be the tip of the sunken civilisation of Atlantis.
What do you think?… Either way it makes a super cool viewpoint from the south western side of Ibiza. If you have the time, the place is great for hiking. You can walk all the way to the beach at the bottom.
One day excursion to Formentera
What about a day trip to the smallest island of the Balearic islands of Spain? Then you should head to Formentera. From the Ibiza port you will have many different ferries that take you there.
When you arrive you have several rental shops where you could choose from bikes, to scooter, to cars. As the island is small, a scooter or bike should be enough to explore.
We choose the bike and went all the way up north to the Playa de Illetas. The beaches there are gorgeous! The water is clear and the sand is white. We stayed there for a few hours and then headed back to the port.
On our way back on the ferry we had the most amazing sunset when arriving in Ibiza.
Breakfast at Passion
At San Antonio we found our favourite breakfast place! Passion Cafe had what we were looking for: delicious Açai bowls! They have great pancakes, juices, coffee, protein and superfood shakes and avocado toasts too! Mouth watering…
Their focus are on vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic, creating natural wholesome food with great quality products. They have 7 locations on Ibiza if you are far from San Antonio. Just check out their site for the menu and locations!
Lunch at El Pirata
When you go to the beaches of Playa Illetas on Formentera, you can have lunch (or dinner) at El Pirata. It is not formal, as you can even sit with your toes in the sand, and the menu is simple but good.
We had a gazpacho soup, a tuna salad and fried baby squids. That last one was just sooo good. I really learned to eat squid and never thought ever eating baby ones… but the spices and the crunchiness makes it irresistible.
Dinner & Sunset at Kumharas
Now MY FAVOURITE place on the island was this restaurant here: Kumharas in San Antonio.
The place has a great worldwide vibe. The music and mixed cultures design gives you the feeling of travelling and world exploring. So just up my alley!
The same goes for the menu and their cuisine. The dishes are mixes of world flavours, creatively merged into their own special dish. I had red curry, but I could taste their unique touch as it wasn’t that typical thai curry.
And the cocktails were very good as well! As you see on the picture I had a spicy mango cocktail.
But the best part and a great day finisher was off course watching the sunset from their sunset area… preferable with hookah/shisha. Life can’t really get better than this…
Drinks and chill at Tulp
An other cool spot in San Antonio was Tulp Beach Cafe. I don’t have pictures of this place as we really just stumbled upon during an evening walk. But we fell in love with it right away.
The decorations is a kind of chic-kitch with restaurant areas and drink areas. Even a small ‘enchanted forest’ feeling area, where you have colourful princess sofas and chairs under some trees. This is the place we choose to sit and have our hookah & drinks 2.0.
I like to party too, but I can not put myself in the same category of Ibiza party goers. Big famous clubs for those who want to have that full party experience would be: Amnesia, Ushuaia, Pacha, Hï Ibiza, Disco Eden, Es Paradis,..
My style of going out is more of a relaxed urban/hip hop night where I can dance a lot! So we went to the new concept in Hï Ibiza on Mondays: Gangstar. I loved the concept with cool performances and the club with different areas. But damn drinking is SO expensive.
The last night before returning home we went to SWAG, the Urban Music club in Ibiza. I liked it, but not to say it was so freaking cool. Nothing special, just an other rather expensive club where I rather dance than drink hahaha! The music was a mix of oldskool urban, new rap songs, even french rap, party RnB,.. well everything…
For our relaxation moment we choose to head out to the resort hotel Hacienda na Xamena to enjoy their Cascadas Suspendidas Spa treatment. Read more about the hotel and the spa options in my separate post here.
I will finish my post with an example itinerary, it’s about 95% of the one we followed during our Ibizaventure.
-> Pick up rental car
-> Check in at your stay
-> Late dinner
-> Breakfast at Cala Bassa Beach club
-> Drive to Es Vedra view point in the afternoon
-> Dinner & Sunset at Kumharas
-> Ferry Ibiza to Formentera
-> Rent a bike
-> Bike to Playa de Illetas
-> Lunch at El Pirata
-> Chill at the beach
-> Bike back to the ferry
-> Return to Ibiza
-> Hookah & Drinks at Tulp
-> Breakfast at Passion Cafe in Sant Antoni
-> Spa Treatment at Hacienda na Xamena
-> Afternoon chillings at Babylon Beach
-> Shopping in Ibiza
-> Final relaxation at Bikini beach bar
-> Drop off car
-> Fly back home