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Ibiza: what to see and do. The White Isle has clear blue waters, sandy coves, clubs and top restaurants
December 4, 2015 | By: High50
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Why go

Despite its wild reputation as the clubbing capital of the world, if you step off the tourist trail and away from the megaclubs and beach resorts of San Antonio and Playa d’En Bossa, you’ll find a rustic Spanish island scattered with orange, lemon and almond groves, whitewashed chapels and chichi fincas-turned-agroturismos.

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Where to stay
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The clifftop Hacienda Na Xamena

Boasting a dramatic coastline dotted with verdant pine forests and unspoilt sandy coves, the White Isle is a dream for walkers and mountain bikers. Explore its rich history, which dates back some 2500 years, at the UNESCO-listed Dalt Vila, or embrace the spiritual, bohemian side of the island on a beachfront yoga retreat or just a wander around the Hippy Markets. Of course, you also just come for the nightlife…

Ibiza’s hotels are generally a cut above the rest. From the ultra-swanky Hard Rock Hotel which opened in Playa d’En Bossa in 2014, and the timeless celeb haunt, Ibiza Rocks House (formerly Pikes, which was used as the backdrop to Wham!’s Club Tropicana video) to the more understated Les Terrasses, a chic agroturismo near Santa Eularia. Stay steps from the action in Ibiza Town at Mirador de Dalt Vila, a stylish boutique hotel built into the old walls, or really escape it all at Hacienda Na Xamena, a luxe clifftop sprawl near San Miguel on the north-east coast.

Seaview from your room at Na Xamena

Seaview from your room at Na Xamena

Where to eat

Ibiza’s foodie scene has rocketed over the past few years. Forget the standard Spanish fare of paellas and tapas (although both are excellent here) and try the salt-baked seabass at the El Chiringuito in Es Cavallet or head inland to La Paloma, a rustic Mediterranean restaurant hidden amidst the orange groves of San Lorenzo.

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The outside terrace at La Paloma

For contemporary dining check out Wild Beets, a new gourmet vegan and raw foods restaurant in Santa Gertrudis, or try HEART Ibiza at the Gran Hotel in Ibiza Town. A collaboration between Cirque de Soleil, and Ferran and Albert Adrià (of El Bulli fame) it offers a lively street food market on the terrace, as well as haute cuisine coupled with live art performances in the somewhat psychedelic restaurant.

Getting around

At only 27 miles long and 15 miles wide, Ibiza is an easy island to explore. Public buses and taxis are a-plenty, but why not have a bit of fun and hire a colourful 2CV from DucksUnited to buzz around the island.

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When to go

Ibiza is starting to attract a year-round crowd with many coming out of season for walking holidays or yoga retreats. The main season starts at the end of May with a flurry of club opening parties and runs right through until October. Summer is hot and busy, but come September, Ibiza is in its prime; the waters are warm, the air temperate and there’s still a party vibe in the air.

Don’t miss

A night out at Pacha. If you only go clubbing once in your life, then make sure it’s here. Opened in 1973, this formidable club still attracts a top line up each season and its chic finca-style interiors and rooftop terraces appeals to all ages from 18 to 80.

Ditching the beach and heading inland to explore traditional Ibicencan villages like Santa Gertrudis, San Joan and San Rafael.

Booking a sunbed, a jug of sangria and chilling out at Ibiza’s original beach club at the legendary Blue Marlin on Cala Jondal.

What to do
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Torquoise sea at La Gaviota, Formentera

See a different side of the White Isle on a guided mountain bike tour. Starting at San Antonio, the route winds 30km around the craggy coastline finishing inland at the charming village of Sant Agustin. If that sounds a little too energetic, opt for a leisurely tour around Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s fortified old town which dates back to Phoenician times. Or take a day trip to the neighbouring island of Formentera. Catch a ferry from the port and within an hour you could be roaming its deserted white sandy beaches.

Three things we like
  1. Yoga on the beach. Yogis are as prevalent as clubbers in Ibiza and most beach resorts offer some kind of alfresco yoga class.
  2. Lío, an exuberant cabaret and supper club which overlooks Marina Botafoch. Hailing from the same stable as Pacha, it’s a fun, but a slightly more mature alternative to a night at the mega-clubs.
  3. Hierbas Ibicencas, a syrupy, herb-infused liquor made on the island and generally offered free after a meal.
Something we don’t like

San Antonio is not a place for the faint-hearted. A magnet for stag and hen parties, unless you want €1 shots, a full English breakfast or to sing karaoke, it’s a place best left to the youngsters.

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High50 insider tips
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Beautiful sunset at Es Vedra

  • Avoid both the queues and the escalated entry charge at Pacha, by dining at the club’s chichi sushi restaurant first and waltzing in for free.
  • Ibiza Old Town is a great place to start the evening. Set within the dusty walls of Dalt Vila is a hive of buzzing bars and cosy, candlelit taverns lined with the slapped-pink legs of jamón ibérico.
  • Ditch the applauding crowds at Cafe del Mar and head to Cala d’Hort beach on the south west coast and watch the sun set over the mystical rock of Es Vedra.
Need to know
  • Flying time is around 2 hours 15 minutes
  • The airport is a 10-minute cab ride from Ibiza Town and 20-40 minutes from most beach resorts
  • Two-pin European plugs are standard
  • Currency is the Euro
  • It’s GMT+1
  • The weather is similar to southern Spain. Perfectly warm in May, June and September, hot and sticky in July and August before easing into comfortable temperatures the rest of the year.

High50 customers will receive a free half case of wine, simply email offers@high50.com with your name, the name of the tour operator you booked with and your booking reference number to claim your wine.

For terms and conditions for High50’s wine offer, click here. While stocks last.