Ibiza is known the globe over for its super clubs and all-night parties and is a firm fave with celebs, DJs and everyone else who likes to take their clubbing to the next level. However, we know the Balearic wild-child offers more than wild parties and noisy nights out.
Island specialists Charter & Dreams invite you to step off the beaten track for a snooze on a secluded beach, a drink on a sleepy square or an understated meal at a rustic chiringuito. Follow our tips for uncovering Ibiza’s peaceful side and we defy you to not instantly fall for the White Isle’s gentle charm (and we promise you there won’t be a feather boa in sight).
Hike to Ibiza’s highest peak, Sa Talaiassa
The top of Sa Talaiassa, Ibiza’s highest peak at 475m, boasts breathtaking vistas over the bay of Porroig, Cala Jondal and pine-clad Formentera. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike to the top from the village of Sant Josep while those who’d like to reserve strenuous movement for the absolutely essential (i.e. bringing a mojito to their lips or switching their tanning position) can drive to the summit.
Admire Cala Salada’s multi-coloured sunset
Cala Salada lies 5km north of Sant Antoni but is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Ibiza’s most famous resort. Tranquil Cala Salada is the perfect place to gaze at the sun sinking into the sea and the multitude of colours that accompany the drama. Clamber across the rocks at the beach’ northern end to find Cala Saladeta and even more seclusion.
Gorge on Fresh Fish at El Bigotes
Chiringuito El Bigotes, a no-address, no-telephone, no-menu sort of place, is perched on a rocky outcrop and boasts azure views of Cala Mastella. The main selling points are its fish, grilled to perfection and so fresh it talks back and ‘bullit de peix’ (fish stew with herbs, vegetables and potatoes). However, its convivial atmosphere, remote location and soundtrack of lapping waves certainly add to the shack’s appeal.
Listen to chirruping cicadas at Cala Llentrisca
Cala Llentrisca doesn’t attract a lot of visitors, mostly due to the short but somewhat confusing path along the cliff to the cove. If you manage to find your way here, however, you’ll feel like you’ve struck gold. Framed by verdant green and blissfully quiet bar for the chirruping of cicadas, this Ibiza beach couldn’t be further from its heaving counterparts.
Soak up Santa Gertrudis’ gentle bustle
Those keen to find the real Ibiza, look no further. Journey inland to Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera and your inner hippy (and Instagram followers) will thank you. This handsome little village shines through its photogenic terraces, lantern lit courtyards and quirky galleries and stirs up serious lifestyle-envy. Colourful tableaus and tranquil coffee-sipping locals are enhanced by Santa Gertrudis’ special ‘boho village’ atmosphere, its main draw.
As a boutique charter agency, we can offer a personalized service and smooth negotiation process. To put it in a nutshell, we’re great at doing big things with less.
Captains keen to hear about our various management options or owners wanting to know more about the benefits of putting their yacht on the charter market are invited to get in touch via phone / email or to drop into one of our offices. www.charteranddreams.com