Benimussa Park is home to the world-famous Ibiza Zoo Project parties. If you’re up for alfresco parties during the hot summer days, then this is the place to go. A range of events take place at this venue, and the entertainment line-up has greatly diversified in recent years.
Cala Benirrás is a beach located on the north side of the island. The 300-metre-long beach is set against a backdrop of pine-clad cliffs. The crystal-clear water of the bay makes it a great spot for snorkelling, although visitors should be wary of the large volume of marine traffic. The best time to visit the area is in the evening as it is famed for its sunsets.
The small village of Buscastell is famous for its Can Rich Bascastell wineries and vineyards which produce some of the island’s finest quality wine.
This stunning beach is one of the Island’s hidden gems and remains one of Ibiza’s most private beaches. Cala Carbo is located a 10-minute drive from San Jose, and 5 minutes from Cala Valdella. The rocky coastline and pebbly beach make it a great spot for family outings and peaceful fishing excursions. There are two very popular restaurants in the area that serve classic seafood and paella dishes.
Cala Codolar is small beach a few miles from San Jose. You can reach it via the set of stone steps that lead down from the forest to the sands below. The beach itself is a small cove, around 70 metres long with a beach bar to quench your thirst. This area is perfect for nature lovers and theirs hoping to escape the tourist crowd, especially in high season. Although the more active can have a go at wind surfing here, it is more a spot destined for those wanting to relax. Although there is no public transport, the beach is easily reached by car.
Cala Conta can be found on the west coast of the island, a few miles south of San Antonio. The area is one of great natural beauty, with a total of three beaches. There are two main stretches of sand, one backed by sand dunes and the other by the island’s rocky coastline. The third smaller cove is at the far west of the area and is mainly visited by naturists.
In high season the beach can get very popular, but many people take to the crystal clear sea and don’t mind sharing the beach with the masses. Rocky outcrops make it a choice site for snorkelling, and it is also a great spot to see the sunset.
This very small beach is popular with both locals and tourists, and features excellent views of the island of Es Vedra, which rises dramatically out of the water just a few hundred metres off shore.
Cala d’Hort is just a 10-minute drive from either San Jose or Cala Vadella. The beach is ideal for those who enjoy body surfing thanks to the massive waves that bash the shore. There are three popular restaurants in the area, all well known for the excellent provision of fresh seafood dishes.
Cala de Bou
Cala de Bou beach is located in the bay of San Antonio. There are many water sports available for those who are so inclined, including pedalos, electric boats, banana boats, and jet skis.
Cala Jondal features a backdrop of pine trees and jagged cliffs behind a 225-metre stretch of golden sands. It is very popular with boat owners and the upmarket crowd. There is a large selection of restaurants, many of which are favoured by the rich and famous.
Many of the beach clubs offer zodiac service, which is a service that involves towing a dingy out to the private yachts to collect the owner for an evening dinner at their restaurant. Some restaurants will even deliver drinks directly to the boats!
Located in the northeastern area of the island, Cala Llenya is a quiet beach even in peak season. Usually the beach is favoured by families thanks to the many sheltered picnic spots hidden among the pines.
Cala Moli is a pebbly cove hidden away from the tourist crowds. It lacks the usual beach accessories of sun loungers and parasols, and instead is tranquil and secluded for laidback beachgoers. It still has a few nice amenities including a restaurant with its own swimming pool. The sea bed is fairly rocky and the water is crystal clear, making it a snorkelling hot spot at all times of year.
Cala Salada is only a 15-minute drive from San Antonio, and this protected cove is surrounded by pine-clad hills, making it a preferred spot for boat owners. The water is shallow which makes it ideal for swimmers and families. Boat houses are built into the rocks and there are many well-trodden paths into the woods that can be enjoyed by hikers of all ages.
This is one of the Ibiza’s most visually spectacular resort beaches and ranks as the longest and widest white-sand beach on the west coast. These shores have something for everyone to enjoy, including a diving school, multiple water sport opportunities, and beach volleyball.
The resort is just a 10-minute drive from San Jose, and is very popular amongst families. There are shops, beach bars, and restaurants right on the water front. If you are looking for something a bit quieter, the resort also has a few hidden coves located to the north of the beach area.
Cala Vadella beach is located in the tiny but charming resort of Cala Vadella, just a 10-minute drive from San Jose. You can hire pedelos and kayaks directly on the beach to explore the waters, and there is a dive school for those who are interested in diving beneath the waves.
As you descend into the bay from the resort, you’ll get your first glimpse of this stunning beach, surrounded by pine-laden hills. It is a firm favourite for families with children thanks to the fact that the sand gently slopes down into the water, making it perfect for beach games and paddling. As the bay is sheltered, it is also a popular spot for private yachts to anchor up, many of which go there to catch a glimpse of the sunset.
Calo d’en Real
Located in the southwestern corner of the island between Cala Moli and Cala Vadella lies the complex of Calo d’en Real. This residential complex consists of approximately 120 single-family homes. Situated on a plateau, it is surrounded by sea and lush vegetation, and therefore has been classified as a green area. Thanks to its strategic location, it is an ideal spot to watch both the sunrise and the sunset.
Located on the south coast of the island, Cap Martinet is a small resort that offers unparalleled views of the waters. It is a small secluded cove with a pebbled beach, and just 3 kilometres from Ibiza Town.
Just outside the tourist buzz of San Jose, Es Cubells is just far enough away to give you a sense of tranquillity and seclusion. Your drive from the city will take you past olive and orange groves.
In the tiny, postcard-picture village, time seems to stand still. The village consists of a small church and two bars, and offers views all the way to Formentera. Although small, it is a very popular area for luxury villa rentals due to the private properties along the rocky cliff edge.
The three coves in the area are great for both divers and snorkelers thanks to the rocks beneath the water. Although the shoreline is pebbly, the water is crystal clear and the beach restaurant is a great place to have a meal after a swim.
Although small, Formentera is actually one of the Spain’s Balearic Islands. People travel to the island to lounge on the shores and take a dip in the still waters. It is located just a few miles off of the southern coast of Ibiza, however the nightlife hardly compares to its larger sister to the north. There are strict rules about nightlife that including restrictions on the times that bars can play music, making it perfect for those who just want to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
The island is rocky and sandy, and much of the land is used for salt flats. The climate is perfect for the island’s main inhabitants, the bright green lizards that seem to perch on the walls, floors, and paths in and around every building. You can explore the many caves the island has to offer as well as the small white-washed villages, but most people choose to spend their time relaxing on one of the many beaches. The exceptional diversity of sea life makes it a mecca for snorkelling, diving, and fishing activities. The main town is Sant Francesc Xavier, which has a quaint stone piazza in its centre, full of small restaurants with al fresco dining for a light lunch.
Ibiza Town is the capital and the largest city on the island with a buzzing nightlife, tons of dining options, and a huge array of bars. The city is a shopping lover’s dream, with small streets dotted with boutiques, high-end fashion shops, larger stores, and shoe shops. There is a selection of museums and galleries to pass the time during the day, as well as a picturesque citadel atop a hill.
The old town is a treasure trove of history spanning back 2,500 years and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An entire day could be spent exploring the winding cobbled streets and taking in the views from the high ramparts that surround the city.
The other side to Ibiza Town is the Marina Botafoch, which is home to luxury cruisers as well as high-end restaurants and clubs like the world-famous Pacha. A stroll around the quays is a pleasant afternoon activity, thanks to the huge boats docked in the waters. At the end of the marina you’ll find the best beach in the area, Talamanca, where you can enjoy a day outside of the hustle and bustle of town life. You can even charter a boat for a unique way to explore the waterways and view the town from afar.
Port D’Es Torrent
This beautiful beach is located at the far end of the San Antonio Bay Area, 4.5 kilometres from the main town. Torrent consists of a 100-metre stretch of golden sands that also spreads backwards 50 metres, meaning you are very likely to find a place to lay your towel even in peak season. The arms of rock that stretch out from each side of the beach turn it into a natural bay that provide still waters perfect for swimming. It also has the necessary beach amenities such as sun loungers, toilets, and showers, plus a wooden walkway that stretches the length of the beach.
This urbanised area is located approximately 10 kilometres from Ibiza Town on the eastern side of the island. The gated residential area has its own golf course as well as a wellness centre specialising in a range of holistic treatments. Beach lovers can relax on the tiny-but-charming beach of Cala Olivera, where it is easy to get the feeling of being on a private beach. As facilities are seriously lacking, very few tourists venture this way, so it is not unlikely for you to have the beach almost to yourself.
This residential area is located just a 5-minute drive from Ibiza town. There are many large, luxurious villas to rent in this area, close enough to enjoy the city life but just far enough to get a sense of the island’s natural tranquillity.
Salinas is one of the most iconic beaches on the island, a huge expanse of powder soft golden sands surrounded by dunes, a nature reserve, and impressive salt flats. The sea around the area is incredibly salty, making it surprisingly easy to stay afloat.
People visit Salinas from all walks of life, and dancers tend to parade down the coast, promoting the area’s impressive nightlife scene. Walk along the beach and to find some amazing creations carved into the rock, as well as an old pirates’ watchtower.
San Agustín is often described as one of the more picturesque villages on the island, and it is not hard to see why. It is located half-way between San Antonio and San Jose, and is easily reachable by car. The village is one of the island’s best-preserved, and offers a sense of the real Ibiza.
Buildings of note to explore include the parish house, stone tower, and tiny church, a true example of Ibicenco architecture. From your vantage point on the hill where the church is located, take in spectacular views of the San Jose hills and beyond. Small eateries serve local food in a magical setting where time seems to stand still.
San Antonio is a diverse place to stay if you enjoy lively nightlife and a wide array of things to do both on land and in the water. Once a small fishing village, it is now one of the top resort destinations on the island. The central palm-lined promenade runs through the town, filled with illuminated fountains and plenty of al fresco dining options.
The town is home to the world-famous Sunset Strip. There is no better place on the island to enjoy a thirst quenching cocktail, listen to the latest music, and watch breath-taking sunsets. The town is known for its incredible nightlife, including the massive clubs of Eden and Es Paradis, as well as the concert arena, Ibiza Rocks Hotel.
San Antonio also has a great beach from which you can watch the evening sunsets. There are also many smaller coves in the area, many of which can be reached from the small ferries that depart from the marina.
Water sports are a huge part of San Antonio and include jet skiing, boat excursions, boat parties, and parasailing. Spend the day at Ocean Mania, an inflatable water park, or test out your surfing skills at Surf Lounge.
Although small, San Carlos is a well-known village on the island that became famous in the 60s and 70s as a hippies’ hangout. Many still live there today, subsisting without modern comforts. Located 22 kilometres northeast of Ibiza Town, San Carlos is easily reachable by car. The pretty white church is the focal point of the village, and there are a few nice restaurants like Anita’s, where you can enjoy some local tapas dishes.
Each Saturday San Carlos hosts hippie markets of Dalias where you can peruse local crafts and fresh food.
Located on the southern edge of the island, San Jordi is a traditional Ibizan village. An old fortified church sits in the centre of the village, which dates to the 14th century. The quaint tree-lined square next to the church features restaurants and bars where you can stop for a snack. The Mercadillo Sant Jordi was originally used for horse racing, but now it is best known for its weekly flea market that sells a range of intriguing produce.
This village is likely to be the least affected by tourism on the island. The area is home to a few agritourism hotels, and visitors can step back in time and wander the cobbled streets and white-washed buildings. Every Sunday the village comes to life thanks to its artisan market in the village square, full of homemade goods and organic produce.
This town has everything that you might want for a trip away: shops, restaurants, bars, and a traditional Spanish vibe. Sitting atop a hill, it offers great views of the surrounding countryside.
With just a few houses to its name, you may drive right through this tiny village and not even realise it. It is perfect for a short trip to enjoy a quick lunch and the unspoilt surroundings.
San Mateo, located on the northern coast, comprises not much more than a few little houses and a 14th-century church. The hamlet offers a refugee of peace and tranquillity, and serves as an excellent base for some of the best beaches on the island.
Located on the north coast of the island, San Miguel is a small resort with a sandy beach, perfect for families and couples looking for a quieter holiday. It is home to one of the most sheltered coves on the island, surrounded by pine-covered cliffs, with a number of small restaurants and gift shops lining the shore. Adventure seekers can enjoy the many water sports on offer, and fascinating drip stone caves are just a short walk away.
San Rafael can be found on the road between San Antonio and Ibiza Town, featuring spectacular views all the way to Ibiza Town. The village has been declared the only artisan town on the island thanks to the abundance of pottery shops. The products are still made in the same way today as they were thousands of years ago. Although small, it has more than its fair share of restaurants and bars.
This picture-perfect village is located on Ibiza’s tallest mountain, Sa Talaia, and despite the growing tourist trade, it has not lost any of its original charm. With its easy-going atmosphere, there is nothing more relaxing than enjoying a refreshing drink in one of the town’s bars or restaurants.
Shoppers can explore the huge range of products the stores offer, including handmade goods, antiques, fashion, and food produce. You can climb the hill and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside or explore one of the three nature reserves.
Santa Eulalia is a popular resort on the island’s east coast, ideal for families looking for a quieter break. Everything you need is within walking distance, from restaurants, bars, water sports, shopping, fitness facilities, and kids’ activities.
This pretty village is located at the very heart of the island. The trendy central square has undergone a makeover and is now a trendy hot spot for both new and traditional eateries. It offers a rich, agricultural landscape for those looking for a retreat from the main beach resorts.
Just a 15-minute walk along the coast from Ibiza Town lies the picturesque bay of Talamanca. Settle into the soft golden sands at one of the most peaceful resorts on the island. Due to its close vicinity to lively Ibiza Town, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
This secure urbanisation is often referred to as one of the most exclusive places on the island, located just outside of Es Cubells. It contains many modern and luxurious homes strategically placed for stunning sea views.
The south of Ibiza is known for its breath-taking sunsets night after night. It is also famous for its wild party nights, with the city of San Antonio as the hub of the nightlife scene. The national park areas are a stark contrast to the bars and restaurants in the city.
The north of the island is famous for its laidback bohemian vibes and stunning scenery. During recent years it has earned a reputation for wellness and healing tourism, with many spas and wellness centres dotted around the region.
Sun worshipers are likely to be drawn to the north due to the early morning sunshine that hits the beaches, while adventurers can enjoy the many hiking trails through the countryside.