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Situated approximately 100 miles off Spain’s eastern coast, Ibiza is smaller than Majorca and Menorca, its neighboring Balearic Islands, but its outsize reputation as one of the world’s biggest party destination precedes it. However, there is much more to the White Isle than nightclubs, not least some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches, the charms of historic Ibiza Town and a laid-back, bohemian vibe which is hard to find elsewhere. The northern coast of the island is the quietest, with craggy coves, deserted beaches shaded by pine trees and crystal clear waters it is easy to escape the crowds and find a little slice of paradise.
Ibiza is busiest during the warm summer months, from late May to early October, but the island is particularly beautiful in early spring when the almond trees are blossoming. The island is easily reached, with flights into Ibiza International Airport from cities throughout Europe. There are also ferries from the cities of Valencia, and Barcelona on the Spanish mainland, and from Palma on the nearby island of Majorca.
Ibiza is famous for its sunsets, and how what better way to watch day turn into night than with a glass of wine or a cocktail at one of the island’s stylish cafes or bars. Located on the notorious San Antonio strip, Cafe Mambo offers a taste of the island’s nightlife scene. Founded in 1994, it attracts some of the world’s most famous DJs, as well as a diverse crowd made up of people of all ages who come to enjoy the buzzy atmosphere. Another favorite spot is Cala Conta, where the Sunset Ashram beach bar hosts live bands who play as the skies turn shades of amber and scarlet. For a more spiritual experience, head to Cala d’Hort with its fabulous views of Es Vedra – a small, uninhabited rocky island which is believed to give off a mystical energy.
As you might expect for a Mediterranean island with so many fantastic beaches, Ibiza is an excellent spot for scuba diving. With clear, warm water, the conditions here are ideal for amateurs and more experienced divers alike, and the area is home to submerged shipwrecks, underwater caves and grassy seabeds, which play host to all sorts of fantastic wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a whale or a school of dolphins. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you can always pick up a snorkel and explore one of the island’s many coves, or rent a boat and see the shoreline in style.
A popular day trip destination for anyone vacationing in Ibiza, Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Isles and can be reached by a short ferry trip or by private water taxi. Once you arrive, you’ll find an island that looks more Caribbean than Mediterranean, with unspoiled beaches, whitewashed villages, salt plains and sand dunes. Thanks to strict regulations regarding development, you won’t find any fast food restaurants or sprawling hotels here. Instead, Formentera’s pine-tree-covered countryside, heathery scrub, and the Unesco-protected Ses Salines Natural Park are a haven for wildlife, particularly birds. The hottest spot on the island is the glitzy resort of Es Pujols, but if you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, head to Platja de Migjorn beach, a four-mile stretch of white sand where you’ll find excellent chiringuitos (beachfront shacks serving up fresh seafood) and a number of laid-back bars and restaurants.
Ibiza’s elegant old town, or Dalt Vila as it known in the local Catalan, was first settled over 2,500 years ago and over the centuries has developed into a refined enclave awash with history and culture. Wandering the winding streets of the town is a feast for the eyes. If you tire of the panoramic views across the Es Freus strait to the red rooftops and verdant pine forests of Formentera, turn into a local gallery or the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art. Alongside temporary exhibitions, the museum houses a striking collection of contemporary pieces in an imposing, yet calm, former military bunker, parts of which date from the sixteenth century. Afterwards, settle into a wicker chair on one of the town's many secluded squares and order a jug of refreshing sangria.
To experience laid-back yet lively Ibiza Town for yourself, why not take a look at our luxury vacation rentals? Among the selection are homes with rooftop swimming pools and stunning views of lush green hills and yachts bobbing in the Mediterranean Sea. Ourvillas for rent in Ibiza Town can accommodate up to 12 guests and are all perfectly located so that you can enjoy the best of Ibiza, whether that’s relaxing on beautiful beaches or sampling the world-famous nightlife.
If you’re planning a large gathering of family or friends, or even a special event, then Ibiza might just be the perfect destination. With so much to see and do on the island, there will be plenty to keep everyone entertained, whatever their preferences. Our villas in Ibiza for large groups can sleep up to 16 guests in comfort and style. Some are a minimalist’s dream, with modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, while others offer sumptuous surroundings for a luxurious Ibizan getaway. All of our homes have stylish accommodation and first-class amenities, including infinity pools, while some even boast waterfalls, an outdoor bar, gym, or infrared sauna.
Set in the hills around 10 miles from Ibiza Town, the lovely village of San Jose offers a taste of the real Ibiza. With its charming center full of whitewashed buildings, the village has plenty to keep you busy, but it is just a short drive to most of the island’s main attractions. If this sounds like the ideal place to stay then check out our selection ofSan José villas , all of which offer fabulous amenities and luxurious living spaces both indoors and out.