Chill out! Ibiza has a laid back atmosphere and one of life’s pleasures must surely be to relax, enjoy some cool refreshment and just watch the world go by.
Go to the beach
There are some 56 to discover, ranging from small, intimate coves to larger bays, but all with fine sand and lapped by crystal clear waters of every shade of blue imaginable.
Take a Walk
There are some varied and interesting paths throughout the island. The tourist office in each town will have maps and information on the walks in the vicinity.
Ibiza Golf Club is the only course on the Island and is close to Cala Llonga. www.golfibiza.com. Tel: 971 196 052.
Check out the watch towers
As you go around the island you will see watch towers at strategic points. They were used as look out points to protect the islanders from invading pirates. If a pirate ship was spotted a fire would be lit, which could be seen from the next watch tower which, in turn, would light another fire, so that the message was sent around the island of the imminent danger. This gave the locals the opportunity to take refuge in the churches.
Go to Formentera for the day
Ferries leave regularly from the port in Eivissa. The second of the Pitiusas islands is well worth at least one visit. Here you will find beaches of the most amazing white sand washed by waters of the most incredible shades of blue.
The mystery that is the island of Es Vedra…
What makes it so special? The unusually high levels of metals and minerals create a highly magnetic field around it. There are many myths and legends surrounding this island and its history, ranging from being the alleged birthplace of Hannibal, to being the island of the sirens in the Homer epics, through to the spot where UFOs have been spotted.
This delightful town has so much to offer, from trendy shops through to the Dalt Vila, the medieval quarter. This is a maze of cobbled streets, steps and tunnels which lead up to the magnificent Cathedral. The bustling waterfront is a great place to people watch the interesting and diverse examples of the human race that visit this unique island.
Visit el Molino de Puig d’En Valls, the only working mill on Ibiza.
It is a flour mill used for grinding grain and cereals. It is located in the area of Puig d’En Valls, close to Eivissa Town, and is open on Thursday mornings from 09.00-12.00.
Ses Salines is the Natural Park of Ibiza and Formentera.
It is located between the two Pitiusas islands and extends from the south of Ibiza to the north of Formentera and includes the stretch of sea that separates them. It is a stopping off point for migrating birds and 210 species of birds have been registered, including flamingos, the black winged stilt, the common shelduck, the snowy plover and the Balearic Shearwater, to name but a few.
Watching the sun set is a very serious pastime in Ibiza, whether it be from the peaceful terrace of your villa, from one of the sophisticated ‘chill out’ beach clubs with cocktail in hand, or sitting on one of the sandy beaches, it is a ‘must do’ during your stay on the island.
During the summer months nocturnal walks are organised on nights when there is a full moon. These hikes cross natural areas or zones of cultural or historical interest. www.ibizamundoactivo.com. Tel: 971 190 151.
is an important economic activity within the Ses Salines natural park and the exportation of the salt is a significant source of income. The salt pans are extensive and cover a large part of this corner of the island, close to the airport.
The churches dotted around the island are particularly striking
with their whitewashed walls and 3 black crosses, representing the 3 crosses on Calvary. Many of them were built with small windows and thick walls to provide sanctuary from invading pirates since this is where the people fled for protection in times of invasion.
Visit the Cova of Can Marçá
This is a natural grotto 20 kms from Ibiza and a few kilometres from Puerto de San Miguel. The cave system was formed as a result of sea erosion and as you walk through it you will see stalactites and a 20 metre high waterfall. The cave was once used by smugglers to store their booty. Opening hours 10am to 7 pm. Tel: 971 334 776.
The Can Rich de Buscastell vineyard is located on the outskirts of San Antonio. Some interesting choices of whites, tintos and rosés are on offer.
Go ride a horse!
North Ride Ibiza are small stables located in the hills between San Joan and Portinatx, in the middle of one of Ibiza’s wildest and most protected natural areas. Tel: 669 604 083 or www.north-ride-ibiza.com
Go ride a bke!
There are over 25 designated cycle routes, ranging from short gentle rides through the pine forests to 90km Olympic standard courses. Guides are available from local tourist offices. Bikes can be hired from Ibiza MTB. Tel: 616 129 929, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ibizamtb.com. Helmets, locks and water bottles are usually included in the hire rates.
The track is on the road from Eivissa to Sta Eulalia. There are tracks and karts for both children and adults. There is also a restaurant and covered games area with video games, air hockey and pool. Open daily from 10am until dark. Tel: 971 31 77 44.
Relax at a spa
The 5 star Hotel Fenicia, just by the beach of Santa Eulalia has a Thalasso Spa centre offering beauty treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. Tel: 971 807 000. Email: email@example.com.
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