When you think of Ibiza you tend to think of the famous party island known for the likes of Pacha, Ushuaia and Ocean Beach. Every year my Instagram feed is full of people travelling to the island, posing with orange cups and wearing amazing bikinis and a ton of glitter! However, I feel like the island has been a bit overshadowed by it’s party scene for anyone wanting a quieter holiday. Whenever anyone asks where I’m going to on holiday and I say Ibiza (this is the third time I’ve been now) everyone always presumes I’m staying in San Antonio or Playa d’en Bossa, and have no idea when I say I will be travelling to Es Canar, which is a quieter resort on the Island. So I wanted to write a blog post all about how beautiful the Island of Ibiza is and some great places to visit if you are wanting a relaxed holiday.
Having stayed In the resort of Es Canar a couple of times before we always used to venture slightly along the coast to Cala Nova beach, as it’s much prettier and a bit quieter than Es Canar beach. Therefore I’d previously noticed the hotel that looks right onto the beach. When I was searching for holidays this year I came across that hotel and instantly knew it would be a great choice. When it comes to hotels I’m more about location than the hotel itself, and I don’t think you can get a much better location than this. Cala Nova is only a 10 minute walk away from Es Canar, which was perfect for going for a drink in the evening. Es Canar also has really good transport links via coach and boat to explore the island.
Shopping, cafes, expensive boats and pretty old streets- whats not to love? I would definitely recommend a trip to Ibiza town. When we first got there there was a ridiculous downpour of rain (the downsides of going abroad in September) but thankfully it didn’t last too long before the sun came back out! We then ventured up towards old town Ibiza which was beautiful and after back down towards the harbour to gaze at all of the expensive boats and dream. Although I wasn’t really looking to shop there was a large selection of independent boutique stores, high street chain stores and designer shops to choose from.
If anyone has previously heard of the resort of Es Canar, it might possibly be for the Hippy Market, which is held every Wednesday. The market is full of all sorts of stalls selling clothes to jewellery and also includes bands playing live music and places to grab some food. It’s a great experience and there’s loads of cute things to buy- I limited myself to a lovely white floaty top and a patterned headscarf (in the outfit looks below). However note to self- do not go at 12pm lunchtime, it was a bit busy to say the least.
If you fancy making a day of it, there is also another beach called Cala Martina just further up the road from the Hippy Market, which is worth a visit. The cool cafe at the entrance to the beach has always been a favourite with me and my family.
Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands, located just off the coast of Ibiza and can be reached from Ferry. We took the Ferry from Es Canar, which also stopped at Santa Eulalia and Cala Llonga. In my experience Playa de ses Illetes, probably the most popular beach on Formentera, with it’s clear blue waters and long stretches of white sand make it the best beach I have ever been to, so far. We had a really relaxed day on the Island and it was one of my favourites from the trip.
This first look is just an every day beach day outfit. I bought these shorts from Urban Outfitters after they’d gone in the sale, bargain! I wore these quite a bit over the week as the pretty much went with anything. I also picked up the bikini top from Urban Outfitters in the sale-I love this as it’s a simple, flattering shape.
I think this was my favourite look of the whole holiday. It was nice to dress up a bit nicer in the day compared to my usual shorts and bikini combo for round the pool and on the beach. I loved this Pull and Bear dress which I ordered off Asos, and feel this is a really versatile dress which I can still wear into Autumn with a black or white t-shirt underneath. The perk of going on holiday in September is that everything goes into the sale so I managed to pick up these shoes and hat in the H&M sale. Finally, the metallic rucksack is from George at Asda, which I think is a really nice on trend piece from them. This unfortunately isn’t online anymore but may be available in store.
The below look is the outfit I wore to the Hippy Market. I wanted something which was quite casual, so opted for a denim skirt which I bought last year from Topshop and a floaty top with really nice embellishment detail around the neck line, which I got from the George sample sale whilst I worked there. There were lots of similar tops being sold at the Hippy Market. The sunglasses that I’m wearing in all pictures were from Urban Outfitters in the sale, but are no longer available online. I loved these as they went with everything! Also, if you haven’t noticed already, please ignore the bright green all inclusive wristband which is present in practically every photo!
The final look is the outfit I chose to wear for our day trip to Formentera. The majority of this outfit is made up by the items I bought at the Hippy Market. I loved the headband when I saw it and knew it would tie in nicely with the orange bikini I had. It had a thin metal wire in the fabric which meant it stayed in place well once it was tied which was useful! The white floaty top, which was also a Hippy Market purchase, was a great cover up which I know I will also wear again with jeans at some point. Finally I purchased the Bikini from the site Wear it and Share it in the orange ‘rust’ colour which was my favourite bikini purchase of this year.
So I know it’s now September and summer is almost over, but I hope for anyone still going away or looking for places to book a holiday for next Summer this blog post may be useful!