Fist-pumping, sweaty dudes, and music that thumps inside your chest are all there is to Ibiza, right? Very wrong (thankfully!). While the party scene is certainly raging, there’s much more to Ibiza than just the wild nights. With quaint bakeries, endless markets, and some of the most stunning beaches in the world, there’s truly something in Ibiza for everyone, even the most tame of vacationers. Here’s your 48-hour guide to a well-balanced trip to Ibiza.
Accessing Ibiza from other European destinations has never been easier — or cheaper. With the emergence of low-cost airlines such as Vueling, Ryanair, and Transavia, it isn’t difficult to find round-trip flights for under $100. The hardest part of planning a trip to Ibiza is figuring out which part to stay in. We found that Ses Figueretes was the most ideal spot; the commute from the airport is less than 20 minutes, the location is central to Ibiza Old Town (known as Eivissa by locals) and Puerto de Ibiza. And, naturally, the beach is stunning. Grab a cheap cab from the airport, or live like the locals and grab the bus to your resort.
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Life’s a Beach
Post-airplane travel, there’s nothing more relaxing than dropping your things. Luckily, many affordable hotels in Ses Figueretes are situated within a two- to five-minute walk to the beach. Drop your things, grab a towel, and hit the translucent turquoise waters.
Shop ’til You Drop
After you’ve had your fair share of vitamin D for the day, head over toward the port for some pre-dinner shopping. On Passeig de Vara de Rey, you’ll find higher-end shops like Lacoste, Bijou Brigitte, and Mango, though the really great shopping is on the quiet side streets by the port. The streets are brimming with little clothing stores, jewelry stands, and handmade leather goods. You’ll be sure to find the perfect souvenir for everyone on your list.
Dinner on the Port
Who doesn’t love dining on the water? Not doing so while in Ibiza would just be crass. For salads and seafood, head to the quaint restaurant Formentera. But if sangria and tapas are more your thing, look no further than Es Noray. Craving paella? La Caracola is for you.
Burn those dinner calories off by heading to one of Ibiza’s renowned clubs. Considered one of the most bustling club destinations in the world, Ibiza’s offerings don’t fall short. Disclaimer: Most clubs are off the beaten path and not very near to one another, so select one accordingly, grab a cab, and own the night. Circoloco is a solid choice, with three incredible dance floors and multiple bars. Dance the night away on the outdoor patio; watch the planes fly overhead while music pulsates through your body and a drink warms your veins. It’s an unforgettable experience.
Breakfast and the Beach
Is there any better way to start the day? Most hotels generally include a continental breakfast until 10 or 11 a.m., so sleep in, grab some coffee and a pastry, and make your way back to the sandy shore. Stop in one of the many grocery shops or markets for a few lunchtime snacks to ensure you retain your beach spot for afternoon.
When you get tired of sitting in the sun, check out the Ibiza Castle, a 16th-century fortress for former military and administrative installations. With nine towers and ruins that date back to the 12th century, there’s plenty of history to soak up at this World Heritage site.
If you happen to be in Ibiza on a Wednesday, you’re in luck! The Hippy Market Punta Arabi is not to be missed with its endless stalls of handmade crafts and trinkets from all over the globe. There’s even an area for children to create their own souvenirs. With scattered bars, restaurants, and live music, this is sure to be the chillest Wednesday you’ve had in a while. Not Wednesday? Not a problem. Check out the other markets on this gorgeous island.
End your stay with some last-minute tapas and sangria at Can Pou bar, located on the water in the Port. Savor the view, and your wine-based beverages, while watching the sun set over the harbor, relishing the past two unforgettable days.
Where to Stay:
Look to Lei IBZ Hotel for affordable accommodations with a luxurious feel. The hotel is a two-minute walk from the beach. The hotel has an outdoor pool and patio for prime relaxation. Continental breakfast included daily.