27 best attractions in Ibiza

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Ibiza is one of the most famous and popular Balearic Islands. Despite its relatively small size, this picturesque place has many attractions. Ibiza is known mainly for its vibrant nightlife, but during the day there is also plenty to do.

Dalt Vila Old Town

Dalt Vila, known as the old town, is a fortress on top of a hill. This fortified construction originated in Phoenician times, but even after they were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula, it continued to serve its new "owners". Today, the imposing walls of Dalt Vila, built in the 16th century, are illuminated by floodlights and are visible from the entire southern part of the city. Inside, a calm and serene atmosphere reigns. Most of the cobbled paths in the area are for pedestrians only. Among the residential houses, which are the majority, there are some somewhat gloomy medieval mansions, which often house cultural institutions. Enter Dalt Vila through the Portal de Ses Taules gate and go up the hill: any path will take you to the cathedral at the top.

Address: Dalt Vila, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Ses Salines Beach

Ses Salines is perhaps the best beach in Ibiza. A magnificent strip of white sand bathed on one side by crystalline sea waters, and on the other surrounded by sand dunes, areas of pine trees and bustling beach bars. Tourists wanting to get that signature tan flock here. The northwestern part of the beach is ideal for a relaxing family break, while a boho atmosphere reigns in the southeastern end.

Address: Platja de Ses Salines, Diseminado Can Gregori, 5465, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Comte beaches

In this low cape you will find three coves with shallow and crystalline waters. The white sandy beaches look directly to the west, which makes this place incredibly popular - in the second half of the day, hundreds of people gather here to watch the sun dip into the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Address: Platges de Comte, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Stonehenge historical monument

Ibiza, tourist place in Cala Llentia. Solar Clock in a nice afternoon.

Ibiza's trendiest attraction is a stunning open-air monument rising from the rugged coastline, a 10-minute walk south of Cala Codolar beach. This semicircle of 13 basalt columns, created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers on behalf of Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, is known locally as Stonehenge. The top of the largest column, 10 meters high, is covered with a layer of gold.

Address: Cala Llentia, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Old Town Fortifications

The colossal defensive walls of the Old Town, which completely surround Dalt Vila, are more than 25 meters high and include seven bastions. Brilliantly lit at night, these fortified structures were built in the 16th century to protect the inhabitants of Ibiza from attacks by North African invaders and the Turkish fleet. In less than an hour, you can walk the entire 2-kilometer perimeter of these fortifications, designed to resist heavy artillery. Enjoy the impressive views of the port and the island of Formentera on your way.

Address: Castell d'Eivissa, Carrer Bisbe Torres Mayans, 14, 07800 Eivissa, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Es Vedra Island

Near the southwestern tip of Ibiza rises the monumental and refined island Es Vedrà, one of the most impressive sights in the Balearic Islands. She is incredibly beautiful and very mysterious. It is difficult to find a more enigmatic place, which is why it is surrounded by numerous local myths and legends, from mermaids to UFOs. Because the road on the south coast of Ibiza is surrounded by high mountains, Es Vedrà appears before your eyes completely unexpectedly, producing a fascinating effect.

Address: Es Vedrà Island, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Puig de Missa Hill

This hill, located in the extreme southwest of Santa Eulalia, has been an ideal refuge for the inhabitants of the city for centuries, when Ibiza suffered from pirate attacks. Its top, 52 meters high, is crowned by a beautiful church with its own defensive tower. There are also a couple of interesting museums here.

Address: Puig de Missa, Calle Puig de Missa, 0 S/N, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Cala Mastella beach

This small sandy cove is tucked away in a corner of the bay, located 9 km northeast of Santa Eulalia. Here the pines lean down, almost kissing the emerald-green waters. In the seasonal kiosk they serve mojitos and sandwiches. If you walk around the rocks towards the northeast end of the beach, you can visit the famous El Bigotes seafood restaurant. Outside of the high season, you can find yourself in Cala Mastella in complete solitude.

Address: Cala Mastella, 07850 Cala Mastella, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Ses Salines Natural Park

The Ses Salines nature reserve, with an area of 168 km², covers the southeast of Ibiza and extends south to the north of Formentera. On its territory there are swamps, sparkling saline lakes, cream-colored sandy beaches and coastal cliffs covered with pine trees. It is a refuge for 210 species of birds, including Audouin's gulls, Balearic shearwaters and brilliant pink flamingos that migrate from August to October. Ses Salines is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Address: Es Pouet de sa Trinxa, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Portinatx lighthouse

There are many lighthouses scattered throughout the Balearic Islands, but this majestic striped building is the tallest. The Portinatx Lighthouse is 52 meters high and its lantern is 2.25 meters wide. From the port of Playa Es, a barely visible picturesque path leads to the lighthouse, running along cliffs, through areas of pine forest and descending into rocky coves. On clear days, from the highest parts of the trail, you can even see the southern part of Mallorca. This relaxing one hour walk will give you a lot of pleasant sensations.

Address: Punta Moscarter Lighthouse, 07810 San Juan Bautista, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Puig des Molins necropolis

The first burials in the Puig des Molins area date from the 7th century BC, that is, from the time when the island belonged to the Phoenicians. Three thousand graves cover the side of the hill, making it look like a honeycomb. Check out the hypogea, burial caves deeply embedded in the hill (if you wish, you can descend and explore this underground labyrinth). In the museum of the necropolis, amulets, jewels, vessels, terracotta statuettes, etc., found on the site, are presented. In 1999, the Puig des Molins Necropolis was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Address: Puig des Molins Necropolis, Via Romana, 31, 07800 Eivissa, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Atlantis cove

The small rocky promontory, which locals have called Atlantis for decades, is actually an old quarry. Local artisans have adorned the rocks with Hindu-style sculptures. This wonderful place is frequented by fans of high cliff jumping, since it is exciting to plunge into the cobalt blue water after the jump. Atlántida can only be reached on foot, going down a steep path that starts from the Es Vedra viewpoint.

Address: Sa Pedrera, 07839, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Culleram Cave

5 km northwest of Cala de San Vicente is the modest Cova de Culleram cave. Although not particularly impressive at first glance, it is considered an important part of Ibiza's cultural heritage. Until the 2nd century BC, the Carthaginians who lived on the island came here to worship the goddess of fertility and prosperity Tanit (about 600 terracotta images of the goddess of that time were found in the cave). Many visitors to Cova de Culleram still leave offerings to Tanit, in line with the hippie atmosphere of the place.

Address: Santuari Púnic Es Culleram, 07810 San Juan Bautista, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Benirras Beach

Two picturesque winding roads lead to the remote northern bay of Benirras. At the end of the journey, you will find a wonderful beach surrounded by high forested cliffs, three bar-restaurants and sun loungers with jade-green umbrellas. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset, especially appreciated by the Bohemian tribe for decades. On Sundays, on the beach of Benirras, the drummers gather to set the rhythm in the setting sun.

Address: Cala Benirrás, Venda de Benirras Place, 154, 07815 Sant Joan de Labritja, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Cala Gracio Beach

This small bay is located a few minutes walk from San Antonio. A long stretch of fine white sand bordered on one side by a pine forest and on the other by crystal clear turquoise waters. For those who want to eat or drink something, there is a bar-restaurant on the beach.

Address: Cala Gracio, Ctra. de Cala Gració, 20, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Aigua Blanca Beach

This golden sand beach, located on the northeast coast of the island and 4 km northeast of San Carlos, bears its name due to the white "olitas" during the swells, which arise with strong winds. However, most of the year the sea here is really calm. The landscape is amazing: several sandy coves separated by detached cliffs. Aigüa Blanca is an official nudist beach and is very popular with the hippie community in the north of Ibiza. In addition, it is the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the Mediterranean.

Address: Aigües Blanques, 07849 Santa Eulalia del Río, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Cala Salada Beach

The Cala Salada cove is only 5 km north of San Antonio, but it seems as if you have arrived in a distant paradise: a calm turquoise sea lapping white sands, rocks and pine-covered hills, and a small and cozy seafood restaurant . The only drawback might be the crowd in the summer months. Passing through a series of fishermen's huts, you will reach the second, quieter cove called Cala Saladeta.

Address: Cala Salada, 07828 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Puig de Missa Church

Rising above the town of Santa Eulalia, this beautiful white stone fortified church dates from the year 1568. What distinguishes Puig de Missa from other churches is its defensive tower, which formerly served as a refuge for the town's inhabitants during frequent pirate attacks, and its remarkable 17th century porch with robust columns. The interior of the sanctuary is simple and austere, all painted white except for the dramatic Churrigueresque-style altar dating from 1678.

Address: Puig de Missa, Calle Puig de Missa, 0 S/N, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Cala d'Ort beach

Cala d'Ort beach occupies a privileged place: it is protected by forested hills in an isolated corner of the southwest of Ibiza, facing the impressive rock of Es Vedrà. Cala d'Ort is a strip of sand dotted with pebbles and stones. For visitors, there are three good restaurants along the coast.

Address: Cala d'Hort, 07830 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Hippie Markets

Ibiza's famous hippie markets offer you a colorful and fun way to spend the day or night: you can find unique souvenirs and enjoy food and live music. We recommend two places: Las Dalias and Punta Arabí. The Las Dalias night market, from June to September, is open every Monday and Tuesday from 7 pm to 1 am, and in August also on Sundays. Punta Arabí, the largest and oldest hippie market on the island, is open every Wednesday during the summer months from 10am. In addition, in the latter, not only excellent shopping, delicious food and lots of live music await you, but also a special zone for children, where, under the supervision of experienced instructors, they can make their own souvenir, while parents relax and have fun. .

Address: Hippy Market Punta Arabi, Avinguda Punta Arabí, s/n, 07840 es Canar, Illes Balears, Spain.

Peyreyra Theater

In this historic building, built in 1898, was the first theater in Ibiza. Today, the Peyreyra Theater is a place to enjoy live music. Many world famous musicians have performed on its stage, and there are occasional comedic performances. The interior is dark and a bit gloomy. But every night (except Sunday), the lamps are lit, the red velvet curtain rises, and the music plays until 4 in the morning. Teatro Peyreyra is very popular with both tourists and locals, as you can enjoy excellent music and have a fabulous cocktail.

Address: Peyreyra Theater, Carrer del Comte de Rosselló, 3, 07800 Eivissa, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Caves of Can Marsa

Long ago, the Can Marsà caves, located in the north of the island, were used by smugglers to store their illegally imported merchandise. Today, anyone can descend into them. The coolness of the cavern provides you with a respite from the stifling summer heat. During the tour, you will learn about its history, see real stalactites and stalagmites, and admire an artificial waterfall, created where a natural one once stood. A special feature of Can Marsà is an impressive light show that always leaves visitors in awe.

Address: Cueva de Can Marsa, Port de Balansat, 07815 Puerto de San Miguel – Ibiza, Spain.

Cap Blanc Aquarium

The Cap Blanc Aquarium is often referred to as "The Lobster Cave" as it is situated in a large natural cave that was previously used to farm lobsters that were exported to the mainland. Inside the cave there is an underground lake, divided into two parts. Marine fish and animals of considerable size live in each half, which are compatible with each other and require the same living conditions. There is a wooden path over the water to easily observe them. In addition to the main lake, there are other ponds in the cave for smaller creatures of the Mediterranean fauna. Here you will see sea sponges, starfish, shark eggs and many small colorful fish. The Cap Blanc Aquarium is often used to temporarily house rescued sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild.

Address: Aquarium Cap Blanc, Ctra. de Cala Gració, s/n, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Ibiza Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Snows is the main church of Ibiza. It is located in the old town, behind the wall of Dalt Vila. In this place, before the arrival of the Europeans on the island, there was already a religious construction, erected approximately in the 7th century. They did not destroy it, but gradually rebuilt it, giving it the appearance of a Christian temple. In the middle of the 16th century, the cathedral acquired the appearance it has today. Later, it was granted the status of a cathedral. If you are physically fit, definitely go up the hill (but better not do it in the midday sun). The steep climb is worth it to appreciate the neighboring buildings in the Catalan Gothic style and to enjoy the impressive views from above.

Address: Santa Maria de las Nieves Cathedral, Plaça de la Catedral, 1, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Es Cavallet Beach

The wonderful, wild and saline beach of Es Cavallet is one of the most perfect beaches on the island. In 1978 it was designated as the first nudist beach in Ibiza. Today, Es Cavallet is the main gay beach on the island.

Address: Platja des Cavallet, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Talamanca Beach

If you're in Ibiza Town and want to spend a lazy day by the sea, head to Talamanca, one of the largest beaches on the island, just a few minutes' walk from the port. Talamanca is a wide strip of white sand against a background of scattered buildings and small pine-covered hills. The beach is located between two headlands, so the water is always calm. It is not surprising that it is the favorite place for families with small children. Right on the beach there are excellent little restaurants where you can try "bullit de peix" (a traditional dish of boiled fish) and other delicacies of Balearic cuisine.

Address: Playa de Talamanca, Carrer Platja Talamanca, 13, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Formentera Island

If you feel that there is nothing to see in Ibiza anymore because you have traveled from one end to the other more than once, consider taking a ferry to Formentera. The view and atmosphere of this island, located south of Ibiza, are very different from what you can find in most Mediterranean resorts. Its beaches with turquoise waters and white sand are more like the tropical ones, similar to those you would find in the Caribbean. To get to know Formentera better, rent a bike and embark on a little journey through the dusty trails that wind through the small towns of the island. On your way, you will never be more than a few hundred meters from the coast, so at any time you can make a detour towards the sea, swim and rest on one of the pristine sandy beaches.

Address: Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain.

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