2019 – a BIG Year for the White Isle

Happy New Year! Now that the extended Christmas holidays are over it’s time to get back to work and focus on the year ahead. We’ve said goodbye to 2018 and it’s now time to embrace 2019.

Every year is a big year for Ibiza but 2019 has an extra edge to it. Local elections that will define the next 4 years, the continuing Brexit debacle, a local residents uprising, a lurch towards polarising politics, a new right wing Spanish party, increased competition from other tourist destinations, an unpopular hotel ecotax. I could name a few more but I’m not here to focus on the negatives, not today anyway.

The Island runs in cycles and there’s no doubting that Ibiza has got itself into a bit of a pickle. A catch 22 situation that requires a long term plan but the local political parties prefer to play petty games with each other, agreeing on nothing and accomplishing very little (but more about that in a forthcoming post).

More importantly, what can be lost in the fog of all the hyperbole and the local political point scoring is just how fantastic Ibiza is as a tourist destination. I’ve just spent 3 weeks travelling around south east Asia and it feels so good to get back, One of the bonuses of getting away is the appreciation of what you have back at home and I can safely say there’s simply no other place on the planet like Ibiza.

We sometimes forget exactly what we have here on the island and more importantly the basic requirements for tourists to come and enjoy the islands in the best way possible. Eating fine foods, taking in the incredible nature, immersing in local traditions, hedonistic pursuits if that’s your pleasure, the best nightlife in the world, swimming in clear blue water or simply lying on a white sandy beach with a takeaway sandwich and a good book. The beauty of Ibiza is and has always been that there’s something for everyone.

Some, of course, will tell you that Ibiza is now only for millionaires and that you have to win the lottery to be able to enjoy the island. There’s no doubting that Ibiza is constantly evolving but thats one of the beauties of the place. I still find the ‘rich only’ notion amusing as I tuck into my sumptuous 9 euro menu of the day then take a long walk on the Cala Conta coastal path to work off the 3 courses and a bottle of wine, stopping for a 1 euro caña on the way back. The best things in life don’t have to cost the earth in this neck of the woods (and I’m not talking about a magnum of grey goose and a pretentious beach club).

Those that know the island also know that you can live like a prince on a paupers wage but you have to be clever and do some homework and I mean real homework, not just follow the Daily Mail or Guardian sponsored travel sections. Look at online forums, ask direct questions, get busy on social media and forge your own path around the island without becoming a sheep with deep pockets. Leave that to the August glory hunters (whose wallets are always welcome by the way).

If you have the notion in your head that you ‘love Ibiza’ and I mean really love Ibiza then in 2019 I challenge you to come over in the low season and discover the real island. Get a cheap flight, stay in a local hotel, go out and meet people, eat inexpensive delicious food, take a walk around the old town or on an empty beach and absorb that special Ibiza vibe that dissipates substantially for a few months over peak summer when everything gets lost in a haze of frenetic greed. Forget what you think you know or what you read in the tabloid, 2019 is the year to see Ibiza in a different light.

I guarantee that the Ibiza you will find is a special place unrivalled in the world and everything you want it to be. It’s there right in front of you, you just have to scratch the surface a little.

You can thank me later!

Author: Martin Makepeace

Englishman living and working in Ibiza since 1991. Entrepreneur with a passion for villas, boats, sunsets and San Antonio. Read my blogs, listen to my podcasts and catch me on Radio One Mallorca every Tuesday morning.

19 thoughts on “2019 – a BIG Year for the White Isle”

  1. Completely agree, Ibiza is a beautiful place in all seasons, we started off as tourists, now luckily we own a place, by best the winter destination, the whole island chills, the renowned sunsets remain, the walks, the chilled meals perfect! Definitely won’t regret it!


  2. Just booked for the lady and myself – Mid May, 6 days, 4*, San An, flights, transfers and extra baggage… £201 each, all in.
    At that kinda price, we can afford a table at Sa Capella! Ibiza wont change for me… I won’t let it.


  3. Excellent Martin really excellent. Will share although it’s nice to keep low season low season for all the reasons you’ve mentioned.


  4. Need to get more winter flights to Ibiza Martin, been a couple of times over the years and its a hidden gem in winter


  5. You are since 91 ! Long way !! It’s the year of my birthday:))
    I ve just strarted my way here 3 years ago. Sometimes it’s hard ! But I believe all my plans and my dreams will come true here . I am working on it !
    Thank you for this motivation post ! 🙂


  6. Hi Martin
    Totally agree with everything you’ve said. I started coming to the Island in the late eighties when I was 18 to do the obvious partying which as you say is the best in the world, nowadays I only come in April and October in the half terms with my daughter, we hire a very cheap out of season car and tour round the island, we make our own lunch to eat on which ever beach we stop at and we cook dinner dinner too with local food
    It’s our favourite place, there’s something Special about Ibiza that i can’t quite explain, it’s true though there is something for everyone


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