Ibiza is a beautiful island, known for its white stretches of stunning beaches, delightful Mediterranean views, and wild parties. Rural areas, hiking trails, and tidbits of history also draw tourists in.
The abundance of activities, and balancing party life with relaxation, can make it difficult to pick out what to do while visiting Ibiza. Certainly, I have found it difficult to get in everything that I want to do in a single trip and have found myself drawn back to the island for multiple visits.
To help you on your own trip, I’ll share my list of the best things to do in Ibiza, Spain so that you get the most out of your visit.
In a rush and just want some quick recommendations? Don’t worry I got you covered with this quick list of the best things to do in Ibiza.
- Most significant landmark – Ibiza Cathedral
- Best nature area – Es Vedrà
- Best free activity – Explore Punta d’es Moscarter
- Best activity for kids – Ibiza Horse Valley or Aquarium Cap Blanc
- Best activity for adults – Ocean Beach Ibiza
- Best dark attraction – Puig des Molins Necropolis
- Best food – Restaurante Sa Finca
- Best nightlife – Hï Ibiza
- Best all-around accommodation – Ole Galeon Ibiza
21 Best Things To Do In Ibiza
1. Dalt Vila
One of Ibiza’s most iconic landmarks is surrounded by museums, art, and restaurants.
Dalt Vila directly translates to High Town, and it rests upon the highest and oldest portion of the town of Ibiza. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site hidden within strong, fortified walls built in the 16th century by Charles V to guard the area from Berber pirates and sovereign attacks.
Seven bastions lie within Dalt Vila, among many structures that tell the stories of Ibiza with rich, renaissance architecture. Each bastion boasts something different. For example, the Bastion of Santa Lucía has a powder magazine dating back to the 18th century, and you can look out from it to view the harbor and fishing district in a stunning panorama.
Museums, art, restaurants, and bars also linger around the area, perfect for stopping in for a quick peruse of your adventures. Stop for Mediterranean cuisine or shop in one of the stores between your historical admiration. Great news, you can always grab a bike tour of the area!
2. Can Marça Caves
Escape the heat and go spelunking in the picturesque caves.
The Can Marça Caves, locally known as Cueva Can Marça, is an excellent spot to visit to escape the blistering heat of Ibiza. They are located in the northern area of the islands in Puerto de San Miguel, flanked by gorgeous views of the sea.
You will enter the Can Marça Caves through a narrow staircase built into a cliffside. Inside the caves, creep along and follow the same path that smugglers used in ancient times to sneak contraband onto the island and store it safely.
Back then, it was a well-kept secret; today, it’s an eerie but well-known attraction in Ibiza! Its bright green natural shades, formations of rock, stalactites, stalagmites, and many more sights make it worth the trip.
You can easily grab a guided tour of the caves. On top of that, the middle of the caves rewards you for your trek with a stunning light show, accompanied by dramatic and awe-inspiring music.
3. Hippy Market Punta Arabi
Get some shopping done and immerse yourself in the cool atmosphere of the hippy market.
Hippy markets are pretty famous in Ibiza. They’re colorful and vibrant, full of fun and energy, and delightfully relaxed all at the same time. Like most others, Hippy Market Punta Arabi has a bohemian style, with crafts, souvenirs, and all sorts of intricate and attractive items to purchase. Each one is handcrafted with care!
Hippy Market Punta Arabi is the oldest and the biggest that Ibiza has to offer. On Wednesdays in the summer, it opens at 10 in the morning and stretches on till late in the day. You can enjoy good food, bring your kids to the children’s area to make crafts or have their faces painted, and enjoy live music!
Other options for markets in Ibiza are the Las Dalias night market, which occurs on Sundays in August and on Mondays and Tuesdays between June and September from 7 in the evening to 1 in the morning.
Though exploring the hippy markets at your leisure is recommended, you can always grab a full-day tour which includes a guided walk through the market.
4. Es Vedrà
A beautiful island steeped in local folklore.
This island is a rather odd location, full of mystery, legend, and myth. It is entirely uninhabited, rocky, and stands at 413 meters. A large range of different myths surrounds the region, including UFO sightings. Another fable states that Tanit, the Phoenician goddess of fertility, was born here.
In addition, folklore also says that this is where the sea nymphs and sirens featured in Homer’s Odyssey – those who attempted to lure in Ulysses – called this place their home. The old tale of Es Gegant des Vedrà (The Giant of Es Vedrà) is also set on this very island. On, and there’s also the fact that Es Vedrà is the world’s third most magnetic location!
But that’s not where the tales end. It is said that the limestone rock found on Es Vedrà was used in the creation of Easter Island, the Pyramids, and Stonehenge. Some even speculate that it’s part of the actual lost city of Atlantis! Still, even without all the stories that give this island more flavor, it’s a beautiful island for taking pictures or watching the sunset.
Given the remote location, an ideal way to see the island is through a boat tour!
5. Aquarium Cap Blanc
A unique aquarium located inside a natural cave.
Frequently called The Lobster Cave, Aquarium Cap Blanc can be found inside a huge cave a short distance from San Antonio. Yes, that’s right – the aquarium is inside a natural cave! Years ago, the aquarium was used to house and raise lobsters, acting as a nursery for them before they were sent to Spain’s mainland.
Today, the cave houses marine life in many forms, from starfish to rainbow wrasse and from sea sponges to shark eggs, with colorful fish living happily within the aquarium. Aquarium Cap Blanc has amazing water quality, which means it is commonly used to rescue sea turtles, house them, and keep them healthy before releasing them when it is safe.
So visit and walk along the boardwalk on top of the water, examining all sorts of swimming creatures in the excellently lit pools beneath. After that, you can dine at the cafe facing the sea on a terrace in Aquarium Cap Blanc.
6. Ibiza Cathedral
A Historic Landmark that Offers Up One Of The Best Views of Ibiza.
Known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows, Ibiza’s main cathedral sits in Dalt Vila and looks out over the sea. Ever since the 7th century, its site has been used for a variety of different religious structures.
Ibiza Cathedral itself was built in the 14th century and completed sometime in the 1500s, though it did not start serving as a cathedral for many more years.
The Ibiza Cathedral is at the very top of a steep hill, which takes a while to climb – but if you do so, then you’ll be able to view a lovely panorama from the top, and you’ll also get to explore the Gothic-type Catalan building.
You can find monstrance in silver and gold that date back to 1399, as well as many panel paintings in a gothic style from the 14th and 15th centuries.
7. Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art
An Impressive Collection of Contemporary Art.
The Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Museu d’Art Contemporani, features a wide range of famous artists from around the world, with a collection that is downright impressive for such a small island.
It is housed in a historical building, which has been restored and renovated to elevate it from an archeological location to a glass-floored lot that is a perfect balance of old and new.
The permanent collection focuses on Ibiza-born renowned painted Antoni Marí Ribas as well as posters taken from the Carl van der Voort Gallery. There are also unique temporary exhibits; one of them was a LOEWE fashion house collection of intricate and wonderfully done designs.
8. Ibiza Horse Valley
An Amazing Attraction for Families or Equistiran Fanatics.
An excellent spot for families with children aged 14 and up, Ibiza Horse Valley is the closest you’ll get to a showy, dramatic attraction in Ibiza. There aren’t water parks or funfairs, but Horse Valley isn’t half bad!
This nature-oriented attraction is a stable that helps to save and rescue horses and ponies who faced neglect or abuse. People can opt to ride and tend to the horses.
The Half-Day experience brings you on a 4-hour trip through the mountains, while the Full-Day experience covers 8 hours and takes you to the beach. All rides are accompanied by two guides and done in small groups.
9. Atlantis Seaside Quarry
A Trek to A unique Location with an Amazing View of the Ocean.
We may not know if the Lost City of Atlantis is real – and if it is, if we’ll ever discover it – but until then, Ibiza’s Atlantis Seaside Quarry is a great substitute.
It was named after hippies who used to visit the island and discovered man-made formations of rocks from an old quarry, used to provide materials for building the citadel and watchtowers around Ibiza.
The area was originally referred to as Sa Pedrera de Cala d’Hort. It’s not super easy to get to; a short hike is needed through some villas and a steep incline, but once you get there, you’ll find it’s worth it. Be careful around the old rocks! A lot of them are slippery and there are many steep spots in the quarry.
10. Puig des Molins Necropolis
For Those Who Like The More Macabre Attractions.
The literal translation of Puig des Molins is “hill of windmills”. It rests on the original site of the Phoenician settlement of the 7th century BC, which is a short distance away from the old town. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has immense historical value.
You may ask – why necropolis? Well, an ancient and very well-preserved necropolis lives on here. More than 3,000 tombs are scattered throughout the area, most of which are not excavated and not open to the public. There are, however, routes you can follow, and certain burial chambers you can enter.
If you like, you can stop by the museum, which has very low entry prices, to learn more about the area and see jewelry, amulets, vases, figurines, and more, all found in some of these tombs.
11. Punta d’es Moscarter
Visit the famous lighthouse and its hilly surroundings and fantastic coastline
The northern portion of Ibiza feels very wild and untamed, which is an impressive achievement given how small the island is on the whole.
In Punta d’es Moscarter, what you’ll see is a mix of coastline, pine forest, and farmland, bringing a rural feeling that caused a good number of holiday communities to spring up over the years.
You can explore the whimsical area or walk through the trail leading to the 52-meter lighthouse from Portinatx. The lighthouse, which is the tallest man-made building in all of Ibiza, was finished in the 1970s.
The walk can be slightly challenging due to the sheer thickness of the juniper and pine scrub, but the amazing view up top makes for great photo opportunities, and a trek well worth it.
12. Go To A Spa
Book a stay and spend some time in the spa, because you deserve it!
It’s almost unheard of to go to Ibiza without indulging in one of their spas. There are only 15 spas on the whole island, which narrows down your choices significantly, most of which are attached to apartments, hotels, or even clubs. Here are some of the best ones that the island has to offer.
- Atzaro, San Lorenzo: This club within a country hotel has what might be the largest treatment menu on the island. The Hot Stone massage is a common favorite, using cold and hot pebbles in order to help release tension. All treatments at the spa make use of natural ingredients. There are also pilates and yoga classes, as well as a spot to buy food and drink.
- Hacienda Na Xamena, Puerto de San Miguel: This spa earned its name from the Posidonia seagrass, which is a rare form of flora that grows in the waters surrounding Ibiza. It offers luxurious treatments of all kinds from a hotel, using a renowned brand and providing plenty of options for all genders. Some packages actually have you hanging from cascades off a cliff!
- Pure Seven, Cala Conta: Located in 7 Pines resort, Pure Seven offers a huge range of wraps, scrubs, rubs, and more, as well as lots of sports to take part in. The spa is situated on top of a cliff, and you can look out to see the peaceful yet daunting sea stretching out beyond glass windows.
- Insotel Fenicia Prestige, Santa Eulalia: This spa uses ingredients and items from all over the world; perhaps the most famous is the Bali package, though the Mediterranean option is also quite popular. There are many kinds of packages available for different people and different purposes.
- Aguas De Ibiza, Santa Eulalia: This spa has over 1,500 meters to its name, focusing heavily on wellness with a huge list of therapies you can try out.
13. Dance The Night Away
Ibiza is famous for its epic clubbing and party scene
There is one thing that everyone knows Ibiza is most famous for, its clubs. The nightlife and partying scene in Ibiza is one that the rest of the world surely envies! Here are some of the best clubs to visit on the island.
- Ocean Beach Ibiza: This cool club opened its metaphorical doors in 2012 as one of the first San Antonio venues to host parties outdoors. You’ll enjoy amazing pool parties and great music.
- Hï Ibiza: This club is new, using highly advanced technologies for the best sound and performance. Big-name DJs, performers, and acts take turns taking the stage here, and every night there’s sure to be something interesting. Hi Ibiza also won an award for being the best nightclub in the world back in 2018.
- Bora Bora: You may not actually be on Bora Bora, but this Playa d’en Bossa will make you feel like it. One of Ibiza’s most popular clubs, it has a festive environment and very much resembles a beach bar, with good local dance music. For an authentic Ibiza party experience, this is a good option!
- Amnesia Ibiza: This club received an award in 2007 for being the best club that the world has to offer. Lighting, lasers, and other stylish forms of illumination make this a cool place to dance the night away.
- Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club: Yet another club that is among Ibiza’s top, it opened in 2012, holding parties daily from 5 in the evening to 12 in the afternoon. It offers music for almost all hours, a very diverse but sophisticated crowd, and even accommodation for tourists!
14. Go Trekking
There is much more to Ibiza than partying, with beautiful sights and landscapes to see at every part of the island.
Ibiza is an absolutely beautiful island, and a good trek is an excellent way to see as much of it as you can. Plus, the act of walking is pretty much always free. Here are the best ways to trek through the region.
- Parque Natural de Ses Salines: Parque Natural de Ses Salines, or Las Salinas Natural Park, is a nature park that is an official UNESCO Item of World Heritage. It covers a large area between Ibiza and Formentera and also encompasses the sea channel between them.
- Es Canar to Sant Carles: In the north of Ibiza, you’ll find a lot of glowing opportunities to slow down, relax, and be one with nature. Es Canar, a beach, is a fantastic place to start, and the route from there to the church of Sant Carles is a joy to trek. The whole route takes around 3 hours to walk, with a 12 km length.
- Sa Talaia: Sa Talaia is the tallest mountain that Ibiza, standing at 475 meters in height. The trek is a simple one. You begin in San José, in front of the church, and walk through the street of Sa Talaia until you reach a dirt track. From here, you will be able to follow a trail that brings you through the forest.
- Cala Aubarca: This hike begins at San Mateo, an odd little village in Ibiza’s north. The resulting trek involves a lot of stunning sights, and you can walk all the way to Cala Aubarca, which is a bay beach that is, surprisingly, relatively unknown in Ibiza.
- Cala Llonga to Roca Llisa: Cala Llonga is a fantastic beach, and it only takes about an hour for you to get to Sol d’en Serra in Roca Llisa. The route leads you through the hills, rising and falling with them until you hit the lookout point with gorgeous panoramic views and delightful beaches.
- Pla de Corona: In spring, or at the end of winter, many people go through this well-known and “traditional” hike. Spring is a beautiful time to go thanks to the lovely almond trees that are blooming in the area. The trail is a simple one that’s great for anyone looking for an easy but beautiful walk. You begin at Santa Inés, and quaint little town, and move onwards.
15. Spend Some Time on the Beach
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to perfect sandy beaches
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the many gorgeous beaches in Ibiza. After all, that’s what the island is so widely known for! Better yet, beaches are virtually almost always free. Here are 10 of the best.
- Cala Comte: Cala Comte sits on the west side of Ibiza, with a small beach complete with flat platforms, sun loungers, and a coastline of rock. Essentially, it’s a great place if you love the water but wish there wasn’t so much sand everywhere! This is also a great beach to take children to thanks to how shallow the water is. It’s a great place to spend an entire day.
- Cala Gracioneta: This small cove, covered in stunning white sand, is a popular spot for locals – and it’s easy to see why! It’s serene and almost feels magical. Go in the morning to enjoy a peaceful morning sunrise. Go any time during the day to swim in the bright turquoise water.
- Talamanca: If you’re staying in Ibiza Town, you can enjoy relaxing beach time at Talamanca, a quieter beach covered in lovely white sand. Set near an area of low-density development, it’s a great spot to head to for a quiet beach day against a backdrop of hills decorated with thick pines. This is a nice beach for children due to the gentle waters and the headlands that surround it.
- San Miguel: The water in San Miguel is crystal clear, and its bay is full of soft sand. The shallowness of the waves allows even children to enjoy the water, and it’s a popular beach for lounging in general. But did you know that this is a great beach for treasure hunting, too? There’s a lot to see and unearth in the lovely sand.
- Cala Olivera: Cala Olivera isn’t very well-known, as it’s very near to Roca Llisa, a gated community – but that just adds to its charm! The beach is never too crowded thanks to this fact, so you can enjoy the golden sand and delightful turquoise waters marked with rocks that are perfect for lounging on in peace. Do note that you need a car to get to this beach.
- Cap Des Falcó: Cap Des Falcó is famous among more fashionable and stylish visitors, especially those who prefer evening beach trips. White boulders and pebbles stretch across the sand, close to the crystalline Sea Salines and enveloped by the Mediterranean Sea. Jetty jumping is a common activity here thanks to the attractive floating jetty.
- Cala Llonga: If you’re here with your family, you’ll love Cala Llonga – and so does everyone else! This beach is always busy and bustling, with fun activities to take part in. Bring your kids here to enjoy the shallow waters and to relax in the soft sand.
- Cala D’hort: If your main goal for an Ibiza trip is to bask in its more postcard-like venues, then Cala D’hort is a great option. Despite its small size, the beach is immensely popular among people from all walks of life. From here, you can view the stunning and mysterious Es Vedrà, which you may also feel like visiting later on.
- Cala Tarida: Like cliff jumping? Look no further than Cala Tarida. It’s just a 20-minute drive from San Antonio and there are many rock formations just waiting to be climbed. Most of the cliffs are lower than others in Ibiza, but not too short, so it’s good for beginners while also providing an adrenaline rush that seasoned cliff divers will still enjoy.
- Cala Saladeta: Cala Saladeta rests past clusters of slippery rocks, a direct contrast to the golden-peach sand and crystal-clear waters that the beach has to offer. Most of the crowd consists of childless adults, so it’s a good spot for couples or for your own enjoyment.
16. Take a Booze Cruise
Take the party to the seas with an all-inclusive boat bash.
Ibiza is known for its nightclubs and social scene, but during the day, the party overflows from the island’s idyllic shores and into the crystal-clear waters of the Balearic Sea.
Featuring world-famous DJs, all-you-can-drink alcohol, and an afternoon of invigorating fun, taking a Booze Cruise has become an essential experience when visiting Ibiza.
Along with providing food and drink during your trip, these party boats also feature plenty of space to unwind, float along the waters, and socialize with fellow travelers on the main deck.
17. Party at DC10
Dance the night away at Ibiza’s most notorious nightclub.
First opened in 1999, DC10 quickly grew into one of Ibiza’s most celebrated nightclubs thanks to its unrestrained, pure dance-your-face-off, socially indulgent, hard-rocking reputation.
In fact, the experience provided is so unique that the club does absolutely no self-promotion. Instead, DC10 attracts mass crowds and international acclaim purely on its reputation of hosting some of the best upcoming musical talents in the world.
The only real underground club in Ibiza, visiting the DC10 is an absolute must for any music lover and partygoer visiting the island.
18. Let Loose at the World-Famous Ushuaïa Outdoor Club
Experience the hard-partying thrills of Ibiza’s most famous beach club and outdoor venue.
Boasting a festival stage and a massive outdoor venue complete with a luxury pool, the Ushuaïa Beach Club is consistently considered one of the most famous clubs in the world. Capable of hosting up to 7000 people within its venue, Ushuaïa hosts some of the island’s largest parties and festivals every week.
Established in 2011, Ushuaïa has featured more internationally acclaimed DJs than any other venue on the island. Martin Garrix, David Guetta, and Andrea Oliva are just some of the famous names you may see leading dense crowds of partygoers with their EDM tunes.
19. Slow Things Down with a Cocktail at Café del Mar
Escape the beach club crowds and enjoy the sunset at this laid-back seaside bar.
Café del Mar first opened its doors to visitors seeking a laid-back environment away from the island’s beach clubs in 1980, and it has been a haven for relaxing vibes and delicious cocktails ever since.
While the venue hosts a lineup of live music and DJs, Café del Mar is much more relaxed than other beach clubs on the island, substituting the fist-pumping, hard-rocking parties for a soothing sit-down patio restaurant and bar.
Along with offering a soothing setting for getting off your hard-worked dancing feet, Café del Mar also provides one of the best sunset views on the island.
20. Uncover Vibrant Sea Life along a Snorkeling Tour
Take a break from active island life to explore the Balearic Sea’s aquatic environments.
While Ibiza may be known for its parties and Mediterranean villages, the life beneath the Balearic Sea is just as colorful and vibrant as the strobe lights of the island’s beach club festivals.
Octopi, crabs, lobsters, turtles, and Moray eels are just some of the exotic marine animals that call the island’s surrounding waters home. And the best way to explore these hidden away ecosystems is along a snorkeling or scuba diving tour.
For an even more unique experience, be sure to check out the remains of the Don Pedro, a shipwreck that sank in 2007 just off the Ibiza harbor.
21. Explore Hidden Coves along a Kayaking or Jet Skiing Adventure
Discover quiet beaches and tucked-away havens only accessible by boat.
Ibiza is lined with numerous breathtaking beaches and hidden caves, many of which are only accessible via the water and offer a more isolated setting for enjoying the island’s shorelines.
The most effective way to reach these secret gem destinations is through a kayaking tour of the island’s water-bound local secrets. However, those looking for a little added thrill for their aquatic exploration may prefer to opt for this guided jet ski tour or this luxury boat tour.
FAQs About Ibiza Attractions
Why is Ibiza So Popular?
Combining the year-round warm weather of the Mediterranean with long expanses of picturesque white sand beaches, hippy markets, and a world-renowned party scene, Ibiza is one of the most popular destinations in the world for unwinding on a paradisiacal island while dancing to internationally acclaimed DJs.
Is Ibiza a family-friendly destination?
Contrary to its reputation as a party haven, Ibiza can actually be a family-friendly destination. In fact, while most of the island's party scene is confined to Playa d'en Bossa and San Antonio, Ibiza's western destinations offer a quiet coastal setting for enjoying a beach holiday with your family.
What is Ibiza best known for?
While the island is home to some of Europe's most pristine beaches and a history dating back to the 16th century, Ibiza is best known today for its nightclubs and beach parties. A world-renowned party destination, Ibiza hosts some of the biggest festivals on Earth and features some of the planet's most famous DJs.
What should you not miss in Ibiza?
When it comes to partying, visiting the famous DC10 and Ushuaïa clubs is an absolute must. However, beyond these social havens, Ibiza also features many historical and natural attractions that should not be missed. These include the nearby island of Formentera and the seven pirate towers scattered throughout the island.
How many days in Ibiza is enough?
If you are primarily visiting Ibiza for the parties while exploring only a few of the island's other attractions, then three days is more than sufficient to get your nightclubbing fix. However, if you plan on fully exploring the island's historical and natural attractions along with its social scene, then you should plan to spend five days to a week on the island.
What is there to do in Ibiza at night?
Ibiza boasts one of the most vibrant nightlife in the world and truly only comes to life after the sun has set below the region's picturesque horizons. In fact, many of the island's top nightclubs don't even open their doors until midnight, meaning you will have plenty of opportunities to dance till sun up.
What is there to do in Ibiza during the day?
Ibiza is a destination that promises 24 hours of hard partying fun, with many nightclubs converting into beach and poolside venues as the moonlight is replaced by the Mediterranean sun.
Need a break from the partying? Don't worry. Ibiza offers many opportunities to explore the quiet parts of the island, including relaxing beach days, snorkeling tours, and water sports.
What are the best Ibiza Beaches?
More than 80 beaches line Ibiza's shores, each offering its own unique experiences for different travelers. Playa d'en Bossa is Ibiza's most popular beach for partying, while Cala Llonga and the Portinatx beaches are some of the best coastal hotspots for families.
Is Ibiza expensive?
As a sought-after party destination, Ibiza can be rather expensive to visit. Still, it is a price many visitors are willing to pay for the world-class experience, which is well worth the added cost.