Ibiza may be known as a party island, but there is much more to this rock in the Balearics than nightclubs and dancing until the sun comes up. Ibiza city’s Old Town is worth a visit, and outside of the city’s limits there are a multitude of sights to visit away from the partying masses.
Ibiza city’s old town, D’alt Vila, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is surrounded by fortifications – solid, 16th century walls that were the creation of Italian architect Calvi. The area is full of shops and restaurants, and the odd gallery if art is your thing. You can walk along the top of the walls to get a great view. The harbour of Ibiza city has the Corsair Obelisk, a statue dedicated to pirates, referring to a time when Ibiza was an island visited frequently by streams of sea-rogues. To indulge in a little more history, the Necròpolis del Puig des Molins, a well-conserved Phoenician tomb, lies within the city and is also worth a visit. To get away from the urban landscape, visit the small town of Santa Eulària in the Santa Eulària des Riu district; it has a lovely church with great views. If you like sea life, visit the natural cave Cova de ses Llegostes with its added aquarium, or for wildlife go to Ibiza’s salt flats, Las Salinas, which are no longer in use but are worth the trip as they have become the home to various plants, animals and birds including flamingos. Villages where you can see some of ibiza’s original thick-walled and white painted fincas (farmhouses) include San Rafael, Santa Gertrudis, San Jose, and San Carlos.
Around the island various underground caverns are dotted, such as the
Cova de Can Marçà to the north of the island, near to Port de Sant Miquel. There
are also Cova d’es Culleram, which are the largest and probably most famous,
Ses Fontanelles Caves where you can see remnants of ancient art, and the stalactite-filled Santa Caves Ibiza.
Of course you cannot help take in Ibiza’s natural beauty while you travel around the island, but to ensure you see the best take a trip to Sant Josep de sa Talaia, which is Ibiza’s largest district and where you’ll find not only impressive countryside but also the famous rock Es Vedra. As well as inland landscapes there are about 125 miles coastline to explore or to soak up the sun from, with more than 50 beaches and numerous small coves. And for an unspoilt mixture of coastland, mountains and forests head to the quite and calm Sant Joan de Labritja. Finally, for that extra bit of peace and quiet, take a boat trip off the main island to the uninhabited Es Vedra, Canjaro or Espalmador. You can now fly directly to the island, with airlines such as Fly Monarch offering cheap holidays to Ibiza.