Ibiza, Spain is world-renowned for its party scene, but this little island in the Mediterranean offers plenty to do apart from its nightlife. Here are a few ways to get off the beaten path and explore the culture, history, and tranquility of Ibiza.
Ibiza has several UNESCO World Heritage sites, so there is plenty for history lovers to explore. While you’re in Ibiza Town, enjoy its rich cultural heritage by exploring the 16th century fort that guards the city from above. Be prepared to do some climbing and walking around winding streets, and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views from the top. If you’re looking for a place to stay that takes advantage of these views, one of the best boutique hotels in Ibiza is located within the old town section of Dalt Villa. Also be sure to check out the nearby ancient tombs at Puig des Molins, which is one of the best Phoenician burial grounds in the world.
If you’re more interested in the culture of Ibiza today, you can visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, a small but beautiful building that’s juxtaposed against the backdrop of the old city. The museum features art from Ibiza, other Balearic islands, and around the world.
Another great way to enjoy Ibiza’s culture is through its food. Ibiza Town has plenty of restaurants and markets to choose from, but there’s no better way to get acquainted with the food scene than by hearing from a local. Take a food tour to taste some of the island’s best food and hear the stories behind the dishes at the same time.
When you’re ready to get away from the crowds and nightlife, there are plenty of options to get you off the beaten tourist track. Most destinations are easily accessible within an hour’s drive from Ibiza Town. Whether you make Ibiza Town your home base and take day trips around the island, or whether you want more time to enjoy the tranquility of smaller towns, hiring a car in Ibiza will make it easy to explore on your own schedule.
In Santa Eularia d’es Riu on the southern part of the island, you can climb the hill to walk around a beautiful whitewashed church that overlooks the seaside town. The church, which is an important landmark in the area, was fortified in the 16th century due to pirate attacks. It was later extended and still holds services today. You can visit the nearby Can Ros ethonological museum for more insight into the history of the island. There is also a nearby house museum that holds works of the painter Barcelona Laureà Barrau i Buñol.
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Nature & The Outdoors
When you’re ready to enjoy nature, going underground is a great way to do it. The caverns in Sant Miquel are not only geologically fascinating, but were also once used as a hideout for smugglers. You may want to make a day of it in Sant Miquel and hit the beach. Whether you want to enjoy water sports, a walk up the pine-covered hill for a nice view, or just a relaxing day at a small beach, Puerto de San Miguel Beach is a nice option.
For those who crave more space to explore the shores, classic beachy vibes, and a great sunset location, head to Cala Conta Beach (Platja de Comte). Cala Conta is one of the best beaches on Ibiza, and the shallow water makes it a relaxing place to swim. The downside is that this beach gets crowded during the high season, so it’s not the place to go if you want to be alone. If you want a quieter place for a sunset or to enjoy a scenic overlook from the rocky cliffs, head to the nearby Mirador Punta Roja.
Ibiza also has some unusual attractions to explore. What used to be a rock quarry is now a somewhat hidden beach, and it’s aptly named Atlantis. Finding it in the first place and making the trek down the steep cliff may be equally challenging, but what you’ll find once you arrive is worth it.
Another interesting attraction in Ibiza is what locals have nicknamed Stonehenge. But this cropping of stone columns isn’t a prehistoric monument–it’s a contemporary art sculpture called Time and Space that was commissioned by the founder of Cirque du Soleil and created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers. The mystical Island of Es Vedra is seen in the distance from the cliffs where Time and Space is located, and a view of the island was incorporated into the design of the art installation.
Ibiza isn’t just for the partygoers–it’s a great option for anyone looking for a beautiful island escape.