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Ibiza, Spain is one of the top beach destinations in Europe, and it’s popular with travelers from around the world. Traveling to Ibiza is different for everyone depending on what you are looking for, but there are many unique things to do in Ibiza you would never find in other parts of the world.

Some people are looking for nightclubs and beach bars, while others are looking for water sports and beautiful white sand beaches. This unique jewel of the Mediterranean, among the most popular Balearic Islands, has some of the best beaches in Europe.

The coast of Ibiza is surrounded by crystal clear waters you can enjoy by sailing on a catamaran, kayaking, paddleboarding, swimming, or snorkeling. You can also explore its coves, historic cities, or the most beautiful part of the island Es Vedrá.

Here are some ideas about what you can do with your loved ones in Ibiza:

Ibiza Eivissa downtown Dalt Vila. iStock
Ibiza Eivissa downtown Dalt Vila. iStock

1. Explore Ibiza’s Old Town

The Old Town of Ibiza, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a mysterious maze of winding streets and stunning bright walls that starkly contrasts the stereotype of Ibiza.

Although it might not have the Spanish top clubs or beaches, Dalt Vila offers some breathtaking harbor vistas and a welcome respite from Ibiza’s more contemporary side.

If your primary interests are not historical places or museums, it is still worthwhile to stop by the Castell d’Eivissa fortress, which has spectacular views of the Mediterranean sea, and the well-known Ibiza Cathedral built in Baroque-cross-Gothic style, to take in the atmosphere.

Consider taking a guided tour of Old Town to hear about all the exciting details about its development and past from a local travel guide.

2. Sunbathe at Ibiza’s Longest Beach, Playa D’en Bossa

The longest beach on the island of Ibiza is right next to the major resort. On hot summer days, it’s a haven for the young party population. You can recover from the previous night’s parties while lounging under a parasol and listening to soothing, slow music played by beachfront DJs while looking at fantastic turquoise water.

Jet skis and paddle boats can be rented right next to the shore if you have the energy, and there are plenty of places to get food if you get hungry.

Ushuaia and Space, two of Ibiza’s biggest clubs, are located right in the resort, making it the place to be after nightfall and until the sun comes up.

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3. Shop at the Hippy Market Punta Arabi

With 500 stalls offering everything from artistic jewelry and souvenirs to vintage apparel and handmade cosmetics, Ibiza’s hippest flea market comes alive every Wednesday.

In addition to the variety of trinkets, Hippy Market Punta Arabi also features plenty of live music, tapas, henna tattoo stalls, and masseurs. This type of shopping experience is a fantastic way to interact with local culture and the funky roots of Ibiza.

There are a few smaller hippy markets on the island, but one worth mentioning is Las Dalias Hippy Market, which is within walking distance from Punta Arabi. They have their roots in the hippy movement that fled to Ibiza in the 60s.

Beautiful beach and sea bay in Cala San Vicente. iStock
Beautiful beach and sea bay in Cala San Vicente. iStock

4. Explore Marine Life

Snorkeling or if you prefer scuba diving, are the best ways to explore vivid marine life in Ibiza. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the island’s underwater world, from getting an instructor to guide you on your diving trip to getting into water on the beach with your kids exploring coral reefs near the shore.

An easy snorkel in serene places is the best option for families visiting the island for the first time. Some top-rated snorkeling locations on the island include Cala Comte, Cala D’Hort, Cala Codolar, Cala Bassa, Cala Tarida, and Cala Salada.

5. Visit San Antonio, the Second-Largest City on the Island

The second-largest town on Ibiza, located on the west coast of the island, was notorious in the 80s and 90s. Although it has somewhat matured in recent years, it is still the best option if you want to experience the heady mix of beaches and renowned nightlife.

Visit the bay during the day to enjoy the crystal clear waters and slender sandy beaches. You can also stroll along the promenade while admiring the Columbus Egg Monument and occasionally pausing for a beer or coffee, or shop at exquisite boutiques.

6. Swim at Talamanca Beach

Another of the island’s beautiful beaches is a few minutes up from the marina if you live in Ibiza Town and prefer a more relaxed day at the beach. The white sand is present here, supported by sparse habitation. Small slopes covered in pine forest and the sleepy vacation destination of Cap Martinet make up the surrounding landscape of Talamanca.

Great little restaurants offering traditional Balearic fare like bullit de peix or more modern options are located right on the beach. The waters at the shoreline are calm and kid-friendly because it is tucked away between two headlands.

7. Relax at at Café Del Mar

The Cafe del Mar is a must-stop for food, drinks, and fantastic views of San Antonio. Plan to spend a half day here at least, so you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing before evening. Open seasonally from April to October, make sure to make an online table reservation to guarantee your sunset spots.

Even though it’s a little more expensive than the typical beachside restaurant, this highly regarded beach club has amazing live music and DJs, which were first seen here in the 70s. Also, one of the reasons why many people visit Café Del Mar is the best sunsets in this part of the island.

8. Spend a Day in Formentera

Make your way to the serene island of Formentera, known as Ibiza’s little sister, if you want to see a more serene and quiet area. This small island, which is only a short distance from Ibiza’s mainland but has an entirely different vibe, is well known for its peaceful sandy beaches and spectacular scenery.

Take a guided tour to make the most of the day; explore some breathtaking coastal hikes, go scuba diving or snorkeling, or simply relax on your little patch of sand. Nature lovers and photographers will especially appreciate Ses Salines Natural Park.

Punta Galera, Ibiza. Photo by Michael Tomlinson, Unsplash
Punta Galera, Ibiza. Photo by Michael Tomlinson, Unsplash

9. Pay a Visit to the Puig de Missa Church

The white-walled Puig de Missa is regarded as one of Ibiza’s most impressive churches due to its distinctive architecture. It is perched on top of a hill covered in a pine forest with views of the turquoise waters and the town of Santa Eulalia del Rio, founded in the 16th century.

An ancient water mill, a small museum with historic artifacts, and a cemetery are all close by. However, the area is steep, so getting to the top will require some effort.

10. Spend a Full Day at a Spa

Ibiza’s holistic spa scene and famous relaxation culture are world-renowned. Some of the spas on the island are part of the hotels and resorts, while others are only for members. For instance, the Atzaró Spa is part of a tranquil agritourism facility encircled by Ibizan countryside citrus and olive trees.

You can float around in the 43-meter pool, work out in the exclusive gym, take a yoga class, or pamper yourself with anything from massages, peels, and facials. The selection of therapies and activities at this location alone is mindblowing.

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Author Bio: Danijela Horvat is a travel writer with a passion for discovering new destinations. With a background in journalism and photography, she is trying to translate her own experience into articles.

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