Ibiza, off the southern coast of Spain is renowned for being a party island that attracts the world’s top DJs to clubs such as Pacha, Space and Amnesia. However, most people don’t realise that the White Island is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery, relaxing beaches, and a raft of history and culture.
In this post, our local reporter from Ibiza Summer Villas gives us their top reasons to go book a villa in Ibiza this summer.
Ibiza is called the White Island for a reason. No, it’s not because of the millions of pasty British holidaymakers that visit every year – it’s because of the beautiful sandy beaches. Ibiza has over 50 beaches in total, some of which are “secret” beaches that are not marketed to tourists. Our favourite “secret” beaches include:
Cala Triada A beach that is hidden within a cliff-face, this spot is not visited by tourists and is mostly used by locals. Be warned that you may get an eyeful, as most locals are happy to catch some rays in their birthday suit.
Cala Larga The most southerly beach on Ibiza, and one of the island’s only pebble beaches, Cala Larga is surrounded by lush trees and woodland and is protected by an alcove that the waves break over to form a small lagoon.
Before the clubbing scene took off, Ibiza was a retreat for hippies and artists who appreciated the island’s benign climate and relaxed pace of life. This culture is still very much alive, and can be seen almost every day. Our favourite hippy market is in San Michele: it’s an artisan craft market that is open between 6 -10pm. All of the vendors are local crafts-people who sell everything from jewellery to hand-sewn leather goods. Haggling is essential: just get some practice in if you are going to take on the fiery Spanish blood of the locals!
Las Salinas Salt Flats
The salt flats are on the southernmost point of the island and are best viewed at either sunrise or sunset to get the full effect. As all of the sea water evaporates under Ibiza’s blistering hot sun, it leaves sparkling crystal salt flats. The people over at Ibiza Spotlight have a gorgeous 360 video of the salt flats that we highly recommend you check out.
If you are staying in Ibiza Town, you absolutely must visit Dalt Vila. It’s a stunning medieval town that has been transformed into a walkway littered with bars and restaurants. If you need a break from the island’s ever-youthful clubs and resorts, Dalt Vila is the first place you should head.
Can Marça Caves
Lastly, if you are more of the nature-loving outdoorsy type, we recommend taking some time to visit the Can Marca Caves. Naturally luminescent, the caves feature a central lagoon which visitors are allowed to use for swimming. Take a packed lunch and a beach towel and spend the day- you won’t regret it.