Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Ibiza, the renowned party island in the Spanish Balearics, popular with young groups of revelers, certainly has a reputation for its nightlife. But the party scene is just one aspect of this beautiful island. Much of Ibiza isn’t interested in being the life of the party at all, instead engaging holiday makers with beautiful scenery, sporting activities, boat trips, architecture and museums. And there’s not a party in sight! It’s not! You can discover Ibiza’s natural and historical scene with our guide below.
Ibiza has UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Ibiza was founded in 654 BC, which as any ancient history nut will tell you, is a seriously long time ago. The island is rich in culturally history and its party atmosphere is rooted in its origins – its Phoenician founders dedicated it to the Egyptian god of music and dance, Bes.
Much of cultural Ibiza was built by its various ancient occupiers and a lot of these sites still exist and are open for business. They are protected by UNESCO from development and commercialization. A particularly notable example is El Dedo de Dios, translated as God’s Finger, which is an impressive stack of rocks (shaped like a finger pointing to heaven) in Benirras Bay.
For those who love wildlife, you’ll want to check out the Ses Feixes Wetlands, which is a stretch of land harboring a great variety of fauna and flora. The site is unique, created by Arbas long ago, but unfortunately is at risk by development initiatives.
Ibiza is full of ancient history
Ancient and modern, Ibiza is an architect’s delight. Ancient history lovers will be pleased to know that there is an abundance of history to be found. Here are our picks of some of the best places you can see, from old tombs to ornate churches and informative museums:
Necròpolis del Puig des Molins, Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Archeological Museum, Sa Caleta Phoenician Settlement
Ibiza is full of natural beauty
If you’re looking for an outdoors type of holiday then look no further than Ibiza. You’ll have the opportunity to take boat rides around the island where you can get to grips with all manner of watersports. Often these boat trips are guided by professionals who know the area and are water sportspros! You’ll stop at various beaches and coves on the way and snorkel, water ski and even wakeboard.
Visit the Cove de Can Marca in San Miguel
This is a 100,000 year old cave that is mostly fossilized.Dripping in impressive stalactites and stalagmites, the cave is well looked after. There’s an interesting use of lighting, often cultured to enhance ponds and ice structures. Kids will love the story behind this Cova: it was used by smugglers to hide goods.
Ibiza is a playground for artists so naturally artists, film makers and writers visit for inspiration. The famous ‘Egg’ monument was built in honor of Christopher Columbus and can be found in Sant Antoni where Christopher Columbus was supposed to be born (though there’s plenty of myths around his birthplace!)