Spanish Balearics archipelago offers plenty of fascinating places from small historic towns to unspoilt sandy beaches with clear seas and remote rocky coves. Ibiza is the third and last stop of the photographers duo Arturo Bamboo and is once again a paradise for travelers.
The ferry from Formentera enters Ibiza’s port slowly and gives us panoramic views over Dalt Vila, the famous old town and the island’s cultural, World Heritage listed heart. Immediately after you set foot on land you feel this place is different than sleepy Formentera. An interesting mix of old hippies, families, jet-set and party people is strolling around town. Ibiza town feels cosmopolitan, full of energy and the captivating landscapes overviewed by the ferry announce a particular journey.
We’re picked up by the hotel shuttle and drive up through a labyrinth of streets and alleys which make up the Dalt Vila quarter. A few minutes later we stand in front of the Hotel Mirador Dalt Vila, a fantastic a beautiful 19th century townhouse in a beautiful orange-soft pink hue. Slightly perched above the town, it feels immediately like a tranquil oasis away from the crowds. The hotel is located on a dead-end street with views over the sea with great benches used mostly by locals or in-the-know visitors.
After freshening up in our room we decide to go for a coffee at the well-known Ibiza-institution Croissant Show - a place where locals and tourist mingle and enjoy the great terrace with some great people watching. Ibiza town offers great shopping, but we are ready for a swim!
We head for the wilder northern part of the island: Aguas Blancas. The beach is a long stretch of dark golden sand dominated by striking rocky cliffs. When the wind is up, foamy white waves lap at the shore hence the name, translating to “white waters”. There’s a tiny chiringuito which serves some great cortado’s.
A few drinks and beautiful sunset later we return to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Es Mirador restaurant sitting under the palms on the breezy terrace right in front of the hotel. Again, the quietness of this area strikes us: this is the other Ibiza. The avant-garde mediterranean cuisine is fantastic - after a relaxed long dinner it’s time to head to the room. We open the window and fall asleep with the sound of the sea, a dreamy moment.