Ibiza travel guide

Ibiza travel guide - Balearic Islands

Visit Ibiza. Ibiza is globally known for its extravagant parties with the biggest DJs spinning the decks, and that’s undeniable! However, this island is not just synonymous with a vibrant nightlife. Allow me to introduce you to another side of Ibiza, one I particularly cherished, far removed from its nightclub paradise. 😊🌴. Ibiza travel guide

Ibiza travel guide: must-see places

Must-see places

The port

Cruise ships calling at Ibiza have the privilege of arriving directly in the city center. Here you’ll find a multitude of restaurants, boutiques and cobbled shopping streets.

Ibiza’s shopkeepers are among the most welcoming in the world. Despite the paradisiacal setting, they stand out with their smiles, calmness, and friendliness. Some might argue that it’s their duty, but many shopkeepers could learn from them. You can stroll through the numerous boutiques, sip a cocktail or a good coffee, and fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Natural salt reserves

This is one of the must-visit places.

The Salines Park and its marine reserves stretch from the south of Ibiza to the north of Formentera Island. It’s a protected natural area in the Balearic Islands. You can stroll peacefully as car access is prohibited, and you may spot flamingos.

Here, cars park in the paid parking area or along the road. If you follow the beach, you’ll find free parking, and everything can be explored on foot.

Hippie market in Ibiza

There are several hippie markets in Ibiza. For shopping enthusiasts, you’ll find vintage bags, beautiful handmade jewelry, clothes, and more. The Las Dalias market alone boasts over 200 stalls. Enjoy the stalls and soak up the unique atmosphere.

Visiting ibiza the waterfront

Ibiza’s waterfront is a seaside paradise. Walk barefoot on the golden sands, let the waves tickle your toes, and savor the salty air under swaying palm trees.

This promenade is filled with charming boutiques, cozy cafes, and friendly restaurants. Taste a delicious paella while admiring the magic of a sunset.

And for a truly unforgettable experience, don’t miss a hot air balloon ride. The view from the skies is breathtaking.

Is lively day and night, with live music, entertainment, and picturesque markets. The good news is that eating and drinking here is super affordable. Ready for this Mediterranean adventure?

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The corsairs monument

This monument, perched along the picturesque promenade bordering Ibiza’s port, is a true gem for history and culture enthusiasts visiting the island. It offers a captivating glimpse into the past, highlighting the heroism of Ibiza’s corsairs and their essential role in defending the island.

During your exploration, you’ll discover the epic tales of these corsairs while being caressed by the refreshing sea breeze. The panoramic view of the sea from this location is simply breathtaking, providing an ideal backdrop to comprehend the challenges and triumphs of these brave sailors.

Whether you’re a history buff or just seeking an enriching experience, this monument will transport you to a glorious past while allowing you to relish the natural beauty surrounding Ibiza. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the richness of local history while delighting in the stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ibiza travel guide: Dalt Vila, the old town

Perched on a hill, Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s fortified old town, offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Its cobbled streets and preserved historic buildings make it a treasure trove for history and culture enthusiasts.

Take a stroll along its 16th-century ramparts, admire its bastions, then visit the 13th-century cathedral and the city’s archaeological museum. But Dalt Vila is not limited to history. You’ll also find quaint shops, delightful restaurants, and lively bars where you can relax and soak up the city’s festive atmosphere. A place where the charm of the past blends with the joy of the present, providing an unforgettable Ibiza experience.

Ibiza travel guide

Located in the north of Ibiza, Can Marçà Cave is one of the favorite destinations for tourists (like me)! Follow and climb the beautiful cliffs at Port de San Miguel, and you can enter this cave that’s over 100,000 years old. The ascent can be quite strenuous, so if you have walking difficulties or are a person with reduced mobility, I recommend exploring other activities.

The best beaches

Ibiza beaches: where to swim?

Ibiza travel guide beach guide

La Cala Vadella:

  • La Cala Vadella, located in the southeast of Ibiza, is a cherished retreat for travelers seeking tranquility.
  • Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it offers natural wind protection, perfect for sunny days.
  • Access is easy, and once there, you’ll be captivated by its crystal-clear waters.
  • The surrounding restaurants and bars invite you to savor delectable dishes while taking in the view.
  • This picturesque cove is a hidden gem of Ibiza, ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle.
  • Enjoy the sun, the sea, and pure relaxation.
  • La Cala Vadella has everything to make your day a memorable experience on this Mediterranean island.

How to get there:

Car rental:

  • The most convenient way to reach La Cala Vadella is by renting a car in Ibiza. This allows you the freedom to drive at your own pace and explore other areas of the island.
  • GPS coordinates for the beach are 38.9085° N (latitude) and 1.2185° E (longitude).


  1. From Ibiza, take the main road towards San José (Sant Josep).
  2. Follow the signs for “Cala Vadella” or “Platja de Cala Vadella.”
  3. The road is well-marked, and you’ll arrive at your destination in less than 30 minutes from Ibiza.

Public transportation:

  • If you prefer public transportation, you can take a bus from Ibiza to San José and then another bus to La Cala Vadella. Be sure to check the bus schedules in advance, as they may vary by season.

By following these steps, you’ll easily arrive at La Cala Vadella and can enjoy its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and relaxed atmosphere. Bon voyage!

Cala Salada

Cala Salada, located north of San Antonio, is one of Ibiza’s hidden treasures. With its turquoise waters and golden sand, it’s one of the island’s most popular beaches. But how do you access it? Here’s a guide in a few simple steps:

  • Take the road from San Antonio heading north. Follow the signs for Cala Salada, and you’ll see guiding signs.
  • Once there, park your car in the designated parking area.
  • Walk down to the beach along the picturesque path.
  • And there you have it, you’re ready to enjoy this paradise!

On the beach, you’ll find all the necessary services for a perfect day. So, pack your swimsuit and sunglasses. Cala Salada is waiting for you to unwind.

Las salinas

Las Salinas is a hotspot for celebrities, nestled in the Salinas Natural Park. This beach will captivate you with its turquoise waters and pristine white sand. How to get there? Here’s your roadmap:

  • Start by heading towards the beach from the city center.
  • Follow the signs indicating Las Salinas.
  • You’ll arrive at a parking area where you can leave your car.
  • From there, continue on foot along the path leading to the beach.
  • Once on-site, get comfortable, relax, and soak up the radiant sun.
  • You might even spot some celebrities lounging around.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen and swimsuit, as Las Salinas is a true paradise for swimming and sunbathing.
  • So, are you ready for a dreamy day under the Ibiza sun? 🌞🏖️

Playa d’en Bossa

Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s pearl! This iconic beach, located near the famous Bora Bora club, is nestled between Ibiza and San Jose. Wondering how to get there? Here’s how:

By Bus: Opt for the reliable and affordable bus network that regularly serves Playa d’en Bossa from various parts of the island. By Car: Rent a vehicle to explore the island at your own pace, with easy access from Ibiza or San Jose.

Playa de Talamenca

Playa de Talamanca, a hidden gem near the port of Ibiza, just a 10-minute walk away. This beach is popular with families, although a few seaweeds sometimes venture here. For snorkeling enthusiasts, it’s a little slice of paradise with splendid underwater landscapes. To get there:

From your accommodation, take a leisurely stroll towards the port. Take a moment to admire the view of the sparkling sea. You won’t miss this beautiful beach. Prepare your mask and snorkel to explore these crystal-clear waters. Take the opportunity to relax in the sun after this underwater adventure.

Ibiza travel guide – Xarraca

Located on the north coast of Ibiza, Xarraca Beach is a little piece of paradise with crystal-clear waters and golden sand. To get there:

  • Follow the signs from Portinatx to San Juan.
  • Take the bus from Ibiza.
  • The beach is also perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
  • You’ll also find shaded areas for a seaside picnic.
  • In short, Xarraca Beach is a must-visit during your trip to Ibiza.
  • To the north, just a few kilometers from San Juan, this beach is frequented by water hiking enthusiasts.
  • Its swing has also earned quite a reputation!
  • So, why wait? Come and discover this Mediterranean treasure. 🏖️🌞

Sunset my tip: Take a break to snorkel in the reefs and natural reserves, explore secret caves, and admire the sunset.

Ibiza travel guide – Sunset

Where to stay?

Where to stay in Ibiza?

hotels to luxury establishments

Wondering where to stay in Ibiza for a unique experience? Here is a quick summary to guide you on this paradise island.

Areas to sleep in Ibiza

Ibiza town – Party vibes and epic nightlife

Ibiza Town, the island’s bustling capital, is the focal point for the festivities. Stay in this area to enjoy the famous nightlife, world-famous clubs and daytime beaches. Luxury hotels, trendy boutiques and fine restaurants make Ibiza Town an ideal choice for those seeking the vibrant energy of the island.

San Antonio – Spectacular sunsets and relaxed ambiance

San Antonio, to the west of Ibiza, offers unforgettable sunsets over the sea. Opt for this area for a more laid-back vibe, with peaceful beaches, seaside cafes and cozy bars. Hotels offer scenic views and easy access to water activities. San Antonio appeals to travelers looking for relaxation.

Santa Eulalia – Seaside elegance and Mediterranean charm

Santa Eulalia, on the east coast, combines elegance and Mediterranean charm. Stay in this neighborhood to enjoy quiet beaches, artisan markets and fine restaurants. Santa Eulalia hotels offer a sophisticated atmosphere, with sea views and wellness facilities. Discover a more serene Ibiza in Santa Eulalia.

Playa d’en Bossa – Lively beaches and beach parties

Playa d’en Bossa, south of Ibiza Town, is known for its lively beaches and sand parties. Choose this neighborhood for its party atmosphere, lively beach clubs and modern hotels. Ideal for fans of electronic music, Playa d’en Bossa offers a dynamic beach experience.

Talamanca – Proximity to Ibiza town and seaside serenity

Talamanca, just north of Ibiza Town, offers a balance between proximity to the action and tranquility. Opt for this neighborhood for peaceful beaches, seafood restaurants, and a relaxed atmosphere. Talamanca hotels offer bay views and easy access to Ibiza Town. Enjoy a peaceful stay while remaining close to the action.

The best things to do

The best things to do in in Ibiza?

From Ibiza, round-trip ferry to Formentera


Formentera is the smallest of the inhabited islands of the Spanish Balearic archipelago. It is located south of Ibiza, about 3 kilometers away.

Formentera is renowned for its white sand beaches, turquoise waters and bohemian vibe. The island is also a nature lover’s paradise, with its sand dunes, pine forests and nature reserves.

The main activities to do in Formentera are:

  • Relax on the beaches . Formentera has many beautiful beaches, including Ses Illetes Beach, Migjorn Beach and Ses Salines Beach.
  • Go snorkeling or diving . The clear waters of Formentera are home to a wide variety of fish and corals.
  • Hike . Formentera offers many hiking opportunities, including the sand dunes of Ses Salines and the pine forest of Migjorn.
  • Visit the villages . Formentera has several charming villages, including Sant Francesc Xavier, the island’s capital.

What are the strong points of this A/R?

Strongs pointsFormentera
Round trip ferry ticketEnjoy a round-trip ferry transfer between Ibiza and Formentera with a flexible ticket that allows you to return at any time on the same day.
Short travel timeTravel quickly to Formentera on a scenic ferry whose journey takes just 55 minutes, allowing you to maximize your time on the island.
Freedom to exploreExplore Formentera at your own pace by renting a bike, motorbike or quad at the port. Use city transportation to explore different parts of the island.
Iconic beachesDiscover the beaches of Formentera, such as Cala Saona, Ses Illetes and Els Arenals, renowned for their beauty.
Climbing the La Mola lighthouseFor adventurers, climbing La Mola Lighthouse offers a unique experience with panoramic views from a 120 meter high cliff.
Mediterranean sunsetEnd your day admiring one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean from Formentera before taking the ferry back to Ibiza.

Getting around?

Getting around in Ibiza?

Ibiza travel guide

Planning to visit Ibiza and wondering how to get around this beautiful island?

Don’t worry, I’ve prepared a concise guide to the various transportation options to help you explore Ibiza’s wonders:

Rent a bicycle or scooter:

Rates: Prices vary based on rental duration, but expect around 15 euros per day for a bicycle and 30 euros per day for a scooter.

Take a taxi:

Rates: Taxis in Ibiza are quite affordable. The base fare is approximately 3.50 euros, with an average cost of about 10 euros for a city ride. Prices may vary depending on the distance and travel time. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the island.

Rent a car:

Rates: Car rental prices vary significantly depending on the season and rental duration. Expect around 40 euros per day for a small car during the low season and up to 80 euros per day in high season. Some agencies offer discounts for long-term rentals. You can book your vehicle in advance.

Take the bus:

Rates: Bus tickets cost approximately 2 euros for a one-way trip. Rechargeable transportation cards are also available, offering favorable rates for frequent travelers.

Ferry to Formentera:

Enjoy a day trip to Formentera with a round-trip ferry from Ibiza.

Taxi boats at the port:

Take a taxi boat tour to explore the most beautiful beaches.

Choose the transportation mode that best suits your needs and budget, ensuring you make the most of your stay in Ibiza.

Practical information

Practical information – Ibiza travel guide

  • Payment is made in euros.
  • Parking spaces on the island are subject to fees: 2 euros for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • No need for a passport; your ID card (CNI) is sufficient.
  • Caution: fines are quite steep, especially for not wearing helmets (for scooters). Regarding vehicles, it’s advisable to adhere to traffic regulations as the police are vigilant and uncompromising.


Homosexuality in Ibiza

LGBT+ scene in Ibiza:

Ibiza travel guide

Ibiza is globally renowned for its picturesque landscapes, grand DJ-hosted parties, and, importantly, its tolerance.

For the LGBT+ community, it’s a sanctuary, as this island warmly embraces us.

Several trendy spots exist, but the historic LGBT+ district is undoubtedly in the Marina area (specifically, on Virgin Street).

Rest assured, the LGBT+ community is well-represented in Ibiza, spanning across all neighborhoods. There’s no segregation here.

If you’d like to go out for a drink:

Gay bars & nightclubs:

  • Le Chiringay (Playa des Cavallet) In the same street, you’ll find:
  • L’Exis Bar
  • Lady D Ibiza
  • Bar 22
  • Ibiza Tónica
  • Sunrise Ibiza
  • The Purple Hotel by Ibiza Feeling
  • Magnus Bar
  • Bar Monalisa Ibiza

MTT wishes you the most fantastic stay, so go ahead and enjoy yourselves!

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