The Venga Boys sang about it many moons ago, but the thing is, whatever your musical preferences, Ibiza Town holidays will bring out more than just the party animal in holidaymakers, courtesy of the iconic White Isle being synonymous with chill-out vibes. If you’re looking to fuse the more hedonistic holiday lifestyle with that of the stripped back and relaxed aspect, then Ibiza Town really does proffer both sides of the local currency.
Referred to as ‘Eivissa’ in Catalan, Ibiza Town is recognised as the capital of the Balearic Island; party and otherwise; the Spanish word loosely translating as ‘heart and soul’. On the flip of the coin visitors to this sublimely beautiful region can trip the light fantastic way into the small hours, or conversely opt to drift off to sleep in the comfort of their beds with the hypnotic soundscape of the crashing waves serving as their lullaby.
Need we say more as to why Ibiza Town is a no-brainer for your holiday in 2017?
From crumbling, yet charming, medieval castles and narrow streets, breath-taking vistas at every turn and a glut of romantically-tinged restaurant settings to tickle the taste buds, Ibiza Town is positively dripping with an alternative selection of things to do for the tourist who’s not primarily focused on having a good time in beats per minute. A magnet for the rich and famous, Ibiza Town absolutely owns its unique pull on visitors.
In terms of things to see, do and visit to complete your holiday in and out of the Balearic sunshine – then look no further than the Aguamar Water Park (perfect for families), the Museu d'Art Contemporani, Cueva De Can Marca (or the caves of San Marca), the Museo de Dalt Vila (otherwise known as the Archaeological Museum of Ibiza) and/or a raft of beaches to dip in and out of.
Wine and Dine
Aside from indulging in various forms of liquid refreshment while partying hard on holiday in Ibiza Town, thousands of holidaymakers drawn to the sunny delights of the White Isle for a myriad of delightful flavours served up from sunrise to sunset. Covering pretty much every sort of dish and eclectic menu which cater for even the most discerning of palettes, visitors to Ibiza Town really don’t need to stray off the beaten track at all to sample some extraordinary food options.
These include the restaurant likes of La Cava Tapas Bar (the clue is in the title here), STK Ibiza, La Oliva Restaurant - billed as cuisine from Provence, which routinely comprise of braised & roast meats and fresh fish, El Faro Restaurant, and The Booo Restaurant (for the best burgers in town with a funky, shady patio). Elsewhere tourists might be taken by Gave Mx, and La Dispensa Restaurant. Or if all else fails, Ibiza Town’s very own Hard Rock Café - the typical American dining experience.
Despite Ibiza Town having something of a reputation for being one of the most attractive propositions for 24 hour party people, that’s not to say there’s a host of alternative ways to spend your day if your typical 24 hours is spent in the company of 2.4 children!
If exploration is your thing, then why not check out the Castle of Ibiza, the town’s small (but perfectly formed) Catedral de Ibiza (the Dalt Vila-situated cathedral) and/or the Necropolis del Puig des Molins. This is an exceptionally well-presented museum with many intriguing artefacts displayed within the three large rooms that represent the three acknowledged periods of the ancient history of Ibiza. However, if you really want to throw caution to the wind, families can enjoy trekking adventures courtesy of Ibiza horse valley, a variety of water sport activities, which include sailing boat hire. Indeed, Ibiza Sailing Charter is a local initiative which allows tourist the opportunity to experience life at sea for a day, whereby you’ll take in the wonderful coastal vistas of both Ibiza and Formentera.
Action and Adventure
Kayaking, jet-skiing, fly and hover-board experiences, cliff diving, parasailing, and boat charters are just a few options available to adventurous holidaymakers. And while your kicks won’t quite be gotten for free, none of these thrill-seeking pursuits will cost an arm and a leg. Adrenaline junkies tend to make a bee-line for Ibiza Town due to the array of fun and flippant things they can do, both by night and – as highlighted above – by day. Quite when you plan on recharging your batteries when there is so many activities to actively engage in, is anyone’s guess; but that said, you can always find time for some much-need R&R when you return home!
Life's a Beach
Away from the sangria and DJ decks, the sun, sea and sand associated with Ibiza Town is certainly something worth writing home about. For a kick-off it’s situated within striking distance of some of the island's most sought-after beaches, which instantly ensures that it’s regarded as one of the best places to stay. The beaches of Playa d'en Bossa, Cala Jondal and Las Salinas lie in close proximity, while the expansive white sands which characterise both Talamanca and Figueretas are discovered via just a short walk or bus ride.
Grab a sun lounger and the factor 40 and you can easily lose an entire day in the sun, with the inviting waters of the lapping at your feet. Those on holiday in Ibiza Town don’t even have to venture far out of their comfort zone to grab refreshments, courtesy of Talamanca Beach Club at hand; which specialises in hearty pastas and wood-fired pizzas which you can eat with your feet in the sand.
We wonder just many Ministry of Sound compilation CD’s have featured DJ sets performed and recorded in Ibiza over the past 20 years? We’re easily talking about one of the party capitals of the world here! With so many clubs and bars to dance the night away in, Ibiza Town is a thriving hub for those holidaymakers hell-bent on a memorable night out; and explains why so many tourists flock to the White Isle year after year.
Generally agreed to offer electrifying nightlife, a holiday in Ibiza Town isn’t going to disappoint in any way, shapes or forms. While the town centre is regaled as the island’s party capital, revellers seeking out something a bit less raucous will be pleased to learn that the bars located in Dalt Vila and Plaza del Parc offer a significantly more relaxed ambience; yet not at the expense of a range of drinks and musical accompaniment until midnight and beyond.
Smaller clubs like Heart and Lío should be top of most party-goers lists, while the world famous Pacha, the island’s first superclub, is a must for many. Veto also comes highly recommended while another marina-based port of call worth dropping in on is Heart Ibiza, a restaurant/club. And don’t forget, if you never want the party to stop, when the sun comes back up you can always hit one of the many boat parties departing from Ibiza Town.
Divided into two very different, individual areas, yet coming together collectively to form what is recognised as Ibiza Town are the picturesque Dalt Vila (discovered at the top of a large hill and providing commanding views of the town’s harbour/marina beneath), and the far more modern Eixample (literally, ‘extension’ in the native Catalan tongue). The former affords holidaymaking couples easy access to the town’s best museums and galleries, while not being much more than a hop, skip and a jump away from the best beaches; the latter, lower down, making for a more immediate sojourn to the marina and all the notable landmarks therein and around.
Couples on holiday in Ibiza Town will absolutely fall in love with the charm of the 16th Century walls of the fortified old town, Dalt Vila, which remains one of the town’s most popular attractions. This is also where you’ll find a mouth-watering selection of restaurants perfect for daytime eateries and the most romantic of candlelit dinners by nightfall. We would implore those on holiday in Ibiza Town to take the time to wander up through the rickety streets to enjoy the simply breath-taking views over the harbour and neighbouring resorts.
On the other side of the harbour - out of the hustle and bustle of the port area - is Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Nueve. Potentially appealing to couples, these attractive outlying areas are hubs for the rich and famous, and visitors will discover the more glamorous venues such as Sushipoint and Cipriani should their endeavours take them this way. All of which come with the guarantee of tantalising food and drink accompanied by stunning views of Ibiza Town. Bliss!
It might surprise some people to learn that Ibiza Town is soaked in as much culture as it is iconic nightlife scenes. The architecture for starters is nothing short of charming, while there’s a choice of museums and galleries dotted throughout the immediate area. But more than its many galleries, museums, live music and cultural events, it's no surprise that the island has a deep music and art heritage and is definitely in touch with its creative side. After all, during the last century the island became a refuge for artists, painters and sculptors that arrived looking for a liberated place where they could express themselves more freely.
Ibiza Town is at the heart of this, being home to various establishments, installations and venues which have allowed artists and inventors to express themselves over the years. Of late, these include Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté's Lune Rouge in Ibiza Town and serial gallerist, Lio Malca's La Nave art exhibition space near Santa Gertrudis, while a number of restaurants on the island also show the works of local artists in one-off exhibitions. Meanwhile The Archaeological Museum is set over two sites. The Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre near Ibiza Town's cathedral uses modern audio-visual technology to tell the history of the city. Near the church of Santa Eulalia tourists will find an old country house which is home to the Ethnographic Museum of Ibiza; which depicts the island's former, more pastoral way of life and times.