ibiza Villa holiday guide
Few places can match a villa holiday in Ibiza for island lifestyle cachet. Eivissa, as it is known locally, is the definition of Mediterranean cool, moving to its own rhythms, both casual and frenzied. With a hippie past and club-scene present, it is a haven for artists, music fans, and sun worshippers. Venture beyond your Ibiza villa—as well as the parties and sunrises on the beach—for a villa holiday that incorporates ancient history in Dalt Vila, azure swimming waters near Santa Eulària des Rui, beach clubs, superb restaurants, bucolic health spas, and shopping at Sa Penya boutiques.
Eating and drinking in Ibiza
At seaside shacks and open-air spots renowned for their sunsets, diners tuck into Mediterranean seafood, fish stew, and Ibizan paella. In the countryside, go for lamb or rustic meat dishes like sofrit pagès (a stew of pork, lamb, chicken, sobressada and butifarra sausages, potatoes, and peppers). Dessert specialties are flaó, a cheese tart; and greixonera, a pudding made with ensaimades (light spiral pastries). Herbal drinks are popular; a mix of anise, rosemary, and herbs makes an excellent digestif. Supermarkets are ten a penny, so you can easily knock up some local delights from the comfort of your villa, or head to San Antonio to pick up fresh local produce at the Mercat Forada farmers’ market.
Sightseeing in Ibiza
At just 45 kilometres wide and 25 kilometres across, it’s easy to step out of your villa for day trips to see all of the sights. Enter the old city of Dalt Vila through an 18th-century drawbridge and find a showpiece of cobblestoned streets and whitewashed Medieval houses. The Museu d’Art Contemporani (Contemporary Art Museum) lies behind the stone fortifications. Eivissa’s Cathedral is believed to have been built on the site of a former Moorish mosque, and contains important Gothic panels and silver monstrances. On the east coast, Santa Eulària des Rui is distinguished by a 16th-century hilltop church and is separated from Siesta, overlooking the bay, by the only river in the Balearics.
Shopping in Ibiza
Neo-bohemians and international glitterati have adopted Ibiza’s peasant- and hippie-inspired fashions, which spawned the ‘Ad-Lib moda’ tag in the 1970s. You will find designer boutiques with chic frocks, swimwear, and jewellery favoured by model types, but also simple sandals and leather goods. Check out the hopping boutique scene at Marina Botafoc or trek to Las Dalias, the island’s biggest hippie market, near the historic village of San Carlos or the Punta Arabi market near Es Canar. Each Saturday in season, thousands of shoppers gather to get their hands on the latest in Ad-Lib fashions and music.
Relaxation in Ibiza
Needless to say, our villas are perfectly suited to complete relaxation, whether you prefer sipping coffee in the shade of a pergola or soaking up the sun from around the poolside. However, Ibiza is famous for its beautiful beaches, so you may want to venture out at some point to find the perfect place to relax on the sand after a night out on the town. Those just south of Eivissa’s Old Town are the most crowded; beaches on the west and east coasts are best for families. At Cala San Vicente, a cliff-protected wide beach has a palm-lined promenade; Cala Llenya’s white-sand beach is framed by red cliffs and pine trees. Experience laid back Ibiza at its finest in its smallest villages, such as Es Cubells and San Lorenzo, or embrace Ibiza’s wholesome vibe with yoga classes and wellness spas.
Exploring Ibiza's nightlife and entertainment
Ibiza’s nightlife scene is legendary: scantily-clad revellers pack hot clubs for all-night dance parties, where international DJ's spin beats while lasers and foam spray the dance floor. After a sweaty night at a cavernous club, retreat to the beach for sunrise and the kind of relaxed camaraderie that Ibiza inspires. For a low-key evening, head to the cafes and lounges of Sa Penya, where you will find cocktails flowing and beautiful people just getting started.
Discovering Ibiza's Nature
The beaches get all the attention, but villas in Ibiza provide a great opportunity to explore plenty more natural beauty, too. Ses Salinas National Park is seventy five percent water and marine life. It includes the sea channel separating Ibiza and Formentera, as well as salt-flat ponds, coastal lagoons, wetlands, sand-dune beaches, and juniper forest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the reserve is home to two hundred species of bird, including flamingos, herons, Peregrine falcons, and fisher eagles. Herons and flamingos are at their peak from July to October and February to May.
Active pursuits in Ibiza
If you fancy a break from lounging by your private pool, you’ll find plenty to keep you active around the island. Away from the nightclubs and beaches, water-sports are Ibiza’s biggest draw—from kayaking and windsurfing to fishing and diving in the clear Mediterranean waters, including at Ses Salinas National Park. Land-loving outdoors types can go horse riding in the countryside; take long hikes across hills overlooking the sea; and bike on either paved or dirt roads that cut through almond orchards. A popular daytrip is by ferry to tiny Formentera, the smallest and most rustic of the Balearic Islands.
Travel and transport to Ibiza
Travelling around the island is easy, so if you’re spending a day away from your villa, you’ll have no problems reaching your destination. Taxis are also available, so you’re free to sip wine with your dinner without worrying about the drive back to your villa.
History in Ibiza
Founded 2,500 years ago by the Phoenicians, Ibiza has ancient roots that belie its au courant image. Within the Renaissance ramparts of Dalt Vila is evidence of all those who came to Ibiza long before the hippies and the club kids: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors. Cross the 1585 Portal de Ses Taules drawbridge and visit the Museu Arqueològic, which unearths the island’s unique history, from Punic pottery to Roman glass. Nearby, the Puig des Molinsnecropolis contains 3,500 underground tombs dating back a millennium.