Not so long ago in Ibiza, if you wanted a hotel somewhere more rural, peaceful and relaxing, your options were a little limited. Over the last five or ten years though, thanks to the rise of the agroturismo hotel, you have a lot more to choose from.
An agroturismo is a traditional Ibicencan farmhouse, converted into a stylish and well-equipped hotel. There are probably more than twenty agroturismos in Ibiza now, each with its own unique look, and each providing their own take on luxury and comfort.
And although many of them are tucked away in areas that are unspoilt by commercialisation, the beauty of holidaying on such a small island means that you’re still within easy reach of a huge choice of fantastic restaurants, bars, beaches, clubs, shops and anything else you may need to enjoy your stay.
Many people who come to Ibiza only get to see a very small part of this beautiful island, but we can guarantee that staying in an agroturismo would provide a very different experience.
The smell of pine trees and the sound of cicadas in the warm air
Stepped fields, with vines, fruit and olive trees growing in the rich, red soil
Freshly-grown, organic food served at each mealtime
Absolute peace and tranquility
Of course, staying in such ‘rustic’ parts of the island means that a hire car would probably be needed, unless you were to base yourself by the swimming pool for the duration of your holiday…..which is no bad thing at all! But arrive early or late season, book your car in good time, and you can take advantage of the lower prices and more relaxed pace of life that holidaying in April/May and September/October brings. Temperatures are still in the mid- to high-twenties during these months, and the sea is warm enough to enjoy. People have more time to chat, bars and restaurants are less crowded, and things move at a slower pace on the island. Even the taxis!
Some of the agroturismos still function as farms, rearing livestock including pigs, and have plant nurseries, cultivating agave, aloe vera and pines native to the island. If you’re into a ‘green’ lifestyle, then many of them will be perfect for you, using recycled rain and waste water, solar panels for hot water and electricity and providing organic fruit and vegetables.
It goes without saying that Ibiza is more than just San Antonio and Amnesia in August, so if you’re looking to visit out of season, then there’s still a good choice of places to stay. Our recommendation is to come in late January/early February, when the pink-white almond blossom is at its most beautiful. Seen under a full moon, it really is quite spectacular.
Why not leave the car parked up for the day, jump on a bicycle and see the island from a different viewpoint? If you don’t feel like exerting yourself too much, choose an agroturismo that’s located in one of the flatter parts of the island. Ask the owners to make you a packed lunch and take plenty of water – and probably a nice bottle of organic wine, grown on vines just a few hundred metres from your door!