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The ultimate alternative guide to Ibiza

Last year I wrote a couple of posts about Ibiza – how to do it on a budget and which beaches to visit whilst avoiding the party scene. This year, I made it my goal to write a post about how to visit Ibiza for free (which we managed). In the process, we came across so many cool things to do in Ibiza (that didn’t include the stereotypical club scene that the island is famous for).

Get ready to get in touch with your inner hippy and explore all the secret gems that the crazy little island has to offer with my ultimate alternative guide to Ibiza …

Secret beach of Atlantis

My number one thing to do in Ibiza, and if I had to recommend what to do in ibiza besides party, this would be it! Located just off to the left of the path that leads up to Es Vedra’s main view point, you’ll need to be to be in a good pair of trainers to make the hike down to this secret Ibiza beach. Coined ‘the lost city of Atlantis’ by the locals, this old quarry has been taken over by the artists of the island. After making the rocking hike down, you’ll find a labyrinth of caves, carved faces, mystical pools and rock cuttings, making you feel like you’ve stepped into some kind of crazy movie set.

atlantis ibiza

atlantis rock pool

Ibiza Hippie market

A little bit over priced, but still worth a good rummage! In amongst the usual ‘hippy’ stalls of woven bags, incense and candles, there are some genuine island gems to be had. We came across one man who’d given up his hectic city job to make rings out of coins. We met another man stamping quotes from famous Spanish speaking philosophers and poets in copper and bronze bracelets.

ibiza market

ibiza hippie market

Ibiza’s Stonehenge – Cala Llentia

Another great alternative to the famous Cafe Del Mar sunset spot, this impressive sculpture is a great place to chill out take in the sea air. Nicknamed Ibiza’s Stonehenge by the locals, the artwork was actually commissioned by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. Whilst we were there, we were lucky enough to witness a touring camper-van group performing a dance ritual at sunset. On top of the huge art installation, the nearby area is surrounded by quirky little finds.

Ibizas stonehenge

secret ibiza spots

Ibiza Town Merhaba Shop

Ibiza town boasts a number of high end chains alongside the numerous island life boutiques around the old centre. However, I couldn’t help feeling that a lot of them had traded in their boho edge in favour of the more desirable profits gained from luxury holiday makers. That was until I stumbled upon Merhaba on Av. d’Espanya. This big stone floored boutique sells hippie chic style dresses, skirts and apparel at crazy low prices (I got tassel boots for 20 Euros!!!). Staff were fun and friendly, and even wanted to get involved in styling when I got my camera out.

boho shop ibiza

boho skirts ibiza

Sunset at Cala Comte

Ibiza’s best kept sunset secret on the South West of the Island. If you’re looking to swap the party holiday-makers for locals and old hippie vibes, the stone built bar overlooking this sunset spot is the perfect place. The bar boasts chunky big wooden tables, tapas options and a chilled out DJ.

Retro Gusto Ibiza Town

My new favourite breakfast stop in Ibiza town, just off the main road to the beach. This hipster style eco-cafe isn’t strictly vegan, but they accommodate us very nicely with with tasty and colourful smoothie bowls. Yummy!

retro gusto

vegan food ibiza town

Suiz Shop

Remember when I was talking about shops perfect for those on expensive Ibiza holidays? Sluiz is a little bit like one of those – but on acid. They describe their 6000m2 space as the perfect place to be surprised, shocked, entertained and overwhelmed – all whilst shopping for your home! This crazy home-ware store has its own entertainment team, transforming the store into different themes with different acts, shows and sketches. Another of my favourite secret Ibiza spots!

sluiz ibiza

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Travel writer, marketing adviser and blogger based in Edinburgh, with a focus on budget and vegan travel. 39 countries to date, with extensive knowledge of travel within Asia, particularly within Thailand.

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