Sitting in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza forms part of the beautiful Balearic Islands, which is around 100 miles off the eastern coast of Spain. San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa like to live in the fast lane with parties around-the-clock. But the thumping nightclubs are only a snippet of what Ibiza holidays have to offer! Showing off the island’s sleepy side, find pretty pine-clad hills and yoga retreats in Santa Eulalia, or hit Es Cana for some hippy market fun. And don’t forget to visit Ibiza Town (or Dalt Vila)! Home to the iconic Pacha nightclub, when you’re not sampling its late-night scene, this UNESCO-listed hotspot is filled with ancient must-sees.
Things to do
Whether you take your holidays to Ibiza fast or slow, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. Its paradise beaches should be your first stop! Walk through pine forests and discover quiet, secluded coves. Or, stick to busier stretches filled with watersports so you can combine relaxing in the sun with some pulse-racing fun. If you’re eager to explore beyond the coastline, head inland and stumble upon traditional whitewashed villages like San Agustin and San Juan.
Of course, partying is always on the agenda! Even if you’re not looking for DJ sets and beach clubs, there’s no shortage of oceanside watering holes where you can enjoy a cocktail accompanied by relaxing sundown beats. But can you even say you’ve been to Ibiza without stepping foot inside its hippy markets? Wander colourful stalls filled with crafts, clothing and accessories as you get to know some of Ibiza’s coolest locals.
Ibiza has a long list of beaches for such a small island, and they’re all completely different! If you’re among the party crowd, look no further than its liveliest (and longest) stretch in Playa d'en Bossa. Right at the centre of the action, with iconic hotels like the Hard Rock as its backdrop and exclusive restaurants lining the sand, it’s your go-to for barefoot dancing.
If your Ibiza holidays are all about family fun in the sun, then the beaches in San Antonio Bay are perfect. The golden sand at Cala Comte was made for sandcastle building, not to mention it plays hosts to some of the best sunsets on the island. If you’ve come to Ibiza to avoid the crowds you may prefer the island’s off-the-radar sand spots. Tucked away from the tourist trail, Cala Xarraca’s crystalline waters are a snorkeler’s dream, while Portinatx’s beach trio (S'Arenal Gros, S'Arenal Petit and Playa Porto deliver unspoilt beauty by the bucketload.
Laid-back hippy vibe
Ibiza is so much more than sun, sea and superclubs. Known for its hippy heritage which goes all the way back to the 1960s, you can still get involved in many of these rituals today. One experience you won’t want to miss is the sunset drum roll circle at Benirras Beach. Every week tourists and locals alike congregate to celebrate the setting sun to the sound of bongos.
But the hippy markets are by far the most popular way to immerse yourself in this flower power movement. The Punta Arabi Hippy Market (every Wednesday) in Es Cana is the biggest of them all, and a must for one-off items. Las Dalias Hippy Market in San Carlos is another firm favourite thanks to its Saturday slot.
The party capital of the world
Make sure you squeeze in a siesta because the music doesn’t stop in Ibiza! You’ll find the island’s most vibrant resorts over on the west coast, where chilled day events turn into all-night raves. San Antonio nightlife is world-famous for a reason! Pool parties, sunset hangouts and the bar-lined West End are just some of your pre-drink options before you hit those iconic superclubs. There are just as many choices when the sun is shining too. Take your pick from trendy beach clubs like Ocean Beach Ibiza and Blue Marlin, where you can simply relax in a cabana or dance by the DJ booth.
Places to Stay
Ibiza’s best resorts are scattered right across the island. For UNESCO beauty and big-name clubs, base yourself in Ibiza Town. You’re in a great spot for hitting the coast as well thanks to the beautiful nearby beaches. Talamanca’s ivory sands and handy amenities are just a 15-minute drive from the island capital.
In the east, Es Cana is home to Ibiza’s oldest and biggest hippy market, while the beach is perfect for little ones with its shallow waters and pedalos. Along the northwest coast is quiet San Antonio Bay and its buzzy neighbour San Antonio Town. While those seeking family holidays in Ibiza, may prefer the tamer resorts along the east coast such as Santa Eulalia and Es Cana, or even the tranquil Portinatx on the island’s northernmost tip.
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