Synonymous with clubbers, Ibiza is one of the party capitals of the world. However, holidaying in Ibiza has a lot more to offer besides absolutely, brilliant nights out and is far more exhilarating holiday destination when you combine tours of the awesome club scene with the stunning beaches, the unique (and well preserved) history and culture and, a dash of adventure. After all, you always need a bit of down time from those nights out.
The Club Scene
If you want to catch the best DJs, like David Guetta and Fatboy Slim, you have to plan ahead and check who is playing when and where. The clubbing season officially starts at the end of May (ending in late October) and each club has their own opening and closing ceremony, where the big acts tend to play. The main clubs are Pacha, Eden, Amnesia, Privilege, Destino, DC10 and Sankeys. Generally speaking, the clubs are a tad pricier, so the bars are a good place to start.
Some downtime is always needed on a holiday, and Ibiza’s beaches are the perfect places to kick back and relax. Try to check out as many as you can because each one offers something different. Soak up the sun on Sa Caleta or just revel in the peace and quiet of Cala Xuclar. Of course, if you don’t feel like relaxing you could always head to one of the main beaches and take part in one of many watersports on offer.
The lost city of Atlantis is another fantastic place to visit with a labyrinth of caves, rocks and sea pools. It’s a long and difficult road to get here, but absolutely worth it. Make sure to have a good hiking shoes.
Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the spectacular old town of Ibiza. Visit here for the most amazing views, the detailed history and lavish culture. There are also some great museums, restaurants, shops and art galleries to explore as well. This place is lovely in the evening when it’s lit up.
The Old Town is equally amazing during the day when you can explore the narrow and steep cobbled streets and enjoy the wonderful panoramas. Dalt Vila is the only fortification in Europe which is preserved as a whole.
This secret hideaway is not for the fainthearted but I tell you something: it’s sure worth it. Here, you can get away from the bustle and hustle of the main resorts and truly relax on a fine bay that you will more than likely have to yourself. Well, that’s after you traverse a rather treacherous ladder and scale down the cliff using a bit of old rope. If you love an adventure as much as I do, then you will be very happy and that’s just with the photographic views from the top.
Formentera is very different from the other Balearic islands. In fact, it looks like one of the Greek islands with white sand and clear waters. This is an ideal island for relaxation, swimming and diving. If you want to avoid crowds and if you prefer individuality, come here.
Plan ahead, especially if you want to see a specific DJ
Buy club tickets online and escape the long queues
Visit Es Caná’s weekly Hippy Market
Look for the menu del dia at restaurants and eat three courses for a cheap price
Use a Disco Bus – the brilliant low cost service to get you to the clubs
Drink plenty of water
For the best sunsets, go to Cala Conta beach or Café Del Mar at San Antonio Bay
Take the walk to The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows at Dalt Vila
Visit Puig des Molins Necropolis to learn more about the island’s history
Photos: Formentera, Old Town, Ibiza seaside