The island’s capital is romantic and intriguing, exciting and vibrant, brash and buzzing, cosmopolitan and classic, all rolled into one eye-catching package. By day, she’s all about shopping, boating, beach-bar-hopping and sightseeing then by night, wining and dining beneath the stars followed by dancing ‘til dawn…
Who you’ll meet
Everyone from stylish fashionistas and savvy restaurateurs to ex-hippies and DJs who’ve chosen the island’s capital as their home. You’ll find the international jetset and yachting communities hobnobbing in their natural habitat, Marina Botafoch while the family-friendly beaches play host to the young, fun and VIP holidaymakers alike. After dark, high-glam creatures of the night frequent the port area and the gay-friendly back streets of Sa Penya come alive with a multitude of colourful characters.
Perched high atop a hill, creating a striking skyline that has become an iconic vision of Ibiza is the ancient walled fortress of Dalt Vila. The UNESCO World Heritage site is a treasure trove of cobbled streets (many only accessible on foot), cathedrals, chapels and churches plus a selection of museums including an archaeological museum and the soon-to-be-opened museum of contemporary art. Just outside the fort walls is another heritage site, Necropolis Puig des Molins, an ancient cemetery home to thousands of underground tombs, some of which can be toured.
Bar-hopping along the waterfront in the port area and watching the nightly club parades promoting each party is a rite of passage in Ibiza town, as is downing the obligatory shots of Hierbas liqueur when you pay your bill! People watch from the cafes and bars in the pretty social square Plaza del Parque, stroll through the shops in the La Marina area for fashion inspiration or head to Mercat Vell at the base of Dalt Vila for a selection of organic fruit and veggies plus tasty homemade-in-Ibiza souvenirs. Mingle with the rich and famous in the glitzy Marina Botafoch area, or frolic with the beautiful people on the long, golden stretch of sand at Playa D’en Bossa – fast becoming considered Ibiza’s very own version of South Beach!
When to visit
The social scene in Ibiza town is buzzing from late May until early October, re-emerging in December when the town becomes a winter wonderland with Christmas markets and special events. Foodies and history buffs should book their stay on the second weekend in May, when the annual Eivissa Medieval Festival – a free three-day event celebrating the anniversary of the town’s world heritage listing – hits Dalt Vila, a plethora a food, arts, crafts and performances.
Photography by Sofia Gómez Fonzo Photography