Many think all things to do in Ibiza include all night parties at famous nightclubs and parties and more parties. These have certainly been the main Ibiza attractions since the 1960s when folk singer Joan Baez organized an impromptu conga line through the streets of Ibiza Town and hippies, rock stars, and other flocked here. In fact, Ibiza has been a trendy and fun destination for the rich and famous since the 1930s when film stars like Terry Thomas, Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, and others took their vacations on this lovely small Balearic island. But there are plenty of other attractions in Ibiza to keep visitors of all ages and interests happy and occupied.
The main tourist attraction in Ibiza remains the island’s legendary nightlife, which generally begins with sundown cocktails, followed by a late dinner (with more cocktails), and then gets really going about midnight (with more cocktails). Among the things to do in Ibiza even for those who aren’t party animals is to visit at least one of the famous clubs. On infamous Playa den Bossa, known for its skimpy bikini clad Ibiza girls, is the Space nightclub. Between Ibiza Town and San Antonio is the world’s largest nightclub, Privilege, with a capacity of 10,000 revelers. In San Antonio is one of the island’s oldest clubs, the Paradise, famous for its huge dance floor that is turned into a giant swimming pool twice a week, and Eden, one of the island’s newest clubs.
Recovery for the party goers usually occurs during the day on another of the Ibiza attractions—the island’s beautiful beaches. There are nearly 100 of them, from Playa den Bossa and Las Salinas near Ibiza Town to more subdued Cala Tarida, which is a very popular beach for family holidays. There are also four family friendly beaches in Portinatx,
Not every spot on this small island is a party spot, and other attractions in Ibiza include some very secluded, sometimes deserted beaches. You’ll find these along the rugged coastline on either side of the little resort town of Portinatx as well as near the former 1960s hippy areas around Benirras on the northeast coast. Many of the beaches, especially along the rocky coast near Portinatx are excellent for diving and snorkeling.
Wonderful Ibiza attractions are also located in the island’s picturesque interior. Here are charming historic villages and lovely farms, some of which are unique boutique hotels. There is great hiking, horseback riding, and shopping in these regions. Another one of the popular things to do in Ibiza is to spend the day on “round the island” ferries that operate on regular schedules throughout the peak season, from about mid-May to about mid-October when the weather is the best. If you want a day excursion to really get away from it all, take the ferry to nearby Formentera Island. This unspoiled island is light years from the Ibiza disco scene, and you can spend a day on a nearly deserted pristine beach. To get in a little history, spend an afternoon exploring the maze of narrow cobbled streets and alleys in the ancient Dalt Vila of Ibiza Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.