Ibiza is the party capital of the world, a mecca of clubbing for night owls around the globe. But there is more to this island than just partying, drinks and DJs! Here at icelolly.com we’ve ranked our top ten favourite things about the White Isle, to prove that Ibiza has something for everyone.
There’s no better place to recover from the night before than on a sun-drenched beach, and Ibiza has plenty to choose from. The clubbers tend to frequent the busy beaches around San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa where you can expect crowds and beach parties, but the north of the island is home to much quieter spots that are often close to deserted.
The first thing anyone thinks of when they think of Ibiza is the incredible party season that runs throughout the summer months. This is the island that takes clubbing seriously, with world-renowned names like Pacha, Sankeys and Ibiza Rocks signing up superstar DJs for unforgettable parties that go on until dawn.
Ibiza enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year and very little rain during the summer. Your holiday snaps are guaranteed to be full of sun-drenched beach shots, summery outfits and plenty of hot dog legs by the pool! Even if you come outside of clubbing season, you can enjoy nice weather in spring and autumn at a cut price.
Just off the coast of Ibiza is Formentera, a tiny island reached by ferry from the main island. It’s a true island paradise, with gorgeous white sand beaches, crystal clear seas and a mix of restaurants and hippy market stalls lining the beachfront. If you need a break from Ibiza’s frenetic pace this is the place to go.
Away from the high-octane parties there are some stunning natural landscapes in Ibiza, particularly in the north and east of the island where the rugged scenery really has chance to shine. Expect to see huge cliffs, lush green pine forests and horseshoe bays with white sand and sparkling blue water. There are also secret caves all over the island to track down!
Who says you can only party after dark? Ibiza’s boat parties are legendary and tickets for these booze-fuelled days at sea are sought-after like gold dust. The exclusive beach clubs are also great spots for daytime partying, featuring DJ sets, good food and waiter service on the beach bringing cocktails right to your sun lounger.
There’s a reason why San Antonio’s main street is known as the Sunset Strip! Ibiza has beautiful sunsets that bathe the island in orange, red, pink and purple, and there are some great vantage points where you can sit back and enjoy the show. Café Mambo is the most well-known bar for a perfect evening blend of cocktails and sunset views, and Café Del Mar and Savannah are also popular.
Ibiza has been famous as a hippy haven since the sixties, way before the superclubs arrived! Even today the island has a laidback, slightly magical feel, as Ibiza has clung to its boho roots! The hippy markets are more than just shopping opportunities; they’re a cultural experience that can’t be missed – the most famous is Las Dalias in San Carlos but there are many around the island including Cala Llenya Market and the Punta Arabi market in Es Cana.
Ibiza is a foodie hotspot of Spain, where you can sample fresh seafood and authentic Spanish tapas at very reasonable prices! Settle down at a seafront restaurant and tuck into seafood paella, patatas bravas in tomato sauce and chunks of spicy chorizo sausage in red wine. Don’t forget to wash it down with some fruity sangria!
Not many people know this, but Ibiza is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to the quality of its marine environment and its beautiful Old Town and 16th-century fortifications. The Old Town of Dalt Vila is a lovely place to wander, where narrow cobbled streets lead to a new surprise around every corner.