Highlights of Ibiza

I visited Ibiza, one of the Balearic Islands off of the coast of Spain, in August 2017 as part of a budget family holiday. While it is famed as a party destination, the island has plenty of other activities to offer. I was not interested at all in the nightlife and so was actually dreading the holiday to start off with, but the island is beautiful and I ended up having a wonderful time. I have learnt my lesson never to judge a place by its reputation. Since it was too long ago for me to be able to recollect a full account of my visit to the island, I have decided to write this post about the top experiences I had there.

Watching the Sunset from the Sunset Strip

The bars along the Sunset Strip in Sant Antoni de Portmany are expensive, but the beach next to it is free. We watched the sunset from here several times over the course of our holiday, and each time was a delight. Unfortunately for us there was a barrier of cloud on the horizon every evening, but the sunset was still beautiful.

Hippy Market Punta Arabi

The largest hippy market in Ibiza, held every wednesday between April and October, was definetly an interesting place to stop by. I visited it at about midday, which was a mistake as it was unbearably hot, which somewhat hampered my experience of it. The market was full to the brim with people, all milling about the hundreds of stalls which were selling a variety of hand crafted products. Located in Es Canar, it was reasonably easy to reach by bus and surrounded by a choice of places to eat at, although food was also available at the hippy market itself.

Exploring Dalt Vila

Translating as “high town”, this maze of narrow twisting streets and small tucked away chapels on the hilltop in Ibiza Town, was one of the highlights of my visit to the island. The strenous climb from the main gate to the battlements on the hilltop was rewarded with stunning views of Ibiza Town. Free to visit, this was definetly a worthwhile and rewarding place to spent some time exploring.


Visiting the nearby island of Formentera was my favourite experience of the trip. Formentera is a much more laid-back island than Ibiza, blissfully peaceful and lined with beautiful beaches. We booked a day excursion to the island which included a tour by coach of the main landmarks. At 20km long, a day was the perfect amount of time to explore the island, the trip on the ferry from Ibiza took around half-an-hour and was an enjoyable experience in itself.

I hope that one day I will be able to return to this beautiful island with a greater appreciation for it than I arrived with on this past visit. It greatly exceeded my expectations as a travel destination, and while the nightlife can be overwhelming and unwelcoming to someone who does not enjoy participating in it, during the day Ibiza is a truly magical island.

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Short Walks of the Month: February 2018

Luna reached six months of age in February, still too young to be going on any long hikes, but getting old enough to go on short walks in new places. I set myself a goal at the start of the month to visit two new dog friendly locations, which I achieved. Both of the places we visited we will definetly be going back to when the weather clears up. February was a pretty dreary month with a lot of wet weather, which made any walking a very muddy affair.

Fontmell Down Walk

Walk ~ 0.9 miles ~ 20 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Shaftesbury, Dorset

A beautiful clear day, a rare occurance last month, made for beautiful views from Fontmell Down. This was an easy, yet enjoyable, short walk along the relatively flat top of Fontmell Down. The route passed over a couple of Cross Dykes and appeared to be popular with other dog walkers. Luna enjoyed being able to run around freely, as the fields we walked through were free of livestock.

Hod Hill Walk

Walk ~ 1.6 miles ~ 40 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Blandford Forum, Dorset

Hod Hill is a hill fort dating back to the Iron Age and the Roman occupation of Britain. We were met by fog on our visit to the site, rendering the views from the hill non-existant. Despite the fog, this was a highly enjoyable and interesting walk. There were sheep grazing the hill, meaning that Luna had to be kept on the lead, but I still think she enjoyed our exlporation of this site. It was also Luna’s first experience of encountering sheep, she was very interested in them, but I think that this was down to them being something new to her. I will be taking Luna back again on a clearer day so that we can take in the views from the top.

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