The cooler months are the perfect time to focus on the mind, body and soul. Pure Seven provides several options for personalised retreats and programs.
The cooler months see festivals, markets and celebrations at many of the island’s picturesque villages. This is also the time of the Matanzas, a farming tradition that goes as far back as anyone in Ibiza can remember. Whole villages gather at the ritual slaughtering of the fattest pigs. Absolutely everyone lends a hand and nothing goes to waste. Sausages are stuffed, local cured meats such as sobrasada and butifarra are prepared and cuts are divided amongst family members while huge vats of the delicious arroz de matanzas (a pork and rice specialty) are prepared and enjoyed in tented halls. It’s a truly local experience to which everyone is welcome.
Throughout the year each village and town celebrate their patron saint’s day. Often the celebration includes ball payes, traditional dances performed in ornate costumes handed down through generations. The Ibiza drum and flute provide the soundtrack to this mythical ritual, keeping the beat of tradition alive. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience local handicrafts in action such as basket weaving, the fashioning of espadrilles and lace making.
Speaking of local artisans, with such a vast network of local craftspeople, artists and experts on the island, our guest services department can create bespoke experiences for guests that speak directly to their interests. Take a private intensive Spanish language course, touch up on your life drawing skills, learn the art of digital photography, master traditional cooking, bond with your inner drummer – wherever your interests lie, we can connect you with the right person to extend your skills and learn new ones.
History buffs will enjoy touring some of the gorgeous whitewashed villages, especially the bucolic Santa Agnes, San Mateo and Es Cubells – all of which contain historic architecture and folkloric traditions. Several ancient ruins dot the island as do some ancient pirate towers. The island’s museums stay open all year round and a visit to the archaeological museum and Phoenician necropolis of Ibiza town is a must do. The winding streets of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s UNESCO heritage listed old town is also blissfully free of foot traffic during the wintertime.