Great Things to Do in Ibiza (Beyond Partying)
Our ultimate guide to this chic Balearic island - without the sweaty nightclubs
Travelling to Ibiza? We don’t have to tell you that it’s a prime place to party because we both know you weren’t born yesterday. We’re here to help with everything else there is to enjoy on this beautiful Balearic paradise. Our fastidious Plum Guide home critics have done the grunt work to ensure your choice of villa is the absolute dream home, and thanks to this list of things to do in Ibiza, you’ll know about all the best areas to explore to ensure the most dreamy island holiday for you and yours.
Catch the vibe in San Antonio
Located on the west coast of the island, San Antonio is Ibiza’s second largest town and was a notorious party spot in the 80s and 90s. Today it’s a little more grown up (just like you) and offers the ideal combination of beaches and nightlife. Bask on its sandy beaches by day and enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters. Swimming is a great way to burn calories so if you plan on going hard tonight - hint, hint - we suggest getting that paddle in now. The promenade here is perfect for an afternoon beer or coffee if you need a break from the blazing sun.
Speaking of which, when the sun goes down there is no better place to unwind and enjoy a cocktail than Cafe del Mar. This popular spot has been playing lounge music for over twenty years and offers one of the best sunset views on the island. It’s so majestic you almost won’t want to come home to your luxury Plum Guide home afterwards - keyword, almost.
Be a beach bum in Talamanca
Just a few minutes up the road from the bustling Ibiza town marina is the beautiful Talamanca beach. Glimmering white sand faces on to turquoise seas and the surrounding hills are dotted with pine trees. Work on your tan in the chicest swimwear you own and take in the natural beauty all around you. You’ll practically forget you’re also in the summer party capital of the world.
The beach here is nestled between two headlands so the waves are gentle and perfect for the kids if you’ve brought them along. Nearby lies the posh holiday community of Cap Martinet where you can call one of our homes yours for the duration of your trip. Watching the sunset from a floating position in an infinity pool is certainly among the top ten reasons you work so hard at that job you hate (make a mental note of that).
Shop like a hippie in Santa Eulalia
While we know you may want to enjoy one or two riotous nights out (and the impending hangovers of doom that will no doubt follow), we’re very aware you didn’t come to Ibiza at your age just to party. So when choosing things to do in Ibiza, we suggest not to skip out on Santa Eulalia, perched on the east coast of the island. Golden sand lines the beaches, and the many nearby cafes and eateries make the ideal spot for a light lunch of pan con tomate, marinated anchovies and various other tapas of your choice. Wash them down with a glass of local vino and you’ll be ready to splash your credit card at the various local shops. It’s a win win.
Ibiza’s only golf course is also located here for those of you who want to practice your swing, but our favourite draw around these parts is the weekly Las Dalias Hippie Market. This fabulous outdoor market takes place every Saturday just a few minutes from Santa Eulalia in San Carlos. Artisan and locally made jewellery, clothing, homeware, candles and more are available to browse and buy. The people-watching is also excellent as many of the island old-timers flock here weekly. You’ll really feel like a part of the 'in crowd'.
Treat yourself to a spa day
You may be on an island but that doesn’t mean you have to spend every day at the beach. Ibiza is practically as famous for its spas as its nightclubs, so a day of relaxation is a must in terms of things to do in Ibiza. There are at least 15 spas on the island, but one of our favourites is the serene Atzaró Spa. Surrounded by citrus, palm trees and olive groves, a day here feels like a total escape from the glitz, glamour and craziness of the island (while still of course being a very glamorous spot).
The 43-metre pool is as good a place as any to start your day. Even you’ll be taking photos for the 'gram' because this place is too good not to show off. Book yourself in for a selection of the treatments on offer and enjoy a few hours being treated like total royalty, before heading home to your exclusive Plum rental.
Island hop to Formentera
No list of Ibiza activities would be complete without mentioning Formentera, the tiny island off Ibiza’s south coast. There is possibly no place in Europe more relaxing (well, maybe these romantic Greek islands are contenders). You’ll love a few days spent drinking on the beach at local haunt Kiosko 62, and dipping into the waters of this paradise’s many beaches.
Sitting on Playa de Ses Illetes or Calo des Mort beaches, you’ll have to check your phone location to confirm you didn’t accidentally somehow end up in the Caribbean. Trust us, it’s that nice. And if you feel like all the heavy drinking in Ibiza got you down, hire a bike for the day and explore Formentera in the best way there is.