For generations, Ibiza has been a magnet for explorers and dreamers, attracting creative and free-spirited minds from around the world. They still come, of course, but the islands is attracting an internationally diverse group of entrepreneurs, movers and shakers who not only want to experience all the White Isle has to offer, but also want to leave their mark in a collaborative and sustainable way. Here are just a few of our wonderful friends who are doing just that…
How long have you lived here? What brought you to Ibiza and why?
I’ve lived here for seven years. I followed my husband here because he was creating apps for Space and other ventures.
What do you do here? How would you describe your typical work day?
I have a farm and stable near Santa Gertrudis, which I run and am currently renovating. A typical day is organising the work on the farm – what needs planting, rebuilding progress, planting fruit trees where the pine forests have taken over, visualising and making drawings of the changes we want and riding the gorgeous horses with my children. We need to take care of the horses well in advance as most competitions require them to be transported on an overnight ferry to mainland or Mallorca. Normally, I will have time to fit in a cup of tea with a friend and a yoga or meditation class. Afterwards I will cook dinner for my family and volunteers and where we discuss our progress and what still needs working on.
What positive changes have you seen in Ibiza over the years and what would you like to see improve?
The demographic is changing, whereby there are far more younger families, more holistic, open minded, creative people moving here than ever before.
Where do you see the island in five years?
Less of a party island and more of a healing and holistic place to be. I would also like to see it cleaner, less plastic and more control to keep the countryside intact.
Where do you go in Ibiza to escape the crowds in the summer and what are your favourite winter hideouts?
My mountain is my safe haven, but there really aren’t crowds anywhere in the north. I will go to dinners mostly in Santa Gertrudis or La Granja in the summer, or Cova Santa has very nice outdoor parties.
Top 3 Clubs?
I don’t really like clubs but Pasha in winter has a different vibe where you can imagine it still being in the 70s. Pikes is also really fun and unique.
Top 3 Restaurants?
La Paloma is my absolute favourite – the salads and atmosphere are incredible. Macau and Zeno in Santa Gertrudis are both lovely, and Casa Maca hosts a great selection of events.
Top 3 Beaches?
I am a land lover so I don’t visit the beach often, but I love Formentera as an escape.