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Alternative Guide to Ibiza 2018

Alternative Guide to Ibiza 2018

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

Contrary to common perception, Ibiza isn’t just a party island. Sure, if you’re looking to whittle away the hours by carving up dancefloors, there’s plenty of places ready to provide the workshop, whether on land or aboard one of the many exciting boat parties, but the famous White Isle is about so much more than that.

With head spinning scenery, fascinating markets and pristine beaches offering secluded spots by the sea, we think there’s plenty more to explore on your holiday to Ibiza than the inside of a club, so here are a few suggestions for wholesome fun to break up those nights in the dance.

Tours and Hikes
Ibiza is a beautiful island, so you should take the opportunity to get out and see it in all its glory. A variety of options for tours are available, across a range of prices depending on your favoured method of transport. Whether you fancy renting bikes, scooters or hopping onto a boat, you shouldn’t be short of enticing choices. We’ve heard good things about the Walking Ibiza tour, and the cathedral, castle and old town deserve visits for those wanting to find their own way around too. Fans of architecture from bygone eras might also enjoy the hike to the striking Torres des Molar, and the 18th century watchtower offers some of the most magnificent views over the crystal waters.   

Secret Beaches
Alright, lose the pretence; we all know you’re going for the paradise beaches. That’s fine, we can’t get enough of the soft sands and picture book coastline either, and there’s a few spots we think you should prioritise on your travels.

Cala Mastella in Santa Eulalia is one, with its calm waters surrounded by rocky cliffs and pine groves. Similarly well hidden, the fishermen’s secret Cala Llentrisca in Sant Josep attracts few visitors, and is a nice spot for a little snorkelling too. If you’re a serious swimmer and looking to earn yourself a spot on one of the quietest beaches around, the 1500m swim to Cap D’es Jues is worth looking into as well, but only when the waters are calm!

Markets
Hippy markets are still all the rage on the island, so if you want to take a piece of the local culture home you’ve got a few excellent options for places to browse. The 60s are alive and well thanks to hippy markets like Las Dalias and Punta Arabi, which are now huge tourist attractions having grown from humble beginnings with artisan trinkets all those decades ago. ‘Rastrillos’, or flea markets, are also plentiful, with a Saturday one at the Hippodrome and a Sunday Las Dalias Market at Cala Llenya in Sant Carlos often getting warm recommendations.

Water activities

Thrillseekers rejoice! With a range of water sports available around the Balearic shores, there’s plenty to get stuck into. Head to San Antonio for jet skiing, get a course in scuba diving to explore the clear natural seascapes, or head out and ride some waves by Playa d'en Bossa if you’ve always wanted to give surfing a go. With windsurfing, parasailing and more also on offer, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to get away from the Ibiza nightlife and dive headfirst into the island’s other wild side.

Formentera
If you’re wanting a bit of respite from the bustle of Ibiza, you might want to take the short trip to Formentera, a smaller island less than an hour south by ferry. Hop on board at Port d'Eivissa and within forty minutes you’ll be at the tranquil island known for its pristine white beaches and delicioso squid ink paella. A hotbed for yachters and hippies alike, Formentera has a bit of the Ibiza glitz but is also far removed from the party lifestyle adopted on its bigger brother island, instead offering natural beauty to be explored. Sandy shores, perfect blue waters and still winds make it a perfect place to relax and let the hours pass as you top up your tan and enjoy a calm sea breeze.

 

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