What to do on holiday in Ibiza

Ibiza is known primarily as the destination of choice for young party goers at night and beach bums by day. But if you’re considering a trip to the island, there are far more things to see and do than you would at first imagine.

Many people wouldn’t hesitate to tell you that one of the best things to do is hire a car and see as much of the island as possible. Everybody knows about the sparkling sand of the coastline, but many people don’t picture Ibiza as a beautiful, rugged landscape, dotted with white-washed houses. Even if you don’t want to drive on the island, you have plenty of other options of public transport including the mini-train that stops off at all the popular areas.

If you want to explore the ‘real Ibiza’, get yourself down to Ibiza Old Town. Located there is Dalt Vila (literally meaning the ‘High Town’) – a cultural area of winding streets and ancient walls that visitors can scale and steeped in local history. Make sure to climb the hill for a spectacular view over the port, wander the old Santa Maria Cathedral and explore Roman ruins.

Ibiza’s Hippy Market has been a must see on the list of travellers since the early 1970s. Situated on the east side of the island, the vibrantly coloured market sells everything from handbags and shoes to trinkets and bongs.

To get out of the burning summer sun for a few hours, check out the Caves at San Marca. Filled with stalactites and stalagmites, the caves will provide a damp, cooling break even in the midday sun. Tourists with kids are bound to love the light show on the underground waterfall.

Things for the kids to do in Ibiza

When visiting Ibiza, you can’t just spend all your time on the beach. Well, you could, but you’d have a hard time keeping the kids entertained by yourself when you’re also trying to relax. So what other options do you have for keeping the kids busy while you’re in Ibiza?

There are a range of things for kids both young and old on the island. You could start off with a mini-train sightseeing tour of the 25km wide and 45km long island. These will excite the little ones in particular. To let them run off a bit of steam, hunt out one of the many play areas around the island. Nearly every resort has at least one of these with everything from climbing frames and slides to trampolines, and some even with bouncy castles and carting tracks. They’re safe and good fun.

It’s likely that the older ones will want to do something a bit more independent, so try some of the more extreme water sports on offer, such as windsurfing, parasailing and banana-boating. Or to get them off the beach for a day, head to Aguamar Water Park at Playa D’en Bossa which has enough slides and pools to keep them on the go all day long.

The whole family will love a boat trip to go dolphin spotting. These trips depart multiple times a day from many resorts on the island and most guarantee you sightings of wild dolphins. Keep the kids quiet for a while by offering an ice cream back on land to whoever spots the first dolphin.

And when all else fails and you need a night off from the kids, whether it’s to go out for a quiet meal or a night out at the clubs, Ibiza is a holiday destination that offers overnight babysitters all over the island.

Hidden beaches of Ibiza

When somebody mentions Ibiza, the first thing that pops into your head is of dancing the night away, lads’ nights out and the giant super-clubs of the island. Though Ibiza is particularly popular for these reasons, it also has more to offer. If you’ve had a hard night out, one of the best remedies you’ll find in Ibiza is a long day of relaxing at the beach. And Ibiza has plenty of those to offer.

If you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter after a night that was particularly heavy on the booze, the secluded bay of Cala Llentrisca will be calling your name. The beach is isolated and as a result often completely deserted. Off the tourist trail, the sun beats down on it until late afternoon. Spend the day basking in the peace and quiet, and cool yourself down in the clear azure waters.

Cala de Portitxol is not an ideal beach for the weary traveller. Sliced into the cliff edges, this portion of protected seaside is accessed only by a pretty precarious path atop the cliff edges. With spectacular views and beautiful turquoise waters worshipped by the local fishermen, it’s worth the trek.

Agua Blanca is another adventure to reach, but you will be guaranteed to find more peace and quiet there. A quick dip and wade through the clear waters will transport you into another world of sea stacks and tiny caves. When you’ve had enough of lazing around to the sound of rolling waves, make sure to wade back through the sea to the ramshackle Restaurante Aguas Blancas for a quick drink. Or if you can make it there for the early morning, you’ll be rewarded with the best view of the rising sun on the island.

Dancing the night away in Ibiza

Ibiza is known internationally as the party capital of the world and needs no more explanation than that. But if you’ve booked a trip to Ibiza and never been before, you’ll want to know some of the top clubs to visit before you get there.

Pacha, near Ibiza Marina

One of the oldest clubs in Ibiza, having been going since 1973, Pacha is a firm favourite of party goers. Despite this, it is one of the dearest, so head somewhere a little cheaper if you’re on a budget. The club is known for its cherry logo and attracts VIPs night after night.

Space, Playa d’en Bossa

Another Ibizan super club, Space is home to five separate dance floors and pumps out electronic dance music. It is unique in that it also offers clubbing throughout the daytime.

Privilege, near San Rafael

Famed worldwide for being the world’s largest club, nothing can prepare you for Privilege. It has a swimming pool in its centre and could fit every other club in Ibiza inside it. You probably won’t be able to see the whole thing in one night!

Amnesia, near San Rafael

Amnesia is regarded as being the birthplace of the modern clubbing experience for dance music. It consists of two huge rooms which are threatened by monstrous ice cannons which explode at random. It is known particularly for its huge foam parties, so don’t miss one of those if you’re given a chance to go.

Es Paradis, San Antonio

Perhaps one of the more ‘picturesque’ clubs on the island, Es Paradis has existed since the 1970s and has a maze-like ‘secret garden’. It is impossible to take a clubbing holiday in Ibiza without taking part in its famous water party, the Fiesta del Agua.