Ibiza is one of those islands you have to try once. Maybe twice. Who am I kidding- I’ve been four times, and I’d happily go back for more. There are two sides to the island: 1) the crazy, sleep-when-you-die party side and 2) the OMG-am-I-in-paradise side. You wouldn’t believe how close they are; Playa d’en Bossa- the main club scene- is located on the East of the island, while Santa Eulalia- one of the most tranquil and picture-perfect parts of the island is only a 20 min drive away. Formentera- the island that looks like the Maldives and you’ve probably seen on Instagram- meanwhile, is only a 15 min boat ride away. Besides bagging two holiday types in one, this is particularly good if you’re anything like me and a hangover kills you off for the foreseeable future but you still want to experience the greatest nightlife in the world. Because that’s exactly what Ibiza has to offer. So without further ado, if you’re planning a last minute getaway (off-season starts in November) or even next year’s trip (no judging here, I’ve already booked a trip for October 2018), here’s the best things to do in Ibiza.
1. Things to do in Ibiza: Experience the nightlife
One of the top things to do in Ibiza is visit some of the most iconic clubs in the world. There’s Pacha, Eden Es Paradis, Sankeys, DC10 and the world-famous Ushuaia Tower all located in Playa d’en Bossa. Be prepared for a long night- they don’t tend to get busy until around 11pm and the night goes on until sunrise. #Yolo. If you’d rather something more low-key, San Antonio plays host to smaller clubs and bars a 30 min drive away, and you won’t have to splash out on club entry fees.
Tip: Buy club tickets as early as possible. Some themed nights will sell out months in advance, while ticket vendors tend to take advantange of holiday makers and up the cost if they know they won’t want to miss out.
2. Things to do in Ibiza: Watch the sunrise in Santa Eulalia
I’m a fitness freak and tied this one in with a morning run in the hills because yep, there is proper actual countryside literally 10-20 mins away from some of the world’s biggest clubs and yep, it’s worth getting out of bed for. Honestly, anyone who knows me will tell you I could sleep till the cows come home, but reaching the peak as the sun rises in Santa Eulalia could get me up early any day.
Tip: Make sure you check exactly what time the sun is set to make its appearance.
3. Things to do in Ibiza: Eat at Skinny Kitchen
I’m all for healthy eating, and as well as the fact that eating is one of my fave things to do in Ibiza, the Skinny Kitchen is just what you need after a few late nights. Think pesto zoodles, coconut cod curry and sweet potato pancakes. There are two locations to choose from- one in the West End nearer San Antonio, and another at Ibiza Marina. And if you’re not heading to Ibiza anytime soon but still having a little read, 1) heeeeeey, thanks for coming! And 2) the Skinny Kitchen has restaurants in Bournemouth, Canterbury and Belfast, too.
4. Things to do in Ibiza: Spend a day at Pikes Hotel
If not for the world’s most Instagrammable pink tennis court, for the most insane Sunday lunch. Steeped in rock n roll history- Freddie Mercury lived here for a while- the hotel puts on the best Sunday roasts on the entire island. Start the day lounging in the pool to the sounds of the resident DJ, then pitch up camp in the outdoor restaurant and eat to your heart’s content.
Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for celebs. I spotted DJs Mark Kinchen and Calvin Harris in one day.
5. Things to do in Ibiza: Eat at Cotton Beach Club
You’ll need to hire a boat out from the Marina over to Cala Tarida, but if I had to choose my fave of all things to do in Ibiza, it’s eat here. Not only is the sea crystal clear, the restaurant is set atop a cliff with the best views of the ocean than anywhere else on the island. Food doesn’t come cheap compared to the mainland- a main course will set you back around €30- but it’s just as much for the experience as it is for what you eat. Peak season sees resident DJs takeover each afternoon, and once drinks get flowing, it’s not unusual for guests to get up and dance.
Tip: Book a table as early as you can- they’ll get booked up as far as three months ahead in peak season.
6. Things to do in Ibiza: Visit Ibiza Old Town
Partying and eating aside, there’s culture to be taken in amongst things to do in Ibiza, too. Take a drive out to Old Town, Eivissa and stroll around the streets for the day. There are plenty of cafes and bars to take a pitstop in, while the view from the cathedral at the top will take your breath away.
For the sake of this article, I’ve whittled it down to just six things to do, but trust me when I say there really is so much to do in Ibiza. I’m one of those people who’d rather not go back to the same place (19 countries and counting people), and I’d still go back for a fifth time. But less about me, if you haven’t been/would like to/are going, I hope this helps you! You have to try at least one 😉