Long associated with the dance music scene, Ibiza has become synonymous with all-night parties and wild excess. Yet there’s so much more to this Balearic island off the coast of Spain. Large parts of the island have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and the regional government is making a concerted effort to showcase the cultural and historical treasures that abound here. Look past the modern trappings of Ibiza and you will discover an island you never knew.
Where to go
Wander through the ancient Phoenician tombs at Necròpolis del Puig des Molins. Experience the art of an underrated Ibizan master at Museu Puget. Explore the caverns once used by smugglers at Cova de Can Marçà. Marvel at the Gothic Catedral. Enjoy local produce from the bustling Mercat Vell markets. Take off your shoes and dance!
Food & Drink
To eat and drink on Ibiza is good for the heart - studies have shown that Balearic regional cuisine is remarkably low in fat! Prepare to eat a lot of legumes and fresh vegetables, complimented with lamb and seafood. Palo, Frigola and Hierbas are the local spirits, infused with local herbs, but beware - they are rather potent. If you want to eat like a real Ibizan, away from the party crowd, we recommend C’an Domingo de C’an Botja (Carretera Ibiza-Sant Jose km 9) for home-style cooking and dining in a restored farmhouse. For something a little more sophisticated, El Chiringuito (Playa Es Cavallet) combines a laidback beachside setting and gourmet cuisine.
Away from the big clubs like Space and Amnesia and the holiday crowds, there are plenty of places for the more sophisticated set. Aura (Carretera Sant Joan km 13.5) is a chilled out bar and restaurant that features unannounced sets from big name DJs if you’re there on the right night. Blue Marlin (Cala Jondal) is a lounge bar overlooking the ocean with spectacular views.
Where to stay
Cas Gasi is one of our favourites and listed amongst Tatlers 101 best in the world. Perfect for a relaxing break, it features a spa, pools, library and even a private yacht. Aztaro is a stylish and intimate boutique hotel, surrounded by orange and lavender trees, in the centre of the island. The luxury spa will help you unwind, while the restaurant serves delicious local dishes made from local produce. Hotel Rural Es Cucons is a hip and trendy hotel located in an expansive 17th century home. It features a small, intimate restaurant, a luxury spa, a large pool and plenty of hammocks in which to relax and unwind under the Ibizan sun.
How to get there
Ryanair, British Airways Blue Air and Thomas Cook Airlines fly direct to Ibiza daily.