- Port area
- Port area
Ibiza Town (Eivissa in Catalan) is the capital of the island and the heart of Ibiza. From the gorgeous harbour which is overlooked by the fortified walls of Dalt Vila to the cobbled paths of the old town, Ibiza Town truly captures the magic and beauty of the island. As a compact, pedestrian-friendly town, parking spaces can be hard to find (even though there is a big new car park space just by the port) so consider walking, taking a taxi or a bus.
A great place to take a trip to during the day the island's capital has a wide variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars. The 16th century walls of Dalt Vila are one of the biggest attractions in Ibiza Town, with a mouthwatering selection of restaurants perfect for daytime 'tapas' (typical Spanish snacks) and the most romantic of candlelit dinners. Do take the time to wander up through the cobbled streets to enjoy breathtaking views over Ibiza Town, its neighbouring resorts such as Talamanca and across to the island of Formentera. Regular ferries will take you from Ibiza port to the beautiful sandy beaches of Talamanca, Figueretas and Playa d'en Bossa, to Formentera, the hippy market at Es Caná, Santa Eulalia and beyond. A really cheap, but fun way to see the island.
To escape the city buzz take a moment to grab a coffee in the tree-lined Plaza del Parque area next to the Paseo Vara de Rey in the centre of the town, which attracts anything from magicians to random performers as evening approaches. Whilst being perfect for a daytime excursion, Ibiza Town also comes alive at night with entertainers, music and markets attracting a large, diverse crowd every night.
Every night during the high season the streets of the port area become the catwalks for sexy, scantily-clad dancers (male and female!) out to entice you into one of the island's best clubs. Expect naked flesh, extravagant costumes, stilt walkers and leather. These parades pass along the front of the port before ending up in the gay-orientated Calle de la Virgen.
The inappropriately-named street of the virgin is a must-see whatever your inclination. Hippy chic boutiques, fetish shops, cool restaurants and music bars line the street.
Throughout the port area, the boutiques and hippy market stalls which line the streets are open until 10pm and even midnight in the high season. And when the outdoor music stops at 12 midnight, you can carry on the party inside one of the many bars, perfectly warming up your night before heading to one of the super-clubs; Amnesia, Pacha, Privilege or Space – usually open from midnight.
On the other side of the harbour, out of the hustle and bustle of the port area, sit Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Nueva, true beauty spots for the rich and famous. Here you will find the more glamorous venues such as El Madrigal and Sushipoint which all offer tantalising food and drink accompanied by stunning views of Ibiza Town.
The luxurious dinner show-restaurant Lío is situated in the Ibiza Nueva marina. With an incredibly high standard of performers (think Cirque du Soleil) and a glamorous setting with views of the castle and port area, Lio is one of the most popular and expensive venues on the island. Don't forget Cipriani, a gourmet temple which is located within the 5 star Ibiza Gran Hotel near Pacha. Less luxurious, but with a much more local feel is Veto (ex Grial), which is very close to Pacha - perfect for a drink or two on the way to the clubs!
If you like daytime clubbing, make sure you hit one of the many boat parties departing from Ibiza town.
Calle de la Virgen is a must as it will open your eyes to the diversity and freedom of Ibiza; you should also wander along the port sampling the atmosphere of the bars, restaurants and market stalls, which is home to some notable institutions such as the Rock bar. The Plaza del Parque, the castle Dalt Vila and Marina Botafoch are also a must-see, day or night. If you're feeling adventurous try to find, Tira Palla, which does wicked cocktails and has amazing views.
Lastly, a bit of a special tip here: If you come to Ibiza with the idea to get 'ink done', look no further than this Tattoo studio: El Flaco.
The International Music Summit (IMS) takes place around the last week in May and culminates in two spectacular outdoor live events with bands and DJs, overlooking the harbour. One of the best events of the year.
Beds, prices & nationalities
Drinks can be quite a bit more expensive than the resorts of Playa d'en Bossa or San Antonio – if you manage to grab a beer for €5 you've had a steal! However we recommend checking out the bars where the locals go, especially the ones around the aforementioned Plaza del Parque. Ibiza Town enjoys a very international mix of tourists and prides itself on being gay-friendly; so if you want to experience plenty of culture splashed with vibrancy, fun, music and laughs then a visit to Ibiza Town is a must.
Pacha is one of the islands more sophisticated clubs and with The Pacha Hotel just opposite the brightly lit doors it is a favourite amongst clubbers. Nearby, the luxurious 4 star Ibiza Corso Hotel offers stunning views while bathing by the poolside and spa treatments. Nearer the town centre the El Puerto offers good value hotel rooms and self-catering apartments.
Close by, the resort of Talamanca has a quiet, picturesque beach where you can relax and escape the buzz of the main town; but with Marina Botafoch next door and Ibiza Town just a ferry ride or short walk away (ca. 15-20 minutes), it makes the perfect location.
How to get there
Ibiza Town is the capital town and as such there are excellent bus connections from all other resorts. It is 10 km from the airport. Read our guide on how to get around Ibiza.