Sunsets, chill-out tunes, and a traditional Spanish welcome. This is what awaits you in the ‘other’ part of Ibiza.
You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all about hedonism and clubbing, but Ibiza has another side to it – one that is traditional, laid-back, quiet and relaxing.
Low cost airlines offer great value fares to Ibiza, and accommodation can be found in a wide range of budgets. I’d recommend checking out airport extras, to cut travel costs and make the whole experience a lot less stressful too. I recently used parking at Manchester Airport and would swear by it. Most UK airports offer this service, so no matter where you fly from, you should find you’re able to cut costs on expensive airport taxis. I like to stay at the Manchester Airport Premier Inn for great rates and a stress-free start to your holiday.
The great thing about Cala Llonga, amongst many things, is that it’s close enough to Ibiza Town if you want some of the big town action, but far enough away to distance yourself if you want peace and quiet. It’s quite a small resort, and easy to get around, surrounded by beautiful countryside – perfect for a walk in the fresh air.
Of course, you’re going to a Balearic island, so of course you want a good beach, and you won’t be disappointed. Cala Llonga’s beach is sandy and great for families, however if you want more in the way of facilities, such as a wider range of water-sports, then just jump on the bus and head off to another resort – they’re all in easy reach.
If you do one thing, make it a glass-bottom boat trip. I always do a boat trip, no matter what destination I visit, but the waters around Ibiza are rich in colourful marine life, not to mention the beautiful coastal scenery. Just remember your sun-cream and hat – the sun is intense onboard!
For the main holiday-style action, such as shopping and nightlife, you really need to head to Ibiza Town, which is easily accessible. However, if you want relaxation, you’re best staying put, as the main town is certainly loud!
When night falls, entertainment is more about a nice meal, a glass of wine and watching the sun set. There are many restaurants and low-key bars around, and I’d recommend you give some local cuisine a try, as it’s much more authentic in this part of the island than in the more touristic areas. However, if that’s not for you, you’ll find plenty of British grub to fill up on, so nobody goes hungry.
Cala Llonga is a great choice for those wanting all the perks of Ibiza, without the clubber’s headache. Families and couples will love it for its chilled-out vibe, and it’s a place you’ll leave feeling refreshed.
Speaking of refreshed, a useful extra I found recently is to book an airport hotel prior to travelling. If you have an early flight, this is a great idea, meaning the journey will be less about nursing a tired head, and more about starting your holiday in style. Most major airports offer facilities, and there is a great selection, book the Gatwick Hilton for an amazingly luxurious start to your holiday.
Ibiza isn’t all about super clubs and hangovers, this Balearic delight has many sides.