One of the top places on my travel bucket list that never goes out of style is for sure the famous island of Ibiza. Check all the things to do during an epic Ibiza vacation. Most of the places were suggested to me by a local friend, so take notes of the secrets of Ibiza!
A Perfect Ibiza Vacation
People think Ibiza is only an ultimate clubbing destination, “party all day and all night”. But the truth is that except for those rave summer months, Ibiza is a natural paradise all year round, as well as one of the best Spanish islands to visit. I´ve currently been to Ibiza three times and am still willing to travel back. The fact that it could literally be a day trip from my hometown Valencia definitely helps.
Nevertheless, you can find good flight deals for Ibiza from most European counties including Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Austria, France, Belgium, and Norway. You just need to keep an eye on those seasonal offers.
Alternatively, in summer Ibiza can be reached from Barcelona, Valencia, or Denia by ferry.
Best time to go
Summer is definitely the peak season for nightlife, restaurants, beaches, and pretty much everything else Ibiza has to offer to its visitors.
For me, May or September (sometimes even October) are the coolest months for an Ibiza vacation. The weather is still quite summer-like and the crowds are not there anymore (or not there yet). The last time I went in September and we rented a quad to tour the whole island: it was absolutely amazing.
Ibiza Vacation: An Ultimate Must
Just to make sure you won´t miss anything, I´ve handpicked for you a few essential experiences that you absolutely must go through during your Ibiza vacation.
1. Discover Dalt Villa / The old city of Ibiza
There´s no Ibiza vacation without a visit to its Old City Center. Honestly, every time I visit Ibiza I just can´t help but have a walk through one of its most famous landmarks – Dalt Villa.
From the top, you could also enjoy some views across Ibiza town. Although my favorite part is definitely walking through Dalt Villa´s old narrow streets and exploring the neighborhood – gift shops, hidden courtyards, and local architecture.
2. Las Dalias /A Hippie Market of Sant Carlos
Ibiza has a strong artistic heritage that could be traced back to the 60s when artisans and designers literally gravitated to this Spanish island in search of freedom of expression. The two main hippie markets on the island are Punta Arabi in Es Cana on Wednesday and Las Dalias in San Carlos on Saturday.
Las Dalias near Sant Carles de Peralta is a pretty place to wander around or even to shop for some boho jewelry. I couldn´t resist it and bought myself a pair of pink sunglasses. Although local friends have warned me that this market would be quite touristic (even in the off-season).
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Let´s say Las Dalias is a quite polished hippie market, everything from cafes to shops has a slightly shabby look but it is still pretty organized. Besides, as every experience focused on holidaymakers, this place is honestly overpriced. Don´t expect to find some good shopping deals. However, I still really liked the hippy-boho-vibe of this Hippie Market near Sant Carles de Peralta. You don´t get to visit a hippie market on a daily basis, or at least I absolutely do not.
So, visiting a local hippie market could be an interesting twist for your Ibiza vacation.
3. Sant Antonio /Watch the sunset from the famous Cafe de Mar
Ibiza is worldwide famous for having some of the most beautiful sunsets around the world. But there´s one iconic place people hit for a sunset cocktail – Cafe del Mar in San Antonio.
Cafe del Mar has a cute design, but everything else about this place – cocktails, service, prices, was honestly quite average. Although it´s still one of Ibiza´s most popular spots – you should give it a go.
4. Try “Bullit de Peix” by the seaside
El Bigotes at Cala Mastella is a very small local restaurant by the seaside, suggested to me by a local friend. It´s what the Spanish often call chirinquito, a small bar-restaurant on the beach without a permanent structure. This place is known for some really picturesque views and a quiet local setting.
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Bullit de Peix is a must-try dish of Ibiza´s cuisine. It is sort of a mix of cut fish, seafood, and vegetables (mostly potatoes). The menu is quite limited, but everything is cooked in a wood oven and has a lovely homemade taste.
5. Illa es Vedra / The most beautiful sunset ever
Es Vedra had been leading my personal list of beautiful sunsets across the globe ever since my Ibiza vacation.
Therefore, if “sunset” is your favorite color – Es Vedra should be your must-stop in Ibiza. Plus, if you travel with your partner this place could easily end up being one The Most Romantic Travel Experiences Around the World for both of you.
You can get the best views from Torre de Savinar or Sa Pedra (near Cala D´ort). And if that would not be enough for you – check also Cala Comte and Cala Benirras. My dream is to rent a boat for my next Ibiza vacation and literally blend into this magical sunset…
6. Ses Salines / Clouds reflection
Instagrammers can´t miss Ses Salines for some epic shots. These salt flats have been in use for more than 2000 years.
If you are lucky with the weather – the clouds’ reflection on the water is simply stunning! The most beautiful symmetry is the symmetry of Earth, isn´t it?!
7. The Paradise Beaches
Let´s not forget an essential attribute of every Ibiza vacation – paradise beaches. Not so many places in Europe can beat those Caribbean-blue waters. In my experience places that got close to Ibiza watercolor were only Cyprus, Sardinia, Croatia, and the Greek islands.
Best Ibiza beaches you can´t miss on the island:
- Cala Comte
- Cala Bassa
- Cala Salada
- Cala Xarraca
- Cala d´en Serra
- Platja de ses Salines
Additional travel tips
- Try the typical dessert “Flao” and Ibiza´s herbal liquor
- A few restaurants we liked: Sa Caleta, Es boldado, La escollera, El Bigotes, Can Gat, La paloma, S´espartar, Ecocentro. Bars for “tapas”: Bar Can Costa, Bar Anita, Bar San Juan.
- Car rental: most companies will charge you a significant deposit, as a guarantee. Make sure you book your car in advance for all of your Ibiza vacation, otherwise, they make you pay much more for each extra day