Ibiza is synonymous with all-night raves and the best parties in Europe. You’ll certainly find such things in plentiful supply here.
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.
Most of Ibiza’s towns are compact enough to explore on foot. The island’s hiking routes also offer the opportunity to escape the crowds and experience the tranquil natural beauty of the Balearics.
Buses running every 30 minutes between all the major resorts in Ibiza are an easy and cost-effective way to cover several different parts of the island. The regular bus service ends at 2200, replaced by a ‘disco bus’ that will take you to where the party is happening.
This is the best option for adventurous travellers who want to see every corner of the island, or motorbike hire is also popular.
You rarely have to wait long for a taxi in Ibiza. A network of cabs runs throughout the busiest party destinations, meaning you can enjoy your evening without having to worry about having a designated driver. If you’re sticking to one location on the island and want to get from club to club with ease, make the most of this efficient system.
Playa d’en Bossa: for partying
This whole island is famed for its clubs and bars, and Ibiza Town, San Antonio or any other number of towns guarantee a fun night out. Playa d’en Bossa might be the jewel in Ibiza’s hard-partying crown, however. By day it’s a beach resort with a laid-back atmosphere and great food. By night it’s home to some of the island’s most famous venues (visiting Hï Ibiza is almost compulsory) brought to life by world-class DJs. You can even party by the Mediterranean at open-air beach clubs, such as the legendary Ushuaïa, for an unforgettable night beneath the stars.
Dalt Vila: for history
The historic centre of Ibiza Town is often overlooked by people visiting just for the nightlife. But don’t miss the chance to explore this UNESCO-protected fortified town, with several museums and an enchanting atmosphere. Enter through the Portal de ses Taules, a gateway in the medieval walls, then explore the area on foot. The Archaeological Museum traces the history of the town, which has its foundations as a Phoenician settlement from around 654BC. Subsequent eras have left their mark here, too, in the form of a 13th-century cathedral and 16th-century fortifications.
Cala Llonga: for families
This an easily accessible resort a stone’s throw from buzzing Ibiza Town, but its natural features make it feel beautifully secluded. A collection of restaurants and hotels nestle in the contours of the island, hidden by pine trees. The beach, sheltered by the natural bay, is big enough to allow space for large families. It’s far enough away from the clubs to feel quiet and relaxed but close enough that you can still head into town for a party if you get the itch.
Voltage: 230 V
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1) and Central European Summer Time (GMT +2)
- Languages: The official language is Catalan and road signs point you to Eivissa, not Ibiza Town. Locals also speak a variant known as Ibicenco, but most also know Spanish and English.