“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” - Rachel Wolchin
Would you like to go somewhere for a party until the early hours of the morning? Would you like to learn Spanish while working on your tan and then spending the evening on Europe’s most popular dancefloors? Destination Ibiza! This Spanish island is famous for its parties and nightclubs. From hippy villages to breathtaking landscapes, there’s a lot more to Ibiza than meets the eye! Here are 10 reasons to visit Ibiza.
With turquoise waters, fine sand, and untouched nature, these are the kinds of beaches you dream of. Cala d’Hort, for example, is like a postcard and one of the island’s unmissable destinations where the white sand beautifully contrasts the blue of the sea and the green of the arboreal parasols in this corner of paradise where you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in the Caribbean. If you prefer somewhere further away from other tourists, the Cala d’en Serra to the north of Ibiza is rather peaceful. Surrounded by cliffs and trees, this beach is perfect for a relaxing day away from the business of Ibiza’s usual tourists. Find out more about visiting Spain's most popular islands
Large parts of the Balearic Islands are untouched nature. With the pine forests, olive groves, and picturesque hills, Ibiza has a lot of truly breathtaking landscapes and the various viewpoints of the island offer panoramas of the island of Formentera and the smaller islands surrounding Ibiza. The natural landscape is wonderful and for those who love geology, Ibiza has many caves and grottos like the Cova de Can Marça, an incredible sight where the light bouncing off the water dances upon the rock formations of the caves. Children and adults alike will enjoy this one. Check out our guide to visiting Majorca
The Colourful Villages on the Island
The villages of Ibiza look like they were put there by nature and are sprinkled across the island. Here, you can find quiet shaded streets which are great for a stroll. Those who enjoy history will also want to visit the historic colonial buildings and churches. The villages in Ibiza are also very colourful. There's everything from the whitewashed buildings that gave Ibiza its “White Island” nickname to the houses that are the same colours as the island’s flowers. The old town of Eivissa (the Catalan name for Ibiza) is charming. Its flowered terraces overlook the town’s port, creating something that fits perfectly on a postcard. Look at renting a car to visit the other towns across the island as there’s so much history that you’ll feel like you’re travelling through time. For even more freedom, you could rent a scooter. Check out our guide to visiting the Canary Islands
Ibiza’s Hippy Heritage
The hippy community set their backpacks down here in the 1960s and 70s. During the time of “peace and love”, the entire island was home to bohemian culture and there are still plenty of artisanal hippy markets you can walk around. Make sure you visit Las Dalias, the most famous of them. Against the sound of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, you can peruse over 200 stalls with clothing and jewellery and find something to take home from your trip. You can also find:
- Limited edition records
- Old concert and festival posters
- Retro surfboards
You’ll have everything you need for good vibes.
Bars and Clubs
The island is famous for its nightlife and parties and is the destination for party-goers from all over the world. Those who love clubbing will have probably already heard of its most famous nightclubs:
Those looking for somewhere to party will be spoilt for choice in Ibiza and many package holidays are sold with the idea of partying in mind. Most people choose to enjoy the beaches during the day and go clubbing at night. Ibiza is also full of themed bars and restaurants for those looking for something different. Giant cocktails, tapas on the beach, private catering in your holiday home, there’s something for everyone. Party ahoy!
Learn to Speak Spanish Like a Native
What better way to learn Spanish than by speaking the language with native speakers? While many of the inhabitants of Ibiza speak Catalan at home, the Spanish language is still used almost everywhere. Of course, it’s a good idea to take some Spanish lessons before you go as it’ll help you when ordering food, renting a car, etc. You can then book your trip to Ibiza and start using what you’ve learnt, especially given that you can find some very affordable flights and packages for trips to Ibiza.
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Ibiza has 4 monuments classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites under a single listing:
- Puig des Molins
- Sa Caleta
- Dalt Vila
The capital city of Eivissa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. This recognises the historic, cultural, and architectural significance of the fortress. The Phoenician necropolis at Puig des Molins is also included alongside the village of Sa Caleta. The official listing states that:
“The archaeological sites at Sa Caleta (settlement) and Puig des Molins (necropolis) testify to the important role played by the island in the Mediterranean economy in protohistory, particularly during the Phoenician-Carthaginian period.”
A must-see for fans of history. The acropolis at Dalt Vila is a network of alleyways and preserved monuments like the cathedral and the castle and throughout the years, the area has played host to many cultural events. The listing includes Ibiza’s biodiversity as well as its culture. Ibiza is full of Posidonia (seagrass) that’s only found in the Mediterranean and is an excellent example of marine and coastal ecosystems interacting. A lot of work has been put in to protect these marine plants. You can enjoy these underwater prairies while out on a boat, kayak, or catamaran. Check out our guide to visiting Menorca
Ibiza is home to plenty of different restaurants. You’ll find places for everything from burgers to sushi and local specialities, of course. The local food is worth trying and beyond paella, there’s food that’s unique to Ibiza, too. As an island, it’s hardly surprising that fish and seafood are commonly sold. We recommend the guisat de peix, a fish stew with potatoes, seafood, fish, and aioli. Then there’s the peix sec, a dried fish that you can take on your hikes with you for a little snack. It’s not all seafood and there’s plenty of meat and vegetables. Try the sofrit pagès, a mix of lamb, chicken, sobrassada (a local type of sausage), potatoes, garlic, saffron, cumin, grilled almonds, bay leaves, and lard. For something lighter, go for the alinada payesa, a salad with tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, and peppers garnished with olive oil. Finish the meal with a piece of flaó, a type of cheesecake made with chocolate or almonds. There are various local variants of the dish found across the Balearic islands and in some parts of mainland Spain. Hungry? Find more Spanish lessons London here on Superprof.
The Mild Climate throughout the Year
With over 300 sunny days a year, Ibiza is a great destination at any time of the year. However, we recommend avoiding the peak season, especially since you can still enjoy nice weather when most of the tourists aren’t there. You can still dine al fresco without worrying about being too cold. Bring your swimwear as Ibiza and Formentera are ideal destinations all year long.
A Destination for Everyone
Ibiza isn’t just for party-goers and celebrities. It’s also a family destination as there are waterparks and activities for the little ones. There are plenty of places, especially the great outdoors, where younger travellers can run around and play. There are also plenty of holiday rents suitable for families with younger children and a lot of the hotels also have kids’ clubs with staff ready to take care of children of all ages so a trip to Ibiza can be affordable fun for the whole family. If you're looking to brush up on your Spanish or learn some useful expressions before you go, you could always enlist the help of one of the many talented and experienced tutors on Superprof! No matter where you live, you should be able to find a tutor to teach you Spanish face-to-face, online, or in a group. Each type of tutorial has its pros and cons so think carefully about which option would be best for you. Face-to-face tutorials are tailored to the students, allowing them to learn exactly what they want and what they need to learn. While these are normally more expensive than the other types of tutorials, they're also the most cost-effective as you can guarantee that every minute of the lesson is spent teaching you what you need to know. For those on a budget, group tutorials are a good solution, especially if there are a few of you going on a trip and you all need to learn Spanish before you do. While you won't be able to enjoy tailored tutoring, you will be able to share the cost of the tutor's time with the other students in the class. Finally, if you can't find any tutors working nearby, you can always opt for online tutorials. Since the tutor doesn't need to travel, they'll usually charge less than they would for a face-to-face tutorial and with subjects like foreign languages, online tutorials can be just as effective.
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