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Ibiza by Day – the Other Side of the Island

Most people know Ibiza as the party capital of Europe, but this island has much more to offer than just late-night clubbing and a never-ending fountain of cocktails. Days in Ibiza are filled by getting in touch with the local culture at museums and shops, setting sail on a private cruise or just catching some much-needed sleep on a tranquil beach. The fun starts well before the sun sets.

To show you what we mean, here are some of our top picks for daytime activities on the island.

Days at the beach

This one may seem like a no brainer, but it's still worth emphasising.

Of course, days in Ibiza are filled with relaxing along the island's beautiful shores, but beach vibes here range from supremely peaceful to family-friendly, and sunset-prone to practically-a-club. And that's all during the day – so you can spend hour upon hour stretching out on the warm shores, drifting between siestas and slipping into a seafront restaurant for a light bite.

Boat cruises and watersports

Just as Ibiza's shores are busy during the day, so are its waters. All across the island, you'll find opportunities to hop aboard a jet ski, try your hand at windsurfing or suit up in scuba gear and explore nearby reefs. You can even charter a boat and cruise along the coast, bringing the party out to the Mediterranean Sea.

Retail alert

Ibiza boasts a large amount of shops for an island of its size, and you get the highest concentration in Ibiza Town. Streets here are laden with shops, from high end boutiques to well-known brand stores, and nearby you can even find local markets selling handmade wares. Zara and Mango have taken their places in Ibiza's retail scene, as well as a number of local names selling clothing and souvenirs with the island's distinctly coastal style.

Dalt Vila

Ibiza's historic town centre is located in the heart of the island's capital – Ibiza Town. Exploring Dalt Vila can fill up a holiday of its own, with a network of cobbled streets decked with Roman artefacts that wind up to the Castle. But Dalt Vila is much more than just eye candy – it comes packed with restaurants for noshing, courtyards for lingering and art galleries for perusing.


The smallest of the Balearic Islands, Formentera is often regarded as Ibiza's little sister, as it's so close in proximity to the larger island, but comes ready with its own personality and array of activities.

Located a short boat cruise away from Ibiza, Formentera's beaches are famously untouched, as laws on the island prohibit any beachfront properties. This keeps things here especially peaceful. You can spend the day snoozing on the white sands or drift into town for lunch on an outdoor terrace or the local Hippy Market in El Pilar.

Ibicencan culture

If you're looking to amp up your culture dosage when on holiday, Ibiza is home to a handful of museums detailing the island's history. The Contemporary Art Museum is located within the Dalt Vila and exhibits artwork by artists from all over the world. Or there's the Archaeological Museum, which features artefacts dating back to 3,000 years ago.

Pausing in one of the island's museums is an excellent way to attune yourself to the local history, and also get the sun off your face in the sizzling summer months.

Getting active

The northernmost parts of Ibiza are famous for their natural landscape, though all of Ibiza is filled with breathtaking scenery. You can set out on guided hikes cutting through Ibiza's hills or across the rocky coastline, catching unrivalled views of the sea or even the mysterious coastal rock known as Es Vedra.

Many spots on the island offer bike rentals – including a number of hotels – so you'll be able to explore your town's local sites or coastal footpaths on two wheels.

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