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Take a self-indulgent summer break

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If you’re a backpacker, then you’re used to doing travel the hard way. You carry everything with you on your back, you stay in hostels and campsites and you get used to stretching your tourist dollar as far as you can. Along the way, you meet fascinating people and see some amazing sights.

However, life as a backpacker can sometimes be a little full-on and every now and then, it’s good to join the rest of society and take a lazy, self-indulgent summer break and leave the backpack behind. The Mediterranean in Europe is full of possibilities for that kind of holiday, and for those looking for beach holidays Spain Ibiza can be a great choice.

This island has a reputation as a party island, and while it’s true that there is a loud and brash side to it, you can also find many quieter resorts where you have easy access to great hiking routes into the interior of this beautiful island. It depends what you’re looking for. There are plenty of interesting cultural and natural attractions to see there.

For example, there’s the Ses Salines Natural Park. This whole area is protected but you’re still able to sit on a magnificent 1.5 km beach and appreciate the sparkling blue sea. It’s near the city of Eivissa. Other natural highlights include the Can Marçà Caves, a series of limestone caves that have waterfalls running through them. The caves are near San Miquel Port on the north of the island.

If you’re interested in history, pay a visit to the Necropolis del Puig des Molins. Dating back from Phoenician times, this is an ancient burial site. It’s possible to go down into the burial caverns underground – where there are a series of tombs which interlock. You can also see some of the artefacts recovered from the 3,000 tombs in the site museum.

Ibiza can be a perfect combination of taking it easy by your hotel pool and exploring to see what the island has to offer in terms of natural and cultural interest. Read up about what you’re interested in doing there before deciding which would be the best resort to be based at.


Aaron Bradford has written 156 articles. Aaron is the leader, mentor and chief geek of the Happytime team. He put together this crack team of travel writers known by codename “The Firm“. Twitter: @b4ubackpack | Google profile |

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