Why consider Ibiza out of season. Girls’ weekend or hen do – there’s more to Ibiza than clubbing.
Hen do in Ibiza in October
OK, so for most people the thought of doing an Ibiza hen do when the clubs are all closed probably sounds like a fatal error (fatal for maid of honour, most likely). But for me it was awesome! I used to love clubbing when I was younger but it’s just not my scene any more. Ibiza is still one of the most beautiful, hedonistic and stylish places in the world, with an incredible food and drink scene, aside from the nightclubs.
I was pretty lucky to get a very early mini hen do with my uni friends. Holly and I are both getting married next year and Sarah and Hannah spend half the year living in Ibiza – so they kindly invited us to join them for a long weekend catching up on the White Isle.
What we got up to in Ibiza
Weather – for the Brits Abroad
In typical Brit style I think I checked the weather every day in the week leading up – as October can be a little colder and you should expect the occasional rain shower. However, we were really lucky (warning: smug pants are officially on throughout this post). It was hot and sunny every day. Weirdly warm for October, averaging about 26 degrees. Although, there was one freakish wind storm that lasted all of about 5 minutes but managed to devastate Sarah’s outdoor terrace – still, it provides a memorable moment!
What to wear – for the fashionable
We mostly wore jeans, cami tops and cardigans; so not the normal hot season look. I also had a dress, trainers and leather jacket as a dressier nighttime option (so no heels). It can get a bit cold at night but it’s still fine to sit out if you have a jumper / jacket. Day time was – bikinis! Ibizan style is pretty relaxed; think hippy chic, so printed flowing fabrics, jewellery and body paint or glitter tattoos. And real tattoos, of course.
Staying and getting around
We rented a car, which worked out crazy-cheap (€40 for the long weekend – that’s €10 each). I’m thinking this was because it was out of season, but I’m sure it would still be worth it even at the height of season, especially for day time trips to quieter, picturesque beaches.
We stayed at Hannah’s flat in Playa d’en Bossa, as she shared with five other people but most had either gone home for the season or were moving into different accommodation for the winter.If you’re going out of season it’s worth checking Air BnB! The first night we sat out on the balcony looking down the busy street towards the sea having a few drinks. Before we knew it, it was morning, which always happens with good friends you rarely see!
Tapas and cocktails is my ultimate food-drink power-combo and La Taberna del Parque was the boy. Even the most basic of tapas still taste incredible in Spain; potato croquettes literally rule my life on holiday. Do not underestimate the Spanish croquette. Meatballs, tuna tartare and chicken gyozas were on the table amongst many other tapas. Sarah was able to stomach a mojito picante – I had a sip and it’s pretty hardcore, and I normally like spicy stuff. Ibiza town is a great night out as you can wander from bar to bar enjoying wine, cocktails, bar snacks and tapas right into the early hours of the morning.
La Taberna del Parque
We spent most days sunbathing at beautiful beaches with little beach cafes and clear blue waters. My favourite was the small and rustic cove Cala Gracioneta. We picked up sandwiches made fresh to order at the local supermarket on the way and met up with some of Sarah and Hannah’s friends from Ibiza and chatted, sunbathed and snacked all day. So basically, yeh, it was bliss.
Watching the sunset is part of Ibiza culture; it’s about welcoming the night time and getting excited for the night life about to begin. We headed to Hostal La Torre after one of our beach days in San Antonio, which is incredible. The views are out of this WORLD and it’s styled in typical contemporary Ibizan restaurant/bar – i.e. white, chic and awesome. We ordered a bottle of wine and some bar snacks. Unfortunately the sky was a little hazy, so we saw the sunlight fade away behind the mist, which was still atmospheric but you can get better Ibiza sunset pictures on a really clear day.
Hostal La Torre, San Antonio
More Food, Por Favor
Another amazing place to eat was Can Bass in San Josep. We drove here as it was a bit out of the way to where we were staying. The restaurant decor is incredible with giant hanging lampshades, cosy cushioned seating areas and an alfresco cocktail bar. We chose to sit outside even though the evenings do get a bit nippy in October, just because the style of the restaurant simply called for it!
Can Bass, Sant Josep
Ibiza Hen DO IT!
Keeping a hen theme we played ‘Mr and Mrs’ one night, which I was reeeally bad at considering Pete and I have been together for 11 or so years :/ Luckily, being with people in the know we were able to see some beautiful parts of Ibiza and for me it was one of the best experiences I’ve had there. And we didn’t go clubbing! My phone memory was full whilst I was there so I could only use Snapchat so this video below is all I have to show – but it’s a pretty good summary of our trip.
My Next Ibiza Trip
I’ve decided to have my official hen do at home in Newcastle in June next year because (I think/hope) I will have quite a lot of people and I don’t want people to spend a lot; I just want them to have a really good time! But if you are planning a Ibiza hen do late in the season, definitely still consider October as you still get some sun, it will be cheaper and you can experience the more chilled side of Ibiza.
I’ve still never watched the sun set at Es Vedra, which is one of the most iconic spots. It’s considered a very spiritual place, just off the coast of the island.
Finally, I also saw this on my Instagram feed and this is somewhere I would like to stay when I go back to Ibiza. Because I’ll always return to Ibiza, even when I’m a Nana; because Ibiza never gets old, even if I do.
January Ibiza Deals
After the high of Christmas and New Year comes dismal January, which is why lots of people like to plan their holidays now, but that means there are also a lot of deals to be had! Expedia currently has a trip from Friday 13th October for two nights at £164pp including return flights to London and a suite at the Tropicana.