As the capital of the White Isle, Ibiza Town (Eivissa in Catalan) is the heart of the island and home to beautiful historic sites as well as offering visitors all that a Mediterranean city should. 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 captivates the magic and beauty of the island. As a compact and pedestrian friendly town parking spaces can be hard to find (even though there is a new and big outdoor parking space just off 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 undeniably one of the biggest attractions in Ibiza Town and with an array of restaurants from Italian to Tapas it makes the perfect evening escape – whilst being very romantic. Through the cobbled streets you are led to the Baluarte de Santa Lucía where breathtaking views can be seen of Ibiza Town and its neighbouring resorts such as Talamanca. Although the majestic views at the peak of the town are next to none, the port at the foot of the hill offers trips to the blissful Formentera as well as being home to some very plush yacht's.
To escape the city buzz take a moment to grab a coffee from the tree-lined Plaza del Parque area 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 which attract a strong crowd each night.
With Pacha and Booom both being just a short stroll away the streets are often the catwalks for the sexy and scantily glad dancers who along with the PR staff set out to entice you into one of the islands best clubs. Expect naked flesh, extravagant costumes, stilt walkers and leather. So if seeing hot models getting progressively tipsy in their platform stiletto's appeals to you then head towards the gay-orientated Calle de la Virgen where they will be enjoying a mixture of Chupitos – free shots!
The hippie chic boutiques, fetish shops (open until 10pm or even midnight during peak season) midnight), fast food joints, Italian restaurants and gay bars which line the the inappropriately-named street of the virgin make for a fascinating midnight stroll. Although music is not meant to be audible on the street after 12am you can still party inside the small but perfectly-formed Lola's on Calle Alfonso XII perfectly warming up your night before heading to one of the super-clubs; Amnesia, Pacha, Privilege or Space – usually open from midnight.
A little out of the hustle and bustle of Ibiza Town sits Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Nueva, true beauty spots for the rich and famous – and nosey. 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. With so many places to visit this area becomes a real attraction over the weekend as it is the perfect place to mingle, dance and enjoy a cocktail – or two, so what's stopping you?
The luxurious dinner show restaurant Lío – the old El Divino, , also sits nearby and hosts a range of high calibre events such as Carl Cox's 50th birthday... glamorous and luxurious are the words that spring to mind. Not forgetting the Cipriani which is located within the 5 star Ibiza Gran Hotel near Pacha; both are top end places with high end cuisine - expect to see familiar faces from world class models to headlining DJ's. Less luxurious, but with a much more local feel is Veto (ex Grial), which is very close to both Booom and 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 spark of Ibiza, also try Plaça de Sa Drassaneta which is just around the corner and the strip that lines the port which is home to some notable institutions such as Jason's Bull's Base Bar and the neighbouring Rock. Lately, NINE Ibiza has become a hotspot for pre-clubbing drinks. You'll find it in calle Felipe II which is behind the Mc Donalds in the port. Still a bit of a secret, and therefore we only mention the name of the bar and not its directions, Tira Palla, does wicked cocktails and moreover has amazing views.
The aforementioned Marina Botafoch should also be on your to do list during your visit; laying on the cusp of Ibiza Town it embraces a more tranquil side to Eivissa. Providing you with views, great food and drink and of course music it makes a perfect escape to grab a cocktail of an evening.
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.
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 is renowned for being a magnet for international tourists and prides itself on being gay-friendly; so if you want to experience a lot of culture splashed with vibrance, 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 is the luxurious 4 star Ibiza Corso Hotel which 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, not forgetting the 5 star Ibiza Gran Hotel which is also located near Pacha and offers beautiful grounds and top class service.
Nearby is the resort of Talamanca which has a quiet and picturesque beach where you can relax and escape the business of the main town; but with Ibiza Town just a ferry ride or short walk away (ca. 15-20 minutes), it makes the perfect location.