The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Ibiza is probably parties. After all, the Spanish island does have quite a reputation for being the place to go for nightlife in the Mediterranean, but there is so much more that this destination has to offer. A few quick facts to get you oriented, Ibiza is about 220 square miles (roughly the size of Chicago’s metropolitan area or 1/10th the size of Rhode Island) with a year round population of about 133,000. Accessible only by boat or plane, Ibiza is located halfway up the eastern coast of Spain and 55 miles from the mainland. In less than the time it takes to watch an episode of your favorite primetime drama on Netflix, you can fly from Valencia to Ibiza (a speedy 45 minutes!) It is also a favorite port for cruise ships, which was how I was personally introduced to this island back in the summer of 2016.
To start with the most well known element of Ibicencan tourism, it does throw some of the most famous parties with the best DJs in the world. Every year celebrities and party seekers travel to visit the clubs and festivals. When we took our tour of the island, our taxi driver said that many of his fellow drivers would pick up people from the clubs at 8 am to take them home after a full evening of partying. So if this is your scene, then this is where to have the ultimate experience!
If you prefer more daytime activities, fear not, Ibiza has that too! With a solid year round population, the island has several towns packed with charm unique unto them. We stopped into Sant Augustin where we picked up a coffee (a necessity on all our travels) in an old bar whose walls were covered, floor to ceiling, in original works by a patron who paid for all his drinks for decades through his art. The sandy streets were quiet on our morning tour and the seabreeze, a constant throughout the island, shook the almond trees which, according to lore, were brought by the Phoenicians over 2,500 years ago.
We were also fortunate enough to visit a 17th century farmhouse and olive oil home factory in the town of San Carlos which functions as a museum. There we were served the local liquor, Hierbas, and a traditional dessert made of egg, goat cheese, olive oil, and rosemary. As this home demonstrated, agritourism is a thriving part of the island’s economy and a very delicious one at that!
So whether you are looking to get your groove on or sip some homemade hierbas by the sea, there is a place in Ibiza waiting for you. Let us help you add this stop to your next European adventure.