Situated off the eastern coast of Spain, Ibiza is famed for its major nightclubs and party-loving visitors, but you don’t have to go too far to discover the other side of this beautiful Balearic island. Abra Dunsby reveals what to see, where to stay and what to do in a destination that truly has something for everyone
With its pretty hilltop location, steep cobbled streets and cultural sites including the Catalan Gothic cathedral, it’s no wonder Ibiza’s historic, walled old town is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Clients can meander their way through its sunny streets to discover crumbling medieval mansions, flower-strewn villas, galleries, museums, restaurants and spectacular sea views from the bastions.
Ibiza’s famous hippy markets don’t just sell an array of handmade clothes, leather moccasins, silver jewellery and other unique and colourful souvenirs and gifts, many also have live music, street performers and the chance to grab lunch or dinner at local food stalls, restaurants and bars. The markets are dotted all around the island. The biggest two are Punta Arabi Hippy Market, which takes place every Wednesday in Es Cana and has a section where kids can make their own souvenirs; and Las Dalias Hippy Market, which runs on Saturdays in San Carlos.
Can Marca caves
If it’s a scorching day, recommend a visit to these cool caves on the north-east of the island for some respite from the sun and dazzling sea views on the descent. Clients can take a tour to learn how the caves were once used by smugglers to stash contraband. It culminates with a music and light show, revealing the centuries-old stalactites and stalagmites in all their ethereal glory. ibiza.travel/en/directorio/cova-can-mar