Soaked in the warm sun and offering a chilled-out atmosphere, Ibiza is one of Spain’s enigmatic Balearic Islands. Often known as the party capital of Europe, the rich and famous flock there each summer to indulge in a mix of late nights, morning brunches, and green juices.
However, this beautiful island offers far more than just clubbing and cocktails.
In this post, we look at how to enjoy a long weekend in Ibiza in style and recommend the best times to visit, depending on your itinerary. Check out our ideas below.
Indulge in Some History
Beyond the clubs of Ibiza Town, Ibiza is steeped in history. The Moors, Romans, and Phoenicians have all left their mark here in one way or another. Historians believe that the Carthaginians established the now-famous Dalt Villa as early as the seventh century BC, a large fortification that stands on a rocky outcrop at the heart of the city.
History and archaeology buffs can go on one of the many walking tours of the fortress. You might also want to pay a visit to the Castell de Eivissa (which just translates as ‘big castle in Ibiza’), the Puig de Missa (a beautiful whitestone church), and ‘Time and Space’ by Andrew Rogers, for stunning artwork.
Experience Laid-Back Island-Life
While Ibiza Town is the main settlement on the island and a party hub, the rest of the island is a very different place. In fact, people have been traveling to it for centuries to experience the unique sense of peace it offers.
If you’re looking for a quiet excursion, take a trip to Can Lluc, one of the many agro-tourism establishments built on the island since 2000. The estate, surrounded by bougainvillea and attractive palm trees, offers leisurely breakfasts and a refreshing pool.
If you continue going east by car or bicycle, you’ll eventually get to Santa Eulalia, the third-largest settlement on the island. Here you can stroll along the marina and enjoy perusing the many cafés and shops that run along the seafront.
Those looking for beautiful sunsets should head to Benirrás on the northwestern fringes of the island. On Sundays, locals come out in their hundreds to beat drums of various sizes as a kind of tribal ritual.
Enjoy the Local Food
Ibiza has been serving meals to tourists for many years and, as you might expect, it’s home to some eclectic eateries. Top of the list of places to visit for breakfast is Cafe Bondi. Here you can order healthy bowls of granola, fruit smoothies, or a full English if that’s what you need after a heavy night out.
Those looking for evening meals should check out either Bambuddha or La Paloma. Bambuddha primarily serves Asian cuisine, with many of the ingredients home-grown. La Paloma, on the other hand, serves traditional budget-friendly Tuscan and Ibizan food, all home-cooked.
Those wanting a light fish lunch should head to El Bigotes in Santa Eulalia del Rio. Here you can order chiringuitos and traditional seafood stews made from the freshest local ingredients.
What is the Best Time to Visit Ibiza?
There are so many things to do in Ibiza. Thanks in no small part to the year-round balmy climate found in this corner of the world, there is never a bad time to experience the magic of the White Isle. If you’re looking to explore Ibiza’s colorful and diverse landscapes, head to the island in the autumn or spring, when you will be treated to swathes of emerging poppies and almond trees across the countryside.
The best way to discover the island’s diverse ecology in any season is by taking on one of the many hiking routes that are on offer here. Do your research well in advance of your trip to find one that suits your ability and enjoy all that the Ibizan countryside has to offer.
If you’re more interested in exploring the discotheques and drink deals rather than the island’s flora and fauna, visit in the summer when Ibiza’s nightlife scene explodes into life. Whilst the main clubs and bars will typically open their doors in late spring until early autumn, most party goers will visit during the summer months when they’ll be at their busiest.
If you are on a road trip in Spain, Ibiza should be on your list. Think also about visiting Seville. Depending on your itinerary, you could also include other stops that we’ll be mentioning in our future posts. So stay tuned!