When you think of Ibiza, you think of all-night parties, huge nightclubs, top DJs and dancing on the beach until the early hours – right? Well, think again! Ibiza might be the Balearic Islands’ mainstream party capital, but there’s so much more to the island. Whether you’re being dragged along against your will or you’re simply looking for some alternative fun on your holiday, you’ll find plenty here to keep you going – and with many great hotels in Ibiza you can always be sure of a fantastic break.
La Paloma Café, San Lorenzo
A short drive through rural Ibiza will deliver you to the tiny village of San Lorenzo, home to the excellent La Paloma café. If you’re looking for traditional food in fairytale surroundings, look no further; here you can enjoy a freshly cooked lunch in a cosy garden overlooking the mountains and fields of the unspoiled Mediterranean countryside. Visit at the right time and you can even help yourself to the oranges hanging from the trees for a healthy dessert!
Skip the golden beaches lined with recovering party-goers and instead head to the rocky bay of S’illotd’esRencli. Surrounded by rich red-coloured rocks, the sunlight here falls in bizarre colours against the cliff faces and the blue water, and at dusk the colours of Ibiza’s sunset are truly dazzling to witness. An absolute must-see while you’re visiting the island.
Instituto de Idiomas Ibiza
In a destination so loved for its tourism it might seem hard to absorb some of the real culture of the island, but thankfully the Ibiza Language Institute is on-hand to provide intensive language and culture lessons to curious adventurers. Within a week you could have 20 lessons of study under your hat, including Spanish and Ibiza dialect, and a deep insight into Hispanic traditions. You can also go with the school to museum visits and attend film nights!
Can Curreu, San Carlos
Want a really alternative way to see Ibiza? Head out to Can Curreu and take a horse ride through the fields of San Carlos, either alone or with up to three others. Nothing helps you unwind and settle into your holiday like a bracing ride along the beach, and with a number of classes and organised excursions you’re certain to find something to get your whole group involved!
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts and switch off with one of the fantastic meditation sessions placed around the island. Most hotels will offer their own option, while in the towns and villages you’ll find classes situated along the beaches and high on hillsides, reconnecting visitors with the true natural beauty of the island – perfect for those seeking a more peaceful experience in Ibiza!