Our final and perhaps favourite destination of our Mediterranean warm-up! Don’t be led astray, Ibiza has a lot more to offer than the teenage drunk late night party scene, we found many pretty anchorages where the relaxed hippy theme is very prominent.
We started Ibiza on a high as we managed to cross from Mallorca on a single tack averaging 9+ knots! The first stop was Portinax where we anchored in a stunning, touristic, tranquil blue water bay; this was our 1st opportunity to swim in IBIZA!
From here we worked our way down to Santa Eulalia where we had to stop for a few days so Mark could try and get the Watt and Sea fixed. Luckily, we were berthed next to some fun Swiss people on a brand new Lagoon 52 so we exchanged drinks most afternoons and then explored the local bars by night.
We continued to travel south to Ibiza Town which was a very multi-cultural and cosmopolitan, with stylish shops taking up the old town and its famous great castle on the seafront.
Next was Formentera, an island SE of Ibiza. A huge contrast from the busy and compact main land. In our opinion this island was beautiful with golden sandy beaches however a little on the pricy side… 50EUR for a half jug of sangria!
The next stop was where Josh had been waiting for, St Antonio! Although, it was a bit of a different trip going through the club district with his parents! St Antonio had a lot more to offer though, we took multiple visits around the pirate themed market and got to parade with the local dressed-up marching bands. Also, this is where Amalia and Max unfortunately left the boat.
Next up and we could hear the beach drummers calling, we went further around the island to Sant Joan de Labritja where the iconic hippy beach drummers perform some songs at sunset. Does this now class us as hippies???!!!
We then slowly made our way back to Ibiza town, continuing in the same clockwise direction; stopping in Portinax to celebrate the Skip’s birthday. Once in Ibiza Town Helen flew home to see family and friends leaving Josh and Mark to do last minute preparations for the trip to Las Palmas. Intrigued by the obvious hippy culture which had been on show throughout Ibiza, Mark and Josh took a local bus up to Es Canar to see the biggest hippy market in the Mediterranean… It was huge!
Over the next couple of days, we were joined by Nick and Jacques and started our next trip to Gibraltar.
Still our #1 country to-date, based on their culture not the hippy parties obviously!