The word that immediately comes to mind when you hear Ibiza is – party. Ibiza is a famous Spanish island known for its extravagant nightlife, electronic dance music, and beautiful beaches. Aside from partying, Ibiza is also a trendy destination for yoga enthusiasts, in fact, it first gained popularity as a hippie destination. Yoga is still a thing in Ibiza, but let’s be honest, you probably looked this up because you want to party. Here is what you can do in 24 hours in Ibiza.
If you want to party in Ibiza, the best time to go is between June and August. However, if your main focus is exploring the island, but you still want to experience a bit of the nightlife, the best time is May, June, and September. It is still warm during those months and also more budget-friendly. October to February is cool and rainy, and most places are closed. Spring in Ibiza is beautiful, specifically in March and April. If you are not as interested in partying, these are great months to enjoy outdoor activities. Just check to see which hotels and restaurants have opened up on the island.
Fun Facts About Ibiza
- Archeological findings suggest Ibiza’s history dates to 8000 BC
- According to Nostradamus, Ibiza is the safest place in case of a nuclear war
- Phoenician settlers who founded Ibiza named the island ‘Ibozzim’ and dedicated it to Bes – the god of music and dance
- The correct pronunciation is Evissa
- This resilient island was struck by the black plague twice.
- Check out the Sant Antoni Festival, a celebration including food, dancing, and fireworks honoring Sant Antoni – the patron saint of animals
The best way to get to Ibiza is by airplane. However, there is a ferry from Valencia in case you have a fear of flying. If you want to spend 24 hours in Ibiza, flying by airplane is the better option. Once you land at the Ibiza Airport, you are only about 20 minutes away from Ibiza Town. Renting a car makes sense, as you will be able to see so much of this beautiful island, and it is more affordable than driving around in a taxi all day. If you prefer taxis, keep in mind there is no Uber on the island.
Once you make it to Ibiza Town, check in to the THB Los Molinos and stop by for a delicious breakfast at Nude Cafe. Our first suggestion is a must-see historical spot in Ibiza. Dalt Vila is the fortified, old, upper part of Ibiza Town and has a long history.
It all started in the 7th century BC, when the Carthaginians founded Dalt Vila under the name Ibosim, honoring the god Bes Ibosim. In the 9th century, the Moors took over, and the economy flourished, leaving a lasting cultural mark in Dalt Vila.
The walls were built in the 16th century, thanks to King Philip II, who wanted to protect the town from sea attacks. Dalt Vila went through many cultural, economic, and historical changes. In the 20th century, with tourism developing, many hotels and shops opened up, attracting inhabitants and visitors. There is a lot to explore in the old town, from its historical beauties to museums, shops, galleries, and restaurants. There is so much to explore in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, so wear comfortable shoes.
Part of the Dalt Vila, and now open to the public, this defensive bastion is a must-see in Ibiza. You can find it in the heart of Dalt Vila and it is one of the two main entrances to the Old Town of Ibiza, right next to the park of Queen Sofia.
Explore the tunnels and bunkers and then walk up to the terrace for a fantastic view of the city. There is a museum to learn more about this spectacular place; you will also see 16th-century wooden doors, ancient weapons, and artifacts. There is an outdoor cinema outside the structure in the summer, and it also becomes a concert venue.
Another impressive part of the Dalt Vila is the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art. Considering Ibiza Town’s rich history, getting caught up in the past is easy. However, this town is also home to many modern artists and their art. Containing an impressive representation of creative artistic movement from the 1960s and works of artists such as Tapies and Miralles, this museum is a must-see in Ibiza for all modern art lovers. It also contains work from established artists and less known locals and residents of the Balearic Islands.
Visit Puig Des Molins Museum
Located 500 meters west of Puig de Vila, this museum served as the Ibiza Town cemetery and is the world’s best-preserved necropolis. Founded by the Phoenicians at the end of the 7th century B.C, the name derived from the windmills that dominated the peak from the 15th century. The windmills are not currently in use, but poet Rafael Alberty inhabited briefly lived in one of them at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. The museum itself is a great way to learn everything you need to know about Ibiza’s ancient tribes and times. Before finishing your adventure in Ibiza Town, head to lunch at Junglebowls.
After exploring Ibiza Town, it is time to head to the west coast and the second largest town on the island. It is only a 30-minute drive. Before heading to the beach to relax, visit the Aquarium Cap Blanc. This unique place is a natural aquarium in an underwater cave, but tanks with sea animals are also incorporated into the cave. It is time to hit the beach because that is a must when exploring Ibiza.
Soak up the sun on Cala Salada. Pinewoods surround this beach, and the water is crystal clear, so if you enjoy snorkeling, this is the perfect place. You can also enjoy a beautiful sunset before heading to dinner. Take a short drive to Es Gerret for a delicious meal. Soak up the sun on Cala Salada.
Of course, Ibiza is the world-famous party central. So if you’re looking where to party in Ibiza, you won’t have any problems finding a place that fits your budget and preferences.
The longest beach on the island’s east coast, south of Ibiza town, is Playa d’en Bossa. You can choose a smaller club such as Sankeys or a massive super-club like Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza. If you’re closer to the west coast, go for San Antonio- the world-famous sunset strip with many bars and small clubs. For daytime open-air clubbing, try O Beach Ibiza, and if you want to party until dawn, try Eden or Es Paradis.
In Ibiza Town, you’ll find a large international crowd. The famous Pacha is near the center, and if you’re looking for smaller venues, try Heart or Lio. In case you’re down for a quieter ambiance, try Santa Eulalia. The town has no big clubs, but it does have many different bars and restaurants.
Where to Stay In Ibiza
THB Los Molinos
Ramon Muntaner, 60, 07800 Ibiza Town
Enjoy your stay at the beautiful beachfront THB Los Molinos hotel! The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite tv, a minibar, and a balcony. There is free wifi and two swimming pools, and you can also enjoy their spa and wellness center. The hotel is only 5 minutes away from Dalt Vila and has a 24-hour front desk.
Ramón Muntaner, 44, 07800 Ibiza Town
Hotel Nautico has a fantastic view of Ibiza Bay and is only a minute away from the beach. The rooms are equipped with free wifi, air conditioning, and flat-screen satellite tv. There is a spa and wellness center that overlooks the sea. You can walk to Ibiza’s Town center in only 10 minutes.
Hotel Cenit & Apts. Sol y Viento
Archiduque Luis Salvador, s/n, 07800 Ibiza Town
Book your stay at Hotel Cenit, and you can even bring your pets along, as this hotel is pet friendly. Free wifi, airconditioned rooms, an outdoor pool, and a poolside snack bar! This hotel is 7 minutes away from the beach and is close to the famous Pacha Nightclub. You can book tickets and excursions at the 24-hour front desk.
Palma De Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, the ‘pearl of the Mediterranean’, is the capital of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Take a boat over to the city and explore its rich culture, history, and food. If timing is on your side you can go visit one of the many festivals happening on the island. For more details, you can check out our one-day itinerary for Palma de Mallorca here.
Formentera is the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. While Ibiza is suitable for younger wilder crowds, Formentera is more for adults who prefer a more relaxed ambiance. That doesn’t mean it’s boring – quite the contrary. Formentera is packed with bars and restaurants. Combine that with the white sand and turquoise water, and this is one of the best day trips from Ibiza.
Cala Salada & Ses Margalides
Explore the blue waters, visit the aquarium, or swim, snorkel and paddle on the northern coastline of the Ibiza island. This is worth a day trip because of the unexplored parts you will miss out while partying on the one day in Ibiza, so it’s a good idea to add an extra day to enjoy some pristine beaches and good food. Plus, sun and food are the best-known hangover cures!
- There is no Uber in Ibiza, but there are taxis.
- Get bottled water – most areas of Ibiza have salty tap water because it comes from a desalination plant.
- Your accommodation will charge you Sustainable Tourism Tax, imposed by the Balearic Government- the tax varies between €0.50 and €4 per person per day.
- The official language is Catalan, but locals are fluent in Spanish, Catalan. Most people speak English and French.
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