Travelling to… Ibiza, Spain

¡Hola! to my first blogpost on travelling! The Spanish island Ibiza is well-known for its high-end hotel, shows and concerts featuring international stars and its crazy nightlife. But there’s more to the island than getting drunk on tropical cocktails and partying until sunrise: beautiful beaches, scenic bays and the turquoise sea are guaranteed to make visitors feel like they are in paradise. You can relax at the beaches all day, explore the small cities or shop in tiny boutiques when you’re on the island.

The old town of Eivissa, Ibiza’s main city, reaches from the Harbour up to a medieval castle that towers over the city. Those who brace the steep walk up the hill (which can be pretty exhausting when it’s +40°C outside) are rewarded with a marvellous view on the city’s Harbour and the landscape of Ibiza’s main land. While the castle, known as Castillo de Eivissa, can be explored from outside it’s not allowed to go into the fortress. Around the castle, its citadel now serves as a free outdoor museum which provides visitors information about the city’s past. It’s easy to let the mind wander and think about a time long ago when Ibiza was still ruled by the Arabs. Especially charming are the street musicians who locate themselves in the streets and alleys around the citadel to fill the air with their beautiful music.

The Castillo de Eivissa

If the walk up to the castle was exhausting and you need a little break from the sun’s heat, small coffee shops and nice, local Restaurants can be found all over the old part of the town. One cafè I especially liked is the s’Escalinata. With its location at some old staircase, which serves as the outside seating area of the cafè, it provides a nice view on the city below. But there are many more beautiful spots and cafès you can check out, enjoy some drinks or food and relax at.

Another fun thing to do on the island is to check out the small boutiques and street market stands that are located all over the old part of the town. Colourful summer pieces, elegant night clothes and pretty shoes can be found in these boutiques. On the market stands, artisanal decor items, jewellery and local food and snacks can be purchased. In addition, the island is home to one of the world’s biggest hippie markets. The two biggest of These markets are the Punta Arabí market in Es Caná, which opens every wednesday, and the Las Dalias market in San Carlos, where you can shop every saturday. I checked out the Las Dalias hippie market and can really recommend to check it out. The numerous market stalls are full of colourful items in hippie style. Here you can easily add some vintage pieces to your own wardrobe or find unique presents for friends and family at home.  

The Las Dalias hippie market

For those who don’t want to shop or do sight seeing all day, Ibiza’s beaches and bays provide some perfect locations to relax and soak up the sun. The numerous bays are perfect for reading books or engaging in some water sports in the skyblue water. The picturesque bays can be reached by bike, with rented scooters or rental cars. Since many travellers prefer to stay at their hotel’s private beach, the small bays are often very quiet with no other people around. I loved hanging out there since I got to relax at what felt like my own private bay. I highly recommend exploring Ibiza’s less frequented spots in order to find a nice beach to spend the day at.

After a relaxing day at the beach, Ibiza’s night clubs offer a huge variety of different shows, concerts, parties and other events. It’s not easy to decide which location to choose, since there is so much going on every night! Internationally known DJs and famous Entertainers perform every night in Ibiza. Stars like Avicii, David Guetta or DJ Antoine perform in Ibiza’s clubs. Tickets for most shows are expensive, but relatively easy to get. You can either purchase them online beforehand or get them from various street sellers and bars in Ibiza on the day of the show. Some bars even offer special deals for those who buy the tickets at their bar: cheaper or even free drinks await those who are willing to buy their tickets on the day of the event. If you’re considering doing this, make sure to compare multiple sellers’ prices and offers to get the best value for your money. The most famous clubs are the Ushuaïa, the Amnesia and the De Pacha.

Those who are still looking for a hotel in Ibiza might want to check out the Iberostar Santa Eulalia. I stayed at this hotel for 4 nights and absolutely loved it. The rooms were really pretty and I also liked the location of the hotel. It’s situated in a quieter region, about 15 minutes by car from Eivissa. The good part about this is that there are less people who just want to party all night, so it’s a lot more relaxed than hotels near the cities and the beaches are nicer. The hotel’s pools and private beach with sunbeds and a beach bar are perfect for enjoying Ibiza’s hot summer weather. The hotel’s restaurant offered an amazing breakfast and delicious local and international dishes at the dinner buffet. I’d definitely stay there again on my next trip to Ibiza.

I really hope you liked my little overview of Ibiza. In case you’ve already been to the island, I’d love to hear about your favorite spots! If not Ibiza, what’s the next travel destination on your list? Thanks for reading and ¡Adiós!

Coffeeshop Series: il Cafè Graz

Location: Murgasse 7, 8010 Graz
Current opening times: MON-SAT 06:30-19:00, SUN 09:00-18:00

As part of my new coffee series, I’d like to recommend a coffee shop in Graz: il Cafè Graz. Since it opened around 1.5 years ago, it’s become one of my favourite places to hang out and enjoy some delicious coffee at. Especially their friendly service and the vast variety of different coffee-based beverages immediately gained my attention. In addition to coffee, tea and housemade lemonades, il Cafè offers a wide variety of snacks and sweet pastries to enjoy with your beverages. Customers can easily choose their preferred order at the self-service bar. The shop offers alternatives to normal milk: I always order their cappuccino with almond milk. What I also really like about the shop are their sustainable alternatives to the regular disposable cup. Not only do they sell cute, eco-friendly bamboo cups directly in their shop, you can also get a discount on your beverage if you bring any reusable cup. In my eyes, this is a really nice approach to get costumers to live a bit more sustainable and, in a way, reward those who try to enjoy a nice cup of coffee to go without harming the environment.

The coffeebar’s indoor space is equipped with comfy chairs, benches and cute little tables to enjoy your coffee at. The coffee-related quotes on the walls inside and outside, well-chosen decor items and plants add a cozy feeling to the shop’s interior. 
The coffeebar is centrally located in the Murgasse, which leads to the main square of Graz. The shop’s little outside seating space is located on the other side, the beautiful Franziskanerplatz. The coffee shop can be entered from both sides, which is very convenient. It’s especially nice to sit outside in summer since you can enjoy a cold-brewed or iced coffee drink while enjoying the sun outside. I love meeting up with friends and hanging out there when the weather’s nice. I hope you liked my first coffeebar recommendation, and stay tuned for the next one!  

New: Coffeeshop series

Austrians loveee coffee. They even have a word to describe their love for meeting up in a coffee shop to enjoy some nice hot beverages and chat about everything that comes to their mind: Kaffeehauskultur. Considering this, it’s not surprising that Graz is home to numerous coffee shops you can find all over the city. Small, independent shops as well as big, international coffee shop chains offer a vast variety of coffee roastings and blends.

I, like many other students, love coffee. Sometimes it is the only thing that can get me to get up in the morning, or the only motivation to power through a long study session. What I love about coffee shops is the possibility to meet up with friends while enjoying some delicious hot beverage and some salty or sweet snacks. I also really like hanging out at coffee shops on my own, so I can get some work or studying done. Not only does working in a social setting really relax me, it also helps me stay focussed. On days I don’t have any lectures at uni, I sometimes feel a little stuck in my flat. Packing up my stuff and switching my study location to a public place is the perfect thing for me to do in these situations.   

Since I’ve been living in Graz for a while now, I discovered many coffee shops I really like hanging out at. This is why I thought I’d start a new project and talk about my favourite spots here on my blog. Once in a while, I’ll add a post about another coffee shop so in the end there will be a long list of places I recommend. I’m excited to start this project with my next blogpost!   

Grabbing some coffee with friends is one of my favorite things to do

Graz’ best gelato: Gelateria Italiana by Luis

Location: Südtirolerplatz 16, 8020 Graz

In summer, Austria can be a pretty hot place. In order to cool down, the locals in Graz love to go out for ice cream. With its numerous ice cream shops, the city can offer everyone an ice cream flavor they like. But how can one decide where to get the sweet, cold treat? To help you out, I made it my mission to try every single ice cream shop in Graz! This post is my first report, and features my favourite gelateria: Gelateria Italiana by Luis. With its three locations in Graz, there is seems to be a ever-lasting supply of delicious, Italian ice cream. Not only are the gelati delicious, they also come in over 40 flavours! I guarantee you, there’s a flavor for every taste. The only Italian ice cream shop in Graz, the shop also serves freshly-brewed cappuccino and authentic Italian sweets. You can either get your order to go, or enjoy it at one of their little tables located both inside as well as outside, at the front of the shop. The ideal location of the biggest of the three gelato shops invites costumers to sit and relax while enjoying some delicious treats on Graz’ beautiful Südtirolerplatz.

Eissorten: Tiramisu & Kinder Bueno
Gelato flavors: Tiramisu & Kinder Bueno

Hallo! Hello! Hi!

Welcome to my new blog! Here you’ll find tips and information about Graz and other spots in Austria. Posts about international travel destinations will also be published once in a while. 

But first: let me introduce myself! My name is Stefanie and I study at the University of Graz. I moved there a few years ago and have come to know and love this small city.  Since finding fun things to do and new spots I liked to hang out at was a bit difficult at first, I loved reading about Graz on different blogs. Like that, I was able to discover many amazing coffeeshops, restaurants and shops. Now that I have lived here for a while, I have found my own favourite places that I would like to share with you. I know that there already are hundreds of travel and lifestyle blogs, but I thought it was a fun project to start. If you have any tips, comments or opinions you would like to share with me, please do not hesitate, I’m always open for feedback! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blogposts!