Nightlife and beyond
Ibiza might be known for being a bit of a party playground, but there’s more to this Balearic Island than big-name clubs and A-list DJs. Away from the nightlife-focussed resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’en Bossa, it sings to a different tune.
The main resorts
Northern towns like Puerto San Miguel and Portinatx showcase sandy coves and hills blanketed with wild flowers. Further south, Cala Llonga offers a similarly relaxed atmosphere and boasts one of the biggest beaches on the island. Santa Eulalia, meanwhile, provides a happy medium between lively and laid-back. The boutiques and bars here have a cosmopolitan edge, and the town’s sweep of pale sand is a favourite with families.
Ibiza’s capital, Ibiza Town, has an old quarter that’s earned itself a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. It’s cocooned by Medieval stone walls and overlooked by a fortress. The newer part of town, down by the waterfront, is an amalgamation of high-end restaurants, well-dressed bars and market stalls selling all sorts of clothes and souvenirs.
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Es Cana is a small picture-postcard resort on the east coast of Ibiza. It’s a fairly relaxed place, with a tiny working harbour overlooked by whitewashed houses and a cluster of waterfront restaurants. Evenings here revolve around lively bars – though the real buzz comes from the famous weekly hippie market.
Playa d'en Bossa
Set on Ibiza’s southeast coast, Playa d’en Bossa is a real all-rounder. It’s home to club legends Space and Bora Bora, but it also comes with a great waterpark and the longest beach on the island. And that’s not all – it’s also only about 10 minutes from the old town sights of the capital.
Port des Torrent
This old port village on Ibiza’s west coast is the exact opposite of its fast-living neighbour, San Antonio Town, just 5 kilometres along the coast. Port des Torrent is a tranquil place with days spent relaxing on the little sandy beach and evenings chilling out at a traditional taverna. And of course ‘San An’ is always on call for livelier bars and clubs.