There is much to see and do in Ibiza. Staying in the north of the island meant that if we wanted to do more than was on offer we had to venture further afield. I suppose we could have hired a car but as it was our first visit we opted to do a few group excursions instead. When I next go back I will definitely do the car hire as I have a real sense of the island now.
The first outing we took was called "Trinkets & Treasures" - slightly ambiguous as a description as the journey took us first to Ibiza town just 30 kilometers away where we spent a couple of hours doing whatever we chose. Food was most definitely on our agenda! We decided to find a nice restaurant where we could eat traditional Spanish cuisine and found one right on the harbour - El Bucanero. It was a random choice really - we liked the look of it and they did tapas - perfect! It was a beautiful setting with a great view of the marina and whilst we sat there enjoying our food and wine a super yacht docked right in front of us blocking part of our view. It was called "Lady Lara" and quite a crowd gathered round as two golf buggies arrived and transported a disembarking small group away. How the other half or should I say billionaires live!
We headed back to the coach around sunset and headed next to Las Dalias, to visit their famous Hippy Market which opens from 7pm till 1am on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and all day Saturdays during the summer months. We arrived there around 10.30pm and it was already in full swing. This is where the "trinkets and treasures" bit makes sense and there is a real atmosphere of 'hippiness' .. peace and love, flower power and of course a huge cutout of Jimi Hendrix stands by the entrance! Inside there are a variety of different stalls selling jewellery, clothing, art, sculpture and all things creative and hand made.
Whilst there we discovered a local sculptor, Oscar Gallizia (facebook page Oscararteibiza) who had some beautiful pieces made from what looked like scrap oil drums and driftwood. I loved the fish theme in his works and purchased two pieces to put on my courtyard garden wall. They are beautiful - well I think so - very reasonably priced and evoke the colours of the sea. They will forever remind me of Ibiza.
The Las Dalias market also hosts live music, bars, restaurants and food stalls. Before we went back to the bus we still had a little time to sample mojitos at the Soul Bar. Mine was watermelon and I can honestly say it was the best I've ever tasted!
I would definitely recommend visiting a hippy market in Ibiza - if not Las Dalias then one of the others on the island for the "experience" - it will transport you back to a time of peace and love.
"The End" (Lennon-McCartney) - 'And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make" - so true.
Coming soon .. Ibiza Part 3 will take in San Antonio and a sunset cruise .. watch this space!