The old walled city
Though you certainly won’t find yourself lacking in activity on other parts of the island, Ibiza Town is undeniably Ibiza’s centre of attention. Rising up in the middle of town is the historic Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walled city that still contains traces of its former Roman occupation.
Nowadays, you’ll still find cobbled lanes and old world structures here, but scattered along them are contemporary restaurants, art galleries and museums as well as high end shops. Ibiza Town doesn’t have its own beach but, thanks to good transport links, sandy shores are a short bus or taxi ride away.
By day the marina is a quaint place to wander, but by night a great assortment of clubs and bars seem to pop up, whose atmospheres range from cool cocktails in cosy booths to house music in huge crowds.
Party capital of the world
It’s no secret that Ibiza’s nightlife scene is legendary. Party-goers from all over flock to Ibiza’s clubs for the spectacular venues, energetic atmosphere and unforgettable live sets from world-famous DJs.
The three main party areas are Ibiza Town, San Antonio Town and Playa d’en Bossa. The areas are all within 20 minutes of each other and connected by a disco bus that drops off at the major clubs on the way. Pacha and Space are perhaps the most well-known, bringing in thousands of clubbers every summer season for parties that last until the early hours of the morning.
Beach-based parties can be had in Playa d’en Bossa at locales like the Bora Bora Beach Club and the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club, which is essentially a neon-lit playground by the sea.
Just as Ibiza plays hard, it relaxes hard, too. It’s home to miles and miles of beaches – it is an island, after all – carved into secluded rocky coves and often backed by rolling hills. Days in Ibiza are meant to be spent on these peaceful shores, stretching out underneath the Spanish sun or grabbing a drink from a waterfront bar. The waters here are usually shallow and calm, making them excellent for paddling or taking a quick dip between siestas.
And with such a vibrant beach scene comes an amazing array of water-sporting opportunities. Rent a pair of jet skis and glide along the waves, bounce atop the waves on a jet ski, or take a crash course in diving from one of the island’s many diving centres. You can even embark on a boat cruise and explore the rocky coast – Ibiza’s scenery looks just as beautiful from offshore as it does on.