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Spain has some beautiful islands. The most well known being the Balearics and the Canary Islands. The Balearic islands are made up of Majorca, Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza. If you're planning a solo trip to Ibiza, this article covers the must-sees in Ibiza, Ibiza activities for all types of solos and where to stay in Ibiza.
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- Ibiza Solo Travel
- Things To Do in Ibiza
- Activities in Ibiza
- Ibiza Tours
- Best Place To Stay in Ibiza
- Getting Around Ibiza
- To and From Ibiza Airport
- How To Travel To Ibiza
Ibiza Solo Travel
It may be known as a party island but Ibiza has more to offer than super clubs, Ibiza hotels and over-priced drinks. San Antonio is the place to be if you are a party GatG but the north is a great place to escape from the clubs and experience a different side of the island. Yoga retreats are also popular here and offer some respite from the endless summer parties. You can even learn Spanish here by enrolling in one of the language schools on the island.
The island also has a quiet side and is home to some of the most luxurious beaches and world-famous restaurants. You just need to decide where you want to stay, whether it’s the old Ibiza Town, Portinatx, Cala Tarida or San Antonio for the place to meet others, especially if you're heading here in July and August when the island gets super busy.
Things To Do in Ibiza
Start in Ibiza Town, the more authentic part of the island. Even the old town (Dalt Vila) is UNESCO listed with pretty squares and its city walls. Make sure to climb up the hill and Carretera Nargiso Puget to Bastion Santa Lucia where you are rewarded with views of the harbour and Formentera.
It’s in Ibiza Town that you’ll find museums and art galleries. The Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa (otherwise known as ‘Mace’) can be found as you walk up the slope into the Ses Taules Gate. The museum comprises of two structures and dates back to the 18th century. Set over three floors, inside you’ll find subjective artworks from various artists. There’s also the Contemporary Art Museum at Portal Nou, the other entrance, or the Archaeological Museum, in front of the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves.
Near the MACE museum is one of the town’s nicest squares – Carrer de Sa Carrossa – where you can stop for a bite to eat at the cafes and bars. If you’re here on a Saturday, head to the old market (Mercat Vell) for olive oils, cheeses and to buy some of the wines on the island. It may be quieter than San Antonio but if you’re looking for a true authentic Ibiza experience, it’s the place to be.
In Ibiza Town you’ll find traditional Spanish restaurants and winding streets with boutiques as well as nightlife, making it a good place to base yourself. To combine the town with the beach. Talamanca beach is just 2 km away and a short walk from the marina.
One of the most beautiful places in Ibiza for views is Cala D’Hort beach for a view of the legendary rock of Es Vedrà. This 400 metre high rock is said to be one of the most magnetic places on earth and is surrounded by myths and legends. Whether you believe the tales, there’s no mistaking the serenity that you get from watching the sky change behind this magical rock. You can see Es Vedrà in front of the beach or hike up to the defence tower on one of the paths to the Torres del Savinar. There is a great restaurant here called El Carmen where you can try the paella.
One of the best places to go in Ibiza is the natural park of Ses Salines with salt ponds and beautiful beaches. If you are lucky you may even spot a flamingo or two. You can walk from Es Cavallet to Ses Salines in an hour. Start from the Capilla de Sa Revista, the small chapel which was built in the 18th century. Another area to Immerse yourself in nature and spot some wildlife is at the western islet of Es Vedra. This marine nature reserve is an important breeding place for birds and raptures and is home to the pitiusa lizard.
One place to lose yourself in nature is on the pine forest trail to Es Portitxol, one of the most hidden beaches on the island. You need to walk for 30 minutes along a path to reach it.
Head to the smaller island of Formentera in the south of Ibiza which is reachable by boat. This is where you’ll find lots of tourists during the summer months who come for the beach and to see the lighthouse (there is a nudist beach here too).
Make sure to visit the Cova de Can Marca Caves. These caves date back 100,000 years and inside you can find bone remains and fossils. They offer 40 minute guided tours inside and even light up the waterfall for a light show. Find the caves from either Port of San Miguel or follow the signs at Benirras beach.
Learn about the history at Sa Caleta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are the ruins of the first Phoenician settlement on the island, dating as far back as 654 BC.
Solo’s Tip: “Sa Capella is a restaurant inside a converted church which sits on the hill. It’s beautiful.”
Get some sun at one of the beaches where you can join the rest of the island revellers as they soak up the rays during the day. Es Cana, Sa Caleta and Cala Llongha are other beaches to catch some rays. Or escape the crowds at Es Bol Nou beach, to the right of Sa Caleta Beach. This cove isn’t that well-known so it’s quieter.
If you get up early enough, Aguas Blancas, a sandy stretch of beach in the north of the island is a great spot to watch the sunrise. But you may get more than you bargained for as it’s also a naturist spot.
There are so many places here to watch the sunset but Cala Conta is one of the best spots on the island for a sunset. For something a bit different, you’ll find a hipster crowd gathering at Benirrás Beach every Sunday beating their drums to their sunset.
If you feel like watching the sun go down sipping a cocktail by the beach then head to San Antonio’s “Sunset Strip” and Cafe Mambo, where you’re guaranteed some company as the sun sets.
In the southern part of the island, Las Salinas Beach is one of the most popular beaches for starting and finishing your night. There are plenty of boat parties that depart from San Antonio, including a club night within their package. These are a good way of meeting others on the boat so you’ll have a ready-made group of people to go to a club with.
Activities in Ibiza
Clubbing GatG: If you are a party GatG, you can’t come to Ibiza and not indulge in some Ibiza nightlife. Amnesia, Es Paradis, and Pacha are amongst the most famous super clubs on the island.
Adventure GatG: On the water and go parasailing up to 400 metres high along the coast. Take a 2 hour tour and get a great view of San Antonio Bay as you fly.
Spa GatG: Pamper yourself with the red clay from the cliffs at Aguas Blancas. It’s a free and natural way to pamper yourself and get silky soft skin.
Shopping GatG: The carnival-style market at the wharf side where you can buy handicrafts or try some of the local cuisines. If you love hipster shopping, head north to San Carlos and Es Canar on a Wednesday or Saturday for the hippie market.
Snorkelling GatG: Cala Xarraca is one of the isolated bays on the island and also one of the best for snorkelling.
Do the touristy thing at: Ibosim Brewhouse – the first microbrewery on the island which offers guided tours. They also create food pairings for the beers so you can eat and drink here and meet others as you take the tour.
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Ibiza. Choose from a beach hopping and paddle cruise with drinks, an all-inclusive boat tour to Es Vedra and Formentera, or a jeep safari island exploration. There are several to choose from including a snorkelling and SUP paddle beach and cave cruise and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my review here or click the link below for all tours.
Viator – Viator is similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. Choose from a jet ski tour from San Antonio to Margaritas Islands, an Ibiza sunset snorkelling beach and cave cruise tour, or an adventurous Ibiza quad ATV tour. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.
G Adventures Ibiza
if you prefer to travel in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters for budget travellers. Most tours have an average of 12 people and there is no upper age limit. Their hiking Ibiza tour is for 6 days beginning and ending in Santa Eularia des Riu, trekking across spectacular landscapes, stopping at gorgeous beaches and local villages. There’s even time for some partying too. G Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp. I have personally used G Adventures and recommend them as a solo female friendly company.
Best Place To Stay in Ibiza
Ibiza has a variety of accommodations whether you’re searching for a villa, self-catering apartment or a 5-star resort. If you’re looking to party then San Antonio is the place to stay. This lively area attracts the younger crowd and is the place to be to mingle with others. Ibiza Town is the more authentic part of the island and quieter. Discover the best area for you to stay in Ibiza here.
Plus there’s Airbnb which offers rental accommodation in Ibiza on a short-term basis and rooms on the island with a local. You can stay in a private room in a local's house or rent their whole apartment. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link.
All of the accommodations below have been recommended by solo female travellers from our Girls about the Globe community and come with a Solo Female Friendly endorsement. For all other accommodation in Ibiza, click on the link below.
Located in San Antonio, just a short walk from the beach, this guesthouse is an ideal spot for shopping or nightlife on the island. The restaurant is open from breakfast to dinner so you don’t even need to leave the property if you are having a relaxing day. When you are ready to explore the church and fort are nearby as well as the pedestrian centre. Breakfast is an additional charge.
- Prices start from £67 / €79 for a single room with a bathroom
- Check dates, prices and availability: Hostal Marino
These modern, stylish suites, each with their own unique arty design are located just a 10-minute walk from the port. Even closer you’ll find bars, restaurants and shops or there’s an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy views over the city at the roof terrace, and friendly service from the staff. Rooms come with a balcony and either a garden view or a city view. Each room contains furniture made from recycled wood. Choose from a standard or superior suite
- Prices from £86 / €100 per night for a standard suite
- To book, check prices or availability: Urban Spaces Ibiza
If you’re looking for a place to stay in San Antonio, this adults-only 4-star hotel is a great choice. It has everything you need from a gym with a sea view, beauty treatments, a 24-hour reception and plenty of entertainment. From a live DJ set at sunset, to yoga classes or just chilling on a sun-bed by the chequered pool (there are 3 in total), there’s as much or as little activity as you choose. And you won’t run out of options for dinner either as there are 5 restaurants and 4 bars to decide on. Choose from a double or deluxe twin room with a lateral sea view, a full sea view or a pool view.
- Prices from £82 / €96 per night for a double room
- To book, check prices or availability: Amare Beach Hotel Ibiza
The Body Camp
The Body Camp Ibiza is a luxury Ibiza fitness retreat on the beautiful island of Ibiza, combining a stunning location, a daily fitness programme, holistic practice and delicious and nutritious food, freshly prepared daily by resident nutritional chef, Ben Whale. This boot camp Ibiza differentiates itself from traditional boot camps by also focusing on mind and soul and a re-connection with nature, whilst including the elements of luxury and pampering, to help you unwind at the end of each day.
Getting Around Ibiza
Ibiza is only 40km by 20km and has an extensive bus service with buses running from 7 am until 10 pm during the summer months. Check timetables here
Disco buses run during the summer months from the end of May to the beginning of October. They usually operate between 00.00 and 06.30 – 07.00 and stop at some of Ibiza’s best clubs. Find out more here.
There are taxis on the island and if the green light is showing you can just flag one down. Taxis have a meter so you can see how much the fare is as you ride. If you call a taxi expect there to be an additional charge of €5. Fares on the street start from €3.65. Here are taxi fares and numbers for the island.
If you are staying in one area such as San Antonio you don’t really need a car. But if you do want to hire one, look for companies such as Avis or Enterprise.
There are mopeds for hire as well but ensure the company has backup assistance in case something happens. Also, make sure you have insurance as well. Find Ibiza scooter and moped rentals here.
To and From Ibiza Airport
Taxis cost approx €25 from the airport Ibiza to Ibiza Town. Bus Line 10 runs from the airport to Ibiza Town and costs approx €5. Click here for bus routes around the island. If you don’t pre-book a car, you can hire one from the ground floor inside the airport terminal.
How To Travel To Ibiza
You can reach Ibiza by ferry from Barcelona, Valencia and also Denia. If you are travelling onwards you can also take the ferry between Ibiza and Mallorca. The ferry terminal is in Ibiza Town. Use Rome2Rio for times and companies.
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