Although this famous island is known best for its nightlife, beaches and hippie vibe, I can assure you its charm is far more than that. People say that the island either traps you or pushes you out and for those who are lucky to feel its magic and don’t know the island too well yet, here are a few places I recommend you to go.
The historic center and the city Wall, an area called “Dalt Vila”, are the best place to hang out and go for a walk no matter the time of day. You will run into cute little shops, nice Spanish restaurants and get impressed with the gigantic ships moored at the harbor. If you climb to the top of the fortress you will be rewarded with some very nice ocean views.
Ibiza has been also famous for its hippie vibe for many years. Although you can find this atmosphere in many places around the island (beaches, beach bars…), these markets are a huge gathering. Full of cool artisanal clothes, summer accessories and live music.
WATCH THE BEST SUNSETS ON THE WEST COAST OF THE ISLAND
This side of the island lets you enjoy some of the best sunsets I have ever seen, and they will amaze you more each day. My favorite places to watch this at are Chiringuito Cala Escondida or La Torre at Cap Negret. These places also have nice bars where you can relax and have a drink while watching the day end in the best way possible. (I swear this photo has no filter)
Es Vedra is a rock island that is said to have a magical vibe. As one of the symbols of the island, it transmits a palpable feeling of peace when you look at it and it somehow expands this throughout the island creating that special atmosphere anywhere you go. Cala D’Hort is one of the best viewpoints of this rock since it stands right in front of this cliff.
LAS PUERTAS DEL CIELO
Not only Es Vedra is worth a view, but “Las Puertas del Cielo” which translated from Spanish means “the Doors to the Sky” is a very special spot since on one side you can admire the wide Mediterranean Sea and if you look towards the other side you will find Ibiza’s beautiful green inland territory which is usually not given enough credit.
CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER BEACHES
One of the best things to do on a summer day is head over to a nice beach and lay in the sun to get a tan. The beaches have this pure blue color that makes you want to stay all day in the water. Some of the most beautiful places are Cala Tarida, Cala Saladeta, and Ses Salines, but I’m sure once you get there you will discover your favorite one on your own.
Hidden and hard to reach, in fact, you will have to park somewhere along the road and walk until you find run into this peculiar spot where two ancient doors in the middle of nowhere will surprise you.
This territory is owned by Guy Laliberté, who is also the owner of Cirque du Soleil. But this is not what makes it special, if you look from one angle of the doors you will find Es Vedra in the horizon right between them, totally picture-worthy.
Even though the island is known for its wonderful coves and beaches, the inland is full of surprises, such as this small village where you can walk around and discover some of the local businesses. My favorite? Bar Costa, where you can have delicious Iberian ham sandwiches at a very good price, if you visit this town you can’t miss it!
SAN JOAN DE LABRITJA
Another small village further up north, where you can find some peace and quiet compared to the craziness of the rest of the island. I loved the Giri Café which has a back terrace with Balinese beds and a garden where they grow their own produce. Right at the entrance, there is also a small bar/restaurant where you can find very tasty homemade food, you can also order take-away and go eat it at the beach (Es Portitxol and Cala Xarraca are close by)
Of course, I couldn’t miss Ibiza’s famous parties. Above all the amazing clubs around, the best one by far is Ushuaïa, where you can start the party early in the afternoon and stay until midnight. What if you want to keep partying after 12 o’clock? No problem! Hï is just across the street.
THE BOAT HOUSE
You can find this chill bar/restaurant at Cala San Vicente, also a great beach to spend the day at. What makes this place special? You have hammocks where you can lay around while having a drink and a very uncommon decoration, in the inside of the restaurant there is a glass floor where you can see a ship right under your feet!
Formentera is a small island next to Ibiza (together they are called Pityusic Islands) which you can reach with a short ferry ride from Ibiza town’s port. Even though it’s a tiny island, you will be amazed with how much it offers. The best way to visit it is renting/taking a bike or scooter to tour around and make the most out of your day.