Not just for party animals!
Above: Cala Tarida in Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Renowned for its party lifestyle, Ibiza is more than just a destination for the young and wild and with a treasure trove of hidden culture, wildlife and gastronomy you are sure to be pleasantly surprised. With UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ibiza is also full of charming locals with hearts as warm as the sun that beats down on this beautiful island. Venturing into the hills you will discover a variety of mountain biking and walking trails that provide uncluttered views across the island whilst the local cuisine will send your taste buds into a frenzy. So, from the intricate culture of Spain's "party" island to the hunt for "Atlantis" on neighbouring Es Vedra island there is an enchanting adventure hiding out in Ibiza just waiting to be discovered.
If you're looking for a quieter way to enjoy Ibiza then Santa Eulalia is definitely the location for you. It is Ibiza's 3rd largest resort, but unlike San Antonio & Ibiza town, it promotes a more laid back approach. Featuring two soft sandy beaches, Santa Eulalia and Mariners Beach, with the former lined by a palm-tree promenade with revered restaurants and bars for you to indulge in some fresh Paella and cooling drinks. Santa Eulalia Marina to the East is filled with exclusive yachts and is the ideal place for an evening stroll or enjoying the sun set. Puig de Missa is a 16th Century fortified church, built to replace the old chapel which slid into the sea one Sunday, protecting the locals from invading pirates it provides sublime coastal views from the hilltop. Celebrating the story of the Puig de Missa miracle is the annual Flower Festival on the first Sunday of every May where locals gather with a parade of horse-drawn carts decorated in colourful flowers. The Santa Eulalia River walk is a peaceful way to spend a morning where you'll come across 1000 year old architecture, local fauna and fascinating wildlife a mere stones throw from Aldea Bonsai timeshare apartments. Explore the surrounding seas, smugglers caves and the mysterious Isle of Es Vedra on one of the numerous Pirates of Ibiza excursions leaving from the marina here, fun for all the family. Take a lesson with Punta Dive Ibiza where you can gain an insight into the underwater world of the moray eels and rays that inhabit below or investigate the remains of the Don Pedro Shipwreck. The Mediterranean Sea is very dominant in Ibizan life and with a Kayak Tour you can get up close and personal with the waters whilst exploring the delights that line the islands 210km coastline. Capture your memories of Santa Eulalia and Ibiza with some local jewellery from the Ramblas or take in the beauty of the fountains and pretty squares of this traditional area.
Sant Josep de sa Talaia
This classically Ibizan municipality has a sweeping coastline of over 80km and is blessed with the pristine stretches of Cala Bassa and Punta des Trencs where you can find the apartments of Ses Fontanellas Plaza and Torrent Bay Club tucked inland. The Pirate Tower (Torre del Pirata) nestled above Cala D'Hort's white sandy beach provides a perfect location to not only marvel at the culture but acts as a privileged balcony to enjoy glowing sunsets beyond the horizon. Mountain Biking is highly popular in Ibiza and the Ports Des Torrents trail will take you on a wonderful journey past the crystalline waters of Cala Bassa, through pine forests and to a stunning location overlooking Conejera Island, an ideal trip for beginners. It's not only the rugged cliffs and stunning coastline this region is famous for as many restaurants are found in these beautiful locations serving tapas and fresh paella which make them highly sought after too. Take a day to wander through the streets of nearby Sant Antoni and its majestic marina whilst your evening here should take you to the famous "Cafe Del Mar" which serves as the best location on the island to enjoy a sunset. Numerous Mercadillos (Craft Markets) can be found all over Ibiza and there is one found only a stones throw away in San Antoni where you can pick up an original souvenir or even a collectible from the 60's and 70's as these markets are also referred to as Hippie Markets. To seize all of Ibiza in one photo opportune moment you must go to Sa Talaia where panoramic views of the entire island can be captured from this picturesque hilltop location.