‘World-class’ is a phrase strongly associated with Ibiza Town, particularly in reference to its legendary club scene. However, there’s much more to this part of Ibiza than non-stop parties and banging tunes. By day, Ibiza Town reveals itself in all its glory; a surprising mix of sleek, chic buildings and rustic architecture. You can check out the island’s cultural heritage with a visit to one of the many museums and art galleries, or dip into its fascinating past with a trip to the nearby castle or explore the imposing cathedral.
Shopping is almost a national pastime in Ibiza, and Ibiza Town has plenty of shops where you can spend your holiday Euros. Head to the New Town and you’ll find 21st century shops glittering around squares peppered with outstanding restaurants. In the Old Town, things become far more traditional, with cobbled streets housing quirky boutiques and low-lit bars. The Old Town also acts as host to the region’s famous Hippy Market, which transforms the streets into a colourful carnival of sights, sounds, smells, and bargains!
Without doubt, the main reason people come to Ibiza Town is for the nightlife. With iconic clubs and lively bars, the only phrase that seems appropriate is ‘world-class’.
Things to do
Whether you’re a clubber, a history buff, a shopper or a foodie, Ibiza Town has something for everyone. By day, you can dip a toe into its rich past with a stroll around the oldest part of town, Dalt Vila. Wander through its ancient streets to discover whitewashed buildings, churches and the old city walls. If you want to sample the local cuisine, stop at a restaurant for a traditional Catalan dish, such as the local favourite, ‘guisat de peix’, fish in a creamy potato stew. For one-off souvenirs, check out the craft stalls of Sa Penya, or immerse yourself in the weekly Hippy Market.
By night, the sounds of club music fill the air. During the summer season, every night is a party in Ibiza Town, when clubbers flock to superclubs like Pacha and Space.
There’s plenty to see, even if you decide not to leave Ibiza Town at all during your holiday (although we highly recommend that you do). The town is made up of two distinct areas: the old town (Dalt Vila, or ‘High Town’), where there’s a castle, a cathedral and lots of little streets to explore, and the more modern areas (Eixample, or ‘Extension’), which is just about everything outside the old town’s walls. Look out for quaint medieval churches, craft stalls, and great little restaurants and bars.
If you do want to explore further afield, a boat trip will give you the best views. You could go to the tiny island of Es Vedra, see the coastline on a sunset cruise or catamaran trip, or, if you’re more of a party animal, take your place on a party boat.
Beach life and nightlife
You’ll have easy access to several beaches when you stay in Ibiza Town, including some of Ibiza’s best. Just outside the centre are the sands of the family-friendly Figueretas Beach and Talamanca Beach, which is more suited to adults. And if you go a little further (but not much), there’s Playa d’en Bossa, a beach that’s so long the atmosphere changes as you walk along it. This is where you’ll find both the liveliest beach bars and the quietest places for complete relaxation.
There’s nothing better after a do-nothing day at the beach than getting ready for a night out. And as night time in Ibiza isn’t only about clubbing, you’ll be able to find the perfect place for you to enjoy yourself; whether you want to unwind with a quiet drink and a nice view or make the most of the famous DJs playing at the superclubs.