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What to do in…Ibiza

With Easter just around the corner I’ve been thinking back to when we got engaged about this time 2 years ago. We booked a very last minute break to Ibiza to try and get some sun and unbeknown to me the Hubby had been planning to propose so this ended up working out very well for me!

I’m not the sort of person whom you would associate with Ibiza; I am not fond of dance music, I love to be in my pjs with a cup of tea by 10pm (I am lying – by 7pm is better!) and I don’t really do the whole clubbing thing anymore. But after much research and some bargain Ryanair flights I decided that maybe Ibiza out of season would be a good compromise as I had read so much about how beautiful the island is and wanted to see what it was all about but without the risk of running into ex-students whilst being out and about.

We pre-booked a hire car to pick up at the airport and found this to be invaluable to ensuring we got the most out of being on the island, it enabled us to find some of the more remote spots and get to the majority of the beautiful beaches on the island.

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I decided we should stay in San Antonio as it would be quieter in the off season but still have a good selection of bars and restaurants that we could get to in the evenings without the car. We stayed at the Hotel Puchet which was a gentle 15 minute walk round to the main bay and ended up being an ideal base for discovering the rest of the island as well as San Antonio.

A short 20 minute drive from the hotel we discovered what was to become one of our favourite spots on the island; the beach at Cala Bassa. A stunning sand beach with a beach club bar that during peak season would be heaving but in April was the perfect location to spend a day or two. Just a head’s up the Cala Bassa Beach Club is not cheap, it’s insanely priced but they make amazing mojitos and the paella is out of this world. During the summer they charge you to even sit on the loungers but off season that comes with buying a drink so we were ok with the final bill as we decided ‘We deserve this’. We saw plenty of people enjoying the delights of the beach without going to the bar and we ended up doing that on our next visit, after a trip to the supermarket for drinks and snacks of course.

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We took a day trip into Ibiza Town which is again about 20 minutes from San Antonio and very easy to get to as it is signposted all the way. The town is great to just walk around and take in the views from the castle, we had a good potter around the castle and then walked down into the town to search for Paella and Sangria.

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On the way back from Ibiza Town I was desperate to find the lookout point to Es Vedra which is a small island off Ibiza’s coast, I had seen some photos on the internet and it looked beautiful so was intent on making sure we found it. It’s not an easy place to get to as you (or the willing driver) will have to take some questionable looking roads/dirt tracks but I found directions through the help of the smart phone and luckily we found it! I liked it so much here we came back twice.

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After our busy days out exploring what the island had to offer we were quite happy to just venture around the bay for our evening meals and drinks, we loved the area known as the Sunset Strip as it’s home to the famous Ibizan bars such as Cafe Mambo and Cafe del Mar and these were perfect spots to watch the sunset with a cocktail.

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Unbeknown to me the other half had planned to propose underwater on a scuba dive but due to the choppy seas on the day we went out that didn’t end up happening so he had to change his plan and decided to propose on the Sunset Strip at sunset on the last night of our holiday…what a romantic. The Mint Lounge where we were for the evening were fantastic and made a bit of a fuss over us with champagne and lots of applause so it was a very memorable end to a very lovely trip to Ibiza. I would whole-heartedly recommend an off season visit to the island, it’s so beautiful and  there’s still so much to see and do as well as it being warm enough to laze about on the beach or by the pool without the hordes of clubbers that descend during the summer. I am tempted to go back during the main season though, maybe just for research purposes!

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