Ibiza, Party Paradise or Vegan Yogi Heaven?

7th March 2019

Holiday destinations acquire stereotypes, just like the travelers who go there become known for their nationalities… and the stereotypes that go with those. There are also the standard things you do in every destination. You go to India to do a Yoga teacher training, to Iceland to see the Blue Lagoon, to Turkey to go to a Hamman and get butt naked… you get the idea.

Ibiza has never been high on my list because I’ve always thought it was all about the house music and partying until the sidewalk becomes a river of vomit: ick. It’s not just a stereotype, either — it’s the island that inspired an entire TV series about suspicious parents following their pride and joys (unknown to their kids) to Ibiza, or another party destinations. Once there, the parents watched in utter horror as their children lost the right to ever be called “my little boy/girl” again.

Then I thought… as a French Canadian, how would I feel if someone assumed I fit all the Canadian stereotypes? If they expected me to say ‘eh’, ‘a-boot’, follow ice hockey and obsess over Tim Hortons? Have I been misjudging Ibiza all these years, just because of stereotypes? It’s time to peel back the vomit crusted surface of this little island, and find out what else it has to offer.

Retreats That Will Make You ‘Om’

Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, meaning that if you don’t want to hear house and electronic music pumping over the rooftops while you practice your Savasana, you don’t have to. Ibiza has 60 gorgeous beaches, which means one thing: a plethora of ayahuasca retreats and spas have popped up, as well as some of the best boutique hotels in Ibiza which allow you to walk straight out of the door onto a white sand beach.

There are many fantastic looking retreats in Ibiza (and read this if you’re wondering what to wear in Ibiza), none of which give any hint that the rest of the world know it as a party island. In that little oasis of peace, you’ll think the world outside doesn’t exist. If you want to still party, there are even Yoga packages designed with that in mind, which run Monday to Friday and leave you free to party at the weekend — only in Ibiza!

Vegan Food to Satisfy Any Hangover — or Just Hunger!

If you’re a healthy vegan or plant-based enthusiast who loves their raw and macrobiotic food, then you’re in luck: Ibiza is overflowing with options for you. There are three fully vegan places and numerous other veggie or vegan friendly ones, most of them serving raw food, cold pressed juices, and whatever else you can imagine. On a relatively small island, it’s like a health-food enthusiast’s dream!

In fact, veganism is so popular on this small island that it’s got its own website, Vegan Ibiza. You definitely don’t have to party to enjoy Ibiza, but I can’t help but think that if you do want to hit the clubs, the abundance of green juices and power-foods on this stylish island will drive out any toxins from the night before.

Get Active With Hikes and Cultural Exploration

Ibiza being known for its party scene means it gets ignored for what it really has to offer. Large portions of the island are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are thereby protected from being developed and turned into another club. This means you can still find Ibiza’s ancient history dotted around, like the remains of the first Phoenician settlement at Sa Caleta.

Ibiza’s rustic beauty means that it’s been used for quite a few film and photographic shoots, and if you’re going you should definitely pack your comfortable shoes. It’s still a small island, but the trails for walking and cycling will still keep you busy and require a packed lunch. Hire a car in Ibiza to get between trails and beaches more easily, and mean you don’t lose any time trying to catch the extremely unreliable public transport.

Booking flights to Ibiza yet? You should be! I for one could definitely do with a bit of sun and nature right now. Perhaps there’s a benefit in Ibiza being known just as a party island: it leaves the rest of the island, with its rugged trails, cultural remains and beautiful beaches untouched for the rest of us. Grab your yoga pants and green juice, and let’s go: it’s time to hit the road that leads past Club Paradise, straight to Yogi Heaven.

Disclaimer: The article has been sponsored by AVIS.

17 thoughts on “Ibiza, Party Paradise or Vegan Yogi Heaven?

  1. danik

    I love Ibiza and its all not all party there. Its so beautiful, it has its hippies markets and there are places here where you can chillout and do fitness and yoga. amazing place

  2. Fiona Maclean

    I do think it’s amazing how places like Ibiza get such a focused bad name for a small part of the island. Pag in Croatia is similar – the bit I know is tranquil and pretty – but I gather the other side of the island is famous for parties!

  3. Tami

    I’m actually really grateful I’ve never heard of the antics you described, and I have no pre-conceived notions of what Ibiza is or should be at all. From the photos you’ve displayed here, it looks like paradise. I’d love to visit and take photos, go on a hike or two, and also relax on the beach. No yoga for me, but I’m sure it’s a great place for that, too.

  4. Marlene Marques

    So, so true. I’ve never thought of Ibiza as a place to do a Yoga retreat, some hiking or indulge in vegan food. Thanks for showing this new approach of the island. 🙂

  5. Indrani

    Quite a scenic place, I can understand why the place is a setting for movies. I am glad it is protected because of its UNESCO tag.

  6. melody pittman

    I’m so glad to have read your post because one of my “OLD” friends in Panama went there to a yoga retreat and to get certified in a certain style of teaching. My family vacationed in Ibiza years ago and I thought she was just off her rocker talking bout how much yoga was going on there. Good to know it does exist and with the beauty of the island, I can see why.

  7. Rachael

    Oh wow! This part of Ibiza looks so amazingly peaceful! I would love to visit and be able to get away from it all!

  8. Vicky and Buddy

    I didn’t realize that there were UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ibiza! Like you, I assumed it was just a place for partiers. But I can relate too, since most people think that where I’m from, Miami, is just a place to party. This is a good reminder that we can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

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