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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Use the links below to find hotels in each location.