While many avoid off-seasons of certain tourist destinations, I’m here to encourage you to do the opposite. Read more about my incredible off-season experience on the famous island of Ibiza.
Traveling as a study abroad student comes with many advantages, as well as disadvantages. These disadvantages include opting to book the cheapest flights possible—in order to snag fabulous deals to ~swankier~ places like Ibiza, one must book in off-season months.
So I did what any responsible study abroad student did during my two-week long reading period; I booked a two-week holiday.
Ibiza, being the go-to destination for young people that it is, was only a $15 ticket away; a deal my friends and I just couldn’t pass up.
We arrive at our four-day Ibiza excursion late at night and hungry. Since the rumor is that Spaniards eat late, we venture out of our accommodating hostel in search of food. As it turns out, off-season on the San Antonio side of the island doesn’t have much open around 11 pm. We wander about ten minutes down to the water and find a few larger restaurants open.
The menus are huge and serve nearly anything; clearly made for accommodating tourists. Restaurants like this are common throughout Europe tourist destinations as a whole, as they can accommodate most travelers with a wide variety of foods like pizza, pasta, salads and of course traditional cuisine. These are the few places that make enough profit and can afford to keep their businesses open throughout winter and spring off-season months. By the time we leave the island we eat at this restaurant twice for dinner. If only I could remember the name; simply because the seafood and paella were everything I could have asked for.
As for other meals throughout our days on the Balearic Island, we end up stumbling upon a few go-to breakfast and lunch spots. I mostly opt for breakfast foods like scrambled eggs on toast with lox, one morning I also end up trying my first ever acai bowl and it was impressive.
Since the weather was still warm enough to relax on the beaches, which thankfully in off-season made them out to be vacant with people, I opt for a café freddo (iced coffee, slightly out of this world because of how amazing it was) with breakfast as well as freshly squeezed juices once or twice a day. Just because it wasn’t tourist season didn’t mean it wasn’t the season for fresh fruit!
The only downside of Ibiza in its off-season would have to be the nightlife; which is one of the islands main characteristics. While I stayed on the San Antonio side, a side still possessing the famous nightlife of Ibiza but more focused on beach-life, there wasn’t much nightlife happening while I was there.