Heading to Ibiza this summer? It isn’t all about partying, you know?!
Sure, clubbing is a big part of the culture and is what attracts hundreds of thousands of people there every summer, but Ibiza also forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage due to its biodiversity, crystal clear water, and beautiful sandy beaches.
Here are twelve things you can do, aside from the clubs, to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
1. Explore the Old Town by bicycle
Bamboo Bike Tours offer multiple sight-seeing tours that range from 2-4 hours long. You can cycle along the beautiful seafront at Parc de la Pau, head to the spectacular necropolis, visit Vara de Ray and the old market square, soak in the sun at Talamanca, and visit the historic fortification of Dalt Vila. A tour like this is a great way to learn more about the island’s history while travelling in a fun and sustainable way.
2. Take a boat to Formentera
Get out of Ibiza for the day and board the ferry to the neighbouring island of Formentera. The journey takes around 45 minutes, and is ideal for a day trip. Formentera is known for its clear waters and long stretches of beach, particularly Illetas Beach; famous for its stunning sand spit. I’d recommend renting a scooter to get around the island, to explore some of the charming villages Formentera has to offer. You can also head to the Faro de Babaria caves for a magnificent view of the sunset, or climb up Faro de la Moda (the cliffside lighthouse) to take in the views from above.
3. Take a Jeep safari into the mountains
Ibiza is known for its biodiversity and magnificent landscapes. The best way to take advantage of this is to book a Jeep Safari tour into the mountains. I booked with Global Star Events. Their guides are multilingual, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. They teach you about the islands’ flora and fauna, and take you along dusty paths to hidden bays and secret coves that are unreachable by foot. I’d recommend this tour for the scenery alone, but it’s a great way to learn about Ibiza’s nature too.
4. Visit the fortified Dalt Vila
Founded by the Phonecians, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Dalt Vila was once the most important coastal city in the Mediterranean. It’s worth spending half a day here, exploring the narrow alleyways and winding cobbled streets of this old Medieval castle. There are wonderful panoramic views from the summit, a beautiful courtyard filled with restaurants, art galleries and hand-crafted goods; and a secret treasure room, filled with pottery, ornaments and everyday objects from the 13th Century.
5. Try out some water sports in San Antonio
Looking for something to get your adrenaline flowing? Ibiza Watersports has you covered. They organise adventure trips and activities for individuals and groups around San Antonio Bay. From flying like Iron Man on their new FlyBoard (I really want to try this!), to performing 360° spins on their Jet Boat, there is something for everyone. There’s paragliding, jet skiing and kayaking, as well as everyone’s holiday favourite – the banana boat!
6. Watch the sunset at Cafe Mambo
Cafe Mambo is the ultimate location for the world’s most iconic sunset. Grab a drink and try some of their delicious food, as you watch the breathtaking Mediterranean view.
7. Grab lunch by the pool at the Wi-ki-woo Hotel
Inspired by South Beach, Miami, the Wi-ki-woo hotel is the island’s most instagrammable hotel. Situated on the sunset coast of San Antonio, you can dine on their seafront terrace, surrounded by palm trees and quirky art decor. The pool area looks like you’ve just walked into Barbie’s backyard, with pink motorbikes, lollipops, heart shaped loungers, and flower walls.
8. Head North for some epic views
Located at the highest point of the island, and accessible by foot, Mirador de Sa Talaia is one of the most impressive viewpoints in Ibiza and the perfect place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle from the island. Another viewpoint worth seeing is Torres des Savinar, otherwise known as the pirate tower, which offers views of the nature reserve and the island of Es Vedra.
9. Visit one of Ibiza’s stunning beaches
Ibiza is known for its turquoise waters and diverse snorkelling spots, so why not head down to one of the beaches for a day. Cala de Sant Vicent is ranked Ibiza’s #1 beach on TripAdvisor, known for its golden sands and incredible views of Tagomago Island. If you’re located near the Old Town, Talamanca is only a 20 minute walk away, and is another beautiful long curved beach, with safe and shallow waters. For the best snorkelling spot, head to Cala Xarraca in the North.
10. Visit the Hippy Markets
Ibiza is known for its colourful and eccentric hippy markets, and are a must see for every visitor. They encapsulate the bohemian vibe of the island, originally starting back in 1969 in a small pine tree forest, as a meeting place for young hippies to sell and exchange artefacts.
The original, and arguably the best of all the hippy markets is Las Dalias, which began by selling locally grown fruit and vegetables to residents. It is now packed with endless colourful stalls; selling clothing, jewellery, and trinkets. The market has several bars, restaurants, and food outlets, and its very own nightclub.
11. Visit Puig des Molins
UNESCO World Heritage site ‘Puig des Molins’ is the world’s largest and best preserved necropolis, with an estimated 3,000 tombs. The site is located 500 metres west of Puig de Vila, a town which has existed since its foundation by the Phoenicians in the late 7th century. There is an archeological museum on site, detailing the area’s history over the centuries, making for a very interesting visit. The site is also home to the goddess Tanit; a warrior of dance, fertility, creation, and destruction.
12. Visit the Cueva Can Marça
It’s worth popping below the surface and exploring Ibiza’s 100,000 year old cave system ‘Cueva Can Marca’. This large system of caves was used by smugglers until the mid 20th century as a place to hide their merchandise, such as tobacco, coffee, and alcohol. In 1980 they opened to the public. The caves were formed by underground rivers and waterfalls, and remained intact through ice ages, and tropical heat. If you are interested in geology, then the incredible formations of stalagmites and stalactites are a must see!
So, if you’re heading to Ibiza for the raves and parties, you’ll sure have a great time; but it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate what else the island has to offer.