Just because half the island goes into post-summer hibernation doesn’t mean Ibiza is closed for business! In fact, ask any resident, expat, local or dedicated off-season visitor and you’ll quickly receive some knowing looks, insider winks and a rapid-fire verbal education on how winter in Ibiza is actually the ‘most a-maaazing time’ of year on the island. Well-known island resident, Pacha Brand Director Danny Whittle was once famously quoted as saying, ‘Winter is the prize for making it through summer’ and we couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
If you’ve been thinking about booking a winter getaway, read our top tips for things to do in Ibiza this winter so you can plan your escape now, before word gets around and our little secret is a secret no more.
Food, glorious food
Ibiza’s gastronomy scene grows bigger and better every year, and while it’s certainly scaled down in the winter, the island’s best chefs really come into their own at this time, given the chance to showcase their talents with seasonal produce, themed menus and daily three-course specials. There’s no shortage of places to dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from rustic old farmhouses and slick modern eateries to seaside restaurants with million dollar views.
Our pick of the best winter restaurants
For the best value menu del dia: Trattoria Del Mar
For amazing Sunday brunch: Café Sidney
For a romantic dinner date: Cardamom Café, Lounge & Restaurant
For sunset pizza and cocktails: Mint Lounge
For lunch on the beach: Yemanja
Dance, baby dance
Here in the official dance music capital of the world, you can always be certain there’s a deep thumping bassline thundering through a dance floor somewhere in Ibiza at any given moment in time! Most of the bigger clubs have packed away the decks however the party spirit lives on in more intimate, local clubs, back rooms of bars and restaurants and of course, in the famous super club surroundings of Pacha.
Our pick of the best winter parties
For Friday nights in intimate club surroundings: Aura
For Saturday nights in VIP style: Pacha
For mid-week madness: Grial
For New Year’s Eve: Underground
For New Year’s Day: DC10
Shop ‘til you drop
Rain, hail or shine, there’s nothing like a spot of retail therapy on holiday and good news for fashionistas is, now is the time to raid Ibiza’s best boutiques for end-of-season bargains and special offers on new collections. You’ll find amazing brands for as much as 70 percent off in some stores, not to mention unique Ibiza pieces that can’t be bought anywhere else in the world. Credit cards at the ready!
Our pick of the best Ibiza fashion boutiques
For one-of-a-kind leather jackets: Arizona
For stunning, hand made fine jewellery: Natasha Collis
For stylish winter boots and handbags: IBZCODE
For fashion-forward winter wardrobe updates: reVOLVER
For unique winter knits and scarves: Gisela G
Take a chill pill
While many people associate relaxing in Ibiza with a sun lounger and long, stretch of sea and sand, it’s even easier in the winter to indulge yourself in some much-needed ‘me-time’, especially now the hectic pace of summer is behind us. Whether it’s checking into a specific retreat centre, curling up by the hotel fireplace with a good book, setting aside time for that relaxing spa treatment or embarking on a new wellness regime including yoga or Pilates, Ibiza has it all. Beaches – who needs ‘em?
Our pick of the best Ibiza wellness experiences
For the best yoga and pilates classes: White-Escapes Wellness Calendar
For a detoxifying fasting retreat: Buddha House
For a custom-designed wellness package: Ibiza Retreats
For a weeklong diet course: The Giri Residence
For a day spa experience including an indoor sunbathing deck: Bodyna Spa at Aguas De Ibiza