Ibiza is not all about the boozy clubbing scene. For those wanting to get away from the crowds, it’s still possible to find rest, relaxation and tranquillity on the White Island.
Ibiza is considered by many to be the ‘night clubbing capital of Europe’ and has earned a reputation for all night parties and rowdy tourists.
However, Ibiza is also a tranquil and traditional island with stunning scenery, unspoilt beaches and quaint rustic towns and villages offering a wonderful taste of the ‘real’ Ibiza. For those who want to escape from the crowds, here’s a look at some of the most unspoilt treasures to discover on the White Island.
It’s the tranquility and laid back atmosphere of this lovely sleepy village on the North of the island that attracts many looking for the ‘real’ Ibiza.
Overlooked by an impressive whitewashed 18th Century church, the town square is the perfect place to spend a laid back and relaxing afternoon sipping sangria in one of the tiny pavement cafes and bars; or you can try traditional Ibizan cuisine in one of the more modern restaurants in the centre.
Santa Gertudis de Fruitera
Surrounded by terraced hills, olive groves, fig and almond trees you’ll find this beautiful town nestled in the heart of the island. The centre is pedestrianised allowing you to shop in peace before chilling out over cocktails and tapas in one of the many pavement cafes and eateries. Bar Costa is famous for its jamón iberico. Another must try is the tortilla de patata or a refreshing bowl of gazpacho accompanied by a glass of sangriá.
Es Vedra Nature Reserve
On the South West of the island is one of Ibiza’s two national parks. Es Vedra Nature Reserve is a stunning haven of cliffs, beaches, hills and forests. Take a boat trip out to the mysterious Es Vedra island. The rock island is associated with many myths and legends and is home to wild goats, lizards and the rare Eleanora’s falcons.
Sa Talaiassa, at 476 metres high, is the highest point on the main island of Ibiza, with spectacular far reaching views. On a clear day it’s even possible to spot mainland Spain from there.
A short drive away from the hectic life of San Antonio, lies Cala Salada, an enchanting sandy cove with crystalline, lapping waters and tranquil walks along the rocky coastline. Further along the Bronze Age cave paintings at Ses Fontanelles are definitely worth the extra hike to see. Cala Salada has a beachside restaurant, popular with locals, where you can enjoy a cold beer and fresh seafood paella while taking in the idyllic sea views.
Cap d’es Falcó
For serene tranquility immersed in a beautiful setting, you can’t get much better than Cap d’es Falcó. In the National Park of Ses Salinas, you’ll find a lovely Mediterranean restaurant that sits right on the water’s edge of Es Cavellet beach. Spend an afternoon sipping cocktails on the white-draped loungers enjoying the unspoilt scenery and spectacular views. It’s one of the most tranquil spots on the island and perfect for a long, leisurely lunch, a romantic dinner or cocktails and tapas while you watch the sun go down. Loved by couples and families alike, it even has a safe children’s play area so mum and dad can sit back and relax in comfort, while the kid’s play.
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