Ibiza may have a reputation as one of Europe’s favourite places to party but there’s far more to the island than late nights and clubbing. With over 100 miles of coastline, around 50 beaches and a UNESCO-listed old town with great restaurants and shops, Ibiza is a great holiday destination – whatever you’re into.
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Take time to explore the picturesque cobbled streets of Ibiza Old Town. Stop to quench your thirst in one of the many cafés or bars – it’s quite a climb to the top – or snap up a souvenir in one of the quirky shops. Even in high summer it’s frequented by plenty of locals and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Huge medieval walls surround the Old Town which is reached through a grand arched entrance, Portal de ses Taules. Just past here is the Plaça de Vila, a perfect spot for some tapas in one of the many charming restaurants or cafés.
There’s a castle from which you can get great views of the city spread out below, as well as a beautiful cathedral. It’s worth the walk up the steep winding streets just to admire the views over the harbour.
Es Vedra is the name of a huge rocky island, which is best seen from the beach of Cala d’Hort. Said to be home to the sirens and sea-nymphs intent on luring Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey, its mysterious appearance has sparked numerous urban myths.
Cala Compte is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza. It does get very crowded in peak season but with good reason. The water is crystal clear and if you go snorkeling you can see little fish swimming around. It’s also a great spot to watch one of the island’s legendary sunsets with a cool drink in your hand.
Playa Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta are two beaches separated by a wall of rocks. On the main beach, Cala Salada, you’ve a bar and a small restaurant famous for its paella. On the other side is Cala Saladeta, a beautiful beach with turquoise waters – a top spot for cocktails.
A short bus ride away, is another great beach, Ses Salines. A sweeping crescent of pale sand, bordered by pine trees, it’s popular with the hip, the beautiful and the wealthy. The exclusive beach bars play music all day and the waiters will bring cocktails to your sunbed. It’s pricy but if you book a cheap break to Ibiza with lastminute.com you should have plenty of cash to spare.
If you feel like exploring the island still further, you’ll find dozens more gorgeous beaches – especially in the north of the island. Head inland and you’ll discover a largely untouched landscape with densely wooded hills and tiny hamlets.