Ibiza is, without a doubt, a special destination for any world traveller. Its rocky coast dotted with dreamy coves and crystal clear waters, sunsets whose popularity has transcended borders and amazing cultural, leisure and musical offering (considered the Mecca of electronica) make this island an international icon due to the number of possibilities it offers. This beautiful piece of land that stands on the Mediterranean Sea is the perfect place for resting and having fun in endless ways. However you bond with Ibiza, this will open up the doors of the true Mediterranean essence.
We warn you that it is very easy to fall in love with Ibiza. Once you taste the flavour of the White Island, you’ll be thinking about going back. Shall we wander around?
On the Mediterranean
1. Touring the island’s best coves by boat or on foot
The enchanting coves scattered along its winding coastline make Ibiza a true top destination. Cala Bassa, Cala Conta and Cala Salada are some of the island’s most beautiful coves, just a few kilometres from San Antonio. Spending a day on a boat exploring Ibiza, while marvelling at its clear blue waters, is a fantastic way of getting to know the island.
The best known are found in the west, such as Bassa Cove, Comte Cove, Saladeta Cove, Tarida Cove, d’Hort Cove… although the north, east and south are also home to some of the prettiest and most popular ones. Let yourself be charmed by Benirrás Cove, Portinatx Cave, San Vicente or Es Bol Nou Cove, among many others, and you will definitely be amazed.
2. Go snorkelling and visit caves on a kayak
If you prefer to row across Ibiza’s turquoise waters and discover more inaccessible places, a trip on a kayak is the perfect way to see unspoilt beaches and fascinating caves from a different perspective. You will also have the chance to go snorkelling and explore the hidden depths of the island’s unique waters.
3. Hire a jet ski
There’s nothing quite like the rush you get from driving a PWC. If you want to do it on your own, remember you’ll need a boat licence, although you can also opt for a guided tour with an instructor. Whichever you choose, remember to have fun and be careful.
4. Take the plunge and go scuba diving
Are you brave enough to make your debut in the underwater world? Ibiza might just be the perfect opportunity. The unbeatable natural beauty of its waters offer those who wish to give it a try many locations for doing their first dive and discovering the island’s underwater world.
5. A BBQ on a catamaran
An outing on a catamaran is an excellent way of sailing around Ibiza or visiting the neighbouring island of Formentera. The size and shape of these boats make them the perfect place to spend a day enjoying a BBQ and taking in one of the island’s stunning sunsets, making your holiday extra special.
6. SUP yoga
This kind of yoga is done on a stand-up paddle board in the sea, and it helps connect mind and body in a different setting. Whether first thing in the morning to fill yourself up with energy or in the evening while taking in one of the island’s sunsets, this is a truly unique wellness experience.
7. Cala Gracioneta
The cosy and beautiful Cala Gracioneta cove is one of the closest to San Antonio. Its stunning turquoise waters only add to the breathtaking charm of the setting, sheltered by rocks and surrounded by pine trees.
8. Cala Saladeta
A small paradise that is accessed after walking along a pretty path that starts at Salada Cove. On this path you can admire from above the beauty of this cove of fine sand and emerald waters. Who wants the Caribbean when we have it on our doorstep?
9. Cala Escondida
This is a tiny cove that you will find on the way to Comte Cove and is on the right as you leave. If you go up a small rocky slope, you will reach Escondida Cove. Go down some stairs and choose your spot to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets in Ibiza. Or you can also sit down at its peculiar chiringuito made with 100% recycled materials and gaze at the sunset with a mojito in your hand.
10. Learn to surf, windsurf or kitesurf
If you fancy the idea of taming the waves on a surfboard, there are surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing beginners’ courses, that give you the chance to try out these fun water sports, which are sure to give you a massive adrenalin rush.
11. Party on a boat
This is the ideal plan for those looking for fun at all costs in the company of friends, and a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. Drinks, live DJs, entry to a nightclub and unbeatable views of Ibiza from the sea, during the day or as the sun is going down. Work hard, party harder.
In the city
12. S’Arenal beach and promenade (San Antonio)
S’Arenal is one of Ibiza’s few urban beaches. Lively and bustling, its fine sand and shallow waters offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean with the boats in the harbour in the distance. The promenade, with its palm trees, shops and bars, is perfect for going on a stroll as the sun is coming up or going down, which is when the colours of the island’s sky are even more stunning.
13. The walled enclosure of Dalt Vila (Ibiza)
Ibiza Old Town, also called Dalt Vila. Its walls are a Unesco World Heritage Site and within them are many of the island’s historic buildings. Take a stroll and walk up to the high part where the Santa María Cathedral is located and get lost among beautiful narrow streets, squares and churches.
14. Watch the sunset from Café del Mar (San Antonio)
Café del Mar has become one of the most well-known places to enjoy Ibiza’s magical sunsets. Each day, dozens of people wait for the sunset while sipping on a cocktail in a sophisticated setting and listening to chill-out music in the background.
15. Lunch with a view of the harbour (San Antonio)
Villa Mercedes is a unique converted villa where diners can sample Mediterranean fusion cuisine on an outdoor terrace which boasts gardens and views of the San Antonio harbour. What’s more, the restaurant puts on daily live musical performances.
16. Strolling through the different marinas
San Antonio has an attractive marina which is perfect for a stroll, browsing the nearby shops and restaurants, or even doing water sports such as stand up paddle surfing or scuba diving.
Ibiza has several ports on the shores of its waters, such as Marina Ibiza Magna, Marina Ibiza, Sovren Ibiza and the exclusive Marina Botafoch. At Marina Ibiza you can find an area with restaurants and clubs for going out and having fun.
Santa Eulalia Marina is well positioned for reaching different parts of the island quickly and exploring its most interesting coves. It also has a commercial zone for shopping or tasting local gastronomic specialities.
17. San Antonio Church-Fortress
Between the 14th and 17th centuries, Barbary pirates roamed the Mediterranean, forcing the Ibizans to seek refuge during the attacks. The Sant Antonio Church is a good example of Ibiza’s temple-fortresses and still preserves its defensive elements, such as the tower, the absence of windows, the thick walls and one of its two cannons.
18. Street markets
The Punta Arabí hippy street market has over 500 stalls with fashion products, arts and crafts and gastronomy. It opened in 1973 and is one of the most famous.
At Las Dalias you will find another mythical Ibiza street market with a fantastic atmosphere and a selection of arts and crafts, accessories, natural cosmetics and other stalls.
Art & Mercat, in San Antonio, is an arts and crafts, food and organic products street market that is held on Friday mornings near the church. Calle Rosell and Calle Ample host its different stalls, as well as musical performances and gastronomic tastings.
19. Savouring Ibizan cuisine
In Ibiza, a good option in the city centre is Bebel, a restaurant that has a good selection of fish and seafood, and an Italian wine menu.
Bar Costa, in Santa Gertrudis, offers sandwiches with cold meats and traditional produce. A rather more economical option, but certainly not lacking in quality.
If you are more into chiringuitos, you must visit one of the most mythical ones: El Bigotes in Mastella Cove. Its menu consists of only one dish, the most famous bullit de peix in Ibiza, which is cooked with the catch of the day.
On the island
20. The most famous Spanish omelette of Ibiza
The town of Santa Agnès de Corona in the municipality of San Antonio is home to Can Cosmi, a well-known bar and corner shop that has been featured by travel guides thanks to its juicy Spanish omelette with potato and vegetables. Afterwards, you can stroll through pla de Corona, a valley dotted with almond trees where you will also see examples of Ibiza’s traditional architecture.
21. Nights at Pike’s
Pikes Hotel is a true Ibiza institution for many reasons, one of which is for hosting Freddy Mercury’s (and possibly the island’s) most raucous birthday party. Located less than 2 miles from San Antonio, its different spaces offer fun house and disco music sessions. Entry is free and can only be obtained via its website.
22. Visit the Can Marçà cave
The Can Marçà cave, 25 kilometres from San Antonio, is one of Ibiza’s main tourist attractions. Visitors can go on a guided tour, which includes a light and sound show, and discover its hidden depths.
23. Have dinner in a church
The restaurant Sa Capella, on the outskirts of San Antonio, is a truly unique place to have dinner. With a diverse menu, the stone walls of the former chapel of Saint Agnes, which dates back to the 18th century, offer an unforgettable dining experience.
24. Hiking around the island
Ibiza is not just sea and beach. Several tours around the vicinity of San Antonio, such as the San Antonio-Salada Cove Route or the Sant Mateu-Torres d’en Lluc Route, are available for hiking lovers. Whether along the coast or hiking through nature inland, spectacular panoramic views are guaranteed.
25. Wine tourism
Wine lovers have the chance to see how this thousand-year-old alcohol is made at vineyards near San Antonio. Some wineries offer guided tours, such as Sa Cova and Can Rich de Buscastell, where wine and tasting sessions of local produce are organised.
26. A journey through Ibiza’s past
Very close to the town, in the bay of San Antonio, is Sa Punta des Molí, a historic and cultural settlement which is ideal for discovering Ibiza’s two-hundred-year-old secrets. The Buenavista windmill, built in 1818, a waterwheel, an olive oil mill, and the house where the German philosopher Walter Benjamin lived are the main places of interest.
27. An aquarium inside a cave
Just a five-minute drive from San Antonio is the Cap Blanc Aquarium, located inside a naturally-occurring cave, formerly used as a lobster farm. Here, visitors can discover all the main species present in the Mediterranean around Ibiza.
28. An outing on a quad bike
A different way of exploring Ibiza’s valleys is on a quad bike. Give in to your adventurous side and drive through pine forests, vineyards, almond trees and fig trees. The perfect way to release adrenalin.
29. A glance between the gates of Cala Llentia
This is one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets. Las Puertas Can Soleil is a curious monument in a charming enclave, between Codolar and Llentia Coves. Decorated with etchings, Arabic motifs and a hand of Fatima, it is a great site for photographers and tourists due to its good views.
Another monument called Time and Space stands at some 300 feet tall and is a complex of 13 columns or monoliths created by the artist Andrew Rodgers.
30. Es Vedrà and the Torre del Pirata
The islet of Es Vedrà is one of the island’s icons. This majestic rock is located opposite d’Hort Cove. It forms part of a Natural Reserve due to its high ecological value. While it may seem unlikely, one of the animal species that inhabit the area are goats.
The best points for admiring Es Vedrà are d’Hort Cove (the nearest); Es Savinar Tower or Pirate Tower, which probably has the best view although it is a hike to get there; or some lookouts situated between the tower and the cove, which are also accessed by foot.
31. Ascending monte Puig de Missa in Santa Eulalia
Santa Eulalia Church is a temple that was built with fortress elements to defend itself from Berber attacks. It occupies the high part of the municipality, on Monte Puig de Missa. Near the church is the Barrau Museum (an ethnographic museum) and a small cemetery next to alleyways and white houses.
32. Drum party at Benirràs cove
On Sunday afternoons in summer, a colourful musical show is held at Benirrás Cove. The Drum Party fills the beach with improvised beats all afternoon. If you’re looking for a couple of hours of hippy ambience, come and see the sunset and enjoy the experience.
33. A mud bath at Es Bol Nou cliffs
Near Ibiza Airport is Es Bol Nou Cove, which has an atypical beach flanked by reddish cliffs. You will see planes fly by before landing on the white island and Formentera on the horizon, and you can even have your body and hair coated with the clay mud of its rocks. And if you are looking for strategic sites for an amazing photo, we recommend you look for the gallery excavated on the rock that reaches the edge of the cliff. A special place!
34. Hot air balloon trip
Would you like to see the island from a different perspective? Everything is possible in Ibiza. Go up in a hot air balloon and tour the island from the air for a few hours. An experience definitely worth trying.
35. By moped, the best way to get around
If you feel comfortable driving a moped, we recommend you choose this mode of transport to get around the island, especially if you are visiting it when its climate is at its best. In addition to comfort when it comes to parking and reaching almost all the hidden places, there’s nothing like feeling the sea breeze and enjoying beautiful views on two wheels.
36. Ses Salines natural park
This protected natural space stretches out over southern Ibiza and the north of Formentera, and includes everything from dune, tideland and lagoon systems to sandy beaches and rocks and cliffs. Guided itineraries can be arranged by contacting the Natural Park.
37. In search of Atlantis
It is neither beach nor cove. The beauty of Atlantis, a rocky zone situated in Sa Pedrera de Cala d’Hort, lies in its short forms due to its old use as a quarry. The diagonal cuts in the rocks create magical structures that, along with some extremely crystal clear emerald waters, make up a mystical landscape.
Some parts are decorated with sculpted figures and paintings, and it is a meeting point for hippies. Arriving here involves a good walk along quite inaccessible paths, so we recommend you come prepared.
Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza, a hotel for adults in San Antonio
If you are looking for a good base from which to embark upon these plans for things to see and do in Ibiza, be sure to book your room today at Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza, our 4-star hotel recommended for adults. Its excellent location in Bou Cove, not only places you a stone’s throw from all these proposals, but also allows you to relax between each activity, whether at the Germaine de Capuccini wellness or on our roof with sunset views. Don’t hold back, say it: #WhatAFeeling!