As autumn lands on the island of Ibiza, the intense heat subsides leaving behind a soothing warmth. Still bathed in sunlight for the rest of the year, though a world away from the intense heady days of peak season, the pace on the White Isle slows down to enjoy these mellow next few months. A chance to pause, reset and reflect.
Autumn on the island has long been favoured by those in the know and thanks to a steadfast year-round community, there’s a clutch of new openings and launches slated, from exhibitions to wellness retreats and farm-to-fork eateries. So much still to enjoy, it’s an ideal holiday destination for families who are able to travel outside of the school breaks, or activity-seeking groups. With room to breathe and spread out, beaches take on a new expanse and reservations at the best restaurants are easier to come by.
Summer’s social whirl is replaced with a renewed vigour for nature and wellness. While the restrictions of the past couple of years have made these holiday meetings all the more poignant, the new season marks a point in time to disconnect from the demands of the social calendar and focus instead on family, nature, health and vitality.
Autumn in Ibiza is also an opportune time for prospective buyers, their curiosity piqued by a re-evaluation of life over the holiday period. A changing of seasons, a changing of priorities for both people already living on the island and those looking to come here – this in turn leads to a shift in movement and a feeling of renewal and of fresh opportunity. With the property market buoyant at this time, there’ll be an influx of homes to the market to cater to all tastes: from modernised villas, to new builds and traditional fincas, and even rustic Ibicencan restoration projects.
Renters looking for somewhere to decamp to for a good portion of the year can also take their pick of the bunch, with holidaymakers finally vacating summer’s spoils. It’s a particularly good time for people who are considering a longer rental – perhaps six months or more – to find a property to call home for a while.
These cooler months open up a wealth of otherwise crowded hotspots, and smaller sister island Formentera just a short boat ride away, promising world class waters, swathes of sugar sand beaches and a thriving food scene. Its characteristically languid charm is an irresistible draw for many, reflected in a burgeoning property market.
I love the autumn here – it’s one of the best times to visit. Not as busy, so reservations at the best restaurants are easier to come by! There’s lots of things opening up, too, that are creating a bit of a buzz.
- Rupert Baird-Murray, Partner