A beachy Balearic isle with buzz

While you might think Ibiza holidays are all about non-stop partying, a trip to the westernmost of the Balearic Islands can be a relaxing affair all about beaches and natural beauty. Each part of the island has its own feel – Ibiza Town is all high-end glitz, with a brightly-lit harbour full of huge yachts. Dalt Vila, the old town, is a flurry of whitewashed charm, hidden behind the town’s impressive 16th-century ramparts declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. This international award acknowledges its historical, cultural, and architectural value. Dalt Vila’s acropolis is filled with alleys and monuments such as the castle and the cathedral and it is considered one of the best preserved coastal fortresses in the Mediterranean. Here, as well as plenty of tapas and seafood restaurants, are places to appeal to every crowd – cool bars rub up against museums and picturesque churches.

On the western side of the island, lively San Antonio is famed for both its beautiful bay and beaches, amazing sunsets and rural essence making it a magnet for young holidaymakers, families and sport lovers. At its southernmost salt plains, however Ibiza’s broad beaches are studded with laid-back ‘chiringuito’ – beach bars, playing mellow music – while in the north there’s countryside dotted with charming old ‘fincas’ (farmhouses) and a family-friendly feel. Yoga and wellness retreats, and hiking and wildlife trails make it popular with couples and those looking for a calmer break. Formentera, a small island just a short ferry ride to the southeast, is worth visiting for a day trip to admire its quieter beaches. Whether it’s seaside wellness or wild nights out you’re after, holidays to Ibiza have it covered.

Three tips for a top trip

Catch the bus to clubs
Regular night buses will take you from the centre of most towns to the major nightclubs and back home again. They’re quiet, air-conditioned and efficient.
Visit Figueretas
Slap bang between Ibiza Town and Playa d’en Bossa, Figueretas is a refreshingly chilled-out spot. Eat at one of its many restaurants or health-food cafés.
Siesta before you fiesta
Despite rumours to the contrary, Ibiza does sleep and, during the hottest part of the day, many people take an afternoon nap. Relax into the same schedule, and conserve energy for later.

Best attractions to see in Ibiza

Es Vedra

This stunning, rocky island off Ibiza’s southeast coast is said to contain magnetic energy. Whether or not that’s true, it’s a beautiful sight, particularly at sunset.

Quirky clubs

Ibiza’s famed nightclubs offer so much more than music – at the biggest, you might find irreverent drag queen karaoke taking place in bathtubs, light shows or a retro theme.

A unique sunset

Head to Benirras for sundowners. Beginning as an anti-war protest in 1991, every Sunday drummers play out the sunset as it slips into the turquoise sea.

Your Ibiza questions, answered

Yes, but there are ways to save. Book club tickets in advance, only go to events you’re super keen on, and enjoy the island’s many bars beforehand.

Whenever you like – Ibiza starts to get going at about 10pm, dinner is available until 1am, bars open until 3am and clubs shut at 7am.

Seafood features heavily, with a surprising number of sushi restaurants. If you want to dine somewhere that looks special or serves great food, book early.