There are a few destinations around the world that are thoroughly misunderstood despite being very popular, and Ibiza is certainly one of them. Because it has world-renowned night clubs and has at times been a favoured spot among the rich and famous, most of us tend to think of it as a night-and-day beachside and yacht deck EDM party in island form. That might sound like a pretty good time to a lot of people out there, and it actually can be a fair description of some aspects of Ibiza, at some times. However, there’s plenty else to love about the island also, which is why we’ve compiled some highlights.
The point here isn’t to dismiss the clubs altogether – we just aren’t going to provide a full list of them ourselves. Bora Bora is one of the best though and has been recognized as such in the last few years. It’s exactly what a lot of people picture in an Ibiza club, with big crowds partying all day long on Bossa Beach, and club action spilling into the after dark hours as well. If you’re only up for one clubbing experience during a quick trip to Ibiza, this is a good one to prioritize.
Castle of Ibiza
Because of the emphasis on the clubs, a lot of people don’t realize how wonderful this island is for sightseeing. When you think about it though, it’s a historic island right in the Mediterranean, so it’s bound to have its sights! The Castle of Ibiza stands out most among them, towering over the island on a hill in Old Town and welcoming visitors who make the gentle hike up to explore it. With construction dating back to the 12th century, it’s a legitimate old world landmark that simultaneously provides a sense of the past and some of the best views of Ibiza.
Es Vedra is shockingly under-publicized. It’s basically a rocky hill jutting up out of the water to the west of Ibiza and is recognized as its own island. Because it’s rocky, somewhat stark, and uninhabited, however, it’s shrouded in mystery, even if playfully so. Some photos will almost make it look like you could swim to the island, but this is a stretch (and unsafe) in reality. You can, however, sign up for a boat trip out to Es Vedra for wonderful daytime activity.
Casino de Ibiza
Casinos are mentioned less and less frequently on travel guides, in no small part because there are so many new gaming options online – particularly in Europe. Dozens of UK-based companies are essentially pouring out online casino content on a never-ending basis, which can make things difficult on the actual casinos. Casino de Ibiza calls to travellers however, with a refined atmosphere, fun-loving crowd, and professional gaming services. It can be a great, entertaining break from clubbing, sightseeing, or whatever else you may be getting up to.
Who wouldn’t want to go horseback riding on a Mediterranean island? Odds are this will be an appealing idea to a whole lot of potential travellers, which is why it absolutely belongs on this list. The Ibiza Horse Valley is on the more rural and untouched side of Ibiza and basically invites you to sign up for a guided trek on horseback along beautiful beaches and the surrounding land. It’s certainly one of the most romantic activities on the island, and arguably one of the most enjoyable, period.