If you're anything like I was and have your reservations about visiting Ibiza; read on. It's easier than you think to avoid the boozy, party scene of the island and enjoy the incredible scenery and (from my experience) lovely locals.
Here are six reasons why I believe Ibiza is a must-visit destination for travellers.
1. It's cheap and cheerful
We were there for five days and I spent a grand total of £255. That's for flights, accommodation and spending money. It could have been cheaper as we left it a bit late to book our flights and had seen them half the price a few weeks before. But hey, you live and learn!
2. The scenery is to die for!
Going to Ibiza, I had no expectations so I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Every beach was gorgeous. Every coastline was breathtaking. It's enough to just sit and look out a the horizon. Words literally cannot do it justice!
3. It has amazing walking trails and rocky coasts
There are a good few trails to choose from in Portinatx, you can use the maps that are located all
Basically, every coastline is ideal for climbing. It was pretty cool because you could see the smooth rocks at the bottom where the tide comes in and the rough, wave-battered rocks on top.
Even if hill walking / rock climbing isn't your thing, I urge you to do it anyway! The views are breathtaking at every turn, and the trails aren't as intense as the rocks make them look.
4. Off-season is a great money-saver
Although there would have been a lot more to offer during peak season with restaurants and travel between towns, I found going off-season was quite nice and relaxing. Plus, we saved loads of flights and accommodation.
6 Reasons Why Ibiza is a Must-Visit Destination (despite its reputation) via @YUndecided
5. Ibiza Town is surprisingly lovely
During the day, Ibiza Town was beautiful; lots of cool boutiques and nice cafes (with free WiFi).
The Marina is a great place to sit and enjoy the sun. We actually sat there for so long my face got pretty badly burnt. On our LAST DAY aswell!
The town itself is divided into 2 parts; The Old Town, Dalt Vila, and the modern part, Eixample. So, as you can see, it's very easy to avoid the 'party' side when you have these beautiful areas to explore. I didn't even get a glimpse of it!
6. It has a stunning Dalt Vila (Ibiza Old Town)
Literally translates to "Upper Town" as it is located on a little mountain by the sea. This was easily the best day of the trip. Yes, beaches are great and hill walking is fun, but there is nothing like exploring a new, European city. There
It took up about 3 hours to reach the top of Dalt Vila which is a castle (if I'm not mistaken), and it was just amazing. The views were breathtaking, the buildings were so old and interesting, the cathedral was beautiful. It was the perfect way to spend out last day!
Ibiza surprised me. I expected to chill on the beach the entire time, but the scenery was breathtaking and there was so much to explore and discover. If you are looking for a quiet getaway I would definitely recommend Portinatx.
The Airbnb selection seemed pretty slim and expensive but there are a lot of hotels and apartments that are incredibly cheap. I had no complaints for where we stayed.
There's a local bus service, but that may just run during peak times in the more remote towns. I certainly didn't see a single bus! The only seemingly unavoidable expense was the taxi from the airport to our town (Portinatx) which is at the tip top of the Island. 50 Euro each way - ouch.
I would love to go back and explore Ibiza Town some more, and to see the Salt Flats of Las Salinas. There's always next time.
What about you? Have you written off Ibiza (or somewhere else) because of its reputation? Have I managed to change your mind? Let me know in the comments below!
This post first appeared on Young and Undecided and has been republished with permission.