If you’re looking for a wild and unforgettable vacation, Ibiza should be at the top of your list! With its non-stop parties, world-famous DJs, and always sunny weather, it’s no surprise that people flock to the island. Just be prepared for the unexpected, as Ibiza is also known for its topless beaches, where clothing optional is the norm. So, if you’re ready to let loose and have the time of your life, grab your sunscreen and head to Ibiza!
My friend and I had the adventure of a lifetime when we visited Ibiza. We stayed in the bustling town of San Antoni, where the hotel was just a short (10-15min.) walk away from the beach and city center. Although we would have preferred to stay in the charming old town area, we made the most of our time in San Antoni.
One thing to note is to book your accommodations a few months in advance for the summer months. We made a mistake in booking our hotel in San Antoni last minute, only to realize that we should have planned further in advance. It was the only option left when we were looking for accommodations. A lesson learned for future trips!
If given the chance, I would choose to stay in the charming old town area on my next trip. It’s closer to other towns and has better access to the port, compared to my previous stay in San Antoni which required a longer bus ride to reach other areas. However, if time isn’t a concern, it wouldn’t matter where you choose to stay.
Virginia and I embarked on an adventure to uncover the hidden gems of Ibiza. As we strolled through the picturesque streets, we stumbled upon the stunning San Antoni Port. The crystal-clear waters sparkled in the sun, and the bustling scene of people diving in and swimming was a heartening sight. I was overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of discovering all that Ibiza has to offer. From its turquoise waters to its vibrant atmosphere, this island is brimming with opportunities for exploration and adventure.
San Antoni Port
As we continued our trip on a different day, we beach hop along the island’s stunning coastline. Our journey took us to the breathtaking Cala Saladeta. Despite the crowds, the energy was contagious, and it was a joy to witness summer revelers soaking up the sun, bravely jumping off cliffs, and having the time of their lives. The sound of laughter and excitement filled the air, creating a lively and festive atmosphere. The turquoise waters and soft sandy beach made it the perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty of Ibiza. It was a day filled with endless fun and unforgettable memories.
Our fun did not stop, V and I experienced the ultimate party night at Ushaia Beach Club, where we got to see a live performance by Hardwell. The energy was electric and being right at the front of the stage was such a rush. I couldn’t believe I was dancing and singing along to my favorite tunes with one of the biggest DJs in the world just a few feet away. If you’re into clubbing and dance music, a night at Ushaia is a must.
Cala Saladeta is a stunning beach in Ibiza, known for its serene beauty and clear waters. Located about an hour away from San Antoni, this small cove is surrounded by trees and offers breathtaking views. If you’re looking for a peaceful escape from the busy town, this is definitely worth the trip. Out of all the beaches I visited in Ibiza, Cala Saladeta definitely stands out as one of the best.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Ibiza, check out Formentera. The beaches are stunning and worth the ferry ride that took about 3 hours. V and I took an early ferry, grabbed lunch, and rented bikes to explore the island. Our favorite beach was Cala Saona – it’s a must-see!
I also recommend taking the ferry from the Old Town instead of San Antoni. The ferry from Old Town has more flexible schedule and gives you more time to explore the island. Unfortunately, we only had a limited time on the island as we took the ferry from San Antoni with a set schedule, arriving at 11am and leaving by 5pm. But in that time, we got to visit Cala Saona beach and it was breathtaking. I would’ve loved to stay longer and explore more.
The shopping in Ibiza is awesome. You can get decent summer dresses, bags and shoes that are affordable. I bought a new pair of bathing suit top under 10 euros. I lucked out since we came when they were having summer sales but, I think the prices in Ibiza were much cheaper compare to Milan.When we explored the Old Town, it was quiet. I’m not sure if it was because everyone was at the beach or probably still sleeping from partying all day? It doesn’t matter because I liked that we could walk around without bumping through the summer crowds.
Old Town Ibiza at night is wonderful. We walked up to the castle and explored that entire area. There’s a nice view of the city if you go all the way up to the church.
One of the popular questions I get is if Ibiza is expensive. The answer is yes and no. If, you desire to party the entire time you are vacationing there then, absolutely it is expensive. In general, “clubbing” in Ibiza is lucrative for businesses. Basically, you pay for the entrance fees alone about the same price as going to a concert (around 40-60+ euros). Plus, add drinks that costs about 14-20+ (depending on what you get) euros weekdays and then double that on weekends. Don’t forget your food and other basic necessities (suntan lotion, chapstick, bus tickets, etc.). Yes, it can add up.
Generally, I don’t drink much but, when we did we were approached by promoters near bars and they offered drink specials. A drink special varies from one promoter to another but, ours included 2 shots + a cocktail + a beer for 7 euros. No, I didn’t like any of the drinks, although, I went for it to get in the groove of what San Antoni bars was like. Also, this is to show you that it’s one way of saving money when you’re in Ibiza if, bar hopping and partying is what you desired to do. Eating in Ibiza is more or less the same as in Milan. The standard plates costs around 8 euros and can go up to 12+ depending on where you go. Of course, closer to the beach and the city center is a bit pricier but, if you look around hidden streets you can find decent food that are affordable. In the end, Ibiza is really what you make it out to be. If you like to party and hit the beach then, this is the place for you.