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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: where to stay on Ibiza?

Whatever your taste and budget, there's a place for you!

Ibiza is constantly evolving, so figuring out where to stay on your first trip can be a conundrum for those who have never visited the island before. There's such a huge amount of information available, it's hard to know where to begin, so we're going to break it up into digestible chunks for you.

If you know what kind of holiday you would like, let our super Ibiza Virgins' Guide help you find out where to stay and why.

For a complete list of great places to stay, island wide, check out our hotels' section


Ibiza Town

Ideal for: culture, foodies, nightlife, families, luxury, gay-friendly

The island's capital is steeped in history and has lots of pretty places to visit. It is essential to explore the narrow cobbled streets of the walled citadel of Dalt Vila, which teem with charming bars and restaurants. Make sure you stroll down the lively port and the gay street, Calle de la Virgen for a preview of all the pre-club activity every night, if only just to watch the colour of the club parades.

Ibiza Town also has a fantastic selection of museums and art galleries to wander round too, for the more discerning historians and art fans amongst you. Across in the marina you can gasp at the super-yachts, chill on the neighbouring beach resort of Talamanca, dine in some of the island's finest restaurants and dance all night at the world famous Pacha nightclub.

There are not many hotels in the city itself and those that are can be at the high-end, price wise. That said, accommodation varies from budget to deluxe and you'll find all age groups here, from families to older ex-ravers who still love the island and all it has to offer.

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If perfectly formed style is or you when choosing accommodation try the Mikasa Boutique Hotel for beautiful rooms and a terrace with amazing views of the old town.


FigueretAs

Ideal for: clubbers, groups, gay-friendly, budget

Big with Ibiza's gay travellers, the close proximity of Figueretas to Ibiza Town also makes it a hit with just about everyone. Cheaper than the nearby city, hotels and apartments range from bargain to boutique.

The clean beach and wide promenade has fabulous views all the way across to Formentera and new trendy restaurants and bars have cropped up along the seafront, making it a haven for everyone.

Providing a midway point between Ibiza Town and Playa d'en Bossa means that you have a choice of party or arty. No wonder it is always such a popular choice!

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Stay in comfort and excellent four-star style at the Torre del Mar hotel, which is close to just about everything and has a gorgeous spa and pool.


Playa d'en Bossa

Ideal for: clubbers, nightlife, groups, budget

Playa d'en Bossa knows how to party. This extremely popular resort has positioned itself as the hedonist capital of Ibiza. With all the action condensed along one stretch of road, you'll never be too far from the fiesta.

There are quieter parts of the resort too, so know that staying here does not automatically mean noise. You'll find all ages here - it's far from just for people under the age of 25.

Along the main street, you have the super-clubs Hï Ibiza and Ushuaïa, but Playa d'en Bossa is also well known for its daytime, beachside action.

The beach is long and wide and is studded along its length with wonderful bars and restaurants – from the raucous fun of Bora Bora, to the cool sophistication of beach club Beachouse, there is something for every taste. All make great spots from which to observe, have a great meal and cool cocktails.

Playa d'en Bossa offers an array of accommodation options ranging from the high-end deluxe of Hard Rock Hotel to affordable and fun hotels and apartments like the Ibiza Jet Apartments.

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Try the re-styled FERGUS Style Bahamas, a beautiful complex that's got a lush garden, is next to the beach and in lovely quiet spot. Plus, for an alternative night out, go to Children of the 80s at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturdays to indulge in some techno-dodging pop pleasures.


San Antonio

Ideal for: clubbers, nightlife, groups, young families, budget

San Antonio is many an Ibiza Virgin's first taste of the island and has much to offer the enthusiastic young party-lover.

The main beach of San Antonio is a busy one in the summer months and the centre of all daytime activity. You will find some great bars to stop and refresh yourselves in as you stroll along the beachfront promenade. Tulp and Ibiza Rocks Bar are amongst our favourites.

Pool parties are all the rage in Ibiza and San Antonio boasts two of the best venues on the island: O Beach and the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Be sure to check the line-ups in our party calendar and pack your best bikini or trunks.

The iconic Sunset Strip is home to a host of bars, including the famous Mambo and Café del Mar, with the vantage point, DJs and soundtrack fine-tuned for those legendary Ibiza sunsets. Over in the centre of town, the famous West End packs a staggering amount of fast-food eateries and bars into a small area.

At night, the big "San An" clubs, Eden and Es Paradis, come alive for dancing the night away. Or, just outside the town, is the unique Benimussa Park, home to the incredible weekly Zoo Project parties. Finally. the super-clubs Amnesia and Privilege are just a short disco bus ride away.

In between all this partying, you're sure to want something to eat. San Antonio has just about anything you could shake your fork at. From healthy breakfasts to fry-ups, tapas to burgers and pizza to romantic gourmet experiences - San Antonio has it all, spread within a easily accessible few square kilometres.

Accommodation comes at a reasonably budget price, as does food and drink. The average age seemingly spans from 18-30 where partying is the focus, though more recently many places to stay, usually outside the centre, have had a facelift and are aimed at more sophisticated party people.

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A stay at the Cubanito Ibiza Suites promises booty-shaking Cuban-themed style and all rooms have fantastic sound systems. Look out for Latin music night on Sundays at the hotel's gorgeous rooftop bar.

For a cracking breakfast, Rita's Cantina in the marina is great, or for a romantic dinner in a beautiful converted chapel, try Sa Capella.


San Antonio Bay

Ideal for: clubbers, groups, young families, budget

Just a short distance away from San Antonio, the bay area has some pretty smaller beaches and is largely geared towards families looking for an affordable break.

San Antonio Bay has the greatest density of hotels on the island; from the very cheap, best value to recently-renovated hotels aimed at a young and affluent clientele. San Antonio Bay has some nice small beaches along its stretch as well as a good selection of restaurants. It's ideal for a quieter stay, yet still with plenty of action.

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Sophisticated clubbers will love staying at Sol House; its rooftop bar is as close to heaven as you can get with live DJ sets and a fabulous infinity pool to chill by. Sunset lovers should head to a true bay gem, Kumharas restaurant for a cool hippy vibe and excellent cocktails.


Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella

Ideal for: young families, budget, nature, retreat

The south west coast of Ibiza has some of the most beautiful sandy coves on the island. Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella are two of the most family-friendly, tucked away from the crowded resorts. They are easily accessible and ideal for those happy to relax with drink in hand during the day and a romantic meal in the evening.

You are guaranteed to enjoy sublime views at sunset and return home very tanned and feeling very refreshed.

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For modern style and mid-range pricing, the Hotel Playasol Cala Tarida makes for a great stay, with a host of top facilities. It's ideal for couples and families plus the beach is a short stroll away.


Santa Eulalia

Ideal for: groups, families, foodies, couples, retreat, older travellers

Santa Eulalia is a pretty town, attracting all nationalities and age groups and has lots of reasonably-priced apartments and hotels to choose from.

As most of the hotels are situated on the outskirts, the town centre and boat marina maintain a chic, cosmopolitan feel. There are plenty of shops and boutiques to browse and the pavement cafes are perfect spots for watching beautiful people pass by.

Particularly known for its eateries, you'll find a great range of restaurants, especially on Calle San Vicente in the centre, a place that transforms at night into a lively, bustling Mediterranean location.

With a wide sweeping beach, a lively promenade and plenty of bars to choose from, you don't even have to leave town.

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Five-star luxury is a great treat and a fine place to experience this is the ME Ibiza Hotel, where there's a great cultural programme. You will love the sumptuous adults-only rooftop bar for when the kids are in bed.


Es Caná

Ideal for: families, budget

The small beach resort of Es Caná, along the coast from Santa Eulalia, was built with families in mind and houses a number of all-inclusive hotels with entertainment and kids' facilities and all at competitive prices. A clean, wide and shallow beach makes it perfect for the little ones.

Famous for hosting one of the large weekly hippy markets on the island, holidaymakers descend in droves to snag the handmade wares for holiday gifts or presents for themselves. Es Caná is well worth considering if it's a cheaper, hassle-free family break you're after.

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A short distance away is the gorgeous, boho beach restaurants, Aiyanna for a delicious West meets East feast. Just look for the pretty colourful parasols outside.


Cala Llonga

Ideal for: families, budget, nature

A stunning bay surrounded by dramatic cliffs, Cala Llonga is a sun trap of a location with hotels clustered around the long sandy beach.

Another resort that offers everything families require on a plate is here with lots of activities to keep the kids occupied, plus plenty of bars and restaurants to keep hunger and thirst at bay. Cala Llonga is another safe bet for a relaxing break, with prices that won't break the bank.

A regular ferry service to the resort offers the option of day trips to Santa Eulalia, Ibiza or even magical sister island Formentera.

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Next to Cala Llonga is the stylish and exclusive restaurant Amante, nestled upon the cliffs. Here, daytime luxury is accessed easily. Look out for its evening summer open-air movie nights too.


Cala San Vicente

Ideal for: young families, budget, nature, retreat

Situated in the north east of the island, Cala San Vicente is a secluded resort, which attracts an international clientele and features a long, sweeping beach, hugged by a lovely curving promenade.

Facilities are huddled together in this compact little resort, making it relaxed and inexpensive for all ages. The sea can sometimes be little bit wilder here, thus there is a windsurfing school to cater for the more adventurous. Hire a moped or car and explore the unspoilt nature of this corner of Ibiza.

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The nearby lookout point on the cliff tops is a lovely spot for a romantic picnic at sunset.


Portinatx

Ideal for: families, budget, adventure,

The island's most northerly resort, Portinatx, is well out of the way of all the young party crowd and represents a more rugged Ibiza. With lots of water activities such as snorkelling, pedalos, paddle boarding and windsurfing on offer, this is a resort much more suited to families.

Self-contained, this little paradise of a town has bars and restaurants within walking distance of all the hotels, so you can relax without having to move too far.

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The walk to the Portinatx lighthouse is a beautiful one, with the views over the cliffs simply stunning.


The Interior

Ideal for: nature, retreat,

A network of rural hotels that go under the banner of agritourism venues, populate the pretty interior of Ibiza.

Agritourism hotels celebrate the agricultural heritage of the island by growing their own vegetables and fruit and are havens of peace and tranquillity. Generally developed from lovingly-restored farmhouses, they cater for a higher-end clientele and give you a glimpse into a more rustic Ibizan lifestyle.

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Just outside Ibiza Town and set in lovely countryside is the delighful agritourism hotel Can Arabí, a lovely luxury rural pad.

After that exhaustive trip around the island, you'll want to book somewhere, so remember to head to our hotels' section where you'll find lots of accommodation fo all tastes and budgets.

Not forgetting car hire, for when you want to get about the island. Our selection of local Ibiza car rental companies will give you all you need.


WORDS | Leena Sharma and Tim Dackombe

Article completely revised May 2019

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