Ibiza may be best known as one of the party capitals of Europe, but there are plenty of hidden gems on the island, too. From glorious beaches to rural villages, here are five sides to the island you can explore on Ibiza holidays for something that little bit different:
Venture off the traditional tourist trail and you’ll soon encounter a different side of Ibiza. There are several villages around the island where life moves at a refreshingly slower pace, and you certainly won’t find any sign of a party. Head to the villages and you can experience rural charm that has remained unchanged for decades. In Sant Miquel de Balansat you’ll find a hilltop 16th century church and sweeping views over forest and sea, while Sant Llorenç de Balafia is good for a glimpse of traditional architecture with its historic houses and two defensive towers.
Much of the island is still covered by dense forest, and you can easily escape to nature on a trip to Ibiza. Pine forests, olive groves, and almond trees characterize the landscape, and there are hiking trails running throughout the island. Some of the most popular trails are coastal paths and you can take in views of beach and sea before passing through areas of pine forest. Walking the coast is also a great way to discover some of the island’s more secluded beaches.
With so much scenery around it’s hardly surprising that there several outdoor adventure companies on the island. Sea kayaking is a great way to see the coast and the beautifully clear sea. You can either trek, bike or horse ride around the island, or venture below the waves by diving and snorkelling. If you’re seeking high-speed adventures, you can hire quad bikes, of if you like to take things slower you can go for a round of golf.
Escape to Formentera
The smaller Balearic island of Formentera is just half an hour away from Ibiza by boat. There you’ll find gorgeous beaches that display the rugged charm which made Ibiza so popular in the first place. Spend the day on Ibiza’s sister island and explore the beaches and coast as well as the Ses Salines National Park. You can spot hundreds of bird species on the island and will feel a world away from Ibiza’s party resorts.
Yoga and Meditation
Believe it or not, there are a various yoga retreat centres on Ibiza, so you can look after both your mind and your body while you’re on vacation. Retreats are often in secluded locations where you can enjoy yoga by day and relax in the evening with gorgeous beaches close by.
These five sides to Ibiza aren’t the only alternatives to partying, either. If you weren’t interested in partying, which side would appeal to you? Maybe you already have a favourite side.