Ibiza is one of those incredible Balearic Islands that’s so epic to explore. Much more than just partying, there are so many incredible and best things to do in Ibiza that are dotted all across the island.
Honestly, it’s pretty diverse and well worth a gander around the whole island when you visit.
Now, as I said, Ibiza is known for its world-class nightlife, but there’s so much more to Ibiza that I want to share with you.
After visiting quite a few times, we’ve come to find some epic gems and some of the best things to do in Ibiza that will give you a totally varied experience of the island.
Though, I’ve got to be honest, before I visited Ibiza I really didn’t want to visit. I know, I know!
For some reason, I was just never sold by it. I think this was due to those TV shows that paint the island as just a party haven spot.
Now, I can party with the rest of them and I love a good night out, but I also love and have to explore a new place when we visit. After all, that’s the thing I love most about travel.
Thankfully, after my first visit, I realised how special Ibiza is and how totally stunning the villages and coastline is.
Like, seriously loved it! This is exactly why we’ve gone back multiple times and I can’t wait to visit again.
With that in mind, take a look at some of the best things to do in Ibiza. Have the best time!
How to get to Ibiza
Okay, let’s start with the easy part. Ibiza is well connected and it’s pretty easy to get to no matter where you’re based. Yes, some places will take a little longer than others but pocket money permitting, anyone can hop over to this gorgeous Spanish Island.
Plane: Probably the quickest and easiest way to get to Ibiza. Most large cities in Europe have direct flights to Ibiza. Some with lower-cost carriers and some with traditional ‘flag’ carriers. If you’re travelling from further afield (say, from across the pond), It’s likely you’ll connect flights in a European hub before landing in Ibiza.
Boat: You can travel by boat from places like Barcelona and Valencia. If you’re on any of the other Balearic Islands, there are usually services that go between Ibiza to Mallorca and Formentera too.
Rocket: Yup, no chance on this one… but I think you’ll have enough choices with plane and boat!
Where to stay in Ibiza
There are so many places to stay in Ibiza and it really depends on the ‘type’ of holiday you’re looking for.
For the luxurious: Possibly one of my favourite places to stay in Ibiza is The Giri Residence, which is nestled within the tiny (and historic) village of San Juan.
The residence has 5 gorgeous suites that I know you’ll love and an amazing in-house chef that makes the most delicious food EVER!
For partying: So, a great spot for partying (but still tucked away from the hustle) is the Migjorn Ibiza Suites and Spa. Here, you’ll be minutes from the beach and about 10-minute walk from some of the famous clubs like Ushuaïa.
For the active: If you want to steer clear of the partying, pop into the Bodycamp in Ibiza. Each year, the amazing team run a weekly program centred around fitness, healthy food and educational classes.
All within a glorious Ibizan mansion. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Ibiza if you want a cleansing and workout trip!
For a retreat: Now, if you’re looking for the most amazing Yoga Retreat, you have to head over to Soulshine Yoga Retreat.
I swear the team is incredible! We stayed a week at the retreat and it was one of my best weeks on the island.
Every day, you’ll have optional programs of Yoga, classes and classes all within a gorgeous Ibizan mansion (with a lovely pool). It’s one of the best things to do in Ibiza if you want a retreat-like break.
Where to eat in Ibiza
Okay, now there are literally hundreds of spots to eat in Ibiza, but I want to share some of my favourites.
Mar a Vila: Perched in the old town of Ibiza, Mar a Vila is a local joint that serves some tasty pintxos and amazing island foods that you’ll love.
I swear, when we visited, the place was packed with locals (always a good sign, I say). It’s a great spot for cocktails too.
Sa Brisa: Another old town favourite, Sa Brisa is another amazing spot for tapas. Not only that, but they also serve some of the most iconic dishes in new and fun ways.
The whole experience is amazing and they really have a good focus on quality. You’ll love it!
Giri Cafe: Now, not to be confused with the Giri Residence (though, they are next door), the Giri Cafe is a gorgeous little spot that seems less of a cafe but more of a restaurant.
Here, they serve some tasty local produce, make cocktails from their herb garden ingredients and have the tastiest chocolate puddings.
Best Things To Do In Ibiza
Now, here’s where the rest of the fun begins! Take a look at some of the very best places you have to see on your Ibiza holiday.
1.) See the sunset over Es Vedra
This is possibly one of my favourite things to do! After a day exploring the island, drive (or get a taxi) to Es Vedra which is truly gorgeous.
Sit along the cliffs, watch the sun disappear and enjoy this Mediterranean gem.
2.) Wander around the Hippy Market
The hippy market in Ibiza (based in Punta Arabia) is one little spot that lots of people visit. A selling point for local traders and hippies, this market has everything from hand-made goodies, wood carvings and thrift items.
Now, a common complaint of this market is that it can be overpriced and caters much to the visitors to the island. Though, that shouldn’t stop you visiting, especially if you’re in the area. This one is going to be hit or miss – you’ll either love it or hate it.
3.) Explore Ibiza Town
I love a bit of sightseeing when I visit somewhere new and the old town of Ibiza is a great spot for exploring its long history.
Make sure to visit the Dalt Vila neighbourhood, Ibiza Cathedral and the gorgeous castle too.
Also, don’t forget all the little markets, bars and cafes that line the street in this area, too.
It’s well worth spending an afternoon exploring all the little spots.
Just make sure to pack the sunblock! There’s very little shade when you’re strolling and you will end up burnt!
4.) Go our partying
Yup, Ibiza is known for its world-class partying, with new places and rebrandings happening every year on the island. Decide the type of partying you want, the music you like and pop over to some of the venues.
Sometimes it’s best to buy your tickets online, especially if there’s a notable DJ or artist playing on the night.
5.) Explore San Juan
On a Sunday, San Juan (a gorgeous little town in the north) hosts a pretty lovely market. Now, you might recognise some of the same traders as the Hippy Market but most of the stalls are a little more unique to the town.
Take a wander around, pop into the towns stunning church and see the whit-washed buildings that line the streets.
6.) Hike the coastal routes
Now, most people don’t associate Ibiza with hiking, but there are so many opportunities for this here. Plus, it’s totally breathtaking.
There’s a whole heap of trails around Portinatx and also a gorgeous hike towards Es Portixol that is so beautiful.
Wherever you decide to go, make sure to pack lots of liquids, sunscreen and have some good walking shoes!
Honestly, it feels so different from what you might expect Ibiza to be.
7.) Find some stunning beaches
I mean, you can’t go all the way to Ibiza without seeing the beaches. It’s easily one of the best things to do in Ibiza, especially if you’re looking for a more chilled day.
To be honest, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you get there. You just need to decide if you want a beach bar vibe or a totally unspoilt vibe with no one else around.
Some of my favourites are in Portinatx, Platja de Comte, Calla Mastella and the gorgeous Cala d’Hort Beach.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit Cala Vedella and Cala Longa in Santa Eulalia, too.
You’ll have the best time.
Alternatively, and to make things much easier, book this epic Jeep safari island exploration around Ibiza. You’ll spend around 4-6 hours exploring and get lots of time for swimming.
Plus, they’ll pick you up right from your hotel, too. It’s such a fun day.
8.) Go out sailing
If you want a little break from island life, you can pop out by booking this Ibiza catamaran tour. It takes you all around Cala Salada and Ses Margalides. Plus, you’ll get loads of time for snorkelling.
Alternatively, book this Ibiza sunset party cruise with a DJ that’s totally great if you fancy a fun-fuelled adventure. It departs from San Antonio harbour and is a party-lovers dream cruise.
you can join a day sailing on a boat that’ll whisk you around the island, stopping at all the beautiful bays and coves for you to explore.
If you can, ask your skipper and captain to stop off at the intimate little island of Ses Margalides (that I mentioned before). It’s stunning.
It really is a gorgeous way to spend a day in Ibiza.
9.) See the sunset over Platja de Comte
Not too far from San Antonio, Platja de Comte is a gorgeous place to come for the whole day, to be honest.
Pack a day bag with a towel, snacks and a snorkelling mask and head over to this gorgeous beach.
There are also one or two beach restaurants close by where you can grab dinner over sunset.
As the sun begins to set, perch yourself on one of the rocky outcrops and watch the ocean turn a lovely golden orange.
It’s one of the best things to do in Ibiza, especially with it being so close to San Antonio.
10.) Pop over to Formentera
Island hopping whilst in Ibiza is pretty easy, so if you want to explore another little place, pop over to the island of Formentera by booking this all-inclusive ticket. You’ll get 5-hours of free time on Formentera, head wine tasting and enjoy some yummy sangria.
It’s all totally easy and definitely worth booking your Formentera ticket before arriving in Ibiza. You don’t want all the tickets to go before you arrive.
The island itself is pretty small and has some lovely beaches and places to see. Once there, you can rent a bike and see much more of the island (or even stay overnight if you want).
You can catch the ferry from Ibiza town that runs daily.