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6 things to do when the Ibiza weather changes

Ibiza has so much to do even when the sun is hiding

When the weather changes for the worst, we often get caught out. We simply don't know what to do. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Ibiza has more than its fair share of golden rays, but even here there are unexpected showers or grey clouds out of season.

Fear not, Ibiza has a wealth of things you can do, both away from its beaches and plazas or even right next to them, both inside and outside.

While away the time in a café or bar

Put down your mobile phone and seek out a nice bar and chat to each other. You might find that you get on really well. Try an Ibizan breakfast of pan con tomate (bread with tomato) with a cafe con leche (milky coffee) or for the braver, a carajillo, essentially a long espresso topped up with brandy or Baileys to warm your heart. Then, plan what to do when the sun comes back.

If you want to be spoiled on a grey day, head to a beach clubs, where you will still get excellent food and drinks in plush surroundings and an atmospheric view of the beach. No days are dull days in these places. In Playa d'en Bossa try Nassau Beach or Tanit Beach Ibiza, next door, also open all year round. In the north, there's Elements at the divine Benirras beach or more east on Sol d'en Serra beach is the fabulous Amante.

Take the action inside

Moving the action inside might just open up a new world of fun. Test your wits in one of the Escape Rooms' indoor adventures, where you use clues to get your way out of one of their themed rooms. San Antonio's aquarium is worth a shot and even has a cafe bar overlooking the town's bay.

You could get someone in to give you a relaxing massage in your hotel or you can order in the professionals with lots of mobile massage options around. A spa treatment might be your thing, so check out our list of some of the best pampering spots on Ibiza.

Explore the island's natural beauty

Grey days and when the temperature is lower is time to get out and about and get acquainted with the island's natural beauty. This is a time for coastal or forest walks. Walking Ibiza holds lots of public walks as well as bespoke private walks, so check them out.

You could take advantage of less crowded beaches and take in their beauty. Winter is even better as you'll find them much more deserted and tranquil. Most beaches are backed by pine forest too, so you can shelter from the rain if it falls.. If in the countryside, pick some wild fennel or rosemary and take home to to use with your dinner or infuse your vodka cocktail.

Visit museums and monuments

Ibiza does have a good number of museums for an island its size. The Contemporary Art Museum features many top international artists of amazing quality. Discover Ibiza's illustrious Punic past at the Monographic Museum or learn about Ibiza's culture-rich Moorish period at the Yabisi Medina centre. An apercu of life, pre mass tourism, of of a typical Ibicenco, or Ibizan in English, is to be found at Santa Eulalia's Ethnographic Museum.

The citadel of Dalt Vila is itself a monument and there are small pillars and signs in multiple languages to guide you through its deep and rich history. Pirate towers are worth a visit and abound across the island, such as at Playa d'en Bossa, Las Salinas and Cala Conta beaches among many others.

Go to villages and get to know them

There are so many lovely picture postcard villages on this gorgeous isle. A favourite of ours is Es Cubells, which only has two restaurants, sublime sea views and an aura of calm. San Agustin is pretty and very quaint with some good places to eat too. Being perched on a hill, the countryside views are amazing.

In the north, San Carlos has charm in abundance and a nice variety of bars or there is the hilly village of San Juan, which has a great market on Sundays. Santa Gertrudis is slap bang in the centre and has some very lovely boutiques to browse in. For tasty cured meats, try the ever popular Bar Costa.

Shopping and markets

Well, why wouldn't you? If you are one that buys souvenirs or holiday gifts for yourself and your family, then what a great day to do it. Ibiza Town has shops open all year round and you'd be hard pressed not to find a cool clothing boutique in summer – you can browse at your leisure.

Markets take place all year round, with all kinds of items to browse. Whether you want jewellery, a great summer hat to wear, hand made soaps that smell of fresh meadows or something to wear for dinner, it's all here. Take a peek at our popular markets page to find when they are on and where to find them.

Article revised in September 2018

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