Ibiza, known for its giant clubs, world-famous DJs and a summer vibe that anywhere else in the world finds hard to rival. Would you believe us though if we said that the party scene is only a small part of this otherwise laid back island?
Yes, the White Isle does have a quieter side to it. In fact, most of this island provides a calm and relaxing retreat from hectic day to day life. With pretty, sandy coves and sunsets you’ll remember for the rest of your life, discover the quieter side of Ibiza that will keep you coming back for more.
Swap those dancing shoes for sandals, or even better bare-feet, and discover Ibiza’s sandy beaches. Cala Xuclar, surrounded by lush pine trees, is a wild coastal area of Ibiza but provides great swimming opportunities in the clear water and nearby Cala Xarraca’s water is some of the most blue sea water you’ll ever see. There are also spa-like properties at Cala Xarraca too with natural mud baths that are said to have healing properties!
Cala d’Hort is also a well-known quiet retreat. Hidden away in a National Park, this beach has managed to keep all of its natural beauty and has avoided being commercialised by huge hotels and noisy bars. Instead, you’ll find an idyllic spot looking over the mysterious island of Es Vedra, the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of Ibiza.
Many don’t explore the inner part of Ibiza but if you really want to get away from it all, that’s the place to be. Roam in between the olive groves during the summer and see the almond trees blossom in early spring, Ibiza’s countryside is a treat at any time of year.
If you’re feeling particularly active, hike up to the highest point of the island for views over San Antonio and the Salinas salt flats. Sa Talaia is 475 metres above sea level and can also be reached by a 4x4 if you’re feeling slightly less outdoorsy!
For a coastal walk, there’s a leisurely 4.5km hike from Cala Xarraca to Cala Xuclar which turns inland through wooded valleys before emerging out at the coast.
San Antonio is famed for its beautiful sunsets but why jostle among the crowds when you can have your own slice of the evening at Cala Salada. This secluded beach is slightly further north than San Antonio and you’ll have the ocean mainly to yourself as the sun sets on another beautiful day in Ibiza.
Now, this place might not be completely quiet but it’s a world away from the all night clubs in San Antonio. The Old Town, or Dalt Vila, gives you an idea what Ibiza used to be like. Old stone walls, steep cobbled streets and narrow alleys all focus towards the fortress which towers over the city. Cross the drawbridge of Portal de Ses Taules into a quaint cobblestone courtyard before entering the Plaza de Vila.
Portinax, Cala Llonga, Puerto San Miguel and Santa Eulalia are all great bases for a holiday on the quieter side of Ibiza. A mixture of bohemian vibes, secluded beaches, classy bistros, green scenery and stylish marinas, these resorts will more than convince you that Ibiza is much, much more than a party island.
Remove yourself from Ibiza altogether and get a taste of real paradise on the island of Formentera. This tiny island – a 30 minute ferry ride from Ibiza – is home to white beaches and an original hippie vibe and is a favourite place to get away from the crowds of the White Isle. Set up for the day on Playa Mijorn or Playa Ses Illetes, munch on some fresh coconut or pineapple from the beach vendor and enjoy a relaxing, quiet day in the sun.
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By Emma Hart - Enjoying the quiet life in Ibiza