Posted by Kirstie
After recently returning from a short break in Ibiza I’ve had a serious case of the post-holiday blues. I stayed for 4 nights with my mum, a seasoned Ibiza lover, in the San Antonio Bay area of the island. As one of the Balearic islands I hadn’t visited before I didn’t have particularly high hopes for the trip, wanting to get some overdue sunshine but not much more. I associated Ibiza with drunk teenagers and rowdy stag parties so I was pleasantly surprised when I fell in love with the island’s laid back vibe. I thoroughly enjoyed my mini holiday and have pulled together my top tips for making the most of a short break in Ibiza.
1. Catch the Bus
Having made the mistake in the past of booking a hotel coach transfer that takes hours and seems to travel to a million hotels before getting to ours, this time my mum and I caught the number 9 bus from outside the airport for a measly €4 each to San Antonio. The journey took roughly 20 minutes which meant we arrived at our hotel before a coach load of people we recognised from our flight! Hotel reception desks usually provide you with bus route maps so you can easily plan your trips to see the rest of the island.
2. Head into Ibiza Town for a Special Night Out
One of my highlights of the break was our night out in Ibiza Town. We caught the number 8 bus from San Antonio to Eivissa which took about 20 minutes and then walked through the narrow streets surrounding the walled Dalt Vila towards the Port. These beautiful streets are lined with a myriad of quirky boutiques, lively bars and cosy restaurants so we had a really nice evening window shopping before sampling a cocktail or two. We weren’t feeling energetic enough to climb through the steep streets of the Old Town to the Santa Maria d’Eivissa Cathedral at its peak, but having done so on a previous trip my mum assured me that the view from the top is spectacular!
3. Watch the Beautiful Sunsets
As the westernmost of all the Mediterranean islands, Ibiza is famed for its gorgeous sunsets. We headed to the legendary Café del Mar on the sunset strip in San Antonio, which has been celebrating every sunset since 1980. This famous bar attracts lots of visitors and has a party atmosphere perfect for kicking off a night out, but for a more chilled out vibe head to the Kumharas Sunset Bar and Restaurant in the nearby Cala de Bou area. As well as live music and performances, this laid back child-friendly bar features a small market where you can buy gorgeous locally produced clothes and jewellery.
4. Sample the Local Tapas
Spain and the Balearic islands are famous for being the home of tapas. Whenever I escape on a Spanish break I can’t resist tucking into these shareable dishes while sipping on a cold refreshing drink. My mum and I enjoyed some delicious calamari in a little cocktail bar in San Antonio opposite the long pier on the walk back from Café del Mar but have since been recommended the 43 Tapas Bar on the Av. De Espana in Ibiza Town. This friendly bar is famous for its delicious range of dishes that vary between €3 and €7.
5. Visit the Famous Hippy Market
One thing I missed out on during my Ibiza break was a trip to the famous Hippy Market Punta Arabí at Es Cana. My mum had told me about how amazing this market is, with endless stalls selling trinkets, jewellery, clothing and more from around the globe. She has returned from many previous trips bearing amazing gifts! The market is open on Saturday mornings and my mum recommended arriving early as it usually gets quite crowded around midday. The number 24 bus from the Airport to Es Cana via Santa Eulària runs throughout the day.
Have you ever visited Ibiza? What are your top tips for a Balearic island trip?