Ibiza is one of the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean, it's no wonder that it has been nicknamed the White Isle and the Magic Island. While it is mainly known for its summer scene with lively nightlife and crystal clear beaches, the island also has an abundance of sights to satisfy history lovers and foodies year-round. We visited in "off season" during April and were pleasantly surprised to find laid-back island vibes, historic sites, unique cuisine, and warm Spanish hospitality.
During spring, the temperatures are at a pleasant 60-70 degrees with less crowds, making it a perfect refuge for travelers who seek a chill weekend getaway.
If you are a foodie, you'll definitely want to try Ibizan cuisine. The cuisine combines Southern Spanish fare with the local ingredients and preparations of the island. We venture to the resort city of Santa Eulalia to dine at one of the first restaurants to open in Ibiza, Celler Can Pere, which was recommended by Michelin multiple times. We sample a 5-course meal that included tapas, local fish, "marisco", langostino (similar to a small lobster), and Ibiza wine, as well as the digestive liquorFrigola - distinctive to the region.
Our restaurant recomendation: ► ► http://www.cellercanpere.com/
The hilltop fortress dominates the Ibiza skyline, and is not to be missed. It is a UNESCO site, that also includes a monastery and a historic cathedral. The views from the top span 360 degrees of the harbor.
Ibiza Old Town
On the way to the Dalt Vila, we walked through the Old Town which is a labyrinth of alleyways, cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings, and pops of color. The town is filled with shops, restaurants, and plenty of photo ops.
The Ibiza Harbor features a pedestrian walking path and is one of the most picturesque areas of the island. We photographed the harbor at sunrise and the entire city glows in the early moonlight.
Ibiza is a small island at only 220 square miles, so you are never far from the beach. The beaches are spectacular, ranging from rocky cliffs, to hiking beaches, and calm swimming beaches with crystal clear waters. While the water in April was a bit too chilly for a proper beach day, we could still enjoy them from the boat and the shore.
Have you visited the Balearic Islands yet? What is your favorite sight in Ibiza? Comment below!
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