A day in Ibiza is for sure a day full of fun and surprises, there are so many things to do when it comes to enjoying the island you will not know where to start. This small guide is meant to put some order in this chaos of entertainment and therefore help you take advantage of every second on the island. Here we show you a series of places and activities so you can have an unforgettable vacation.
When you visit the island of Ibiza, one of the busiest places is the capital of the island, Ibiza town, locally known as ‘Vila’. Here you will be amazed of all the different things to do and things going on in every part of town. In the streets of Ibiza town coexist tradition and modernity in a very attractive way. ‘La Marina’ district, part of the old town is full of old fishermen houses which are now turned into fashion boutiques and trendy bars, perfect for having a drink or two before going to a big club. The most famous area is ‘Calle de la Virgen’, the flagship of the gay community on the island but as well a great place to enjoy the Ibiza nightlife.
During the evening a lots of people come to this area to enjoy different terrace bars to get in the mood for partying, but in the daytime, the port area is a perfect place to go shopping. Exclusive designer shops and Adlib fashion boutiques very typical of the island is what prevails in these streets, but you can also enjoy other things such as delicious ice creams in the legendary gelateria ‘Los Valencianos’, or lovely breakfasts with authentic homemade pastries in places such as Croissant Show next the ‘Mercado Payés’. And right there is the access to Dalt Vila, a World Heritage site that boasts an intact historical wall that houses the oldest part of the city of Ibiza. A walk through its streets is like a journey back in time. And if you get hungry don’t miss the opportunity to taste the authentic cuisine of the island at charming places such as La Torreta, located in Plaza de Vila. This restaurant, which has its own medieval tower that dates back to the 12th century, specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, where you can try delicacies such as fresh tuna with tomato and mozzarella, one of the star dishes.
Pero para disfrutar de la naturaleza ibicenca es necesario salir de la ciudad y visitar la costa en busca de playas donde pasar horas al sol o nadando. Benirràs, situada al noreste de la isla, es una elección perfecta para los que buscan playas bellas con atardeceres de ensueño. Aquí cada domingo el sector más hippie de la isla se junta para despedir al sol al son de los tambores para dar por concluida la semana. Toda una fiesta de la que puedes formar parte. Pero no solo el poniente goza de playas espectaculares pues al otro lado de la isla, cerca de Sant Vicent encontrarás la paradisíaca playa nudista de Aigua Blanca, un lugar apenas explotado donde disfrutar de toda la esencia de la costa ibicenca.
But if you want to enjoy Ibiza’s nature side it is necessary to go out of the city and visit the coast in search of beaches where you can spend hours in the sun and swimming. Benirrás, located northeast of the island, is a perfect choice for those looking for a beautiful beach with a dreamy sunset. At this beach every Sunday all the hippies and bohemians of the island come together to farewell the sun with an energetic drum party perfect for ending the weekend. A fantastic party that everyone can be part of. But not only the western side of the island has spectacular beaches, because on the other side of the island, near San Vicente you will find the idyllic nudist beach of Aigua Blanca, an unspoilt place in an amazing natural setting where you can enjoy the authentic essence of Ibiza’s coastline.
And if Ibiza is not enough for you, an excursion to Formentera is always a good idea because in just 30 minutes you can be right on the neighboring island. Renting a boat is an original way to visit Formentera but if you prefer something cheaper, from the main ports on the island (Sant Antoni, Santa Eulalia and Ibiza town) there are ferries and boat excursions that depart regularly. Formentera is a safe bet if you’re seeking peacefulness in a poignant beautiful place. Here you’ll find long beaches of white sand and turquoise waters in a very rich biodiversity where where we can highlight the Posidonia Oceanica, a marine plant which is responsible for making the waters around it so cristalline and clean.
And to complete a perfect day we recommend visiting the charming inner part of the island with a nice dinner at a terrace cafe. Villages like Santa Gertrudis, in the center of the island, are known for the wide variety of restaurants where to dine and have tapas. You can find affordable options such as ‘jamón serrano’ with cheese baguettes at the legendary Bar Costa, a must as this place is part of the recent hippie history of the island which is reflected by the many paintings on its walls. As well, eating at Bar Anita in Sant Carles is a delight, as this place is proud of being the home of the best homemade ‘hierbas Ibicencas’ spirit on the island. Try any of its homemade dishes and tapas. Completing the meal with a glass of this delicious liqueur is the ideal ending for a fantastic evening.
But if you’re a lively and fun-loving person the night doesn’t finish with dinner, of course. That is why the dance floors of iconic places such as Pacha and Space will be waiting for you. A perfect night in Ibiza starts with some cocktails in the trendy Marina Botafoch in places such as B.For, Pacha Hotel and Blue Marlin Marina and then move your body at Pacha and Lio, two of the most glamorous clubs where you can dance to the sound of the best DJs on the island. When to end the night is up to you.