Ibiza is one of the larger of the Balearic Islands and is best known for its vibrant nightlife.
However, this Mediterranean island has a lot more to offer than just trendy beach bars and nightclubs. Once you venture outside of Ibiza Town and spend a few days in a countryside or seaside Ibiza villa, you’ll learn what it’s like to live like a local.
The largest city in Ibiza (and also the capital city of the island) is Ibiza Town, where you can spend hours wandering the streets of the old city and dine on delicious plates of freshly caught seafood. In Ibiza Town you’ll also find the hilltop Castle of Ibiza where you can learn more about the history of the island and snap photos of the expansive views of the coastline and beyond. Grab a café con leche and people-watch in Santa Gertrudis, a charming town square surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants.
For a sample of some of the island’s best architecture, visit Ibiza Cathedral or Iglesia de Sant Rafel, two magnificent churches that overflow with beauty and history.
The Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art features works from both local and internationally renowned artists. While staying in your Ibiza holiday rental, you can also check out some of the island’s best restaurants, like Sa Vida – a Mediterranean and Spanish delicatessen; Cositasricas – a healthy Spanish delicatessen; or Restaurante S’Ametller – a restaurant that features a mixture of Mediterranean, European, and Spanish dishes.
In the afternoon, grab a beach towel and head out to Ibiza’s most picturesque beaches, like Cala Comte or Playa de Ses Salines. Comb the outer edges of the island for more remote beaches where visitors don’t often tread.
Just off the southern coast of Ibiza is the tiny island of Es Vedra.
Hike to the top of the mainland cliffs for a spectacular view of the distant island, which is best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset.
There are many myths surrounding the history of the island, one of which dictates that it is the fabled home of the sirens in Homer’s Odyssey, and another that speculates the island as the tip of the famous underwater city of Atlantis.