Spain: The Other Face of Ibiza | The Journal of Montreal

Through a simple web search, the images that appear on screen reveal Ibiza as a place where nightlife reigns supreme: parties, clubs and hotels all have a party side. Less known is the peaceful and tranquil side of this Spanish island, which is avoided by night owls.

From the airport, all you have to do is drive north on the paved road until it turns into land to discover heavenly places! Here you will find just as many family-friendly country hotels as opportunities for a romantic holiday. For the perfect experience, stay in a must-see ‘finca’ (a traditional house converted into a hotel) where the spirit of the past and the modern side come together, giving way to an often warm and luxurious design.

Ibiza, in the heart of the Balearic archipelago, is full of relaxing and magical places and the activities below show its family, natural, tranquil and inspiring side.

The “Calas” with blue water and their “Chiringuitos”

Hidden and discreet beaches are key to appreciate Ibiza’s nature. At the end of the day, admire the sunset and use the suite to discover the local cuisine. Most “Calas” (water bays with bathing areas) have their “Chiringuito”: their small beach bar.

Cala Escondida


Cala Escondida

Visit the one in Cala Xuclar to the north for eating with your feet in the sand, head to S’Illot des Rencils for its classy side, or discover the one in Cala Escondida, very close to Sunset Ashram, for its natural, ecological side and its breathtaking sunset view.

Hidden hikes and their dreamy landscapes

For a “hidden” hike, go to Santa Agnès, near the Portas dos Cielo restaurant: very close by, you will see a blue arrow indicating the start of a path used by the locals. The villages of San Juan and Sant Vicente also offer beautiful walks. Park near the road and pay attention to the signs.

Hiking in San Juan


Hiking in San Juan

If you are in a group and want to be guided, companies like La Meta and Ibiza Hike Station offer a different way to discover the island. Your guides will take you to new places: stone bridges, natural swimming pools that often include a meditation or “sound healing” experience at the end.

The places to celebrate the sunset

In Ibiza, the sunset is an institution: it is celebrated every evening across the island and also with the seasons. Among the “hidden” places, to the north, we find the beach of Caló de S’Illa or Moon Beach, so called because of the rocks that resemble the moon. Even if the descent by car is long, the place is particularly magical.

Cala Moli

Less mysterious, but emblematic of Ibiza’s hippie years, Benirrà Beach is one of the best spots on the island to experience the traditional experience, spending the golden hour there to the sound of drums.

Cala Moli, on the southeast side, also offers incredible views. Its beach was recognized in the ’70s and is now the scene of musical and artistic performances.

Various restaurants and cultural spaces

Ibiza is cosmopolitan and some restaurants and eateries demonstrate this particularly well. To sit on a village terrace in Santa Gertrudis and discover contemporary Spanish cuisine with Italian influences, visit .


For the perfect seaside lunch, head to the restaurant, which offers fresh seafood dishes in a simply designed venue.

is an inspirational cultural space: this Barcelona-designed clothing brand with a “casita” on Ibiza, offers workshops and exhibitions to meet several creative people from the island.

Hippie and colorful markets

Whether it’s meeting local traders or enjoying a cultural experience close to Ibiza’s roots, one way to soak up the island’s energy is to visit its markets.

From June to September, on certain evenings, the Las Dalias night market in Santa Eulària des Riu offers the opportunity to discover the island’s artisans, stroll around and dance to the music of a band. On Wednesdays, the same place offers Namaste evenings entirely dedicated to the celebration. Some artisans are also present at the hippie market in San Juan on Saturdays.

For a flea market-like experience, discover artisans with “vintage” inspiration at San Jordi’s Saturday Market.

Good to know

In order to discover these facets, the ideal travel time for the island is September or October. After the summer tourist season, it is possible to discover the true nature of Ibiza.

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