Ibiza belongs to Spain's Balearic Islands and is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the Mediterranean. Known the world over for its clubbing scene and amazing beaches, it has more to offer than endless partying and swimming in turquoise waters. In our Ibiza travel guide, you will find the best things to do on the island: top beaches, nightlife hotspots, popular activities and attractions as well as food recommendations. Find all schedules and buy your ferry ticket to Ibiza online on Ferryhopper with just a few clicks!
The heavenly Cala San Vicente beach with its golden sand and palm trees
Vacation in Ibiza
Ibiza (or Eivissa in Catalan) is located off the eastern coast of Spain and is one of the most popular holiday islands in the world. Known for its legendary nightlife and 24-hour party scene, it is an ideal destination for those who love electronic music and dancing until the early hours. But that's not all Ibiza is famous for.
Back in the '60s and '70s, the island was a haven for hippies and bohemians, who were drawn to its untamed beauty and pristine nature. Today, many venues maintain the bohemian vibe of the past and Ibiza's hippie heritage is still present, especially in the north, which is more quiet and wild. There, you will find the island's most secluded and peaceful beaches, as well as impressive natural sites that are worth discovering. Many holidaymakers also visit Ibiza for its spa resorts and retreats, while the beautiful island is an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts.
Tip: we suggest that you spend at least 7 days in Ibiza if it's the first time you are visiting and you want to enjoy your stay to the fullest. If you only have a few days to spare, a weekend trip to Ibiza is perfect to see the island's highlights and experience its famous nightlife.
How to get to Ibiza
You can travel by ferry to Ibiza island from the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Dénia in mainland Spain. The port of Dénia is the one closest to the island, with the ferry ride taking about 2 hours. You can also travel to Ibiza from Mallorca. The duration of the ferry trip from Mallorca to Ibiza ranges from 2 hours to 4 hours.
You can find more information about Ibiza ferries here.
Things to do in Ibiza
The main activities in Ibiza are, of course, swimming and dancing, as the island is mostly famous for its exciting nightlife and gorgeous beaches. But Ibiza's stunning landscapes and amazing crystal-clear waters also make it ideal for outdoor activities and water sports. For those who are interested in learning more about the island's rich past, there are also plenty of impressive historical sites and monuments to visit.
Sounds exciting? Continue reading our travel guide for Ibiza to find answers to all your questions about the island, including what to do and what to see in Ibiza, when to go to Ibiza and where to stay during your vacation.
The stunning turquoise waters of Cala d'Hort beach on the southwest coast of Ibiza
Beaches in Ibiza
One of the main attractions in Ibiza are the spectacular beaches, which range from impressive rocky coves surrounded by cliffs to beautiful long sandy beaches. Some offer several amenities for visitors, such as restaurants, cafés, shops and water sports facilities, while others are more quiet and only have small chiringuitos (beach bars that serve drinks and tapas).
Some of our favorite beaches in Ibiza are:
- Benirrás: this gorgeous beach is located on the north coast and is well-known for its beautiful sunsets, bohemian vibe and amazing view of the rock of Cap Bernat. The small sheltered cove has coarse sand and crystal-clear turqoise waters, while there are also umbrellas, sunbeds and small beach bars. Every Sunday at sunset, the beach holds a famous drum circle.
- Cala d'Hort: located in the southwest, this gorgeous small beach has a fantastic view of the island of Es Vedrà, one of Ibiza’s most impressive natural spectacles. One side of the beach is sandy and the other is pebbly, while the waters are shallow and perfect for bodysurfing on a breezy day. The beach is entirely smoking-free and has umbrellas, sun-loungers and restaurants as well as disabled access. Bear in mind that Cala d'Hort is very popular, so make sure that you arrive early to find parking.
- Las Salinas or Ses Salines: this long beach is ideal for those who like listening to electronic dance music surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is located in the south and has fine sand, crystal waters and pine trees. The beachfront is lined with restaurants, bars, clubs and small shops, while there are also water sports facilities. Bear in mind that the beach can get very busy during peak season.
- Sol d'en Serra: this amazing secluded beach is located in the east of the island and is ideal for relaxation. The small cove is surrounded by mountains and has pebbles as well as some sections with golden sand. There are also a few small cafés and restaurants.
- Cala Xarraca: this picturesque quiet beach on the north coast is one of the most isolated in Ibiza and it is very popular with snorkelers. The small bay has rocks, sand and crystal-clear waters and is surrounded by lush, green pine forests. The middle of the beach is busier and has umbrellas, while the smaller areas on either side are more secluded and nude-friendly.
- Aguas Blancas or Agua Blanca: backed by high cliffs and surrounded by lush vegetation, this impressive beach is very popular with the locals. It is located on the northeast coast and has golden sand and beautiful blue waters. Aguas Blancas is one the few "official" nudist beaches in Ibiza and has umbrellas, a beach restaurant and a charming chiringuito.
- Talamanca: it is just a 15-minute walk from Ibiza town to this family-friendly beach with white sand and shallow waters. The beach is very long and has several amenities, such as umbrellas, sun-loungers, restaurants, water sports facilities and beach volleyball courts.
- Cala Comte or Cala Conta: located close to the lively resort of San Antonio, this popular sandy beach is a renowned sunset spot and offers fabulous views of the small islands near Ibiza's coast. The beach has rocks, a small area with golden sand, and shallow crystal waters. There are also restaurants, bars, umbrellas and sunbeds.
Torre des Savinar offers breathtaking views of the mysterious Es Vedrá island
Sightseeing in Ibiza
Ibiza has been inhabited since approximately 2000 BCE. The island served as a trade center for the Phoenicians, who founded a settlement in the middle of the 7th century BCE in the same location where Ibiza town is today. To learn more about Ibiza's long history and cultural heritage, you can visit its impressive archaeological sites, monuments and museums. The island is also full of areas of unique natural beauty that you should definitely explore.
Some of the top sights and attractions in Ibiza are:
- the old town of Ibiza, Dalt Vila. Stroll down the narrow cobbled streets to marvel at the beautiful architecture and enjoy your dinner in Plaza de Vila, the old town's main square.
- the Puig des Molins museum and necropolis. The ancient cemetery of the city of Ibiza is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Balearic Islands.
- the Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta. The ancient village dates back to the 7th century BCE and has been designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
- the church of Santo Domingo. The Baroque church was built in the 17th century and is located close to the port of Ibiza.
- the mysterious island of Es Vedrá. There are several boat companies that take you close to this magical and breathtaking site. Alternatively, you can hike to Torre des Savinar, an old watchtower that offers great views of Es Vedrá.
- the natural park of Ses Salines in the southeast of Ibiza. The protected area is home to a wide range of stunning terrains, from salt beds to wetlands, sand dunes and beautiful isolated beaches.
- the Moscarter lighthouse on the north coast of the island, which offers spectacular views to the Balearic Sea. To get there, follow the hiking trail from Portinatx.
- the Can Marçà cave in the north of Ibiza, a place of great geological interest. Take a tour to learn more about the history of this impressive cave.
- the Museum of Contemporary Art of Ibiza (Museu d’Art Contemporani d'Eivissa). The collection features famous and lesser-known artists from the Balearic Islands as well as works by Spanish and international artists.
- the Aquarium Cap Blanc. Located in a large natural cave, the aquarium is home to several Mediterranean marine species.
Activities in Ibiza
Outdoor activities are the best way to appreciate Ibiza's unique natural beauty. And they are a lot of fun! The island offers all kinds of water sports and activities, from sailing and scuba diving to jet skiing, parasailing and windsurfing. You can also try flyboarding at most of Ibiza's large resorts.
To get away from the party scene and enjoy spectacular panoramas of the island's gorgeous landscapes, try mountain biking or hiking. Many trails, especially in the north, lead to beautiful hidden beaches and coves with amazing azure waters. If you are looking for something more quiet, you can go birdwatching at the natural park of Ses Salines.
View of the beautiful old town of Ibiza from the city port
Food in Ibiza
Like all the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is known for its delicious cuisine that is characterized by the use of fresh, local ingredients. Dishes based on freshly caught fish and seafood feature prominently in the island's culinary tradition, while you will also find meat-based delicacies as well as mouthwatering sweet treats.
During your vacation in Ibiza, we recommend trying the following local dishes and products:
- paella de marisco (the famous Spanish dish with fresh seafood)
- bullit de peix (traditional fish stew)
- borrida de ratjada (fish with potatoes and garlic served with almonds)
- arroz de matanzas or arròs de matances (rice with meat, saffron and mushrooms)
- sofrit pagés (hearty meat stew)
- sobrassada and botifarra (traditional Balearic sausages)
- greixonera (a type of bread pudding)
- ensaïmada de Mallorca (pastry dessert filled with cream or chocolate, or simply dusted with icing sugar)
- flaó ibicenco (a type of cheese tart, similar to cheesecake)
- hierbas ibicencas (aniseed-based aperitif flavored with local herbs)
Nightlife in Ibiza
Ibiza is one of the most famous party destinations in the world and its nightlife is legendary. In the last decades, the island has become synonymous with endless clubbing, wild parties and non-stop dancing to electronic music. If you are not sure where to party in Ibiza, you will find many nightlife hotspots on the road that connects Ibiza town in the southeast to San Antonio in the southwest.
Some of the most famous nightclubs in Ibiza are Bora Bora and Ushuaïa Ibiza in Playa d'en Bossa, Amnesia on the road from Ibiza town to San Rafel, and Blue Marlin Ibiza in Cala Jondal. To get from one to the other, you should definitely take a discobus. Discobuses connect all the big nightclubs and party resorts throughout the night and the atmosphere on board is amazing!
Tip: during your trip to Ibiza, you will have the opportunity to go to the famous Café del Mar, which opened in the town of San Antonio in 1980. The bar is known all over the world for its chill-out and ambient music compilations and its large terrace offers breathtaking sunset views.
The charming port of Ibiza by night
Towns and villages in Ibiza
The capital and largest city on the island is Ibiza town. Renowned for its exciting nightlife, the lively city has something for everyone: world-class bars and nightclubs, amazing museums and art galleries, great shops and a beautiful old town with impressive historical buildings. Plus, it hosts all kinds of cultural events throughout the year.
If you want to enjoy the more peaceful side of Ibiza, you can visit the island's pretty towns and villages to marvel at the beautiful architecture, go to local markets, restaurants and shops, and find out why Ibiza is called the "White Island." Some of these villages are tiny, comprising just a church, a restaurant and a few houses.
Ferryhopper suggests visiting the following villages and towns:
- Santa Agnès de Corona
- Sant Agustí des Vedrà
- Es Cubells
- Sant Miquel de Balansat
- Sant Joan de Labritja
- Santa Eulària des Riu
Tip: don't miss the chance to visit Ibiza's famous hippy street markets that sell arts and crafts, hand-made clothes, jewellery and local products. The biggest markets are the Punta Arabí Hippie Market that takes place on Wednesdays in the resort of Es Caná and the Las Dalias Hippie Market that takes place every Saturday next to the village of Sant Carles de Peralta.
Typical white houses in Dalt Vila, Ibiza's old town
Useful information about Ibiza
Covering an area of around 570km², Ibiza is the third largest of Spain's Balearic Islands. It is a very popular holiday destination with big tourist resorts and all kinds of amenities for travelers. There is a hospital and a medical center in Ibiza town, as well as medical centers in Santa Eulalia (or Santa Eulària des Riu) and San Antonio (or Sant Antoni de Portmany). The island also has an international airport located 7km southwest of Ibiza town. Bus route 10 connects the airport to Ibiza town and the port of Ibiza.
As for accommodation, Ibiza offers plenty of options for different budgets. If you choose to stay in Ibiza town, you will have easy access to all the capital's amazing bars and restaurants, attractions, shops, museums and galleries. If you prefer to be close to nature, you can stay in Portinatx, Puerto de San Miguel or Cala Llonga. For those who want to be right in the center of the party scene, Playa d'en Bossa and the coastal area south of Ibiza town are ideal.
If you're wondering when is the best time to go to Ibiza, the answer is that it depends. Peak tourist season in Ibiza is from the beginning of June till around mid-September. During these months, the weather is warm, with maximum temperatures at around 30°C. If you want to party, July and August are the best months to visit Ibiza, but bear in mind that beaches, restaurants and bars can get very busy. If you prefer quiet holidays in Ibiza, it's best to go at the end of May or the end of September. The temperatures are lower, but it is still warm and the island is much less crowded.
Despite Ibiza's reputation as party-central, it's also a great destination for family holidays. There are many child-friendly beaches and resorts on the island, as well as exciting activities for kids. The town of Santa Eulalia is one of the best places for families to stay in Ibiza.
Tip: for detailed information on how to get to Ibiza from mainland Spain, you can check our relevant blog post.
Important phone numbers for your stay in Ibiza
Here are some useful contacts to keep handy during your Ibiza holidays:
- Can Misses Hospital (Ibiza town): +34971397000
- Ibiza Airport: +34971809000, +34913211000
- Ibiza tourist information office: +34971301900
- radio taxi for Ibiza town: +34971398483
- Balearic Islands Port Authority (port of Ibiza): +34971310611
- local police: 092
- emergency number: 112
- medical emergencies: 061
Transportation in Ibiza
The cheapest way to get around Ibiza is by bus, with routes connecting all major towns and resorts throughout the year. Bus services to more remote areas of the island might be less frequent. There are also several bus routes available in Ibiza town, with regular services running from the center to the city's various neighborhoods. During the summer, there is a night bus service operated by Discobus that connects all the bars and nightclubs of the island. You can find more information about bus routes and schedules on the official Ibiza bus information website.
If you prefer to take a taxi, you can find taxi ranks at the airport, the ferry terminals and in all towns and resorts. You can also hail taxis on the street. Make sure that the meter is on and bear in mind that rates are slightly higher at night and on weekends. Alternatively, you can rent a car or a scooter, or bring your own vehicle on the ferry.
Magical sunset at the Cala Comte beach in Ibiza
Ports in Ibiza
Ibiza has 2 ports: the port of Ibiza town on the southeast coast and the port of San Antonio in the southwest. The Ibiza ferry port is located 1.5km from the city center and it's only a 10-minute drive from the airport. The port of San Antonio is about 17km from Ibiza town and 22km from the airport. There are regular bus services connecting San Antonio to the capital, the airport and some of the island's popular beaches and resorts.
Island hopping from Ibiza
From Ibiza, you can travel by ferry to the other Balearic Islands. Formentera is so close to Ibiza that you can even visit for a day trip. The two islands are connected with many daily ferry crossings all year round and trip duration ranges from 25 minutes to 1 hour. Ferries from Ibiza to Formentera depart from the port of Ibiza.
Mallorca is also close to Ibiza, with the shortest ferry journey taking about 2 hours. The Ibiza - Mallorca route operates every day and ferries depart from the port of Ibiza and arrive at the port of Palma de Mallorca.
On Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries, you can see all the available routes from Ibiza, so that you can easily plan your ferry trip in the Balearic Islands.
Ibiza ferry: schedules and tickets
You can travel by ferry to Ibiza from the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Dénia in mainland Spain. The shortest ferry journey is from the port of Dénia, which is located in the southeast of Spain, between Valencia and Alicante.
More specifically, the Ibiza ferry routes from mainland Spain are the following:
- Dénia - Ibiza: there are daily ferry crossings from Dénia to Ibiza and trip duration ranges from 2 hours to 3.5 hours.
- Valencia - Ibiza: the route is served several times per week and the ferry to Ibiza from Valencia usually takes about 5 hours.
- Barcelona - Ibiza: there are several weekly ferry crossings from Barcelona to Ibiza, with the duration of the journey usually ranging from 8 hours to 9 hours.
Ferry timetables are subject to change depending on the season. You can check real-time schedules and compare prices for Ibiza ferry tickets at a glance on Ferryhopper.
Aerial view of the port of San Antonio in the southwest of Ibiza
Where to book ferry tickets online to Ibiza
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