We know a secret…
On a mountain, on the beautiful island of Ibiza, in the Mediterranean Sea, lies a beautiful house, converted from stables to become a modern masterpiece of tranquillity: the perfect place to escape from normality in your own little house in the Campo (Spanish for ‘countryside’).
…It’s the Ibizan countryside
Romance awaits as you discover the best food, the most beautiful views and the quiet calmness of being surrounded only by nature. No neighbours, no traffic, just you, your loved ones and your holiday to enjoy just as you wish.
Still need convincing about this “other side” to the party isle of Ibiza?
In the rural heartland of Ibiza, agriculture and tourism combine to make “agro-tourism” and it is the buzz-word in the travel industry at the moment. Read on for what’s waiting for you if you should stay in the Ibicencan Campo – The Countryside of Ibiza.
Ibiza is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine and there certainly isn’t a lack of rural restaurants to discover away from the coast! La Paloma is set in the middle of an orange grove on the outskirts of the small village of San Lorenzo, and the food is simply amazing. One of the best Ibicenco restaurants is found on the Carretera de Sant Joan. Es Caliu is a traditionally rustic, family-run restaurant serving generous portions – we recommend the ox steak!
Another fine restaurant is Ses Escoles set in a lovely farm house next to an oil mill where they make the most spectacular Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Or perhaps to work up an appetite, it is worth a walk to the Balafia de San Lorenzo, which is a unique collection of fincas (farms), built closely to each other to provide a defence. Or visit La Granja, an organic farm in the heart of the island – where you can enjoy amazing food in a unique communal atmosphere, and enjoy one of their speciality mezcal cocktails served from their bar which is built around a magnificent carob tree.
The fabulous Saturday morning market in Forada (the smallest village on the island) – is full of great locally grown bio fruit and veg, with honey, cheese and crafts too. The markets are the perfect place to spend a chilled day experiencing the local cuisine and the crafts the island has to offer. The market is a great place to get fresh, delicious food for your stay in the Campo, especially if you want to try something new! The locals are friendly and willing to recommend what is good. The Forada market is very handy for the amazing Villa Can Felix – where you are totally away from it all; with the most stunning pool, 5 bedrooms and plenty of space to chill out and relax.
Ibiza has spectacular views, and being on your own little part of the mountain means you can share these views with the people or that one special person who means the most to you. In front of the house is a large terrace with both lounge and dining area including a magnificent view over the valley. The most spectacular skies can be seen as you totally escape from the towns or villages of the island. But don’t worry, even though they seem a long distance away, it’s only a matter of miles so that forgotten loaf of bread isn’t a catastrophe (and doesn’t need a half day expedition to fetch).
Traffic (or lack of!)
Regulars will know of the congestion hot spots around the island in the height of the season. If you are based in the campo you’ll be able to enjoy the quiet roads, and the rural caminos, this way you can get the best out of the island. This is especially handy if you aren’t very confident in driving abroad or in city traffic. You can drive with ease down the beautiful back roads, taking in the scenery that most travellers never get to see. And, even if you are in the heart of the campo, the nearest beach is still only 15 minutes away.
Neighbours (or lack of)
No need to worry about having to have chats with the neighbours over the garden fence. If you are looking for a break away from it all then this is the place for you. There are plenty of places to explore to meet other travellers and locals but if you wish to come back at the end of the day to your own personal space, the Campo is ideal.
Houses in the Campo don’t tend to have fences or clearly defined boundaries: they enjoy spectacular views and countryside, with access to beautiful walks so you can explore and discover the country.
While you may think Ibiza is known for its party scene, the capital Ibiza Town is often under-appreciated for its history. A day in Ibiza Town is a day you don’t want to miss. A walk around the beautiful old city and port is well worth the trip down. For those wishing to inject some history and culture into their stay, the Ibiza Towns ramparts, built in the XVI century, contain many fine dining restaurants. From the walls of “Dalt Vila”, you can appreciate the glorious views of the entire city of Ibiza. Ibiza Town also has an archaeological museum which contains many great collections from the Carthaginian period and a stunning cathedral. The Museo Arqueológic is great for learning about the history of the island and is beautiful to walk around.
Whether you want to relax with your significant other or have a beautiful escape with the family away from the pressures of everyday life there are many reasons to stay in the Ibecencan Campo, and trust me, you won’t regret any of them. Go to StayYNA for more information about renting a luxury holiday villa in Ibiza.