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An Ibiza winter?

Doesn’t initially sound like much of an idea. For sure, Ibiza tends to be known for an obvious…hmm, actually let’s say, more of an infamous reason.

Partying.

Oh, SO much partying. 

And with those party times there can come many proud moments, or equally embarrassing ones. 

Promise l am not speaking from personal experience…

Questionable stories aside, keep reading to learn about An Ibiza Winter trip: Why to go, what to do and how to sustainably.

The final reason may just be the most simple.

Intro – Why do an Ibiza Winter visit?

Alright, so on the face of it you may be wondering where l am going with
this.

Ibiza is known for the hard-core, full-on clubbing and letting-loose vibe.
All-day raves under the Spanish or all-nighters in Pacha and Amnesia, partying
is unique there.

Where people go to lose memories, not make them.

Yet, l have come to know and more crucially, embrace an entirely different,
opposing side to Ibiza. Including the beach too. 

Like, the polar opposite. 

And one that so many do not know about or even take the time to explore. Be
that in the winter or summer.

Indeed, l would say that it was actually over the winter l did the greatest diversity of activities, and took away the biggest amount of experiences.

Appreciating Ibiza in Winter

So what do l mean by that?

Simply, that if you really want to appreciate Ibiza, you’re better of visiting during the off-season.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. 

Go in the summer and you will have one hell of a time, even if that is to be a sun-worshipper. But inevitably, at some point when you are really blown away by Ibiza’s beauty, you will want to know more. 

And that’s where a winter visit comes in. 

Ibiza (or Eivissa in Catalan) is part of the Balearic Islands – which includes Mallorca and Menorca to the east, has a varied and rich history. It’s even listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site, so you know this is the real deal.

This shouldn’t be too surprising considering its popularity for its sun, sea and sangrias.

But its precisely because of this beauty that makes it worth visiting year-round.

The rugged coastlines make for spectacular views, diverse nature and plenty of chances to learn. Most notably, is Ibiza’s natural scenery and biodiversity, which enable the island to be different – even from its Balearic neighbours.

It’s arid, yet lush. Barren, yet full of life.

And you will quickly lose track of time being so busy.

Where to stay in Ibiza

For such a compact, small island, Ibiza sure has a plethora of places to stay.

Each with their own vibes, costs, amenities and experiences. There are specific and dedicated sites allowing you to explore options in greater depth. 

As this is a post about an Ibiza winter trip l will sum up some options below by placing them in categories, but go into greater detail for those to stay in Ibiza during winter. 

Iconic/Party

  1. Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel
  2. Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza 
  3. Ibiza Rocks Hotel 
  4. El Hotel De Pacha
  5. Cubanito 

Luxury 

  1. One Ibiza Suites
  2. Grand Palladium White Island Resort 
  3. Nobu Hotel 
  4. ME Ibiza
  5. 7 Pines Kempinski 

Budget

  1. Cenit Hotels 
  2. Brisa Hotel 
  3. Roca Bella 
  4. Osiris Ibiza 
  5. Balansat Resort

These are just a selection of examples as the options are endless. But the crucial distinction to make is that some, namely the seasonal hotels will not be open during the winter.

Like the iconic Ushuaïa… yea not going to be open in January. 

However, there are plenty of alternatives when thinking of where to stay in Ibiza. 

And l have listed not only some of the best but sustainable, to make your trip easily eco-friendly too.

Agroturismo Atzaró

Nestled in the heart of Evissa, this heavenly escape of a hotel is simply stunning.

Partially for its physical environment -seriously its surrounded by the best of Ibiza’s flora and fauna. 

But equally, for the design and cause of the hotel to promote sustainability and mental wellbeing through their:

  • individually-styled rooms, housing wooden beams with art and traditional Ibizan artefacts 
  • the gardens, which while being surrounded by orange groves and vegetable gardens, while housing a swimming pool, bar and personalised spa 
  • it also has two eco-friendly restaurants, using food from their own gardens! 

Having stayed here, twice, l cannot emphasise how much l love this hotel and the ethos it carries towards the environment as well as its customers. 

It is also supremely located, being less than 20 minutes to the delightful beaches of Cala Lena and Aguas Blancas, or the idyllic capital of Evissa Town.

More on those areas later. 

And finally, it’s reasonably priced. At least relative to mainstream, large-scale resorts while being part of the ecotourism trade. 

Seriously, you will be able to pay a fraction of the price you would some of the luxury hotels l listed above 

If there is anywhere that will give you as an authentic stay while being sustainable, it will be Agroturismo Atzaro.  

Can Arabi Agrotourism Hotel

An alternative option for where to stay in Ibiza is Can Arabi.

Another flagbearer for ecotourism, Can Arabi is closer to Ibiza Town and converted from a former farm, making full use of the orange and olive groves that have come to enclose it. 

Much like its Atzaro counterpart it compasses:

  • the luscious Mediterranean flora surrounding the pool and the various Balinese-styled bed’s 
  • bedrooms having a rustic, yet minimalist feel and having their own terraces or balconies, free wi-fi and ability to look out over the idyllic scenes 
  • there are seemingly limitless jacuzzis dotted around the hotel and grounds too

While further south-west of Atzaro, this eco-friendly hotel is only 3km from Evissa Town with its all amenities as well as the Puig d’en Valls, a typically quaint Ibizan Village which would be amazing during the winter. 

Equally, Can Arabi is right next to an organic food market – La Huerta, every Sunday at 11 am which also has food stalls and live music. 

And while l haven’t stayed in Can Arabi, I HAVE visited LA Huerta

And it was amazing. 

Seriously it is trips like these that properly make Ibiza what it is and leave you with a rather magic feeling. 

More on that later.  

Other eco-friendly options

Now, these are just two examples, but they are probably the two BEST eco-friendly travel options. 

I say this because, while Ibiza is known for its partying, its also known for being quite eco-conscious overall with many hotels employing different methods to be sustainable. 

Examples of where to stay in Ibiza sustainably. 

Hacienda Na Xamena or Sa Talaia Hotel are hotels which have made efforts to go green with the products they use in their restaurants or the use of solar panels to reduce their energy usage. 

All noteworthy efforts right? Except, one issue.

They don’t operate in Ibiza winters. 

So, that does reduce the options. But that doesn’t mean you won’t sustainable accommodation – you just need to do a bit of research. 

Something that sites like Skyscanner, for instance, will help with immensely. 

Now onto the things to do 

Discover the Details of Dalt Vila

You know all those idyllic photos you’ve seen of Ibiza?

Yea, like the one above.

I’m willing to bet they were of Ibiza Town and the majesty of Dalt Vila, the Upper Town, which is one of the most scenic areas on Ibiza year-round.

I can’t emphasise enough, how charming Dalt Vila is.

Really, this fortress offers unparalleled views of not only Evissa but the wider island. And since it is up an incline, means many tourists won’t make the climb – especially during the summer heat.

But it’s so worth it.

With Ibiza in winter, it allows locals to reclaim the historical area, with some even returning in the off-season because of the fewer crowds which allows the area to become even more quintessentially Ibizan.

Winding cobbled streets, pop-up bars and countless stalls or trinket stores give the chance to sample local customs and feel you have gotten more out of a trip.

The S’Escalinata restaurant, for instance, is best experienced in the autumn months when you can sit on cushions on the cobbles but without masses of tourists.

Historical Culture

And then there is the cathedral.

Nuestra Senora de las Nieves is the 16th-century church, which even if you don’t practice religion quickly captivates you, giving you an idea of the Phoenician eras. It is especially memorable in the early evening, where the streetlights combined with the dusk offer a lovely site – whether you’re in it or looking at it from afar.

And then just imagine it around Christmas.

Visiting at this time allows you to not only see, but participate with the residents in their celebrations, wander the streets lined with stalls or even try an Ibizan interpretation of mulled sangria.

Yes, its as yummy as it sounds.

Lastly, its worth exploring some of the museums to gain some quick but enlightening details about Dalt Vila and how it relates to the rest of Ibiza.

l have been several times but, frankly always come away with something new.  

And the off-season makes it feel that much more original.

How to do it green

This should be relatively, if not completely easy to do since it is about walking around Evissa. 

That said, when you are there, be sure to:

  • not be disrespectful to local communities by how you behave or what you leave behind
  • if you go out in the evening refrain from being noisy and rowdy in neighbours not seeking it
  • supporting by donating to Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
  • try speaking in Spanish instead of just assuming everyone speaks English 

And, if you don’t stay in Evissa, look to catch the bus in from where you are staying since almost all routes operating in winter head via Evissa. 

Take a Hike around Ibiza in winter

No, no, l am not being rude. 

Hiking is seriously one of the effective ways to get to know Ibiza and feel like you’re connecting to its unique landscape.

When its cooler, and by cooler, l mean 15 degrees celsius is the coldest it
gets…

But regardless, the island becomes idyllic for walking, hiking or any form of physical activity.

An ibiza winter can be as beauitful as this sumer scene

Tours of Ibiza by foot are no secret.

The Facebook group ‘Walking Ibiza’ offers one such example where you can join like-minded people to wander and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar environment.

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Ranging from a quick trip down a random path, to completely getting lost
in the forest, rocky outcrops or endless coastlines stretch before you. 

Little Adventures

Each feels like a little adventure. A miniature exploration. 

Take this one trip, intended to be a simple stroll:

  • Where we would merely take in our surroundings and nature,
  • But before you knew it we were on some thorough expedition,
  • And l literally believing we would need hiking gear and rations to make it back…

Or at least use the survival tips we had learned from UK Celebrity Get me Out of Here.

Ok, not that bad.

But then that is because l had come prepared in the shape of the 

But it does give you an idea of the sudden surprises possible. But also that deep sense of satisfaction when you stumble across places few others have. 

Coming across charming coves, secluded beaches and tranquil spaces.

An atmospheric, moody cove is typical of an ibiza winter

One of the many moody hidden coves

Though, on another, when l suggested trying a route as a shortcut saw us getting completely lost…going the wrong way…and resulting in me getting up far too close and personal with a delightful thorn
bush.

So, maybe if you are new to the island, or just not idiotic like me…taking a walking tour might be a fun option.

How to do it green

This cannot be any easier since its all about walking!

That said, the hardest part will be actually getting to the place you want to start hiking.

That’s where the Facebook group would really come in handy as they are eco-conscious too and so will be willing to carpool. 

Otherwise, its about car renting which means ensuring its either an electric or a hybrid. 

And do that background research on the most ethical company or ones that support green initiatives. 

Masses of Markets

For those of you who like:

  • trinkets,
  • ornaments,
  • or random collections of everything…

Ibiza’s markets are for you.

Being surrounded by all these artisans, eco-friendly and heavily personalised products with vibrant and diverse colours!

The various bracelets, for instance, really reminded me of those from Pura Vida – especially The Animal Charity Collection which l love.

But more significantly it’s NOT just about the merchandise.

There is the whole social aspect of these markets too. 

The most memorable, possibly entire experience, came from visiting San Jordi flea market – the most authentic and locally popular market of the White Isle. 

San Jordi and Ibiza in Winter

Also called rastrillos.

No-one needs a permit to sell, so everything and l mean everything was reasonably priced!

Be it from:

  • retro items,
  • upcycled goods,
  • handcrafted jewellery,
  • heck, even furniture!

Seriously. You probably could have bought the table they were selling off of. 

And it was all most impressive. Overwhelming even. Plus, the flea market takes place in a hippodrome – ancient Greek stadiums for horse-chariot racing which just makes it bigger and better.

REALLY bigger.

To the point where l was getting more lost than on one of the hikes.

I saw first-hand just how lively the island remains, and how the bustling community of the long-term residents make Ibiza what it is.

But the best part? The vibes.

There was no sense of pressure to purchase anything, and so many people were there just to enjoy a low-key, though ironically still party-style social Saturday morning.

People jamming on the stadium steps, buying or trying on bizarre clothing or just be in the moment.

It was the epitome of Ibiza.

The only thing to consider when visiting? The dust. There can be quite a lot of it when visiting San Jordi.

But hey, not like you’ll have a shortage of clothes to buy as replacements.

And if you can’t yet visit, l do recommend Pura Vida Bracelets as an alternative!

How to do it green

This is mainly about sticking to walking or taking public transport to get to the markets:

  • since so many locals broadly care about the environment anyway, there are various groups that you could share rides too
  • and the fact you are going to these markets enables you the chance to really indulge in some second-hand shopping and ethical fashion

Seriously, based on what l saw, this experience will be perfect for finding ethical fashion and sustainably sourced items like furniture. 

You could even take some direct inspiration from the people there!

Wander the White Towns 

After you’ve had your fill from the activities and vivacity of the rastrillos, its time to visit some of the lesser-known locations of Ibiza’s inlands.

Specifically, the islands white towns.

Nestled around different areas of Ibiza are these small idyllic communities, each with their own delightful characteristics and features that give you a thoroughly authentic, yet still unique taste:

San Carlos (Sant Carles de Peralta)

Lying northeast of the island, and situating itself around a 1785 whitewashed church, 1785, San Carlos is the place to go to sample Ibizan liquors.

Teeming with various cafes, bars or alike, San Carlos also neighbours some inlets including Cove Nova, Aguas Blancas and my personal favourite, the beach of Es Canar. All offering a chance to enjoy some properly secluded interactions with Ibizan nature.

Es Cubells

Es Cubells is memorable for one simple reason: by jutting out of a cliff face. This provides an opportunity to see rural Ibizan temples connected to the convent, which itself houses traditional Teresian nuns.

And due to its location, it makes this white village virtually unspoilt year-round, allowing you to see a side to Ibiza even in the height of summer.

Sant Josep de Sa Talaia

Further inland westwards, Sant Josep is equally authentic. Its small urban centre spans over 100 years, while housing bars like Can Bernat or Can Llorenc which haven’t changed in 50+ years.

Most charming is the whitewashed church surrounded by a square which hosts numerous concerts or festivals. The patronal feast, on March 19th yearly, is a highlight where stalls line the streets and fireworks illuminate the Ibizan architecture.

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Santa Gertrudis

Lastly, but also my favourite is Santa Gertrudis. Centrally located, this white town is unique for being surrounded by agricultural pastures, as it neighbours the only dairy farm.

Then there is the town itself. The historic centre has a charming church encircled by whitewash walls and a delightful choice of bars, restaurants or even art galleries. I greatly enjoyed how the stores combined cotemporary twists into the periodic Ibizan styles or structures.

Understandably, it might be challenging to visit one. But not at least one.

You MUST visit at least one.

How to do it green

Unfortunately, since this is Ibiza in winter, there won’t be any other way than car rental.

But via Skyscanner, l was able to, well, scan for a decently priced rental and what’s more, was able to acquire an upgrade once l walked by luck!

ALWAYS worth checking. 

But ensure its an electric or hybrid and plan how you’re going to visit the towns – if all of them. 

It might simply be don’t visit all of them, or if you do, do so in a way that you cover as little distance as possible. 

And when you’re there?

  • Be polite. Interact with the locals, try speaking Spanish.
  • Donate to the local church and buy food or beverages, if available, from around Ibiza.

Taste the Food Tours and Wineries 

Do l really advise you on why to do either of these?

With Ibiza in winter, or at least in the autumn months, comes the islands harvests which, in turn, then comes the enotourism tour.

I know, clever right?

Going during the beginning of the off-season allows you to thoroughly indulge in Ibiza’s gastronomy, which is surprisingly diverse and innovative for this small island.

Seriously, some of the best dishes l have ever had have been on Ibiza.

Though many of the best gastronomic events happen in the busier months, some of the most exquisite tastings occur in the springtime, such as the Jornades Gastronomiques de Tardor – or Ibizan Food Festival.

This remains one of my favourite activities and what l like to try to attend whenever l revisit.

Alternatively, you can partake in a specific or even bespoke Ibizan Food Tour allowing you to gain a proper appreciation for the creativity of some Ibiza’s foodies.

Shocking, Ibizans like food too?

I know right.

And then when you want to chase all that food?

Ibiza in Winter Wine-tasting

You go wine-tasting. Naturally. I mean it’d be insulting not to. 

Ibizan wine is becoming arguably the premium with Spain, simply because of Ibiza’s ideal climate and topography – but equally due to the passion of the winemakers. Of these there are a few destinations worth singling out:

  • Sa Cova: Ibiza’s oldest winery, producing over 20,000 litres of wine annually with varieties from Tempranillo to Syrah.
  • Can Maymo: a smaller but more specialist winery, worth visiting for seeing how they use the red soil for production
  • Can Rich de Buscatell: a highly modern winery, they utilise advance technology and organic farming for tasty results. It also has amazing virgin olive oil.

Plus, even if you cannot make these wineries, their wines are available in many restaurants islandwide.

But, really. You wouldn’t want to make time for this?

How to do it green? 

You’ll gain an advantage here since half the work is already done for you. 

Most if not all of these vineyards encourage ethical and ecotourism, meaning that you can relax about what you’re consuming. 

That just leaves getting there.

In most cases, this will require hiring a car, which if you do ensure:

  • you do the background check on which companies are most ethical 
  • that the car you take is electric or a hybrid 
  • or consider how the company perhaps gives back by carbon offsetting schemes for instance 

And when it comes to food?

Well science shows, the less meat consumed, beef especially, the more of positive sustainable impact. 

And we go further:

  •  consume food that is not only locally produced 
  • but food that is in season 

Its all well and good consuming plenty of vegetables, but if they’ve been flown in from South America…

That rather defeats the purpose. 

Sunset Stories 

Lastly, the sunsets.

OH MY GOD, the sunsets. 

l am sure we have all seen a sunset, remember a sunset that was unmatched or so memorable. Well, you need to go to Ibiza in winter.

Seriously.

Go.

NOW.

Because it’s not just the occasional sunset. It’s the consistency, the frequency.

 The number of these spectacles, these setting suns that you can be spoilt with while you are in Ibiza in winter is truly ridiculous.

Seriously, l lost count of how many times l drained my phone battery to 0% by spamming the camera to capture all the stunning sunsets.

I have basically no cloud storage now after all my visits. 

0.

Want some evidence? Then check my Instagram to see just what l am talking about!

The Sunsets make Ibiza in Winter 

But, its entirely worth it because of just beautiful these sunsets are. And, if you travel to another part of the island, diverse too.

Because even if you are not spending the evening in an area of Ibiza that allows you to directly see a sunset, the different effects and visuals will provide you with an equally unique, but memorable experience.

Sunsets on the south of the island give completely different feelings, completely different settings to the north.

Or anywhere else.

And that’s not even getting started on the colours.

If there ever were a home for pastel colours, Ibiza would be it. The island really is likely a, if not, THE key feature you would keep from visiting the island.

For me, Ibizan sunsets encapsulate the White Island.

How to do it green:

This is relatively easy to do since you dictate where and how you’ll go about seeing the sunset.

Unless you’ll be on the western side or somewhere with a scenic sunset, you’ll have to get to a convenient location. 

The issue is the lack of public transport in winter.

But, as l have covered above, if you do your research beforehand you will be able to find local communities – like the Facebook groups, to carpool with. 

Alternatively, you can rent-a-car.

But if you do, ensure it’s with a responsible company with the car being electric or a hybrid. 

And finally, could always use your feet. 

If its not to far, not too cold, why wouldn’t want to walk to see an idyllic sunset on such an idyllic island? 

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Takeaways – an Ibiza winter is worth it

So there it is.

Just one individual’s experience about Ibiza in Winter: Why to go, what to do and how to do it sustainably. 

A glimpse into my wintery trip to the White Isle.

Now, what are you waiting for? 

In case are still uncertain here is why you MUST go:

  1. Ibiza has some of the best natural and rugged island scenery anywhere in
    the world
  2. It has a tonne of sociable and engaging events, including markets which
    are more like…well outdoor parties
  3. The sunsets are breathtaking, much like the sunrises, much like the,
    well, everything

Just book those tickets already. 

But do so responsibly.

Read more: Sustainable Travel: 10 surprising but seriously simple tips

With this post, l wanted to highlight a side to the island that l had no idea about! Though, these are just my suggestions as this post emphasises.

Did any of these surprise you? Or did l miss something out?

Be sure to let me know with a comment.

Pyotr

 


8 Comments

Daisy · 30 April 2020 at 12:22

Thanks for information. Adding Ibiza to my travel list now ✨

Dan · 1 April 2020 at 11:00

Ibiza in winter seems nice. But now Spain is in quarantine. no?

    Pyotr Kurzin · 2 April 2020 at 04:37

    Its spectacular Dan. Indeed 2/3 of the world is in quarantine so this guide is for when we can finally travel again and enjoy the sites.

Tiffanie · 24 March 2020 at 23:58

I was just looking up ideas for ibiza when l can finally go travelling again and l found this!

Terrific read, definitely saving.

    Pyotr Kurzin · 26 March 2020 at 13:51

    Thanks for sharing. Glad this is helpful and you use it when you do visit.

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