The third largest island of the Balearic chain, Ibiza lies about 80 km off the coast of Valencia, Spain, making it quickly accessible by both air and water. Most famous for its indefatigable nightlife, which turns the island into a tourist turnstile come June and leaves it surprisingly empty come September, you'll find that accurate adventure expectations will be key when entering Ibiza.
you'll undoubtedly be coming for the aforementioned nightlife and spending much of your time in Ibiza Town or San Antonio, the two cities of note on the small island. Thankfully, you don't have to travel far to experience all that Ibiza has to offer, which consists mostly of what you'd expect from an island in the Mediterranean: a whole lot of beach and water-based activities. One great way of acquainting yourself with the island is through a boating tour. There are a number of operators that offer this service, taking you around the coast and to the satellite island of Formentera in glass-bottomed boats while providing time to swim, water-ski, and more. Just keep in mind that this, like all things in Ibiza, can be pretty expensive.
Then again, it's far cheaper to lounge about on the beach. Near San Antonio on the west side of the island are the sparkling waters of Cala Bassa, a sandy bay that bursts with sun-seekers during the summer, and Cala d'Hort, a beach backed by cliffs that faces the enigmatic rock formation known as Es Vedra. Take a boat out for a picnic on the limestone rocks, which have their place in legend. Beaches near Ibiza Town that have garnered strong reputations include Playa d'en Bossa (where beach bars and dance music are as as common as cacti in the desert), Figueretas (the closest beach to town), and Las Salinas at the southern tip of the island. We suggest heading to the less-beaten-path that is Cala Mastella, a gorgeous cove on the eastern side of the island. If you can get to Formentera, Ses Illetes, surrounded by the sea on both sides, is a must if you can handle the flood of tourists in high season. If you can't, nearby Playa Llevant is usually less crowded; Playa Migjorn at the south of Formentera is a few miles of beach that allows for a bit of tranquility as well.
Other options for a bit of adventure include scuba diving and snorkeling. The snorkeling can be had nearly anywhere along both the coast of Ibiza and Formentera, where the clear waters are prime for such activity. The best scuba diving can be had in the Cala d'Hort Marine Nature Reserve; the marine life here is plentiful and coral reef dives are of good quality. Then again, there is also a large cave system near Puerto de San Miguel called the Cova de Can Marçà. The limestone reaches are quite attractive, but the stamp of tourism is undeniable in the cost for entrance and the accompanying light and music displays.
Adventure may just be an afterthought when it comes to Ibiza, especially if your style of adventure means losing ten pounds of water-weight dancing and replacing that weight in alcohol by sun-up. Still, a chance to enjoy blissful beaches and a little bit of paradise is within your reach. Check out our activity pages or consult the embark community for further information.