Ibiza is the crown jewel of Europe’s party scene and while you can guarantee a clubbing experience like no other in its most famous areas, there’s plenty more to the White Isle than meets the eye.
Located off the west coast of mainland Spain and surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is brimming with dazzling beaches, quaint towns, glorious hills and stunning nature. Every location on the island offers something different, making Ibiza the perfect destination for all types of getaways.
WHY IBIZA IS THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR GETAWAY
Ibiza is unquestionably a popular choice for anyone looking to let their hair down and dance the night away. The White Isle’s most famous spots are packed to the rafters with clubs, bars and boat parties, attracting some of the world’s most famous DJs. But, despite its clubbing haven reputation, Ibiza is fantastically versatile and comes loaded with plenty of opportunities to tick all of your holiday boxes.
Kick back, relax and release your inner yogi on the northern side of the island. In this area of Ibiza, you’ll find a number of gentle villages, populated with yoga schools, meditation retreats and vegan cafes. Ibiza is also rich in culture and history and is a wonderful place to explore. Its towns boast some magnificent architecture, including historical churches and cathedrals.
You’re also spoilt for choice with Ibiza’s endless list of beautiful beaches: some heaving with bouncing beach bars and others tailored for a relaxing catching of rays. Whatever the purpose of your island break, you can guarantee Ibiza will deliver the goods.
THE BEST PLACES TO STAY IN IBIZA – OUR TOP SPOTS
If you’re visiting Ibiza for the first time and fancy trying a bit of everything, Ibiza Town it a great place to start. In true Ibiza fashion, Ibiza Town plays host to some amazing bars and clubs. Located just outside the city centre, Pacha is one of the island’s world-renown superclubs and has been enticing party-goers since 1973. With a capacity of 3,000 people, Pacha is a must if you’re in the mood to boogie. The nightlife continues only a short walk away at smaller venues like Heart and Lío.
Ibiza Town is also perfect for soaking up some of the White Isle’s history and culture. Stay in the Dalt Vila area of the old town and immerse yourself in the island’s traditional architecture. The neighbourhood is perched above the harbour and is home to the magnificent Cathedral de Santa Maria. Encircling Dalt Vila are Ibiza’s 25-metre-high fortified walls constructed in the Renaissance era to keep Ibizan’s protected from north African raiders. The walls are floodlit at night to create a dramatic, historical sight.
While you can find sensational food all over Ibiza, the range of cuisines available in Ibiza Town makes it the pick of the bunch for food-lovers. The dining-out selection includes Michelin-starred restaurants such as Re.Art, health-conscious spots like Passion, and seafood specialists Cala Bonita.
Our best places to stay in Ibiza Town: Casa Isabella – Close to Ibiza Town, La Vagabunda – Roca Llisa (North of Ibiza Town)
San José (Sant Josep de Sa Talaia)
Sant Josep sits peacefully in the west of Ibiza at the base of Sa Talaiassa – the tallest peak on the island. It’s an ideal location for a traditional Ibizan experience away from all the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts. The mountain, Sa Talaiassa, is a hiker’s dream. The 2.5km trail can be scaled in a little over an hour from Sant Josep and the views are well worth the labour – though you may have to navigate your way through the pine forest to find the perfect viewpoint. The history of the village is encapsulated by the Església de Sant Josep. The beautiful, three-story, 18th-century church proudly lines the village’s streets and its bells continue to ring out at eight o’clock every morning.
Despite its quaint nature, Sant Josep is not short on high-quality restaurants and bars. Located almost opposite the church is Racó Verd – the main hub of the community. Racó Verd is an all-in-one spot, serving à la carte breakfasts, drinks all day and hosting live music sessions. Situated a little down the road is Destino. The small, lively restaurant is famed for its tapas – serving quirky dishes at moderate prices with plenty of vegetarian options, too.
If you’re interested in delving into the island’s secrets, take your exploration down to Pedrera de Cala d’Hort (also known as Atlantis) and discover the breathtaking, naturally carved sandstone and crystalline waters. Further up the cliff from here you can feast your eyes on the magical Es Vedrà – an imposing island off the southwest coast of Ibiza. Es Vedrà is shrouded in myth and legend and has undoubtedly become a must-see for any visit to Ibiza.
Buckingham & Lloyds villas close to Sant Josep: The Sea Villa – Sa Caleta, The Flower Villa – San Agustin, Amatista – San Josep, Casa Mona – Sa Caleta.
San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany)
Whenever “Ibiza” and “clubbing” are brought up in the same conversation, they’re usually always partnered with “San Antonio”. Located on the west coast of the island, San Antonio is often considered Ibiza’s nightlife capital. At the helm of the White Isle’s flagship party destination is Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Ibiza Rocks is strictly for adults only and hosts the biggest gigs on the island. Some of the world’s top music artists perform in the middle of the hotel, as well as during pool parties, with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy, Stormzy, and Fatboy Slim having all taken centre stage in the past. Supporting Ibiza Rocks are the equally prestigious Es Paradis, Plastik, and Eden. Tucked away in the countryside just outside of San Antonio you’ll also find the famous Pikes Hotel which has always been a favourite with celebrities such as Freddy Mercury, Grace Jones and George Micheal. In fact, the music video for Wham’s Club Tropicana was filmed here!
Aside from its famous beach clubs and party-heavy character, San Antonio also possesses a surprisingly peaceful alter-ego. The Sunset Strip is home to the iconic Café del Mar and is lined with plenty of other chilled-out cafes and bars. The sumptuous beaches are ideal for relaxing and catching some Instagram-worthy sunset snaps.
Santa Eulalia (Santa Eulària des Riu)
Despite being located on the same island, Santa Eulalia feels a million miles away from the diehard party scene to its south and west. Situated on the north-east coast of Ibiza, Santa Eulalia is the third-largest resort on the island and is the go-to destination for families and those after a quieter holiday. Although it may be more timid in nature, the town is certainly far from dull.
Santa Eulalia is filled with family-friendly beaches, a large harbour, and plenty of bars and restaurants. Overlooking the town is the small historical quarter of Puig de Missa, crowned by a delightful 16th century fortified church – the Església de Puig de Missa. Santa Eulalia goes about its business at a more relaxed pace and entices its all-year visitors with art galleries, boutique beachfront properties, an exclusive yacht marina great shopping opportunities.
Buckingham & Lloyds villas close to Santa Eulalia: Villa Can Serra – Can Furnet (North of Ibiza town, on way to Santa Eularia), Hill Top Villa – Between San Carlos and Santa Eularia (North).
Playa d’en Bossa (Platja d’en Bossa)
Playa d’en Bossa is one of the most popular resorts on the island, accommodating for budgets ranging from shoe string to five-star luxury. The southern resort is home to some of Ibiza’s most famous superclubs, such as Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza and attracts many of the biggest DJs on the planet. Aside from the superclubs, Playa d’en Bossa’s nightlife seduces even the most underground music fan with clubs like Sankeys. To warm-up before heading out for night, get your dancing shoes sandy at Bora Bora or check out any of the other beach bars that Playa d’en Bossa has to offer.
When you’re in need of some TLC the morning after the night before, Playa d’en Bossa has your back. There are few better places to recover than the longest beach on the island, especially one that’s jam-packed with sun loungers, parasols and laid-back music. The beach is also well-stocked with fantastic restaurants serving great food and drink, and plenty of water sports to get stuck into if you’ve got it in you to power through.
Buckingham & Lloyds villas close to Playa d’en Bossa: Villa Rosario – Close to the airport 3km, Villa Chiquita – Close to the airport and DC10 (Las Salinas area).
San Carlos (Sant Carles de Peralta)
Found in the north east of the island, San Carlos is famous for its hippy population, acquiring many bohemian travellers during the 1960s and 1970s. The hippy culture was perfectly suited to San Carlos’ stunning natural beautiful and peaceful atmosphere. Relieve the early hippy spirit and check out Anita’s bar. Anita’s became particularly popular as it was the only place in the village to have a phone – which is still very much functional to this day. Anita’s also has a remarkable sense of community, perhaps due to all of the villagers’ mailboxes existing in the bar.
If you are staying San Carlos, take the trip to Las Dalias and experience the hippy market. The market is filled with brightly-coloured stalls and eccentric people and runs every Saturday all year round.
Buckingham & Lloyds villas close to San Carlos: The Hill Top Villa
Located far in the north of Ibiza, Portinatx is an extremely popular destination for families and couples that want to get the best of both worlds. The resort blends a fine mix of peace and tranquillity with a lively evening atmosphere for a bit of that Ibiza spark.
Portinatx is home to three impressive beaches with plenty of shallow, clear waters for younger or less experienced swimmers. The beaches are also ideal for the many water activities on offer, such as water sports, snorkelling and boat trip adventures. The resort is elevated on the hillside and the sea views are easy to come by in most hotels. The Portinatx countryside is Ibiza nature at its best, making a family walk or cycle simply irresistible.
Though not quite on the same level as the party-mad regions of the island, Portinatx still has plenty of entertainment to make the most of. Zulu Lounge is a top spot to visit for some dazzling views, chilled-out music and tasty Spanish-Mexican cuisine.
Talamanca (Platja de Talamanca)
Situated within walking distance of Ibiza Town, Talamanca is the dream beach-getaway. The resort is equipped with an idyllic, white, sandy beach that comes paired with crystal-clear waters. The beach is also wonderfully family-friendly as the shallow waters are suitable for all ages to take a dip, maybe even that first swimming lesson. Talamanca is also free from towering hotels and noisy clubs, making it the perfect place to relax.
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