The island of Ibiza is where you rave all night long, drink until you drop, and party like there’s no tomorrow. With world-famous clubs and fashionable beaches; clubbers dance and beach-lovers lounge. However, if you’re willing to explore and indulge; there’s so much more to experience on this party island. Be mesmerized by its beauty on a luxury cruise, discover a secluded stretch of beach or admire the view from atop the Dalt Vila.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands located on the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast of Eastern Spain. My brother and his friends were planning to spend a weekend holidaying on the island, and he invited me to join them. Since I had already planned to spend 2-weeks traveling along the East-coast of Spain at the same time they were thinking of going; I agreed. I’m glad I did.
It was literally 4 days of eat, sleep, rave, repeat– and when we had time, we explored and had our own adventures. These are the top 10 things I did in Ibiza that made it one of the best weekends of my life!
1) Club the Night Away
Clubs are found all over Ibiza, being the party island that it is. The three main areas where the party never stops are Ibiza town, Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio. There is a club for all the different kinds of clubbers out there; but if you want to get a taste of what its like– head on to Pacha near Ibiza town, which is the oldest and most popular club. While I was there, I also spent a whole night in Space in Playa d’en Bossa. What I loved about this club was the 6 themed clubbing areas, each with different music; techno, house and trance. You can also party in the world’s biggest club– Privilege.
2) Attend a Rave Party
For me, the big shows by the big acts were what made partying in Ibiza epic. During our visit, we made sure that we secured tickets for two shows in advance– David Guetta and Avicii. Both performances were in Ushuaia, which is known for having the biggest headlining DJs in the house, and one of the most fantastic stages. Together with the stunning light shows, the glamorous dancers and the crazy, wild crowd; it was a party I will never forget.
3) Explore the Dalt Vila
From the town of Ibiza, you can see the Dalt Vila (high town) perched on top of a hill. It was built as a fortification to protect the island against invaders in the 16th century; and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We took a leisurely walk up Dalt Villa– strolling through narrow, winding, steep, cobbled lanes that led to spacious terraces and stone courtyards. We also passed important landmarks like the Castle, the Town Hall and the Cathedral. The views were gorgeous all throughout the climb– but the sweeping panorama from the fortress’ bastions at the top, was the cherry on the cake. We could see the bay, the town, the hills, and beyond.
4) Get Lost in Ibiza Town
Ibiza Town is the largest city on the island and a fun place to explore. The main streets are filled with international hotels and busy restaurants– but we were still able to find quiet, secluded lanes lined with interesting boutique shops and pretty cafes. We also spent some time at the marina, admiring the mega cruisers and super yachts of the uber rich and famous.
5) Enjoy the Sunset at Cafe Del Mar
Known for its chill-out music compilations and laid back vibe– the Cafe Del Mar stands on the gorgeous sunset strip at San Antonio Bay. Throngs of people arrive on the strip towards the late evening to witness the breathtaking sunset from the promenade and the seafront rocks.
My group and I arrived before sunset and got ourselves a pretty strategic spot at Cafe del Mar. With the combination of lovely music, cool drinks, good food and great company– watching the sun go down that day was truly an unforgettable spectacle.
6) Lounge on the Beaches
There are over 40 gorgeous stretch of beaches around Ibiza. From fine white sand to rocky grainy sand; all lapped by the most beautiful turquoise waters– you are sure to find one that suits you.
I spent most of my sun-tanning hours at the Playa d’en Bossa beach, which has the longest stretch of sand on the island. I love the fun vibe of this beach, and there’s so much to do too– sleep all day long, watch beautiful people, party in the beach clubs, or go crazy doing water-sports.
7) Sail away on a Yacht
There’s nothing more luxurious than renting a private luxury boat and sailing off into the vast ocean. We spent the entire day at sea– basking in the sun on the deck, partying and dancing to the music onboard, and jumping off the catamaran to swim. Sailing is a great way to indulge yourself, and enjoy the beauty of Ibiza’s coast and its crystal clear waters.
8) Visit Formentera
Formentera is a small island located off the south Ibizian coast, and only reachable by boat. We visited Formentera while cruising along the coast of Ibiza on our luxury catamaran. The island is quiet and undisturbed, and is the perfect place for a peaceful stroll along pristine, unspoilt beaches. It is a popular place for naturists, as most beaches here allow nude sunbathing.
During my walk along a rocky and thin stretch of land jutting out from the island– I witnessed the amazing difference of an extremely wild and strong tide on one side, and a completely calm sea on the other.
9) Stay in a Luxury Resort
After a whole night of partying, there is no better way to pamper your tired body than by staying at a classy resort with all the facilities and amenities that you need. You can either choose to hideaway in the serene and secluded hills of Ibiza– or stay in the heart of all the parties and excitement. We chose the 5-star party hotel, Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel. Read about it here.
10) Have Seafood by the Sea
I have to mention this charming little shack perched on top of the rocks at Talamanca Beach. Known only as the Fish Shack, this place is so simple and rustic that they don’t even have a proper name, or a menu. Just ask the waiter behind the bar and he’ll tell you what’s available for the day; and it’s all the delicious seafood from mullets to snappers, sardines, prawns, cuttlefish, and if you prefer, lamb chop and steak.
I ordered the dory and prawns, and enjoyed it with my special sides– the smell of the ocean, the cool sea breeze, and the sunlight shining through the gaps of the tangled parasols.