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Discovering Ibiza
July 30, 2017, 4:49 pm

Although relatively small, Ibiza is one of the most scenic and popular destinations of the Balearic Islands and is packed with attractions and things to do.

Ibiza is widely known for its unparalleled nightlife, but there is also plenty to experience during the day. From the history of Ibiza Town to the sandy beaches of Cala Llenya, Ibiza is an island that is well worth a visit.

Ibiza Town: The port city known as Ibiza Town is the largest destination on the island. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza Town boasts a walled fortress as well as cobblestone streets. Locals call the city Eivissa. Ibiza Town is divided into sections: Dalt Vila and Eixample. Perched above the water, Dalt Vila, or Old Town, is the historic area filled with world-class restaurants and a great selection of bars. Below, you will find Eixample, or Extension, where most of the newer buildings can be found. While visiting, be sure to check out the Cathedral called Our Lady of the Snows, which offers perhaps the best views in the entire town.

Sant Antoni de Portmany: Also known as just San Antonio, Sant Antoni de Portmany is the second largest destination on Ibiza. It is recognized far and wide as one of the top nightlife destinations in Ibiza. Start the night out on Sunset Strip, where several cafes and bars allow for spectacular views of the sunset. Then, make your way to the West End, where the majority of the nightlife spots are concentrated. If you are not out too late in the night, you can enjoy days at the beach or strolling along the scenic promenade called the Passeig de ses Fonts.

Sant Josep de sa Talaia: If you are eager to see a different side of Ibiza, then make sure you head to Sant Josep de sa Talaia. On the southwest of the island, Sant Josep de sa Talaia is where you can find some of the most scenic destinations on Ibiza. The Salines Nature Park and the Vendranell Nature Reserve are two of the most obvious examples, although you will also be close to extinct volcanoes and stunning beaches. At Cala Comte, you can relax on a sandy shoreline, or you could head to one of the local breweries in the area. This is definitely the nature lover’s favorite spot on the island.

Es Vedra: One of the most intriguing destinations in Ibiza is the island of Es Vedra. Located just off the coast of Cala d’Hort on the western coast, Es Vedra is completely uninhabited. However, it is steeped in mystery and lore. Legends tie Es Vedra to Tanit, the Phoenician lunar goddess. The island was also the spot where the infamous sirens tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey. It is said that Es Vedra is incredibly magnetic, behind only the North Pole and the Bermuda Triangle. Cruises take you to see Es Vedra up close, plus they offer amazing views of the surrounding landscape.

Cala Llenya: If you are hoping to find a slightly quieter beach in Ibiza, then Cala Llenya may fit the bill. The beach is just 10 minutes away from San Carlos, and it is on the smaller side. Instead of offering walking access to dozens of nightlife venues, Cala Llenya is surrounded by lush green pine trees. Beach volleyball is popular here, and many families gravitate toward the more relaxed atmosphere in the area.

Playa d'en Bossa: This coastal resort spot is incredibly appealing for those who want an all-inclusive holiday right on the beach. It is also the longest beach on the island, which means you will not have any trouble securing a daybed or a lounger right on the sand. If you are coming to Ibiza for the nightlife, then Playa d’en Bossa is ideal.

Santa Eulalia del Rio: A major resort on Ibiza, Santa Eulalia del Rio is located on the island’s eastern coast. It is only a short drive from the main airport on Ibiza, and is the spot for those who want culture and cuisine in addition to beaches and scenery. One of the main draws to Santa Eulalia del Rio is the long promenade that runs along the coast. Lined with palm trees, the promenade lets you walk next to the water and admire beach views for miles. The shopping and culinary options take precedence over nightlife at this coastal destination.

Cala Llonga: The resort of Cala Llonga boasts a wide and sandy white beach, views over a beautiful bay and even hills covered in pine trees to frame the scenery. This is perhaps the most family-oriented place to visit in Ibiza, which means that you will find plenty of families with young children in the area. The main beach even offers a playground and a miniature amusement park to keep kids having fun throughout the vacation. Cala Llonga is also situated just 10 minutes from Ibiza Town, which means you can easily head away from the beach and explore the historic attractions any time.

Portinatx: On the northernmost coast of the island is Portinatx, a resort with three spectacular beaches. The largest is the sandy S’Arenal Gros, and the other two more private, less crowded options are S’Arenal Petit and Playa Porto. All three boast lifeguards, vendors and sunbeds. While you can just kick back and relax on the beach, Portinatx is very popular with snorkelers and divers thanks to its clear waters. It is a great family spot, and it is the ideal place to begin longer coastal walks. Best of all, most hotels in the area are within a short walk of at least one of the three main beaches.

Es Canar: A beach resort on the eastern side of the island, Es Canar is best known for its hippy market, but it has far more than just that to offer. Es Canar is made up of pine forests as well as sandy shorelines, which means great contrast and exceptional scenery. It is also a dream destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, because there are unlimited opportunities for things like windsurfing and parasailing. Also, do not miss out on the famed hippy market. Held every Wednesday, the market is a great place to buy local crafts and souvenirs.

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