The winding pathways of Eivissa are soaked in history & culture, so why not fully immerse yourself by staying in this ancient Mediterranean city? It’s the perfect place to stay for those looking to be close to a variety of restaurants and bars, and an idyllic base for exploring the rest of the island
Ibiza Town is split into 3 main parts; Old Town, New Town & the Marina. Old Town is home to the citadel Dalt Vila, where you will find winding cobbled streets lined with shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re looking to learn more about Ibiza’s history – explore the museums within the walls of Dalt Vila, before climbing all the way to the top for awe-inspiring views across the entire city and beyond. If you’re in need of pre-club drinks, then wander in to one of the lively bars along the harbor – the perfect place to people watch and daydream about owning one of the incredible yachts moored water side before heading out for the night.
New Town is the flatter part of the city, well known for its shopping, hidden tapas bars and the beautiful Plaza Del Parque (another great spot for people watching). Finally, Marina Botafoch sits at the opposite end of the city from Dalt Vila, offering upmarket and trendy restaurants and bars, including STK, Heart & Lio, as well as the infamous Pacha nightclub.
Pre-Season (April): April sees the magical island of Ibiza start to come to life. More shops and bars are starting to open, giving them a few weeks practice before the season truly begins, and we see a steady increase in the hustle and bustle of daily life, especially in places such as San Antonio and Ibiza Town. The weather is truly delightful and the beaches still practically empty – the perfect time to explore the island.
Alongside all of this, you have 3 of the island’s super clubs right on your doorstep. Octan Ibiza (formerly Sankeys) opened its doors once again in the summer of 2019 and had an incredible first summer back. Ushuaïa, the magnificent open-air club, opened in the summer of 2011 and hasn’t looked back since, and last but not least Hï – which replaced the beloved Space, and was recently voted number 1 in the world’s top 100 clubs. Playa D’en Bossa is a no-brainer if you are looking for incredible nightlife and life-affirming sunrises.
On the opposite side of the island to Playa D’en Bossa, sits San Antonio. Home to the West End, a lively strip of bars full of pre-club revelers looking for cheap drinks and good music, San An is perfect for those who enjoy daytime parties and easy access to super clubs across the White Isle. With O-Beach Club and Ibiza Rocks on the doorstep, daytime ravers can get their kicks before watching the best sunset in the world along the Sunset Strip at Café Mambo or Café del Mar. Es Paradis and Eden are right in the center of San Antonio, and so some of the world’s best club nights, including the likes of Defected, can be enjoyed with only a walk back to the hotel to deal with afterwards.
The restaurants of San Antonio are said to be some of the best on the island, and include Sa Capella, Tapas Restaurant & Lounge, Rincon del Pepe and Rio. But if you’re looking for something a bit more insta-worthy, don’t forget Wiki-Woo Hotel, Skinny Kitchen or Ibiza Rocks Bar.
Getting around the island is extremely easy if you are based in San Antonio, as the main bus station is right behind the famous Egg Roundabout. And not only can you use the network of public transport during the day to discover new towns or new favorite beaches, the Disco Bus also runs from midnight to 7am, delivering you directly to the front door of each and every super club on the island.
There are so many choices when it comes to accommodation in San Antonio, including villas, hotels and apartments in Cala Gracio and San Antonio Bay, which has easy access to the main areas of San An by water taxi. Think rooftop sunsets at Sol House, or private villa BBQs in the hills overlooking the bay. And never, ever, EVER forget the wonder that is Pikes
There are so many other places on the island to stay in and explore if you’re looking for something a little quieter or a little more authentic.
The town of Santa Eulalia is perfectly Ibizan, with a beautiful palm-lined promenade and a fortified hilltop church overlooking the town and its picturesque surroundings. In more recent years, Santa Eulalia has become a hub of culture and cuisine, with the islands most highly rated restaurants gracing its streets. Alongside this, the year-round community in Santa Eulalia simply adds to its overall calmness and authenticity.
Blink and you’ll miss it but tucked away behind the giant that is Privilege nightclub, is a traditional Spanish village called San Rafael. With its 18th century church and views all the way to Ibiza Town and Dalt Vila, this quiet area is perfect for those looking to retreat after a long day in the sun or long night partying until the sun comes up. This particular area is filled with large villas, simply perfect for group holidays, and is situated on the road between Eivissa and San Antonio. San Rafael is also home to the well-known restaurants C’an Pilot and Las Dos Lunas, ideal for those looking for amazing culinary experience whilst on their holidays.
Cala Tarida is an idyllic holiday spot for those attracted to sunsets and the magnetic pull of Es Vedra Rock. With ridiculously perfect views, the most incredible sunsets and 5* hospitality, the hotels along the west coast of Ibiza are perfect for couples, small groups and the select few looking for a more relaxed vacation. The stunning villas around these areas make the perfect base for larger groups of friends to come together, celebrate and enjoy all that Ibiza has to offer.