Welcome to Ibiza, a small Spanish island famous for being one of the best nightlife destinations in the world. Tourists both young and old visit the island every summer to party the night away and relax on white sand beaches during the day. As fun as this can be, there’s many more attractions, activities and sites worth seeing. Check out our top 10 things to do in Ibiza when you’re not partying!
1. Hire a small boat
Rent a small boat from the harbour and roam around the island at your leisure, taking in some rays and uncovering hidden beaches. As a family or group of friends, everyone will appreciate the freedom you get with your own boat and rentals are available for all levels of experience. We’d recommend bringing some food and drinks to enjoy on board and downloading an offline version of Google maps on your phone to guide you. We highly recommend Ibiza Boat Hire in the San Antonio area. If you’d prefer to go as part of a larger tour group and see more of the island, there are also plenty of boat tours available in the main resorts.
2. Scuba diving and snorkelling
As with a lot of holiday resorts, the White Isle has plenty of scuba diving and snorkelling trips to choose from. Leave the mainland for an afternoon at sea checking out the local oceanlife. The sea breeze does wonders for a hangover and who doesn’t enjoy swimming with bright coloured fish? Scuba diving tours are recommended for adults only whilst snorkelling is cheaper and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Tripadvisor is your best friend when it comes to finding a recommended trip for your resort. Check out the most popular scuba diving and snorkelling tours here.
3. Beautiful beaches – Isla de es Vedra sunset
Ok so you’ve probably been to the beach in your resort, after all, Ibiza is famous for its white sands and long coastlines. However, have you visited the best Ibiza has to offer? The Sant Antoni de Portmany area of the island in the west should be your first port of call for amazing beaches and landscapes. Start your day at the Cala Salada bay relaxing in the sun, pop into the port town for a seaside lunch and finish your afternoon at the infamous Isla de es Vedra rock at the south west tip of the island, showcasing the best sunset you’ll see all holiday. There’s a good reason why it’s the number one attraction in Ibiza. The western coastline is easy to navigate by car and regular buses also operate.
4. Horse riding – forests in northern Ibiza
Trekking on horseback in the north of Ibiza is one of the number one things to do in Ibiza if you have the time. Explore forests, mountains and beaches in the hot Mediterranean sun and relax away from the intense Ibiza nightlife. It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon mid-holiday. There are tours available for both beginners and advanced horse riders so don’t worry if you haven’t done it before. We highly recommend Ibiza Horse Valley.
5.Visit Ibiza Town
You can’t visit Ibiza without taking a short trip into town, especially if you’ve never been before. Quaint cafes, white stoned houses and a picturesque port make up this small town and the restaurant selection is excellent. Top sites you should see in a one day visit include Ibiza Castle, Dalt Vila (the charming old town centre) and Iglesia de Sant Rafel church. We’d also recommend renting a bike at the Ibiza town port and touring the marina. It’s the quickest way to see the sights in a day and saves you from walking everywhere.
6. Ibiza Hippy Market
Another great thing about Ibiza is the short drive between the different resorts and corners of the island and we’d definitely recommend renting a car if you plan on spending lots of time exploring. Ibiza’s main market is located in the North-East corner of the island near the quieter but popular resort of Es Cana. An often crowded but unique experience, browsing the market stalls can be a good way to pass the afternoon, even if you’re not looking for anything in particular. The Hippy Market is worth the visit if you like markets, are staying in the nearby area or just fancy trying something different.
7. Teatro Pereyra
If you’ve had a busy few nights of partying and want a relaxing night without staying in, Teatro Pereyra in Ibiza town should be top of your agenda. This chilled out but buzzing live music venue is the kind of place you can go to sit back and relax whilst listening to good music and sampling their cocktail menu. Every night, this quirky bar/café hosts local and international bands and singers from all genres of music and is ideal for adults of all ages. Pro-tip: buy your drinks before 12am as prices go up when the live music starts.
8. Go for a bike ride
The best things to do in Ibiza are almost always outdoors related. Picturesque landscapes coupled with warm Med sun pave way to plenty of outdoor activities. If you’re feeling adventurous or just fancy a spot of exercise and casual cycling on a hangover, rent some bikes and ride out of the resort into the wilderness. Beach trails, mountain tops and long sand brushed roads await you. Don’t forget to bring some snacks and ice cold drinks for the road. Check out Ibiza Sport for adventurous group bike rides.
9. Sunset Yoga
You may have seen many stunning Ibiza sunsets during your trip but have you tried mountain top or beach yoga as the sun goes down? There’s something truly relaxing about holiday Yoga and it’s the perfect way to wind down in preparation for a busy night of partying. There are many pop-up yoga classes in different Ibiza resorts, and if there isn’t, start your own and show your friends how it’s done!
10. Visit Aquarium Cap Blanc
A small attraction but welcomed break from the hot Ibiza sun, this cool Aquarium attracts many families but is also a great place to visit for those who want to learn about the local sea life, marvel at unique fish species and spend an hour or so if you’re in the nearby area. We’d recommend visiting when travelling to/from the Cala Salada beach area. It is also a short drive from Sant Antoni de Portmany. It’s not the best aquarium around but its cheap entry fee and central location makes it worth paying a visit.
We’ve given you a variety of the best things to do in Ibiza when you’re not partying and we hope you try some of them out! As much as we love the nightlife, it’s great to come home knowing you tried some different activities and have awesome pictures to prove it!