The party capital of the world, Ibiza surprises travelers with so much more than just sultry clubs, famous DJs, and all night raves. Also known as the “white island”, Ibiza is a natural gem on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, an island blessed with more than 60 beaches that create an idyllic setting for summer holidays.
The worldwide famous clubs like Pacha and Amnesia can be found on the same cobblestone streets as interesting sights and beautiful cathedrals. Ibiza combines spectacularly its crazy summer parties with the classic summer Spanish holidays.
The clubs, the parties, and the white nights
Ibiza is a premier party destination in Europe, so be ready to embrace the crazy joie de vivre that accompanies party people of all ages. From rock stars to the youth set in a non-stop dancing mode, most people who visit Ibiza come here for the parties. You can find them either in Ibiza Town or Sant Antoni, the latter being recognized as the real clubbing capital of Ibiza.
A stroll along the Sunset Strip unveils a world of rowdy clubs, but also sophisticated bars, and chic cocktail locations. This colorful, crowded, and noisy painting has as background fantastic sunset views.
The rich and famous stay at the Ibiza Rocks House, once known as Pikes Hotel. This is where Wham’s “Club Tropicana” video was shot around the pool, and also where superstars like Freddie Mercury, Kylie Minogue, and Ed Sheeran enjoyed fine drinks in a cool ambiance.
From June to September, Ibiza is invaded by a certain “anything goes” attitude that creates some of the wildest and biggest parties in the world. The clubs are expensive and the drinks have exorbitant prices, but there are always the smaller bars and pubs that can save “the night” and create the perfect mood for dancing all night long.
The history, the scenery, the relaxation
And there’s the other facet of Ibiza! Set on a historic background, the romantic Ibiza invites you to discover secluded beaches and bays, medieval streets, chic boutiques, and elegant restaurants. The oldest part of Ibiza Town, the island’s capital, was first settled by the Carthaginians in the middle of the 7th century BC under the name of Eivissa. In the 16th century, the town was enclosed by walls to protect it from the invasions of Turkish pirates. These walls are now the longest in Spain.
Wander along the cobbled streets of its old town, Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll discover beautiful medieval mansions, cozy guesthouses, whitewashed houses, little bars, shops, and flea markets. A visit to the cathedral is a must, especially since this is situated at the highest point of the town, near the castle. If you’re passionate about archaeology, Ibiza Town invites you to visit its two archaeological museums.
The Archaeological Museum familiarizes visitors with the ancient history of Ibiza and Formentera, the neighboring island, while the archaeological site of Puig des Molins houses burial grounds that date back to the foundation of the city and are spread over a hill (puig) dotted with olive trees.
Hop on a boat and dive into the island’s mysterious past by visiting the Can Marca smuggler’s caves, a labyrinth of caverns situated on several levels. These were once the scene of alcohol and tobacco smuggling.
Ibiza’s natural attractions are not limited to just its beaches. You’ll discover spectacular natural scenery, including Es Vedra, the most famous cliff in Ibiza. Surrounded by legends that place either sirens or UFOs on its peak, Es Vedra reaches an altitude of almost 400 m and rises unexpectedly from the Mediterranean Sea. Cala d’Hort beach offers great views of Es Vedra and also a beautiful backdrop for a relaxed beach day.
Las Salinas is another popular attraction in Ibiza. Situated on the island’s southern tip, the region has been mined for salt for over 2,000 years. A beautiful sparkling natural attraction, Las Salinas is home to a rich flora and fauna and offers access to a superb beach bordered by pine woods, and ideal for snorkeling, diving, and, when the wind is just right, body-surfing.
On the northern-most tip of Ibiza, the pretty resort of Portinatx awaits visitors who are searching for a quiet ambiance, crystalline waters and relaxing hiking trails along cliff tops.
Discover an exotic ambiance on the breathtaking Formentera Island, situated only 30 minutes by ferry from Ibiza. The paradisiac strips of white sand and turquoise waters of Illettes, Cala Saona, and Llevant will remind you of the Caribbean beaches. Once you disembark at the harbor in La Savina, you can rent a bike or scooter to explore the island.