I hope everyone enjoyed my previous travel guide, since here comes another one and this time it's Ibiza! If you missed the last one, you can find it here. I spent around 72 hours in Ibiza and I think it was the perfect amount of time to have spent there. We also took a day trip to Formentera, an island right off of Ibiza, that I will tell you all about below. So if you are interested, keep scrolling!
So again, zero expectations when it came to Ibiza. I had no perception of what our time there would be like. I will say that our experience wasn't what I would consider your typical Ibiza experience since we didn't do much planning in advance, which I highly recommend you do if you visit. A quick google search will lead you to all the types of things you should do when in Ibiza and you can find all the clubs and the DJ's that will be performing during your time. I will talk more about that in the "Where To Go Out" section of this post.
Again, we had only spent 72 hours in Ibiza. We flew to Spain from Greece, where we had our home base, and had basically two half days in Barcelona before we took our flight to Ibiza. So it was sort of a quick little trip, not to mention we went in the middle of the week. We definitely didn't have the experience you would expect us to. While we did go to clubs, bars, and beach clubs, we didn't party 24/7, something we didn't necessarily want to do. I think there are many different ways to experience Ibiza, and I think it's a good thing to see all that it has to offer.
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed in Dalt Vila, which is basically Ibiza Town. It was basically the "heart" of the island where a lot of the shops and restaurants are. I will say that the area is very tourist-heavy, something we weren't aware of until we got there. While I didn't hate it, I don't think I would stay in this same area again the next time I visit. Our Airbnb wasn't the best, but that didn't stop us from having a good time. I would definitely look into more boutique hotels that are closer to beach clubs and clubs themselves since the island is a lot more spread out than you would think.
WHAT TO DO & WHERE TO EAT
As I mentioned above, there is a ton to do, but it definitely requires a little bit of planning. My advice is to research on sites like Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, Pinterest, and on the pages of some Instagram influencers to see what they've done in Ibiza. It is a super touristy place and if you want a true "glamorous" experience like I'm sure you go expecting, then I would look into places that are a little more unique and private. We didn't go to any boat parties, but if that is something you want to do I would look in advance and purchase tickets! With that being said, here is what we did while in Ibiza:
Experimental Beach: I had so much fun here. This was our first beach club on the trip and it was amazing. It is basically an all-day type of place that has everything you would need. We got there for a lunch reservation, where we ordered a bottle of their house rosé which was great, along with some espressos and a few tapas to start. For the main course I got the black miso cod, which of course is my favorite at Nobu, and it tasted basically the same. Once we finished with lunch, we didn't actually have any day bed reservations, but the host there was able to hook it up and gave us beds right in the front. If you plan on coming here, definitely book a reservation for lunch or dinner, but definitely get daybeds in advance since we got pretty lucky. They were 25 euro each which wasn't bad since the beds were very comfortable and we stayed until after sunset, another thing I recommend doing! From the beds we were able to order wine, snacks, water, etc. They also had the cutest little shop right there that sold really nice and unique pieces (clothes, jewelry, swimsuits, etc). The sunset was also pretty incredible, especially after a great day filled with tanning, seafood, and wine! What more could you ask for? There are other beach clubs spread throughout Ibiza, and I'm sure the experience is similar if not identical. This just so happened to be the one I was told about and we absolutely loved it.
Old Town: Regardless of if you stay in Dalt Vila like we did or not, I recommend taking a trip to Old Town at least once. It was very quaint and cute. There are also a ton of shops and stores that we enjoyed popping into. We were staying right by Plaça de Vila which is this little street that is filled with tons of great restaurants and shops and of course, gelato. We ate dinner here every night and all the restaurants were so good. I couldn't tell you the names of the restaurants but try any of them if you go. They also have a few shops that have these racks of white linen shirts right out in front that I recommend going into. I got this powder blue linen/cotton mix shirt that I love.
Formentera: As mentioned above, Formentera is a small Balearic island off of Ibiza. It is a short 30 minute ferry ride from Old Town and it costs 20-30 euro round-trip depending on where you buy your tickets. Before I get into story time, I'll tell you the things you can do there. So it is very similar to Ibiza and has beach clubs and great restaurants, but a lot smaller. We ate at Juan y Andrea which was very highly recommended by multiple people. You must get the paella which is so delicious. They also have tables that are right on the sand which would be great on a nice sunny day (something we weren't fortunate to have...lol). You can also take a boat ride right up to the restaurant.
I was also told to go to Beso Beach, which we didn't have a chance to do, but would look into if you plan to spend a full day there. After lunch we took a car to Caló des Mort which is a MUST. It was the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. I also say beach very loosely since it was basically a little cove, but it is beyond breathtaking. I found out about it by doing a quick search on things to do on Formentera and this was basically number 1. The best way to describe it is, you know those prints and photographs you always see of those picturesque beaches with crystal clear water and the sand looks so soft and it's always pretty secluded and you ask yourself if you'll ever see something like that in person? Well this is basically that. It was definitely worth the trip... and with that I'll take a quick break for story time! But before that, please look at how beautiful it is.
STORY TIME! While our time in Formentera was great and pretty much dream-like, our experience itself was quite... well... an experience. So we woke up that morning in Ibiza and it was overcast, but still humid and warm. We didn't think anything of it. I also went to check the weather in Formentera and it said sunny so we thought it would be a great day to get out of Ibiza so we could see the sun. We all got ready then went down to the port where they sell ferry tickets. The second we bought our tickets for the ferry, which was leaving in around 15 minutes, it randomly started pouring. Not like a light drizzle, actually pouring rain. This was a surprise since our entire time in Europe thus far was sunny and warm. We were perplexed but didn't think much of it as we ran to our ferry. Also, let me preface this with the fact that I have been on plenty of boats and what-not (minus cruises) and I never get sea sick. This wasn't really the case here. We get on the ferry and it takes off. As soon as we are around 10 minutes out into the water, the boat starts rocking and all of us felt very uneasy. It was pretty funny at the time since we were all holding barf bags just in case we needed to, well, yack. Thankfully none of us did, but I have NEVER felt that seasick on a boat before so it was odd. We get to Formentera, and as expected it's nice and sunny. We were all a little uneasy from the ride but we got through it, especially after lunch at Juan y Andrea. After lunch we walked to the water, which I didn't mention before but is right there. So you walk down and can enjoy the water which was still crystal clear. It was a little overcast at this point now and the sun was barely peeking through. The water was warm and we walked along the beach until we got to one part where the wind was pretty strong. We also looked afar and saw that there was a rain cloud coming, but still pretty far out. We decided to walk back and just get inside before it hit. We got into our car at the perfect time and headed to Caló des Mort. Once we got there, which is a little walk from where cars can actually drop you off, it was beautiful. It was cloudy but sunny and warm again. After we hung out at the cove and took photos, we went to a restaurant while waiting for our car where we had glasses of wine. Pure bliss. But that quickly took a turn for the worse. We got in our taxi and as we were heading back to the port to get on our ferry back, we started seeing bolts of lightning. Like ok, NOT GOOD. We kept driving as the lighting kept going. Then it started to hail. Then before we knew it, it was POURING rain and the taxi driver could barely see 2 feet in front of him. Mind you, we almost rented scooters this day. Thank God we didn't because we would have 1. Been drenched, and 2. Had to have found shelter somewhere for hours. We keep driving and made it to the port. Once we get there, and as we are about to get out of the taxi, I looked at my friends, then back out since it was raining very very hard at this point and the wind was so strong. I opened the door and the door flew open and almost broke off. I ran out and from the 5 seconds it took to get from the car to inside the port, I was drenched. We got inside and it was chaos. There were tons of people inside and it was flooding and there was no one that spoke English that could tell us the status of the ferry. We looked outside and cops were blocking the way so no one would run out. Thankfully we saw our ferry was still docked. We waited around for a while and it was crazy. At one point the rain died down so we were able to run to our boat and wait there. We were freezing since we were wearing short sleeves and swim suits, but we were just happy to be on the boat. Little did we know that our ferry ride back would actually be a boat ride from hell. The ferry was rocking side to side and the waves were huge. At some points I would look out the windows and the boat was so on it's side that all I saw was the water -- no horizon line in sight. Also there was still lightning and thunder. We were all holding on for dear life and were practically silent the entire time. I felt like I was on the Titanic, no joke. It was probably the scariest thing that has ever happened to me, hands down. We got back safely and might as well have kissed the ground beneath our feet. Basically long, long, long, story short, if you plan on going to Formentera, which I HIGHLY RECCOMEND, make sure it's on a day where there is nothing in the forecast but sun. If there is a hint of a storm, I would suggest rescheduling. We found out later that 4 boats actually sunk during that storm so.... I apologize for the long-winded story, but it had to be documented and had to be shared, haha.
WHERE TO GO OUT
Because of the storm, we weren't able to go out our last night since it was raining very, very hard once we got back, and the lighting and thunder was going off every second. So we only had two nights there, which was plenty for us. Instead of telling you where specifically we went and that you should go here or there, you should look into what is happening during your visit to see what DJ's or artist's are performing. We saw Duke Dumont when we went, but there are tons of residencies similar to Vegas and they are always changing. Here are two sites that we looked at when trying to figure out where to go: Here and here. You can plan your trip around someone you want to see, or just put in your dates and go from there. I suggest getting tickets in advance because if not, you'll end up paying 60-70 euro at the door, which is equivalent to $80-90 USD.
I hope this guide was helpful! It is definitely not as in-depth as my previous guide since we didn't spend that much time, but I hope it is a good start for people going with no idea what to do or expect. It was definitely a fun time and I highly recommend going, just be prepared to spend a lot of money since everything was definitely more expensive (think Vegas in Spain). 'Till the next guide!