Ibiza – the name is synonymous with sun, sea, and being the clubbing capital of the world. Of course, there is a lot of nightlife to be enjoyed, but there is also much more to the most famous of the Balearic Islands than you know. From being the home to more than one Unesco World Heritage Site to boasting of high-end fashion stores to being the perfect place to relax, check our our Ibiza travel guide.
Don’t fret – the nightlife is included!
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How to get to Ibiza
Firstly, let’s talk about how to get to Ibiza. You can make your way directly onto the island via the Ibiza aiport, or Aeroport d’Eivissa. This is convenient if you want to direct access to the island for your holiday. The entry requirements are the same as they are to get into Spain making it easy peasy! Check what those requirements are for your country before travelling.
You can fly to Ibiza from major cities such as;
- London Gatwick,
- London Heathrow,
- New York, and many more airports via connecting flights.
However, if you are traveling to Spain (the mainland), you can make your way there via ferry from Barcelona.
Where to stay in Ibiza
When it comes to finding where to stay in Ibiza you will be spoilt for choice. Ibiza is home to some of the best hotels you can find, but the best option to truly experience the island as it’s meant to be experienced is to look for villas in Ibiza.
There are villas all around the island making it the obvious choice. Choose a home base and then wander throughout the island, or just choose the type of holiday you want and stick to that side of the island.
Having your own villa can be very affordable. You can choose a villa for 8, 10, even 14 people or choose a villa for 2. This will allow you to have a more intimate holiday in Ibiza and feel like one of the locals, if only for as long as your holiday lasts. Just remember to book in advance as high season can make it very difficult to get last minute accomodation.
Ibiza – The Party Capital of the World
Of course, we can’t move on to the other bits that the island has to offer until we talk about the main attraction to the island of Ibiza – the partying and clubbing. Ibiza is synonymous with some of the most wild nightlife in the world, and if you want to find it you need to make your way to Ibiza Town on the Southern shore and the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany (also known as San Antonio) on the west side of the island.
During the summer months, the white isle will be chock full of tourists that come from all over the world to enjoy the clubs or be night ravers. Whatever your choice of nightlife is, there are plenty of things that you can enjoy.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t clubs scattered throughout the island, they definitely are. Or you can even join in on one of the many boat parties that take place on the island. So even if you don’t want to stay in the busy areas but want to party you can usually find somewhere to go to a short walk or short drive away.
Unesco World Heritage Sites in Ibiza
If you want to have a more cultural holiday and learn more about the history of this island then visit its World Heritage Sites.
Go to Ibiza to see the Renaissance walls that are a Unesco World Heritage site since 1999. These walls are the one of the few Renaissance walls that are still standing, not just in Spain but around the world.
Venture further back in history by visiting the remains of the first Phoenician settlement in Ibiza at Sa Caleta.
Another important part of Ibiza’s Unesco World Heritage Sites is not a site at all, but rather the oceanic plant, Posidonia Oceanica. This seagrass is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea and it is crucial to purify CO2 and in turn, give us oxygen. You can easily see it through Ibiza’s clear waters but do respect the natural flora.
It’s not all just nightlife!
Enjoy the beaches
Ibiza is an island afterall, so you’d be remiss to not take advantage of the beautiful beaches on your seaside escape.
On the opposite side of Ibiza from San Antonio, you’ll find Santa Eulalia, and just north of that, you can find Cala Boix. Cala Boix is a cove that is protected from the wind and also boasts of black sand beaches – the only ones in Ibiza. This beach isn’t normally full of tourists, so it’s the perfect place for a relaxing day on the beach.
Cala Jondal is definitely a must see if you’re in Ibiza. Boasting of crystal clear water year round it is easy to see why it’s a favourite to swim in, snorkel, or just cool off in. Part of the appeal are the beach clubs. Not only are you bound to find good food but you may just be eating next to a celebrity.
If what you’re looking for is to see and be seen then Playa d’En Bossa is the place to be. This beach is almost 2 miles long and is the place to enjoy the island like a celeb. You can swim, relax on the sand, or enjoy its proximity to the club scene. Either way, it’s the place to be if you are looking for a great time.
Visit the Hippy Markets
Visit Ibiza’s hippy markets, or flea markets that specialise in local artisanal items. The Punta Arabi market is the most popular of the hippy markets and is located in Es Canar, just a short drive from Santa Eulalia. It is the oldest of these markets and boasts over 500 stalls! Market days are can change so be sure to check the official Hippy Market page for hours of operation.
There are loads of open air markets and to see one of the best do head inland to Las Dalias, in Sant Carles (San Carlos) to experience the colourful market and even it’s live music scene. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season from 10am-5pm and you can find live music, DJ sets (it is Ibiza, after all), and even great restaurants.
There is so much to see and do in Ibiza, and we hope our Ibiza travel guide has helped you get some ideas for your next visit to Ibiza. Whether you want to be on the more tranquil west coast or want to enjoy the best restaurants or walk its cobblestone streets there is always something to see or do in Ibiza.