Ibiza is a synonym of parties, paradisiacal beaches and boat rides, but it also has magical sunsets, adventure circuits and a wide offer of peaceful plans if you are looking to relax or discover nature. Among the best things to see and do in Ibiza are Dalt Vila, the old walled city, and Cala Bassa Beach.
Located in the heart of the Balearic Sea, Ibiza is also very close to the Mediterranean islands of Formentera and Es Vedra, so the attractions of your visit also include the nearby areas. Here I tell you what are the best activities you can do to discover Ibiza during your trip.
1. Visit Dalt Vila, Ibiza's old walled city
Dalt Vila, the walled city of Ibiza, is not only one of the oldest in Spain but also one of the most beautiful. Crowned by the Portal de Ses Taules, it houses in its interior the Cathedral, the Castle and the Plaza de Armas and has in the ruins of the medieval wall one of the symbols of the Spanish resistance in the Balearic Sea.
The old walled city is one of the unmissable visits of Ibiza because it refers to the years of the foundation of the island but also because it shows the other face of a place that has gone down in history for its parties and its paradisiacal beaches. Given that the size of its streets cannot be covered by car, a good alternative is to opt for one of the bike tours of Ibiza to see all that this visit has to offer.
In the areas near Dalt Vila you can also visit the Necropolis, the Parc de la Pau, the Vara del Rey promenade and Portal Nou, so in addition to being a spectacle in itself also serves as a starting point for the tour of the city.
If you also visit the Marina, which is the port of Ibiza, you will be surprised by the number of luxury yachts that are moored there and the open view to the sea. From the heights of Dalt Vila it is possible to observe the horizon of almost the entire capital of the island.
2. Visit the islet of Es Vedra on a cruise excursion
Located off the southwest coast of Ibiza and with its almost 400 meters high solid rock, the islet of Es Vedra has become one of the most enigmatic and interesting places for tourists visiting Ibiza, not only for its natural beauty but also for the myths that surround it.
The islet of Es Vedra can be seen from the cove d'Hort in Ibiza but the best option is to hire an excursion that takes you to the nearby waters of the islet where you can swim or reach the coast in a kayak.
During the tour you will be told the stories that Es Vedra holds and that according to local legends is the home of the Greek nymphs and goddesses and one of the most magnetic places on the planet. The ideal time to visit the islet is during the early afternoon.
In addition to doing it through a boat excursion in Ibiza, you can also reach the islet by renting a sailboat or a small boat that allows you to reach the coast of Es Vedra, although it is always advisable to do it with the assistance of a local expert.
3. Discover Ibiza's magical sunsets
The sunset in Ibiza is one of the best spectacles in the world and you can experience it from different places on the island. From the beach, the sea, the city or the wooded areas, the Ibiza sunset will leave you amazed with its deep colors and the reflection on the water horizon.
If you plan to visit Ibiza in summer you can have an open and unobstructed view of the sunset and you can also choose to experience it on an ATV excursion on the island, on a tour of Cala Bassa, Cala Comte and Cala Tarida or on a bike tour.
Ibiza is not very big so if you have planned a stay of several days you can see the sunset from different points of the island. Café del Mar on San Antonio beach , Punta Galeras, Las Salinas and Ses Variades are some of the places where you can discover the best sunsets in Ibiza.
4. Take an excursion to the mediterranean island of Formentera.
Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands and one of the most visited places by the tourists who come to Ibiza. It is famous for its crystal clear waters, pink sand beaches and for the water activities offered by its nature, such as snorkeling and diving experiences.
You can visit Formentera for a day on a boat excursion from Ibiza and those tours usually include lunch, snorkeling and diving equipment rental and paddle surf boards. You can also include in the tour a walk along the best beaches of Formentera to get to know every corner of the island.
Among the best beaches of Formentera are Ses Illetes, Llevant, Es Arenals, Es Migjorn and Cala Saona. All of them are free access and ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
These excursions usually have an approximate duration of between 10 and 12 hours and costs starting at 139 euros. Touring Formentera, which stands out for its tranquility, is one of the best plans if you are visiting Ibiza with children.
5. Visit Cala Bassa Beach
To describe Cala Bassa it may be enough to say that it is one of the best beaches in Ibiza, but it is also a paradisiacal place with warm and crystal clear waters, white sands and an environment surrounded by a pine forest that replaces the umbrellas and offers shade on the west coast of Ibiza.
Cala Bassa is also one of the most famous beaches of Ibiza and an ideal place for diving experiences on the island, but also all its fame makes it one of the most visited beaches, an information you should take into account if you plan to visit Ibiza in June or during the high season months.
Cala Bassa is also surrounded by restaurants and tourist services, which makes it a very attractive beach for visitors and is a frequent destination for cruise ships that travel along the coast transferring tourists along the beaches of the west coast of Ibiza.
Although the sun is omnipresent in Cala Bassa, the best time to visit the beach is between 10.00 and 14.00 hours, which is when there is a smaller influx of visitors and when you will have more opportunities to get a space to install the umbrella.
6. Get to know Ibiza from the air during a hot air balloon ride
If you are one of those who prefer a different experience in all the cities you visit then you may be interested in taking a ride through the clouds and know Ibiza from the height of a hot air balloon.
The balloon rides over the island have an approximate duration of 3 hours and include instruction, flight baptism certificate and breakfast or snack once the tour is over, as the flights are always made early in the morning or late afternoon, when the temperature is cooler and the wind is more stable.
If you opt for the balloon ride in the late afternoon you will be able to see the sunset from the air and get some of the best pictures of Ibiza. You should note that the tickets for each person have an initial cost of approximately 220 euros.
Keep in mind that the minimum age allowed for hot air balloon rides in Ibiza is 10 years old and that those minors who are admitted must take the ride accompanied by a responsible adult.
7. Live a diving experience in Ibiza
For its crystalline waters and the richness of its marine fauna, the Balearic Sea is one of the ideal spaces to make a diving experience, and the best thing is that you don't need to have experience or be a certified diver to do it, because diving in Ibiza can be done without previous knowledge.
In Ibiza you can immerse yourself in an underwater world of shallow waters while watching fish, starfish, seaweed, octopus and a wide variety of anemones. In addition, with the assistance of a diving instructor you will be able to do the exercises of cleaning and recovery of the regulator to obtain the diver's certificate of international validity.
The diving ones are experiences of short duration reason why also it can turn out to be an apt plan for your trip if you have planned a stay of few days in Ibiza. If that is your case, here is a list of activities you can do in Ibiza in 3 days
8. Tour Ibiza's wooded areas on an ATV tour
If you really want to live an adventure experience and you are interested in off-road vehicles, it might be a good idea to go on an ATV tour through the wooded areas of the island. This way you can get to know an alternative profile of Ibiza in the municipality of San Antonio Abad, which is where the tours take place.
In these tours you will alternate paved roads with stony and dirt roads, you will visit beaches and cliffs and you will discover some of the rural villages of the area such as San Mateo and Santa Agnes. You will also get to know Punta Galera and the Es Broll Valley on an adventurous trip through the interior of Ibiza.
If you decide to take an ATV tour in the afternoon you will be able to witness the sunset, even if you plan to visit Ibiza in winter, as long as it is a day with clear skies.
9. Explore the Ibiza party on the Oceanbeat boat
If you want to get to know Ibiza's nightlife, then you have to get on board the Oceanbeat boat , which became a reference of the party on the island and is one of the unmissable spots if you want to live an unforgettable day.
The boat begins its journey at the pier of Playa d'en Bossa and includes go-go dancers show, open bar and the presence from the first moment of a guest electronic house music DJ.
The Oceanbeat party consists of a 4-hour trip along the coast of Ibiza on a boat packed with more than 300 guests from all over the world and with an itinerary that includes stops to swim in the crystal clear waters, a fresh paella lunch and three free tickets per person to continue the party in some of the most famous clubs in Ibiza, once the boat returns to port.
After an experience that combines the tranquility of the waters of the Balearic Sea with the roar of the Oceanbeat music, the tickets are a way to continue the night and live an unforgettable experience.
10. Say goodbye to Ibiza enjoying its gastronomy
Spain stands out for its gastronomy and Ibiza is no exception, as it also brings value with its typical dishes such as fried octopus, payesa salad and sofrito, in addition to the delicious paella and fresh fish menus. On the island you will discover unique flavors and believe me one of the things you will miss the most when you leave will be its gastronomy.
In Ibiza you will be able to enjoy the best dishes no matter where you are, as both luxury restaurants and beach bars prepare exquisite delicacies and serve a wide variety of drinks. If you need recommendations you can visit La Gaia, Jungle Bowls, and Hambre
On the island you can also opt for gastronomic excursions that will include everything from Ibiza's oldest restaurant to a Michelin-listed tapas bar. You can also visit Café del Mar, which on the beach of San Antonio became famous for its tapas and for being the ideal place to wait for the sunset in Ibiza.