Although I’ve been to Ibiza many times, the majority of the time has been in the summer months, when the island is busy, there’s hundreds of events on at the major clubs and superstar DJs are flying in and out for massive gigs. I’ve been a couple of times to the island slightly out of the main season (May-October), but never in winter, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

So at the end of February, I decided to go for a long weekend to the White Isle. It was a welcome break from work, and also my house (which is looking like a building site at present!) – some peace and quiet and R&R on the island was much needed!

With no direct flights from the UK in the winter (apart from a few from London), I traveled through Barcelona. With Barcelona being so close to Ibiza (a 30-45 minute flight), we’ve traveled a few times in the summer months from Barcelona to Ibiza and vice versa (for Sónar Barcelona among other trips). For 4 flights Manchester-Barcelona-Ibiza and back was £100, whilst accommodation I picked up for just over £100 for 5 nights in San Antonio. Ibiza as a winter break is a really reasonably priced trip away.

Firstly, the island is beautiful in winter. When I visited, there were clear blue skies and it was warm – t shirt and shorts/jeans in the daytime, with a jacket needed when the sun goes down, as it did get a bit cooler in the evening.

So what did I get up to? Walking, and lots of it. The island is quiet, obviously there’s no clubs or nightlife, but that’s not what the island is all about, there’s so much more to offer, and seeing Ibiza’s beautiful coastline with blue crystal waters in the winter was a lovely change from the grey skies of the UK.

San Antonio was quiet, Playa d’en Bossa was very quiet (only 1 shop open on the whole strip), but Ibiza Town was more bustling and busy. From Ibiza Town I headed over to Santa Eulalia on the bus, and from here to San Carlos for Las Dalias hippy market. This was great! A true Ibiza chic and funky vibe, and colourful, with lots of stalls, clothes, and home made drawings and paintings. Oh and beer and paella too!

Ibiza in winter is great – beautiful weather, peaceful, and you’ll see a different perspective on the island from the summer months. It’s a slow way of life when the locals come out to enjoy their island, I felt privileged to be here and be a part of it for a few days.

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