The initial situation was the following one : I had one week of vacation, but no destination. So I started to look at the possibilities, including Malta – Milano – Paris – London… and then took the decision to go to Ibiza. I then booked a last minute flight for a 4-days getaway. By learning in the moment, and planning everything last minute, I thought it would be nice to make a blogpost if you plan (as well) a budget-friendly escapade.
FLIGHTS: We left France with Transavia, taking off at Orly Airport – and came back the exact same way. Actually, Transavia had at this time the best prices and the boarding hours were also quite interesting because planned at the end of the day: you can then drive to the airport stress-free, and enjoy your last day at destination fully! You can find a round-trip ticket for 100 euros, even less if you’re looking weeks prior. And can enjoy free 10kg cabin-luggage, which is way enough for few days!
HOTEL: For the hotel, as said previously, we looked last minute and found the Gran Sol Hotel in San Antoni de Portmany – and we really enjoyed our stay here. The hotel is quite modern and clean, it has a big outdoor area for sun-bathing and also offers a pool with jacuzzi.
The hotel also has a bar and restaurant, with prices quite interesting and everything’s good quality! You can also enjoy a massive breakfast in the morning, for few euros each days. Finally, you also have free access to the wifi and a parking, which is interesting if you plan to rent a car or a scooter 🙂
RENTAL: Talking about renting, we couldn’t go on an island without having a way to visit the numerous beaches around. After serious investigation, we found a professional named Autos Portmany located near the bay of San Antoni – they were one of the less expensive ones but also, one of the most serious as per their Google comments. They also offered the possibility to leave the car at the airport, which was a real comfort! You will quickly see that a lot of rental companies have bad reviews, by trying to fool tourists and make them pay more than expected. That’s why there are no jokes when it comes to rent a vehicle, and pay a big amount of money!
BEACHES: Ibiza is one of this destination where you can basically target the things you want to do, or experience everything. Still, this destination is mainly focused on partying and enjoying nature aka the beautiful beaches surrounding the island. Still, and even if we made few interesting discoveries, you still have to keep in mind that during summer, Ibiza still remains crowded… even in september.
During this trip, I divided the island and first explored the north, then the south and finally, Ibiza itself. And here are some of my favorite adresses, from north to south, as well as my top tips if you plan to visit these places as well!
- Cala Xarraka : this beach was probably the cutest one, but also the only where I couldn’t swim because it was the end of the day. A bar/restaurant is located on this beach, creating this really young festive atmosphere but keeping it private and small. Looking at the rocks, I definitely spotted really nice areas to go snorkeling. Also, the view when exploring around is incredible! You’ll find some boats, as well as private ports nearby, making it one of a kind.
- Port de Sant Miquel and the Cova de Can Marçà : if you are looking for a traditional, intimate port – it might be a good one! Located in a cove, this small city is quite charming. But the reason why I decided to go there was mainly to visit the Cova de Can Marçà, which are wild caves previously used by smugglers. The visit cost 11 euros per adults, and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Even if it was truly beautiful, my main feedback would be that if you’re speaking spanish, it’s nice. Otherwise, you might not have the full guide’s attention or the full content provided during the tour. Still, it’s a really nice activity to do!
- Cala Bassa, Cala Comte and Cala Saladeta : those three beaches were located near San Antoni, which made me want to go see them – they are also well known on the island, having the reputation of being ones of the most beautiful beaches. Still, renown brings the crowd – Cala Saladeta had its parking already full at the end of the morning, Cala Bassa has 5 euros parking to access it and is already overcrowded at noon and finally, Cala Comte (even if it was the most beautiful one) had easy access with free parking, but is so small that it becomes quickly crowded as well. I could stay there for an hour or two but just enjoyed the view, as it seemed complicated to have a swim in the ocean. So my main advice is either come really early, or don’t go there at all and seek for another calm and nice beach to enjoy your afternoon!
- Cala Moli : This beach was probably the cutest one – not the most beautiful one, but I really had a good time there! When arriving, you’ll quickly see that this beach is made of rocks and not sand, which can be hurtful for the feet. Still, it is an amazing spot for snorkeling! You have a small area on the right side of the beach, where there is a pathway of sand in the water, making it easy to go in the ocean without getting hurt or falling because of the slippery rocks. Also, as this small pathway and area are hidden by rocks nearby, it’s an amazing spot to swim and snorkel during the days where – just like I had – you have an invasion of jellyfishes haha. In that way, we were able to snorkel in the area without getting hurt by these small ladies. I managed to observe numerous fishes, sea urchin and sea stars without fearing an unfortunate encounter with a jellyfish.
- Cala d’Hort : definitely THE spot where to be if you want to live an epic sunset, drinking a spanish beer and watching the waves hitting the rocks and the pont nearby, giving you an amazing view on the ocean as well as the island facing the coast.
- Old town of Ibiza : the old town itself was incredible, I really loved discovering this aspect of the city! But one good tip for you is – don’t plan too much time there. I actually thought it would take me few hours to visit the city, when I actually made it in 1 hour. Just know that depending of your pace, it can be visited quickly. I would suggest visiting the city in the morning, eating something and heading elsewhere the afternoon. It will also make you avoid the traffic jam during the busy hours.
GEAR: During these few days, I tried to think efficiently and only took what was necessary. To keep the best memories of my trip I had (of course) my phone, but also decided to take my Sony RX100M2 for videos and daytime pictures as well as my GoPro Hero 5 for underwater shots. And I have no regrets so far!
If any questions regarding topics I don’t have mentioned, feel free to go in the comment section! I would be truly happy to reply and share more if necessary ♡