The Old Town
If you’re a history lover a wander round Dalt Vila in the capital Ibiza City (also known as Old Town) is a must. Wear sensible shoes for a day exploring the meandering cobbled streets.
The town’s fortification, declared a World Heritage Site, is full of monuments including a castle and cathedral. Once inside the fortification, there’s lots to do, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum, where you’ll find an impressive collection of pieces that belonged to the island’s ancient inhabitants, from prehistory to the Islamic Middle Ages.
- Archaeological Museum 971 30 17 71, www.maef.es
Off the beaten track
Travelling north from Eivissa (where the Old Town is) there are many beautiful coves to visit, including Cala Llonga, Cala Blanca, Cala Nova and Cala Llenya. Cala Llonga is a particular gem, with beachside cafes where fresh fish is served next to the sandy shore.
For the more adventurous there are also numerous snorkeling and diving schools giving the opportunity for you to see the rich sea life at close hand.
Ideal for walkers
Ibiza boasts an abundance of beautiful walks from cliff-top routes to mountain hikes and countryside trails, making it a great choice for those who enjoy discovering a destination on foot. There are trails to suit all fitness levels, and all have scenic landscapes and breathtaking views.
- Visit http://walkingibiza.com
Take a tour
If you’re not sure where to start exploring the island, why not consider a tour? Walking Ibiza organises routes suitable for all fitness levels encompassing hidden paths and secret beaches from a local’s perspective. They also offer kayaking trips, and longer excursions, including an impressive trip around the whole island – one for the seriously fit!
- Call free from the UK on 0800 088 5499 or visit http://walkingibiza.com
Animal-lovers will adore the Valley of the Horses – a huge reserve where rescued horses are free to roam over 70 hectares of land. These formerly abused animals are treated kindly and rehabilitated for happiness with a future owner. Take a trek through the wilderness on a horse carefully matched to your abilities. Treks last from two hours upwards and can be combined with other activities such as boating, yoga and scuba diving if you want.
- For bookings call 680 62 49 11 or visit www.ibizahorsevalley.com
Visit the Can Marça Caves, near Puerto de San Miguel beach in the north, to enter a mysterious golden world. A multilingual guide will show you the strange figures, temples and rocks formed over the years from stalagmites and stalactites, before you enjoy a spectacular music and light show with a 30ft cascade of water. Open year-round, tour times vary. Tours cost €10.50 adults, €6.50 children.
- 971 33 47 76, www.covadecanmarsa.com
Shop ‘til you drop
Ibiza is awash with vibrant markets. One of the best and buzziest is the Punta Arabí Hippy Market in Es Canar, which has been open since 1973. There’s a wonderful atmosphere brought by visiting musicians, local craftspeople and artists selling a wide range of brilliant souvenirs, plus yummy local food such as paella and Spanish omelettes. It’s open from April to October, between 10am and 7pm.
A drop to drink
For an adults-only afternoon, pop down to the beautiful Sa Cova vineyard in San Mateu for a tour and tasting session. It’s set in the countryside, surrounded by pine trees, but is well signposted. The owner, Juan, is passionate about wine, and his knowledge of the subject will shine through as he shows you around. You’ll get to enjoy a delicious meal alongside the wine you sample, all for €15 for three tapas dishes each, plus tasting and tour. Tours run every day throughout winter.
- 971 18 70 46, http://sacovaibiza.com/
A quiet base
The quaint village of Santa Gertrudis, at the heart of the island, is an excellent spot to stay thanks to its pretty setting and relaxed pace of life. The main square is home to a simple church, arts and craft shops and various bars and cafes that are bustling during the evening. Try the Musset Café for freshly baked bread and great coffee.
- Musset Café, 971 19 76 71
We’ve included local phone numbers to use once in Ibiza, but if you want to call from the UK, add 0034 to the start of each number. International rates will be higher.
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