Christmas has long gone…Summer is yet to arrive…what to do in the mid mid part of winter?
It’s not officially counting down time to the summer yet. We still have a few weekends that we can catch up with loved ones, friends and take full advantage of the gorgeous weather.
Over a good ol’ fashioned cup of tea we have put our heads together and come out with what we think you can do to while away a weekend in Ibiza.
There are so many places on this island to pick up a cracking bargain. Head to Casi Todo, an auction house in Santa Gertrudis where they have some great finds buried in their shops. The next auction is 3/4 March so ensure you head down to view the items before you start bidding! San Jordi Flea Market every Saturday is an experience you won’t forget any time soon. Locals can be seen setting up their stalls early hours each Saturday and as the sun rises it becomes a great hub bub for the local community.
The Casa de Empeños in San Jordi is a shop front where they offer so many varying items from canoes to jewellery and biker jackets to juke boxes…the variety is endless.
Troc is another hidden gem where you can find a multitude of nik-nacks. Spending a few hours burying deep within the treasures you can discover.
Cala Llenya Market is every Sunday and you have plenty of music to keep you entertained whilst picking up a purchase. Don’t forget the infamous page on Facebook ‘For Sale in Ibiza’ where there are daily updates to what us residents are trying to flog!
There are so many restaurants to experience and we can only write about a few on this blog. A special mention must go to Casita Verde. Open every Sunday all year round, you can head to the eco-education centre and become a life member (cost of 10E) before sitting down within the stunning grounds and sample the healthy natural food on offer.
La Paloma Cafe is located in the heart of the island and a visit here can easily turn into a long ol’ lunch. The venue is very ‘English Country Garden’ with electric colours set amongst the natural gardens. The food is stunning and well worth a visit. A quick pit stop for lunch can easily turn into an early dinner at dusk.
Project Social…one phrase comes to mind? ‘Where have you been?’ The venue has been decorated in a quirky, off the wall kind-of-way and you can view the port of Santa Eulalia whilst sitting inside tucking into the most sumptuous food. Booking is essential on a Sunday. Sampled food are the roast dinners and the light bites…absolutely delightful!
Yes we know that we have the best sunsets here however have you sampled them in the winter.
Head to La Torre Ibiza just past Cala Gracio and sample the simple food they have to offer with the stunning backdrop of the wide spanse of sea, sky and sun slowing setting. The gas fires are placed superbly around the venue and if you become a little chilly then curl up under one of the blankets dotted around. There are plenty to go round.
Every Sunday early afternoon head to the north of the island and sample the Artisan delights of the locals. It doesn’t have the market feel yet they have plenty of natural products for you to purchase from the Payès. They have live music each week so it’s certainly a party taking place during the day.
One of Ibiza’s best kept secrets are the waterfalls that you can find in San Miguel and Santa Agnes. This natural beauty occurs throughout the winter and is well worth discovering. For a cool down head to Can Cosmi in Santa Agnes for a much needed drink and a plate of tortilla!
The beaches are more crowded in the summer and what better way to experience one of your dreams. Horse riding on the tranquil beaches…? We would suggest you look out for Ibiza Horse Valley in the north of the island where you can visit the sanctuary and also ride the beautiful stunning animals. Overnight camps are also popular with experienced riders.
The winter can be long for the little ones and we could never forget about the cherubs. As a result so many places ensure that there is plenty for them going on. Arts & Crafts take place at Bondi every Thursday afternoon from 3pm – check their Facebook page for the latest crafts they have up their sleeves. iParc is a great indoor play adventure for the little ones. Open Thursday – Sunday this is a great escape for adults and children alike. The food is great for the small people and you can certainly have a cheeky drink whilst your cherubs play!
Don’t forget about Piruleto Park open Friday through to Sunday and costing 5E per child this certainly has the space for the little ones to leave exhausted after playing with all different toys on offer!
The large open space in Santa Eulalia which is home to the outside exercise system, the grassy animals you can clamber over as well as climbing the never ending play ground is a regular place for us to visit for us with children. Grab a small picnic from Mercadona next door and you are set up for the afternoon in the sun.
Can Muson is the local farm complete with petting zoo. The perfect afternoon can be seeing the kids with the animals first hand and they are even able to feed them. A wonderful wonderful day.
Who doesn’t like dressing up? February is carnival season in Ibiza and one of the best displays is to be found in Ibiza Town. Expect to see a riot of colour as dozens of floats bring the streets to life with a wealth of wild and wonderful themes.
Make your way to Figueretas at 11.30 on 26 February to watch the start of the parade, called the ‘Rua de Carnaval’, or take your position at one of the bars on Avenida España or Avenida Isidoro Macabich to enjoy the spectacle in comfort with a coffee in hand.
The streets along the route will be lined with crowds of people who descend from all around the island to cheer on their own favourites.
San Antonio’s Carnaval will take place on Saturday 4 March at 5.30pm.
Grab your FitBit and get involved in one of the organised walks across the island of Ibiza. Taking place every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday there are a wide range of walks to choose from so we would highly recommend in joining in. Check out Walking in Ibiza for more information and don’t be afraid to mingle with the locals.
Ibiza offers incomparable natural landscapes and discovering them on bicycle is one of the best ways to see the island’s other sides. Striking landscape can be found both inland as well as along the coastline, surprising spots that make cycling a pleasure. Grab your helmet, bottle of water and your bike and get peddling. If you don’t fancy going off road then take up one of the many cycle routes that have been built specially or if you fancy a more leisurely ride then the paseo could be for you.
There are plenty of places to chillax on the island of Ibiza and what better way to truly relax within the luxury surroundings of a retreat? Can Curreu is a stunning finca which has been transformed into a Agroturismo and spa retreat. Head there for the day and enjoy all the water jets soothing your body, grab a delicious bite to eat and if you are truly relaxed check into the hotel and sink into their soft beds. You won’t ever want to leave!