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Best Things To Do in Ibiza

This beautiful Balearic island teems with attractions. Beach bumming at places like Cala Comte and Cala Saladeta or meandering through centuries-old places like Dalt Vila should rank high on any traveler's itinerary. But visitors should also spring for a boat tour, which affords breathtaking views of Ibiza from the glittering waters of the Mediterranean. Of course, when the sun goes down, the partiers come out: No trip to Ibiza is complete without a visit to a nightclub. 

How we rank Things to Do

Updated November 28, 2017

  • #1
    Things to do in Ibiza
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    #1 in Ibiza
    Natural Wonders, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Natural Wonders, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    According to legend, Es Vedra – a small, rocky island located off the west coast of Ibiza – was once home to the sea nymphs and sirens who sought to entice Ulysses in Homer's "Odyssey." Others say that it's the tip of the lost city of Atlantis. Whatever the case, Es Vedra does seem to possess magical qualities, especially as the sun sets behind it – at least that's what travelers say after experiencing it.

    Recent travelers said that the views of Es Vedra at sunset were worth all the traffic it took to reach the lookout point at the Cala d'Hort beach, calling it lovely – and even magical.

  • #2
    Cala Comte
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    #2 in Ibiza
    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Cala Comte is a gorgeous swath of sand located about 15 miles west of Ibiza Town. Characterized by warm waves, fine sands and shallow waters, Cala Comte is a favorite spot among all travelers.

    Some call Cala Comte one of the loveliest shores they've ever visited, with its sandy beach, rocky coves and calm waters. Many recommend enjoying an Ibiza sunset from this beach or from one of the nearby eateries that overlook the sand.

  • #3
    Dalt Vila
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    #3 in Ibiza
    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
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    Dalt Vila, established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, is translated as "Upper Town" – and it constitutes the old part of Ibiza. Tucked inside Dalt Vila, you'll find the Catedral de Eivissa with its Catalan Gothic style; the centuries-old Castell d'Eivissa, from which you can enjoy magnificent views; and – for a change of pace – the Museum of Contemporary Art. The area also features a collection of restaurants, bars and shops that flank its quaint streets.

    Recent visitors recommend wearing comfortable, sturdy shoes so that you can ascend the steep cobbled streets for a wonderful view of Ibiza and the sea. Others also highlight the variety of shops and restaurants.

  • #4
    Ibiza Boat Tours
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    #4 in Ibiza
    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    Sightseeing, Tours
    TYPE
    Half Day to Full Day
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    One of the best ways to explore Ibiza is from the deck of a boat, and there are a bevy of tour operators that welcome travelers aboard to do just that. Along with taking passengers around the island and in and out of small coves, many tours also include food, drinks and the use of sports equipment (such as stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling supplies).

    Some of the traveler-approved operators include Charteralia, which offers customized chartered catamaran or sailboat trips for groups, and Ibiza Boat Hire, which does the same with speed and motor boats. Along with the views, recent travelers can't say enough about their friendly and competent boat captains.

  • #5
    Cala Saladeta
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    #5 in Ibiza
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    For those travelers looking for a reprieve from the crowded beaches and clubs characteristic of Ibiza, Cala Saladeta – located on the island's west coast in Sant Antoni de Portmany – might be just their scene. This remote beach, hemmed in by rocky cliffs, can only be accessed by scrambling down the rock cliffs. But the turquoise waters, prime snorkeling conditions and secluded vibe are worth all the exertion, according to past visitors.

    Recent travelers who visited this beach call it a paradise on earth and the best beach on Ibiza, even if it does require some cliff hiking to get there. Still, others suggest bringing your own drinks and snacks, since the one kiosk that services the area tends to get busy.

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