Magic Easter in Ibiza

Easter in Ibiza is a fantastic time of year to visit, it’s warm, quieter and much more laid back than the summer months. Just perfect for exploring and recharging those batteries after the cold damp and dreary winter months.

Easter 2017 falls right in the middle of April. This is when the island starts to come alive and although there is less open than at the height of summer its really worth going as you find another beauty to the island often missed by people during the summer months.

Easter in Ibiza is also a very important time for the catholic church across Spain and you will find religious parades taking place across the island. The streets of Ibiza are decorated with flowers and crosses with bearers carrying large ornate religious statues through the streets. Some complete their outfits with tall hoods called capirotes. These are worn to hide the bearer’s sombre reflection of their own sins.

The big event on Good Friday sees all the cofradias, who are charged with taking care of the statues, take part in one big procession from the Cathedral (Dalt Vila) mid evening. This is a great religious and cultural spectacle to see.

Getting to Ibiza for Easter
Only Ryanair and British Airways are operating direct flights from the UK around Easter but as the prices are so low it is worth looking at connecting flights either via Barcelona or Palma. It does take a little longer but well worth it to enjoy the paradise of Ibiza.

For example, you can find flights to Barcelona for £34 each way from the UK and an onward flight to Ibiza for less than €20 so all in for £50 each way is a bargain price.

What to do
This is the big one and we have to admit it can be a little surreal walking through the major resorts with many premises still boarded up not yet ready for the summer but away from the obvious holiday hotspots there is still a lot to do and find.

The beaches are all open and quiet with an average daily temperature of 19 – 22c its perfect for sunbathing and relaxing. Swimming is possible, it is a little “fresh” but you will see many of the locals taking a dip and one your in its fine.

Cala Bassa at Easter crystal clear waters and deserted
Cala Bassa in April crystal clear waters and deserted

A top tip is to take your own food and drink as not all of the beach bars and restaurants will be open and we have found it is a little hit and miss at the start of the season.

Exploring the island is fantastic the roads are quiet and walks, cycling are much more pleasant when it’s not so hot as it is in the summer. We have enjoyed some great coastal walks and visiting Las Dalias Hippy Market around easter was much more pleasurable than the summer, not as busy or as hot.

Read here for more on walking and cycling in Ibiza.
The stunning Ibiza countryside great for exploring
Water sports there is very little available but we have been paddle boarding in April with SUP Boat Ibiza which was fantastic. There were a lot less boats blasting past and with the added fear of falling in the “fresh” waters we really got our technique down to a fine art.

Paddle Boarding in Ibiza a great activity for the whole family
Paddle Boarding in Ibiza a great activity for the whole family
Ibiza town is open as it is all year round with the cafe restaurants and shops bustling and again it’s great to explore the old town and Dalt Villa around this time as the walk to the top is a much less sweaty affair or for those of you wanting something more taxing why not try Escape Rooms.

San Antonio is just coming to life with many of the local restaurants opening for longer than the winter months, we recommend checking out Tapas Ibiza, Relish, Ritas Cantina to name but a few.

Surf Lounge is usually open at weekends in April with their artificial wave machine running which is great to have a go on or just to watch either way it is pure entertainment and suitable for all ages.

Youngest riding the wave at Surf Lounge Ibiza
Our youngest riding the wave at Surf Lounge Ibiza
Nightlife
Easter in Ibiza is not as livley as the summer but a few of the West End bars do seem to open earlier and earlier each year mainly catering for the first summer workers arriving It’s always a great evening out at bars like the Fish Ibiza or the Social in San Antonio.

Mint Lounge and Cafe del Mar will be open for those who wish to enjoy the sunset strip although a top tip is to take a jacket as when the sun goes down the temperature does drop significantly compared to the summer.

For those who are looking for a good party Pacha in Ibiza town is open at weekends and in 2016 opened for 5 nights over the Easter period so it’s well worth checking out if you want to dance the night away.

Overall visiting Ibiza at Easter is fantastic, the islands true beauty really does shine through, it forces you to explore a little more with less open but this is no bad thing and you will find some hidden gems you never knew existed.

Everywhere just seems more relaxed and the pace of life is so much slower with the locals preparing for the madness of summer and early summer workers arriving day by day.

It won’t suit those who are looking for a pure clubbing holiday but if you want a relaxed unhurried few days away, Easter in Ibiza is just perfect.

 

 

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Ibiza in winter

Ibiza Town in Winter (Eivissa)

Life goes on in Ibiza town throughout the winter months. As the capital of the island, with a population of over 30.000, there is a great deal going on in Ibiza which has nothing to do with the Summer tourism.

First of all one is struck by the genuine Spanish flair to the town, much more than you see in summer; this a chance to see some real locals in the cafés, bars and shops of Ibiza. Take a stroll around the new town, near to theAvenida España, with its large indoor market. Cheap clothes, great value Tapas and real Spanish food, and a wonderful feeling of belonging, of being part of Spanish life.

Suggested Places to Visit

Café SidneyMarina Botafoch
On the waterfront by the luxury cruisers. International cooking, menus of the week, large choice of breakfasts. All year. Tel: +34 971 19 22 43

Nanking Chinese RestaurantClose to Port Area of Ibiza Town
Elegant Chinese. Menu of quality and flavour to the highest standard. All year. Air-conditioned, on the first floor.Tel: +34 971 19 09 51

Talamanca RestaurantTalamanca Beach
Close to Ibiza Town, shady beachside terrace and great night scene. Popular with the locals, especially on ‘Fiesta’ nights. Tel: +34 971 312 463

Shopping

Although almost all the shops and bars right down to the end of the Port are shut, there are many, many shops still open in the lanes just below the city walls and in the Carrer del Mar, running parallel to the harbour. Designer fashion from Diesel, Mango and Levis (at cheaper than summer prices); all sorts of shoe shops, such as Angels and Buffalo (great value); jewellery stores; souvenir shops selling trinkets and knick-knack; even the famous Croissant Show at the foot of the main gates to Dalt Vila is open.

Take a look at our Dalt Vila shopping guide, some of these small shops are open for business in the winter months so it is worth taking a wander upto the old walled town, whilst our Ibiza Town shopping guide can give you a flavour of what you may find in the port area.

The first Christmas decorations are on show, and the Vara de Rey becomes a Christmas Market over the festive season (06.12 – 05.01), (with Gluehwein and all! from 12.00).

And do remember to pay a visit to the wonderfully empty Dalt Vila and the Cathedral.

For those of you used to the summer months of parties, sunbathing and going out, Ibiza in winter will be quite different – (before you shake your head, make sure you read our off-season clubbing special – at the weekend even in winter you can be sure to find some great parties!).

However, if you ask any residents which is their favourite time of year, you will almost always hear ‘winter of course!’ It is a slower, more tranquilo vibe. A time for admiring the architecture and the scenery. A wonderful time to appreciate the clarity of the air, the vibrant colours and the mild climate. A very important time of year for the island and her inhabitants to rejuvenate and recover. After all, without the winter there would be no summer season.

Sightseeing & Exploring in and around Ibiza Town

Dalt Vila

A few hours spent in Ibiza Town exploring the Old Town, Dalt Vila is a must for everybody visiting Ibiza. Simply the sight of the Medieval fortress rising over the horizon as you drive into the town of Ibiza is enough to bring out the romantic in everyone. You can really feel the history as you walk the ancient cobbled stone paths of the ancient fortress.

Remember to bring good sturdy shoes for the walk to the top of the Castle and of course your camera.

Dalt Vila (The Old Town)

The Marina

Focal point of the rich and famous ‘Wet-Set’. Be amazed at the beautiful ships on display, and enjoy a coffee and a snack in some of the many bars and cafés there (our tip: Café Sidney). There is a lovely walk from the harbour right along to Marina Bota Foch (and even further onto Talamanca for the intrepid). Maybe one day one of those ships will be yours…. (we can all dream!)

Ibiza Marina

 

Out on the Town

See our section on off-season clubbing for some tips on where to go out in Ibiza Town adn around the island. Remember there are many of us residents who stay on the island all year, so there is always a good party to be found!

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Out and About

For those who have hired a car, this time of the year is ideal to get out and about exploring the island. To help you on your way take a look at our 4 ‘self drive’ island routes – do them all or choose the one for the area you’re staying in – we’re sure they’ll introduce to another side of Ibiza. They’re printer friendly too – so you can take them with you when you travel.

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