Ibiza truly is unique and diverse; since the hedonistic days of the 60’s and 70’s when it was a favourite of the hippy crowd to today as an increasingly popular jet-set destination offering some of the best beach culture, restaurants and nightlife the world has to offer. Due to its relatively small size, with a resident population of some 120,000 and an area of approximately 570 sq. km, it has been saved from the over development of many European destinations.
The three main towns on the island; Ibiza Town, St Eulalia and St Antonio are as diverse as the island itself. Ibiza Town being the original fortified settlement dating back to the 1500 hundreds, has a maze of narrow streets and alleyways rising to the cathedral of Dalt Vila, which stands on the site of the original church consecrated in 1235 after the Catalonian conquest. Today, Ibiza Town is a busy port with three marinas hosting cruise liners and dozens of super yachts through the summer. The main square of Vara De Rey and adjacent Plaza Del Parque host a variety of shaded pavement cafes and restaurants ranging from inexpensive tapas bars to classy brassieres. This too is a shoppers delight; with an excellent selection of private boutiques and designer outlets. A stroll through the streets must not be missed, especially as the sun goes down and the nightlife begins to stir, when it’s the place to see and be seen.
St Eulalia is more laid back and peaceful with a beautiful hilltop church dating from the 16th century and has the only river in the Balearics that flows out to the crescent shaped beach around which the town is built. There is also a marina with a broad promenade lining the beach.
St Antonio and the bay area, including Cala de Bou and Port Des Torrent on the western side of the island, are perhaps most famous for ‘Cafe Del Mar’ and the Sunset Strip, catering to families and the 18-30 crowd in the height of summer with many inexpensive pavement restaurants and bars. There is an excellent promenade running the full length of the bay passing the marina and beach with lively bars and beach cafes.
The real ‘secret’ of Ibiza lies in its many beautiful beaches and secluded coves scattered around the island, with crystal clear warm seas and fine sandy beaches perfect for safe bathing and snorkelling. From the tiniest coves tucked away off the beaten track with rustic family run fresh fish grill restaurants to the super trendy V.I.P. venues of Cala Jondal (Blue Marlin) and Salines beach (Jockey Club) to child friendly beach clubs with crèches, there is something for everyone. Of course, spread amongst the hills there are idyllic private villas with easy access to the many little villages and towns. Here one will find everything from traditional family run cafes and bars to uber chic world class restaurants and retreats.