Walking barefoot on the beach in turquoise blue water… how much I missed it!
My anticipation was all the greater when the corona regulations were relaxed in April 2021 and it was finally possible to travel. Not everywhere, of course, and obviously with restrictions, but entry to Ibiza was possible. So I didn’t hesitate for long, seized the opportunity, and packed my bags full of excitement. I could hardly wait to explore the island – Ibiza.
So it happened that I didn’t visit the island during the high season and two weeks turned into two months. The fact that I wasn’t there during the high season turned out to be an absolute advantage. But read yourself. In this ultimate Ibiza off-season guide, I would like to give you some useful tips on which great places, beautiful beaches, and excellent restaurants to visit in Ibiza during the off-season.
Travel while Ibiza off-season
I started my trip to Ibiza at the beginning of April. At this time, it is still very quiet on the island and there are hardly any tourists. The beaches seem rather deserted and are not yet overrun by crowds. And especially: there are no barriers to the sea yet, so you have a free view of the beautiful sea and can enjoy it completely in nature.
I’ll tell you more about the breathtaking beaches later.
Before the high season, Ibiza Town or San Antonio are the best places for a stay. My favorite place was definitely San Antonio. There’s hardly anything going on here at this time and you’re right next to the most beautiful beaches on the island. What also makes it so special for me? My absolute favorite restaurant, Golden Buddha, is located directly by the sea! In addition, the prices are definitely cheaper than in Ibiza Town and the weather is better here during the Ibiza off-season. As the sun sets on this side of the island, the evenings stay warmer here. So it’s perfect to let the evening die away.
Ibiza Town or Eivissa, the port city is the capital and the largest city on the island and really does have something for everyone. Besides the very wide range of interesting attractions, excellent restaurants with the finest cuisine, and the vibrancy of the streets, Ibiza Town is definitely one of the most beautiful and exciting places on the island – no matter what time of day or night, there is simply a special atmosphere in the air here.
Ibiza’s dream beaches – my recommendation of the island’s top spots
The beaches in Ibiza are truly breathtaking. Surrounded by pine forests and rocks, you will find beautiful bays. My absolute favorite: Cala Saladeta. With its turquoise waters, Cala Saladeta is one of the most magical bays in the whole of Ibiza.
The water is crystal clear, the seabed sandy and soft. Perfect for swimming and snorkeling! Locals sitting on the beach playing guitar or offering cocktails for sale with a charming hippie vibe – this completes the ultimate island feeling.
To get to this great bay, you have to climb through rock walls for about ten minutes. It sounds exhausting at first, but it’s definitely worth it! During the Ibiza off-season, there are hardly any tourists here either. Simply beautiful – I highly recommend it to everyone!
There are of course more great beaches to discover! Playa Comte is definitely another beautiful beach that made it onto my top list of the most beautiful Ibiza beaches. Turquoise blue, crystal clear water with great views of the small islands off the coast is guaranteed here! The right side is also very windless, so you can relax on the beach from May onwards. The beach here was also very quiet, which was of course due to the fact that I visited the island before the actual high season. This was definitely the best decision because the breathtaking bays and beautiful landscapes will impress you, even more, when you are there almost alone!
Surrounded by high cliffs, there is another great beach that I can highly recommend to you: Aigues Blanques. Here you will find wonderfully unspoiled nature combined with a fine sandy beach. This beach is also very popular within the local community. At the time of my trip, the beach to the north was windier but almost untouched and not overcrowded. Aigues Blanques is also an official naturist beach. However, it is up to you whether you want to go to the beach in swimwear or not.
For those who not only want to chill out on the beach, but also seek a partying atmosphere, Ibiza is of course an ideal place to do so.
Cala Benirras is one of the most popular beaches in the northern part of the island. Here you will find crystal clear water with a rocky bottom, which is perfect for snorkeling. The sand is partly interspersed with gravel. But the biggest highlight is definitely the sunset! That’s why hippies have been meeting here around sunset for decades to accompany the sunset musically with drums. That only happens in Ibiza. Meanwhile, “Sunday drumming” has become so popular that the beach is very crowded on Sundays. In summer, there is, therefore, a smaller “drum concert” almost every day. Of course, this is not as spectacular as the Sunday ritual, but the beach is less crowded.
You are looking for the ultimate combination of beach and clubs? Then you should pay a visit to the beach club Alma! Let the finest beats accompany you through the day on the beach, and enjoy a delicious meal or toast with a sundowner at the end of a wonderful day. There’s plenty to do here. For those of you who can’t spend a Sunday without music: A DJ plays at noon on Sundays and rounds off the ultimate holiday feeling in Ibiza.
Of course, Ibiza wouldn’t be Ibiza if there was only one beach club. That’s why I would like to share with you two other beach clubs that I visited during my trip in the Ibiza off-season and that I can definitely recommend!
The Cala Bassa Beach Club is located directly on Cala Bassa beach. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful bays on the west coast. The Cala Bassa Beach Club has four different restaurants. The Chriringo is open all year round and serves classic Mediterranean cuisine. During the summer season, from May to October, there is also a fusion restaurant and a sushi restaurant. At the far end of the bay there is a snack bar offering good quality finger food at smaller prices. So there should be something for everyone. Good music, cool people and an inspiring atmosphere definitely invite you to spend some time there.
Another top address is the Beachhouse Ibiza. The beach club is located directly on the beach of Playa d’en Bossa. While you sit comfortably in the shade under the palm trees, you can enjoy delicious food in the restaurant. Due to the great location of the beach club, there is always something going on here. You can also enjoy a cocktail or two here.
One more tip: Beachhouse Ibiza offers free yoga every day. Afterward, you can treat yourself to a healthy breakfast at the Beachhouse. There’s no better way to start the day – Namaste!
My top restaurant recommendations in Ibiza
In Ibiza, you can not only explore picturesque beaches but also indulge yourself with delicious food and great cocktails. For example, at Bonsai Ibiza. Here you’ll find sushi (even the best on Ibiza, according to Tripadvisor reviews), cocktails, and a vibrant atmosphere. Whether with a DJ, live music, or salsa. This is definitely the place to end the evening!… Or then move on to Bar Ca’n Rafal. The bar is always well frequented and the atmosphere there is catching. And let’s be honest, what could be better than sitting comfortably outside, taking in the relaxed atmosphere, and watching what’s going on outside? In my opinion, that’s as much a part of the holiday feeling as the sand between your toes.
If you like to enjoy your meal with a fantastic view of the sea, I can recommend Restaurante Golden Buddha. Here you can sit at one of the most beautiful sunset spots and enjoy excellent food (I can recommend everything on the menu, but especially the salad with prawns is amazing!)
If you want to dine with more privacy, away from the tourist crowds, the charming restaurant Es Jardins de Fruitera is definitely the right choice. It is set among farmland and fruit orchards near the village of Santa Gertrudis. Surrounded by a large, well-tended garden, you can enjoy a modern interpretation of Ibizan cuisine. The menu offers a selection of local fish and seafood, as well as high-quality meat from the island and excellent rice dishes.
The restaurant is ideal for a romantic dinner for two as well as for a meal with the whole family. In this idyllic setting, you simply feel at home!
If you’re looking for a typical Ibizan meal, don’t miss Cana Pepeta. Here you can enjoy delicious, rustic dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. What do you find on the menu? Basically, meat and vegetables.
I have to mention Las Brasa de Ibiza just because of the amazing atmosphere. In a beautifully decorated courtyard with lots of greenery and wonderful lighting, you have the chance to enjoy an excellent meal. The steakhouse restaurant offers a selection of Catalan dishes, as well as barbecue. The vegetarians among you will also find what they are looking for here. Due to the special flair, tables here are booked up quickly – so I recommend making a reservation in advance.
With a wonderful view of Es Vedra, you can linger in a cozy atmosphere at the Es Bolado restaurant. Es Bolado is a quaint, fisherman-style restaurant. Simply because of the breathtaking view, it is worth booking a table here. What’s more, the cuisine is truly exquisite. I highly recommend the paella and fish dishes.
Las Dalias restaurant is a great place to eat all year round. Tucked away in the garden area, the kitchen offers delicious Mediterranean dishes. Since the restaurant is always busy, I definitely recommend making a reservation here.
To make sure that you come home with a souvenir or two, I can only recommend that you stroll through the streets in the city centre and discover the variety of different shops. You simply have to take a look in the shops! You’ll soon notice that the place is packed with beautiful decorative items. You can bring a touch of Ibiza into your own four walls. At Olivier in Ibiza Downtown, I couldn’t get enough of all the charming things. From lamps, pictures, picture frames to various figurines from small to large, sculptures, wall decorations – there’s something for everyone. I am still raving about it!
Las Dalias Hippy Market
Last but not least, I don’t want to leave you without this special highlight! In my opinion, a visit to Las Dalias – home of the legendary hippie market – is a must for a holiday in Ibiza! The meeting place of all flower children is also very popular with tourists. Every Saturday at the colorful Las Dalias hippie market, surrounded by special vibes, there is the opportunity to buy beautiful handmade things from the many stands. You’ll find plenty of clothes made of pleasant fabrics, handmade jewelry, leather goods, and homemade liqueurs. Just let yourself drift and discover many unique things! While live music plays, you can spend the whole day there, drinking cocktails, meeting interesting people, and soaking up the hip vibe.
Travelling during the Ibiza Off-Season – my conclusion
Unfortunately, my trip was over at some point, and with a heavy heart, I had to say goodbye to the island. Ibiza is clearly an insanely beautiful island that has something to offer for everyone. From crystal clear water, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking sunsets to excellent food, delicious drinks, and above all… a great atmosphere!
Even during the Ibiza off-season, it is always worth visiting this island and escaping the still rather modest temperatures in Germany. I’m already looking forward to my next visit. I will definitely be back! Ibiza, thank you for this great time.
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