Ibiza may be known as the biggest party hotspot in Europe (in fact, it’s been called the “clubbing capital of the universe”) but there’s much more to the White Isle than noisy nightclubs and bustling bars. Despite billboards promoting club openings and celebrity DJs that appear before you’ve even left the airport, the picturesque locale has plenty of beautiful beaches, secluded spots, and fantastic forests that are just waiting to be enjoyed.
For those looking to uncover the quieter side of the island—or at the very least, explore its other offerings before hitting the clubs at night—we’ve rounded up our top 10 things to do in Ibiza that don’t include champagne showers or foam parties. So, go ahead and book an off-the-beaten path Ibiza hotel in a quaint village like Roca Llisa or Port de San Miguel and get ready to see the island in a whole new way.
Rent a Scooter
Forget the hassle of finding parking, squeezing yourself onto public transportation, or paying expensive taxi fares and explore Ibiza like a local by hiring a scooter for the day from with a rental from Cooltra Scooters. For 24 hours, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of using the scooter however you choose, weaving your way through winding streets to discover delightful fishing towns, secluded coves, and unspoiled beaches.
Ride the Ibiza Tourist Train
If you’d rather not do any of the driving yourself, hop aboard the Ibiza Express for a charming ride along the coast. With your choice of four different routes, you can see the sites located throughout the pine-clad hills in the northern end of the island. Cruise through romantic villages, scope out centuries-old churches and get a closer look at Ibizan culture with stops at a preserved farmhouse and verdant plantation.
Embark on a Catamaran Cruise to Formentera
Escape the buzz of the island in favor of the tranquil waters just off Ibiza. With a friendly crew from Viajes Urbis, sail on a catamaran to Formentera, the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands. Enjoy a full day relaxing on the beach of Illetas, an idyllic stretch of white sand jutting from the tip of the island. Go for a swim in the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean and savor a mouth-watering lunch of freshly prepared barbecue.
Visit the Aquarium Cap Blanc
Get close to a fascinating selection of Mediterranean sea life at the Aquarium Cap Blanc. Located inside a breathtaking cave spanning nearly 4,000 square feet (372 sq m), the destination boasts a collection of tropical fish, colorful sea sponges, spider lobsters, and starfish.
Take a Scuba Diving Course
For an even closer look at the region’s native marine life, join Take Off Ibiza for a scuba diving course designed for beginners. Learn the basics of the sport and then jump into the water to uncover the magical world hidden beneath the surface. Putting your new skills to work, scope out aquatic wonders like octopus, squid, and seahorses, as well as a neon forest of seaweed.
Rent a Flyboard in San Antonio Bay
Of all the beach activities to be found in Ibiza, none are better for thrill-seekers than renting a Flyboard over San Antonio Bay. Soar like Superman as water-powered boots push you to heights of up to 30 feet (9 m), or dive like a dolphin to depths of 8 feet (2.4 m) below the surface. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you fly above the crystal-blue water, executing flips, turns and corkscrews like a pro.
Go Horseback Riding in the Mountains
Soak in the jaw-dropping scenery of the mountains on a lovely horseback ride through the rugged nature reserve on the northern end of Ibiza. From the back of your friendly horse you’ll have time to gaze out upon alpine forests, fields of olives and the sparkling blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Once you’ve explored the highest points of the island, trot down to the beach for a dreamy ride along the golden coast.
Go Parasailing Over San Antonio Bay
Travel even higher for a whole new view of Ibiza over San Antonio Bay. Strap yourself into a parachute that lifts you up nearly a quarter-mile (400 m) above the water, offering spectacular sights of rolling mountains, sprawling beaches and luxury yachts parked in the harbor. As you float back down, make a dry landing on the back of a boat or splash right into the warm waters of the sea.
Browse the Las Dalias Hippy Market
If staying on dry land is more your speed, pay a visit to Las Dalias, an outdoor market running every Saturday throughout the year. Peruse the stalls selling colorful clothing and handmade jewelry as you dig into a range of tasty street eats such as pizza, falafel and dumplings.
Watch the World-Famous Sunset
No matter how you choose to spend your mornings and afternoons, come evening there’s one thing that’s not to be missed—the island’s world-renowned sunset. Make your way up the incredibly steep but stunning roads that lead to the tiny area of Na Xamena. Here, set into the craggy cliffs is the Hacienda Na Xamena hotel, the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail while looking out over the sea. Sip on a cool glass of sangria as you watch the sun light the up sky with dazzling shades of red and orange, eventually sinking into darkness below the horizon.
Where to stay
With so many assorted options to keep you busy around town, a comfortable hotel is essential for some well-earned downtime. Expedia +VIP Access hotels like Migjorn Ibiza Suites & Spa and the Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa provide plenty of pools, day beds, and spa treatments to help you bliss out.
A short stroll from the popular Playa d’en Bossa is Migjorn Ibiza Suites & Spa, the perfect retreat after a day on the sand. If you prefer to keep your toes from getting sandy, the hotel features two pools with VIP lounge beds, hammocks, and plenty of space to soak up the sun. Start your mornings at Es Migjorn Hall, the on-site casual eatery with a hearty breakfast buffet. For dinner, head to the stellar UNIC Restaurant, where the head chef treats every dish with artistic flair. When you’ve sampled all of Ibiza’s delights, let the hotel spa services, like hot stone massage, therapeutic pool, and Swedish sauna, carry your cares away.
Meanwhile, luxury is the key to Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa, where views of the sea stretch as far as the eye can see and comfort surrounds at every turn. The spa is their “temple of skincare,” where holistic treatments use locally sourced products, and face and body treatments leave you looking as good as you feel. Vi Cool, the rooftop cocktail bar, is another pristine spot to unwind. Order a refreshing signature cocktail, settle into a cozy chair, and take in soft sunset hues. What’s more, the on-site Alabastro Lounge will sate any appetite with an upscale eclectic menu and sophisticated atmosphere.
Ibiza has a wealth of enriching experiences, from outdoor adventures to quirky markets to ultimate relaxation. If your itinerary includes days packed with activity, stay in a hotel that will strike the perfect balance for the ultimate vacation.