While the south of Ibiza with its beautiful beaches, excursion destinations and hotspots is an appealing location, the north of Ibiza convinces with its hilly, natural landscape. There are various hiking routes, where you can enjoy the typical Ibizan idyll. In the countryside there are holiday villas where you can spend a relaxed and quiet holiday in Ibiza. By car, you can easily reach the beaches and lively villages from your luxurious retreat.
Quiet bays and beautiful scenery
The west of Ibiza boasts a proximity to lively places such as San Antonio, but retreat to quiet bays is quick and easy. Here you can combine relaxation with the colorful bustle of the island.
At the Cala Gracio you will find such a resort within walking distance of San Antonio. The cove is easy to reach even for disabled people. Thanks to the shallow water, it is also ideal for children and non-swimmers. As a typical Ibiza beach, Cala Gracio combines the rural surroundings with the part of Ibiza that is popular for party-animals and luxury holidaymakers.
A little further north you can reach Cala Salada via a winding road. In summer, this road is closed and you have to rely on a small shuttle that runs the bay at regular intervals from San Antonio. There is a pedal boat rental and the popular and protected sandy bay is quickly crowded in the high season. In the area there is a picturesque stone tower which seems to guard the bay. Also a visit to the caves of Ses Fontanelles is worth the trip. You can not drive to the cave entrance by car because of the sand path - solid footwear should therefore be present in the luggage. The cave is protected by grates, but inside you can still see paintings from the Bronze Age. From there you can enjoy the beautiful landscape in peace.
Experience tradition up close
In the north of Ibiza lies the small village of San Juan. Farming is still traditionally practiced in this area, and those interested in agrotourism can enjoy themselves in the rural surroundings.
In the village you can find a white church from the 18th century and the houses around it are partly island typical Cubist built. Some of the houses are reminiscent of the houses on the Atlantic coast in northern Spain, creating a special Mediterranean flair.
Every Sunday there is a genuine craft market in San Juan, which attracts people to the village with island products of all kinds. Local bands accompany this market with live music and make the visit a special experience. The surrounding traditional fincas invite you to a relaxing holiday.
Also in the north of the island, just west of San Juan, you will find San Miguel, which attracts tourists on the northern coast amidst the hilly landscape with its unique flair. The white houses from the late Middle Ages and early modern times are guarded by a fortified church. There, the villagers used to take refuge in pirate attacks. Today, in the summer evenings, traditional dance takes place in the square in front of the church, while in the village you can enjoy the traditional fish soup Bullit de Peix.
Very close to San Miguel is the Cova de Can Marca. The former smuggler's cave can be explored as part of a guided tour and is particularly interesting for children with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites. A few minutes away by car you can spend a day by the sea at Cala Benirras. The bay is framed on both sides by high rocks and the beach is criss-crossed by pebbles and rocks. An ideal place for snorkeling! But beware, when the beach is full, the roads are closed. This also applies to the hippie meetings, where you can sing and play the drums on the beach. These drum nights are always on Sundays. If you do not disturb the atmosphere and be there on time, you can experience this tradition.