Retreat to Ibiza’s blissful bohemian roots in the island’s North - famed for its laid-back lifestyle, untamed natural beauty and soothing wellness escapes. Home to an eclectic mix of artists, city-escapists, hippies and yoga pro’s - you’ll find its natural scenery makes the perfect setting in which to pursue your inner-peace. If you needed any more reason, here’s our top five reasons to relax, recuperate and revel in the island's quieter side…
1. Hidden beaches
Sun-worshippers will rejoice at Ibiza's northern shores - secret pockets of sand surrounded by green hills and punctuated by dramatic, rocky inlets. Here you can swim in the crystal clear waters, perfect for snorkelling, soaking in the raw nature and rugged beauty of your surrounds. Exploring the northern coast you'll stumble upon beaches that time forgot, hidden coves and tranquil waters, undiscovered corners of a blissfully bohemian beach lifestyle that still exists away from the South.
2. Sprawling Rural Retreats
There's nowhere better to hole up in the north of the island than in an expansive country villa - like traditional, hippy and oh-so-pretty Finca's like Casa Terra - you'll find more space, seclusion and much more for your money than anywhere else on the island.
3. Hippie Headquarters
The north of the island is a hub for all things health, its pine-clad hills are peppered with hippie retreats and wellness resorts. Embrace Ibiza's alternative spiritual philosophy with a little sun salutation overlooking the islands idyllic rural scenery, or indulge with a private instructor or personal trainer in the comfort of your own villa. Your trainer can speak with your personal chef to whip up the perfect post-workout snack to refuel, recharge and zen-out.
4. Traditional Ibizan treasures
The north offers a taste of traditional Ibizan living - the chatter of locals echoes through cobbled streets, bougainvillaea spills into whitewashed squares and life ticks along at a refreshingly slow pace. Here you'll find markets to browse, low-key yet buzzy bars and an upmarket restaurant scene. Two not to be missed are Cicale - tucked away in the San Lorenzo countryside, it serves up indescribably delicious Italian eats in the stunningly historic setting of a 200-year-old finca, and The Giri Cafe - behind the village square in quaint San Juan, famed for its sun-drenched terrace by day and atmospheric dining after dark.
5. Sunset at Benirras
A uniquely Ibizan institution, sunset at Benirras is unmissable. Every Sunday, drummers descend onto this pretty stretch sand from the pine-clad hills, beating bongos to bid the setting sun adiós. Grab a table at Elements - a stylish space offering both DJ's and Yoga on the deck, as well as a restaurant and juice bar, it's the perfect spot to soak up the bohemian beach vibe. Take in the views across the water to Cap Bernat, a rock formation known as the Hand of God to the locals, or for a more private sunset experience, anchor your private yacht in the sheltered bay, before heading to shore to party under the stars.