So you’ve landed on the world’s best party island, spent a few days in the glaring sun and a few too many nights drinking. Ever wondered what else Ibiza has to offer? Whether you want to explore the island, see some sights or find some mouth-watering places to eat, take a look at this.
1. Take a Trip Cala Llonga:
Famous for being a quiet, but beautiful town, Cala Llonga has the most fantastic mountainous views and caves that lead to the beach with its gorgeous clear blue sea. The outskirts of the town are said to be quite steep, so venturing out my car or coach is probably your best bet. But once you get out there, it really is worth it. Take a small hike to the older parts of Ibiza and take in the striking mixture of natural scenery and old-fashioned houses and buildings.
2. Eat at a Restaurant in Sa Penya:
It can be hard to find a couple of great restaurants on holiday, but somewhere that serves superb food and gives you a little taster of real Spanish culture isn’t a bad place to start. Sa Penya’s restaurants are situated in the Fisherman’s Quarter of the main town, along the authentic cobbled, narrow streets. The Fisherman’s Quarter is said to be where the beautiful people hang out. A great ‘Studio Restaurante’ serves real Spanish food every day and has a dazzling view and atmosphere.
3. Shop at the Hippy Market:
Think Brick Lane’s good for picking up a bargain? Think again. Hit up the chilled out, cheap and cheerful Hippy market of Ibiza, with their bright and beautiful goods round every corner. La Dalias Hippy Market is renowned for selling some stunning work from the island’s best underground artists, sculptors and clothes-makers. Every Saturday, the Arabic and Spanish inspired styles of the clothing and accessories make for great little trinkets, treats or souvenirs to bring home for yourself or a friend. Set in the grounds of a restaurant, the market is home to around 100 stalls, along with bars and DJs who play a mixture of Spanish, American and British music long into the wonderfully warm evenings. And at tourist-friendly prices, what’s not to love?
4. Visit Cap Blank Aquarium
Ever wanted to see a live lobster? Set foot inside this hidden gem for just €3, and discover what the inside of perfectly-formed caves look like. The aquarium is set inside an old smugglers’ cave and is full of countless varieties of animal and plant, and makes a great, chilled out day trip. Cap Blank also rehabilitates injured or ill animals before they are released back into the sea. The cave is also more like an enclosure for the fish and other sea creatures, making it less of a zoo, and more of a natural wildlife park for the public to enjoy. There is a bar inside the aquarium, as well as huge diving boards for launching yourself into the depths of the ocean if you’re that way inclined.
5. Learn to Dive at Arenal Diving Centre:
With the party island of Ibiza floating on the dazzling Mediterranean waves, why not take a trip to San Antonio’s Arenal Diving Centre, which even caters for unqualified beginners. Even if you’ve never dived before, you’ll be teamed up with an instructor, taught all the basics and be able to dive like a pro in no time! Beginners’ courses last for just 3 hours, and there are even secret pools for those who aren’t up for diving into the depths. The course costs €65, and for more info, visit Arenal Diving Centre’s website at: www.arenaldiving.com
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