One of Spain’s most famous Balearic Islands, Ibiza was once known as a party destination perfect for hedonists dancing the night away. While its animated atmosphere certainly remains in some areas, this Spanish island offers so much more than just nightclubs.
From crisp rosé wine to pine forests to hidden beach coves, Ibiza is perfect for any and every type of traveler. So whether you’re a party animal, have the kids in tow, or want a rejuvenating beach trip, Ibiza should be your next island destination.
Getting To Ibiza and How To Get Around
You can reach Ibiza by boat, leaving from Spain’s Mediterranean coast, or by plane. Many travelers combine a visit to the island with a Spanish hub such as Madrid or Barcelona. From there, flights to Ibiza are about an hour long. You can also arrive nonstop from many other European hubs in countries such as Germany or France. Take a look at current flight deals into any of these cities right here.
Ibiza is a rather large island, and if you plan to explore, it’s best to rent a car. If not, there are local buses and taxis available.
Where to Stay in Ibiza
Ibiza offers hotels and home rentals for every budget and style. If you have a large group, consider a villa rental in the north of the island. Partiers should stick to San Antonio, and families or those wanting to relax will love Santa Eulària.
Some of the best hotels on the island are the ME Ibiza, Aguas de Ibiza, or 7Pines Resort (recently part of the Hyatt Hotel portfolio). For those wanting something newer, the W Ibiza and Bless Hotel have opened over the past couple of years. If you want to be right in the middle of all the action, the famous Ushuaïa Hotel is your spot.
Keep in mind that many hotels are adults-only, so if you do plan to travel with children, check your desired hotel’s policy before booking.
Top Things To Do in Ibiza
The island’s party scene has taken a hit due to Covid-19. In contrast, visitors are flocking to Ibiza to have all sorts of other kinds of travel experiences from spa treatments to hiking to wine tasting. Here are some of the best activities to do when visiting Ibiza.
Take a Boat Ride
Whether you’d prefer to be captain for a day or simply cruise along as a passenger, an Ibiza boat experience is essential. Some of the island’s best coves and beaches are accessible by boat. For those on a budget, consider a sunset party cruise or hop on a group catamaran ride. Or, rent your own boat — with or without a skipper. Many boat trips will take you to the nearby island of Formentera, famous for its white sand and crystal clear water.
See a Sunset
The hues of an Ibiza sunset are unlike any other. Hike up the hill at Cala D’Hort (and BYOB) for a more natural setting to view the sun lower down behind the Es Vedra rock. Or, visit one of the many beach clubs or sunset bars on the island’s western side. There, relax to some typical Ibiza lounge music and enjoy the golden hour over a cocktail. One of the most famous sunset lounges is Cafe del Mar.
Explore the Beaches
The best beaches in Ibiza are small coves — the more hidden, the better! The north of the island features the wilder beach coves such as Cala Xarraca or Cala Xuclà, while families should head to the more accessible beaches of Santa Eulària. Those wanting more of a scene should head to the beaches around San Antonio or Playa d’en Bossa. If you’re visiting during the high season (July or August), hit the beach early before it gets too crowded and too hot.
Partake in Ibiza’s boho-chic vibe by dressing the part. Various Hippy Markets are located on the island selling ‘Ibicenco-style’ flowing dresses and handmade jewelry and crafts. These markets occur in different spots around the island on different days, so ask your hotel which market to visit on the days you’re there.
Yes, there are wineries located on the island of Ibiza. Ibiza’s wines are dubbed with the denomination, ‘Vino de la Tierra.’ The Winetraveler favorite is the Can Rich Winery, which focuses on ecologic wines (and sparkling wines — cheers!). Make sure to sample the Can Rich Rosé on a hot afternoon.
Go for a Hike
For jaw-dropping views of the deep blue sea, consider hiking through Ibiza’s hills and pine forests. The Winetravler favorite is up to the ‘Puertas del Cielo’ viewpoint. To avoid the midday heat, do this hike in the early morning or late afternoon. If you go up in the afternoon, you’ll be rewarded with a perfect sunset.
Take a Wellness Break
Ibiza is a prime relaxation spot, known for its spas and yoga retreats. Consider a retreat week at the Spanish farmhouse Casa Shakti with Ibiza Yoga Getaways, take a morning yoga class followed by brunch, or drop into a beachfront or studio class. If it’s a spa experience you’re after, many hotels offer spa packages to non-guests. The spa at the Six Senses Ibiza is particularly luxurious, as is the La Posidonia Spa, part of the Hacienda Na Xamena Resort.
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