I’ve travelled to Ibiza, Spain three times previously. Twice in 2014 and for two weeks a good many years ago. This was my first trip for an Ibiza Wedding. And what a wedding! My beautiful friends Ben and Cas were getting hitched after 10 years together.
They kindly opted to celebrate this love with almost 100 friends and family on the White Isle. Hooray. As well as a stunning wedding, this holiday was also a great excuse to explore the quieter North East side of popular Ibiza.
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3 THINGS YOU REALLY CANNOT MISS:
AGROTURISMO CAN GALL | this was the incredible venue for this Ibiza wedding. Many friends stayed in the impressive villas. The grounds are green and lush with a great pool and decking area. In true Ibiza style, everything was tastefully decorated with simple white flowers, table cloths and lanterns.
Also check out: long-haul visitors and the wedding party ate at lovely La Paloma restaurant in San Llorenc de Balafia the night before. Highly recommended for the ambience and alfresco dining.
AGUAS BLANCAS | this was my favourite beach that we managed to visit. A steep walk down from the car park reveals aquamarine water, hidden coves and a couple of decent looking beach bars. Nakedness is definitely A-OK at this end of the island.
DC-10 | after the wedding, the bride and groom wanted to party some more with guests at this famous outdoor club. Right below the flight path of Ibiza airport, clubbers get to gawp at planes flying directly overhead. I really didn’t enjoy hectic DC-10 the last time I came. However this night was SO much fun. The ultimate finale for an Ibiza wedding.
3 THINGS WORTH A SNOOP:
IBIZA OLD TOWN | I’ve never given enough time to exploring the Old Town. This Ibiza wedding trip was no exception. Ideally I would have walked the hilly cobbled streets up to the beautiful cathedral, but we ran out of time. Our villa of five did manage dinner in town on the Sunday evening to celebrate my birthday. Tapas and gin tonica, of course.
CALA DE SAN VICENT | this sweeping beach has a lot going for it. The only negative, and why it’s downgraded on this Ibiza wedding itinerary from a ‘must see’, is the mega high-rise hotel. Ignore this eyesore. You’ll be treated to crystal clear and perfectly calm swimming water.
Also check out: cute and very popular dutch-run On The Beach Ibiza Chill Out cafe, serving up excellent salads and juicy burgers.
SAN JOAN DE LABRITJA | often pronounced San Juan by presumably lazy Brits, this lovely village holds a regular Sunday market. On the day after the Ibiza wedding, three of us spent a couple of hours checking it out. There are amazing handicrafts from jewellery and clothes to homeware, art work and candles. Typical Ibiza, this market isn’t cheap – but there are some lovely items for sale.
3 THINGS TO STEER CLEAR:
PLAYA NOVA | after the gorgeous beaches of San Vicent and Aguas Blancas, this long and thinner stretch of sand was a little disappointing. The soft sand is clean and water refreshing, but it’s not as pretty in real life. A naked vibe in sections here as well, if that’s your thing 😉
TAXIS | are such a nightmare. Having found this out the hard way on three previous holidays, we hired a car this year. This definitely helped for seeing more of Ibiza and checking out markets and beaches. It still doesn’t help where alcohol is involved. Try and get hold of any reliable taxi numbers from locals. We had situations like friends missing dinner at La Paloma by having to wait two hours for a cab to show.
SPENDING MONEY | yes, the Ibiza rumours are true. It’s crazy-expensive if you go out to bars and clubs. Luckily because we were staying in a villa with kitchen facilities and were ultimately there for the Ibiza wedding, our time ‘out-out’ was minimal. As a guide DC-10 was €50 entry per person, €15 for a gin and tonic and €10 for a bottle of beer. Ouch.
1 THING I WISH I’D DONE:
CALA XUCLAR | there are loads of the White Isle’s beaches that we didn’t make it to during this Ibiza wedding. This one slipped more frustratingly through our grasp due to my poor navigation skills. Rather than ending up on the north coast, somehow we found San Vicent to the east. Cala Xuclar is described as a small isolated creek with some of the clearest water you’ll find in Ibiza.
AND KNOW THIS: Ibiza’s sand has an orange tinge, caused by the tannin in the pine needles that fall from the many pine trees on the island.[affilinet_performance_ad size=728×90]