Going out to work a season in Ibiza is on the bucket list of many young people and one of the must-dos in life. People who have done it before return year after year, spending six months on a really beautiful and magical island. The working seasons tend to run from late May until the middle of October, although this can start earlier in some cases and end a little later in others.
Being out working on the island is a great way to spend time, earning money doing something enjoyable with a group of like-minded people. It is also a good chance to explore the island too. There are some of the world’s best nightclubs to enjoy on nights off, as well as stunning beaches and some of the most breathtaking views. Work hard and play hard is definitely the mantra out there, as you will make some memories that will last forever.
If this sounds like something that interests you, then here are some of the things that you can do in Ibiza in your downtime; it would be great to hear what you think.
1. Hiking up Sa Talaia
Dancing the night away in the clubs of Ibiza is something that can be classed as great exercise, however, if you’re looking for something adventurous, with fresh air and amazing views to-boot, then you can hike up to the tallest part of Ibiza, namely Sa Talaia. It is located in Sant Josep and is a fairly steady walk uphill of just under 2.5km so it can be a good walk for a morning or afternoon off work. On your way up you might even see the Jineta, which is a cat-like creature native to the Balearics that is often found relaxing in the vegetation. When you’re at the top, you can take in the amazing panoramic views where you will see the whole island. If you really want to experience the magic then going at sunset is definitely best.
2. Try yoga on the beach
Working a season in Ibiza can be quite full on, with long hours and late nights. That is why it is important to take some time to look after yourself, as well as your mind and body. The good news is that there is an abundance of beach yoga classes where you can try to wake yourself up each morning, leaving you feeling refreshed and calm. Many classes are taught in English as well as Spanish, so there is no need to worry that you won’t understand it. There isn’t much better than starting your day with some good vibes and positive energy.
3. Explore the hippy markets
As well as being a place to party, Ibiza is also known for having a very chilled out and relaxed bohemian vibe. Along these lines, there are a range of markets selling crafts and wares that happen each week, known affectionately as the hippy markets. They sell a range of goods from handmade jewellery, souvenirs, and clothes, and the whole experience is lively, happy, and colourful with street food on offer and live music. It is a good idea to check where the markets are happening where you will be, as in San Carlos they happen once a week on a Saturday, but in Es Canar they are held once a week on a Wednesday.
4. Hire a kayak and explore from the sea
Heading down to the beach is a must on a regular basis if you are going to be living in Ibiza. However, if you want to really explore a little more and catch some rays not laying on the sand, why not rent a kayak and explore from the ocean? It gives you the chance to be out at sea and see a different perspective of the island, as you take in the sea life and beautiful views. There are some kayak tours that are organised that will take you through the clear waters and through some of the island’s secret caves. So if you want to do something different on a day off that isn’t just sunbathing, then head down to the ocean.
5. Explore Ibiza old town
There is a little-known fact about Ibiza, that is it is home to a range of UNESCO World Heritage sites. One of the heritage sites, meaning it won’t be developed or changed, is the Old Town of Ibiza (called Dal Vila). You can spend a lot of time exploring or just a little, so it can be a good choice for when you have some time off. The Old Town is like you might imagine it to be, with winding cobblestone streets, castle ruins, cathedrals dating back to the 14th-century, Gothic architecture, and stone statues. There are a range of restaurants and shops to explore too, with many hidden gems hidden down small alleyways. If you want to learn more about Ibiza, rather than just knowing it as a party island, then heading to the Old Town is highly recommended.
6. Try diving or snorkeling
Ibiza is famous for its crystal clear waters making it absolutely ideal for diving or snorkeling. You could buy yourself a snorkel and explore yourself, or there are a range of businesses with snorkeling excursions that are very inexpensive. If you fancy trying your hand at diving, then definitely sign up for an excursion with an expert tour group as there is a lot more equipment involved in scuba diving. Some of the best areas for snorkeling and diving are Cala Conta, Cala Salada, and Aguas Blancas. They are beaches that are stunning, but have a range of marine life to spot and plenty of coves to dive in and explore.
7. Visit Es Vedra
If you are looking to do something completely unique, then Es Vedra is worth a visit. It is much like Easter Island in that there is a lot of mystery to it, as it is an uninhabited rock island. There are some urban myths and legends connected to the island that locals will be able to tell you about. Located just off the coast of Ibiza, it is a short boat trip out there and a fun way to spend the day.
8. Try some water sports
If you want to try something new, then there are plenty of water sports on offer in Ibiza. Banana boating is one of the classics which is an exhilarating ride that leads to you getting thrown into the Mediteranean sea! Great with friends, it is a good thing to do when you and some of the team have some time off. If that doesn’t quite take your fancy, then there are other options too like parasailing, paddleboarding, jet skiing, and hoverboarding. If you want a little break from the sun then it is something fun to do.
9. Rent a scooter to explore the island
The island is small, and if you want to see all that it has to offer in one day, then renting a scooter will allow you to do just that, all at your own pace. You will be able to try out different beaches, explore the street food scene, and try some of the hiking trails. You don’t even need to have a plan really, just ride around and see what you discover. It makes parking up much simpler too, and is much more affordable than hiring out a car.
10. Eat the paella and Spanish delicacies
As there are a number of bars and clubs, there are naturally a lot of food places that are open late at night selling pizzas and kebabs. But what you should make sure that you do is to embrace the Spanish, including paella. For something much less greasy and much healthier for you, make sure you try a mouth-watering Spanish meal. The island has some great restaurants with some amazing paella, so it would be silly to not give it all a try.
11. Embrace the party scene
No doubt if you are looking to work in Ibiza, you do like to party. But when you’re working and when you are socialising, they are completely different things. In your down time you might want to explore some of the world’s best nightclubs, who often have guest DJs and special events. It is a party scene that is not to be forgotten in a hurry, and you never know, you might see some famous faces as you party too.
12. Relaxing by the pool
When it all gets a bit much and you’re feeling tired on your day off, relaxing by the pool can be a good way to top up the tan and help yourself to feel rested and refreshed. Reading, scrolling, swimming, and drinking, are ideal things to do by the pool, so don’t forget to make the most of where you will be staying when you can.
There are so many different things to do in Ibiza, for all tastes and for all people; it really will be a season to remember.