Discover Ibiza’s holistic side
While it's true that many spend a week or two here but never make it further than San Antonio or Ibiza Town – preferring to spend their time on the dance floor or recovering from the night before on the beach – there is so much more to Ibiza than its wild nightlife.
From secluded, sandy coves to spectacular sunsets, Ibiza is an island of natural beauty. Away from the bright lights and booming beats of Ibiza's clubber hotspots there is so much to see and do. For beach bums, the island's jagged coastline hugs over eighty beaches and secluded bays, backed by villages of whitewashed houses tumbling down a lush landscape dotted with olive and fig trees. Some of the best sunbathing spots can be found in Port d'es Torrent, just 4 kilometres from San Antonio, and on the secluded stretch at S'argamassa near Es Cana.
Just over a mile from San Antonio is the serene Cala Gracio – a great small resort for those looking to skip the party altogether. This is a place of peace and relaxation near one of the island's most beautiful beaches, which gives you a rare sensation of privacy and seclusion. Families love the calm waters while the rockier areas are great for snorkelling. Have a look at Ibiza's yoga retreats and spas, which are perfect places to enjoy healthy living and a spot of regeneration.
A wealth of natural attractions
Many of Ibiza's attractions are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, protecting them from further development and commercialisation. The Ses Salinas National Park is home to the famous salt flats, which look especially stunning at sunset, and its warm waters are a hotspot for divers. The islands of es Vedra and es Vedranel are famous national landmarks. Not only known for their magnetic properties, some say mystical es Vedra is the tip of sunken Atlantis, whereas others claim it has seen extra-terrestrial activity. Why not take a boat trip out to these mysterious formations and see if you can spy aliens for yourself?
Another attraction worth visiting is the Can Marca caves. Explore underground lakes and marvel at impressive stalagtites and stalagmites on a fun guided tour before being wowed by a flashy underground light show - get it?
If you love shopping for local souvenirs, check out the Hippy Market in Es Cana. From colourful clothing to leather goods and silver jewellery and trinkets, it's a stimulation for the senses. You'll pick up all sorts of unique gifts, and may even meet some of the island's original hippies. Just look out for the ones with grey hair.
Culture by day, clubbing by night
Ibiza Town, known as Eivissa to the locals, is the island's main town and port. Visit during the day and you'll find a pretty marina and characterful cobbled streets lined with classy cafes and great restaurants. Make your way up the winding path to the old town – Dalt Vila – and explore its medieval architecture and authentic shops and bars. Make sure you climb to the top and visit the cathedral, before turning round and admiring the spectacular panoramic view across the new town – don't forget your camera!
By night Ibiza Town magically transforms from a quiet town into a hub of nightlife. Bars spring out from seemingly nowhere, making the town virtually unrecognisable from its calm, cool daytime identity. For anybody put off by the thought of tacky bars and unruly behaviour, don't be. Ibiza Town is more upmarket than rival San Antonio, especially in the prettily lit Old Town, which buzzes with a typical Spanish vibe.
Whether you're a party-goer or a mum with small children, holidays to Ibiza attract all kinds of holidaymakers. Ibiza's weather is fabulous all year round. In summer, temperatures can reach the 30s, and beach bods can revel in the surf where the water is a rather toasty 27 °C.
Location of Ibiza
Average monthly temperature (°C) for Ibiza