Over the years Ibiza has developed something of a reputation for being an island for young clubbers to party their nights away and sleep through the day. Butthe Mediterranean island has a lot to offer other holidaymakers too and is well worth a visit.
The Ibiza coast is perfect for diving – the waters are clear and warm in summer. In fact, the sea bed in the Las Salinas national park is a World Heritage site because of the seagrass there. Diving centres can be found all over the island, and for those new to the water many offer lessons or shorter, shallower dives.
Getting on a bike is a great way to explore the island. Collect a map from the hotel or tourist office and off you go. Bike hire is cheap and there are loads of places that offer cycles for hours or days at a time. Be sure to stay well hydrated on your travels and reapply the sun cream regularly.
For the little kids, and the big kids, head to the Aguamar waterpark in Playa d’en Bossa. It has seven slides and various pools and playgrounds. Take a picnic and head to the nearby beach if you need a break.
Head out to the tiny island of Formentera to the south of Ibiza. Hiring a bicycle or scooter at the La Savina harbour is the best way to explore the island. Be aware – nudity on the beaches is the norm, although not obligatory.
The salt pans are a nature reserve and a perfect habitat for all sorts of birds and wildlife.
Ibiza has great shopping facilities, from local handicraft markets to typical Ibizan fashion boutiques. Explore the various shopping centres and street markets for souvenirs, local produce and designer labelbargains.
There are all sorts of restaurants on the island, but freshly caught fish is a staple part of the diet. Goat and sheep cheese is also plentiful.
Ibiza has so many beaches to be discovered and enjoyed, so make the most of them! There are many great Ibiza hotels so be sure to choose one where you can really unwind.
Whenever you visit Ibiza there will be plenty to keep you occupied and away from the buzzing clubs and bars. Whatever kind of holiday you want – seven days of doing nothing by the pool or hours spent exploring new places – you can get it from Ibiza.
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