Sitting in the Mediterranean sea, the Balearic island of Ibiza is best known as a party town which hosts some of the biggest, most recognisable clubs in the world.
Nightlife aside, Ibiza has so much more to offer, with a beautiful old town to explore, tranquil beaches, yoga retreats and quiet villages.
Quiet certainly doesn’t have to mean boring, so if you’re looking for a sophisticated experience, read on for just some of what else Ibiza has to offer.
The Quieter Side of Ibiza
Whether you’re recovering from a night out or just looking for pure relaxation, Ibiza has many luxury spas to choose from to rest and unwind. Lots of spas are attached to hotels but you don’t necessarily have to be a guest to book in for treatments. One of the most luxurious is the La Posidonia Spa; located on a cliff side, it has no less than eight pools of varying temperatures built into the cliffs, plus massages, facials and other body treatments.
Ibiza is home to plenty of stunning castle and ruins, including the 18th century watchtower Torre des Molar, the ruins of a Roman aqueduct built in 1AD and the Ibiza citadel (Dalt Vila) in Old Town, which has become an entire outdoor museum. Signs around Old Town guide visitors through the citadel’s history and collection of medieval buildings until you reach the castle at the centre.
As well as dazzling beaches, the island is home to plenty of other wild beauty spots, from mountains and pine hills to hiking trails and natural parks. Try visiting the Es Amunts park; 15,000 hectares of dense woodland with hills, cliffs and animals like toads, hawks and bats. Or visit the ancient Can Marca caves in the cliffs of Puerto de San Miguel - formerly used by smugglers and pirates, these 100,000 year old caves are not to be missed.
Yoga and meditation retreats have always been popular in Ibiza, but the quality and choice has become even better as more people embrace the wellness movement. There are so many to choose from for all abilities, but think daily talks and workshops, delicious healthy food and yoga on the beach. Sign up for a whole week or pop along for a few classes to leave refreshed and clear of mind.