I’m meant to be heading out to Spain in March for one of my good friends’ weddings. I’m really excited about this, not just because I get to see her get married, but also because I haven’t actually left the UK in over four years. The last holiday I had was to the incredible island of Ibiza, one of my favourite places in the whole world…and not long after my return home I discovered I was going to have a small person, and things were never quite the same again.
So, in preparation for the first trip abroad in too long, I’m taking a look back at my favourite Balearic island and just why I love it there so much. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go. Seriously. Ibiza is an unbelievable destination.
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It’s not all about raving and getting hammered
Don’t get me wrong, a large chunk of Ibiza life is about the seemingly endless summer of partying, hedonism and dance. I’ve only been to the island twice; once during the summer season when everything is crowded, crazy and undeniably awesome, and once during the quieter season when everything is peaceful and equally awesome.
Both are brilliant experiences in their own way.
One of the things you really do need to consider if you’re planning an Ibiza trip during the summer season is that it is insanely hot. I’m not just talking your standard Mediterranean heat either, it’s an Ibiza-style heat all of it’s own. That extra special humid as hell, stuck to your own bed kind of hot. Personally, I’d recommend going in either early July or maybe even early September. I went with one of my best friends in the August one year, and it was scorching. I mean, I’m pale and ginger, so I knew it was going to be hot, but the humidity was something I honestly didn’t bargain on. RIP my hair.
That said, if you go in the summertime, you won’t regret it. It’s an amazing time to be there and see all the wild, colourful and exciting sights. The party atmosphere in the streets is palpable and the chilled out, friendly vibe of all those who flock there is something else altogether. Nightlife in Ibiza is amazing, as you’d expect, but a word of warning – if you’re thinking of paying a visit to one of the world famous clubs, make sure you’ve stocked up on your euros, because those nights out you’ve dreamed of a la Kevin and Perry really aren’t cheap. We went to Manumission (for one of the weirdest and most fun evenings I’ve ever witnessed in my adult life) one night, and it pretty much cleared us both out completely.
Chilled out days and party nights are the done thing for a summer trip to Ibiza. However, If you go in the calmer months of the year, the whole island is much more relaxed. It’s gorgeous – beautiful beaches and laid back adventures around the island. Hire yourself a car and you can visit all the best bits over the course of your stay. Ibiza Town is beautiful and very eclectic – think slick boutiques selling quirky raver clothes, open-fronted jewellery stores and hippy-boho chic fashions aplenty.
I came back the first with harem pants, a floating tunic dress and a headscarf. To be honest, I have no idea how I didn’t end up with dreadlocks and a tattoo. The place is that cool you can’t help but get sucked into the feel of the place. Needless to say the harem pants are in a drawer upstairs somewhere now, but man those things are comfy. Damned English weather, ruining my style evolution.
Food & Accommodation
Spanish food is my favourite kind of cuisine in general. I think I spent almost the entirety of my last trip to Ibiza face down in bowls of olives and rolling around in endless slices of tortilla. I should have really guessed I was pregnant at that point, but nope, I just thought I was being a greedy cow as per usual.
*note to self, always do pregnancy test if sudden compulsion to constantly eat olives hits hard.
|Disco ball in the garden, because Ibiza.|
I’d absolutely recommend renting a villa or holiday home over there, especially if you’re going to hire a car as well. It just makes so much more sense to be able to come and go as you please, and most of the villas you can rent in Ibiza have WiFi and Sky TV, so you don’t even have to miss out on your soaps, if you’re concerned about that.
That’s possibly the most middle aged sentence I’ve ever said. Wow.
Get yourself there, ok?
Basically, this gorgeous Balearic island is one of my favourite places to visit, and I’m ridiculously choosy about travel. If you’re thinking about booking somewhere up now, I’d definitely recommend you check out some Ibiza deals – it’s actually a great choice for families and isn’t just all about wild nights and crazed partying. There are loads of other parts to the island that you can discover by car, and I’m saving up for my next trip there already.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can get back to Ibiza again – turns out the sunshine really does make everything better.