Cristina Slattery

Correspondent

  • Barcelona, Spain

Cristina Slattery is a correspondent who lives in Barcelona and covers the Canary Islands and Ibiza for Forbes Travel Guide. The freelance writer’s work has appeared in the European edition of The Wall Street Journal, Japan’s Newsweek and other national and international publications. Until recently she also worked as an acquisitions editor for eBook start-up, e-Diciones KOLAB.

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    Is Formentera a must-see destination?

    Formentera is a small island just two miles from Ibiza. It does not attract many of the ravers and package tourists that often find their way to Ibiza — it is a more tranquil, location with few paved roads and plenty of sand and sun. In some ways it is the antithesis of Ibiza — it is not a particularly glamorous spot and focus is not on nightlife except for the live jazz concerts held Saturday evenings in the Plaza of Sant Francesc. Repeat visitors often want to guard Formentera from gaining too much attention from those who may not appreciate its low-key charm.
     
    There is no dress code on Formentera — women who wear their finest jewelry stand out as do men who wear jackets to dinner. No jewels or clothing can compete with nature’s turquoise water and humans should attempt to blend in with the surroundings as much as possible here. The island is a must-see destination, therefore, for those who wish to enjoy a laidback vibe and unspoiled natural beauty.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Ibiza?

    The best items to bring home from Ibiza range from the tasty to the fashionable. Hierbas Ibicencas — the herbal liqueur made from rosemary, aniseed, thyme and 15 other botanicals — is the quintessential taste of Ibiza. You can find a summery white dress that will remind you of the hot days and cool nights at one of the many boutiques in Ibiza Town. And the island’s crystalline salt — basically dehydrated seawater — can easily be carried back home for a little bit of that island feeling.
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    What are the best Ibiza food experiences?

    Most of the dishes in Ibiza revolve around seafood or fish, which is amazingly fresh and succulent. But meat lovers will find some dishes too, as will those who gravitate towards sweets and spirits. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best food experiences in Ibiza:
     
    1. Bullit de peix. A typical dish from Ibiza, the bullit de peix is a seafood and potato stew that’s seasoned with saffron. It’s always served with a side of allioli, a garlic and olive oil mix, and followed by a bowl of rice. El Bigote and Restaurante Salvadó on Pou de’s Lleó are well known for their bullit de peix.
     
    2. Paella. The island’s cooks celebrate their Spanish heritage and the local seafood bounty with paella. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest visiting the restaurant on beach Cala D'Hort for authentic paella. Or for a twist on paella, take a 30-minute ferry ride to Formentera and head up to village of Es Caló. The restaurant at Hostal Rafelat serves a famed arroz caldoso.
     
    3. Sofrit Pages. This Ibicencan dish is a plate of pork, lamb, chicken and freshly made sausages and potatoes in a sauce scented with cinnamon, saffron garlic and peppers. Try it at La Palmera or one of the other home-style restaurants in Ibiza.
     
    4. San Pedro. This local fish goes by many names: San Pedro, John Dory or gallo San Pedro (St. Peter’s Rooster) in Spanish. No matter what you call it, it’s meltingly tender; Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend ordering San Pedro at Restaurant Es Torrent.
     
    5. Ensaimadas. This ancient spiral shaped sweet bread dates back to the 1700s in the Balearic islands. The soft breads available at bakeries throughout Ibiza may be plain or stuffed with chocolate, almond purée or the pumpkin jam called angel’s hair. Usually served at breakfast, tear pieces off your ensaimada and dip it in hot chocolate or coffee.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Ibiza?

    It’s not hard to find a nightspot in Ibiza, after all, nighttime revelry is what the island is known for around the world. Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend visiting the legendary club Pacha to be in the center of the club scene. The Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, which has hosted some of the world’s best DJs since opening in 2009, is also an ‘it’ spot for those seeking a quintessential slice of the island’s pulsating dance party atmosphere. Sipping a drink while sitting on the terrace of The Rock Bar in Ibiza Town and people watching is an option for those who want a slower pace in the evening. Cocktails at Bambuddha Grove in Santa Eulalia is also recommended as is an after dinner drink at the retro Anita’s Bar in San Carlos.
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    What is the best way to see Ibiza in one day?

    If you’re looking to see Ibiza in just one day, the best way to experience the island is to rent a car. One possible itinerary could include going to Las Salinas beach in the morning and eating lunch at Sa Trinxa, a bar on the beach that has been serving food and drinks to beautiful people in bathing suits since the ‘70s. Stop for an aperitif at Blue Marlin, a stylish beach club located along Cala Jondal Beach on the island’s southwest coast. If you want to play like the international luxury crowd here, make a dinner reservation at Lio in the marina. Lio is a cabaret-restaurant of lavish dimensions that opened in 2011; it serves Japanese and international fusion cuisine. After dinner, hit the party scene that made Ibiza famous and head to Pacha, the famed disco that opened in 1973. Here, you can either end your evening or take it into the next morning.

    Another quieter option is to drive from a beach in the south up to the sleepier northern part of the island and stop in a few villages along the way, including Sant Josep, Santa Gertrudis, Sant Joan and Portinatx. And for those that love the sea, consider hiring a boat for a day and touring the island’s gorgeous calas.
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    Where is the best shopping in Ibiza?

    Shopping at a outdoor market is a well-known pastime in Ibiza. Hippies once dominated the markets, but now they attract all sorts of shoppers and vendors. The popular Las Dalias market is held on Saturdays in San Carlos, and you can find a Monday evening market there as well. If you stroll through the streets of Ibiza Town — called Eivissa in Catalan, the local dialect — you’ll find name-brand stores and chic boutiques. In the village of Santa Gertrudis there are smaller, artisan shops such as Enjoy Ibiza, which sells fashionable children’s clothing, and Casi Todo, an auction house with a wide array of discounted items are for sale. 
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    What are the best things to do with kids in Ibiza?

    Kids will love the beaches in Ibiza — as will adults. But of course, you can’t spend your whole vacation at the beach. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ five favorite things to do with kids in Ibiza:

    1.  Splashing at Aguamar. The water park at Playa d'En Bossa is a fun option for those with children — or even big kids who will love spending the day on the slides.

    2. Go-karting. In Santa Eulalia you’ll find a popular indoor go-kart track. It’s divided into areas for children age 3 and under and another area with faster cars for kids over 7. There’s also a 300-meter circuit with hills and valleys for adults. Once they get tired of racing, hit the arcade for video games and air-hockey.

    3. Football training. If you really want to treat your children to a special experience, hire a local personal trainer to give kids private football (soccer) lessons. After all, it is Spain’s most popular sport.

    4. Horseback riding. Horseback riding at Horse Country Club in the village of Santa Gertrudis makes for a fun outdoor activity with kids too.

    5. Playing on the beach. Cala Llonga is a particularly child-friendly beach. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and a beach umbrella, as the summer sun in Ibiza can be intense.