The third largest of the Balearic Islands (a small chain off the Mediterranean coast of Spain), Ibiza has seen a transformation in the last few generations from a quiet and isolated beach destination to THE worldwide party mecca. This balmy destination is internationally renowned for over-the-top clubbing experiences and hedonistic party-goers, making it the closest we can fathom to the reckless excess of a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah (although we're crossing our fingers against the impending godly wrath). That being said, living life in a haze of vice and irresponsibility is an adventure for many, but to limit your possibilities to deafening noises, claustrophobia, and showers of foam and sweat is to overlook the true adventures that exist on Ibiza and its sister island of Formentera.
Whether you are in Ibiza Town, San Antonio, or anywhere else on the island, the nightlife will be a primary focus. That's understandable; if you wanted a snow-crusted beard instead of an incredible tan and fewer brain cells you'd be spending your time in the Himalayas. Still, don't pickle your adventurous spirit with alcohol, when there are wrecks to scuba dive, inland hills and valleys to bike, mystical rock formations to scale, and the full range of water activities to keep your adrenaline flowing. The best diving conditions and marine life may be found in the Cala d'Hort Marine Nature Reserve, although there are over a hundred dive sites served by three operators all around the circumference of the island. If you're looking to explore the inland, where Ibizan culture remains least overrun by tourism, or innumerable beaches from a different perspective, rent a mountain bike and follow all kinds of guided and unguided routes. Another transport option is the ubiquitous water travel, whether you're booking a catamaran for a day of water-skiing or are planning to alight on the enigmatic hump on the horizon known as Es Vedra or the more quiet beach locations of Formentera. These options are endless and will often include drinks for a sizable price tag. Jet skis, kayaks, snorkels, and even windsurfing boards are readily available at popular beaches like Playa d'en Bossa, Cala Martina, Cala Bassa, and more. There are even a number ofrock climbing opportunities in Ibiza, meaning that no matter your adventure preference, Ibiza may just be able to accommodate you. We suggest taking a look through our adventure activities for a range of further options.
Just in case you forgot that Ibiza was inhabited prior to the influx of dance music uber-parties, remind yourself with a stroll through the cobblestone alleys of old Ibiza town to Dalt Vila (Ibiza Castle) or hike up to Puig de Missa, a centuries-old church that overlooks the town of Santa Eulalia. The hippy market, which is in a different place nearly every day, is also a great chance to hang with the locals and enjoy a slice of daily Ibiza.
Visit our dedicated pages for more on aspects of Ibizan culture and even local cuisine, and ask more of yourself when planning your trip to Ibiza. Do you just want to come to this gorgeous Mediterranean gem to party too hard and fry yourself on the beach or would you like to come away with something that lasts? Browse our activities, pictures, and more for more on what awaits you.