Thanks to the ‘Ibiza Uncovered’ style documentaries and news coverage Ibiza has developed a reputation for wild, anything goes partying. Some four million visitors head there every summer in search of the notorious nightlife that the island of Ibiza has to offer. However, there is a lot more to this stunningly beautiful little island than its nightlife.
Ibiza Town (Eivissa)
The capital of the island is Ibiza Town (Eivissa) which is a mere 7km from the airport. This charming, historical town has a vibrant nightlife centred on Sa Penya near the port and is home to some of Ibiza’s best nightclubs as well as many great bars and restaurants. Just a short bus ride to the south are some of the island’s finest beaches at Platja de Ses Salines and Platja d’es Cavallet.
Just east of Ibiza Town, on the coast, are three popular tourist destinations which have the advantage of being at the beach yet being within walking distance of the capital’s nightlife. Playa d’en Bossa is the largest and has a great nightlife of its own whilst Figueretas and Playa de Talamanca are smaller but are also popular destinations.
Ibiza Uncovered – San Antonio
Considerably more tacky than Ibiza Town and its suburbs is the notorious resort of San Antonio (Sant Antoni De Portmany) on the west coast where the worst (or best, depending on your point of view) of the ‘Ibiza Uncovered’ behaviour is to be found. It’s packed with mainly young singles from northern Europe who sleep by day and rave by night at well known clubs with famous guest DJs. There are plenty nice beaches nearby if you’re awake during the hours of sunrise.
Family Holidays in Ibiza
Not all of Ibiza is dedicated to wild nightlife. In fact, most of the northern half of the island is made up of unspoilt forest which proves very popular with cyclists and walkers. Santa Eulalia (Santa Eularia de’es Riu) on the east coast is Ibiza’s third largest tourist destination which is a long established resort particularly popular with families and couples. It’s nightlife is considerably more laid back and there are some nice sandy beaches in the area such as the beautiful S’Argamassa. The nearby resorts of Es Cana to the north and Cala Llonga to the south are also popular with families.
The coastline of northeastern Ibiza consists of countless small coves and some of the island’s most charming beaches. Two great bases from which to discover the north are the laid back family resorts of Portinatx and Puerto San Miguel which provide easy access to lovely inland villages set amongst the wooded landscape as well as fabulous little beaches well away from the tourist masses.