Ibiza has a split personality. There is the all night parting to top DJs in some of the biggest clubs in the world and then there’s the beautiful beaches, quiet yoga retreats and family friendly resorts. Deciding where to stay in Ibiza is all down to how you want to experience the beautiful white isle.
When I first went to Ibiza I stayed in the cheapest hotel I could find, partied every night and pretty much lived off chips for the whole week. But that was over 6 years ago, and my haven’t I changed! That’s pretty much my worst nightmare of a holiday these days! Maybe I’m getting old…
I knew Ibiza had so much more to offer and when a big group of friends decided to go this year I knew I was in. My husband and I and another 16 friends stayed in a great villa this September. A couple of us had been before and so had a good idea of where on the island we did and didn’t want to stay. There’s lots on offer so I thought it might be handy to share where to stay in Ibiza.
Where to stay
SAN ANTONIO – For the young party goer on a budget
San Antonio definitely has a younger vibe. This is probably where some of the cheapest accommodation is on the island. There are lots of hotels here and there is a ‘strip’ with many cheap bars and restaurants on. It’s not my kind of vibe anymore but a great pull to San Antonio is the sunsets. Even if you’re not staying here on at least one night head to Cafe Mambo or Cafe del Mar, or just sit on the rocks with a cold beer and watch the sunset. Everyone applauds when the sun goes down. Then head to Villa Mercedes for dinner.
PLAYA D’EN BOSSA – For the beach parties
Playa d’en Bossa is home to famous clubs Space and Ushuaia. With the longest beach on the island it’s home to Bora Bora and other cool beach bars and restaurants so no wonder it’s the best place for beach parties in Ibiza. There is some kind of party day or night, so don’t expect much time to relax. Two places I recommend for both food and partying are Lip Reartes and Beach House Ibiza, both just down from Bora Bora. Great food and cocktails on offer and I definitely recommend.
CA’N CIRER (near Sant Josep) – For great villas with friends
This is where I stayed in September. It’s a great area if you want to rent a villa as there are some great options for all budgets and you’re only 5 minutes in the car from Play d’en Bossa and 15 minutes to Ibiza Town. A great option if going with friends. In Ibiza Town there are some great restaurants and bars to try. The old town is beautiful at night. Also from here you close to Las Salinas where you have the likes of Experimental Beach Club for very cool beach bar vibes.
SANTA EULARIA – For a more laid-back vibe
There is definitely a more laid-back feel to Santa Eularia on the east coast of the island. Well known for its gastronomy, it’s also a great spot for a foodie! I’ll be coming back here next September for a friends wedding and looking forward to trying more of the restaurants on offer. It is also very close to the famous Hippy Market for holiday shopping.
PORTINATX – For a quieter time and great for families
On the north of the island, Portinatx offers beaches with crystal clear waters. Its small beaches remain shallow for some distance so it’s great for young children. There are no super clubs up here, It is definitely the quieter option but there are restaurants and bars and a variety of water sport options.
It’s a beautiful island and once you know what you want from your trip deciding where to stay in Ibiza is easy!