Sometimes when I need a good stretch I head straight to Ibiza, Spain for enlightening yoga classes, relaxing days on Ocean Beach and exciting dance floors at night.
Ibiza is on the opposite side of the Mediterranean from Cyprus but shares a lot in common with that lovely island. Ibiza was founded by the great mariners of the Mediterranean, the Phoenicians. The island was strategically located during the Punic Wars when the Romans fought against the Carthaginians for control of Mare Nostrum (“Our Sea”). It lost prominence under the Roman Empire because the Empire was a land power and spent little effort on governing pacified islands. This neglect means that magnificent ruins can still be seen in the area that have been little disturbed for centuries.
With the fall of the Western Empire, Ibiza was settled by the successors of the Romans until the Islamic forces captured the island as part of the Emirate of Andalucía.
Hippy culture is alive and well in Ibiza’s many markets
If you have never been to Ibiza, here are some highlights to explore:
- Dalt Vila (Ibiza Old Town) – Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, this stunning area is a lively mixture of classical cobblestone streets, contemporary buildings and restaurants. This is a great place to spend a day walking around, exploring hidden nooks with magical views.
- Formentara – A smaller island situated just south of Ibiza, only accessible by ferries, which run year-round. Once on the island, take the day to experience a plethora of water activities, or lounge on the pristine beaches while enjoying marvellous views.
- Yoga – Although Ibiza has a reputation for being a party island, it is also a centre for spiritual advancement. While on the island, check out Pure Om Yoga in Santa Eulalia. In addition to yoga classes, they offer massage, Reiki and other healing treatments.
- Hippy Markets – Although there are several Hippy Market streets on the Island, Las Dalias in San Carlos is my favourite due to its charming atmosphere. It is open every Saturday during the season and offers a wide variety of Artisan souvenirs and entertainment.
- Atlantis: The Lost City Hike – This breath-taking hike (literally!) incorporates culture, history and incredible views. The sights include the mysterious Es Vedra. This impressive rock shows magnetic anomalies that are only surpassed by The North Pole and the Bermuda Triangle. You will also find ancient rock formations amongst hippy-inspired buddha carvings from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
- C’an Marça Caves – These caves were originally used by pirates for storing smuggled goods and still show the marks on the walls that they used as guides! Daily tours are offered in regular intervals all year-round.
Pirate Caves are cool to explore!
Here’s a pro-tip: Although Ibiza weather is usually warm and hot during the summer, it can be quite cool underground. So, I highly recommend that you bring a sweater or light jacket if you’re exploring in the caves.
When you arrive in Ibiza, you will fly into Aeroport d’Eivissa. To reach Eivissa City, you have two options. Taxis can be pricey and the ride will take around 15 minutes. The L10 bus is directly connected to the airport and departs every 20-30 minutes, making several stops around the city. The bus is much less expensive, and the journey is only a few minutes longer than a taxi ride.
Here’s another pro-tip: I recommend renting a scooter during your stay in Ibiza. This will allow you the freedom to stop and explore all of the beaches, hikes and city spots at your own pace.
When it comes to accommodation in Ibiza, there are many lovely hotels. The following are my top recommendations. La Torre de Canonigo, which translates to “Tower of the Cannon”, is a 14th century structure located in Ibiza’s Old Town which has been converted into a hotel. This luxury property offers incredible views and a peaceful atmosphere. The Giri Residence near the North Coast is also great. This boutique hotel is surrounded by lush green landscape, yet is just minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Finally, I would recommend the family-owned Atzaro Hotel for its relaxing spa, restaurants and cool vibe.
Ibiza Paella: try it with squid ink!
Partying on the beach is fabulous!
Ibiza is one of the most bohemian and enchanting places I have ever been. The enlightened atmosphere encourages new perspectives and its dance floors help me to break it down.