Ibiza is one of the most dazzling destinations that Spain has to offer. It’s the second smallest of the Balearic Islands (the others being Mallorca, Menorca and tiny Formentera), and while it’s a party paradise, it’s also a pretty attractive, affluent area. Outside of its home-grown music scene, there’s an intriguing heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere to explore, with stunning coastlines, rugged mountains and hippie old towns in between. Couples will savour the tranquility and scenic beauty of the island, whether they go horse riding along the beach, dine with a sunset view or enjoy a couples massage treatment.
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Ibiza is home to plenty of sports and leisure activities, but the most date-friendly has to be horse-riding. There are horse-riding centres dotted all over the island, and makes an alternative way to discover the island’s landscape. Choose from mountain routes to beachfront walks – in fact, whichever route you choose, you’ll soon realise that this is one of the most unique and romantic things to do in Ibiza.
One of the finest ways to appreciate Ibiza’s coastline is by taking a circular 5km walk from Santa Agnes. The route takes you over high cliffs, through dense forest and past coastal trails that feel hidden from the rest of the island. You and your partner will feel like you have this stunning natural area all to yourselves, as you pass through fields of almond trees and past abandoned farmhouses. Not only does this hike keep you on your toes, but it allows you to see one of the most scenic parts of Ibiza, filled with juniper bushes, fields of vines and more. Just follow the blue arrows to stay on track.
On the southern part of the island lays a little-known beach called Cala Llentrisca. It’s a secluded spot, thanks to the pine-clad slopes, which makes the beach feel separated from the rest of the island. Cala Llentrensca is located in a pretty swanky spot, not far from the luxury modern villas that cluster the area just before the beach. In fact, it’s so exclusive that a guard will need to let you through (you only need to tell them where you’re going). While there’s not much to do here, that’s the beauty of it: you and your partner can feel like you’re in your own little world as you simply enjoy the sun, the translucent waters and each other’s company, before returning back to reality.
If you want to stay active but your partner wants to explore the more curious parts of Ibiza, kayaking to mysterious Atlantis is a perfect fit. You can make out the ancient shoreside quarry from Torre de Savnir, and follow a cliff top trail that leads you on a 30min hike to Atlantis. Alternatively – and perhaps more pleasantly – you can hire a kayak and paddle your way there. Check out the magical cove, stone carvings and abstract doodles that are here, and appreciate the ethereal waters that give the place an other-worldly feel.
Formentera is the smallest of the Balearics and lies just 28km from Ibiza. You can easily reach the island by speed boat, rib or catamaran; yet there’s something undoubtedly romantic about chartering a yacht to take you there. And once you reach Formentera, you’ll be swept off your feet by its small-scale charm, white-sand beaches and paradise feel. Hire bikes and make the most of the cycle paths, check out the Bronze Age Barbaria peninsula ruins and head to Platja Illetes, which is undoubtedly one of the best beaches on the Balearics, let alone Formentera.
While Ibiza is famed for its party scene, it also boasts a burgeoning food scene with many a tempting menu to choose from. Be sure to try buillet de peix (fish stew with rice), the island’s signature dish, and plenty of other seafood options that come fresh from the shores. And you couldn’t ask for more picturesque, ambient settings; take your pick from harbourfront spots to cliff top restaurants with a view. Dalt Vila is home to floodlit bastions and is very romantic by the harbourside at night, while Sant Agusti is one of the prettiest villages on the island and perfect for a low-key dinner.