A small island in the Balearic chain in the Mediterranean, Ibiza is the type of place that has replaced what is most intriguing about its local culture with an emphasis on its place in popular tourist culture. You'll find that there are still heritage areas here and there that have resisted development, but these nuggets of history are few and far between on an island known for ratcheting up bigger and better parties every summer. The truth is that most travelers won't come here to see a few old buildings or taste a few local dishes; yet this just might be what makes your trip more distinct and memorable.
The central cultural site in Ibiza Town is Dalt Villa, the “upper town.” A well preserved area of cobblestoned lanes that overlooks the bay, you may climb to the military fortifications, view the 14th century Ibiza Cathedral, or enjoy the cafes and shops scattered throughout. In Santa Eulària des Riu on the east side of the island, it is worth trekking the hill that overlooks the sleepy town and harbor to Puig de Missa, a white-walled church and ethnographic museum that will give you a much better sense of Ibizan history than a night at Pacha ever will. In San Antonio on the island's west end, the most famous landmark is The Egg, which is meant to celebrate the legacy of Christopher Columbus, said to have possibly been born here. A pretty simple monument, it is a good place to get your bearings.
Sadly, there isn't a ton of other stuff on Ibiza other than beaches and partying at this point. You can still visit the hippie market, an arts and craft fair that tends to be in a different island location depending on the day or boat out to Es Vedra, a rock formation that is known for its mystical tendencies, but there isn't a ton to give you a sense of Ibiza's cultural heritage prior to its boom in tourism over the last few decades. For more on the limited activities available on the cultural end of the spectrum, take a look through our dedicated pages. Otherwise, our nightlife pages may have a lot more to offer you.