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Things to Do in Ibiza

Ibiza may not be the biggest of Spain’s Balearic islands, but it's definitely the most famous. The energetic clubbing scene and easy Mediterranean climate have been drawing visitors for decades, earning it primo status as Europe’s party capital. Sant Antoni de Portmany is a main center of nightlife—its west end filled with bars, terraces, and revelers. The town of Ibiza is about more than just partying, thought, and offers a well-rounded cultural experience and riveting architecture, including the fortress area and cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yachts, speedboats, and sailboats are all part of the Ibiza experience; and they're the best way to visit the many caves and bays on the coastline. The rock formation Es Vedrà, off the west coast, is especially worth a visit; book a snorkeling tour for an up-close look and to learn the many legends surrounding the site. Also worth a boat trip (even better on a private, luxury catamaran) is the neighboring island of Formentera towards the south, with unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear water. For an amped-up time on the water, try scuba diving or parasailing; or for or a more-relaxed encounter with nature, head to a laid-back area such as Sant Josep de sa Talaia and the surrounding countryside. Ses Salines National Park and the nature reserve of es Vedrà are some of the most tranquil places in the area: a welcome respite from the intense party life that has become synonymous with the island.
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Cala Comte
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Surrounded by sand dunes and rocky cliffs, Cala Comte ranks among Ibiza’s most spectacular (and popular) beaches. Visiting families come to swim in the calm, clear waters, while protected coves and enclaves appeal to sunbathers who prefer to go au natural. The beach is known as the best spot on the island to watch the sunset.

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Cala Bassa
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One of Ibiza’s most beautiful stretches of sand, Cala Bassa has become known as one of the island’s top beaches. Favored by locals and visitors alike, it’s a long crescent-shaped white sand bay with calm, turquoise waters that are great for water activities. Crowds are diverse and range from small children playing in the sand to adrenaline-seeking jet skiers and boaters. Many consider Cala Bassa to have the most vibrantly turquoise waters on the whole island.

Cala Bassa is a beautiful spot to relax and take in the natural coastal beauty, but it also has its fair share of facilities. From sun beds and beach chairs to restaurants, bars, showers, and lifeguards, the beach has a little bit of everything. Not to be overlooked, the Cala Bassa Beach Club offers up some of the DJs, dancing, and nightlife that Ibiza is famous for. The beach is a frequent stop of catamarans and boat tours of the island.

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Es Vedranell and Western Inlets
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Known for its vibrant nightlife and sun-soaked beaches, Ibiza offers much more than beats from a European DJ. Instead, consider exploring Es Vedranell and the other western islets—and their inlets—of Ibiza for a more laid-back experience that features protected nature parks, quiet beaches, and Mediterranean diving.

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Dalt Vila
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Sitting pretty on a hilltop in Ibiza Town (Eivissa), the fortified area of Dalt Vila has been occupied since Phoenician times. Behind its chunky defensive walls and 16th-century bastions lies a maze of cobbled streets that slope up to the cathedral at the summit, where views of the glistening coast await.

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Ses Selines Natural Park (Parque Natural de Ses Salines)
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Ses Selines Natural Park (Parque Natural de Ses Salines) is one of two natural parks on the island. Located in between southern Ibiza and northern Formentera, the park is made up largely of water (a whopping 75 percent of the area) and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At park is home to many different types of vegetation, including the underwater plant Posidonia oceanic, an important organism which helps balance the Mediterranean ecosystem. There are another 177 plants here, along with 210 species of birds like the flamingo, Audouin’s gull, Balearic shearwater and more.

It is easy to spend a day at the park. Simply walking or renting a bike can yield views not only of the white beaches, birds and foliage, but also of the park’s salt marshes and lagoons. For those looking to for sun, there are three beaches within the park, including the nudist beach, Cavallet, complete with dunes.

The reserve also features remnants of the island’s history with a 16th century watchtower, old churches and more.

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Ibiza Castle
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Perched on a dramatic hill, Ibiza Castle (Castell d'Eivissa in Catalan) marks the top of Ibiza’s Dalt Vila, or Upper Town. The island landmark was built over the course of more than 1,000 years and is an architectural hodgepodge of pale-colored stone that combines elements like a 12th century medieval design with 18th century barracks.

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Necropolis of Puig des Molins (Necròpolis del Puig des Molins)
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The Necropolis del Puig des Molins comprises more than 4,000 tombs from the Phoenician-Punic times, considered the world’s finest collection of Punic remains. The island’s first cemetery, dating back to the seventh century BC, features small caves containing sarcophagi and burial sites filled with jewelry, coins, and baked mud figures.

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San Antonio Bay

The glittering coastline of San Antonio bay is best known for its gorgeous beaches, tranquil coves, and family-friendly resorts. In contrast, the nearby town of San Antonio is a clubber’s paradise with round-the-clock parties.

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Can Marca Caves (Cueva de Can Marcà)

Smugglers once hid their spoils in these 100,000-year-old natural caves in the bay of Puerto de San Miguel. Housing stalactites and stalagmites, fossils, and a 30-foot (9-meter) subterranean waterfall, illuminated with colorful lights, the cave’s exit affords spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding coastline.

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Formentera

The sleepiest and smallest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Formentera is the ultimate Mediterranean coastal idyll. Free from the all-night clubs and persistent touts of neighboring Ibiza, Formentera has a mellow, leisurely vibe. The island’s biggest lure is its natural beauty—escape to its white sands, clear waters, and scenic walking paths.

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Santa Eulària Des Riu

Santa Eulària Des Riu

This area of Ibiza has it all – stunning beaches, quaint towns, and historic monuments. It’s the second most visited location on the island (only behind Eivissa) and even has something for golf lovers – the only course on the island. Located on the east coast of the island, Santa Eulària has become known for its quieter atmosphere compared to Eivissa and San Antoni. Here, the tourist enclaves, such as the bars and night clubs, are set apart from the other attractions.

Aside from the beach and promenade along the water, there are other places to explore here, too. Carve out some time to visit the Puig de Missa, a hilltop church built in 1568. Within this complex is also an old cemetery worth a wander.

For people looking to just unwind and explore, Santa Eulària offers plenty of that, too. There’s Cala Llonga beach, shopping and markets all within the town.

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