Ibiza's rich culture of dance music and nightlife is one of the many reasons tourists descend on the island every year, but with Ibiza's club scene in question this summer, we wanted to highlight the many other reasons why the White Isle is such a special place to visit.
Playa D'en Bossa and San Antonio make up the island's main clubbing destinations, however as Ibiza starts to re-open gradually, we wanted to share some of the most exquisite locations to enjoy nature, restaurants, retreats and more... We've enlisted the help of Ibiza residents the Mambo Brothers, our very own Ibiza vet Simon Dunmore, Defected CBO James Kirkham, an island regular and life of the party and Lucy Fizz to share their favourite Balearic spots…
Beaching & Lunching
James Says: ''Aguas Blancas, it is far north just past Sant Carlos - you approach on a super steep hill, with stunning views of the bay, then on the beach you’re against a sheer rock face; with brilliant rock formations in the sea and a fantastic little beach Chiringuito bar on wooden stilts set into the rock at the end.''
The Mambo Brothers Say: ''Cala Gracioneta, the turquoise water beach that you imagine when you think of Ibiza, and it’s just a 10-minute walk from the heart for San An''
James Says: ''Can Pilot. My favourite restaurant in the world A brilliant local’s restaurant, famous for its grilled meat. Cook your own steak on the table, thinly cut and seasoned perfectly, the chicken is amazing. It is busy every night of the year, closed Wednesdays but open Mondays unlike many local island restaurants. The bar is always fantastic too for a Cana with the St Rafel locals. Not forgetting Can Salinas currently open for takeaway - overlooking salt plains just off the road to Salinas - amazing paella, and one of the coolest looking old Ibiza logos / brands on the island!’’
Lucy Says: ''La Paloma - A beautiful family run restaurant in the middle of the island, in the small village of San Lorenzo. Enjoy home cooked meals made of locally sourced produce as you dine outdoors in the charming citrus orchards.''
The Mambo Brothers Say: ''Casa Maca of course, for a magical night enjoying the best quality products of the island and its unparalleled views of Dalt Vila''
Simon Suggests: Resteraunte Cas Pages & Il Giardinetto as two favourites for eating out. Each located in beautiful parts of the island, Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town, they both promise a beautiful dinner with a view. Visit Cas Pages for a sublime selection of grilled meat, or Il Giardinetto to taste authentic Italian food while looking over the beautiful old town.
James Says: ''Es Cucons La Tienda in Sant Gertrudis - lovely decor, clothing, and grab a beer or tapas from the square in Gertrudis''
The Mambo Brothers Say: ''We highly recommend a little walk through all the port of Ibiza, the old town, and Vara de Rey… lots of little, beautiful and unique shops!''
James Says: ''Swimming at first light anywhere… but especially at Cala Gracio... walking around the corner for breakfast at Gracioneta…
Or an early morning paddle boarding at Salinas, sun in the early morning sky, totally still water…''
Lucy Says: ''Ibiza Horse Valley - Explore a totally different side of the island on an unforgettable horse-riding trek through the rugged landscape of the wild north. All of the horses at the valley are rescue animals who are given a second chance to live as freely and naturally as possible in their 'forever home'. Your donation for this unique adventure goes directly back into funding this wonderful non-profit organisation.''
The Mambo Brothers Say: ''Na Xamena or Can Curreu both in the north of the island, natural paces to disconnect and enjoy the most beautiful view''