The colours of Ibiza holidays
When thoughts turn to a vacation in Ibiza, you can imagine its hip nightclub scene in the heart of the resort town of San Antonio. However, it’s easy to get away from the 24-hour parties and escape to the quieter side of this popular island.
Ibiza is one of the four Spanish Balearic Islands comprising Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. Located in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza is approximately 150 kilometers from Valencia, in mainland Spain. Ibiza is easy to reach as it has its own international airport located approximately 7 kilometers southwest of Ibiza Town – its capital. The island is also represented written as Eivissa, which is the Catalan pronunciation of Ibiza.
Head to the north of the island and you will find many small bays backed by green pine forests. We have featured some of the striking colors below that you can expect to see on an Ibiza vacation. These will show you some of the beautiful places around the island.
Cala Portinatx is located in the north of Ibiza and was once a small fishing village. It will take you about an hour to reach this resort from the airport. Known for its peace and quiet, and popular with families, Portinatx offers water activities to keep you entertained. Here you will find a small bay with crystal clear, calm waters and sandy beaches in the sea. Cala Portinatx can be popular with day trippers, but if you prefer to stay here for the duration of your vacation, here you will find charming hotels .
You can spend some time on the sandy beach, or for the more athletic there are a number of walking trails that take you along the coast. Remember to take walking shoes and your camera as you won’t want to miss some of the beautiful scenery.
A few kilometers southwest of Portinatx you will come across Cala Xarraca. This small bay is very popular with snorkelers and offers wonderful photographic opportunities.
The second most popular resort in Ibiza is probably Santa Eulalia. Expect to find a more relaxed atmosphere here. There is a beautiful promenade lined with plants, bars and restaurants. This resort is known for its cuisine as well as its designer boutiques and art galleries.
Why not take a stroll along the marina and stop at one of the sidewalk cafes and watch the world go by. For golfers this might be the place for you, as Golf Ibiza is not too far away.
If you prefer the beach scene, you won’t be disappointed. The 300-meter-long beach in the heart of the city has deckchairs and a variety of water sports. These include jet skis, water skiing, pedal boats, kayaks and more to keep the whole family busy. Another beach here is Mariner Beach which is slightly longer at 400 meters. You will find many places to eat and drink along the promenade. From there you can follow a path along the river.
Do not miss the views from Puig de Missa. This hill will take you about half an hour to climb (it is about 52 meters above sea level). At the top you’ll find a 16th-century whitewashed church and, of course, stunning views of Santa Eulalia below.
If you are in Santa Eulalia on the first Sunday in May, you can attend their annual flower festival. Horse-drawn carts descend the streets adorned with flowers and the city comes out to witness the procession.
This is a beach located in the southwest of the island of Ibiza. Just come here to rest on the sandy beach and take a dip in the clear and calm sea. If you are here in the evening you might be rewarded with a beautiful sunset. Cala Comte (also known as Platges de Comte) is approximately 25 kilometers from Ibiza Town and can be reached by bus, taxi or car.
Cala Salada is only a few kilometers north of San Antonio, and is a small cove surrounded by pine forests. Again, here you will find crystal-clear, calm water, as well as walking trails offering scenic photographic opportunities to visitors.
The historic, walled Dalt Vila is just a climb up steep cobbled streets, taking you to the old town walls. Here you will find the medieval cathedral as well as a Moorish castle, not to mention of course the spectacular views of the harbor below. Dalt Vila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk through the stone courtyards. This is the perfect opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit here, or perhaps visit one of the many art galleries to escape the hot summer sun.
Ibiza Town is home to a party scene – albeit on a small scale compared to San Antonio. At night, you can visit one of the many lively bars and restaurants, or simply take a stroll around the harbor to observe boats of all shapes and sizes.
Ibiza Town is not just a city vacation, as you will find beautiful beaches nearby.
Sant Joan de Labritja
Sant Joan de Labritja is located inland in the northern area of Ibiza, about 3 kilometers south of Portinatx. It is a village of small whitewashed houses with narrow streets. In the center of the village is the 18th century church of Sant Joan. Ideal for a day trip, this village brings visitors peace and quiet in a traditional atmosphere.
You will find Cala Bassa in the north-west of the island and just over a kilometer from Cala Comte. The beach includes soft white sand and calm, crystal clear water. You can find a variety of water sports here, including jet skis and banana boats. If you are looking for a special place to relax, the Cala Bassa Beach Club stretches the entire length of the beach and offers luxury lounge chairs in shaded areas. The Beach Club also offers 3 restaurants, including sushi, traditional dishes and even quick bites.
Es Vedra is a small rocky island in the southwest of Ibiza. The island is uninhabited and presents some myths and legends. It is said that the sailors in the area saw strange shadows under their boats and that the divers hear sounds under the water. The 400-meter-high rock is also said to emit energy perhaps because it is one of the largest magnetic centers on Earth. Es Vedra is known for some of the most idyllic and magical sunsets on the island.
For something completely different, visit the Hippie Market located in the resort town of Es Cana. Held here every Wednesday, you’ll find plenty of colorful arts and crafts for sale, including jewelry, pottery, embroidered clothing, and more. The market can get busy, so we recommend getting there as early as possible.
Of course, if you want to relax on the beach for a while, Playa Es Cana is only half a mile from the Hippy Market. Here you will find water sports available including water skiing and parasailing. There is also a small port, and you can take a ferry from here to Santa Eulalia and Ibiza.
If you want to go to the island of Ibiza, the main holiday season is from May to the end of October. The hottest months are July, August and September at around 26 ° C. The coldest month to visit is January at around 12 ° C.
Gail Hewitt is the owner and director of Corona Holidays. Corona Holidays is a specialist in tailor-made vacations to the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and European city breaks.
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