Ibiza has a deserved reputation as the party capital of Europe, if not the world. And holidays to Ibiza have a special place in the hearts of many young clubbers. This is the número uno island for riotous nights out in the Mediterranean. With dizzying array of famous venues and a constant assemblage of superstar DJs at the decks, be ready to party hard! Yet, remember the island is far more than just a clubbing destination.
The beauty of Ibiza is often overlooked, or at least understated. It is an idyllic, sun kissed Balearic island with a rugged coast of sweeping bays, hidden pirate coves and breathtaking golden beaches. Inland are charming whitewashed villages, lush pine forest and rambling hills, rolling fig trees and olive groves.
Ibiza began its love affair with tourism as a Mediterranean stopover for hippies en route to Goa in the 60s. The spirit of the summer of love decided to stay on. Today, Ibiza holidays are loved by families who want a blissful beach break in the quieter resorts and couples looking to enjoy a romantic getaway in the Mediterranean sunshine. Oh and lest we forget - clubbers from all corners of the globe in search of nightlife nirvana!
Granted, if it's the DJs and dance floors you've come for, San Antonio and Ibiza Town are where it's at. Both home to some of the biggest and best superclubs on Earth that fly in international stars to head up the decks each summer. Vibrant Ibiza Town is where it all started years ago. It is still home to some of the island's most iconic names including Pacha. A wander around the Unesco-listed Old Town is a pleasant way of shrugging off a hangover.
The nearest beach resort to Ibiza Town is Playa d'en Bossa, home to the longest beach in Ibiza and the famous nightspots of Space, Bora Bora and Ushuaia. A modern resort with exceptional amenities and plenty of activities and entertainment, Playa d'en Bossa is also popular for family holidays.
San Antonio is the undisputed party kingpin of the island. This heavyweight clubbing colossus is a non-stop 24/7 riot of hedonism. Here you'll find the bars, clubs and sunset cafés that have made Ibiza's nocturnal scene so legendary. Eden and Es Paradis can be found here among other top venues.
Just across the bay from its namesake is San Antonio Bay, which a chilled-out, pretty resort with some lovely beaches. It provide the ideal place for a relaxing beach getaway, while still being within easy reach of all the action.
The east coast is really popular with families and home to some of the best resorts on the island including Santa Eulalia and Es Cana. Both enjoy idyllic beaches with fine golden sand and warm turquoise waters, plenty of fun activities for all ages and excellent hotels, shops and restaurants. Santa Eulalia is the culinary capital of Ibiza, so definitely the place to go for foodies (or just the hungry!).
A little south lies the peaceful resort of Cala Llonga, which enjoys a wonderfully picturesque setting backed by rolling hills and pine trees. It is home to one of the nicest beaches in Ibiza; long, wide and golden with shallow waters safe for kids. Cala Llonga is within easy reach of the southern party resorts should you fancy a night out, and is a popular choice with golfers.
All in all, the scenic north coast is probably the least visited part of Ibiza. As a result it has retained its relaxed, traditional way of life, which coupled with its considerable Mediterranean beauty makes for a laid-back holiday hideaway. Portinatx is the most popular resort in the north.