Guest Post: Tara's Top Things to do in Ibiza
A bit more than 1.5 years ago I met my boyfriend in my hometown in the very South of Germany. He is from Ibiza, one of the most beautiful places on earth and early this year we moved here together. Amazed by all this beauty I was utterly excited to explore every single spot of this island.
I started my blog to document my steady hunt for beautiful clothes, good coffee, the best spots in Ibiza and breathtaking sunsets.
When you get off the plane and set foot on Ibiza the world stops spinning. This island is subject to its own rules - figuratively speaking obviously. People do not call it the island of freedom for no reason.
Party-lovers adore it for the insane parties, the amount of clubs and the variety of music. I mean the best club of the world is in Ibiza! (If you were wondering, it is called “Ushuaia”)
But it is not all about partying on the island. From young couples to wandering souls, families and seniors, all of them love the spirit of Ibiza and its beauty.
There are so many things to do and see. Whether you are on the lookout for beach hopping, clubbing, lovely restaurants, a mojito at the beach, a relaxing spa day, etc. Ibiza has it all - the charm and views of a little island, the clubs and restaurants of a huge city and the cosiness of a small village.
You might have heard that Ibiza is the island of the rich and beautiful, and it's quite true. Many famous people holiday here and if you get lucky you will see them hanging out at the beach or in a cute little Hippie market like Sarah Jessica Parker a few days ago. But don't worry if you don’t have the wallet of an A-list celebrity. Like I said, all kinds of people enjoy the island vibes and definitely not every place is crazy expensive!
1. Explore Dalt Vila
Grab your camera and discover the narrow alleys of Ibiza’s old town called Dalt Vila which has been declared a UNESCO world heritage. Back in the middle age this was the whole city of Ibiza. The entrance to the charming streets is through a huge wooden gate and once inside and strolling around, the time just flies by. The residents dry their laundry over their metallic balconies and the many restaurants below offer traditional food. At the beginning of May there is even a Mediaeval market where you are taken back to ancient times. Locals sell all kinds of things such as handmade cosmetics and jewellery, fresh food, leather goods, herbs, and if you fancy, they can create ice cream for you right there and then with the ingredients you choose.
Inside you will find monuments of Isidor Macabich who was a priest and historian, the first to study the history of Ibiza, and Guillem de Montgri who conquered Ibiza in the 13th century. An option for art-lovers is the museum “Puget”.
The views from the top of Dalt Vila are simply stunning. You can see the sparkling sea, Formentera the neighbour island, the whole island with its green mountains and the old town with its white houses from above. There are even replicas of the cannons they used to defend their walls in the middle age.
Afterwards I recommend you take a trip to the port which is only 10 minutes away by foot. There you can find even more restaurants and cafés and enjoy your coffee right by the sea with a spectacular view of the yachts and little boats.
2. Take a boat to Formentera
Several times a day ships cast off towards Formentera from the above-mentioned port. Formentera is the neighbouring island of Ibiza and has a coastline that is, believe it or not, 69km long. You should really go to the beach “Ses Illetes” which is under the top 10 of the world’s best beaches. With the turquoise shining water and the white sand it is dreamlike and called “the European Caribbean” for a reason! The restaurants in Formentera are on the pricier side, for example the “Juan y Andrea”, but the chances of seeing a celebrity are high.
3. Get your vitamin SEA
Get your dose of Vitamin C at one of the thousands of beautiful beaches. Are you looking for a huge beach with restaurants, bars and many people? Or do you prefer a silent little beach surrounded only by nature?
An example for the big beaches are Playa d’en Bossa, Las Salinas and Cala Compte.
The only Hardrock Hotel of Europe is located at Playa d’en Bossa with its very own beach club where you will get Paella, mojitos and fresh fruit served while you are relaxing on huge sunbeds. Meanwhile a DJ spins some of the finest music.
In Las Salinas the coastline seems to be endless. You can stay at the busy end of the beach and listen to the music coming from the bars or go a bit further along the beach where it is less crowded. People walk up and down the beach selling watermelon, coconut or fresh drinks.
You should not miss going to Cala d’Hort where you can enjoy a swim with an amazing view over the island of “es Vedra”. It is one of the most typical things to see in Ibiza and the beach is beautiful.
If you prefer beaches that are more intimate I can recommend Cala Salada or Benirras in the North of Ibiza.
4. Go beach club hopping
Take pleasure in the white island lifestyle and discover all the luxurious beach clubs the island has to offer. On almost every beach there is one and you can join the in-crowd hanging out, sipping cocktails and enjoy the sunset in the evening.
Near to the beach of Las Salinas there is a beach club called “Experimental” which has stunning sunset views. You can throw yourself on a couch and order different cocktails. One of the highlights is a cocktail for two people served in a pineapple.
Another beach club you should not miss is the “Cotton beach club” in Cala Tarida. It is a dream in white, which in contrast to the turquoise sea looks like paradise. Enjoy a glass of iced cold rosé wine and a luxurious lunch. Afterwards you can lie down in stylish day beds and enjoy the jaw-dropping views across the sea.
In Cala Compte is the “Sunset Ashram” which offers delicious food, often live music and an especially laid-back customers. Here you can enjoy the sunset in a relaxed atmosphere with guitar music.
But those are only very few examples of all the beach clubs Ibiza has to offer. So the best thing you can do is a little beach club hopping to find out on your own which one you like best.
5. Go to see a beautiful sunset
If Ibiza has one thing, then it is a breathtaking sunset all around the island. Nevertheless I can especially recommend you one spot that in my opinion is the most beautiful of the whole island.
The location I am talking about is the cliffs up in Cala d’Hort with a magnificent view on es Vedrà! Once I overheard a man chatting to his friends, saying that this is like an injection of peace and I thought he was right.
The silence up there is incredibly soothing and the only thing you can hear is the waves breaking and your own thoughts. It is such an inspirational location. Grab a bottle of wine, a blanket and your favourite person in the world and enjoy this peaceful spectacle.
Other good places to watch the sunset are the beach clubs or just directly at the beach sitting in the sand. I guarantee there is no bad place to experience this.
Just look at this photo:
6. Don’t miss the clubs
If you enjoy huge clubs with crazy shows then your right choice would be clubs like Pacha, Ushuaia Tower, Space and Amnesia.
They host famous parties like the “Flower Power” every Tuesday in Pacha. Everyone dresses up like hippies and flower children with enormous round sunglasses, flower crowns and flared trousers. The show is magnificent.
Famous DJs, such as David Guetta, visit many of the clubs regularly to put on a show.
If you love electronic music, you have to go to DC10 which is famous for its top-class electro DJs and parties. Many people just fly in for one night for the “circo loco” in DC10 and leave in the morning.
If you are looking for a crazy bunch of people and a little festival feeling go to San Antonio. People dress up and go from bar to bar. The atmosphere there is insane and you will definitely have an unforgettable night!
In the middle of Ibiza town are various little bars in which you mostly find residents partying to reggae, salsa and pop music. One of my favourite bars is the “Mei” and across from “Mei” there is a little bar called “Injoy” where you get a litre of mojito for seven Euros.
7. Save some money while you are shopping
Many people do not know that shops like Zara, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius and Bershka are a little bit cheaper in Ibiza than in the rest of the world because they're Spanish companies.
If you were looking for shops with unique clothes you should stroll around the little streets of the port. Various boutiques line up next to each other with an exclusive selection of boho-inspired clothes, handmade shoes and leather goods.
In “la Sirena”, you can get a variety of discounted pieces by brands such as Nike and New Balance.
8. Try the tapas
Basically every restaurant has tapas on their menu. I’d recommend two restaurants that are known for great tapas. They are located side by side in Ibiza town and are called “Mar a Vila” and “Can Terra”.
If you want to get hold of a table in Can Terra, go early! No matter which day of the week it is, it is always full to overflowing. They show the tapas on little trays at the bar and you just choose what you’d like and take them to your table.
In Mar a Vila it works very similar. You choose your tapas; they heat them and then bring them to your table.
I think you have a pretty good overview now on what to do in Ibiza and I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions or want to check out more Ibiza-related posts, don’t hesitate to head over to my blog and leave a comment! On my Instagram @tarasemira I show loads of photos taken here in Ibiza too.