Best areas to stay in Ibiza

Top areas to stay in Ibiza

When you think of Ibiza, you probably think of glamorous beach clubs, late-to-early nights and high-end hotels. Well, although that’s one side to it, there’s plenty more on the agenda. This small Balearic island is well worth a visit, with different parts of the island offering different experiences. Head to Sant Antoni for a busier, livelier scene, whether that’s posing the day away at Ocean Beach or dining at Cafe Mambo at sunset; meanwhile, the northwest has a traditional, bohemian vibe; while the eastern part of the island is great for families with a wide range of resorts to choose from. Enjoy the best Ibiza holidays with

  1. Ibiza Town
  2. Sant Antoni
  3. The northwest
  4. The south
  5. The east

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1. Ibiza Town

Set on the south side of the island, Ibiza Town centres around a natural harbour and is filled to the brim with chic places to eat, drink and shop. There are plenty of high-profile hotels to stay at, like the deluxe Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, as well as a few hotels and hostals. Heart and Pacha are situated here, but if you’re not after the party scene, simply take your time enjoying the harbourside, La Marina; Passeig Maritim makes for a good starting point with its upmarket setting.

Best for: All-rounders.

While you’re there: Head to Dalt Vila’s Catedral for incredible views over the port, ocean and nearby Formentera.

2. Sant Antoni

Sant Antoni is undoubtedly the most popular and one of the best areas to stay in Ibiza. While it’s the party capital of the island, it’s not all about the nightlife or day sessions. In fact, it’s a great place to base yourself if you want one or the other, or a mix of the two. After all, the bars, clubs and live music venues make Ibiza what it is, from Cafe Mambo’s suave al fresco dining and the big-name DJs at Amnesia to the glitz and glamour of O Beach. But the good – and underrated – thing about staying in Sant Antoni is that there’s plenty more to see beyond the clubs; something you might not consider if you didn’t stay here. Kids will enjoy the Aquarium Cap Black; the beaches of Cala Gracio, Gracioneta and Salada are rather inviting; and there’s no missing the iconic Egg, which sits in the corner of the harboufront. This white sculpture pays home to island-born Christopher Columbus.

Best for: Partying, relaxing – you pick the vibe.

While you’re there: Go swimming or jet-skiing off s’Arenal beach, or watch others do so at the beach bars.

3. The northwest

Largely undeveloped, the northwest area of Ibiza makes for a somewhat secluded stay; although as you’ll discover once you get here, there’s more than enough going on. This is a great area to base yourself if you want to get out and about, with excellent inland and coastal hiking trails, awesome snorkelling spots and near-deserted beaches to swim off from. This is certainly the place to come if you’re after a slower pace and to see the traditional side of the island; there are hippy markets, citrus groves and horseshoe-shaped bays to fall in love with.

Best for: Hippies.

While you’re there: It’s worth hiring a car to explore this region, as buses can be infrequent – particularly between November to April.

4. The south

The southern part of Ibiza is another viable option, thanks to its three resorts in quiet bay areas and plethora of restaurants, clubs and bars. While there are plenty of bays, beaches and coastline to explore, the south is one of the most diverse parts of Ibiza, and as such is worth venturing slightly inland for. Sa Talaia is the highest peak on the island at 476m tall, while over in Cala d’Hort Nature Park are steep forests with beautiful flora to explore. In fact, it’s well worth staying here for a night or two if just for the wide variety of restaurants on offer – and if you feel like staying out after dark, take your pick from the likes of Ushuaia, Hi or DC10 for that party spirit.

Best for: Diverse landscapes.

While you’re there: San Josep village might be small, but it’s where all the actions happens; stroll along its small high street or stop off for a fusion meal.

5. The east

The eastern side of the island is the perfect place to stay in Ibiza for families. While there are bucket-and-spade friendly beaches, there’s still a fair few undeveloped bays to uncover, with their cliff-backed coves and unspoilt sands. As fabulous as they are, it’s not all about the beaches; there’s a lively dining scene, along with incredible natural scenery. Take the kids out for a coastal walk to Punta Arabi, spend a (rare) rainy day at Museu Etnografic and admire the endless ocean views from the top of Torre d’en Valls.

Best for: Families.

While you’re there: Go kayaking or paddleboarding from Figueral beach.

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