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.
A unique sunset