Ibiza – our travel tips

Here is our guide to where to stay and what to see/ do in Ibiza:

We stayed at Hotel Nautico Ebeso in Figuretas, the bay next to D’Alta Vila and Eivissa (Ibiza Town). It is a 3 star hotel on the waterfront in Figuretas Bay.

Hotel was just a 20mins journey by bus from the airport (Use bus no. 10, which runs from airport at 20mins and 50mins past hour, and from Eivissa on the hour and 30mins past from main bus station), and only 15mins walk from the centre of Ibiza Town.

Staff at the hotel are pleasant. Excellent breakfasts. Food at dinner time was too salty for our tastes, but a good selection of dishes. However, the desserts were made with synthetic cream, and can be improved on. The pool, sunlounger, table tennis, bar and terrace areas were all kept very clean. We went at the end of June and got temperatures ranging 27-34 C (80-95 F).

A seaview room is a must for only another € 100, as the views first thing in the morning across Figueretas and the bay are great to wake-up to. It is also advisable as street in front of hotel gets noisy with traffic early in morning. Safe is available in the room for ease of leaving passports, etc. We were a bit suprised only got two small courtesy soaps on the day of arrival, and no more the rest of the stay – so I would advise bringing/buying your own soap/shampoo/shower gel! This was a first for us, as we have travelled a lot, and stayed in many budget hotels particularly in India/Far East and elsewhere in Europe.

Ibiza town/Figuretas is a good base for people looking for sights, culture, good restaurants; but Santa Eularia / Es Cana is more suitable for young families-based on our personal travel experiences and my 2.5yrs experience within the travel industry. Santa Eularia is only a 25mins bus journey to Eivissa (Ibiza Town).

Overall, an enjoyable holiday, good clean hotel, decent and reasonable local bars on promenade and great location; quieter location for relaxing on balcony, but close to D’Alta Vila and just a 20mins walk to the main bus station-which enables travel around the whole island.

Top Tips:

Tourist info in Ibiza Town is on right on Passeig Vara de Rei, just after entrance/side street into Placa des Parc square.

In Placa des Parc square, Madagascar cafe does the best cafe latte we have sampled outside of Italy. Also, for a cheap but good lunch, go to Bon Profit which is directly opposite on this square.

Gelateria Moretti on the Marina in Ibiza Town (walk down Av. d’Espanya, into Passeig Vara de Rei,curve left, and cross at traffic lights and you will find it in the middle on right of second precinct of shops) has the best icecream in town (better than Carte D’Or). There is also a branch on the beach front in Santa Eularia; walk straight down from the bus station and it is on the left – it has a nice terrace for a mid-afternoon treat with super views.

Bar Flotante on Platja Talamanca is the best restaurant for calamari (fried squid) and grilled prawns in garlic butter – fresh seafood and pleasant, attentive staff. Only a gentle 45mins walk from Ibiza Town marina.

Ses Salines National Park is south of the island and has the best beach – clear, warm waters and clean sands, comparable to the Caribbean.

Cala Mastella is a beautiful, secluded beach which is just 1km /15mins walk from Cala Llena bus stop (North-East of the island). Es Bigote is a good seafood restaurant (but expensive) in the cliffs above – book at least day before.

The main bus station is on Av. d’Isidor Macabich. Use from here: bus no 10 to get to the Airport; 13 to Santa Eularia; 16 from Santa Eularia to Cala Llena; 11 to Platja de Ses Salines.

Lidl supermarket,Mc Donalds and Fruita Viva supermarket are on Av. de Sant Jordi, just off main roundabout at end of Av.d’Espana.

Cheap internet at Cybertel, just off Av.d’Isidor Macabich is only €1 per hour!!!

travel company we booked Nautico Ebeso with:
http://www.travelrepublic.co.uk

hotel’s own site:
http://www.bghotels.com/hotel-nautico-ebeso.php?lang=en

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About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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