When I was eighteen I went to Ibiza. Not with the intention to party the whole entire week. No, the opposite actually. I wanted to see some culture, landscapes but I also looked for a destination with a great ambiance, beaches and vivid villages. But now that I’ve been there I can answer the question. Is Ibiza just a party island or can you also visit it when you want to get more out of your trip?
Well, yes. You can visit Ibiza with the intention to explore the island. Ibiza really isn’t just partying. But because the island is so focused on their reputation as party island you just can’t get around that part of Ibiza and you start to think that it truly is only that. And yes, there are clubs, party boats, billboards and flyers of the clubs, shops and restaurants of the clubs, party people etc. Everywhere you go you’ll get confronted with the clubs and every year it seems to get worse. But there are other sides of Ibiza.
I’ve been in Ibiza for 14 days. That is enough to explore the island. Ibiza has a lot of villages to see but not much historical things to visit. For the most part Ibiza lives out of tourism and their salt fields. You can visit the salt fields but there isn’t that much to see. Besides that Ibiza has caves you can visit, beautiful landscapes and beaches, and of course the well known hippy markets. For the historical part of Ibiza you have to go to Ibiza town, it is the oldest (and by far the prettiest) part of Ibiza. But then again if you go to a new village you can see the three million dollar houses of famous DJ’s. Who says that isn’t fun too?;-)
If you want to go to Ibiza without getting confronted with the clubs and the party people all the time I recommend you to go to Ibiza town or a place near Ibiza Town like Figueretas. Trust me.. don’t go to San Antoni unless you want to be constantly surrounded by drunk teenagers. Staying in a village near Ibiza Town is more peaceful and quiet and Ibiza Town is the best part of Ibiza (especially the old part of Ibiza Town). There is always something to do, it is vivid and the old part looks gorgeous. The island isn’t that big so you can get far just by walking, you can hire a car or a scooter or you can go by taxi or by bus, there are plenty of those and not even that expensive!
Oh, and just for one time, visit a club. Just to say that you’ve been there;-)