Our love affair with the Balearic Islands began a long time ago. Yet, the true narrative unfolded when we ventured to Ibiza during the off-season—a period the locals herald as the best time of the year.

Early summer in Ibiza is a magical time when the island awakens with vibrant energy. As beach clubs and markets begin to open, the island transforms into a lively hub of activity, showcasing its stunning natural beauty alongside a plethora of activities, culinary delights, and breathtaking sights.

At our core, we embrace the path less traveled, steering clear of the crowds. We find this season exceptionally enchanting, as it's primarily populated by locals. With this in mind, we've put together a handy little guide for you.

We'll keep some secrets to ourselves because, after all, what is exploring if not the thrill of getting lost and finding your own way? This guide aims to help you discover the quiet charm of Ibiza in winter, ensuring you experience the island as the insiders do.

  • Benirras Beach - A favorite sunset location year round, but not entirely for the views. Benirras is renowned for its mesmerizing Sunday drum circles, where locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate the sunset in a rhythmic homage to nature. This tradition, steeped in history, began as a peace protest and has since evolved into a vibrant, cultural ritual that embodies the spirit of the island.
  • Sa Punta Galera - Sa Punta Galera, a stunning rocky bay in Ibiza, offers not only breathtaking sea views but also the unique charm of meeting its infamous resident, Alex, who has lived in a cave here for over a decade. This secluded spot is a favorite for those in the know, blending natural beauty with intriguing human stories.
  • Casa Jondal & Particular - Casa Jondal is like a scene from a dream, with its otherworldly setting providing the perfect backdrop for an exquisite fusion of Mediterranean and Spanish flavors. With a 'no music policy,' you're ensured a serene ambiance, allowing you to fully savor the peace and quiet as you take in the breathtaking view. Be sure to explore the curated treasures of the Particular boutique, our exclusive retail partner on the island, where unique finds await.
  • Santa G Bagel House - A cozy retreat famed for its fresh, handcrafted bagels and exceptional coffee. This charming spot offers a tranquil setting on the sun-dappled church square, where you can indulge in unique flavors like carbonated cold brew coffee with hibiscus, alongside their delicious chocolate chip cookies. A perfect blend of artisanal skill and a passion for coffee, it stands as a hidden gem for both locals and travelers.
  • Sant Joan Market - held every Sunday in the quaint town of Sant Joan, is a vibrant tapestry of history and culture, offering a lively ambiance enriched by live music. This traditional market, dating back several decades, is a hub for local artisans and musicians, showcasing the island's rich heritage and communal spirit. We found some incredible shawls and vintage jackets here.
  • Chez Bibi von Bakery - Another Santa Gertrudis staple, this spot is perfect whether you're catching up with friends or seeking a cozy corner to work in for the day. Be sure to indulge in the Pain au Chocolat or the Cinnamon Bun. And for a delightful treat to enjoy throughout the week, don't miss out on taking home a loaf of the artisanal Spelt bread.
  • Sed Shop & Hambre - Sed Shop in Santa Eulalia is a local favorite, renowned for morning lattes expertly crafted by Amo, the barista extraordinaire, known for making some of the best coffee on the island. Next door, don't miss their restaurant, Hambre, which brings a touch of urban flair to the neighborhood.
  • Atlantis Hike - The Atlantis hike in Ibiza, also known as Sa Pedrera de Cala d'Hort, is a mesmerizing journey to a secluded quarry with mythic rock formations and crystal-clear waters. This hidden gem, steeped in local legends, offers hikers a breathtaking view of Es Vedra and a glimpse into the island's natural beauty.