Ibiza

Ibiza holidays


Glamorous and edgy all at once, Ibiza is a clubber’s heaven, especially 24-hour party places like Ibiza Town and San Antonio. But it’s got its softer side, too – the north of the island is full of secret coves and hills coated in lush, rich-green pine trees.

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Playa D’En Bossa, Ibiza

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  • Wide range of facilities
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Alua Hawaii Ibiza

San Antonio Bay, Ibiza

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  • Stunning sea views
  • Close to the beach
  • Modern accommodation
  • Great range of facilities
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Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around €7

3 course meal

around €30

Flight times

2.5-3hrs

One island, two stories

Ibiza may be best known as the party capital of the Med, but stray away from the main resorts and you’ll find oodles of traditional charm and unspoiled natural beauty. It’s long been a hangout for hippies, too, and there are still several bohemian enclaves dotted about the island.

Clubbing paradise

Ibiza’s club scene is second to none, drawing in hordes of dance aficionados with its world-class DJs and big-name clubs like Pacha. And that’s not to mention the legendary beach parties – get down to the bass-fuelled grooves on these sizzling sands. Stay up for one sensational all-nighter.

Traditional ways

Away from the bright lights of the party towns, traditional hamlets dot the countryside, many of them barely changed in centuries. Then there’s the island’s capital, Ibiza Town, with its UNESCO-listed old quarter crammed full of fascinating medieval architecture. There’s so much history to get to know under the surface.

San Antonio Bay

Along the west coast, this blissful bay is the place to be. With its stunning beaches, turquoise blue sea and sandy coves, San Antonio Bay is the quieter, more tranquil sibling of San Antonio town.

Beaches

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the Algarve’s beaches. The coastlines are rugged, the sand is silky soft and the water’s a shimmering shade of turquoise. You’ll find the tourist hotspots with their café-lined promenades, and the quieter spots that are great for a bit of shade in the warm climate.

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Benirras

Sights

If you want to see dolphins in their natural environment, head to Mar Ilimitado at Sagres. You might also get to see porpoises and sea turtles, as well as lots of interesting birdlife. Castle ruins and forts scatter the region with majestic historical remnants, so prepare for a blast from the past.

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Es Vedrà

Es Vedrà

Ibiza

Legend has it that the mystical isle of Es Vedrà marks the spot of the sunken city of Atlantis, and is home to sirens, nymphs and extra-terrestrial visitors! This uninhabited outcrop is certainly a...
Aquarium Cap Blanc

Aquarium Cap Blanc

San Antonio, Ibiza

Hosted in a natural underground cavern, the unusual aquarium of San Antonio is home to octopus, rays, brightly coloured fish and sometimes turtles. The turtles are usually just visiting, as the aquarium also...

Activities

The Algarve has more than its share of waterparks. Zoomarine, just outside Albufeira, is the region’s answer to SeaWorld. Near here you’ve also got Aqualand, one of Portugal’s biggest waterparks. It’s got everything from kamikaze thrill rides to toddler-friendly slides. Parks and museums offer a bit of culture, on the flipside.

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Eating and drinking

Top drawer for its delicious fresh seafood, The Algarve’s got cuisine covered. Dishes generally include caldeirada, a fish stew, and conquilhas – clams, Algarve-style. Wash them down with a glass of spirit made from locally grown fruit, and you’ve got yourself something tasty. Eateries nestled within coves offer one awesome view!

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Beach bars and restaurants

Beach bars and restaurants

Cala Llonga (Ibiza), Ibiza

The long stretch of golden sand at Cala Llonga borders beautiful green hillsides. There are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas to rent, or you can simply pull out your towel. The beach is lined with lots of...
Bambuddha

Bambuddha

Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Book in advance at the very popular Bambuddha restaurant. The décor is tropical – think Bali or Goa – and the ‘MediterrAsian’ fusion menu offers a taste of the orient in the Med. The emphasis is on lots of...

Shopping

The Algarve is a great place to pick up traditional linens, pottery and leather goods. You’ll find small boutiques selling these in all the major resorts, so you’ll have plenty of options for a spree. For big-name brands, head to malls like Algarve Shopping in Albufeira, or Forum Algarve in Faro.

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Artisan market

Artisan market

Cala Llonga (Ibiza), Ibiza

Every Thursday evening, a little market sets up shop on the streets of Cala Llonga. The market may be smaller than those of nearby towns, but the beautifully crafted wares on offer are a cut above the average....
Artisan night market

Artisan night market

San Miguel (Ibiza), Ibiza

If you’re in the market for lovely handmade souvenirs for the folks at home, try the artisan market. It’s held in the village on Thursday evenings in the main square. You’ll find locally produced honey, bamboo...

Nightlife

Swish bars, lounges, and night-long clubs make The Algarve a great pick for an after-dark scene. Albufeira’s a known hotspot for nightlife, with a big choice of late-hours watering holes and restaurants lining the famous Strip. And Alvor’s cobbled streets offer plenty of bars within easy walking distance.

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