The island of Ibiza only has a surface area of 572 km² with the greatest distance to be covered by road just 40 km; which in turn means that all of the beautiful beaches and secluded coves are within an hour’s drive of wherever you are staying.
The easiest way to explore the coastline and beaches is by hiring a car although some of the beaches can be reached by bus and / or local ferry services from the major resorts.
Average Water Temperatures May 18.5ºC; June 21.5ºC; July, August and September 26ºC; October 24.5ºC. Almost all of the beaches have bars or restaurants and we have listed below where they all are on the island.
Ibiza is packed full of spectacular surprises if you head for the forests and hilly inland areas where you will find all the traditional Spanish whitewashed villages among many other local attractions in Ibiza.
Ibiza has earned a reputation as a party island, and is the closest Balearic Islands to mainland Spain with a 200km stretch of coastline which is full of small coves with over fifty beaches.
But there is much to the island than the club scene as it is a beautiful place to stay with hillsides covered with olive, almond and fig groves, salt lakes, pine forests and many historic buildings and attractions. The surrounding hills are covered with old stone cottages which are great to walk around and explore.
The capital Ibiza town is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Europe with a spectacular cathedral, excellent restaurants and tapas bars. The old part of the town is called “Dalt Vila” full of winding street with bazaars and artisan shops, while “La Calle Barcelona” is the central point of the nightlife which is based around the Port.
Beaches in Ibiza
Because of its compact layout and small size, all of the beautiful beaches and secluded coves on the island of Ibiza are within an hour’s drive of wherever you are staying. The easiest way to get to them is by hiring a car, although some of the beaches can be reached by bus or local ferry services from major resorts.
Ibiza town is the capital of the island and really is the most fascinating place to visit day or night. There is no beach in the town, but the beach and beautiful Bay of Talamanca is just 15 minute walk along the Marina from Ibiza Town.
The main resorts are:
Figueretas which is a small tourist suburb with a good selection of cafés, bars and restaurants.
San Antonio is the second largest resort on the island with a beautiful bay, lots of small beaches and coves and some very lively nightlife and stunning sunsets.
Santa Eulalia is Ibiza’s third largest resort and is a popular place for families and anyone wanting a quiet holiday. It has some excellent restaurants, its own small marina and a fantastic sandy beach.
Portinatx is a mini resort which is ideal for families offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere with three sandy beaches to choose from.
Cala Vadella and Cala Tarida are beautiful and protected bays on the west coast with a few hotels and shops. They are very peaceful. family friendly places to stay offering great swimming and water sports.
Playa d’en Bossa is a large and exciting resort with a great variety of bars and clubs, as well as plenty of entertainment for the children.
Es Cana is very much a family resort with a long half moon shaped sandy beach and a small fishing harbour. It is where the famous Hippy Market is held.
Cala Llonga is a mini resort with a wide sandy beach bordering the bay surrounded by hills covered with pine forests. It has shallow waters which are safe for children.
Puerto de San Miguel has a broad sandy beach which is protected by the surrounding cliffs. It is a favourite for low season peace-seeking couples and families during the high season.
|Beaches in Ibiza
Town and the South
Playa d’en Bossa
|Beaches in San
Antonio and the West;
Santa Antonio Bay Town Beaches
San Antonio Town Beaches
in Portinatx, San Miguel and the North
Puerto de San
in Santa Eulalia, Es Caná and the East
Golf Courses in Ibiza
Club de Golf Ibiza has two courses in the island: one 9 hole at the Roca Lisa Club and one 18 hole in the Santa Eulalia area.
There are two golf courses in Club de Golf Ibiza; one 9 hole at the Roca Lisa Club and one 18 hole in the Santa Eulalia area of the island. Although it’s a private club anyone can play here. The club has a restaurant, putting green and driving range. You can rent all your equipment here too, and it is recommended that you hire a car to get to the courses.
Ibiza Golf is in the process of merging with the Roca Lisa Club to form a 27 hole complex. It is a relatively flat course, with wide fairways and very fast greens which offers clinics, private and group lessons and group lessons, handicaps and a pro shop.
The course opened in 1972 and was designed by Pipin Rivero, Hawtree and Dave Thomas. The greens integrate perfectly into the natural environment and are kept in excellent condition by the use of purified water from treatment plants.
Golf de Ibiza & Club de Golf Roca Llisa
Ctra. Jesus-Cala Llonga, Km.8,
Golf de Ibiza Tel. 971 19 61 18 Fax: 971 19 60 51
Golf Roca Lisa Tel. 971 196 052 Fax. 971 19 6051
Restaurants in Ibiza
Ibiza Town has some fabulous restaurants in historic settings, with panoramic views or just with exceptional ambience. Almost all of them have pavement side, terrace or garden seating in high season and warm interiors during the cooler months. Our Ibiza Restaurant Guide provides a good selection to choose.
There are some very good restaurants in Ibiza Town so we have listed below some of the recommended ones along with those which have the added attractions of a historic setting, panoramic views or exceptional ambience. Almost all of these restaurants have pavement side, terrace or garden seating in high season and comfortable interiors at other times.
Dalt Vila has several good restaurants inside the walls of the old castle. It is a historically romantic setting which is best experienced by night.
Along the Port is an area dominated by a motley collection of shops, cafes, bars and hippy stalls. If you dine early you can the take a front seat later to see the incredible parades of beautiful people and the circus style promotions of the big clubs.
Sa Penya is the old fishermen’s quarter immediately behind the Port with cobbled lanes noted for its boutiques and gay bars. Good restaurants here are not so easy to find so we’ve listed them for you.
Marina Botafoch is the yacht harbour opposite the Castle which has some good restaurants in an exclusive atmosphere.
If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Ibiza in the warm winter months, you’ll find that quite a few of the restaurants have remained open. But it is best to be sure by telephoning ahead as they could be closed for redecoration or holidays.
Carrer Ponent 5
Tel: +34 97 130 12 48
Open for dinner 8.00 pm until midnight. Reservations required.
Very romantic 400 year old flower-draped villa, which is near the hilltop fortress. The taxi drops you about 152metres down the hill in a square with an old church, and you climb the cobblestone path to reach the villa. There is a bar and two dining rooms which look out over the harbour below. Specialities include various pastas, lamb and incredibly fresh fish purchased from the port.
Placa dels Desamparats 1-2
Tel: +34 97 130 39 01
Mon-Sat noon-4pm; daily 8pm-1am. Nov 1-Easter daily 8pm-1am only. Reservations recommended
Situated in the Old Town with a beautiful alfresco courtyard, El Portalón attracts gay as well as straight couples. The food is a combination of Spanish, Catalán, and Mediterranean.
C/ Pere Sala, 3, Ibiza 07800
Tel: +34 97 130 12 02
Season: All year 19:00 – 01:00
Small intimate restaurant with a huge tropical garden terrace below the city walls with candlelit tables. Simple and newly refurbished interior with consistently good food and friendly service. Make sure you book early as it does get very busy during the summer months.
C/de La Virgen 4
(or Plaça de Sa Drassaneta 12) 07800 Ibiza
Tel: +34 971 31 53 68
Season: Most of the year except Jan/Feb (Winter – closed Sun-Tue)
19:30 – 01:30 (Last orders taken) Booking essential.
Wine and dine in the heart of Ibiza’s Port. Informal Moroccan surroundings with a roof terrace and serves high quality cuisine. A great place for a celebration as The Studio can usually accommodate larger groups with just a bit of notice.
On The Harbour front
Tel: +34 971 34 83 43
Season: Year Round Opening times: 8pm – 2am
Vila Mercedes is not a place that you are likely to find unless it is recommended to you. It is large villa set in spacious gardens directly on the harbour in San Antonio, about 100m from the main taxi rank and 50m from the bus terminal.
There is a “chill out” bar in the villa’s gardens where you can drink and enjoy the live entertainment/music that is provided at weekends. If you are dining you can either sit in the gardens or inside the Vila which has balconies on two floors. The service is friendly and the food is superb.
Can den Parra
C/. San Rafael 3, Dalt Vila, Ibiza 07800
Tel: +34 971 39 11 14
Season: May – Oct 20:00 – 01:00 Reservations recommended
Spanish restaurant in wonderful historic and romantic setting with an amazing secluded terrace covered with a canopy of grape vines and view of the Dalt Vila walls. Cuisine is French/International with great steaks and apple crepes
Carrer D’Enmig 22/1 (upstairs front entrance)
Calle De La Virgen, 27 (rear entrance).
Tel: +34 971 31 35 55
Il Pavone is a busy Italian restaurant and the easiest way to find it if to walk down Calle De La Virgen and it is the first restaurant on the left just before La Nada.
With four or five tables out on the terrace it is a great place to people watch and dinner can be as unhurried as you want it to be with excellent food, wine and service.
Sa Carossa 7, Dalt Vila, Ibiza
Tel: +34 971 30 03 83
Season: All Year (excluding January) – Closed Mon/Tue in winter. 19:30 – 01:00 – Booking Recommended.
If you are looking for a great restaurant in a great location then La Scala is the place for you. Situated in Dalt Vila at the top of Sa Carossa (instead of turning off for Anfora carry on walking towards La Muralla and it’s the last restaurant you will come across). It is in a corner protected by he rampart walls and is a great location for a quiet or romantic meal.
The food is Swiss/International and comes highly recommended for the quality of the food, the style, the setting and ambience and the service.
Shopping in Ibiza
Ibiza is a wonderful place to shop with international and local crafts providing some fabulous souvenirs. We have provided some information on shopping in Ibiza which tells you where the main shopping areas are, together with a guide to all the Ibiza markets and when they are held.
In the high season (June to September), the shops in the port in Ibiza Old Town have their doors open until well after midnight. A lot of the street vendors and stalls transform the port into a mini-hippy market after 21.00, selling throws, wraps, jewellery, clothes, souvenirs and an amazing selection of the newest and craziest fashions.
We have put together a guide to all the markets on the island so that you can see at a glance where they are and on which days they are held.
If you venture down La Calle De La Virgen (the street of virgins) you will find the centre of a large and colourful gay scene with some fairly exotic shops, bars and restaurants,.
More traditional shopping can be found at the corner of Conde Rosselón where master artisan Pedro Planells creates hand-sewn, original leather goods at Pedro’s, Carrer Aníbal 8 (tel: +34 971 313 026). Many stylish accessories and home furnishings in leather and silver are custom made and well heeled clients include international celebrities and King Juan Carlos.
The Sandal Shop, Plaça de Vila 2 (tel: +34 971 305 475), sells high-quality leather goods made by local artisans. They are one off accessories with bejewelled belts and leather bags designed for individual clients. Custom-made sandals can also be created.
Natura is a wonderful gift shop selling hand made articles of clothing, leatherware, candles, artwork and much, much more in the Plaza del Parque.
And also on this plaza if you are looking for some smart children’s clothes then Laly’s Nens is a bright blue, vibrant red and yellow boutique which you literally cannot miss! They have racks and racks of durable designer clothes in bright, modern styles by Oilily, Versace and Braez.
We have listed the days on which all the local markets are held, and unless stated they all tend to start up at around 09.30-10.00 and close around 14.00. Ibiza is renowned for the Hippy Markets that are spread accross the Island, with one of liveliest held on Saturdays at Las Dalias, near San Carlos. Most of them have parking nearby so if you rent a car it is the easiest way to transport your wares.
Market Days in Ibiza
May to October
Hours : 10.00 to 22.00 in July and August
Playa d’en Bossa
Las Dalias, San Carlos
Santa Eulalia, S’Alemna Way
Sant Jordi, Hippodrome
First Saturday of each month:
Ramblas, Santa Eulalia
Portinatx Mini Market
San Antonio, Passeig Maritimo
Getting around in Ibiza
If you are planning to explore the area outside of the city centre and play some golf or go to some of the more out of the way beaches then you might consider hiring a car. There are a number of car hire firms based at Mahon Airport who will be pleased to have a vehicle awaiting your arrival. This also cuts down on transfer costs for you and your family.