Ibiza is synonymous with turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, beach clubs and …dare I say it, parties…loads of them. The annual summer invasion of around 6-7 million tourists is slowly but surely leaving its mark on the island and its environment, particularly in the south of the island. What many do not know is that there is a whole other side of Ibiza that is waiting to be explored. The quiet side of Ibiza.
Here are 5 alternative things to do to help you discover the quiet side of Ibiza:
1. Treat yourself to a yoga retreat in Ibiza
Ibiza’s laid back wellbeing scene is gathering pace. Where better to reconnect with yourself and with nature than on tranquil beaches, pine forests and caves? Our friends at Harmonic Escapes organise yoga retreats that also include experiencing the lesser known side of the island – its magical forests, its mysterious caves, and its quieter scenes. The retreats also include activities like SUP yoga, rhythm workshops, sound meditations, silent walks, sunset swims and more. The food is locally sourced from organic farms with the freshest produce available to provide you with wholesome and healthy dishes.
2. Meet Tanit Goddess of Ibiza
Tanit is the protector goddess of Ibiza, a warrior goddess of dance, fertility, creation and destruction. The Phoenicians, the original settlers of Ibiza, associated Tanit with the moon. Some say that Tanit, protector of women and all things feminine, still watches over Ibiza particularly over the west coast around Atlantis and the mystical Es Vedra. Tanit´s image can be found in many places across the island, from private pieces of art adorning the walls of hotels and villas, to ancient carvings and most prominently in Cova des Cuieram, located above Cala San Vicente in the north of the island. This spectacular cave, discovered in 1907, is about 150 metres in height and is considered a sacred space. When you enter this place, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe. Many people who visit Tanit’s cave leave messages and gifts as a sign of gratitude.
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3. Watch Sunset in Ibiza
Your island experience will not be complete without taking the time to enjoy at least one sunset in Ibiza. You can watch the sunset a thousand times over, and it will have a mesmerizing effect on you every time. It is the greatest free show on earth, and there is a reason why no two sunsets are ever the same. Whether it is the play of colours, the clouds or the stunning scenery, every sunset is unique. One of the best spots to watch the sunset is Cala Comte with its fabulous views of the little islands dotted near Ibiza’s coastline, and beautiful turquoise waters. Crowds gather here to watch the daily ritual. Ambient music plays in the background, when suddenly a round of applause spreads like wildfire across the beach as the last rays of sun kiss the shoreline.
4. Admire Es Vedra, Ibiza
Shrouded in myths and legend, Es Vedra, Ibiza is said to be the third most magnetic spot on the planet (after the north pole and Bermuda Triangle). The most famous and mystical point on Ibiza, Es Vedra has a quiet, majestic aura all around it, making it a favourite place for meditation and other spiritual practices. The sight of this imposing rock towering 400m above the sea is truly breathtaking. Popular myths surrounding Es Vedra include that it was the home of the sirens and sea-nymphs who tried to lure Ulysses from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey, and also the birthplace and holy island of the Phoenician goddess, Tanit. One of the best known myths surrounding Es Vedra is that it is, in fact, the tip of the sunken civilisation of Atlantis. The natural cave of Atlantis, in the bay directly opposite Es Vedra is worth a visit but involves quite a challenging trek. Remember to make a wish as soon as Es Vedra comes into view, and let the island’s magic do its work.
5. Discover Ibiza Secret Beaches by SUP
There are enough beaches along Ibiza’s coastline that it is still possible to find respite in the peak summer months. However, to discover hidden coves and inaccessible beaches, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to explore the coast. Not only does it provide you with a fabulous workout, but it also gives you the freedom to paddle into caves, lie on an empty beach, wander at your own pace and take in the magnificent coastal views you don’t usually get to see.
Quiet Hotels in Ibiza
Here are a list of quiet hotels in Ibiza to help you get a good night’s sleep before doing all the activities above.
Can Bliss B&B – The words tranquil, quiet and chilled come up from previous guests at this beautiful b&b. The breakfast is delicious, the owners are lovely and the location is great. What are you waiting for? Click here to see latest prices.
Hotel Rural Can Cerreu – This hotel is located quite close to the world famous hippy market. Previous guests have raved about the quietness, the rooms, the staff and the location. A real hideaway gem. Click here to see latest prices.
Villa Pins – The dream Ibiza Villa. This stunning villa overlooks a quiet rural setting. It opened last year with people raving about the location, the decor and facilities. Click here to see the latest prices.
If you are looking for more wellness trips then check out these two posts:
The time I stayed silent for 10 days at a Thai meditation retreat : Vipassana in Thailand
The time we volunteered in an Ashram in Australia : Volunteering in an Ashram
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