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.

Soaking 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 trail
If 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 Attraction
In 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.

1. Fiesta Cala Nova

If you’re booking your holidays to Ibiza with the view to spending some quality time with your family or better half, check out the Fiesta Cala Nova hotel. Located on the north-eastern edge of the island
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2. Ibiza Events

Ibiza’s reputation as the party capital of the world has been going strong since the 1960s. What started out as a hippy hangout has transformed into the dance capital of the world
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3. Ibiza Rocks

The Ibiza Rocks music festival was founded in 2006 and, since then, has gone from strength to strength, attracting music fans and party lovers from across the globe.
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4. See the Rock of Es Vedra

The mysterious Rock of Es Vedra is an uninhabited island located just off the west coast of Ibiza. The mammoth, 400-metre-high limestone rock has been the focal point of many myths and legends over the years,
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7. Spend the day at Cala Bassa Beach

A great way to spend the day under the warm Ibiza sun is on the popular Cala Bassa Beach on the island’s west coast. It’s easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and you can make your visit here as action packed or relaxing as you like.
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8. Go horse riding at Ibiza Horse Valley

If you want to break away from the regular tourist haunts and instead see the more rural and untouched side of Ibiza, then this could be just the thing for you. The Ibiza Horse Valley offers a unique and unforgettable horse riding experience
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10. Explore Ibiza Old Town

No holiday to Ibiza would be complete without exploring the island’s famous old town. Situated in Ibiza Town itself, Dalt Vila (as it’s otherwise known) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that takes you back through 2,500 years of fascinating history.
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