Famous for its raves and hedonism, Ibiza is high on most 20 year olds bucket lists. But the White Isle has just as much to offer families and friends looking for a laid back holiday. If you’re planning on booking a holiday to Ibiza, Talamanca makes a great choice for somewhere to stay.
I recently visited Ibiza and chose the small resort town of Talamanca as our base. This is why it’s my favourite place to stay in Ibiza.
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1. The Beach at Talamanca
Talamanca beach is a wide stretch of sand with safe and shallow waters. Perfect for building sandcastles and taking a dip in the ocean. There’s a boardwalk which takes you all along the bay making it easy to navigate with buggies.
Head towards Ibiza town and you’ll come across plenty of cafes and restaurants, lockers and public toilets.
On a clear day, you’ll be able to see Ibiza’s sister Island, Formentera in the distance from the sand on Talamanca Beach..
Head away from Ibiza Town and you’ll soon come across a rocky area with some fabulous views across the cliffs. Plus the cutest beach shack I’ve ever discovered!
2. The Restaurants in Talamanca
Ibiza Town has a wealth of restaurants from fine dining to basic tapas bars. But there are plenty on offer in Talamanca itself to suit most tastes, a couple of my favourites include:
With an Asian, Mediterranean fusion menu this is a beach club/restaurant right on Talamanca beach.
The décor is gorgeous and really reminded me of Bali. The vibe is chilled and the food delicious.
The Fish Shack
Completely off the beaten track – you wont find this place unless you’re looking for it! It’s located at the top of Talamanca on the headland. This unassuming shack serves some of the freshest fish around with my favourite view in the area.
It’s basic, rustic and very popular with the big Ibiza names over the season. Make sure you take cash, (they don’t accept cards) and don’t wear heels, those rocks are lethal!
3. The proximity to Ibiza Town
It’s a ten minute drive into the gorgeous Ibiza Old Town or 30 minutes walk along the seafront and past the Botafoch Marina. There’s a cute play area on the way if the kids need a bit of encouragement.
The ancient, walled Old Town of Ibiza, Dalt Vila is a UNESCO world heritage centre and is as photogenic as it is interesting. It’s best to pull on some comfortable shoes and explore on foot as the streets are narrow, steep and cobbled but the views from the ramparts at the top of town are well worth the trek.
Take your time and explore the many gift shops and cute cafes on the way up. We loved Plaza Del Sol with its gorgeous fruit basket displays and shaded seating area.
Whilst you’re there, make sure you visit Ibiza’s modern art gallery (MACE). Showcasing some fabulous contemporary art from around the Balearic Islands. The museum also has an archaeological site preserved underground. Which allows visitors to view the structural changes over various centuries through a glass floor.
Try some Tapas
When in Spain you must try tapas at least once, we discovered a gorgeous restaurant, La Cava just outside of the old Town walls in Vara de Rey offering a modern twist to the traditional Spanish Tapas bar.
All the dishes are freshly made onsite. They have a lovely outdoor seating area or if you’re after some shade (or warmth over the winter months), the interior is beautiful.
4. The Marina
A short walk from Talamanca is the swanky Botafoch Marina. THE place to visit if you like impressive yachts and beautiful people. It’s a great place to sit and people watch and has some high end shops and gorgeous restaurants.
We particularly enjoyed The Trattoria Del Mar, a beautifully designed Italian where the service was relaxed and friendly and the seafood pasta dishes were to die for!
5. The Hotels
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We stayed at the wonderful OD Talamanca, a design led boutique hotel just up from the beach at the edge of town. It’s the perfect place to relax by the pool with a cheeky cocktail or two. And quiet enough if you want to escape the clubbing crowds – or you can easily get a cab to the nightlife in Ibiza town. You can read our full review of OD Talamanca here.
6. The Peace and quiet
Talamanca is just far enough away from the madness of the Ibiza clubbing scene But you can easily dip in and out of the nightlife when you choose. You will often see early morning revellers walking along the beach as you are starting your day. Although Talamanca really wakes up in the evenings, we were always safely back in our hotel by 9pm!
Have you stayed in Ibiza, Talamanca or do you have another favourite place on the Island? I’d love to hear what you think, just leave a comment below.