Last week me and my mate Rachael headed to Ibiza to spend 4 days in Ibiza Old Town, we stayed at Tropical Gardens Hotel. Neither of us had been before and I think I can safely say, on Rachael’s behalf too, that we feel so in love with the island! I’d always had a perception that it was party-party-party but that definitely isn’t the case. The architecture, culture and scenery is so beautiful I honestly cannot wait to go back. We were there for a brief time so we crammed so much in!
First, we headed straight to the beach nearest our hotel at Figueretas Beach. A small but pretty beach surrounded by lots of bars and restaurants. We had a 5am flight so spent a few hours sun bathing/sleeping.
After checking into our hotel we walked along the cliffs to the Old Town. Although incredibly hilly the walk into town, it was so so lovely. We had so many suggestions for places to eat so we headed to La Bodega for dinner, an amazing tapas restaurant that I’d highly recommend. I’m vegetarian (I occasionally eat fish) and there was so many options. We also drank lots of sangria.
After dinner we walked up to the D’Alt Vila, it was super busy and had a great vibe. We had ice cream from Barocco, they sell all the flavours you could think of and taste so yummy. Sitting on the stone walls eating ice-cream and people watching was so lovely and a great way to end our first day!
On the morning of the second day we got a cab to Talamanca Beach and went to Bikini By Cathy Guetta for cocktails (11am is never too early for a drink!). This place is crazy, you walk up to pink moped’s, plastic flamingos and giant lollipops it’s a total Instagram cliche which is absolutely hilarious! Pink Barbie ‘aesthetic’ aside, the cocktails were lovely and so was the view overlooking the beach. Side note: I’ve never seen so many girls have mini photoshoots in my life!
Craving something more substantial than a cocktail we walked along the promenade and found a shack style lunch spot, Bellamar. I had the most amazing smoked salmon salad and an ice cold beer (compulsory when on holiday). Luckily Rachael and I really appreciate and have the same idea of what we like to do on holiday; a lot of exploring, a fair amount of sunbathing and copious amounts of sangria, beer and cocktails.
Talamanca Beach is just north of Ibiza Old Town, a long stretch of although shallow beach it was great for sunbathing, I definitely got most of my tan this day. It’s also a good move to rent sun bed’s as the sand gets everywhere!!
On our second evening we took a cab to the other side of the island to San Antonio to go to Cubanito, a Wes Anderson come Havana DREAM! We were so thankful someone recommended it to Rachael as it is 100% up our street. A total dream would be to stay there (we had a peak at the pool and it was all the vibes!). We headed to the rooftop bar for cocktails as the sun was setting and it was totally perfect. There was a live band playing and the decor was unreal. I had a brilliant take on a pina colada with added berries.
As you can tell, we were very excited about Cubanito. And yes, we did wear matching Realisation Par.
On day three we booked a boat to Formentera and oh my, that island is another world. The beaches are the best I’ve seen and the sea is an incredible shade of blue.
Illetes beach was recommended to us and it didn’t disappoint, there was a great pirate themed bar where I had another Pina colada!
Rachael caught some snaps of me on her film camera, it’s so lovely going away with someone else who loves film as you actually get photos of yourself!
We went a bit off the beaten track and found some old unused boats and shacks, definite Shipwrecked vibes. I’d love to come back and visit Beso Beach and explore further.
Getting the bus back into town in Formentera we explored the markets and stores, shells and basket bags galore! We purchased some matching shell bracelets and got a lovely lady to snap a pic of us together.
Showered and feeling much more fresh, we went back into Ibiza Old Town and met Rachael’s friends who happened to be here the same time as us for a drink then went up to the D’Alt Vila for dinner at Sa Rosada. The lasagne was amazing and so was the sangria (best one yet!). The D’Alt Vila is a wonderful place at night, there are so many shops alongside the restaurants and bars and ice cream places (yep, we went to Barocca again).
All the shops are open super late so after dinner we ticked off some shops on our list of go-to places. Top of my list was Isla Ibiza, a beautiful boutique in the heart of the Old Town. I fell in love with this shell bag and so many beautiful dresses and hats.
Opposite Isla Ibiza is Barbara Bonner, my dream shop! We got chatting to the lovely Barbara herself and her colleague and I treated myself to a very pretty gold shell necklace (spotted in the middle of the photo above). I wanted to buy all the jewellery and I will definitely be back with all my pennies next time I visit.
Rachael and I also had to try out this amazing chair, it’s so on my list for my future house!
Our last day in Ibiza meant we had to stop off at the Croissant Show, I’d seen lots about this place on Instagram and the pastries were delicious, the only issue is choosing which one! The menu states at least 20 different options!
Because we had a super late flight home that evening meant we still had a full day of exploring. The Old Town is full of so many treasures, beautiful shops and beautiful people. We even got recognised off instagram whilst browsing around Dear Tee. Another one to note for fellow basket bag lovers is Can Vinyes, so so so many styles of bags!
Our last spot for cocktails was Little Ibiza, whether I drank yet another pina colada! We also had our last dinner where we had our first lunch at Fusion. They do an incredible vegetarian paella too!
And that rounds off our amazing trip to the beautiful island of Ibiza, I’ll be back really soon!