First time in Ibiza? Wondering where to start? There is so much more to Ibiza than meets the eye. If this is your first visit, follow our guide to the top ten things you must do to make your first Ibiza experience one you will never forget:
1. Watch the Sunset at Cala Comte
It is said that no two sunsets are ever the same, and watching the sunset in Ibiza is certainly a magical experience. Head to Cala Comte and take a seat at the aptly named Sunset Ashram for a truly picturesque view.
2. Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Las Dalias Hippy Market
The colorful stalls at Las Dalias Hippy Market offer a treasure trove of bohemian trinkets, clothes, jewelry, and artwork. Any dedicated shopper could not fail to be in heaven here. Open every Saturday all year round between 10 am and 6:30 pm, with a night market on Mondays from 8pm until late from June until September.
3. Watch the Drummers at Benirass Beach on Sunday Evening
In the north of the island, Benirras beach is an eternally popular spot with islanders and holidaymakers alike. But the best time to go is on a Sunday evening, when an eclectic crowd gather for the weekly sunset drumming ritual, which attracts hundreds of people who gather to witness another glorious sunset and enjoy the laid back vibe.
4. Explore the Old Town and Dalt Vila
The cobbled streets of Ibiza’s Old Town are rich in history and legend. The old fort of Dalt Vila is the crowning glory and is packed with hidden restaurants and cafes, as well as plenty of shops and galleries. Take an evening stroll to really soak up the atmosphere.
5. Sail to Formentera
Ibiza’s neighbouring island Formentera is just is two nautical miles south of Ibiza, but can really feel like you are in another world. Its unspoilt beaches, breathtaking nature, and sparkling turquoise waters make it an ideal destination for a day trip from Ibiza.
6. Taste the Bullet de Peix at El Bigote
The secluded cove of Cala Mastella hides one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets, restaurant Es Bigotes. Here you can sample one of the local dishes, Bullet de Peix, a hearty dish of saffron flecked fish and potato, which is served as a thick stew. Simply delicious!
7. Swim at Salinas
Las Salinas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on the island; a long sandy stretch of shore which is dotted with some fabulous beach bars and restaurants. Taking a swim in the crystal clear waters will soothe your mind, body, and soul.
8. Visit Es Vedra
One of the most famous landmarks in Ibiza, Es Vedra is a mystical spot. The mountain, which can be seen from the shores of Cala D’Hort, is said to have magical powers and local legend names it as the home of Tanit, the goddess of fertility. Pack a picnic and marvel at its beauty.
9. Eat a Menu del Dia
Many of the bars and restaurants on the island serve what is known locally as a Menu del Dia. This usually comprises of three courses, with bread and aioli (a local kind of garlic mayonnaise), and is served with wine or beer, all for a low price, usually around 9-12€ per person. A great way to sample local dishes without breaking the bank.
Of course, we would not expect you to come to Ibiza for the first time without experiencing the fabulous nightlife, which the island is so famous for! Head to any of the top nightclubs: Pacha, Space, Amnesia, or Privilege and dance the night away to some of the world’s top DJ’s. In the height of summer, the clubs can be very busy, so it may be wise to book tickets for your chosen night in advance to avoid disappointment. Enjoy!
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What a great post! I’ll add a visit to Santa Gertrudis, the most charming village in the countryside!
Sounds lovely. I wish I could go. I always imagined Ibiza more beachy and didn’t know there were mountains and forest there.