Visiting Ibiza Offseason

Not a good idea. Not the greatest idea anyway. Both Ibiza and Málaga are desolate during this time of the year.

I had been dying to go to Eivissa and finally made it there this past weekend. Chris and I wanted to escape Central Spain’s cold temperatures, and the Balearic Islands looked like one of our options. Though not the warmest spot, it sounded like a great idea. Besides, we lucked out with Malaga the week before and I personally thought that the same thing could happen, but the weather decided to be accurate this time and Ibiza was colder than expected.

That didn’t keep us from walking by the beach, eating outside and walking for almost an hour from Playa d’en Bossa (den Bossa Beach). Our hotel was in Ibiza Town (the city), home of the incredible Pacha nightclub. The nightlife is actually one of the most well-known and best features of Ibiza, but since we were there in offseason, we didn’t experience much of that. Most clubs close for the season (like Club Space), but Pacha remained open and that’s where we went Friday night. 🙂

What I liked most about Ibiza was the fact that everybody was SO nice! Maybe because it is a small island? Who knows. But it felt so good to finally be treated with so much amistad again. I also liked that we didn’t have a bad meal; every place where we ate served really good food. From seafood to pizza, it was all fresh. Even the breakfast at our hotel this morning was good! (And god knows hotels breakfast suck).

(Our camera broke just in time for Ibiza!)

One day we actually walked by this little Italian pizzeria near our hotel and decided to go in. I’m glad we did because it was the bomb. Let me just say that I’ve never been able to eat two full slices of pizza by myself… (In case you haven’t realized it, we love to eat and, since you can’t really do much there, might as well indulge!) The hotel where we stayed had an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, I liked that too.

What I found disappointing was the weather, the ghost-likeness of the town, and that we couldn’t find an Asian restaurant we had been trying to go to for the past two nights! It sounded really good. However, while searching for it, we ended up at a Napoleon / Indian restaurant in Santa Eulalia del Rio—another shore point of Ibiza, approximate 20 minute drive from Ibiza town—and again, great food. We’ll go back to and find that Asian restaurant one day. Santa Eulalia, by the way, looked better and cleaner than Ibiza Town (and it was less expensive!) I say that when I go back to Ibiza, I must stay or get to explore Santa Eulalia. I’d actually like to explore the other towns as well.

Now, going back to Málaga: big city with a beach. Looks like summers are hot as hell there (my kind of summers). The nightlife seems like a lot of fun, too, and it sort of reminded me of Alicante. Malaga is popular for its pecaitos fritos (fried fish) and other fishes. But I wasn’t all too thrilled about the foods that we had while there. I enjoyed the time we spent in Malaga and I see myself going back sometime for the beach and the heat.

Can’t wait to see where this adventure takes us next. I am loving it. The Canary Islands look like the warmest spot so far this winter, so Tenerife and/or Fuerteventura could be next.

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