One of the perks of studying in the UK is enjoying the cheap air fares to nearby countries or exotic islands like Ibiza. Ibiza as in the Mike Posner song? Haram! For travellers that seek the non-alcoholic or illegal substances induced adventures Ibiza can actually accommodate that but it is only best to go during spring time (February – April) which is the drought season for party-goers in Ibiza.
Take a 2 hour flight from London Gatwick down into the bluest bit of Europe. A hamlet of white washed houses and cobbled streets make up the Old town or otherwise known as the Dalt Vila which is best to take morning strolls and you’ll find a few cafés to grab your morning fuel. This picturesque town is set on a hill by the bluest water I’ve ever seen. It is also highly recommended to take a ferry to get a good shot of this town.
If you’re looking for the best beaches then Ibiza is the right choice if you come at the right time
Otherwise you’ll have to share with hordes of European tourists. Book a taxi or rent a car and drive up to the best private beaches on the island, Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta. There were leafy nooks at every head turn as we got up to the top of the rocks that divided the two creeks. However, the only way to get to Cala Saladeta is by swimming or hiking up the panoramic tracks to get the luscious scenery of the whole place.
The closest island to Ibiza is Formentera and it only takes 25 minutes by ferry to reach from Playa d’en Bossa. Once you’ve reached La Savina port expect beautifully rocky coves, intimate hidden beaches, and clear azure waters. Getting around the island is easy if you know how to ride a bicycle as that was the only way we could get around.
Don’t worry so much on finding halal food. There are a few kebab shops and vegetarian Indian restaurants in Sant Antoni de Portmany. However, when in Ibiza you should really indulge in solid good Mediterranean seafood and enjoy the al fresco dining in Santa Eulalia or Playa d’en Bossa.
Whenever you visit, enjoy and appreciate a healthy dose of restorative island time. Explore the charming old town and you’ll find Instagram-worthy shots in every corner. Dig your toes into the sand while you nursed an iced coffee.
A special note for the ladies: The old town is characterised by infinite flights of steps so you may want to avoid wearing heeled shoes or super long skirts. The days can get really warm especially when you’re going to be exploring the whole day so a lightweight dress or a jumpsuit will be the most practical thing to wear.