Have you ever thought of living in Ibiza Town? I hadn’t until the universe pretty much threw me there. After applying to a language assistant program in Spain and requesting Valencia, I received an email offering me a position in none other than the world party capital itself: Ibiza.Ibiza is a pretty small island yet it includes everything from sparsely populated countryside fields, to raging nightclubs which surely break the fire codes at high season. Every area of the island has its pros and cons, however when it comes to actually living and working in Ibiza, here are 13 reasons why you should live in Ibiza Town. 1. Strolls Through Dalt Vila Are Sick
Strolls through Dalt Vila are freakin sick…and by sick, I mean amazingly beautiful. This historic section of Ibiza Town is home to a number of residents as well as upscale restaurants and bars, yet its medieval charm remains. As you walk through the architecturally romantic cobblestone streets, you can read informative plaques written in four different languages. One of the more famous monuments is the sarcophagus, (my favorite reading spot), as well as the old clock tower church at the very highest point of the old town. You can find amazing food here, (though your wallet will cry), but hey at least the panoramic photo opportunities of the Mediterranean port are free. Entry to the Modern Art Museum, located just off the main stretch of restaurants, is free as well. If you want to feel like you’re rich for an evening, or better yet…YOU ACTUALLY ARE, spend an evening bar hopping in this section of town. A great place to get cocktails is on the rooftop bar Tira Pilla. Or if you want to party check out the gay street which you can find by locating Bar 22.2. Hanging Out By The Port Every Day
The port de Evissa is a great place to get gelato and walk around or sit at a cafe and people watch. You can admire boats of all shapes and sizes from sailboats, to billion dollar yachts owned by mystery Russians. When you live in Ibiza Town you can take a walk to the port and surround yourself with vibrant luxury whenever you want, and now that I’m gone it feels so strange that I can go do this right now! The whole area surrounding the port is filled with boutiques from upscale Italian fashion to touristy nicknacks, and the architecture here is more beautiful than the rest of Ibiza Town, (other than Dalt Vila of course).3. Friends With Boats FRIENDS WITH BOATS. Need I say more? If you hang out near the port a lot and you’re outgoing, you just might be lucky enough to make a friend with a boat! Seeing the island from a boat is an exhilarating experience and was a personal goal of mine from the start. One of the best parts of Latin culture is that people are warm and enjoy sharing these type of experiences with friends. If you spend a significant amount of time on the island, try to make friends with some locals and maybe you’ll find yourself on a boat. 4. Allllllll the shops Many things on Ibiza are expensive, yet miraculously when it comes to shopping for clothes you can find a lot of reasonably priced stuff here. Honestly Spanish retail chains are…well, OFF THE CHAIN! (Sorry for being incredibly cheesy). They all seem to offer really cute stuff at affordable prices. Berksha and Pull&Bear are a couple of my favorites as you can easily find things for 15-20 euros. It’s really refreshing to go into Zara and Mango here, as they are much cheaper on Spanish soil. All of these stores, as well as some other great ones, are conveniently located in a row down a street leading to the port. If you live a couple blocks from here like I did, good luck not accidentally walking into stores every day! There are also a number of unique upscale boutiques in this area as well as the area between the port and Dalt Vila. You can find a lot of specialty items like one of a kind leather bags and jewelry. 5. You Can Walk Home From Pacha
When you live in Ibiza Town you can easily walk home from famous nightclubs, like Pacha. This whole area, between Ibiza Town and Talamanca, is home to quite a few well-known clubs. When Pacha is in full swing during the summer months, it has 5 different rooms, each offering different music genres, as well as an outdoor area. A mini water bottle here sets you back 6 euros…I wouldn’t even know how much a beverage containing alcohol would be. On a normal night without a famous DJ playing it costs 15 or so euros to get in, but if you work in Ibiza and get a temporary residents card you usually get in for free! If you don’t have your card yet but argue with the bouncer in really bad Spanish for long enough they will usually just let you in as well. When you want an easy club with no cover go to Keeper and when you want a really hip vibe with live music and artsy locals go to Veto. If you want to go somewhere with a ritzy vibe, yet people still how to get down, check out Sushipoint. A sushi venue, (with high prices I’m sure), by day, and a cocktail club by night, this place has it all. Late at night, you can go crazy on the dance floor and then take a break while smoking hookah on comfy sofas.6. The Secret Beach
Ibiza town is right next to a small but decent beach called Figueretas and about a half hour walk from the beach in Talamanca. What many people don’t know is that there is a secret beach not far from Dalt Vila. This beach is known as a gay nudist beach, though what beach in Catalonia doesn’t include at least some nudity? I won’t tell you where it is to keep the secret alive, but if you ask around enough you’ll probably find someone who knows. The journey there requires about 3 seconds of intense rock climbing and if you go during high tide your shoes will definitely get wet, but once you get there it’s a cozy little spot providing small cliff diving opportunities.7. Small Town Feel
Everyone thinks of Ibiza as this big crazy party paradise, which it is…from June to September. The rest of the year it’s honestly just a small Catalan town with normal things like schools, (a lot of people are surprised to learn there are schools and families here). You’ll see the person who sat in front of you on the bus in the morning, in line at the grocery store later that day. In fact, it’s so small that the buses don’t even announce the stops…you’re just supposed to be a local and know where you are! (Praise Google Maps.) If you go to the same bar often, you will probably make friends with some of the bartenders and or locals. You can walk across the whole downtown area in fifteen or so minutes and everything is located pretty conveniently. I really enjoyed having everything I needed in life within a five block radius of my apartment.8. There are so many Italians you almost feel like you’re living in Italy
Another good thing about living in Ibiza Town is that there is a fair amount of diversity. Some of the smaller towns, or pueblos, on the island will have mostly locals. In Ibiza Town, you’ll run into a lot more internationals as well as Spanish people from the mainland. There are A LOT of Italians and Argentinians. Half of my students had one or two parents from other countries. There is also a fair amount of Germans, the lady who cut my hair is from Sweden, and of my roommates was Armenian…He didn’t speak Spanish or English, so that was fun!9. You Can walk to Playa den Bossa
Playa den Bossa is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza and rightly so. It’s a pretty expansive beach offering soft sand, turquoise water and plenty of posh resorts, bars, and clubs. In the summer there are often parties on the beach and or in clubs or pools that are basically on the beach. These parties can be pretty expensive to get into but if you have a work contract you can usually get in for free! Being able to walk home from this beach after the buses have stopped is always a plus. On a nice afternoon, you can start off at Figueretas and walk all the way down to the end of Playa den Bossa for a scenic hour-long walk.10. The medieval fair actually takes place in a medieval town Every spring Ibiza hosts a medieval festival in their own medieval section of Ibiza town, Dalt Vila. Imagine going to a renaissance fair that’s set up in an area that basically looks like a castle! This won’t be that impressive for anyone from Europe but if you’re from North America it will strike you as pretty neat. For four or so days this section of town will sell all sorts of artisanal cheeses, meats, breads and more. If you live close by you can pop over for a snack whenever you fancy as there is no entry fee.
11. Winters are more convenient
With a Mediterranean climate, Ibiza’s winters are pretty easy. I mean if you come from Thailand you might be appalled, but otherwise…if you come from almost anywhere else in Europe, you will find the winters here to be relatively pleasant. Coming from Michigan in the U.S., I found the darkest days of winter in Ibiza to basically resemble Autumn. That being said…A LOT of the buses just stop running and a lot of the restaurants will shut down for two or three months. If you’re in a smaller town this will hit you hard. If you’re in a smaller area once a day! Getting stranded is all too easy and taxis here are not cheap. If you’re living in Ibiza Town during the winter your life will probably just be easier.12. There’s a place to buy pastries every 2 blocks
When you’re in the center of Ibiza Town you run into cafes and pastelerias every block or so. If you’re trying to be on a diet…good luck. You can buy delectable treats from cakes to pastries filled with chocolate. How can you not buy a Napolitano every day when the small ones are only 75 centimos and you pass three places selling them on your walk home from the bus stop? Es Repòs is one of my favorite places to get affordable pastries but if you want to indulge go to Croissant Show. Basically everything there will be a couple euros more but you’re paying for the ambiance which includes a beautiful view of the drawbridge leading to the old town…not to mention the wifi, (which is NOT a given in Ibiza).13. Ibiza Town is a great place to drink
Though San Antonio is known as the party capital of Ibiza, Ibiza Town has some of the coolest places to drink and chill…whether you are looking for swanky, quirky or slightly rachet. In Dalt Vila, you can sip drinks on bean bag chairs outside on stone steps at S’Escalinata Ibiza and Art Bar sells cocktails at only €5, (which is basically amazing for this area). Near the port, there’s Teatro Pereyra which usually has good live music without a cover. Plaza del Parque and Vera de Rey are littered with restaurants and bars, and there are plenty places to go in el centro. Can Tera is the go-to place, for many locals and expats alike, to stand around and talk while drinking. On Thursday nights Pinxos is the place to be…though it’s almost too crowded to be there physically, as all tapas are only €1 each. Malanga and the bars near it are always bumpin’ on the weekends. And when you want to go to a club without a cover, featuring lots of reggaeton and groping…there’s always Kokotxa!