First and foremost a beach destination, Ibiza offers myriad water-based activities to complement idle hours spent lazing on its stunning white sands. Motorised options include jet-skiing and parasailing, or for a gentler way to explore there are sea kayaks and SUP’s, plus windsurfing, kite surfing and diving in the many underwater caves. On land the pine forests, hill-top hamlets and rocky mountains offer lots of opportunities for exploration either on foot, by bike or on horse-back.
Ibiza Town is a cosmopolitan centre full of shops, bars and restaurants, which also shelters the Dalt Villa (High Town), a Unesco-listed site of great architectural and historical interest.
Ibiza has two noteworthy national parks; Ses Salinas and Es Vedrà. Ses Salinas National Park, lies between southern Ibiza and northern Formentera and is home to hundreds of species of birds, marine life, reptiles and plants, along with the surreal Posidonia Oceanica underwater meadows and the sparkling stretch of ancient salt flats.
Es Vedrà is a 400m high turret of limestone lying off the south west coast of Ibiza. The area is part of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve inhabited by wild goats, but Es Vedrà is best known for the legends surrounding it, with imaginative claims that the rock is home to the sirens and sea nymphs encountered by the Greek king Ulysses, or that it is the tip of the sunken city of Atlantis.
Es Vedrà at sunset