Far from its party capital image, Ibiza boasts striking scenery, charming family resorts and many of the best beaches in the Balearics. The coastline offers incredible variety, from long sandy shorelines to secluded rocky bays. Further inland, undisturbed villages and white-washed houses are set in hilly hideaways among the lemon and olive groves. Coastal areas cater for every conceivable sports and leisure activity, while those who seek pure relaxation just tune into Ibiza’s laidback tempo.
Away from the lively capital, the low key resorts home to many of our villas in Ibiza are the island’s great idiosyncrasy. Here life takes a slower pace. Ambling presides over dancing, while impossibly blue seas, sandy beaches and laidback living make for an unexpected island paradise.
The natural beauty of Ibiza’s landscape lends itself perfectly to an enormous choice of outdoor leisure activities. Walking, hiking and trekking are popular ways to soak up the scenery and sunsets. Coastal routes take you from beach to beach and a trip into the mountains offers spectacular sea views from the cliff tops.
A sports paradise, the island has golf courses, horse riding, diving and boat trips. Taking one of the many tour trains is also a great way to see the island away from its bustling beach resorts.
With nearly 60 beaches to choose from on Ibiza, you’re never far from a wonderful stretch of golden sand or a sheltered cove. The island’s waters are also amongst the cleanest in the Mediterranean.
In the north, Portinatx offers magnificent panoramic views, rocky shorelines and a seabed of fine, white sand. You’ll find Playa d’en Bossa in the south has the longest sandy beach on the island – an ideal setting for families. For something a bit more active, watersports are available at larger resorts in peak season.
There’s no escaping the fact that Ibiza is the world’s clubbing capital. With its contemporary and unique nightspots, the island remains one the most fashionable destinations in Europe.
A variety of stylish and traditional low-key bars and restaurants can be found all over the island. Here you can spend hours sampling delicious fresh seafood or typical tapas while lounging on luxurious scatter cushions. Intimate little bars line the winding lanes of the Old Town of Ibiza, whilst nearby Playa den Bossa offers a livelier nightlife.
Shopping on Ibiza offers a truly unique experience. Across the island you’ll find a selection of outlets, most of which stay open late.
Hippy markets provide the perfect opportunity to sample this much-loved Ibizan culture. Colourful stalls sell exotic batik wraps and clothing, tailor-made leather moccasins and a tantalising variety of east Asian silver jewellery and trinkets. Trendy boutiques are famous for their ‘ad-lib’ fashions, whether you go day or night-time shopping in the Old Town of Ibiza. Art galleries and local crafts are also in abundance here.
Ibiza Holidays - Points of Interest
Explore Ibiza Town. Visit the fortified Dalt Vila (old town) with its ancient cathedral, monastery, museums, boutiques, art galleries and cafés. Then take in the bustling port with its amazing mix of markets, buskers and millionaires’ yachts.
Have a wild wet day at a water park or go snorkelling and discover the wonderful underwater world.
Be part of a long-established Ibizan tradition, and watch the sunset near the rocky islands of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell from the cliffs at 'L'Era d'Es Mataret' near Es Cubells.
Visit the weekly Wednesday hippy market at Es Canar.
Take a boat trip to the little sister island of Formentera and switch off - no planes, and no five star hotels - just Caribbean-like turquoise seas, white sand beaches and charming villages.
San Agustin is one of the smallest, prettiest and best preserved villages on the island. Situated between San Jose and San Antonio, the village enjoys a position close to a wide range of stunning beaches.
San Jordi is a typical Ibicenco town in the Ses Salinas area, just a few miles from Ibiza Town and slightly inland from Playa d’en Bossa Beach. There are a small number of shops and restaurants, whilst nearby resorts also offer a wider range of amenities within a few minutes' drive.
You can enjoy a relaxing, sun soaked Ibizan holiday in the quiet village of San Rafael. A few local amenities are available when you need them including a handful of cafés, restaurants and a supermarket.
Boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza, Cala Conta is the perfect location for a tranquil villa holiday. The beach is split into several different stretches of sand lapped by crystal clear waters.
The resort of San Antonio is one of Ibiza’s most popular, drawing in tourists from all over the globe, offering something for everyone. Experience one of the celebrated sunsets at Café del Mar, after spending a day paddling in the shallow waters of the bay.
In the heart of the island, Santa Gertrudis is a lovely rural village steeped in tradition. Dominated by the centrally positioned church, its main square has a cluster of traditional Ibicenco restaurants and café-bars.
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