Why I love Ibiza by Wendy Beentjes
If you have ever been on one of Toby’s Walking Ibiza walks you know you are in for a stint of wholesome walking (don’t forget to bring those sturdy shoes), being able to catch up on some proper island history, and literally meeting some wonderful new people along the way. Did I mention magnificent nature and stunning views? Better go and find out for yourself then.
winter in Ibiza
Winter on Ibiza is better than summer. There, I have said it. But don’t tell anyone you got it from me. We just so happened to join the Walking Ibiza gang for their Christmas walk. Meeting up in Sant Mateu, we quickly got friendly with our fellow walkers while waiting for Toby, who on arrival provided us with Christmas hats and off we went to the hills. We brought our Podenco Ibicenco dog along for the first time and he should be recounting the story really, I think he had an even more amazing time than us, both off and on track. Toby knows his stuff, he was the first to walk the island’s entire coastline and now, in addition to the weekly walks, enables you to sign up for a round the island walk as well.
The Other Ibiza
Two weeks boyfriend, dog and I had to fill between the end of December and the beginning of the new year. Two weeks of enjoying the tranquility of nature, sunny seaside morning coffees, chance encounters, sharing wine around the campfire and seeing a whole new face to the island. In winter Ibiza slows down and picks up speed at the same time. But not as you would expect. Contrary to summer, this time of year allows the islanders to take a break from work and actually make time for one another. Meeting up happens at local events and several markets around the island. I ended up having difficulty choosing between the artisan Sunday Market in Sant Joan and the good vibes of Cala Llenya market. Both come with excellent live music. And if you do happen to be on the isle off season, don’t miss the Saturday market in Sant Jordi, near the airport. Be there early to catch a parking space as well as the fantastically huge flea market in the old Hippodrome.
We love Ibiza
No hippy markets in winter you say? Well, Las Dalias restaurant happened to make me one very content diner with its generous portions of tapas, I ended up ordering seconds! Big bonus for us was the fact that our beloved dog was welcomed into the restaurant and on top of that we had an excellent view of the ongoing Hippy Christmas market while finding a good spot in our tummies for all delicacies on offer. I have to admit I don’t mind there not being any direct flights in winter, as the temporary absence of mass tourism allows both me and the island to have a bit of a breather.
“I am moving to Ibiza”
This trip led us to decide to never want to leave and as of April I will be a steady fixture on the island. Get ready for a monthly dose of island adventure.