Tapping into the real Ibiza

Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza Photo: Looiz of Flickr

Ibiza is famous for its nightlife and clubbing experience but far there is more to enjoy on this beautiful island. Due to the city’s architecture and the island’s sea life, Ibiza is a balanced UNESCO World Heritage site boasting Mediterranean flavours, local markets, walking trails along the coast and chill beaches. Puerto San Miguel, Las Dalias and Sa Talaia are perfect places for family holidays.

St. Miquel de Balansat,  Eivissa Photo: embolic on Flickr

St. Miquel de Balansat, Ibiza

Puerto San Miguel

To get a feel of the real Ibiza and enjoy your holiday I would recommend you get a car rental from Ibiza airport and drive along the coastal lines to Puerto San Miguel. Driving from the airport only takes around 40 minutes and you can enjoy some stunning scenery. If you also get a good offer on the car hire it works out cheaper than the ferry and is far more fun.

Once in San Miguel don’t forget to visit The San Miguel de Balansat Church. The altar is beautiful and on Thursdays you can take part in the traditional “Ball Pages” dancing performed in the Church’s courtyard. It’s only a 5 minute drive from the northern part of the village. If you’re a fan of water sports, the village’s beach offers a wide range of things to do; from surfing and water skiing, to banana boat rides, pedaloes and diving.

Tired of splashing in the water? You can go to the Port Balansat restaurant and taste the best fish menus on the island – but for those of you who don’t particularly enjoy fish, don’t worry because Port Balansat is a pizzeria too. If you’re staying in Puerto San Miguel then feel free to end the night with a Kilkinny Irish Cream at Casey’s bar – but if you’re heading off in the car then it’s best to stick with an ice cold lemonade.

Las Dalias Hippymarket. Ibiza Photo: janten of Flickr

Las Dalias Hippymarket. Ibiza

Las Dalias restaurant and market

Las Dalias market is not far from San Carlos – about a half an hour’s journey. When you get there, I advise you to park half a mile from the “hippy” market for free. It’s just as good in terms of service as the market’s €3 car park. Once you’re in, you can sense the local atmosphere with less of the tourist air and more authentic crafts on sale.

The restaurant is located within the Las Dalias market and expect your tastes to be blown away by the delicious and ingenious platters they have on the Mediterranean menu. “Menu del Dia” is Ibiza’s best value meal deal during the day and it consists of a 3 course meal plus wine. Locals recommend a “Menu Del Dia” over anything else when it comes to value for your money.

The Soul Bar always has some nice tunes playing or you can choose to chill in the Bedouin tent. On Saturdays there is also a games area packed with  fun for the little ones as they get involved in creative workshops and become storytellers.

San Antonio bay, Ibiza Photo: alexharries of Flickr

San Antonio bay, Ibiza

Sa Talaia

Get in the car and go to the highest geographical point on the island to take some breathtaking photos of San Antonio bay to the north west, and the Salinas salt flats to the south. Only 15 minutes away from San Miguel, it is a good use of the car hire and the drive takes you through Carrer Eivissa. Take some photos here to show your friends back home what Ibiza is really about.

The real heart felt Ibiza is as stunning as the party central hub everybody knows about – and fear not as there are plenty of fun opportunities to take advantage of when roaming around the island.

This article was brough to you by Holiday Autos. Go experience Ibiza your own way and get a car hire discount from Holiday Autos to make your holiday cheaper. They have offers all year round so it’s well worth checking them out here.

Other Spanish sojourns to savor

Seafood on the beach at the Chiringuito in Spain
Walking in springtime in Mallorca
Staying in the heart of Old Town Girona

Photo credits: St. Miquel de Balansat by embolic, Hippymarkt by janten, San Antonio bay by alexharries, and Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Ibiza by Looiz.

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  • Reply
    Australia Hotel @ Christian Kylee
    January 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Really Beautiful Place for a vacation. Your Photography is so beautiful…. Nice story…

    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    January 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Heather, as usual you have allowed pictures to speak the thousand words. And indeed it has made me yearn for more, so much so to hop the next flight to Ibiza.

    But I also feel, since it is so popular with visitors from around the world, it could be over crowded and may not be the peaceful and quiet paradise that I always long for.

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