On my trip to Ibiza, the unofficial party capital of Europe, I knew this wasn’t the type of place I normally visit on the flight over. Here are some of the things that I observed on the flight into Ibiza:
- The average age of the passengers seemed to be about 19.
- Most of the passengers on the plane were obviously drunk on a noon flight from London.
- The line for the bathroom took over a large portion of the airplane aisles.
- A half shirt with no stomach was normal airplane attire for men. Bikini tops were the appropriate top for women.
- It was perfectly normal and encouraged for a passenger to blast their techno music on the plane.
- There was more alcohol purchased on the plane than fuel consumed to make the London to Ibiza flight.
- Upon landing in Ibiza, a passenger yelled, “We’re in Ibiza, bitches!!!” which was followed by yelling from all of the passengers.
This flight would have terrified me a couple years ago, but it was actually fun for me this time in a detached, anthropological kind of way. What I kept thinking of on the flight was the Vitamin Water commercial I’ve always found ridiculous, but somehow now seemed quite normal.
Now, for some perspective, here’s a little bit about me. I drink sparingly. I mostly hate dance music. I have very little interest in clubs, which Ibiza is famous for. Despite all of this, I had an amazing time in Ibiza. How did I do it? Here is my Complete Loser’s Guide to Ibiza.
About Being a Complete Loser
The first Complete Loser’s Guide I did was for South Beach, Miami and as of this writing, it is the most popular post I’ve done on this blog. Do I really think I’m a complete loser for not following the mainstream crowds? Yeah, but that’s my own self-effacing style. Do I think you’re a complete loser for traveling at a different pace? No, not at all. What I want to show you about places like Miami and Ibiza is that even if you are not into the big party scenes, there is still so much to enjoy in these tropical paradises.
The beaches in Ibiza are amazingly beautiful. Growing up in Florida, I’ve always been surrounded by world-class beaches, but Ibiza is a jaw-dropping change of pace. The beaches are often surrounded by gorgeous rocky cliffs, rock outcroppings, and Spanish forts. I spent my time divided up between two beaches. The first is Las Salinas, which is the beach on Ibiza most known for pretty people (Verdict: yes and no). It has some cool beach bars, lots of beautiful sand, a couple forts to look at, and lots of fun activity.
The other beach I spent a day at was Playa d’en Bossa. This is the largest beach on Ibiza and also a lot of fun. Playa d’en Bossa is closer to town (as opposed to Las Salinas, which takes a short bus or taxi ride) and has everything close by. You will see the entire spectrum of people on Ibiza from locals and non-rich folks (me for example) up to the people spending many hundreds of dollars a night for their rooms. You’ll see it all on Playa d’en Bossa.
I came to Ibiza knowing that the beaches would be great. This was the thing that surprised me about Ibiza however. There are some really amazing places to hike around the island. My favorite hike was from Play d’en Bossa around the island to where I was staying in Ibiza Town. The hike starts out winding along the beach and then through the beachside areas. Soon however, if you just stay along the water, it will turn into a beautiful trail straying from the people and into a rugged excursion along the water with stunning hidden coves and iconic views of Ibiza.
When you work your way around the island, the trail ends in the castle where you can wander through the gorgeous back streets and return to Ibiza Town. Here are a few more pictures from the hike.
If I may offer one last piece of advice for your Ibiza hike, plan ahead and bring some quality footware so you don’t walk many many miles in sandals and have your feet look like this:
Don’t forget that this is still Spain, home of my favorite food in all of Europe. You can get fabulous tapas, exquisite seafood, and yes, that most Spanish of delicacies Jamon Iberico. To save a little money, walk a few blocks away from the most travelled areas. There are some terrific places to eat on Ibiza. If you really want to save some money, head to the grocery stores. I was stunned at how cheap things were at the grocery stores in Ibiza. Grab some local meat, cheese, and produce and put together your own picnic. A tip if you are looking for some libations to celebrate with. Wine was ridiculously cheap at the grocery stores and a decent bottle of the local version of Champagne called Cava could be found for about 4 euros. Quite a bargain.
Let’s be honest. That’s a huge part of why anybody wants to come to Ibiza. There are plenty of beautiful people, many with lots of money, doing interesting things. Whether I was on the beach, walking around town, or just staring out my window, there was always plenty to entertainment around. Places like Ibiza tend to bring out an amazing mix of people and I guarantee you’ll have no problem finding plenty to keep your eyes occupied wherever you go.
A final tip for visiting Ibiza is that many of the hotels were quite expensive and the hostels had some pretty awful reviews. I would highly recommend getting an apartment through sites like Air Bnb. They can have a significant discount from many of the hotel rooms. Ours had a great location with the view above.
As I said, there’s some beautiful spots in Ibiza. Even if you don’t go with the partying crowd, I still think you can have a terrific time escaping in Ibiza. You’re allowed to do some of my alternatives in Ibiza too if you’re a partier. We have love for you too.