Ibiza Uncovered – The Hidden Gem of the Balearic Islands

The Spa at Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena

Famous all over the world, yet it remains a great unknown, one never fails to be surprised and enchanted by a trip to Ibiza.

The third largest of the Balearic Islands, and one of the oldest urban environments of the western mediterranean, Ibiza is full of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.

Ibiza Town

The first of the Balearic archipelago, Ibiza has been occupied by a mosaic of cultures since 2700 B.C. Of the 140,354 residents, almost 40,000 are foreigners and mostly European which has created a multicultural and cosmopolitan population.

With warm and mild temperatures throughout the year, and almost 300 days of sunshine guaranteed, the weather won’t let you down. And it certainly did not when GALWAYnow visited the picturesque island a few weeks ago.

Es Bol Nou

Arriving on an early flight from Dublin, our first port of call was lunch at the Sa Caleta Restaurant – a historic seafront retreat overlooking the beach of Es Bol Nou. A quick bus trip then brought us to our home for the next few days – The Invisa Hotel Club Cala Verde Resort. Located in the north of the island, overlooking Es Figueral Beach in the village of San Carlos, it’s well known for its panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea.

We spent a delightful evening wandering through the maze that is Las Dalias Hippy Market in Sant Carles. Celebrating 31 successful years of trading, it has a strong commitment to handmade clothing, both exclusive and accessible.

Set in a beautifully restored 17th-century farmhouse, Can Domo Restaurant, near Santa Eularia, is a rural retreat perched on a hill surrounded by olive groves. With sweeping views of the countryside and a serene sense of tranquility, you will get lost in the midst of your surroundings. I cannot wait to go back for the tuna tartare!

Ibiza Town

It was soon time to discover the adventures of the island with a guided safari that took us through the north, east and west regions. With rugged and rough terrain, which were only accessible by jeep, it certainly was a fun way of discovering some of the amazing scenery Ibiza has to offer.

We lazed the day away with lunch at S’illa des Bosc Restaurant followed by a dip in the pool, a refreshing drink in the bar and an exquisite dinner at the Oleoteca Ses Escoles Restaurant.

Oleoteca Ses Escoles

The capital of Ibiza, known simply as Ibiza Town, is a wonderfully diverse and enchanting area that is steeped in history, culture and mystery. With panoramic views, a treasure trove of history, mystery and discoveries, spanning 2,500 years are all encapsulated in this UNESCO World Heritage site. From the winding, cobbled streets of the ancient fort, Dalt Vila, which presides majestically over the town, to the sparkling super yachts moored along the coastline, there is so much to discover.

For more about Ibiza, Check out our July/August issue of GALWAYnow
On The Shelves Now

July_Aug 2017

 

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