Spain (and the island of Ibiza in particular) is considered a huge party destination, but is there anything to do in Ibiza that doesn’t involve partying?
A group of friends and I tested it out first hand this summer during a Euro-trip that took us to three major cities: Amsterdam, Ibiza and Barcelona.
I can confirm that Ibiza is definitely the party capital of Europe, if not the world. It’s home to some of the sickest clubs, with some of the biggest names in house music playing there on the regular. You get the picture: Ibiza is renowned for nightlife and partying.
But in fact, this beautiful island off the coast of Spain has a lot more to offer than its club scene. Whether you need a break from the ragers or staying out until 7 a.m. (or 10am like us) isn’t really your thing, here are ten other activities you can do when on Ibiza.
Explore by Moped:
Ibiza is a pretty hilly destination, and without a car it’ll take a lot of walking to get around the island. Instead, rent a moped and explore the towns, beaches and markets by moped. You might even discover some hidden gems and secret locations.
Watch a Show at Lío Ibiza:
There is nothing else quite like Lío – it’s part-restaurant, part-bar, part-live entertainment, part-club (and I use the word club loosely). It’s an interactive show featuring singers, dancers, comedians and other performers that treat diner guests to a night of fun. It’s loud, expensive and definitely worth a visit. The show ends at 11, when it then switches over to a DJ for a club (or pre-club) type party.
Day-Trip to Formentera:
Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its clear waters and long stretches of beach, it’s the most popular day-trip destination from Ibiza – and hand’s-down some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. Hop a ferry from one of Ibiza’s ports for only 19 euro and escape the crowds. It’s no desolate island either, it’s full of restaurants, activities and water-sports.
Go To The Hippy Market:
If you’re looking to do some shopping in Ibiza, especially for handmade goods from local artists and vendors, the Hippy Market should be your first (and only) stop. Aptly named, you’ll find all types of items such as clothing, jewellery and artifacts, local drinks, teas, trinkets and other souvenirs.
Sip Sangria at Cafe Mambo:
Café Mambo is a restaurant-bar located in Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza. It’s most famous for being the official pre-party point for Pacha Ibiza, but if you’re not looking to rage (because Pacha will definitely have you raging) just spend your night at Mambo. Live music and performances on the beach are lots of fun coupled with pitchers of sangria and snacks.
Lose Your Top:
When in Spain, do as the Spanish do. If you don’t want to wait for a specified ferry departure time and take the half-hour trip to Formentera, there are plenty of beautiful beaches on Ibiza itself for sunbathing and swimming. The long stretch of beaches are dotted with locals and vacationers, many sans bathing suit tops. If you’re brave enough ladies, #FreeTheNipple!
Visit the Sunset Lounge at Eden:
Edén Restaurant is a new dining spot and “sunset lounge” at the Hacienda Na Xamena luxury boutique hotel, made up of terraces at various levels so that you can enjoy the spectacular, panoramic sea views. This lounge is glamorous and the views are breathtaking no matter where you sit, with colorful cocktail in hand.
Fine Dining at Sa Punta:
Since Ibiza is an island, it’s hard to find bad seafood – and the options for fine-dining restaurants are not limited. If you’re looking for an uber-chic setting and delicious paella, look no further than Sa Punta. The ambiance alone is to-die for, with a beachfront terrace and chill Mediterranean vibes.
Go on a Boat Cruise:
Take a day-cruise around Ibiza on a glass-bottom boat and see the island from a different perspective. The cruise will take you along the western coast of Ibiza and local guides will point out landmarks, myths and fun-facts. It’s the perfect way to “sight-sea”.
Wander Around Old Town:
Ibiza’s old town is a dreamy alternative to beaches and oceanviews, with cobbled-stone streets, gothic architecture, cathedrals and chapels, statues, cannons and courtyards. It’s best to explore this treasure-trove of history by foot and get lost in the old days of Ibiza.
A version of this post first appeared on Savoteur.com. Read my original article here.