Holidays to Ibiza might be mainly associated with nightlife, but that's only one chapter in the island's story. Its sleepy villages, pretty beaches and UNESCO-protected old town aren't to be missed.
More than nightlife
Ibiza might be known for being the party playground of Spain, but there’s more to this Balearic Island than big-name clubs and A-list DJs. Away from nightlife hotspots like San Antonio, you’ll find peaceful countryside, historic monuments and family-friendly hotels.
The main resorts
Northern towns like Puerto San Miguel and Portinatx showcase sandy coves and hills blanketed with wild flowers. Further south, Cala Llonga offers a similarly relaxed atmosphere and boasts one of the biggest beaches on the island. Santa Eulalia, meanwhile, provides a happy medium between lively and laidback. The boutiques and bars here have a cosmopolitan edge, and the town’s sweep of pale sand is a favourite with families.
Ibiza’s capital, Ibiza Town, has an old quarter that’s earned itself a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. It’s cocooned by Medieval stone walls and watched over by a fortress. The newer part of town, down by the waterfront, is an amalgamation of high-end restaurants, well-dressed bars and market stalls selling all sorts of clothes and souvenirs. Playa d’en Bossa, which is right next door, is a great base for exploring this part of the island.
Daytrips to Formentera
Formentera’s known as Ibiza’s little sister island and it’s well within daytripping distance – the ferry ride takes just 30 minutes. The island’s beaches are the jewels in its crown. Bright-white sands with Blue Flag status are the norm. Conservation laws are strict here, too, so you won’t find any sprawling seaside restaurants. Instead, beach huts whip up seafood snacks and drinks. Plus, you can head inland for rustic markets and traditional eateries.