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Boasting immersive landscapes and charming family resorts, the island of Ibiza is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site, renowned the world over for its nightlife, and an island that exudes the spirt of bohemia. Look beyond the raucous celebration of musical expression though and you’ll discover charming family-friendly accommodation and some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Secluded rocky bays and white sand give way to preserved villages and white-washed houses inland, hillside hideaways and aromatic lemon and olive groves. The laidback ambiance of Ibiza is contrasted not only with the energetic nightlife but a plethora of sports and leisure activity.

Ibiza

Our Ibiza villas are situated in the unspoilt areas of this idyllic island. Choose from charming rustic abodes or expansive contemporary villas, each of which personify the ambiance and spirit of the island. Stay a stone’s throw from the famed Ibiza Town and enjoy easy access into one of the trendiest places in Ibiza. Sit down for a sumptuous Mediterranean meal before sampling the bar and club scene. Shop at exquisite boutiques or simple admire some of the most striking scenery of any island in Europe.

Ibiza Beaches

Ibiza – The White Isle – is renowned for hedonism, spirituality and barefoot bohemia. It’s also home to some of the most idyllic beaches in the Mediterranean. An island paradise off the eastern coast of Spain, Ibiza is the third largest Balearic Island and an autonomous community of Spain.

The summer music scene draws thousands of visitors every year who come to experience the wild freedom that the destination offers. Yet, despite its reputation as being party-central, Ibiza is also home to some of the most exquisite beaches in the Mediterranean.

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pine Islands of Ibiza and nearby Formentera feature teal-coloured sea and white sandy shores. Visit the region and you have a wealth of sanding shores to relax, top up your tan and unwind on. However, there are a few hidden gems that you can’t afford to pass up the chance to visit. Here’s our list of the best hidden beaches the island paradise of Ibiza has to offer.

Cala Mastella, Santa Eulalia

Located in the north east area of Sant Carles de Peralta is the Cala Mastella. Much of the area is covered in smallholdings, farmland, quaint rustic houses and friendly locals. However, don’t be deterred, it’s here that you’ll find one of Ibiza’s most treasured secrets.

Cala Mastella is a beach that’s perfectly in-keeping with the local area. Peaceful and with inspiring scenery, the beach is only accessed by walking along a dirt road and through cane and pine forests.

Once you arrive, you’ll be treated to a rocky seabed and crystal-clear water. An excellent place for snorkelling over the patches of seagrass, Cala Mastella is one beach where couples and families alike will find much to admire. It’s not just the picturesque surroundings that have visitors hunting for the beach, it’s the food. Book at El Bigotes and be treated to some of the most exquisite seafood that you’re ever likely to taste, complete with a view of the harbour’s edge.

Cala Xarraca, Sant Joan de Labritja

At the north end, Cala Xarraca is always a hive of activity. But that’s okay. The base features small, neighbouring coves that, whilst probably won’t be deserted will certainly be much quieter and perfect for visitors who want nothing more than to relax and enjoy a quiet, secluded day by the sea.

The beach begins to look quite sparse at the point you reach Sa Cova Xarraca, just around the rocks, or about 100 meters along the length of the shore. Visit Cala Xarraca and you can rent a kayak to further explore the water or stretch your swimming legs and head towards S’Illot des Rencli.

Intrepid hikers can cross the headland and head towards Es Canaret. This exquisitely turquoise bay is surrounding by magnificently imposing houses. Reach Es Canaret and you’ll lose some of the seclusion Cala Xarraca offers but you don’t need to head this far; simply bask on the flat rocks on Cala Xarraca on the far left of the beach and you’ll feel perfectly secluded – and private.

Cala Xucla, Sant Joan de Labritja

This secluded beach is one that you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to spot. Found when you head down a swooping coastal road and short, steep and rutted track that descends through pines and junipers to a circular, sandy cove, Cala Xucla is well-worth the adventure to get there.

Visit in the summer and you’ll discover an authentic chiringuito (a wooden shed with a hatch), complete with a dozen tables laid out in a shaded area. The perfect place to escape the heat of the summer sun, here you’ll find a cool area to relax with a tall glass of whatever your favourite drink is.

It’s surprising how little visitors to Ibiza know about Cala Xucla – especially when you consider the beach’s top-notch facilities. There’s also limited parking space, so if you’re driving and want to get a spot, make sure you get there early!

Punta de Ses Portes, Sant Josep

Anyone heading to Ibiza for some fun in the sun might not be too taken with having to spend a half – or a full day in a quarry. But remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained! The Punta de Ses Portes is half a millennium old and is opposite Formentera on the southern tip of Ibiza in the Ses Salines park.

The substantial rockery was hauled away to create the walls of the Dalt Vila and as a result, created shallow pools of cooling water which are complemented by spectacular, instantly Instagram-worthy surroundings.

Visit Punta de Ses and you’ll also find beach clubs, music and an abundance of sun loungers. Yet, despite its idiosyncratic surroundings and cool water, the beach remains strangely quiet, making it the perfect place to kick back and escape the hordes of revellers Ibiza is so-famous for.

Cala Tarida, Sant Josep

This west coast beach must be seen to be believed. Take a handful of steps down from the car park and you’ll feel like you’ve just set foot in an ocean paradise. Somewhat popular, though never crowded, Cala Tarida is famed for its fabulous rock formations.

Head to the end of the beach and you’ll discover a secure rock platform and uninterrupted sea view. Not only that, there’s also a second small sandy cove that’s reached by heading to the Can Yucas bar and heading along a small track. Is there anything else? Of course. A third beach, the beautiful Es Pujolets is just a stone’s throw away too. Here you’ll find white sand, the most mesmerising turquoise sea, fisherman’s huts and boats bobbing just off shore.

So, that’s is. Five of the best hidden beaches in Ibiza. The only question is, which do you want to visit?

Ibiza Points of Interest

One of the three major Balearic Islands, Ibiza is home to the charming Old Town, pine covered hills, a delightful Mediterranean climate and distinctively rugged coastline. Visit the island and you’ll discover golden sandy beaches and lively hotel resorts.

Still, often when visitors come to Ibiza, they may find choosing what’s best to do when the sun is at it’s highest a struggle. Sure, you can lounge by the pool or take a dip in the ocean, but what is there to do for anyone with designs on filling their days with pleasurable activities? What are the most notable points of interest?

We’ve compiled a list of five places in Ibiza that you really should make a point of visiting when you come to this most renowned of Balearic Islands.

Visit Formentara

This magical little island is one of the highlights of visiting Ibiza – and a must-see point of interest for anyone visiting Ibiza. Arrive in Formentara and you’ll discover some of the best beaches in Europe. White sand, turquoise sea and breath-taking views await anyone who steps foot on Formentara.

Moreover, there’s plenty to see when visiting this whitewashed isle. Feast your eyes on striking lighthouses or spend some time in idyllic nature reserves. For a different perspective, why not head underwater and explore the ocean, swim with fish and admire some of the most beautiful natural surroundings you’re ever likely to cast your eyes on.

Whist you’re here why not charter a boat? There’s plenty of seldom-explored landmarks to discover – most of which are best seen when riding the ocean waves.

See Ibiza Stonehenge

A contemporary installation that sits atop a rocky coastal shelf on a somewhat bare and desolate stretch of rock headland, Art and Space was commissioned by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte and created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers.

Often referred to as Ibiza Stonehenge, this collection of 13 Basalt columns arranged in a semi-circular formation on the clifftops of Cala Llentia is where thousands of tourists make a point to visit each year.

Modern art installations are often left open to interpretation, but these columns have sparked frank debates over the years. Many believe that the columns are intended as a sundial, whereas others believe them to be reminiscent of a compass. Whatever the reason for construction, one thing’s for sure, they certainly are worth a visit.

Venture into the Past Driving Around Dalt Vila

With a name that literally means ‘High Town’, Dalt Vila is situated higher than half of Ibiza Town. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s here that you’ll find some stunning examples of Ibiza’s rich heritage and culture.

The area is home to distinctive architecture, art and several museums and is perfect for culture-vultures or those with a great affinity for the arts. Inside the fortified walls you’ll also find shops, bars and restaurants so taking your time and exploring the old-style architecture of Dalt Vila is essential.

Feeling like you need to really explore the history of the area? Visit the Archaeological Museum. Here you’ll find fascinating exhibits that trace the island’s rich and fascinating history.

Sample the Artisan Markets

Dotted across the breadth of Ibiza are a range of hippy markets that you really need to explore. Visit just one and you’ll immediately see a range of crafts and produce lovingly curated – and with a distinctive style and flavour, it’s no surprise that visitors come back week after week, year after year!

There are countless stalls, each filled with goods and trinkets to help you to mark your holiday. Visit one of the many artisan markets and you’ll also discover live music and street performers. One of the primary highlights is certainly the medieval market in May. If you’re luck enough to be a visiting Ibiza during the month, don’t pass up on the opportunity to shop at myriad of stalls – and watch historical re-enactments!

Take in the View from the Atlantis Seaside Quarry

Even the most learned European historian may not know this, but Ibiza has its very own lost city of Atlantis. Now, before you begin scratching your head and wondering if that can be right, we’ve got the scoop for you.

Centuries ago Ibiza was quarried to provide watchtowers for the citadel of Ibiza. Today, all that remains of this activity is a labyrinth of caves, rocks, holes and sea pools. Christened as Atlantis by visitors who migrated to Ibiza in the 60’s, the name has endured over the years – as has this as a point of interest.

Originally named Sa Pedrera de Cala d’Hart, visiting the quarry may take you a little off the beaten track, but it’s worth the hike, if only for the coastal views. Arguably one of Ibiza’s best-kept secrets, a visit to the quarry is well-worth the effort.

These are some of the five points of interest that you really need to check out when visiting Ibiza. Visit each one by day and you won’t be disappointed!

Ibiza Activities

When holidaying in Ibiza, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about ear-splitting baselines, wild, raucous antics and late nights. Over the years, the island has developed a well-earned reputation as the destination of choice for young people seeking a holiday of wild abandon.

However, Ibiza has so much more to offer than its party scene. Sure, it cannot be ignored that the destination is synonymous with free-wheeling fun but look around and you’ll discover a wealth of activities to partake in.

From visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites to taking a dip in crystal clear oceans, you’ll Ibiza is one destination that caters to al. Here’s a look at just some Ibiza’s engaging activities.

Shopping in Sa-Penya Quarter

Situated within walking distance from Old Town in one of Ibiza’s primary attractions – Sa-Penya. Known as the old fisherman’s section of the town, the Sa-Penya Quarter is the place to be to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or enjoy fine dining.

Spend hours browsing the distinctive hippie markets. You’ll discover handicrafts and unique artistic expression whilst admiring Ibiza’s original port and marina – Barrio de la Marina. Stretching across the water’s edge, Barrio de al Marina in lined with art galleries and linen shops filled with products that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Enjoy a Family Day Out at Santa Eulalia

A short drive north from Ibiza Town is Santa Eulalia. Here you’ll discover a beachside resort that’s in stark contrast to the traditional perception of Ibiza. Picturesque and welcoming, Santa Eulalia is the ideal place to enjoy a family day out.

Featuring a golden, sandy beach that stretches across a shallow bay, Santa Eulalia is famed for its inviting waters – which are perfect for children having a quick dip in the sea. The promenade is situated immediately to the rear of the beach is framed by perfectly manicured rows of palm trees and is home to cute cafes and delectable restaurants. This quaint town is a wonderful place to spend a day out with the family.

Fun fact: Santa Eulalia has been crowned the gastronomic capital of the island. Any one of the town’s restaurants will serve the freshest seafood and a wealth of Ibizan dishes for surprisingly affordable prices!

Dive into the Ocean with Your Snorkel

Anyone with a deep love of the ocean and appreciation for aquatic life can charter a boat and, grab a snorkel and dive deep. Ibiza offers numerous snorkelling tours giving divers the chance to explore its striking ocean reefs. Best of all? You hardly need to be a certified diver to take to dive deep.

Ibiza’s snorkelling tours are inexpensive. You can choose from half or full day tours, or even enjoy a later afternoon or sunset exploration of the Mediterranean. Explore the various regions surrounding the island or inside the boundaries of the Marine National Park.

Want to get the most out of any snorkelling exploration? Find a naturally formed cave. Discover these wondrous structures and you’ll surely be transfixed by the natural beauty of the world.

Cliff Jumping at Cala Tarida

Feeling brave and adventurous? Want to experience a rush of adrenaline rush like no other? Have you got cliff jumping on your bucket list? If so, Ibiza has you covered.

Tour the island and you’ll discover a range of locations, perfect for cliff jumping. Whereas it may not be for everyone, cliff jumping is one activity that’s sure to make anyone feel alive. Get to know Ibiza’s geography and you’ll immediately be struck by the rugged cliffs that surround its coastline – which are perfect for cliff jumping.

Despite the wealth of opportunities, inarguably one of the best spots for novices is at Cala Tarida. With a creamy beach and located just a twenty-minute drive from San Antonio, Cala Tarida has rock formations at either end of the beach. Neither present too much of a challenge to climb, but once you reach the summit and feel like taking the plunge, take a jump!

Pamper Yourself at One of Ibiza’s Spas

If you’re in need of a little pampering and rejuvenation, there are few activities more effective than a day trip to a spa. You might be surprised to discover that Ibiza has a wealth of spas that will cleanse your mind, body and spirit.

Whether you’ve had a few nights on the town, or simply desire to completely relax and unwind, taking a day trip to a spa could be just what you need. You’ll find a range of treatments designed to harmonise you. From massages and body wraps to pedicures, facials and peels – even anti-aging and couple’s treatments.

These are just a fraction of the activities that you can indulge in when visiting Ibiza. The truth us is that there’s so much more to the island than what’s on the surface. Take some time to explore the activities on offer – you won’t be disappointed!

Ibiza Shopping

The Spanish island of Ibiza located 93 miles off the eastern coast of Valencia, is universally known for is idyllic beaches and raucous nightlife. But, did you know that it’s also home to some of the best shopping the Mediterranean has to offer?

Don’t believe us? Celebrities flock to, and invest in, Ibiza’s universally-renowned shopping. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci celebrated his 40th birthday on the island. In 2014, Stella McCartney opened a pop-up shop only the island. Indeed, you only need to check out celebrity’s social media accounts to see just how often VIPs frequent the island – and do a spot of shopping.

Visitors to the island may come for the coastline and the clubs but the island offer so much more. The island’s main centre – Ibiza Town – is famed for its restaurants and bars, spectacular Mediterranean views, and, of course, its shopping.

From wallet-friendly stores to elegant boutiques, we’ve rounded up our collection of the five best places to shop in Ibiza. Interesting in learning which shops you simply must visit? Read on.

Panorama – Calle Bisbe Azara 2

A hidden gem of a boutique, Panorama features collections from lesser and prominent brands in the fashion industry. Perfect for people with a range of budgets, whether you’re looking for that signature article of clothing to mark your trip to Ibiza, or a small trinket as a gift, you’ll find just what you’re looking for a Panorama.

Prices are generally discounted. From Carven’s Nautical Spring ’16 collection to embroidered sweatshirts from Maison Labiche, you’re sure to find something that suits your sense of style. There’s also delicate minimalist jewellery from Charlotte Lebeck, fashionable leather sneakers from Illesteva and Herschel canvas bags. Most of the clothes are designed for women, however Panorama does have a selection of ready-to-wear men’s accessories.

Victoria Deny Ibiza – Carrer Del Bisbe Cardona 7

Jewellery designer Victoria Deny chose to set up her flagship store in the heart of Ibiza. A small outlet, though one that’s not without its charm, Victoria Deny is consistently stocked with striking, bespoke designs that complement haute couture and casualwear perfectly.

Visit Victoria Deny and you’ll discover a selection of earthy, matte-finished wares. Bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces rendered in 24K gold vermeil, sterling silver and rhodium-plated silver and complemented with hand-cut semi-precious stones, brown diamonds or bright enamel are found in abundance.

Prices range from 100 Euros to more than a thousand. You’ll sure to find the perfect jewellery design at the perfect price when you visit Victoroa Deny.

Coal Boutique – Carrer de Josep Verdera 12

Situated in one of Ibiza’s primary shopping plazas – making it easy to find – Coal Boutique is a well-stocked with elegant apparel, perfect for anyone looking for the perfect day or eveningwear, and a must-visit when shopping in Ibiza.

A veritable treasure-trove of contemporary and traditional feminine clothing, this boutique has something that’s guaranteed to catch your eye. Visit Coal Boutique and you’ll be able to choose from pieces from lesser-known designers like Antoni & Alison of London, Grinko and Leitmotiv of Milan and Zinzhan of Paris. Looking for a dress that no one else has? Your one and only stop in Ibiza should be Coal Boutique.

B.ones – Bisbe Torres

Sometimes we go shopping when on holiday not for clothes perfectly acclimated to the climate and culture, but that we can wear when returning home. If that’s the case, a visit to B.ones is an absolute must.

In sharp contrast to vivid prints and cheaply-made clothes that you tend to find in clothing stores when shopping abroad, B.ones stocks neutral, simple and comfortable clothes from leading brands like Free People, Anine Bing and Filippa K.

Prices are also highly affordable. Light cotton tops, perfect for the Ibiza climate will set you back just over 100 Euros. As the perfect complement to jeans or denim shorts, the tops at B.ones are perfect for the spring and summer season. Browse the store and you’ll also find a selection of yoga ensembles, minimalist jewellery, sunglasses, swimsuit and evening dresses.

Campos de Ibiza

A fragrance brand founded on the island in the late ‘70’s, Campos de Ibiza has several stores located in Ibiza. One of the signature stores in situated just off the main harbour and is pleasantly decorated, realising its intention of being the consummate gift shop.

Of course, you’ll find a selection of perfumes. You’ll also discover pungent scented candles and lotions, but Campos de Ibiza is also famed for its selection of garments. Visit the store and you’ll find summer scarves, swimsuits and beach coverups. Their fine selection also includes linen pantsuits and caftans, perfect for strolling the streets of Ibiza.

So, these are our picks for the five garments shops in Ibiza that you must visit. In truth, there’s a wealth of shopping opportunities when visiting the island. The only thing you’ll have to decide is how many can you visit?

Ibiza Nightlife

Ibiza is famed as one of the destinations of choice for holiday-makers looking to get away from the daily grind and re-charge their batteries. Famed for its picturesque beaches, climate, natural scenery and cultural places of interest, the island offers much to keep visitors occupied.

A day in Ibiza is a day of contrasts. You could be relaxing by the beach, topping up your tan at Midday and thrusting your hands in the air to the beat come Midnight.

Ibiza is well-known for its nightlife. Every summer, tens of the thousands of tourists the world over flock to the region to sample what is, arguably, the best party scene the Mediterranean – or indeed the world – has to offer. Interested in learning more about the Ibiza nightlife scene

What’s the Ibiza Nightlife Scene Really Like?

Your clubbing education – and its subsequent adventure – really begins and ends on the island of Ibiza. Venture along Barcelona Street located in the heart of San Antonio or to Sant Antoni de Portmany and you can choose from no less than 40 nightclubs!

You don’t even have to leave the port to sample the delectable cuisine at one of the many restaurants in the area. There’s also a slew of terraces and traditional pubs – any of which is a great place to start an evening of fun and frivolity.

A sleepy port throughout the day, the streets transform when the sun goes down. Look around you and you’ll be spoilt for choice for where to go. Every year thousands of young people take the pilgrimage to Ibiza and congregate in San Antonio and Sant Antoni. It’s here you’ll find your brethren.

The Nightlife that Embodies Ibiza

Ibiza has the largest and most lauded nightclubs in the world. It’s a mecca for music aficionados – and a music visit for anyone with a deep affinity for the dance music scene. It’s in Ibiza where internationally-renown DJs have played legendary sets for decades – and where you’ll discover a place like no other on earth.

Narrowing down a list of the best nightclubs in Ibiza Town can be a challenge. Most will agree that it’s entirely subjective – dependent on personal experience – but there are a handful that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

Pacha

Located very close to the marina of Ibiza city, Pacha is the club that’s most-often mentioned as a place to visit in Ibiza. The most important club on the island, each year Pacha hosts VIP clientele and a clubbing experience like no other.

La Bodega

If you’re not intending to paint the town red at one of Ibiza’s famed nightclubs, there’s plenty of other opportunities to have a good time at dusk. La Bodega serve some of the most delicious tapas the island has to offer. There are two separate restaurants – one in Ibiza town and one in Talamanca. Inspired by the spirit of the island, La Bodega embodies Mediterranean, combining it with unrivalled quality and service.

The consummate tapas restaurant, La Bodega has a diverse and delicious tapas menu, fine wine and an authentic environment. In a town that’s famed for its gastronomy, La Bodega distinguishes itself from the competition.

Lio

Formerly known as El Divino, Lio is a part of the Pacha Group, Lio is a nightclub with a difference. Located on the Puerto Deportivo de Marina Ibiza, Lio combines gastronomy with live music and a disco.

The perfect place for a semi-subdued evening, Lio allows patrons to enjoy delicious Spanish cuisine – and there’s often a cabaret show to take in at the same time! If you’re not in the mood for the 6am trudge back to the hotel, but still fancy a night on the town, Lio is just the place to visit.

Bar 1805

At Bar 1805 you’ll find food, cocktails, wine and a friendly and inviting atmosphere. It’s here that patrons can relax, unwind – and best of all – take all that one of Ibiza’s most-famous bars has to offer.

The bar itself features French avant-garde décor. This is aptly reflected in the presentation of its artistic cocktails – and is something that will certain catch anyone’s attention when uploaded to your Instagram account. Visit Bar 1805 and you won’t be disappointed.

These are but a few of the best examples of nightlife in Ibiza Town. In truth, there’s so much to do – and to see – in Ibiza when the sun goes down, you’ll never be bored. In fact, quite the opposite! The only decision you’ll have to make is where do you really want to spend an evening!

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Haven on Earth focus on the unspoilt areas of this beautiful island which retain their Ibizan charm and identity. We have a wide range of villas individually chosen to fit our clients requirements and provide you with the perfect home-from-home in Ibiza. Our villas range across the board from small rustic fincas to large contemporary villas with all the modern conveniences and tailored luxuries that you could ask for.
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It has been said that the most beautiful people in the world can be found in New York; whoever made this statement had clearly never visited the Balearic Island of Ibiza. On most nights from May to October the trendy old town is a buzz with tall, tanned model-types from all over the world, shopping in the many boutiques, sitting down for a meal and cocktails at a restaurant, before heading off to one of the many exclusive clubs on the island, which welcome celebrities and members of the international jet-set night after night.

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The island boasts some fantastic gastronomy, whether you are looking for a chilled beach front restaurant, traditional Balearic cuisine or a Michelin star establishment, you can find it here. The island is small, infact you can drive across it in 45 minutes, meaning that you are never too far from Ibiza town offering a fantastic range of cafes, bars and restaurants. 

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However, there is far more to Ibiza than the clubbing capital of the world. Forget the Brits abroad version of Ibiza which discourages holiday-makers looking for a relaxing getaway with culture and style. This party scene only applies to a very small part to the west of the island known as San Antonio, leaving Eivissa, the old town on the South-East coast, relatively unspoilt. Discount the San Antonio area and it’s heaving strip and you will discover a hidden Ibiza that really does have it all.

Ibiza, referred to as the White Island or La Isla Blanca, is by far the most diverse and beautiful of all the Balearic islands. Yes, the island is renowned for its super clubs and wild nightlife but this island also offers a laidback spiritual atmosphere making it popular with hedonist types that want to completely escape it all.

Ibiza, referred to as the White Island or La Isla Blanca, is by far the most diverse and beautiful of all the Balearic islands. Yes, the island is renowned for its super clubs and wild nightlife but this island also offers a laidback spiritual atmosphere making it popular with hedonist types that want to completely escape it all.

Besides the cuisine, Ibiza also benefits from some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. From white sands and crystal clear waters to idyllic sunsets, this island has it all. Each beach in Ibiza, and there are 80 of them, has its own identity and charm. We recommend that during your stay you visit as many of them as possible.

The municipality of San Juan in the north of the island offers some of the most beautiful beaches. Portinatx, Playa San Miguel and Aiguas Blancas are all beautiful places to spend an afternoon. San Miguel is a charming seaside resort with a retro feel. There are a few hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. A flat, sandy cove with clear shallow waters makes this beach popular with families with children; however it is also very popular with the locals and visitors to the nearby caves of Can Marca. This beach gets very busy at weekends, so it is advisable to visit during the week.

A long golden sand beach with a backdrop of imposing rocky cliffs, the perfect example of Ibiza’s unspoiled North-Eastern coast. Aiguas Blancas is one of the few nudist beaches in Ibiza, although this part of the beach is small and further up; the main stretch is dominated by families and there is a lovely restaurant that serves drinks and snacks. If you do decide to take a stroll up the beach to the naturist section, you will find locals and well-informed holiday makers making the most of the dark grey clay found in the rocks from the cliffs.  

People fill up bottles with seawater and mix handfuls of clay dust to form a paste which is then rubbed over the body to create a body mask. They sit in the scorching sun until this paste hardens, after about 15 minutes you wash this mask off and your skin is left feeling soft and purified. The turquoise waters are reasonably shallow and great for swimming, with plenty of caves and rock pools to explore. It is ideal to visit in the morning to watch the sunrise, the sun disappears behind the cliffs after 6pm. It has a steep ramp, so it may not be advisable for older persons or persons with disabilities. The beach is popular with local families and ageing hippies who want to escape the tourists.

The island of Ibiza is made up of 5 municipalities: San Juan, Santa Eulalia, San Jose, San Antonio and Ibiza Town/Eivissa. Haven on Earth offer villa rentals in all of these areas. Each municipality has its own identity and offers a different experience. If you are not familiar with the island and need some help deciding which area is best for you, please contact one of our travel consultant. All of our team have spent time in Ibiza and will be delighted to discuss the different options available to you.

If you head to the north of the island you will find paradise in the way of beautiful countryside and hidden beaches with crystal clear waters. This part of the island offers a bohemian, laidback attitude. Small towns such as San Joan are probably least effected by conventional tourism and therefore sometimes known locally as ‘Hippy Headquarters’. San Joan holds residence to those on the island that seek an alternative lifestyle in favour of spirituality. This village is a fantastic place to stop off for a coffee on the way back from one of the idyllic northern beaches. There is not much going on in San Joan, but that is the main attraction.

The island’s main urban centre is Ibiza Town, referred to as Eivissa, in the South of the island. This large town comprises of the Port, ‘La Marina’, with its large shopping scene, the former fisherman’s quarter Sa Penya and the historic Old Town ‘Dalt Vila’ meaning the 'High Town' which towers over the surrounding area and is illuminated at night like a spectacular beacon. 

Large ancient walls surround the Dalt Vila old town which comprises the city’s Cathedral and a Castle, currently being converted into the five-star Parador Hotel. The city’s large walls were designed to defend the city against attacks from the Berbers. Construction started in 1554 and was thought to have lasted for 31 years. Dalt Vila was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site back in 1999. Visitors to Dalt Vila enter the fortification through the ‘Portal de Ses Taules’ drawbridge, opposite the old fruit and vegetable market Es Mercat Vell. Once inside there are many craft shops, art galleries, a museum, along with many first class restaurants and bars.

The Marina also plays host to some delightful late night bars offering cocktails and the opportunity to walk along the Marina, down to the cruise ship dock extension which offers magnificent views of Dalt Vila and is a favourite walk for locals day and night. In the evening the harbour mile becomes a promenade with artists, buskers and performers on stilts trying to entice people to visit a disco, all providing entertainment for passers-by. 

In 1898 Ibiza town spilled over the walls of the old town quarter creating the Ibiza town as we know it. Today the Plaza Vara de Rey is the centre of town. The Montesol Hotel sits proudly on the corner of the square; the oldest hotel in Ibiza, it exudes glamour and old-school charm. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Orson Wells and Pink Floyd have all stayed here. Gradually the nearby Plaza del Parque has become equally as popular; this square is pedestrianized so it is popular with families wanting to relax with a coffee whilst the children play in the square.

The Hidden Ibiza…

It has been said that the most beautiful people in the world can be found in New York; whoever made this statement had clearly never visited the Balearic Island of Ibiza. On most nights from May to October the trendy old town is a buzz with tall, tanned model-types from all over the world, shopping in the many boutiques, sitting down for a light meal and cocktails at a restaurant, before heading off to one of the many exclusive clubs on the island, which welcome celebrities and members of the international jet-set night after night.
However, there is far more to Ibiza than the clubbing capital of the world. Forget the Brits abroad version of Ibiza which discourages holiday-makers looking for a relaxing getaway with culture and style. This party scene only applies to a very small part to the west of the island known as San Antonio, leaving the rest of the island relatively unspoilt and undisturbed. Discount the San Antonio area and its heaving strip and you will discover a hidden Ibiza that really does have it all.  
In the 1960`s San Antonio town was still a peaceful fishing harbour, this unfortunately is no longer the case. With the tourist boom large hotels appeared along with clubs, bars and souvenir shops attracting the Brits along with 18-30 holiday-makers in search of bar crawls and all night clubbing. 
The San Antonio harbour promenade runs around the bay. On the other side of the street lies the Passeig de ses Fonts with its landmark fountains. The promenade continues along the sandy beach to Sa Punta des Moli at the southern end. San Antonio in not the place for a cultural or relaxing holiday. However, if you do find yourself in the area and fancy watching on of the best sunsets you can imagine head to The Café del Mar. This bar is synonymous with the famous Ibizan sunset after successfully timing the setting of the sun to music. As the sun disappears over the horizon the ambient music crescendos creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the onlookers gathered at the Café del Mar and on the beach.
Ibiza, referred to as the White Island or La Isla Blanca, is by far the most diverse and beautiful of all the Balearic islands. Yes, the island is renowned for its super clubs and wild nightlife but this island also offers a laidback spiritual atmosphere making it popular with hedonists that want to completely escape from it all. 
Haven on Earth focus on the unspoilt areas of this beautiful island, which retain their original Ibizan charm and identity. We have a wide range of villas individually chosen to fit our client`s requirements and provide you with the perfect home-from-home in Ibiza. Our villas range across the board from small rustic fincas to large contemporary villas with all the modern conveniences and tailored luxuries that you could ask for. 
The island of Ibiza is made up of 5 municipalities: San Juan, Santa Eulalia, San Jose, San Antonio and Ibiza Town/Eivissa. Haven on Earth offer villa rentals in all of these areas. Each municipality has its own identity and offers a different experience. If you are not familiar with the island and need some help deciding which area is best for you, please contact one of our travel consultant. All of our team have spent time in Ibiza and will be delighted to discuss the different options available to you.
The municipality of San Juan, the smallest municipality in terms of both population and size, located in the north of the island, it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches. Portinatx, Playa San Miguel and Cala Xuclar are all beautiful places to spend an afternoon. If you head to the north of the island you will find paradise in the way of beautiful countryside and hidden beaches with crystal clear waters. This part of the island offers a bohemian, laidback attitude. Small towns such as San Juan are probably least effected by conventional tourism and therefore known locally as `Hippy Headquarters`. San Juan holds residence to those on the island that seek an alternative lifestyle in favour of spirituality. This village is a fantastic place to stop off for a coffee on the way back from one of the idyllic northern beaches. There is not much going on in San Juan, but that is the main attraction… it is a favourite of the Haven on Earth team. Beside Hippies, this part of the island is popular with wealthy families who want to be within easy reach of the idyllic beaches of the North. 
The area of San Jose is largest of the five municipalities on the island. It includes the South Western area and stretches from Playa d`en Bossa to San Antonio. The village of San José is relatively small. There are a few shops, cafés and restaurants, aswell as a pretty church that is worth a visit. San Jose`s coastline offers some incredible beaches and coastal resorts such as Cavallet, Ses Salines, Cala Jondal, Cala d`Hort, Cala Carbó, Cala Vedella and Cala Tarida. 
In the South of San Jose lies the village of Es Cubells. This quiet yet prestigious village grew around the Carmelite church and is popular with German and British Expats who are looking for a typical Ibizan town. We recommend that you visit the church in this little town; it is more impressive than others that you may come across during your stay on the island. The pretty white-washed church in Es Cubells is positioned on a cliff so you have remarkable unobscured views out to sea. This location has become popular with wedding parties; exchanging their vows infront of this amazing backdrop of nothing but ocean views.
The island`s main urban centre is Ibiza Town, referred to as Eivissa, in the South of the island. This large town comprises of the Port, `La Marina`, with its large shopping scene, the former fisherman`s quarter Sa Penya and the historic Old Town `Dalt Vila` meaning the `High Town` which towers over the surrounding area and is illuminated at night like a spectacular beacon. 
Large ancient walls surround the Dalt Vila old town which comprises the city`s Cathedral and a Castle, currently being converted into the five-star Parador Hotel. The city`s large walls were designed to defend the city against attacks from the Berbers. Construction started in 1554 and was thought to have lasted for 31 years. Dalt Vila was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site back in 1999. Visitors to Dalt Vila enter the fortification through the `Portal de Ses Taules` drawbridge, opposite the old fruit and vegetable market Es Mercat Vell. Once inside there are many craft shops, art galleries, a museum, along with many first class restaurants and bars.
The Marina also plays host to some delightful late night bars offering cocktails and the opportunity to walk along the Marina, down to the cruise ship dock extension which offers magnificent views of Dalt Vila and is a favourite walk for locals day and night. In the evening the harbour mile becomes a promenade with artists, buskers and performers on stilts trying to entice people to visit a disco, all providing entertainment for passers-by. 
In 1898 Ibiza town spilled over the walls of the old town quarter creating the Ibiza town as we know it. Today the Plaza Vara de Rey is the centre of town. The Montesol Hotel sits proudly on the corner of the square; the oldest hotel in Ibiza, it exudes glamour and old-school charm. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Orson Wells and Pink Floyd have all stayed here. Gradually the nearby Plaza del Parque has become equally as popular; this square is pedestrianized so it is popular with families wanting to relax with a coffee whilst the children play in the square.
Lastly, the municipality of Santa Eulalia lies on the South East of the island. The main town of the same name is popular with families and couples. Dominated by a beautiful palm tree-lined promenade, this town is not short of things to do. There are many shops, bars and restaurants, infact this town is considered to have some of the best restaurants on the island. Santa Eulalia boasts 2 beautiful beaches, both very clean with white sands and crystal clear waters, with all the conveniences one could want close by. This town offers an array of fantastic restaurants and is considered the gastronomic gem of the island. Along the tree-lined promenade there is a fantastic range of waterfront bars and eateries to choose from. Why not do some `people-watching` from the comfort of one of the many cafes, then stroll along to the marina and gaze at some of the luxury yachts moored here.
The town also benefits from a wide selection of shops; from the small independent souvenir shops through to luxury boutiques selling international designers. If you do wish to visit Ibiza town, you are only a 15 minute drive away. Santa Eulalia is quieter than nearby Ibiza town but it still offers the essential amenities that make your holiday enjoyable.
The island boasts some fantastic gastronomy, whether you are looking for a chilled beach front restaurant, traditional Balearic cuisine or a Michelin star establishment, you can find it here. The island is small, infact you can drive across it in 45 minutes, meaning that you are never too far from Ibiza town offering a fantastic range of cafes, bars and restaurants. 
Favourite restaurants of the Haven on Earth team:
Ibiza`s gastronomy scene is fast becoming reason to visit this stunning island. World famous eateries are arriving every season and whether you are looking for traditional Balearic fare in authentic surroundings or something more high-end, contemporary and experimental you can find it on this island. Eating out in Ibiza can be expensive but there are still plenty of little independent restaurants outside of the major towns that are worth a visit and are more reasonably priced.
If you are heading back from one of the Northern beaches and feeling peckish you must visit a traditional restaurant called Ses Arcades. From the outside Ses Arcades looks a little tired but don`t be put off. The restaurant décor is typical 1970`s Spain, with lots of dark wood, and a few older locals sitting around but that`s the charm! This family run business is open for lunch and dinner and offers traditional, homely fair and friendly service an incredible price. You will find that this restaurant is frequented by locals day and night, always a good sign. This restaurant is particularly pleasant in the evenings. There is a large covered terrace with plenty of space to relax along with a chirpy cockatiel, the resident pet. Try their rabbit with onions or their fantastic seafood paella! 
It can be difficult to find a good restaurant in Ibiza town. There are many to choose from but very few are worth writing home about. Plenty are overpriced and disappointing. We can recommend restaurant options that we have found to be consistently good. Firstly, we would recommend if you are in the Marina area of Ibiza Town to visit the `Formentera Restaurant`. Their speciality is Paella so definitely try one of their many varieties. We recommend the seafood option with black rice. 
Alternatively, if you have been sitting in one of the squares near the entrance to Dalt Vila, take a walk to Carrer de Pere Sala where you will find `La Brasa`. From the outside, this restaurant resembles a tropical garden with huge palms and bogenvilias cascading out of the doorway. Request to be seated in the courtyard area; this is a magical setting with palm trees, tropical flowers, fairy lights, twinkling candles and rustic chandeliers. Fascinating and very romantic, especially at night. The menu is assorted, with plenty of fresh meat, fish and a fantastic paella to choose from. Some options can be quite pricey but overall the ambience, good food and friendly service make it worthwhile. 
If you are in the mood for a luxurious beach experience then look no further than `Beachouse`. This beach concept restaurant is located on the beach at Playa d`en Bossa.  The menu has a distinct rustic Italian theme and offers a fantastic selection of food for all appetites and tastes. Beachouse is undoubtedly cool and luxurious but refreshingly welcoming and child friendly, there is even a children`s menu.  Relax on one of the day beds; sip your cocktail with a background of chilled Balearic beats, while the children play on the beach. As the sun goes down, this restaurant becomes a romantic beach haven and the perfect place to experience the Ibizan sunset.
Hailed by many as the best restaurant on the island, Bambuddha Grove as long been the go-to choice for fusion cuisine. The Balinese-inspired restaurant offers delicious `MediterrAsian` cuisine within a grand estate visited by the island`s elite. This unique venue offers visitors a luxurious evening amongst sumptuous furnishings with the finest food imaginable. Why not head to the `Tantra Cocktail Palace` within Bambuddha where you can sample one of their signature cocktails whilst listening to one of the resident DJs.
Besides the cuisine, Ibiza also benefits from some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. From white sands and crystal clear waters to idyllic sunsets, this island has it all. Each beach in Ibiza, and there are 80 of them, has its own identity and charm. We recommend that during your stay you visit as many of them as possible. 
Favourite beaches of the Haven on Earth team: 
Aiguas Blancas ; a long golden sand beach with a backdrop of imposing rocky cliffs is a perfect example of Ibiza`s unspoiled North-Eastern coast. Aiguas Blancas is one of the few nudist beaches in Ibiza, although this part of the beach is small and further up; the main stretch is dominated by families and there is a lovely restaurant, although it is quite expensive, that serves drinks and snacks. If you do decide to take a stroll up the beach to the naturist section, you will find locals and well-informed holiday makers making the most of the dark grey clay found in the rocks from the cliffs.  People fill up bottles with seawater and mix handfuls of clay dust to form a paste which is then rubbed over the body to create a body mask. They sit in the scorching sun until this paste hardens, after about 15 minutes you wash this mask off and your skin is left feeling soft and purified. The turquoise waters are reasonably shallow and great for swimming, with plenty of caves and rock pools to explore. It is ideal to visit in the morning; the sun disappears behind the cliffs after 6pm. It has a steep ramp, so it may not be advisable for older persons or persons with disabilities. The beach is popular with local families and ageing hippies who want to escape the tourists.
As you follow your way down the winding hill to the small beach of Cala Vadella, you will notice the striking turquoise waters dotted by spectacular white yachts. A small crescent shaped beach plays host to a handful of restaurants enclosed by pine trees. We recommend taking a snorkel with you, Cala Vadella has a number of small rock pools and crystal clear waters meaning that it is perfect for examining the creatures that live in this beautiful sea. This beach is popular with families and German holiday-makers; it is advisable to arrive early during peak season as the beach can get quite crowded in the afternoon. There are also some good restaurants to enjoy here; we can recommend Can Jaume for a nice dinner after a day at the beach.
Situated on the northern coast, San Miguel is a charming seaside resort with a retro feel. There are a few hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. A flat, sandy cove with clear shallow waters makes this beach popular with families with children; however it is also very popular with the locals and visitors to the nearby caves of Can Marca. This beach gets very busy at weekends, so it is advisable to visit during the week.
If you are looking to escape to pure paradise a visit to the little arc shaped bay of Cala Xuclar in the north-west is a must. Surrounded by pine trees and weathered fishing huts Cala Xuclar is the perfect place to get away from it all and spend an afternoon on the sand, with a book, with only the sound of the sea to disturb you. This little gem is a great place to head to after having lunch in the near-by town of Portinax. Always a great escape as it never gets overcrowded and is mostly visited by Ibizans and clued-up expats. 
Situated on the East coast of the island, S`Argamassa is a beautiful dark sand beach, small in size, (only 50 metres by 5 metres) but packed with water sports for the active holiday-maker; including windsurfing, sailing, pedaloes, parasailing and canoeing. Perfect for families who want to do more than lie on the beach. However, if sun-worshipping is more your thing, then there are plenty of tiki-style thatched umbrellas providing beachgoers with a break from sun. Conveniently located near to the resort town on Santa Eulalia, this beach is perfect for families who fancy trying a different beach to their local one, during their stay.
If you are looking for a beach nearer to Ibiza town, behind the harbour basin, only a stone`s throw from the Marina, lies the attractive beach of Talamanca. The shallow waters are safe for children. In spite of the fact that Talamanca is a popular tourist spot with hotels and restaurants it is still considerably quieter than Ses Figueretes or Playa d`en Bossa. Part of Talamanca belongs to the municipality/area of Santa Eulalia, but it is considered Ibiza town because of its proximity and easy access to the town.
Playa d`en Bossa, is the longest beach on the island and it borders the municipality/area of Sant Jose. For a long time Playa d`en Bossa was regarded as the most beautiful beach in Ibiza, now it has become popular with the young crowd due to the building of several luxury hotels favouring the clubbing scene. You won`t find many of the locals here, although the sand is white and the shallow waters are perfect for swimming, one will notice a steady stream of aircraft overhead as the beach is under the flight path. However, if one of the many clubs are hosting a beach party, the noise from the aircraft will be drowned out by the loud electronic music.
How to get to Ibiza:
You can reach the island either by plane or ship. Ibiza has its own airport in the south of the island. Several airlines provide direct access from the Spanish Peninsula and Europe. 
Airlines include: Air Berlin, Air France, Easyjet, Iberia, KLM, Ryanair, Thomsonfly and Vueling. 
The flight time from London airports to Ibiza is roughly two and a half hours.
There are three main ports in Ibiza: Ibiza town, Santa Eulàlia and San Antonio. Apart from the ferry crossings, it is also possible to reach the island by private ship, chartered crossings and various cruises. The regular sea crossings reach the island of Ibiza from Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia and Palma de Mallorca. 

It has been said that the most beautiful people in the world can be found in New York; whoever made this statement had clearly never visited the Balearic Island of Ibiza. On most nights from May to October the trendy old town is a buzz with tall, tanned model-types from all over the world, shopping in the many boutiques, sitting down for a light meal and cocktails at a restaurant, before heading off to one of the many exclusive clubs on the island, which welcome celebrities and members of the international jet-set night after night.

However, there is far more to Ibiza than the clubbing capital of the world. Forget the Brits abroad version of Ibiza which discourages holiday-makers looking for a relaxing getaway with culture and style. This party scene only applies to a very small part to the west of the island known as San Antonio, leaving the rest of the island relatively unspoilt and undisturbed. Discount the San Antonio area and its heaving strip and you will discover a hidden Ibiza that really does have it all.  

In the 1960`s San Antonio town was still a peaceful fishing harbour, this unfortunately is no longer the case. With the tourist boom large hotels appeared along with clubs, bars and souvenir shops attracting the Brits along with 18-30 holiday-makers in search of bar crawls and all night clubbing. The San Antonio harbour promenade runs around the bay. On the other side of the street lies the Passeig de ses Fonts with its landmark fountains. The promenade continues along the sandy beach to Sa Punta des Moli at the southern end. San Antonio in not the place for a cultural or relaxing holiday. However, if you do find yourself in the area and fancy watching on of the best sunsets you can imagine head to The Café del Mar. This bar is synonymous with the famous Ibizan sunset after successfully timing the setting of the sun to music. As the sun disappears over the horizon the ambient music crescendos creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the onlookers gathered at the Café del Mar and on the beach.

Ibiza, referred to as the White Island or La Isla Blanca, is by far the most diverse and beautiful of all the Balearic islands. Yes, the island is renowned for its super clubs and wild nightlife but this island also offers a laidback spiritual atmosphere making it popular with hedonists that want to completely escape from it all. Haven on Earth focus on the unspoilt areas of this beautiful island, which retain their original Ibizan charm and identity. We have a wide range of villas individually chosen to fit our client`s requirements and provide you with the perfect home-from-home in Ibiza. Our villas range across the board from small rustic fincas to large contemporary villas with all the modern conveniences and tailored luxuries that you could ask for. 

The island of Ibiza is made up of 5 municipalities: San Juan, Santa Eulalia, San Jose, San Antonio and Ibiza Town/Eivissa. Haven on Earth offer villa rentals in all of these areas. Each municipality has its own identity and offers a different experience. If you are not familiar with the island and need some help deciding which area is best for you, please contact one of our travel consultant. All of our team have spent time in Ibiza and will be delighted to discuss the different options available to you.

The municipality of San Juan, the smallest municipality in terms of both population and size, located in the north of the island, it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches. Portinatx, Playa San Miguel and Cala Xuclar are all beautiful places to spend an afternoon. If you head to the north of the island you will find paradise in the way of beautiful countryside and hidden beaches with crystal clear waters. This part of the island offers a bohemian, laidback attitude. Small towns such as San Juan are probably least effected by conventional tourism and therefore known locally as `Hippy Headquarters`. San Juan holds residence to those on the island that seek an alternative lifestyle in favour of spirituality. This village is a fantastic place to stop off for a coffee on the way back from one of the idyllic northern beaches.

There is not much going on in San Juan, but that is the main attraction… it is a favourite of the Haven on Earth team. Beside Hippies, this part of the island is popular with wealthy families who want to be within easy reach of the idyllic beaches of the North. 

The area of San Jose is largest of the five municipalities on the island. It includes the South Western area and stretches from Playa d`en Bossa to San Antonio. The village of San José is relatively small. There are a few shops, cafés and restaurants, aswell as a pretty church that is worth a visit. San Jose`s coastline offers some incredible beaches and coastal resorts such as Cavallet, Ses Salines, Cala Jondal, Cala d`Hort, Cala Carbó, Cala Vedella and Cala Tarida. 

In the South of San Jose lies the village of Es Cubells. This quiet yet prestigious village grew around the Carmelite church and is popular with German and British Expats who are looking for a typical Ibizan town. We recommend that you visit the church in this little town; it is more impressive than others that you may come across during your stay on the island. The pretty white-washed church in Es Cubells is positioned on a cliff so you have remarkable unobscured views out to sea. This location has become popular with wedding parties; exchanging their vows infront of this amazing backdrop of nothing but ocean views.

The island`s main urban centre is Ibiza Town, referred to as Eivissa, in the South of the island. This large town comprises of the Port, `La Marina`, with its large shopping scene, the former fisherman`s quarter Sa Penya and the historic Old Town `Dalt Vila` meaning the `High Town` which towers over the surrounding area and is illuminated at night like a spectacular beacon. 

Large ancient walls surround the Dalt Vila old town which comprises the city`s Cathedral and a Castle, currently being converted into the five-star Parador Hotel. The city`s large walls were designed to defend the city against attacks from the Berbers. Construction started in 1554 and was thought to have lasted for 31 years. Dalt Vila was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site back in 1999. Visitors to Dalt Vila enter the fortification through the `Portal de Ses Taules` drawbridge, opposite the old fruit and vegetable market Es Mercat Vell. Once inside there are many craft shops, art galleries, a museum, along with many first class restaurants and bars.

The Marina also plays host to some delightful late night bars offering cocktails and the opportunity to walk along the Marina, down to the cruise ship dock extension which offers magnificent views of Dalt Vila and is a favourite walk for locals day and night. In the evening the harbour mile becomes a promenade with artists, buskers and performers on stilts trying to entice people to visit a disco, all providing entertainment for passers-by. 

In 1898 Ibiza town spilled over the walls of the old town quarter creating the Ibiza town as we know it. Today the Plaza Vara de Rey is the centre of town. The Montesol Hotel sits proudly on the corner of the square; the oldest hotel in Ibiza, it exudes glamour and old-school charm. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Orson Wells and Pink Floyd have all stayed here. Gradually the nearby Plaza del Parque has become equally as popular; this square is pedestrianized so it is popular with families wanting to relax with a coffee whilst the children play in the square.

Lastly, the municipality of Santa Eulalia lies on the South East of the island. The main town of the same name is popular with families and couples. Dominated by a beautiful palm tree-lined promenade, this town is not short of things to do. There are many shops, bars and restaurants, infact this town is considered to have some of the best restaurants on the island.

Santa Eulalia boasts 2 beautiful beaches, both very clean with white sands and crystal clear waters, with all the conveniences one could want close by. This town offers an array of fantastic restaurants and is considered the gastronomic gem of the island. Along the tree-lined promenade there is a fantastic range of waterfront bars and eateries to choose from. Why not do some `people-watching` from the comfort of one of the many cafes, then stroll along to the marina and gaze at some of the luxury yachts moored here.

The town also benefits from a wide selection of shops; from the small independent souvenir shops through to luxury boutiques selling international designers. If you do wish to visit Ibiza town, you are only a 15 minute drive away. Santa Eulalia is quieter than nearby Ibiza town but it still offers the essential amenities that make your holiday enjoyable. The island boasts some fantastic gastronomy, whether you are looking for a chilled beach front restaurant, traditional Balearic cuisine or a Michelin star establishment, you can find it here.

The island is small, infact you can drive across it in 45 minutes, meaning that you are never too far from Ibiza town offering a fantastic range of cafes, bars and restaurants. 

 

Favourite restaurants of the Haven on Earth team:

Ibiza`s gastronomy scene is fast becoming reason to visit this stunning island. World famous eateries are arriving every season and whether you are looking for traditional Balearic fare in authentic surroundings or something more high-end, contemporary and experimental you can find it on this island. Eating out in Ibiza can be expensive but there are still plenty of little independent restaurants outside of the major towns that are worth a visit and are more reasonably priced.

If you are heading back from one of the Northern beaches and feeling peckish you must visit a traditional restaurant called Ses Arcades. From the outside Ses Arcades looks a little tired but don`t be put off. The restaurant décor is typical 1970`s Spain, with lots of dark wood, and a few older locals sitting around but that`s the charm! This family run business is open for lunch and dinner and offers traditional, homely fair and friendly service an incredible price. You will find that this restaurant is frequented by locals day and night, always a good sign. This restaurant is particularly pleasant in the evenings. There is a large covered terrace with plenty of space to relax along with a chirpy cockatiel, the resident pet. Try their rabbit with onions or their fantastic seafood paella! 

It can be difficult to find a good restaurant in Ibiza town. There are many to choose from but very few are worth writing home about. Plenty are overpriced and disappointing. We can recommend restaurant options that we have found to be consistently good. Firstly, we would recommend if you are in the Marina area of Ibiza Town to visit the `Formentera Restaurant`. Their speciality is Paella so definitely try one of their many varieties. We recommend the seafood option with black rice. 

Alternatively, if you have been sitting in one of the squares near the entrance to Dalt Vila, take a walk to Carrer de Pere Sala where you will find `La Brasa`. From the outside, this restaurant resembles a tropical garden with huge palms and bogenvilias cascading out of the doorway. Request to be seated in the courtyard area; this is a magical setting with palm trees, tropical flowers, fairy lights, twinkling candles and rustic chandeliers. Fascinating and very romantic, especially at night. The menu is assorted, with plenty of fresh meat, fish and a fantastic paella to choose from. Some options can be quite pricey but overall the ambience, good food and friendly service make it worthwhile. 

If you are in the mood for a luxurious beach experience then look no further than `Beachouse`. This beach concept restaurant is located on the beach at Playa d`en Bossa.  The menu has a distinct rustic Italian theme and offers a fantastic selection of food for all appetites and tastes. Beachouse is undoubtedly cool and luxurious but refreshingly welcoming and child friendly, there is even a children`s menu.  Relax on one of the day beds; sip your cocktail with a background of chilled Balearic beats, while the children play on the beach. As the sun goes down, this restaurant becomes a romantic beach haven and the perfect place to experience the Ibizan sunset.

Hailed by many as the best restaurant on the island, Bambuddha Grove as long been the go-to choice for fusion cuisine. The Balinese-inspired restaurant offers delicious `MediterrAsian` cuisine within a grand estate visited by the island`s elite. This unique venue offers visitors a luxurious evening amongst sumptuous furnishings with the finest food imaginable. Why not head to the `Tantra Cocktail Palace` within Bambuddha where you can sample one of their signature cocktails whilst listening to one of the resident DJs.

Besides the cuisine, Ibiza also benefits from some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. From white sands and crystal clear waters to idyllic sunsets, this island has it all. Each beach in Ibiza, and there are 80 of them, has its own identity and charm. We recommend that during your stay you visit as many of them as possible. 

 

Favourite beaches of the Haven on Earth team: 

Aiguas Blancas; a long golden sand beach with a backdrop of imposing rocky cliffs is a perfect example of Ibiza`s unspoiled North-Eastern coast. Aiguas Blancas is one of the few nudist beaches in Ibiza, although this part of the beach is small and further up; the main stretch is dominated by families and there is a lovely restaurant, although it is quite expensive, that serves drinks and snacks. If you do decide to take a stroll up the beach to the naturist section, you will find locals and well-informed holiday makers making the most of the dark grey clay found in the rocks from the cliffs.  People fill up bottles with seawater and mix handfuls of clay dust to form a paste which is then rubbed over the body to create a body mask. They sit in the scorching sun until this paste hardens, after about 15 minutes you wash this mask off and your skin is left feeling soft and purified. The turquoise waters are reasonably shallow and great for swimming, with plenty of caves and rock pools to explore. It is ideal to visit in the morning; the sun disappears behind the cliffs after 6pm. It has a steep ramp, so it may not be advisable for older persons or persons with disabilities. The beach is popular with local families and ageing hippies who want to escape the tourists.

As you follow your way down the winding hill to the small beach of Cala Vadella, you will notice the striking turquoise waters dotted by spectacular white yachts. A small crescent shaped beach plays host to a handful of restaurants enclosed by pine trees. We recommend taking a snorkel with you, Cala Vadella has a number of small rock pools and crystal clear waters meaning that it is perfect for examining the creatures that live in this beautiful sea. This beach is popular with families and German holiday-makers; it is advisable to arrive early during peak season as the beach can get quite crowded in the afternoon. There are also some good restaurants to enjoy here; we can recommend Can Jaume for a nice dinner after a day at the beach.

Situated on the northern coast, San Miguel is a charming seaside resort with a retro feel. There are a few hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. A flat, sandy cove with clear shallow waters makes this beach popular with families with children; however it is also very popular with the locals and visitors to the nearby caves of Can Marca. This beach gets very busy at weekends, so it is advisable to visit during the week.

If you are looking to escape to pure paradise a visit to the little arc shaped bay of Cala Xuclar in the north-west is a must. Surrounded by pine trees and weathered fishing huts Cala Xuclar is the perfect place to get away from it all and spend an afternoon on the sand, with a book, with only the sound of the sea to disturb you. This little gem is a great place to head to after having lunch in the near-by town of Portinax. Always a great escape as it never gets overcrowded and is mostly visited by Ibizans and clued-up expats. 

Situated on the East coast of the island, S`Argamassa is a beautiful dark sand beach, small in size, (only 50 metres by 5 metres) but packed with water sports for the active holiday-maker; including windsurfing, sailing, pedaloes, parasailing and canoeing. Perfect for families who want to do more than lie on the beach. However, if sun-worshipping is more your thing, then there are plenty of tiki-style thatched umbrellas providing beachgoers with a break from sun. Conveniently located near to the resort town on Santa Eulalia, this beach is perfect for families who fancy trying a different beach to their local one, during their stay.

If you are looking for a beach nearer to Ibiza town, behind the harbour basin, only a stone`s throw from the Marina, lies the attractive beach of Talamanca. The shallow waters are safe for children. In spite of the fact that Talamanca is a popular tourist spot with hotels and restaurants it is still considerably quieter than Ses Figueretes or Playa d`en Bossa. Part of Talamanca belongs to the municipality/area of Santa Eulalia, but it is considered Ibiza town because of its proximity and easy access to the town.Playa d`en Bossa, is the longest beach on the island and it borders the municipality/area of Sant Jose.

For a long time Playa d`en Bossa was regarded as the most beautiful beach in Ibiza, now it has become popular with the young crowd due to the building of several luxury hotels favouring the clubbing scene. You won`t find many of the locals here, although the sand is white and the shallow waters are perfect for swimming, one will notice a steady stream of aircraft overhead as the beach is under the flight path. However, if one of the many clubs are hosting a beach party, the noise from the aircraft will be drowned out by the loud electronic music.

 

How to get to Ibiza:

You can reach the island either by plane or ship. Ibiza has its own airport in the south of the island. Several airlines provide direct access from the Spanish Peninsula and Europe. Airlines include: Air Berlin, Air France, Easyjet, Iberia, KLM, Ryanair, Thomsonfly and Vueling. The flight time from London airports to Ibiza is roughly two and a half hours. There are three main ports in Ibiza: Ibiza town, Santa Eulàlia and San Antonio. Apart from the ferry crossings, it is also possible to reach the island by private ship, chartered crossings and various cruises. The regular sea crossings reach the island of Ibiza from Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia and Palma de Mallorca. 

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