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Things to Do in Ibiza

Ibiza may not be the biggest of Spain’s Balearic islands, but it's definitely the most famous. The energetic clubbing scene and easy Mediterranean climate have been drawing visitors for decades, earning it primo status as Europe’s party capital. Sant Antoni de Portmany is a main center of nightlife—its west end filled with bars, terraces, and revelers. The town of Ibiza is about more than just partying, thought, and offers a well-rounded cultural experience and riveting architecture, including the fortress area and cobbled streets of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yachts, speedboats, and sailboats are all part of the Ibiza experience; and they're the best way to visit the many caves and bays on the coastline. The rock formation Es Vedrà, off the west coast, is especially worth a visit; book a snorkeling tour for an up-close look and to learn the many legends surrounding the site. Also worth a boat trip (even better on a private, luxury catamaran) is the neighboring island of Formentera towards the south, with unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear water. For an amped-up time on the water, try scuba diving or parasailing; or for or a more-relaxed encounter with nature, head to a laid-back area such as Sant Josep de sa Talaia and the surrounding countryside. Ses Salines National Park and the nature reserve of es Vedrà are some of the most tranquil places in the area: a welcome respite from the intense party life that has become synonymous with the island.
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Cala Comte
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Located on the west coast of Ibiza, Cala Compte is one of the must-visit beaches on this Spanish island. It’s perfect for both family beach-goers and those looking to be a little more exhibitionist. For those who prefer to keep their suits on, stick to the west side. Over on the east side, the beach tends to skew a little more nudist thanks to the coves and little enclaves.

During the summer months, visitors flock to this gorgeous beach with crystal clear water. It’s the perfect spot to chill out and get a little exercise – off shore are tiny bits of land jutting from the Mediterranean, a moderate swim for those looking to get their heart rate up. Be sure to stop at one of the few restaurants in town for glass of wine to enjoy as the sun sinks below the horizon, complete with a DJ creating a live soundtrack. Cala Compte is quite possibly the best spot on the island to catch the spectacular and colorful sunsets.

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Es Vedranell and Western Inlets
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Located on the south-west side of the island, es Vedranell and the western inlets are a cluster of protected areas featuring sandy beaches, azure waters, varied terrain (including the infamous and iconic Es Vedra mountain that has become synonymous with images of Ibiza) and wildlife.

The western inlets include: Cala d´Hort, Cap Llentrisca i Sa Talaia Natural Park and the Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and Els Illots de Ponent Nature Reserves. Spend time here exploring the 10 islets in the area, which are packed with birds – including the Audoin gull and Elearnor falcon, lizards and more. Or, grab a seat on the beach and keep a look out for dolphins frolicking off the coast. To get in touch with the past, the area also features the remnants of a Punic-Roman settlement and La Torres des Savinar, an old lighthouse.

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Dalt Vila
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Get off the beach and explore the history of Ibiza for a day. Old Ibiza Town or D’Alt Vila (meaning High Town) is the perfect place to get lost on quaint cobble stone streets winding up, up, up and resulting in dramatic views of town and the island.

Begin your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site through the main entrance, complete with a drawbridge and statues, through to the vibrant main square, Plaza de Vila. In town you will find a well-preserved fortified acropolis that sheds light on the early Phoenician settlers. There are also remnants of Arab, Catalan and Renaissance periods. To experience the gastronomy in town, stick to the main square for some of the best dining on the island. At night, the town becomes even livelier with plenty of bars and hip spots to enjoy a drink or two. Not to be outdone by the food and nightlife, there are also plenty of shopping options.

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San Antonio Bay
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A popular holiday destination for European vacationers, San Antonio Bay is one of Ibiza’s few areas that cater to families and non-partiers. Visitors should not confuse San Antonio Town and San Antonio Bay; the former is filled with festive superclubs and dubbed the “clubbing capital of the universe” while the latter is mostly enjoyed by epicurean travelers who would much rather visit historic Ibiza and enjoy the city’s fine dining than party all night; two radically distinctive zones! One of the main selling points of San Antonio Bay is its exceptional waterfront: indeed, with numerous little coves, turquoise waters, sandy beaches and plenty of panoramic patios, few other places in Ibiza offer such spectacular, unobstructed sunsets – which locals tend to enjoy with a chilled glass of sangria in one of Cala de Bou’s sunset bars. These coves can be enjoyed in a number of ways, from feeding fishes to snorkeling and various other watersports.

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nown as the sister island of Ibiza, Formentera is a tiny little chunk of land featuring nearly untouched sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Unlike its big sister, Formentera has no airport and no major crowds except during the peak season of July and August when Italians flock there. It is the spot people go to relax, unwind and get in touch with nature.

The island is a natural fit for outdoor enthusiasts who take delight in flat terrain – minus the few cliffs – which lends itself to biking and walking. Then, there are the water attractions like snorkeling and boating. While there are a few historic spots, it truly is the nature that brings people to Formentera. For exploration, rent a moped or bike and cruise around the island, checking out its numerous beaches. Take note – don’t be surprised to see people sans clothing. The island is known for its nude beaches … and for being home to one of the original hippie movements.

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