Ibiza is a whole universe in itself. Across its 571 km², the island boasts countless attractions to be discovered leisurely, in keeping with the laid-back pace of the quintessential Mediterranean lifestyle. There are so many must-dos for anyone keen to discover the true essence of Ibiza.
When it comes to history and cultural heritage, stepping through the walls into Dalt Vila is a true must. Just imagine touching the stones that form one of the Mediterranean’s most important and intact walled enclosures, also declared a World Heritage Site.
Strolling around its perimeter, admiring the spectacular views from the bastions, wandering through the old town and discovering palaces and museums are pleasures available to everyone at any time of year. Outside the wall, the fishing district of La Marina and the port complete the iconic postcard image of Ibiza Town.
Another great way to discover Ibiza is to explore its inland villages, famous for their pocket-sized churches with sturdy whitewashed walls. Sant Mateu, Santa Agnès, Sant Joan and Sant Miquel are just some of the best ones to explore at your own pace. The arable fields and terraces in rural Ibiza are accompanied by almond, carob and fig trees and guarded by lush forests of pine and juniper trees. The rural world gives a special character to an island that naturally and spontaneously intersperses all kinds of cosmopolitan influences.
The north of the island is Ibiza’s huge green lung, with swathes of unspoilt areas featuring spectacular forests, cliffs and coves. The area around Cala Albarca is a good example of this, with breathtaking cliffs and trails winding down to the sea.
For beach lovers, Ibiza is quite simply paradise. Whether you prefer sweeping sandy beaches or small pebbled coves, the catalogue of options is more than generous. For example, Las Salinas is world-famous for its beauty. In the heart of a nature park, this is a long beach with white sand and gin-clear waters, preceded by the salt flats that give the park its name. Es Cavallet and Es Codolar, made up by a long stretch of glossy grey pebbles, are two other great beaches in the same nature park. Not too far away, Playa d’en Bossa is another sweeping beach, this time lined by bars and clubs open day and night. In the north, the nudist beach of Aigües Blanques is famous, nestled in a stunning natural setting and lapped by pristine waters. Other mythical coves are Platges de Comte, Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta, in the west of the island, which every day witness magnificent sunsets.
For those who prefer smaller and more secluded coves, Ibiza has dozens of them. All have their own particular charm, from the most popular and family-friendly to the most secluded and discreet. One particular must is Benirràs, famous for its sunsets and its Sunday drum festival. Also amazing is Cala Xuclar, off the Portinatx road, quiet and with a family atmosphere. Very close to Ca Na Xica is Port de Sant Miquel beach, home to some fantastic restaurants and a whole host of water activities for sporty types.
For hiking fans, we suggest the route that leads to the cove of Es Portitxol, on the most rugged shoreline of Sant Miquel. This hike will immerse you in a purely Mediterranean landscape and ultimately take you to a sheltered cove nestled among rocks, pine trees and fishermen’s huts. At the southernmost tip of the island is an extremely popular but quite demanding walk down to Sa Pedrera, also known as Atlantis. The former marés stone quarry right by the sea is quite simply one of the most fascinating places on the island.
Other must-sees are the spectacular islets of Es Vedrà and Es Vedranell, both visible from Cala d’Hort beach or from other natural watchtowers, such as the Torre d’en Rovira.
This is just a small sample of what awaits visitors to Ibiza. At Ca Na Xica we’ll be delighted to help you discover all the attractions on the island and make your stay truly unforgettable.
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