One of the three major Balearic Islands, Ibiza is home to a beautifully rugged coastline, charming Old Town and pine-covered hills. And with lively hotel resorts, renowned nightlife and swathes of golden sand beaches, it’s the ideal location for a week of downtime in the sunshine.
We’ve handpicked eight enjoyable things to do in Ibiza for all ages. So whether you holiday here for the club scene or the beach scene, you’ll be satisfied either way. Read on…
1. Cala Comte Beach
Cala Comte is a stunning beach in the south-west of Ibiza. It’s surrounded by gorgeous scenery, including sand dunes and rocky cliffs behind the beach, electric blue water, golden sand and stunning views of the amazing sunrise and sunset. You could easily spend a whole day relaxing here
2. Aquarium Cap Blanc
This aquarium is based in San Antonio. You can see brightly coloured fish, octopus, rays and other marine creatures in their natural underwater habitat in this eerie underground cavern, an ancient Smuggler’s grotto transformed into an aquarium.
With a small bar and terrace jutting out over the sea, it makes a nice afternoon out and is easily reached from San Antonio either by bus, strolling along the coastline, or on one of the boat cruises from the harbour.
3. Take a ferry ride to Formentera
This ferry route connects Ibiza with Formentera. It’s the smallest and quietest of the four main Balearic Islands, just under four miles south of Ibiza. The journey takes up to 1.5 hours. The ferry to Formentera is a great way to see the beautiful coastline and the amazing beaches that it’s famous for.
4. Go Shopping in Sa-Penya Quarter
Only a few hundred meters away from Old Town is another one of Ibiza’s main tourist attractions — the old fisherman’s section of town known as Sa-Penya Quarter.
You can spend hours browsing the hippie markets for handicrafts and art while appreciating Ibiza’s original port and marina, known as Barrio de la Marina. The strip running along the water’s edge is lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and original Ibizan linen shops.
5. Visit the Old Town
Ibiza’s capital (also of the same name) is a very walkable city with plenty of historic and cultural things to discover. Also known as D’Alt Vila (meaning Upper Town), Ibiza’s Old Town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the island’s biggest tourist attractions. Enter via the Portal de ses Taules and wander through Plaza de Vila (the main square).
Prepare to be charmed by the white-washed buildings then disappear into one of the winding cobbled streets that lead to the top of the hill overlooking the town, for tapas and a glass of local wine.
6. Dive deep underwater
Scuba diving in Ibiza is a year-round activity. There are scuba diving operators all around the island to take you exploring beneath the waves of the impossibly clear water, made possible by the posidonia seagrass that flourishes around the island.
Old wrecks, caves, sunken platforms and a plethora of marine life make Ibiza a hot-spot for divers of all experience levels. Winter water temperatures hover around 14°C and in summer, they soar as high as 28°C.
7. Water sports
Ibiza is the perfect place for water sports with its crystal-clear waters. You can enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, cliff diving, fly boards and jet skiing.
Ibiza also has the biggest water park on the island, Aguamar Water Park. Packed with exciting, white knuckle water chutes like the Kamikaze and Black Hole, there are also more sedate rides for the tiniest of kids, so all age groups can enjoy the whole day there.
8. Experience Ibiza’s party scene
No trip to Ibiza is complete without a little late-night partying, right? It is one of the things to do when on the island. The two most famous beaches for nightlife are San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa.
San Antonio was at it’s peak in the 80s and 90s as the clubbing capital, however the west-facing beach is still a notorious party destination with beautiful sunset views. Playa d’en Bossa, located in Ibiza Town, boasts the longest beach on the island.