Ibiza is the party capital of the world, but venture off the tourist trail and you will find a beautiful and tranquil island with a hippie soul.
Located in the Mediterranean Sea, midway between Mallorca and the coast of Valencia, Ibiza is Spain’s most famous and happening island. Renowned for its legendary party scene, it plays host to some of the world’s best nightclubs and chill-out beach bars. It is here where celebrities can be spotted sailing around on their shimmering yachts every summer, DJ’s come to spin their hottest mixes, and clubbers from all corners of the globe descend for the ultimate electronic music experience.
Epic parties aside, the third largest of the Balearic Islands is an alluring mix of bohemian hangouts, secret coves, and postcard-worthy beaches lapped by clear blue waters. Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, is a joy to explore, with its narrow cobbled streets, impressive bastions and magnificent panoramic views. The chill-out bars and cafes lining the coast of San Antonio are the place to be for mesmerizing sunsets and soothing Balearic beats.
Ibiza is teeming with luxury villas to rent, from idyllic rural fincas to the hippest beachside properties in the Mediterranean. Shopping here is pure therapy, with lots of quirky boutiques selling everything from high-end designer fashion and Ibizan style clothing to unique art and handmade goods.
With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, Ibiza is a paradise for walking, cycling and diving. Spring and autumn are ideal for visiting, especially if you want to experience the quieter side of the island and enjoy the many outdoor activities on offer.
“Dining in Ibiza is a true delight, with options that cover a variety of budgets and cuisines, from typical chiringuitos to the world’s most expensive restaurant.”
Situated right on Es Cavallet Beach, El Chiringuito combines the quality of a fine dining establishment with the laid-back charm of Ibiza. The cuisine, an inspired blend of Spanish and Mediterranean flavors, has fresh seafood, colorful salads and delicious pasta dishes aplenty.
www.elchiringuitoibiza.com / +34 971 39 53 55
The Giri Cafe
At The Giri Cafe, a beautifully restored townhouse in San Juan’s main square, the chef uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create healthy, innovative compositions with an Ibicenco twist. The restaurant’s interiors are particularly alluring, and its outdoor organic garden allows for a superb alfresco dining experience.
www.cafe.thegiri.com / +34 971 333 474
La Belle Ibiza
La Belle Ibiza, San Rafael’s newest and trendiest restaurant, is open year round and serves refined French cuisine with Asian and Spanish influences in a stylish boho-chic environment.
www.labelleibiza.com / +34 971 198 335
A brainchild of double Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero, Sublimotion at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza is the world’s most expensive restaurant. He invites guests to experience a one-of-a-kind gastronomic show, where cocktails mix themselves, plates seem to float in the air and the decor changes with each course.
www.sublimotionibiza.com / +34 618 891 358
“From fashionable beach clubs to sultry lounges and world famous sunset bars, there’s a drinking venue for every mood on the White Isle.”
Run by award-winning cocktail artisan Charles Vexenat, Bar 1805 is a French canteen-inspired establishment, brimming with charm and character in the heart of Ibiza Town. Themed around Absinthe, it serves an impressive array of cocktails based on the mysterious green liquid.
www.bar1805ibiza.com / +34 651 625 972
Café del Mar
Located on San Antonio’s Sunset Strip, Café del Mar is famous worldwide for its unique chill-out compilations and magical sunsets. Without doubt this is the best spot on the island to relax and sip cocktails as the sun sets into the glistening Mediterranean Sea.
Tantra Cocktail Palace at Bambuddha
Resembling an elaborate Thai temple, Tantra Cocktail Palace ensures a decadent drinking experience with a mix of fine wines, champagnes and erotic inspired cocktails. This seductive bar is part of Bambuddha, one of Ibiza’s most celebrated Asian restaurants, situated in Santa Eulària des Riu.
www.bambuddha.com / +34 971 19 75 10
One of the island’s most glamorous beach clubs, Nikki Beach Ibiza serves up fresh internationally inspired dishes and sophisticated cocktails in a privileged beachfront setting in Santa Eulària. In addition to the brand’s signature beach club, the classy venue includes a restaurant, a pool and a lifestyle boutique.
www.nikkibeach.com/destinations/beach-clubs/ibiza / +34 971 338 403
“A Mecca for electronic music fanatics, Ibiza is home to the best and most famous dance floors on the planet.”
Established in 1989, Space continues to be one of the best, biggest and loudest of Ibiza’s famous super clubs. A temple of electronic music, this sprawling venue on Playa d’en Bossa can accommodate up to 5,000 revelers in its numerous rooms which pulsate with beats played by the world’s top DJ’s.
www.spaceibiza.com / +34 971 396 793
From all of Ibiza’s amazing clubs, Amnesia is famous for having the best sound system. This legendary nightclub houses some of the most flamboyant parties on the island, including Cocoon, La Troya, Matinée and House of Madness.
www.amnesia.es / +34 971 198041
Located in Ibiza Town, Pacha is the ideal destination for those who are more into the glitzier side of clubbing. The island’s oldest club is also its most luxurious, featuring 5 rooms, each with its own atmosphere and unique music style.
www.pachaibiza.com / +34 971313600
The newest addition to Ibiza’s effervescent party scene, Ushuaïa is the place to be for daytime clubbing. Both an open-air party venue and clubbers’ hotel, this fantastic destination on Playa d’en Bossa boasts a spectacular stage, where the best international DJ’s come to play their magic every summer afternoon.
www.ushuaiabeachhotel.com/en/the-club / +34 971 928 193
“Ibiza’s coastline is filled with beaches that rival the best in Europe, from isolated pebbly coves to long stretches of fine sand, bursting with bars, restaurants and music.”
Situated on the southernmost tip of the island, Ses Salines, is the destination of choice for the jet set, thanks to its beautiful natural setting, crystal clear waters and glamorous party vibe.
The jagged pine-clad hills, sparkling turquoise waters and stylish restaurants here make Cala Jondal one of Ibiza’s most scenic and sophisticated beaches.
About half an hour drive from Ibiza Town, Cala Tarida stands out for its sprawling sandy shores, excellent watersports facilities and gorgeous seas that shimmer in countless shades of blue.
Playa d’en Bossa
Ibiza’s longest and most iconic beach, Playa d’en Bossa has something for everyone, from trendy bars and boutiques to great swimming and water sports.
“Ibiza might be famed for its legendary nightlife, but during the day, visitors have a plethora of activities to choose from.”
There’s no better way to discover the island’s stunning coastline and hidden coves than from the sea. Sailing boats, catamarans and luxury yachts are available for rent year-round.
Located at Marina Botafoch, in the port of Ibiza, Scuba Ibiza is the only PADI five star dive centre on the island and offers courses for all levels.