Things to do in Ibiza

Things to do in  Ibiza

You can’t stop the beat

Ibiza may not be the biggest of Spain’s Balearic islands, but it's definitely the most famous. The energetic clubbing scene and easy Mediterranean climate have been drawing visitors for decades, earning it primo status as Europe’s party capital. Sant Antoni de Portmany is a main center of nightlife—its west end filled with bars, terraces, and revelers. The town of Ibiza is about more than just partying, thought, and offers a well-rounded cultural experience and riveting architecture, including the fortress area and cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yachts, speedboats, and sailboats are all part of the Ibiza experience; and they're the best way to visit the many caves and bays on the coastline. The rock formation Es Vedrà, off the west coast, is especially worth a visit; book a snorkeling tour for an up-close look and to learn the many legends surrounding the site. Also worth a boat trip (even better on a private, luxury catamaran) is the neighboring island of Formentera towards the south, with unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear water. For an amped-up time on the water, try scuba diving or parasailing; or for or a more-relaxed encounter with nature, head to a laid-back area such as Sant Josep de sa Talaia and the surrounding countryside. Ses Salines National Park and the nature reserve of es Vedrà are some of the most tranquil places in the area: a welcome respite from the intense party life that has become synonymous with the island.

Top 10 attractions in Ibiza

Cala Bassa

One of Ibiza’s most beautiful stretches of sand, Cala Bassa has become known as one of the island’s top beaches. Favored by locals and visitors alike, it’s a long crescent-shaped white sand bay with calm, turquoise waters that are great for water activities. Crowds are diverse and range from small children playing in the sand to adrenaline-seeking jet skiers and boaters. Many consider Cala Bassa to have the most vibrantly turquoise waters on the whole island.Cala Bassa is a beautiful spot to relax and take in the natural coastal beauty, but it also has its fair share of facilities. From sun beds and beach chairs to restaurants, bars, showers, and lifeguards, the beach has a little bit of everything. Not to be overlooked, the Cala Bassa Beach Club offers up some of the DJs, dancing, and nightlife that Ibiza is famous for. The beach is a frequent stop of catamarans and boat tours of the island.More

Cala Comte

Surrounded by sand dunes and rocky cliffs, Cala Comte ranks among Ibiza’s most spectacular (and popular) beaches. Visiting families come to swim in the calm, clear waters, while protected coves and enclaves appeal to sunbathers who prefer to go au natural. The beach is known as the best spot on the island to watch the sunset.More

San Antonio Bay

The glittering coastline of San Antonio bay is best known for its gorgeous beaches, tranquil coves, and family-friendly resorts. In contrast, the nearby town of San Antonio is a clubber’s paradise with round-the-clock parties.More

Es Vedranell and Western Inlets

Known for its vibrant nightlife and sun-soaked beaches, Ibiza offers much more than beats from a European DJ. Instead, consider exploring Es Vedranell and the other western islets—and their inlets—of Ibiza for a more laid-back experience that features protected nature parks, quiet beaches, and Mediterranean diving.More

Ibiza Castle

Perched on a dramatic hill, Ibiza Castle (Castell d'Eivissa in Catalan) marks the top of Ibiza’s Dalt Vila, or Upper Town. The island landmark was built over the course of more than 1,000 years and is an architectural hodgepodge of pale-colored stone that combines elements like a 12th century medieval design with 18th century barracks.More

Dalt Vila

Sitting pretty on a hilltop in Ibiza Town (Eivissa), the fortified area of Dalt Vila has been occupied since Phoenician times. Behind its chunky defensive walls and 16th-century bastions lies a maze of cobbled streets that slope up to the cathedral at the summit, where views of the glistening coast await.More

Santa Eulària Des Riu

This area of Ibiza has it all: stunning beaches, quaint towns, and historic monuments. It’s the second most visited location on the island, behind only Eivissa. Located on the east coast of the island, Santa Eulària has become known for its quieter atmosphere compared to the diehard party scenes on other parts of the island.More

Ses Selines Natural Park (Parque Natural de Ses Salines)

Ses Salines natural park is made up largely of water (a whopping 75 percent of the area and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is known for its beaches and biodiversity—178 plant species and some 210 species of birds, including flamingos, Audouin’s gull, and Balearic shearwater.More

Necropolis of Puig des Molins (Necròpolis del Puig des Molins)

The Necropolis del Puig des Molins comprises more than 4,000 tombs from the Phoenician-Punic times, considered the world’s finest collection of Punic remains. The island’s first cemetery, dating back to the seventh century BC, features small caves containing sarcophagi and burial sites filled with jewelry, coins, and baked mud figures.More

Can Marca Caves (Cueva de Can Marcà)

Smugglers once hid their spoils in these 100,000-year-old natural caves in the bay of Puerto de San Miguel. Housing stalactites and stalagmites, fossils, and a 30-foot (9-meter) subterranean waterfall, illuminated with colorful lights, the cave’s exit affords spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding coastline.More

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People Also Ask

What is Ibiza known for?

Nicknamed the “White Isle,” the Balearic isle of Ibiza is celebrated for its shimmering beaches, rugged countryside, whitewashed Ibiza Old Town (Dalt Vila), and partying. Every year, around 7 million tourists arrive for these attractions, with most also timing their visits to savor its other renowned offering of long, hot summers.

What is there to do in Ibiza except clubbing?

Where do you start? Choose from Ibiza’s blissful beaches, try snorkeling or kayaking; or flit around Ibiza Town’s or San Antonio’s shops and cafés. Nightfall brings lots of alternatives to nightclubbing: kick back over dinner at a waterfront restaurant, join locals for shots of local hierbas liqueur, or enjoy a sunset cruise.

What is the prettiest part of Ibiza?

For picture-perfect scenery, it’s hard to beat Ibiza’s smaller neighbor, Formentera. Set sail from Ibiza Town to experience this peaceful paradise, which boasts baby-blue waters and spectacular white-sand Ses Illetes beach. Other Ibiza beauty spots include the inland village of Santa Gertrudis, where boho cafes and eateries encircle an oh-so-pretty square.

What can you do in Ibiza during the day?

Ibiza offers countless daytime activities, from tanning on the sands to browsing Ibiza Town’s chi-chi boutiques, bars, and galleries. To delve deeper, explore cathedral-crowned Ibiza Old Town (Dalt Vila), cross the countryside by 4WD, hike through peaceful forests and villages, or absorb the sea air and scenery on a catamaran trip.

Which is the best part of Ibiza to go to?

It depends on what you want from your Ibiza vacation. For a bit of everything—great beaches, culture, food, partying, and beautiful Ibiza Old Town (Dalt Vila)—Ibiza Town wins. Clubbers and beach fans, meanwhile, should consider Figueretas or Playa d’en Bossa; while families and peace-seekers might prefer Es Cana or Portinatx.

What should you not miss in Ibiza?

Don’t miss a walk around Ibiza Old Town (Dalt Vila); a walled UNESCO-listed gem of flagstoned lanes, mansions, museums, shops, and cafés. Enter via the grand Portal de Ses Taules gateway, and work your way up to graceful Ibiza Cathedral to admire its art and panoramic views down over the town.

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