Ibiza Travel Guide
More than just a hedonistic party mecca, visitors will be mesmerised by the inviting turquoise waters, diverse historical attractions and inspiring natural beauty of Ibiza Island. Known as Eivissa in Catalan, Ibiza is the third largest island of the autonomous Balearic archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, approximately 80 km from the Spanish mainland.
Ibiza was a sleepy farming community for hundreds of years before artists, painters and musicians descended upon the island in the early 1960s for its beautiful beaches, friendly locals and carefree living. Lively bohemian communities were established around San Carlos and Santa Gertrudis and many of them still remain.
Local highlights include historical and natural sites that have been classified by UNESCO for their World Heritage. The old quarter of Ibiza Town is a picturesque maze of narrow streets and restaurants, crowned by the 14th century Santa Maria d’Eivissa Cathedral and enclosed by medieval walls. One of the most unique attractions is the remarkably preserved Necropolis, dating from 600 BC.
Ibiza’s countless sun-drenched beaches and secluded coves boast warm, clear waters perfect for swimming, scuba diving and water sports. Playa d’en Bossa is the longest stretch of beach on the island, flanked by luxury hotels and resorts. One of the best beaches is Las Salinas, named for the nearby salt flats - a popular spot for hiking and sailing. Cala Benirras is a tranquil bay where you can enjoy magnificent sunsets and impromptu music from local hippies. Stop for sangria and fresh local seafood at any of the charming chiringuitos (beach bars) that pepper the golden sands. For a quiet retreat, head to the serenity of nearby Formentera island.
Ibiza is renowned for its wild dance parties and legendary nightlife. International DJs perform in enormous, extravagant venues known as ‘superclubs’, pulsing with innovative electronic music. Situated predominantly in the south of the island, a regular night time disco bus connects nocturnal party-goers to many of the clubs and back to hotel zones.
Ibiza Town boasts designer boutiques while hippy markets are held across the island, with unique stalls offering everything from local handicrafts to handmade jewellery, art and clothes. Adlib fashion is the trademark style of Ibiza, featuring loose white garments made with natural fabrics and traditional embroidery.
Almost surprisingly, almost half of Ibiza remains covered in pine forests. In the north, the stunning Els Amunts mountain range encompasses fertile valleys of almond, olives and fig trees. The myriad of natural attractions include the stalagmites and stalactites of the Can Marçá caves and the mysterious Isla Es Vedrá, which features in many local legends.
Whether exploring the rugged coastal landscape, spending balmy evenings on the beach or dancing until dawn, visitors will be inspired by the magic and natural beauty of Ibiza.