A symbol of carefree spirit for more than four decades, this bewitching Balearic beauty beats to its own drum. With rocky coves, sleepy towns and bass-filled superclubs to its name, Ibiza reinvents itself time and time again – and that’s part of its appeal.
San Antonio and Ibiza Town are two of the White Isle’s most famous resorts. But away from the party-hard pockets, you’ll find dense pine forest, unspoilt bays cloaked in sand and mesmerising sunset spots.
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If you’re a party animal, follow the call of the disco ball all the way to San Antonio. This electro music mecca needs no introduction – it’s come a long way since its days as a sleepy fishing village. Es Paradis opened its doors here in 1975, kick-starting a new wave of after-dark hubs here on the island’s north coast. Now, big names such as Eden and Zoo Project draw in revellers by their thousands. And Café Mambo is unbeatable for a sunset session – there’s no better place to sip a cocktail and watch the horizon melt in a riot of colour to the soundtrack of thumping bass.
Nursing a hangover? Drag yourself over to the soothing sands of S’Arenal Beach. Cala Bassa is a little further to wander to but worth it for its refreshing tranquil waters. And just when you’ve recovered, it’ll be time to meander back to the Sunset Strip to restart the fun all over again…
Dance, doze, dream and everything in between in Ibiza Town. The White Isle’s capital is achingly beautiful. Towering walls have guarded the higgledy-piggledy streets of Dalt Vila, the UNESCO-listed Old Town, since the 16th century. Spend days ambling through the photogenic passageways, marvelling the cathedral and castle, before making a pit stop at one of the tucked-away bars and cafés.
When evening falls, Ibiza Town really comes to life. The waterside thrums, with glitzy cocktail bars and buzzy tavernas to choose from. The hands-in-the-air season is in full swing from May, with clubs such as Pacha and Amnesia to bounce between.
Get into the groove of northern Ibiza at Portinatx, one of the island’s unsung heroes. It’s easy to melt into the low-key way of life in this dinky village, where velvety pine trees give way to mesmerizingly-blue waters.
Clamber down to one of three beaches here, set in incredible coves. S’Arenal Petit is best for snorkelling, while S’Arenal Gros is the largest patch, with ample room for lazy days relaxing. The sun dances off the azure water’s surface and waves break gently onto the sandy shore. Bliss.
Bit of a foodie? Portinatx is renowned for its seafood restaurants, set along the waterfront. Pull up a pew and feast on grilled tiger prawns, enormous bowls of paella and juicy calamari.
Playa D’En Bossa
If you’re flinging body glitter and your best dancing shoes into your suitcase, make Playa D’En Bossa your destination. The White Island’s clubbing bubble takes pride of place here, with Ushuaïa, Sankeys and Hï Ibiza just three of the big names to dance until dawn at.
But even when the sun rises, there’s still fun to be had. Playa D’En Bossa beach is a lively stretch, with lounge bars and Bali beds lining the sandy shore. Nassau, Beachouse and Bora Bora are three of the best!
Low-key your style? Make a beeline for Santa Eulalia on the east coast. The well-heeled flock to this pretty seaside town to browse the boutiques, admire the art galleries and dine at the outstanding restaurants. Most eateries huddle around the suave marina, Santa Eulalia’s heart, where sleek yachts bob in the water.
While away your holiday at the resort’s two beaches, separated by a small headland. A treelined promenade winds behind both, creating the resort’s backbone. If you’re after a different perspective, climb the steep path up to the charming 16th century church, Puig de Missa, which is perched above the town.
Playa Es Cana
If you’re looking to fly and flop, Playa Es Cana’s the place to book. Holidays in this small, relaxed resort centre around the crescent beach fringed by pine forest. Couples pad hand-in-hand across the sand and families play happily in the water. You can simply unwind with a good book or get stuck into the water sports on offer – paddleboarding, parasailing and more, whatever floats your boat! Cala Nova beach is only a 10-minute walk away too if you’re a keen surfer.
If you’re around on a Wednesday, visiting Punta Arabí Hippy Market is a must. It’s one of the biggest markets on the island, with stalls set out under the shade of trees selling mostly handmade goodies. Make room in your luggage for incense, pottery, ethnic jewellery, colourful clothing and rattan bags.
San Miguel is more under the radar than its neighbours, tucked into a quiet cove on the north coast of the island. And it's a testament to Ibiza’s reputation for outstanding natural beauty – the wild coastline here will take your breath away.
Untouched beaches come with the territory, where the sparkling Med lures you in from the heat of the sun. Float around in the rays, enjoy a refreshing swim or strap on your snorkel and head off on an aquatic adventure. Driving to nearby beaches is half the fun – the scenery that unfolds before your eyes is incredible.
Posted: 24th Apr 2020.