Up until a few weeks ago, Ibiza was the same for us as it was for Mallorca. The party reputation of the Balearic Islands kept us from traveling to Ibiza for a long time. Lucky for us that we were invited to a blogger trip. Who knows how long this pretty spot on earth would have remained hidden from us.
After the blogger trip, we stayed a few more days in Ibiza to explore the island on our own. At the latest during our little road trip we fell head over heels in love with the island. In this blog article we tell you our highlights and insider tips for a holiday in Ibiza.
1. Sights and highlights on Ibiza Catamaran trip to Espalmador and Formentera A trip to Ibiza’s neighboring islands is highly recommended: Espalmador and Formentera. Espalmador is tiny and uninhabited. The sand is incredibly fine and very light. The water is crystal clear and turquoise blue. Formentera, on the other hand, is larger but still much quieter compared to Ibiza. One day is too short to explore both islands extensively, but at least you get a nice first glimpse.
There are several ways to get to Espalmador and Formentera. We were on a guided tour with a catamaran and were therefore able to see both islands in a relatively short time.
Our catamaran first stopped in Espalmador. There we had about 1.5 hours on the island. In Formentera, however, we only docked in front of the bay. But that wasn’t a problem, because you can also jump into the water from the ship.
Small downer: With us there were about 150 other guests on board what easy too was a lot. So if you want to enjoy the trip in peace, then it should definitely be a smaller boat.
Second option: Public ferry to Formentera The other option is the public ferry. If you only have one day, we would limit ourselves to Formentera because you simply don’t have any infrastructure on Espalmador. Departing from the port of Ibiza from approx. 7 a.m. to approx. 21 o’clock (seasonal!) every hour several ferries to Formentera.
The allegedly most beautiful and most famous beach of Formentera is the headland in the north of the island called Ses Illetes. At the port in Formentera you can either rent a bike (approx. 19 minutes to Ses Illetes) or by taxi or public bus.
Here you can you book the ferry tickets in advance: Ferry from Ibiza to Formentera (round trip)
Sunset at Cala Comte Perhaps the most popular spot for sunsets on Ibiza is the idyllic Cala Comte. Even during the day this beach is mostly open from Sun besieged by worshipers.
It is supposed to get extremely crowded here, especially in the high season. We are not surprised either: with the offshore island, Cala Comte is without a doubt an island highlight. At sunset you can simply look for a free spot along the rocks or on the sandy beach.
If you prefer to go to a beach bar, then we can offer you the Sunset Recommend Ashram. Sunset Ashram is the place for a sundowner in Ibiza . There is also really delicious food here. Small price warning: You pay for the grandiose location here. Main courses cost between 21 and 35 Euro.
Sunset at Experimental Beach The beach club called “Experimental Beach” near the salt fields of Ibiza (Ses Salines) is also perfect for the sunset. Drinks and food are rather expensive depending on the location. The ambiance is also really cool though thanks to the Café del Mar style lounge music.
Alternatively, you can of course just find a quiet spot on the beach and watch the sunset from there. A little tip: On the way to the beach club you will pass the well-known salt fields of Ibiza. The reflection of the setting sun is a pretty photo motif.
Visit the capital Eivissa ( Ibiza Town) We felt at home in the island capital from the very first moment. Ibiza Town, also known as “Eivissa”, is a friendly mixture of picturesque alleys, small boutiques, nice cafés and of course the huge harbour.
A walk through the hilly Dalt Vila (the old town) up to the Cathedral of Ibiza. The Cathedral towers high above the town and is visible from almost every point in Ibiza Town. On the way up you will always find viewpoints with a magnificent view of the harbor.
We also found the alleys around the Mercado Viejo, the old market hall. The market hall itself is not particularly exciting, but we can highly recommend a stall in it: Biolunch. There are homemade quiches and cakes made from organic ingredients for a snack between meals.
If you feel like shopping: Right on the corner next to the market hall you will find the Dutch fashion brand Braez. The style is exactly ours: simple, comfortable, but somehow special. There is a shop for men and one for women. We would have liked to have bought the whole store empty. By the way, from Braez it’s only a few steps to what is probably the best ice cream in Ibiza town: Vivi’s Creamery.
For your visit to Ibiza Town you should plan at least half a day, better yet a whole day. Parking is best in the huge parking lot “Parking Es Pratet”. It is located very close to the harbor promenade. Alternatively, you can simply park your car on the side of the road. Caution: Parking spaces marked in blue are subject to a fee.
Fascinating view: Es Vedrà The gigantic rocky island “Es Vedrà” rises out of the sea just a few kilometers from Ibiza. You can always catch a glimpse of the island from the southwest coast of Ibiza.
But you have the most impressive view from the associated viewpoint. You can find it on the main road towards Cala d’Hort on the left. Depending on how far you drive down the bumpy road by car, you still have to 10 until 20 minutes walk.
Visit a hippie market Ibiza was in the 60he and 70 known as hippie paradise. A few remnants of this hippie era have survived to this day, including the many colorful hippie markets.
The largest and probably most well-known hippie market is Punta Arabi in Es Canar. It takes place between April and October every Wednesday until approx. 15 o’clock. The quality of the goods of approx. 150 Stands are mixed, but there are some really nice jewelery and pretty accessories to buy.
2. Beaches in Ibiza: Our tips Cala d’Hort The Cala d’Hort is scenically one of the most beautiful beaches on Ibiza. The view of the offshore rock island “Es Vedrà” is gigantic. However, you won’t find a fine sandy beach: Cala d’Hort is a coarse sand to pebble beach.
Cala d’Hort is extremely crowded, especially in summer. Even when we were there in October, the beach was busy. Depending on how busy it is, you have to wait about 5 to 10 Parking within walking distance from the beach.
Cala Benirrás The Cala Benirrás is a small bay in the north of the island. The beach is a sandy beach with some pebbly sections. Despite the sandy beach, the water is very clear.
There are approx. 80 Beach loungers, which can also be rented: Two loungers plus an umbrella cost 18 Euro. However, Cala Benirrás is not an insider tip: Even when we visited in October, the bay was well filled.
3. Restaurants and cafés in Ibiza: Our insider tips Los Enamorados in Portinatx Our absolute favorite restaurant on Ibiza belongs to a small boutique hotel called Los Enamorados. The interior is gorgeous, just like the view on the small bay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.
We went for breakfast and had Acai Bowl and Eggs Benedict . Both the food and the coffee were very good. In terms of price, the restaurant is above average: Our two breakfast dishes each cost about 12 Euro. You should make a reservation, especially in high season, to be on the safe side.
Croissant Show in Ibiza Town There are countless nice cafes in Ibiza Town. A very well known one is the Croissant Show, which is located in the heart of the old town on a square in front of the old market hall. Especially in the sidewalk café in front of the café you can sit really nicely. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There are also lots of cakes and sweet pastries.
Passion in Ibiza Town Passion is our favorite spot in Ibiza Town for a healthy breakfast or lunch. The menu includes lunch bowls, Salads and burgers also plenty of smoothies. The coffee is also delicious.
There are already several locations on Ibiza. The only downer: The restaurant in Ibiza Town is located a little away from the old town in the Marina district. It takes about to walk Minutes to Passion. As everywhere on Ibiza, the prices are above average: Our main dishes (one of which can be seen in the picture) each cost around 15 Euro.
Wild Beets in Santa Gertrudis Perhaps the coolest restaurant for all those who eat vegan, is the Wild Beets in the small town of Santa Gertrudis. The menu includes creative vegan dishes, some of which are even raw food.
The ambience is very cozy. There is also a small terrace outside in front of the restaurant. The prices are in comparison easy to what you get, fine. Main courses cost between approx. 10 and 15 Euro. By the way, if you are already in Santa Gertrudis, then we can highly recommend a short walk through the pretty town.
4. Hotel on Ibiza: TUI Magic Life Cala Pada We stayed in Ibiza at the Hotel TUI Magic Life Cala Pada. Anyone who knows us knows that we are not your typical all-inclusive vacationer. Nevertheless, we felt very comfortable in the hotel, which was mainly due to the fact that the complex is very spacious and so beautifully green . As in all TUI Magic Life Hotels, the main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served as a buffet. In addition, there are two other restaurants where you can get food served.
We would clearly recommend the hotel to families with children. The offer at TUI Magic Life Cala Pada is perfectly tailored to children. We really had the feeling that small guests were well looked after there around the clock. As a childless couple you have to be prepared for a lot of children, which didn’t bother us personally.
Big plus: there are six tennis courts, two beach volleyball courts and even a soccer field. The beach (“Cala Pada”) is outside the hotel complex, a few minutes’ walk away. The sandy beach bay is very idyllic. What totally surprised us: During our visit in October we were able to see both the sunrise (approx. 8 a.m.) and the sunset (approx. 19: 20 watch) from the shore.
5. Transport in Ibiza: rental car yes or no? Before our trip to Ibiza we asked you in our Instastories if we should rent a car for the rest of our time in Ibiza. More than two thirds voted “yes” and now that we’ve been there we can confirm that a rental car is highly recommended if you want to explore the island as flexibly as possible.
We always book our rental car through Sunny Cars. Sunny Cars is an intermediary platform. So you book via the Sunny Cars website and then pick up your car from a local car rental company (Hertz, Europcar etc.).
The advantage of booking via Sunny Cars is, that a fully comprehensive insurance is already included here. And all this without a deductible. In the event of damage (regardless of whether it is someone else’s fault or your own fault), Sunny Cars will reimburse you for the deductible.
To be honest, we had the feeling on Ibiza that the people (like almost everywhere in Spain) drive relatively recklessly. A scratch in the parking lot happens so quickly – you feel more comfortable knowing that you don’t have to pay anything if the worst comes to the worst.
Transparency: Invitation & Affiliate Links We were welcomed by TUI Germany and the TUI Magic Life Cala Pada invited to Ibiza as part of a blogger trip (#TUIgrammers) – thank you for the great time! We spent the first few days together with other bloggers. Afterwards we were on our own in Ibiza. We paid for some of the restaurant visits listed here ourselves, as well as the rental car.
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Have you ever holidayed in Ibiza? Do you have any other insider tips or testimonials? We look forward to your comment!