Choose from 7 Fun Things to Do in Ibiza
The glittering disco ball of the Mediterranean, Ibiza is famed for its stylish clubs, scantily clad starlets, world-class DJs, and powdery white beaches. Its auto-tuned siren song calls out to every hennaed hippy and jet-set D-lister able to hold his or her liquor, tempting each to make their way across the sapphire sea and dance into an international playground of exceptional beauty.
Of course, Ibiza is much more than its infamous party scene. With a rich history hearkening back to the Phoenicians, it has its share of ancient edifices, and even a few museums. Diving, sailing, hiking, and bicycling are just a few of the healthy ways to work off your hangover. For a change of scenery, take a boat over to less developed Formentera Island, known for both its natural and naturist beauty.
Ibiza is also beginning to market its family-friendly resorts, perfect for the heavily tattooed couple eager to show their children that perfect beach where they first fell in love. If they could only remember which one it was. Cheers!
Ibiza (Eivissa in Catalan) is a seasonal destination, with some 80% of visitors arriving between May and October. Many flights to Ibiza Airport (IBZ) are cut back during the off-season. Direct flights serve Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Naples, Paris, Rome and Zürich, among many others.
Ferries serve destinations on the Spanish mainland, including Alicante, Barcelona, Denia, and Valencia. Several companies offer boat transportation between Ibiza and the neighboring island of Formentera.
You can rent a car on the island, but this isn't usually recommended; some roads are poor, and drivers may be intoxicated (not you, of course).
The western inlets include: Cala d´Hort, Cap Llentrisca i Sa Talaia Natural Park and the Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and Els Illots de Ponent Nature Reserves. Spend time here exploring the 10 islets in the area, which are packed with birds – including the Audoin gull and Elearnor falcon, lizards and more. Or, grab a seat on the beach and keep a look out for dolphins frolicking off the coast.
To get in touch with the past, the area also features the remnants of a Punic-Roman settlement and La Torres des Savinar, an old lighthouse.
- Dalt Vila is a must for history buffs and culture enthusiasts.
- The cobbles can prove challenging for flip-flops, so be sure to wear sturdier shoes.
- Dalt Vila is not wheelchair-friendly, with most routes featuring cobbles, uneven surfaces, or steps.
- Beaches in San Antonio bay typically have sunbeds and parasols available to rent, lifeguard-patrolled swimming areas (in peak season), restrooms and showers, and beachside bars, shops, and restaurants.
- As well as sunscreen, a hat, and some cash (for beachside amenities and activities), carry your passport (or a photocopy)—it’s often required for credit card payments or booking activities.
- Most of the bay’s beaches are wheelchair accessible.
- Cala Comte is a must-visit for families and those looking for a safe and beautiful swimming spot.
- Don’t forget to bring sun protection; there isn’t much shade at this Ibiza beach.
- Beware of incoming tides; they’ve been known to wash away belongings.
- Catamaran tours often include snorkeling gear.
- Bring sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be very strong here, especially between 12pm and 3pm.
- Lodging is available on the island during the summer season.
- Note that some of the island’s beaches are clothing-optional.