This travel guide on what to do and eat in Ibiza is all you need to make a weekend on the island unbeatable.
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Welcome to part two of my honeymoon travel guide series (did you miss part one?). Today’s stop: Ibiza, Spain!
After having the most amazing time in Barcelona, Will and I hopped on a small plane to Ibiza, one of the beautiful Balearic Islands.
Ibiza has a reputation as a party island, and while you can certainly get your drink and nightclub on (and should–it’s Ibiza after all), there’s also a lot of other great things to do. Ready to discover what to do and eat in Ibiza?
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at Hotel Torres Del Mar. It’s typically a pretty pricey joint, but because we went a few weeks before the official “party” season began and because the hotel had just finished some construction, we got a pretty sweet deal on a junior suite. Honeymoon luck, FTW.
We only saw one side of the island, but if you want to stay at a nice hotel on the beach, your best bet is to go in the off-season (basically anytime that isn’t summer). If you want to go at peak time, there are still plenty of options. You’ll save on room costs if you’re further inland and can’t see the ocean.
Another great place to stay is Dalt Vila, the old town. It’s filled with fun shops and cool restaurants and is home to a few night clubs. Plus, at the top of Dalt Vila there is an old castle and beautiful views.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE
I want to preface this by saying that I typically don’t talk to people next to me on planes. I guess I still have some New Yorker in me. Well, some of my don’t-talk-to-me-I’m-a-New-Yorker vibes have clearly worn off since moving to Texas because the lady sitting next to me started talking to me before I was even in my seat. Luckily, she was pretty awesome. She decided that in retirement she’s going to travel the world. Her goal is to make it to 85 countries. We chatted about her travels and then she told me she was looking forward to relaxing in Ibiza and going to the Medieval Festival.
Wait, what? Medieval Festival? Like kings and queens and jesters and fairies and witches medieval festival?
As it turns out, every year on the second weekend in May (which it was) Ibiza throws a HUGE Medieval Fair & Festival to celebrate when Dalt Vila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The festival pays tribute to the multicultural legacy of the island, and for an entire weekend, the old town is brought back to the Middle Ages. People dress up, the town is decorated with colorful flags and old-timey booths selling everything from bread and turkey legs to flower crowns and fairy spells. It was everything 10-year-old Nicole hoped it would be and more.
While you’re in Dalt Vila, go up to the castle I mentioned and enjoy the views.
Will and I also spent a lot of time walking along the beach, and I squeezed in one glorious run along the beautiful blue water.
Of course, if you’re in Ibiza, you have to go to party. Will booked us on an Ocaenbeat Party Cruise. It was supposed to take us out into the sea, dock for a bit so we could swim and then head back to the island. It also came with entry into a nightclub later that night. Unfortunately, that was the one day we got bad weather. It was chilly and rainy and the water was choppy. The cruise powered on, but we didn’t get to stop and swim. If you get good weather, I think it’d be more fun, though.
You should go to one of the night clubs, at least for the experience. Most of the big clubs were on the opposite side of the island from where we were staying, but we went to a smaller one that was still a ton of fun. You have to plan for a pricey night out, but it’s worth it for the Ibiza night-life experience.
Overview of places to explore in Ibiza:
Ibiza Castle at Dalt Vila
Walk along the beach
Go out to a nightclub
Just relax on the beach
Other things that we didn’t do but would have given more time: a sunset kayak tour, a day trip to Formentera, explore the other side of the island (Sant Antoni area)
WHERE TO EAT
We didn’t eat anywhere noteworthy while in Ibiza. We attempted sushi one night but it was just so-so. I will say the candy I got from the Medieval Festival was top notch, but otherwise, we didn’t end up anywhere memorable. We had written a few places down, but they were closed while we were there, most likely because it was still technically the off-season.
Overall, we had a great time in Ibiza. Beautiful beaches. Fun festivals. Good parties. What could be better?
Have you ever been to Ibiza? Add your travel tips to the comments.