Finding Ibiza’s Laid-Back Side
Many fall in love with Ibiza on a youthful holiday, and return later to explore the more relaxed and intimate side of the island. It’s a great opportunity to discover Ibiza as an island of great natural beauty with much more to offer than nightlife. There is a wealth of options for those seeking to escape the modern world, with offerings from agro-tourism hotels (home and farms converted into hotels) to spas and yoga retreats.
Most importantly, there is the famous Ibicencan vibe. The combination of sun-drenched summers and quiet winters has created an island of dreamers and misfits, where all are welcome and age and background have little consequence.
The north of the island
When visiting Ibiza, make sure to take a trip to the north of the island. As you travel up north, the scenery becomes more relaxed and mellow—properties are spread further out, farms and fields come to dominate the landscape, and roads become smaller and less occupied.
The north of the island is an oasis of tranquillity and calm, and seems a million miles away from the high-speed lifestyle that permeates the clubs and bars of Ibiza Town. It is here that you’ll find fantastic beaches, quaint hotels, and sleepy pueblos featuring classic Spanish architecture.
Santa Eulalia is the main town in the north, a relaxed town sitting on the northeast coast of the island that perfectly captures the relaxed vibe of northern Ibiza. The small village of San Carlos is a must-see when visiting the north of the island for its beautiful church.
Spirituality and wellness
The island has long been associated with a spiritual and Bohemia life style starting with with the colonisation of Ibiza & Formentera by hippies in the 1970s. They brought a knowledge of eastern spiritual disciplines like yoga and Ibiza has since been a mecca for spiritual tourism ever since. The length and breadth of the island is dotted with yoga retreats, spa’s, and meditation centres where people from all walks of life come to escape the world.
Ibiza’s spiritual energy is well documented and sites spots such as Es Vedra should not be missed. This monolithic rocky islands dominates the southern coastline boasts one of the highest levels of magnetism on the whole planet. It is famously said to be home to the Sirens in the Odyssey.
For such a small island there are a great variety of landscapes to explore. The north of the island is home to tranquil countryside and small beaches dotted around coves and bays. To truly escape the crowds, even in the height of summer visit little know beaches such as Calla Mastella or Calla Xarraca.
Inland the countryside is breath taking, especially out of season when there is more rainfall and the local plant life blooms.
In the south the nature reserve of Salinas offers the spectacular Salinas beach, Es Cavallet and Cap des Falco with the opportunity to hike in-between the three to experience some stunning countryside. Cap des Falco is renowned for its stunning sunsets and beautiful coastline and is a great destination for a late evening cocktail at the Experimental Beach chiringuito.
Ibiza is truly an island for everybody, especially those who are young at heart. If you take the time to explore away from the popular destinations there is a wealth of beautiful destinations to visit. For more information on travelling to Ibiza, be sure to check out: TripAdvisor, Holiday Hypermarket, The Telegraph, World Travel Guide.
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