Ibiza is synonymous with all-night raves and the best parties in Europe. You’ll certainly find such things in plentiful supply here.
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You don’t have to go far, however, to discover a world apart from DJs and drinks, where history takes precedence and small villages entice you to relax on a peaceful coastline overlooking the glimmering Med.
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Dancing isn’t the only way to stay fit in Ibiza, a destination that’s increasingly recognised for its outdoor activities. Hiking is one of the best ways to see the island, taking you around remote coastal footpaths and up into the inland hills. Trek to the top of Sa Talaiassa on a trail that leads from San Josep villa. At 1558ft (475m), this is the highest point on Ibiza, which means you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding area.
The natural beauty of Ibiza has led to an explosion of yoga retreats around the island, so much so that it’s encroaching on clubbing’s reputation as the main reason to visit. Seek a moment of peace in pine forests and by rocky coastlines as you take a holistic approach to wellness.
Several companies offer water sports for visitors looking for extreme thrills. In summer, the water can be as warm as 26°F – balmy enough for long swims. Spend your afternoons trying something new – parasailing, perhaps. Head to Cala Martina for the best windsurfing and kiteboarding, or visit Playa S’Estanyol for one of the biggest collections of speedboats, jet-skis and banana boats.
Ibiza’s mega-clubs tell only one part of the island’s story. Outside towns, the island maintains a sleepy way of life in its small village communities. These charming pockets of Ibiza’s older culture are easiest to access by car but well worth a visit.
Embrace the stillness of this village surrounded by almond trees that burst with colour every spring. The local church is a classic example of the island’s rural architecture, while the restaurant offers a great chance to mingle with locals.
To experience more traditional architecture, head to beautifully preserved San Agustin. Simple, whitewashed buildings line its quiet streets, which are surrounded by green forests.
Wander the spacious streets of this village perched on the top of a cliff and claim a seat at a café with uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean.