Interview with Scottie from Secret Ibiza Tours
Ibiza is renowned for its partying but there is so much more to the island than you might think. Most people, however, are extremely nervous about venturing outside the main resorts and into the unknown, but this is where Secret Ibiza Tours have stepped in to help.
Secret Ibiza Tours provide a wide range of activities from hiking, kayaking, snorkelling as well as cliff/rock jumping. They can also combine several activities into a half day or full day package for that true Ibizan adventure.
We caught up with Scottie from Secret Ibiza Tours to find out more and to ask him about their upcoming 2018 season and of course to gain his thoughts on the island.
Welcome to the blog Scottie, where did the idea for Secret Ibiza tours come from?
My business partner and I have been coming to Ibiza since the late 1990’s. Having experienced the clubbing scene I wanted to see what else Ibiza had to offer. About five years ago I spent some time exploring the island and was pleasantly surprised with what I discovered, that Ibiza had a lot more to offer than just nightclubs for the party goers.
I continued exploring the island regularly over the next couple of years. I felt that I had found a lot of hidden and unique gems that I could share with others travelling to Ibiza. I also felt that I could offer service involving these gems that weren’t being offered already.
From this Secret Ibiza Tours was born.
Ibiza is a fascinating island especially away from the larger resorts, how do you choose where to take people to see some of the unique spots the island offers?
We tailor make activities to suit everyone. We cater for families, couples, groups and individuals who want to experience a different side to Ibiza. We choose from a selection of wonderful tried and tested locations around the island, whether it will be snorkelling in crystal blue waters, cliff and rock jumping for the adrenaline junkies or a romantic sunset at the iconic Es Vedra, accompanied by a glass of fizz.
Can you give us any sneak previews of what you have added into the mix for summer 2018?
Every season we like to add something new to keep it exciting and different, particularly as we have a lot of returning customers. This season we will be launching the Es Vedra experience where clients will get to see the mystical Es Vedra with some exciting stop offs along the way.
With Ibiza busier than ever with not only clubbers but families and more mature visitors do you think the popularity of escaping from the resorts is increasing?
Most definitely. A lot of our customers have been coming to Ibiza for years and have now taken the time to see what else Ibiza has to offer. I can honestly say that all of our clients have been surprised by Ibiza’s beauty and delighted with the experience we have given them.
You must have visited nearly every inch of Ibiza but where are your personal favourite three places on the island?
The best little gem I have found is a lovely little coffee shop called Costa, not the big chain Costa we know in the UK but a lovely coffee shop in a place called Santa Gertrudis. Santa Gertrudis is known as the fruit bowl of Ibiza. I have travelled a lot in my time and this is the best coffee I have ever had.
Secondly, the abandoned hotel in the north of the island. The is a hotel that was half built back in the 70’s and it is an awesome place to explore.
Thirdly, my favourite place is the mystical Ibiza Stone Henge. I just love this place and never get bored of going there.
When taking people on their adventure what do you enjoy most when showing them a different side of the island?
I get a kick out of seeing clients’ reactions when on a tour. I have even had few clients shed a tear or two from being overwhelmed by the beauty of the sunset on our sunset package. A satisfied client makes it all worthwhile.
Ibiza is renowned for its partying and probably always will be, but can you explain what the true Ibiza is like to those who have never ventured too far from their all-inclusive hotel?
Ibiza is steeped in history, full of character and culture. It even has a five million year old stone bridge! Ibiza has countless beautiful beaches with hidden coves, crystal blue waters and fascinating marine life. Ibiza Town hosts Dalt Vila and an array of restaurants serving authentic Spanish cuisine.
For first-timers to Ibiza who may be on a very tight budget but want somewhere authentic and unique where would you suggest heading?
Ibiza can be expensive and in some places, your Euro doesn’t go far. However, enjoying what Ibiza has to offer can still be achieved on a budget.
A great way to do this is to venture out and get off the beaten track by taking a local bus, this will only cost a few Euros but could take you to places such as the hippy market or one of the seven pirate lookout towers.
It could also take you to the north of the island, an area less frequented by tourists but definitely worth a visit for the beaches.
Ibiza is an ever changing island whether it’s the nightlife or the daytime activities how exactly do you see Ibiza evolving over the next few years?
The party side of the island is and always will be a big and exciting part of the island. People will continue to be attracted to the island for this reason.
The change I have seen in recent years and believe I will continue to see is that visitors to Ibiza want to see what else Ibiza has to offer. Daytime activities are becoming more and more popular, with the increasing trend of combining a balance of partying and exploring to make the perfect holiday.
Our thanks to Scottie for taking time out with us and to find out more about the adventures and activities offered by Secret Ibiza Tours you can find their website here www.secretibizatours.com or you can follow them on social media via FaceBook facebook.com/secretibizatours or on Instagram @secret_ibiza_tours