There was too much goodness in Ibiza to fit into one post, so here's Part 2!
Walking through the calm and picturesque Es Puig de Missa in Santa Eulària - a great spot to beat the crowds.
Santa Eulària’s church tower dates back to the 16th century and offers incredible views overlooking the entire town (the view by the small cemetery around the corner is especially spectacular).
Hard to walk around Es Puig de Missa, seeing homes like this and not wonder, "Hmm, could I? Could I just live here, sell olives at a market stall, lead a simple life and just be the happiest person ever chilling in the endless sunshine??"
There's a lot of fabulous shopping to be done in Ibiza but my favorite was the Las Dalias Hippy Market. I love a good market and before this trip, Buenos Aires' Feria de Mataderos held the title of my favorite, but now, Hippy Market is right up there with Feria de Mataderos in my books. Good people, incredible local products and above all, an amazing vibe unique to the location. In addition to clothing, jewelry, crafts, home decor, art, books, etc., Las Dalias also has a couple of fun restaurant/bars and live entertainment in the mix.
If you're like me and like to buy items that are made locally and can only be bought at the destination when you travel, then you must visit S'espardenya for espadrilles and these traditional sandals that are made from the thread of a local plant (below).
La Tienda at the El Chiringuito parking lot for chic beachwear at Playa Es Cavallet.
Treasure Chest at Experimental Beach features fantastic local designers.
I love how window frames here are painted blue to ward off evil spirits. This particular building is in the middle of the island in Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, a gorgeous town with a pedestrian-only square with clothing, jewelry, leather and home-décor shops.
Bar Costa in Santa Gertudis de Fruitera.
Bar Costa is famous for it's jamòn and pan con tomate - this was our make your own sandwich spread. Heaven.
Local artists used to swap art for meals and drinks at Bar Costa and here you can see how every corner is occupied by their fascinating pieces.
Wine tasting at Sa Cova in Sant Mateu d'Albarca.
The "Sa Cova 9" red blend of Shyrah, Monastrell and Merlot was delicious (even more so, when paired with the chorizo and Manchego cheese). This is the life, amirite?!
For about 2 months in the fall, the UNESCO protected Ses Salines Natural Park's waters become opaque enough to create a perfect mirrored image - such a crazy beautiful sight to see in person.
Right by the salt flats in the park, you can see a bunch of pretty pink flamingos. I wasn't able to get in close enough to take a proper pic, so here's one from the Ibiza tourism office to give you an idea. I mean, flamingos!
Dinner at S'illa des Bosc started with creamed beet soup (above), jamòn (obviously), ensalada de crostes, arroz a banda with sepia, seafood paella, and a ton of cake with gelato. As you do when in Ibiza.