I moved to Spain in 2011 and lived there for over 4 years. Unfortunately during that time, I never ended up making it to Ibiza. Finally, this May I finally booked my ticket and was ready to explore the island I’ve heard so much about. Ibiza is world famous for its nightclubs and wild parties but the old lady in me was more excited about discovering the amazing natural spots that the island has to offer.
We flew from Milan Bergamo Airport to Ibiza which only takes about an hour and a half. We made our reservation with Centauro Rent a Car beforehand, so our car was waiting for us when we arrived! If you are looking to explore the island, you really need a car in order to get from one place to another!
Where to go for the most epic sunsets:
The west coast of Ibiza is known for its breathtaking sunsets and we had two places in mind: Es Vedra and Cala Compte.
- Es Vedra: This is a crowded spot popular among locals and tourists visiting the area. The views are spectacular and a highly recommended visit on the island. I recommend arriving a couple hours before sunset in order to grab a nice spot to sit and enjoy the viewpoint. The area is not entirely reachable by car, so you’ll need to find a place to leave your car before accessing the view point. You’ll notice a dirt road parking space about 5 min away on foot where most people leave their cars, and where we left our Centauro rental.
The spot: Es Vedra is a mysterious place with many legends. It is said to be the third most magnetic spot in the world after The Bermuda Triangle and North Pole. It is also said that it is the tip and only visible point of the hidden city of Atlantis. Another famous tale is that Es Vedra is home to mermaids who tempted Ulysses from his ship as written in Homer’s Odyssey.
Whether or not any of these are true, you won’t be disappointed with Es Vedra!
- Cala Compte: This is a very famous spot in Ibiza to watch the sunset. It is a beach area famous for its turquoise coloured water and the amazing pink skies around 8pm (summer time). In order to get there you’ll need to drive towards Sant Antoni via highway PM – 803. You can’t park right on the beach but you can leave your car about 500 metres away and head down towards the pedestrian area. Although its highly recommended to watch the sun go down, you can also head to Cala Compte to enjoy an entire day at the beach, but it gets very crowded in summer!
Less popular destinations in Ibiza:
- Atlantis: This “cala” in Ibiza is considered to be the island’s best kept secret. The difficult part about Atlantis is finding it! After receiving a tip about Atlantis from an Ibiza local, or Ibicenco, we knew we couldn’t miss it. If you try to find Atlantis using Google Maps it will show you the destination at the end of a massive rocky path. You can follow your maps to Cala D’hort until you see a sign for Torre des Savinar where you’ll turn and park in the nearest spot available. It is completely inaccessible by car and you will have to hike down a difficult unmarked hill that will take anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours (depending on how fast you can get down there). We left our car about 4km away from the destination. Once you reach the bottom of the hill, you will find yourself surrounded by a series of private pools with unusual rock formations. It is said these rocks were used to construct the medieval city of Ibiza, now known as Dalt Vila. During the 1960s, it became a hotspot for hippie parties on the island.
- Portixol: This beach is located in the north of the island and is known to be one of the most natural and isolated beaches in Ibiza. The beach is not directly accessible by car and you will need to walk down a rocky path after parking your vehicle. The beach is surrounded by huge rocks and the water is stunning turquoise. Be careful about taking a swim in the Portixol area as we saw tons of jellyfish next to the rocks! To get to Portixol you’ll need to drive towards Sant Miquel, then head towards Sant Mateu (north) and follow the Illa Blanca sign for about 3km.
The historical town:
- Dalt Vila is the historical centre of ibiza which was declared a Unesco Heritage Site in 1999. The old city is accessible through the drawbridge called Portal de Ses Taules. The old town is quite small but you can get lost in the narrow white-washed streets and cobblestone roads for a few hours before stopping for lunch or a drink in the main square. Dalt Vila means “Upper city” as you’ll see from the spectacular views of the port and ocean below the fortified walls. If you’d like to know more about the Arabic influence in Ibiza, you can visit the Centre d’Interpretacio Madina Yabisa on Calle Major where you’ll be able to find the preserved Islamic wall that protected the city from the 11th to the 16th century.