You know what they say: not everything that glitters is gold! So it is with Ibiza…it’s not only for partygoers as they say, it's not just about young people and debauchery, it’s about an absolutely charming island with white sand as powder and turquoise sea, boasting similar landscapes such as those in the Caribbean and many, many opportunities to relax and chill out.
Ibiza at first glance
Ibiza is part of the Balearic archipelago in the western Mediterranean Sea, belonging to Spain, with a spectacular coastline of about 200 kilometers full of tiny bays and exotic white beaches, caressed by the sun throughout the year. Blessed with olive and citrus, fig and almond trees and salt lakes - the famous sea salt extracted for centuries from the southern part of the Ibiza, this incredible island has it all!
Ibiza has over 50 beaches designed for all preferences, some isolated, inaccessible, other highly populated, animated by beach-partiers, some intimate, where you can barely glimpse a few silhouettes.
The island has diverse influences. After the Greeks conquered it, followed by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Corsairs, around 60s, a group of hippies attracted by the beauty of Ibiza and the hospitality of the locals, brought the news all over and Ibiza has become increasingly popular and visited.
> Arriving in Ibiza
When you arrive at the Ibiza Airport you can choose to rent a car or take the bus which is immediately nearby. Taxis are quite expensive and you’ll expect too much to come, especially during summer. There are also numerous ships linking Ibiza from Barcelona, Mallorca and Valencia. Lots of buses are crossing the entire Ibiza so do not worry about reaching the whole island.
> Clubs & parties in Ibiza
Ibiza is the land where resounds all summer the famous mixes of Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold and David Guetta, in worldwide famous clubs such as: Club Privilege (the largest in the world), Club Eden (has a unique light and sound system), Pacha (the first club opened on the island in 1973), Club Space (mixing over 40 DJs), the extravagant Es Paradise pyramid-shaped, or Club Amnesia (where come the greatest celebrities in the music industry, the club being known for its foam parties).
If we cleared up that the summer parties in Ibiza are held on Platja d'en Bossa, Sant Rafael, Es Canar, Santa Eularia and Sant Antoni, let’s see what’s more with this island! (for those who are not so revelers). :)
> The beautiful attractions of Ibiza
The village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia is the village where is the highest peak in Ibiza ... so what does that mean? Means that from here, you will have a sensational lookout point over the entire Ibiza! Es Vedra rocks (400 meters high, the symbol of the island), will impress you because they suddenly rise gloriously from the sea. They are any photographer's delight. A sunset at Cafe Del Mar café, famous for its fantastic chill out music and incredibly beautiful sunsets, should not be missed.
If you want to step onto an absolutely wonderful beach with white sand choose Salinas beach along with a bottle of red wine or go in the Gulf of Sa Caleta, where is a good fish restaurant, with high prices, despite its humble appearance. The area is known for a Phoenician settlement dating from 654 BC - so would be such a great opportunity to visit it – the entrance is free. More than that, if you're a lover of yoga at Benirras, in northern Ibiza, there are organized free lessons taking place at sunset. Maybe you'll want to attend them or simply look while you’re relaxing. Nearby, are some cool campgrounds with beautiful views, whether you want to rent a tent or a cottage for 2 people, prices is very low.
In the cave Can Marca, you can admire the effort of the locals that transformed a seemingly simple place in a remarkable beauty: a cascade of lights and music. Take your time and visit the city's old town Dalt Vila, the capital of Ibiza, or Villa d'Eivissa - as it is called in Catalan. It's so gorgeous and picturesque, with marvelous scenery.
For a few souvenirs and handmade products, jewelry, leather bags, jackets, belts, shoes, tubes, flared pants and everything related to the hippie movement, take a walk in the Hippy Market, the colorful stalls and diversity of the products will enchant you. It would be an excellent idea to make a trip to the island of Formentera. There are hourly ferryboats available from Ibiza to the island and vice versa. Once there, you will discover the infinite blue sea. The trip takes about an hour and a half and worth all the time and money - you’ll see a milky white beach and that special blue sea seen on TV.
> Eating out in Ibiza
In Ibiza you can eat ‘’el clasico’’ seafood and the traditional paella –prepared in front of you, in huge pots whose diameter can reach almost 2 meters. So you will witness a great show! Add on your bucket-list the traditional gazpacho, a cold tomato soup with onions. If we’re talking about drinking, don’t forget the famous Sangria (a kind of mixture of chilled wine with fruit juice, very flavorful and refreshing), and Hierbas - a sort of minty and sweet liqueur, or the classic ‘’cerveza’’- beer, San Miguel beer is very good! The most typical desserts in Spain is '' Crema Catalana '' - a kind of ‘’crème brulée’’ in French. The difference is that it’s prepared slowly on the hob, not in the oven. It is infused with flavors of lemon, orange and cinnamon. How yummy sounds that! :)
* Cheap eats in Ibiza: KonArte Ibiza, EL Mojito Bar, Jenia BISTROT, Pennsylvania Burger, La Cava, Gelateria Frigidarium.
** Mid-range eats in Ibiza: Restaurante S'Ametller, Can Terra Ibiza, Peter Pan Ibiza, Es Miratge, Soleado, CAN FLOW, Mumak, Restaurante EL Barco.
*** Fine dining in Ibiza: Sa Brisa Gastrobar, Restaurante Sa Nansa, El Chiringuito, Tropicana Beach Club, Sa Punta de Talamanca.
> Top shopping in Ibiza
- Hippy Market Punta Arabia (Es Canar)
- Las Dalias Hippy Market (Sant Carles de Peralta)
- CLAPES (beauty products)
- ATZARÓ BOUTIQUE, ES CUCONS, GALERIA ELEFANTE, IBIZA REPUBLIC, WORLD FAMILY IBIZA, THE SHOP AT SA PUNTA ( fashion)