Ibiza’s been known as the capital of European hedonism since the 1960s, with good reason. But the island also has a long and exciting history, laid bare in its beautiful architecture, like the Dalt Vila, which earned it a UNESCO heritage listing.
Not only this, but it is an idyllic place to be with ancient sprawling forests, rugged beaches and secluded coves. Its northern beaches brought hippies flocking, looking for escapism, and this can still be found all over the island. But in recent years, Ibiza has become much more popular with the international crowd, and this can be seen in its upmarket restaurants, high-end clubs in Playa d’en Bossa and the eye-watering superyachts at the marina. So whether you come in the summer for high jinks, or later in the year with the old hands, this eclectic and ever-evolving island will have something for your tastes. Book flights to Ibiza and experience it for yourself.
Ibiza Town has everything you’ll need for a fantastic holiday in Ibiza, only ten minutes from the beach. Buy freshly-caught seafood at the cafes and bars in the bustling harbour, which is often resplendent with the yachts of the rich and famous. At night, the streets come alive with the evening crowd on their way out to dine and perhaps go out dancing. Stay at the stylish Mirador De Dalt Vila which overlooks the town from the hillside of Dalt Vila.
Perfect for the budget-conscious younger crowd, this stretch of beach and bars is famous for its party atmosphere and many nightclubs – you will find the legendary Café Mambo in San Antonio, for example. There’s also lots of water sports available, including the family-friendly Ocean Mania inflatable water park, so it’s not just for hedonists. If you are looking for a bit of quiet, the Hotel Gran Sol offers a bit of respite.
The Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s hippest area, is the place to be seen day or night – with some of the best bars, clubs and hotels on the island. Stay at the stylish Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, an exclusive haunt of the more affluent partygoer, to dance the night away. Or check out the famous Hard Rock Hotel, where live music plays to huge crowds throughout the season – with one of the longest beaches in Ibiza, it is ideal for whiling away the day.
In the north of the island you’ll find the popular Portinatx, which is great for escaping the crowds of the bigger towns. Breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches surround fantastic resorts, like the adults-only Sandos El Greco. The area’s crystal clear water brings snorkelers to search in the hidden coves, and the golden beaches are perfect for basking in the sun. You will find some great nightlife here too, but with a more leisurely, relaxed mood.
While not actually on Ibiza, the fourth Balearic island of Formentera is definitely worth a visit, and only a short boat ride away. Wild and rugged, the beauty of Formentera is in the apparent lack of people, shops and nightclubs, which are in abundance on Ibiza. Long beaches of white sand and turquoise seas greet welcome visitors, many of them the best in the Mediterranean. So come to this island to relax and get away from the madness of Ibiza’s summer.