Here in Ibiza, the week of Easter is like a mini-preview of the summer ahead, chock-full of openings, special events, celebrations and good times in the sun! As always the most modern side of the island coexists with its traditional side – on Good Friday through Ibiza town takes place the traditional Easter procession. This religious procession starts at sunset from the Cathedral in Dalt Vila, when religious effigies are slowly carried by participants dressed up in traditional Catholic robes, accompanied by drumming and lit by candles through the streets of Ibiza town, stopping at every church. It’s a very spectacular parade, the atmosphere is bustling, so if you happen to be here on the island we recommend you not to miss it!
When it comes to Ibiza’s gastronomy, Easter food is more than chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. Cuinat (a typical vegetable and chickpeas stew) and Flaó (cake made with eggs and soft cheese) are traditional Easter dishes in Ibiza. For more information on the local gastronomy, read our previous post Eat like a Local.
If you’re heading over to Ibiza for Easter we can make sure you will have the best weekend on the island. Call us now on +34 680 564 445 or email us at email@example.com
Ibiza’s famous hippy markets can make for an enjoyable and fun-filled day or evening out, with the chance to buy some unique souvenirs, enjoy a meal and see some live music. Here are the hippy markets taking place all around the island:
ES CANAR HIPPY MARKET – PUNTA ARABI
This is the oldest and biggest hippy market on the island. This market not only offers good food, plenty of stalls for great shopping, entertainment with live music but it has also a dedicated kids area, where children can have their face painted or make their own souvenir or T-shirt using recycled craft materials.
WHEN: Every Wednesday, from April until October from 10 am until 7 pm.
This market has flourished over the years to become a heaven for those seeking a true taste of Ibiza. Packed with colourful stalls selling everything from clothing, jewellery and art, the market offers also several bars and restaurants where you can rest between shopping. Las Dalias during the summer months hosts also concerts and night parties.
WHEN: Every Saturday, all year round, between 10 am and 6.30 pm, from June to September also on Monday and Tuesday night (7pm–1am) and on Sundays in August.
This colourful market is held in the centre of the pretty village of San Juan, in the north of the island. Much smaller than the previously mentioned markets, San Juan has a completely different vibe – focusing on fresh & organic food, you will find many people selling their homemade jams and chutneys, along with a mouthwatering selection of fruit and vegetables, and even organic sugar-free chocolate! There are also stalls selling clothes and other accessories often handmade by island residents. A friendly, bohemian vibe is perfectly complemented by the live bands performing in the square.
WHEN: Every Sunday, throughout the year, from 10 am.
We know that you are so looking forward to spending some quality time together, after all, that’s exactly what holidays are for, right?
But do you know how you can make your next holiday with the kids truly unforgettable? Read on to find out three great ways to make the most of your time together on your next holiday in Ibiza.
1) PICK THE RIGHT ACCOMMODATION
So you’ve booked your flights to Ibiza, now it’s time to choose the right accommodation for your family holiday. When you travel with your family, there’s nothing better than the luxury of staying in a comfortable villa, instead of squeezing into a family hotel room. Perhaps the greatest joys of renting a private villa are the flexibility, the privacy and the space you get for your money. A large villa with plenty of bedrooms and a big outdoor area is the perfect solution for a holiday with extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
2) PLAN AN ACTIVITY
Of course, we all love relaxing by the pool or playing on the beach, but some of the fondest memories are made when you do something completely different and Ibiza is the perfect backdrop to create long lasting memories! Depending on the age of your kids, you’ll have a great variety of activities to have fun with – from boat trips and horse riding excursions, to exploring caves in the north of the island and sampling local delicacies. Discover more: kids activities in Ibiza.
3) ENJOY OUR IN-HOUSE SERVICES
If you want to truly enjoy a chore-less holiday, our complementary services are the perfect answer! In-house cook, nanny and bespoke sightseeing tours can make it a proper holiday for everyone. Whether you want to laze around the swimming pool in your swimwear all day or plan a full-on itinerary of nonstop sightseeing and activity, the choice is entirely yours.
The first thing that catches your attention when you are in Ibiza is the whitewashed churches and small rustic houses, but taking a walk through Ibiza town and you will discover some buildings, fusing different cultures and styles.
Today we look at some iconic Ibiza architectural landmarks.
Located in Ibiza old town, in the neighbourhood of Sa Penya, Casa Broner is a key piece of Ibiza’s modern architecture. This was the home and studio of a German architect, Erwin Broner, who designed numerous houses around the island leaving a lasting mark on the Ibizan landscape. His widow, Gisela Broner, donated the house to the town in 2005 and since the it has been opened to the public as a museum, showcasing some of the works of the architect.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
Ibiza Contemporary Art Museum (MACE) was opened in 1969 and has become one of the oldest contemporary art museums in Spain. The building features two parts, the old building designed by Simon Poulet, making use of Ibiza Old Town architecture, and the new building designed by Victor Beltran Roca, which optimises the space available without adding to the already busy urban landscape around. The museum has been beautifully restored with glass floors laid over an archaeological site making for an enjoyable stroll around some fantastic curations.
Located on top of the hill in Ibiza Old Town, the cathedral offers breathtaking views over the port. The church was established in 1234 by the Christian conquerors. Over the year, the building has been restructured with its most extensive work completed in 1782, when the church embodied the functions of a cathedral.
Built in 1898, the was the first theatre of Ibiza. Its neo-classical structure and pink-and-white façade evoke another era. Over the years, it became a cinema and maintained this activity until 1987. A year later, a Dutch couple, the musician Eric-Jan Harmsen and his wife Kees, reopened the Teatro Pereyra as a venue for jazz concerts. The venue has now been sold to the Matutes family who is planning to undertake some major makeover for the next summer.
Hotel Montesol is a true symbol of the past with its colonial style. Built in 1932 by the Ibizan architect Juan Gómez Ripoll who emigrated to Cuba and once returned to his homeland he brought the lively Caribbean style with him. The hotel is now listed as a building of cultural interest in Spain and has become an icon of style.
Instead of spending a nerve-wracking amount of time coming up with the perfect plan for you and your beloved one this year, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here are the top picks for Ibiza lovebirds this Valentine’s Day.
SPA DAY EXPERIENCE
There are a few beautiful Ibizan Spa’s you and your lover can book into for a day experience… but if you want to take your partner for a quintessentially Ibizan Spa Experience to remember, why not try the Na Xemena Cascades in the North of the island? You can enjoy a spectacular journey around the infinity spa pools of the cliff’s edge (that boast an amazing unique Ibiza view) each pool is designed to focus the water massage on a different part of your body – leaving you holistically rejuvenated by the time you get out, to enjoy your delicious food. There are three packages to choose from, lunch, dinner or pica pica – a very romantic setting to enjoy the delicious fresh food.
Aid to be one of the most beautiful sunsets in Europe, the mesmerizing Ibiza sunset is the perfect backdrop for the most romantic day of the year. One of our favourite places to watch the sunset thanks to its vast and unspoilt views, Hostal La Torre surely is the place to get romantic on February 14th. The restaurant is always offering delicious menus for this special day.
EAT AT A ROMANTIC RESTAURANT
Ibiza boasts many romantic restaurants, like Sa Cappella restaurant, housed in a renovated old church and La Brasa restaurant in Ibiza town, with its magical courtyard. But not all Valentine’s day needs to be celebrated with a candlelight dinner, especially in Ibiza, where you can make the most of a sunny winter day at the beach! Check out our previous blog about beach dining in winter.
They are swooned over during winter walks. They are painstakingly painted – even Van Gogh was obsessed with them. They are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life. And there is a contagious countdown excitement among the locals waiting for this special moment in winter.
Welcome to Ibiza’s almond blossom. It’s impossible to think of winter in Ibiza without an iconic image of its countryside covered with perfect white bloom coming to mind. This natural wonder usually takes place between the end of January and middle of February.
When the trees are in full bloom, it is time to indulge in one of the island’s all-time favourite activity, enjoy a peaceful stroll around the valley of Santa Agnes and appreciate the beauty of the rolling hills tinted by the colour of white and soft pink petals.
This is the perfect opportunity to discover the rural side of the island, with its calm lifestyle and rich countryside. We’re talking about herds of goats and sheep grazing on green hills, of tranquillity and an almost total absence of noise.
If you visit the area don’t hesitate to indulge yourself in one of the local restaurants. Right next to Santa Agnes church you’ll find the legendary Can Cosmi bar, whose tortillas are among the best known on the island.
If you are up for a walk, we suggest you this nice route: once in Santa Agnes, turn left when you are in front of Can Cosmi bar and take that road until the end of the valley (15/20 minutes). You will reach a wooded area where sits a restaurant called ‘Las Puertas Del Cielo’ (Heaven’s Doors), the name gives you a little clue of the beauty of this place.
If you are planning a trip by car then from Santa Agnes head towards the near village of San Mateo, where you will find the traditional restaurant Can Cires, owned by a charming French man. This restaurant offers great Spanish countryside cuisine.
But the valley of Santa Agnes isn’t the only valley where you can find the almond trees. You can actually find them all over the island. So we encourage you not to miss this opportunity and take a trip around the island to discover Ibiza’s spectacular beauty.
In the last few years, Ibiza has become a perfect destination for families, groups of friends and couples looking to get away and unwind thanks to the wide choices of yoga retreats, beautiful spas and healthy restaurants available on the island.
Many healers, yogis and wellness consultants have brought their knowledge and experience to Ibiza, contributing to the rise of this healthier lifestyles. So let’s have a look at how you can do Ibiza, the healthy way!
When you think about the Spanish cuisine, you think about a balanced Mediterranean diet – plenty of fish, rice and fresh vegetables. This, combined with the island’s bohemian roots, has given birth to a vivid culture of alternative and sustainable living – all around the island traditional restaurants and tapas bars are joining forces with organic shops, farm-to-table restaurants & healthy cafes. Nevertheless, if you would prefer to enjoy a delicious meal in the comfort of your holiday home, our private chef would be happy to cater to your taste, including vegetarian and vegan preferences.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than completely disconnecting from your everyday routine and taking some time for yourself. In a previous blog we listed our favourite Ibiza’s spas, were you can go to relax and recharge – either for a few hours or a full day of detoxing. In our holiday homes we also offer in-house massage&spa treatments. Just let us know what you would like and we’ll arrange it for you.
YOGA & FITNESS
If you would like to start your day with peace and tranquility, make sure to book a morning yoga session with our professional yoga teacher. If you want to keep in shape during the holiday then a personal trainer is the perfect tonic. Both sessions can be booked for a single person or as group class.
For more information on any of our additional services please contact us.
Tired of indulging in paella, tapas and flan? Luckily for you, Ibiza is in the middle of a food revolution – the little island is becoming a sustainable dining destination packed with healthy cafes, farm-to-fork restaurants and eco-friendly eating spots.
Read on to see where to get Ibiza’s best healthy breakfast, organic lunch and mouthwatering superfood:
LA PALOMA – La Paloma is set in a charming old finca, in the quiet village of San Lorenzo. Using only the freshest ingredients from their own garden, their menu is packed with deliciousness! If you’re obsessed with hummus, this is your spot, as their menu offers one of the most delicious hummus of the island.
WILD BEETS – A mini-haven in the heart of the pretty village of Santa Gertrudis. This little restaurant is the perfect place to start your day with raw, vegan cuisine and fresh juices. Reservations are recommended, as the restaurant is a local’s favourite also during the quiet winter.
PASSION CAFE – This trendy coffee shop is all about providing healthy and organic drinks and foods – from nutritious breakfasts to healthy lunches. This well-established cafe has now opened several branches in top locations around the island, so no matter where you are, you can always have your dose of vitamins and minerals.
AUBERGINE– The restaurant sits in the heart of the rural side of Ibiza, between Santa Gertrudis and Sant Miquel, in a beautifully restored farmhouse. Everything’s made using fresh ingredients from their very own vegetable garden. On a Sunday the restaurant hosts its own organic food market – which has anything and everything dedicated to organic food and healthy living.
AIYANNA BEACH CLUB – located on the unspoilt sandy shores of Cala Nova this beach restaurant offers tasty dishes in combination with beautiful views. The menu features healthy Mediterranean food, organic produce and seasonal sharing plates.
If the cold weather and short days are getting you down, let’s try to cheer you up! A great way is to start planning your Ibiza summer holiday, but there are many things to consider when it comes to booking it… If you find yourself puzzling over when is the best time to book your Ibiza holiday, here’s a simple breakdown of what to expect when:
Easter holidays marks the beginning of the season in Ibiza, the island awake from its winter hiatus shaking itself down and preparing for the summer ahead. Direct flights are brought back and the first holidaymakers arrive to the island. It’s overall a very quiet month, temperatures are mild and there are some really cheap deals to be found. It’s the perfect month if you want to enjoy a laid-back holiday, but bear in mind that even if temperatures are warm, the sea is still pretty cold.
May is an underrated month to visit Ibiza, while it gets busier towards the end of the month, during the first couple of weeks it’s very peaceful, with seasonal workers beginning to arrive and a lot of older tourists and families enjoying the balmy temperatures and relative peace before the busy season truly kicks in. While the price of accommodation is usually high during Ibiza’s summer season – May might be a good month to find some true deals, so don’t waste time and have a look at our villas!
June in Ibiza is really when the season kicks in, many venues have already opened their doors and a few are still hosting opening parties – the good thing is that the island still has a lively vibe, but the beaches, restaurants and clubs aren’t completely packed to a point of discomfort yet. Direct flights are in full swing and if you book early enough there might be some deals to be had.
July in Ibiza can be split in two, with the first two weeks not much different to June, while the last two weeks are busier like August… With the majority of European schools, colleges and universities now all well and truly broken up for the summer – expect many tourists flocking to the island, mainly party students, off-duty teachers and tourists who usually take the summer off as holiday time.
August in Ibiza is hot, busy and overall expensive. For many, due to work and study commitments, it’s the only time of the year that they can make it to Ibiza – but there are some nice things about the busiest month of the year in Ibiza: the high temperatures mean that during the evening you can sit outside and enjoy your dinner without needing to wear a jacket until quite late into the night. The streets are packed with people and if you like that buzzy feeling it’s a great time to go and experience Ibiza Town and San Antonio’s sunset strip.
In September you might notice the island taking a big sigh of relief, as it’s really the time when everything starts to calm down a bit. Even if we can still enjoy some pretty warm sunny days, temperatures get a bit cooler in the evening. The world famous closing parties are in full swing and still attract a big crowd but with most of the families and students back to school, it makes it the perfect time to visit Ibiza with a group of friends or your partner and make the most before winter kicks in and tan time is over. If you want to know more, check out these top 3 reasons to plan a late summer escape to Ibiza.
The first week of October marks the end of season, with the last closing parties – then the vibe on the island change. Autumn in Ibiza is something special, while the majority of European countries see their temperatures drop, in Ibiza, you can still enjoy some pretty warm days. The sunsets are magical, the beaches are less packed and it’s even possible to get into the best restaurants without reservations – no stress, no fuss, just pure relaxation and fun in the sun. If you want to know more, check out these 5 reasons to visit Ibiza in the fall.
If there’s one thing Ibiza does exceptionally well it’s dining outdoors – feet in the sand, beautiful views and the gentle sea breeze. Luckily for us and the winter visitors, there are few restaurants that stay open also off-season.
Let’s take a look at the best winter dining in Ibiza:
Located halfway between the village of San José and Ibiza town, this beach restaurant provides an excellent culinary experience. With your feet almost touching the sand and the beautiful sea views you can enjoy delicious rice and fish dishes – it’s truly one of the best places to enjoy paella outdoors during the mild winter months.
If you know where to look you’ll find a traditional Spanish restaurant tucked away in Es Cavallet beach. La Escollera restaurant is a local favourite, so there’s no surprise that you need to book also during winter. The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is excellent and the service is impeccable.
With its glamorous seafront location, It Ibiza is the ideal choice if you want to enjoy lunch outdoors on a sunny winter day. At night the cosmopolitan restaurant welcomes you in its stylish but cosy indoor with a menu based on the market-fresh produce.
One of the coolest terrace on the San Antonio coast. Hostal La Torre boasts spectacular views out on the sea and Ibiza’s mesmerising sunsets. Once a simple hostel, this beautiful place has been brought to shine by the Mambo Groups. The location offers one of the coolest places to enjoy a delicious winter meal surrounded by nature.