Ibiza has solidified itself as one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – party capital in the world right now, with EDM concerts and private DJ shows in front of pools, beaches, and views that are not to be missed. But, when one looks closer at Ibiza, the Balearic Island offers much more than famous nightclubs and award-winning nightlife – it's also a place where one can go to take in some of the best beaches in Europe, as well as history and sleepy villages that have earned it a UNESCO protection seal.
There is a lot to see and do, from the famous resorts of San Antonio and Ibiza Town, to Puerto San Miguel and Portinatx, all covered and surrounded by sandy coves and hills that are blanketed in gorgeous wild flowers. To the south of the island, there's Cala Llonga, offering a relaxed atmosphere with the largest beaches available to beachgoers.
For those who prefer to shop their way through paradise, visit Santa Eulalia where there are boutiques and bars that are immeasurable in number. With a cosmopolitan edge and plenty to see, do, and eat, this part of the island has become a fan favourite with families and children of all ages.
Don't forget the islands swimming around the mainland of Ibiza, with Formentera, known as Ibiza's sister island, providing plenty to see and do, as well as Blue Flag beaches, after taking just a quick boat ride to get there.
As the perfect blend of authentic Spanish culture and cuisine, partying that will provide you with more options than you could ever select, and historic day-trip opportunities that bring you back centuries past, Ibiza is one of those hidden gems that has something for everyone – even if you're not a party animal.
Things to know about Ibiza
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- Timezone: Europe/Madrid (UTC+1)
- Language: Spanish
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Things to do in Ibiza
If there's one thing Ibiza is known for world wide, it's the attractions. Here are some of the most important items to add to your Ibiza exploration list.
- San Antonio: If you want to get your clubbing on, this is a great place to do it. With dozens upon dozens of award-winning clubs that host the biggest names in music, prepare your body for a 12-hour night of partying before you arrive.
- Ibiza Town: As an old quarter village that has landed itself on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ibiza Town is surrounded by stone walls that are overlooked by a Medieval fortress. Down by the waterfront, enjoy new high end restaurants, bars, and markets with plenty of shopping and souvenirs.
- Playa d-en Bossa: Check out the longest beach in all of Ibiza at this party town.
- Midsummer Night Festival: Every year on the longest day of the year (the summer solstice), the entire islands lights up like a massive firefly with bonfires, fireworks, and dancing displays. The best festivities of all take place in Ibiza Town and Sant Joan.
- Cala Llonga: With the largest beach on Ibiza, Cala Llonga is a great place to go for some beaching privacy with you and your friends, family, or lover.
- Medieval Fayre: Thanks to the rich history that dates back in Ibiza, the island plays homage to its culture each year on the 2nd weekend of May. As one big Renaissance festival, the Medieval Fayre takes place over 3 fun-filled days.
- Es Cana Fiesta: Taking place in Es Cana, every year residents get together on the 10th of July to celebrate their town and culture. Pounds and pounds of paella is cooked up and served to everyone who attends.
- Pirate Towers: Ibiza used to be a magnet for pirates, which is why there are historic pirate towers made of sand and stone still sprinkled around the island. Climb to the top and look out over the ocean as part of your daily adventure.
Haloed by some of the most scenic beaches in the entire Balearics, Ibiza is known for bright white sands, forest topped cliffs, and the perfect setting to perform a concert as the sun sets over the ocean. If you're determined to go to the largest beach on the entire island, you can find this hot, vibrant, and white sanded respite at Cala Llonga. There is plenty of room for larger parties to find beach space that feels like it is entirely your private beach.
On the west coast of Ibiza, consider visiting the Platges de Comte, a popular sun setting view beach with sandy, clear water. This is definitely a place you would want to consider visiting before posting to your social media.
For those really hoping to get out and explore all that Ibiza has to offer, there are day boats to Formentera, known as Ibiza's sister island. There, the beaches are perhaps some of the best in the entire world, with bright-white sands that come with a Blue Flag designation. Due to strict regulations, there aren't massive restaurant chains or businesses polluting the beach; instead, get everything you need from a local beach hut.
Overall, there are dozens of award-winning beaches around the north, south, east, and western coasts of Ibiza. No coast is without its gorgeous display of Spanish beaches, which is why you want to make sure you always arrive prepared with the necessary sunscreen and umbrellas to stay protected in the hot Spanish sun.
Food & drink
When staying in Ibiza, one food and drink code word you must know ahead of time is: chiringuito. Even the smaller towns will have at least one chiringuito where you can enjoy authentic tapas dishes, fresh seafood, and jugs of sangria.
Once you got that down, here are some of the fan favourites for Ibiza dining:
- Tapas Restaurant and Lounge Bar: Located in San Antonio, this food joint is known for great cocktails, and prime outdoor seating. If you want to watch the sky change colour while the sun sets, this is a great restaurant to go split tapas of every variety, including meats and cheeses, with your special someone.
- Casa Piedra Ibiza: Located in Cala Llonga, this is a favourite tapas bar, right on the beach, that everyone visits after they stay at the Blue Flag beach in Cala Llonga. As a cocktail lounge, try locally made cocktails using ingredients only found in Spain.
- Caos: Located on the east coast of Ibiza, take in gorgeous cliff views while you sink your teeth into authentic Spanish cuisine.
While in Ibiza, be sure to try out classic Spanish food essentials, like paella, sangria, seafood, and more, sharing in the culture and history that is present in Spanish cooking. Food is an important connector for so many Spaniards, which is why you'll want to give yourself plenty of time when you sit down to eat each night.
Remember: Spaniards eat late, so try to be patient while you wait to hit the restaurants during their peak displays.
Of all the towns on Ibiza, if you're looking for serious nightlife immersion, begin your quest in Playa d'en Bossa beach. With white sands, locals that support the partying industry, and plenty of venues that are waiting to welcome you with open arms, this is where you want to start out every night before you immerse yourself in serious partying.
Some of our favourite venues include:
- Amensia Ibiza: One of the most famous nightclubs of all in Ibiza, this place knows how to deliver solid tunes until the sun starts rising.
- Pacha: This cocktail and outdoor seating bar is a great place to go and pregame clubbing before the biggest clubs open. Many of them are in full swing from 12AM until 6AM.
- Delboy's Bar & Restaurant: Including different themes every night for the drinks and cuisine, be sure you check ahead of time before you kick the night off at Delboy's.
- Popeye's Bar: As many reviews on Google say: “Brilliant night life location.” Need we say any more about the location?
What about if you need a break from all of the heavy clubbing? Don't forget to drop by S'Arenal de San Antonio right in the middle of town, where you can lay down in the sand and close your eyes.