Best things to do in Ibiza (besides party)

18 December 2018

Everyone knows that Ibiza is the hottest spot for hardcore partying, world-famous DJs and super-fun island vibes. But even when you’re not busting moves to banging EDM beats, there’s still plenty of awesome things to keep you out and about. Check out these great beaches, shopping hot spots, outdoor adventures and more that you can get up to on your holiday in Ibiza.

Snorkel and sun tan at Cala Conta Beach

There’s a reason why Cala Conta is one of the most popular beaches in Ibiza. Think 800m of golden sand, crystal-clear water and island views that will blow any Instagram filter out of the water. Two main beaches offer the perfect spots for chilling with a cocktail and catching some rays. There are also plenty of rocky outcrops great for snorkelling. Feeling hungry? Visit Cala Conta’s most famous restaurant, Sunset Ashram for tasty eats, jaw-dropping views and some chill party vibes after sunset.

Surf’s up at Cala Nova Beach

Hang ten? Then head to stunning Cala Nova where (when the wind is right), you’ll find some of the best surfing on Ibiza. A glittering stretch of golden sand is the perfect launchpad for surf lovers to hit the waves (or beach bunnies to just kick back and relax). The beach is sheltered by dramatic red rocky cliffs on one side and pine-covered hills on the other - great for a bit of hiking if you’re up to it. If you’re keen for a snack, there’s a cute little beach hut that should help fill the gap. But if you’re hungry for something more, check out the new Aiyanna Restaurant, with its awesome views over the bay and delicious Eastern Mediterranean-inspired food.

Happy shopping at the Hippy Markets

The famous Hippy Markets in Ibiza are a pretty big deal. There are loads of them, and they sell everything from jewellery, hand crafts, street food, second-hand finds, clothing and antiques to all sorts of weird and wonderful treasures. The two biggest markets are the Punta Arabí Hippy Market on Wednesday in Es Caná and the Las Dalias Hippy Market on Saturday in San Carlos. Punta Arabí is the original market on the island, jam-packed with stalls tucked away between white-washed villas and tiny winding paths. You’ll find lots of hand-made stuff here, plus drumming circles, street food vendors and live music adding to the vibe. The second biggest market in Ibiza is Las Dalias, known for its fashion and jewellery from local designers and artists, plus leatherware and paintings.

Super Sightseeing

Take a break from the beaches and party scene, and go check out some of Ibiza’s must-see spots. Start off with a visit to Ibiza Town's dazzling Medieval castle. Head to Las Salinas, one of Ibiza's most famous landmarks with sparkling salt fields dating back over 2000 years. Then head down into the Can Marça caves - twisty, windy golden corridors once used by smugglers to hide their stash. Keep going and you’ll be rewarded with a cool Music and Light Show over a cascading waterfall. For a bit of a hike, wander over to Portinatx to the Punta Moscarter lighthouse, a towering landmark on the northern coast.

Get ready to party, chill, shop, sightsee and more on your epic holiday in Ibiza.