With so much to choose from, we’ve handpicked a selection of the must-visit attractions in Ibiza.
Located on the west coast of Ibiza, Cala Comte is one of the must-visit beaches on this Spanish island. It’s perfect for both family beach-goers and those looking to be a little more exhibitionist. For those who prefer to keep their suits on, stick to the west side. Over on the east side, the beach tends to skew a little more nudist thanks to the coves and little enclaves.
During the summer months, visitors flock to this gorgeous beach with crystal clear water. It’s the perfect spot to chill out and get a little exercise—off shore are tiny bits of land jutting from the Mediterranean, a moderate swim for those looking to get their heart rate up.
Be sure to stop at one of the few restaurants in town for glass of wine to enjoy as the sun sinks below the horizon, complete with a DJ creating a live soundtrack. Cala Comte is quite possibly the best spot on the island to catch the spectacular and colorful sunsets.
Beachgoers take note: there are few spots for shade here, so come prepared. SPF, umbrellas, cover-ups are necessary.
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.
Unspoiled and relatively undeveloped Formentera can be visited as part of a day trip from Ibiza. Some visitors go as part of lively catamaran cruises, disembarking at Formentera for a couple of hours’ free time during which they explore at will. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Formentera and then rent a scooter on the island. Scooters provide an easy and hassle-free way to travel between the islands’ secluded beaches, and the island’s relatively flat terrain makes riding easy.
Things to Know Before You Go:
Bring sunscreen and a hat, as the sun can be very strong here, especially between 12pm and 3pm.
Lodging is available on the island during the summer season.
Note that some of the island’s beaches are clothing-optional.
How to Get There:
Formentera, just 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from Ibiza, can be reached only by sea. Three different companies (Trasmapi, Mediterranea Pitiusa, and Balearia) operate ferry services that depart from the harbor in Ibiza Town and dock at La Savina in Formentera. The ferry journey takes around 35 minutes. Water taxis and charter boats also take visitors across to the island from Ibiza.
When to Get There:
In Formentera, tranquility reigns in June and early September. July and August are busier so if you plan on going then, plan on arriving earlier in the day to beat the crowds. From mid-September on, some shops and restaurants on Formentera begin to close up for the off-season.
Best Beaches on Formentera:
Formentera’s greatest feature is its spectacular coastline. Es Pujols encompasses several hotels and the busiest beaches. During summer, buses run from the port to Playa de Ses Illetes, a water sports–friendly beach lined with charming fish restaurants, and to the quieter Playa de Llevant, a spacious and serene sand-dune–backed strip of sand with crystal-clear waters and views across to Ibiza.
D'Alt Vila (Old Ibiza Town)
Get off the beach and explore the history of Ibiza for a day. Old Ibiza Town or D’Alt Vila (meaning High Town) is the perfect place to get lost on quaint cobble stone streets winding up, up, up and resulting in dramatic views of town and the island.
Begin your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site through the main entrance, complete with a drawbridge and statues, through to the vibrant main square, Plaza de Vila. In town you will find a well-preserved fortified acropolis that sheds light on the early Phoenician settlers. There are also remnants of Arab, Catalan and Renaissance periods.
To experience the gastronomy in town, stick to the main square for some of the best dining on the island. At night, the town becomes even livelier with plenty of bars and hip spots to enjoy a drink or two.
Not to be outdone by the food and nightlife, there are also plenty of shopping options. A simple walk down a side street can delight visitors with tiny shops filled with local wares and more.
For those interested in learning about the history of Ibiza, head to the top of town and immerse yourself in the history of the island at the Museu Arqueologic d’Eivissa i Formentera. This free museum treats visitors to the early history of the island (Old Town came to life in 1554) to today.
Cueva De Can Marca (Caves of San Marca)
Located in San Miguel and the bay of Puerto San Miguel is a natural formation that doesn’t involve sand and surf. More than 100,000 years old, the Cueva De Can Marca is one of those places you have to see to really see the beauty others speak of. The cave was first discovered by smugglers who would hide their loot in its dark recesses, hoisting their bounties up to the mouth of the rocks. In fact, today it is still possible to see the relics of that time period – along the walls there are faint markings showing the criminals an alternative way out of the cave in case the entrance is blocked.
Inside the cave, visitors are treated to beautiful formations of stalactites dripping from the ceiling, fossils, markings that tell the tale of ancient water running through, and a 30-foot waterfall that reaches far into the depths of the earth. Tours take anywhere from 30 – 40 minutes and call upon modern technology to help re-create what the cave might have looked like, complete with water being pumped in and colorful lighting effects.
Once exploration of the cave is complete, be sure to check out the stunning view from the exit of the cave. It’s gorgeous.
Address: 07815 Port de Sant Miguel, Spain
Hours: May – October: 11am – 1:30pm; 2:30pm – 8pm;
November – April: 11am – 5:30pm
Admission: Adults: 9 Euro;
Children (ages 5 – 12): 5 Euro
The Ibiza Castle, also known as Eivissa Castle, is located in Old Town Ibiza. A top the town’s massive hill the castle and it’s other buildings can be found, standing today very much as they did in the 12th century. The castle was built before the walls of the city, which occurred during the Renaissance. Today, the compound includes the Governor’s House, citadel (Almudayna) and 12 towers.
The sand-colored fortress is home to centuries of history and design, mixing not only 12th century medieval architecture with Islamic and even 18th century barracks. During the late 1200s, Alfonso III of Aragon even stayed here at the Governor’s House, located on the southern side of the castle.
Only the exterior of the area can be visited. Located at the top of Old Town, make a day out of exploring this World Heritage site and wander the city before making your way to the grounds of the castle.
Es Vedra and Western Inlets
Located on the south-west side of the island, Es Vedranell and the western inlets are a cluster of protected areas featuring sandy beaches, azure waters, varied terrain (including the infamous and iconic Es Vedra mountain that has become synonymous with images of Ibiza) and wildlife.
The western inlets include: Cala d´Hort, Cap Llentrisca i Sa Talaia Natural Park and the Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and Els Illots de Ponent Nature Reserves. Spend time here exploring the 10 islets in the area, which are packed with birds – including the Audoin gull and Elearnor falcon, lizards and more. Or, grab a seat on the beach and keep a look out for dolphins frolicking off the coast.
To get in touch with the past, the area also features the remnants of a Punic-Roman settlement and La Torres des Savinar, an old lighthouse.
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.
Cala Bassa is a 15 minute car or bus ride from San Antonio, or on the water by ferry. The nearest town is Sant Agnes de Corona, about five miles away. There’s a designated swimming area that is safe from water activities.
Necropolis del Puig des Molins
Puig des Molins, a part of the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza and Fromentera, is home to more than 3,000 tombs from the Phoenician-Punic times. Considered the world’s finest collection of Punic remains, Puig des Molins is the island’s first cemetery and dates back to the late 7th century. Here, small caves have been found containing sarcophagi and more. The graves have been found to contain baked mud figures, jewelry, coins and more.
To explore this area, follow the path which winds guests into the burial caverns in the hill. Visitors can actually heads into the caverns for a better look. Then, head over to the museum to view the artifacts found with some of the bodies.
Address: Via Romana, 31 07800, Ibiza Town, Spain
Hours: April–Sept: Tues–Sun: 10am–2pm & 6:30pm–9pm, Sun: 10am–2pm
Oct–Mar: Tues–Sun: 9:30am–3pm, Sun: 10am–2pm
San Antonio Bay
A popular holiday destination for European vacationers, San Antonio Bay is one of Ibiza’s few areas that cater to families and non-partiers. Visitors should not confuse San Antonio Town and San Antonio Bay; the former is filled with festive superclubs and dubbed the “clubbing capital of the universe” while the latter is mostly enjoyed by epicurean travelers who would much rather visit historic Ibiza and enjoy the city’s fine dining than party all night; two radically distinctive zones! One of the main selling points of San Antonio Bay is its exceptional waterfront: indeed, with numerous little coves, turquoise waters, sandy beaches and plenty of panoramic patios, few other places in Ibiza offer such spectacular, unobstructed sunsets – which locals tend to enjoy with a chilled glass of sangria in one of Cala de Bou’s sunset bars. These coves can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from feeding fishes to snorkeling and various other watersports. Visitors also have the option of renting jetties to explore the bay’s many small islands. San Antonio Bay is also famed for Dalt Villa, the UNESCO-classified old part of town located on top of the hill and home to 16th century fortifications and a castle, as well as two stunning Spanish-style churches. Shoppers should be made aware of Es Cana’s hippy market, characterized by numerous minuscule stalls that seem to have resisted the passing of time.
San Antonio Bay is located on the western coast of Ibiza in the Spanish Balearic Islands. It can be accessed by boat from mainland Valencia, Barcelona and Dénia and by car from Ibiza airport and Ibiza Town in 25 minutes using PM-803 and C-731.
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.
Santa Eulària has it all – dining, historical attractions, nature, outdoor activities, shopping and more. For those who want to experience the island without the thumping bass, this is the area to do it.
Ses Selinas 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.
Because this area is protected, it is important to obey the rules of the park and not venture into off-limit area, bathe places other than those allowed or leave trash behind. The area is fragile and needs to be treated with respect. From Old Ibiza, it is a 10 minute drive.