Stop the press! Ibiza’s ‘other’ season has officially kicked off. Winter is here (yes, we know that technically it’s still autumn, but just go with us on this one) and I – like most Ibiza residents – am just so happy it’s hard to contain.
Forget clubbing, beach days, long lunches, shopping and… oh what am I talking about? We’re still clubbing (thank you Pacha!), the beaches are still gloriously sunny (though you need a jacket as the sun sets), plenty of the island’s best restaurants are still open, and now actually is our premium shopping season, with awesome summer sales and new season winter stock, not to mention all the cool weekend markets (now it’s not too hot to visit) and pre-Christmas retail therapy.
We’ve made some subtle little changes to White Ibiza this month, in order to make your winter transition a little easier, plus help any winter newbies or out-of-season holidaymakers stay in the loop with the best places to sleep, eat and play. Check out the new ‘WINTER’ tab in our guide (click here) for a comprehensive calendar of breakfast hotspots, lunch locations, dinner destinations, sunset spots, flea markets, cool parties, one-off events, weekly happenings, favourite hangouts, yoga and fitness classes, things to do with kids and plenty more*.
We’ve also bumped Ibiza’s winter hotspots to the top of our regular guide to Ibiza, so you can check out who remains open at a glance. There are some cool new key winter players in town this season, including Agroturismo Atzaro, Cotton Beach Club, Sands, Passion Santa Eulalia and Wild Beets to name a few, along with some old school classics like Pacha, La Escollera, Nagai and (my personal favourite), the weekly flea markets (San Jordi and Cala Llenya).
If you’re looking to transform your home into a stylish haven for hibernation, a cruise to Santa Gertrudis should unearth many a warm and fuzzy treasure – check out La Galeria Elefante, Tanis Ibiza and D-Shop. Continue further up north to discover Magazin and Lotus and if you don’t get lost wandering around their gorgeous showrooms, keep driving towards Santa Eulalia and keep an eye out for Katrina Phillips Interiors, after that pitstop keep driving until you reach Bisc. Whether you’re after something small to add a winter feeling, or are seeking a complete overhaul, these are the experts who understand Ibiza in both her seasons (again, yes we’re aware that technically there’s four, but let’s just go with the local lingo on this one).
For those-in-the-know, Ibiza is a true all-year-round destination… you just have to know where to go and what to do (and of course, we can’t tell you everything – some things have to remain secret)! But I have to admit, it’s not all about the things to do and places to go. It’s the people. It’s the buzz. It’s the vibe. It’s a feeling. It’s something you really need to experience to understand. Everyone is just so… well, happy. Not tired. Not stressed. Not overworked. Not hungover (well… depends on the day).
And this is just the beginning. Once we settle into winter mode, the winter openings have turned into regular weekly hangouts and we’ve all spent a month’s salary on new season’s clothes, Christmas will be just around the corner, complete with the festive markets, luxurious Christmas shopping (think one-of-a-kind sparkling jewellery from Natasha Collis, Circa or JOY Jewellery), quaint village lights and Vara de Rey’s Christmas tree. And after that, there’s the legendary New Year’s Eve and Day parties to get hyped up about. But more on that next month…
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