The Balearic Islands of are located off the eastern coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea, and Ibiza is one the magical islands of this archipelago. Check our Ibiza city guide to plan your perfect vacation on this amazing island.
Ibiza is the third largest Island of the group after Mallorca and Menorca, and the second most populated. Located just 186 kilometres off the coast of Valencia, there are many different ways to reach the island whether it be by plane or ferry.
Ibiza is well known worldwide for its amazing party culture and spectacular beaches, but Ibiza has so much more to offer. Check out our local experts’ top picks for things to do and see on the island.
Visit Dalt Vila and it’s old quarter
Dalt Vila is one of the islands most charming and picturesque towns. It features a 16th century old quarter and port, designed to keep the invading Turkish army at bay. The town was built on a hill as a strategic advantage. The highest point of the town, known as the Alta Vila is completely fortified and a pristine example of military architecture from the Renaissance period and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
MACE museum of contemporary art
Ibiza’s museum of contemporary art or Museu d’Art Contemporani is definitely worth a visit. Housed within a spectacular historic building, MACE features excellent works and from the 1960’s to today. Admission is free and you will have access to three floors full of local and international artists as well as a well-preserved exhibit of archaeological findings displayed on the ground under the glass floors dating back to the 6th century.
Es Vedrà rock formations
Spain has many enchanting coastal rock formations you can visit, like Playa de las Catedrales in Galicia. Cala D’Hort in Ibiza is home to one such otherworldly natural formation. The Es Vedrà rock formation rises up dramatically from the sea, part of a protected nature reserve. The rocks measure up to 400 meters (1312 feet) tall. Cala d’hort is already one of the most breath-taking coves the Island has to offer and the Es Vedrà formation makes it all the more spectacular.
Ibiza isn’t the first place that come to mind when you think of scuba diving in Spain, but it probably should be. The waters off the coast of Ibiza are home to a wide variety of marine life and there are a couple of ship wrecks that you can explore as well. Whether you are a first-timer looking to learn or an experienced diver looking for a new adventure, Ibiza has something for you.
Punta Arabí Market
One of the best shopping opportunities you will find on the island is at Punta Arabí market in Es Caná. Es Caná is a small town on the eastern coast of the island and its home to the largest open-air market of Ibiza run by hippies.
Ibiza isn’t only Spain’s party capital; it is also the countries hippy capital as well. During the 50’s and 60’s many hippies from across Europe flocked to the island to enjoy the amazing weather and laid-back vibes and slowly started creating a thriving hippy community on the island.
Arabí Market is filled with hand crafted trinkets and jewelry and a vibrant example of Ibiza hippies culture.
Visit Formentera, Ibiza’s sister island
Formentera is a small island off the southern coast of Ibiza. It may sound crazy, but Formentera is even more laid back and tranquil than Ibiza.
The natural beauty of Formentera is hard to explain. Some of the most spectacular beaches of the Balearic Islands are found on Formentera. The center of the island is equal parts rustic, arid and tropical. There are several charming villages where you can enjoy a relaxing bite to eat. If you have an extra day we would highly suggest a visit.
The many amazing beaches of Ibiza
The Balearic Islands are home to some of the best beaches in Spain. The climate and waters surrounding the islands creates the perfect environment for laid back beaches. The Islands are famous for their secluded coves.
Ibiza in particular is home to many spectacular coves and beaches:
Cala Saladeta: this secluded cove features amazing, white sand and turquoise water and is one of the top beaches of the Baleares Islands. You can reach the cove through the other uber-famous Salada cove which is usually more crowded and a bit more stressful. If you are looking for a more secluded and relaxing experience, head over to Saladeta cove.
Cala Jondal in San José: This cove is more secluded, laid back, and family friendly. The beach features a mix of sand and pebbles with spectacular turquoise water. There are a couple places near by where you can find a bite to eat or a cold drink if you need it but not much else, so get ready to sit back and relax.
Cala d’Hort and Cala Vadella: Both of these coves enjoy views of the Es Vedrà rock formations. These beaches are as authentically Ibizan as it gets with small beachside shacks serving drinks and fried fish, small boats anchored off the coast and Mediterranean pines surrounding the area.