While Ibiza has a reputation as the world's headquarters for partying, there's far more to this island than you might first expect. Remember that the clubs, pubs and bars have only been open for around 40 years, and the island has been attracting visitors for a lot longer than that. In addition to the nightclubs and pool parties, you'll find some of the best beaches on the planet, picturesque villages, fascinating old towns and traditional hippy markets to explore. For fans of the great outdoors, the Rock of Es Vedra is well worth a visit or you might, prefer exploring the north of the island from the back of a horse. Whatever your interests, there are plenty of things to do in Ibiza, whether you're travelling with children, or escaping with your better half on a romantic break.
BeachesSoaking up the rays on a sun-kissed beach are one of the most popular things to do in Ibiza and, given their cleanliness, safety and sheer beauty, it's easy to see why. The west coast hosts two of the best: Cala Comote Beach and Cala Bassa Beach. Both are ideal for families, with glorious, golden sands that shelve gently into the sea. Cala Comte Beach offers the chance to sit in a beachside bar, sipping sangria and watching the sun go down, serenaded by chilled-out tunes from live DJs. Cala Bassa Beach is ideal for those who want to add a shot of adrenaline to their list of things to do in Ibiza: there's an extensive selection of water sports to choose from, including snorkelling, water-skiing, or splashing about in a pedalo!
Peace, Love, and Shopping!Ibiza was 'discovered' in the 1960s, when it became a hang-out for hippies. Despite the scene giving way to house, rave, and dance music, you'll still find remnants of the peace and love generation, particularly in the Es Cana hippy market. Housed in the grounds of the Club Punta Arabi hotel, this is the perfect combination of shopping trip and day out. Featuring hundreds of stalls, this is where the far-out come from the far-flung corners of the globe, to sell their homemade hippy goods. Soundscaped by live music and perfumed by the smells of sizzling food, this is the market where you can find virtually anything you can imagine, along with a few things you probably haven't.
Hit the trailIf you've had enough of the crowds and want to get to grips with the island's countryside, taking part in a horseback trek is one of the most invigorating things to do in Ibiza. The treks are for parties of eight or less and there's a minimum age limit of 12, so older children and young teenagers can take part in something a bit off the beaten track. The northern part of the island is the most unspoilt and there are some outstanding landscapes to explore. Helmets, insurance and drinks are provided, leaving you to enjoy yourself and soak up the scenery from your saddle.
A Magnetic AttractionIn addition to having some of the best beaches, Ibiza's east coast offers one of the most fascinating things to do in Ibiza. The Rock of Es Vedra is an island just off the coast, which is thought to be the third most magnetic place on the planet, so leave the metal jewellery at home; apparently, it's even been responsible for homing pigeons losing their way! Regardless, it offers some of the best photo opportunities on the island and is alleged to have produced the rocks from which the Egyptian pyramids were built.