Secret Ibiza, away from the crowds…

Secret Ibiza, away from the crowds…

Ibiza has long been known for its party atmosphere and endless nightlife – but there’s another side to this beautiful island. A secret side where you can watch the sun set far from the crowds and enjoy a tranquil day on the beach before you join in the party. A land of wildlife and culture awaits…

Escape the crowds
Pine forests and juniper bushes cover 40% of the land. Ibiza is also known as the Pitiusas Islands, Greek for “abundant supply of pine trees”. It’s a great place to hike or cycle, and it’s one of the best ways to discover the true face of the island. In the north the area is more rural and less crowded. In the south there are plenty of beautiful hikes including at Salinas. Check at the tourist office for official hiking trails (it’s a small island but easy to get lost in the forests) and Ibiza Walking Association –

See the sights on two wheels: there are plenty of cycle routes and it’s easy to hire a bike in the towns. Find more details on the Welcome to Ibiza website.

Ses Salines, named after the salt lakes, Ibiza’s natural park in the south of the island is a unique landscape. It’s home to many protected birds (more than 210 listed species) and amazing views, where you’ll get to see typical fishermen’s huts, spot flamingos and discover hidden beaches.

Ibiza and Formentera are home to the largest living organism on the planet – the sea grass meadows of Posidonia, a UNESCO site, protects the pristine turquoise waters of the coves, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Mystical Ibiza
The island has been a centre for spirituality since time immemorial. Legend has it that in the southwest of Ibiza, Es Vedrà a small rocky island, is where magnetic forces exert a mystical pull. Some say that there is a natural pyramid under the earth’s crust which radiates energy. In Sa Pedrera, hippies started to gather in the 1960s, drawn to the spiritual energy of the area. The beach is known for its stunning views and you’ll discover sculptures, created by artists and stone masons over several centuries.
Ibiza is a great place to recharge your batteries, take a yoga class or enjoy a pamper day – there are several excellent spas on the island.

Dalt Vila | UNESCO World heritage town…
Dalt Vila, which literally means upper town, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. It is a fantastically preserved Mediterranean fortress where walking through the gates is like travelling back in time, with its cobbled streets, high stone walls, dramatic drawbridges, numerous churches and historical museums. Being Ibiza, it’s full of stylish modern Mediterranean restaurants and cool bars, so you can refuel as you walk up and down the endless streets, hills and stairs. The best of both worlds…

Best places for sunsets in Ibiza
Ibiza is famous for its beautiful sunsets and you’ve got a huge choice of places to witness the sight of rosy hued skies. One of the best is at the beach of Cala Benirras. You’re likely to find yourself alongside hundreds of other sunset fans, listening to drum music as the red ball dips below the horizon, it’s truly magical. Es Vedra (above) is also a fabulous place to watch the sun go down.
And if you want to watch the sunset in the lap of luxury, head to the 2 Michelin Star Edén Restaurante where you’ll discover an unbeatable view of the sunset towards Hacienda Na Xamena.

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Ibiza – the island of dreams

Ibiza – the island of dreams

Ibiza is a favourite year-round destination for all ages thanks to its wonderfully sunny weather and so much to see and do.
Long known for its nightlife and musical events, the “White Isle” as it’s known, is full of surprises and charm. A world heritage site, beaches, caves to explore, the most glorious sunsets, great food, architecture, fashion, hiking, art, shopping, sports and culture make for an intoxicating holiday.

Best beaches on Ibiza
There are more than 56 beaches to cater for all tastes and with 300 days of sunshine a year – relaxing on the beach, taking a refreshing dip and water sports activities take centre stage here.
Sandy beaches surrounded by outstandingly beautiful nature sites, dramatic cliffs, tiny islands, secret coves and crystal clear turquoise waters, perfect for snorkelling and diving – it’s a beach lovers paradise. Here are just a few must-see beaches:
Cala Conta is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza and very popular, though if you go to the naturist beach part, there are less crowds. Beautiful views, shallow waters and a great atmosphere make this a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
Cala Xarraca is a sheltered beach and if you’re keen on snorkelling this is the ideal place to don your mask. You can also get a free facial here – there are naturally-occurring mud baths to the right of the main beach!
Benirràs in the far north isn’t the easiest beach to reach, but it’s great for relaxing and is the perfect place to witness a glorious sunset to the sound of drum music, especially on Sundays. Browse the hippie market and shop for stylish and bohemian clothes and accessories.
Ibiza Spotlight has an excellent list of beaches on Ibiza.

Excellent Restaurants
Ibiza has become as well known for its cuisine as for its clubbing. There are world class restaurants as well as plenty of rustic Fincas for an authentic local taste.
Sa Punta is a classy, cosmopolitan restaurant on the bay of Talamanca with dazzling sea-views over Ibiza Town and the marina. Delicious international cuisine and fine dining in beautiful surroundings.
For a romantic meal and fabulous sunset views, Sa Capella restaurant near San Antonio, in a former church offers traditional and modern dining where fresh food is prepared on a gigantic grill.
If you really want to push the boat out then Sublimotion at the Hard Rock Hotel is the world’s most expensive restaurant. Michelin-starred Chef Paco Roncero and his team offer a “three-hour, multi-sensory experience” which includes 20 courses and immersive technology. Expect to pay around 1700 euros – per person.

Great high end beach bars
At night, the beach bars come into their own. Most have DJs and start to get busy from mid afternoon though they really get going from around 6pm onwards. Here’s our pick of some of the best sunset cafés:
Beach restaurant Sunset Ashram at Benirràs is a bohemian institution on the island. Book in advance though as its very popular and if you turn up without a reservation, you’re likely to be disappointed.
Blue Marlin is full on VIP and the place to go if you’re rich and famous. A lounger will set you back around €100. In the evening dance the night away, DJ Pete Tong is a favourite here, and gaze at the private yachts in the bay.

Ibiza’s night clubs
Ibiza is world famous for its clubs. In the summer months, there’s a music festival every night of the week. Book your tickets in advance (they can sell out fast) and to avoid queues, you can get them at most ATMs on the island.
Ushuaïa is one of the best known clubs on Ibiza. This outdoor club claims to have the most famous stage in the island and is super stylish with four-poster beds on the beach where you can enjoy champagne or dine on fresh lobster.
Privilege is the biggest club in the world and has established a reputation for the grandiose and spectacular. Watch the dawn come up from the glass encased Vista Club annex.
O Beach Ibiza is known for its stylish, decadent daytime pool parties. Expect to hear Champagne corks pop around the VIP pool beds…
Boat parties, clubs, beach parties – this is club heaven.

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