Top 13 Things to do in Ibiza

There’s so much to do in Ibiza that your holiday can end feel like being stuck in a whirlwind of parties and playas and mercadillos. I’ve asked the staff at Cafe del Mar for some wondrous things to do in Ibiza that will make any trip to the White Isle truly unforgettable.

THINGS TO DO IN IBIZA: DAY 1

MORNING

Starting the day at Cala Conta, get down there early to beat the high-season rush. Cala Conta is one of our favourite places to swim and snorkel, the fish are plentiful and the beaches are glorious. As I mentioned, it can get pretty busy in July and August, so feel free to bail out if it gets too packed- and we have the perfect location to decamp to.

LUNCH

By our collective opinion, one of the finest paellas on Ibiza is that made at Ses Roques.  Stunning traditionally made recipe Paella, conveniently located at a beachfront restaurant right next to Cala Conta. Una sabor magnifico. ses roques paella 5 day guide

EVENING

Cala Conta is just 20 minutes by scooter or car from the sunset strip, which means, of course, there’s no excuse not to catch the most famous sunset in the world, here at Cafe del Mar.  Grab a couple of mojitos, kick back and relax on cafe del mar things to do in ibizathe terrace and experience a rite of passage for Ibiza seekers that goes back nearly four decades.

Following the sunset, there’s a little time to collect yourselves before heading out to the grand finale.

PACHA

This season the legendary super club has laid on as eclectic a mix of house music as ever. Flower Power on Mondays, Solomun on Sundays, and in between you can on any given night catch David Guetta, Basement Jaxx, Hot Since 82, Bob Sinclar, Maceo Plex, Martin Solveig and Mark Ronson. Pacha opens at midnight but (across the board in Clubland) places don’t start picking up until 1-1.30am. Therefore it might be a good idea to take a little siesta after the Paella, to keep the batteries topped up for a long night of partying. guetta things to do in ibiza

 

THINGS TO DO IN IBIZA: DAY 2

MORNING

Rise and shine! What a night that was. So, you’re probably feeling a little fragile after staying up to irresponsible o’clock at the club. The cure is Cala Nova. Definitely, one of our favourite things to do in Ibiza is to snorkel off these beautiful shores.

Located right between Cala Leña and Es Caná, Cala Nova is long, with shallow waters that are ideal for young ones. One of our favourite places! If you’re feeling energetic, take a walk around the coves to explore Cala Leña and Es Caná. If not, no worries! Relaxation is the order of the day.cala nova things to do in ibiza

 

AFTERNOON

Speaking of which, you might as well pop back in to see us at Cafe del Mar in the afternoon. We’re open from 17:00 every day, after all. And besides, we miss you.

THINGS TO DO IN IBIZA: DAY 3

MORNING

Now that you are fully rested and recharged, it’s time to hit the hills. Ibiza is so much more than beaches and clubs. We also have some of the best hiking trails hike things to do in ibizaanywhere in the world. Check out some of the routes on Map My Walk and don’t forget to wear good shoes and take plenty of water. It’s a beautiful island to hike on, but the heat can creep up on you. Factor 50 is a mu st.

 

AFTERNOON

There is one reason to burn off the calories on holiday- and that’s to put them right back on again. Naturally, we don’t want to fill up on junk food so what we have in mind for you is a trip out to Ecocentro in Santa Gertrudis. They do great tasting and super healthy lunch time fare, with lots of vegan and veggie options. Plant power!

EVENING

We’re doing something a little different tonight (assuming it’s a Wednesday!) and that comes in the form of the psychedelic family friendly all night hippy pow-wow provided by Namaste @ Las Dalias. Entry is free before 2100, and the show goes on until 0500 with live performances and DJs. Something to get your squad in touch with their spiritual side!namaste things to do in ibiza

THINGS TO DO IN IBIZA: DAY 4

MORNING

One of the best and most rewarding things to do in Ibiza is to hire a mountain bike and head for the hills. On my first visit in 2015, I tried to do Cala de Bou to Es Vedra. It was fine on the way there, but after a sneaky beer at Cala d’Hort, I found my legs had stopped working properly and I had to push the bike up the hills on the way back. 

bikes things to do in ibiza

Rookie error.

On the other hand, you are much smarter than I am, so you can look here for a route that will take you up to the beautiful almond groves and vale of St. Agnes. The climb takes you 250 metres above sea level, but the best part is the return journey to Sant Antoni is all downhill!

Another great trip is out to Sant Josep. The route from Cafe del Mar will take you right around the bay to Cala de Bou before forging on to conquer the hill, atop which lies Sant Josep.

EVENING

Take the bikes back to the hire shop and I guarantee that you will find yourself in pina colada things to do in ibizathe mood for a Cafe del Mar frozen pina colada. It’s good to replace electrolytes, just like a sports drink; except it’s not a sports drink in any sense of the word at all and has rum instead of taurine.

They taste so good though, it would be rude not to include them on our list of things to do in Ibiza.

THINGS TO DO IN IBIZA: DAY 5

MORNING

It’s the last day of our guide on things to do in Ibiza- so it’s going to be a good one, we promise. Now, everyone knows about Es Vedra. Everyone wants to go. This is expected after all the islet is one of the most iconic sights in Las Isla Baleares, if not the world.

But there is a problem. Unlike many Ibizan treasures, Es Vedra is not a secret. One of the finest places to absorb the magical view is the beach at Cala d’Hort. It’s a cool, tranquil beach with three great restaurants. Of course, in the season the traffic is intense. es vedra things to do in ibiza

The solution is a scooter. A 125cc moto will set you back around 20 euros for a day and is powerful enough to carry two people. Getting up and down the steep roads to Cala d’Hort is no joke! These tiny bikes can be parked almost anywhere, avoiding the traffic congestion. 

 

EVENING

Finish your day at the beach and the big rock out to sea, a sumptuous repast is DJ cafe del marconsumed and the scooter is returned. Then there’s little better way to complete the list of things to do in Ibiza than to go back to your home away from home. Yes! Back to Cafe del Mar. The Lounge is open until midnight with resident and guest DJs playing all night. What more could any of us want?

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The Myths of Es Vedra

Es Vedra is an island of mystery.

You cannot strike up a conversation about Es Vedra without talking about the many stories that wrap a nd occlude this little rock like the spells of cloud that sweep in from the sea.  Describing Es Vedra is nearly impossible. Why does it enrapture us so? Maybe that’s why we find stories about Es Vedra so fascinating- they help us put what we are seeing into context. It is a place of great beauty, intense power, and magic that you need to see to understand… and even then…

Islanders, fishermen, and researchers of paranormal events claim to have witnessed strange events in the waters near this islet of just 3.8 kilometers around and a height of 382 metres. 

According to legends, some millennia ago the mother goddess of the Phoenicians was born here. So much mystery surrounds the island that nobody really knows what is the truth, what is fantasy, and what is a myth based on truth.

Many swimmers (including the famous José Amengual, an underwater hunting hero in Spain) claim that they’ve heard loud underwater deep bass notes near to Es Vedra, seeing huge shoals of fish changing direction in fright. Could it be undiscovered sea life or something… else?

There are those who believe that Es Vedra gained properties of energy accumulation when it separated from Ibiza millennia ago. According to legend, it forms with the rock of Ifach in Alicante and the southwest coast of Mallorca a sort of Mediterranean Triangle. It is known as the Triangle of Silence and some associate it with the famous Manises UFO Incident. If you look on this chart, you can see that Cafe del Mar is almost at the epicentre of a spooky triangle that could cause strange, magical things to happen….

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The Manises UFO

On November 11, 1979 (at 11pm on the 11th day of the 11th month, incidentally) A Super-Caravelle aircraft en route from Palma de Mallorca to the Canary Islands with 109 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing at Valencia airport Because of a UFO. The pilots claim that they were pursued “by several points of red light, which went up and down in an unconventional way.” The lights appeared just as the plane flew over Es Vedra. By any reading, that’s an unidentified flying object!

Pilot Francisco Javier Lerdo de Tejada, who had fifteen years of experience and more than 8,000 flight hours, reported the events as follows. “At 23.08 I started a climb, according to the flight plan, from 23,000 to 33,000 feet. In the middle of the climb I saw two red lights, in parallel, of such enormous intensity that they were brighter than our instrument lights, or whatever it was, in which they had to be installed and followed a path of collision with us. They were moving at an incredible rate, faster than any conventional aircraft, and they stopped instantly at a very short distance from the Caravelle.”  Tejada claimed to have made the emergency landing at Manises airport due to “a real risk of collision.”

Once the plane was on the ground, several people still reported observing the strange lights from the Manises control tower for more than two hours. Imagine the stories the ground crew would have for their families that night!

Lights in the sky

The Caravelle crew detected the alleged UFO half an hour after takeoff, between Ibiza and Alicante, the same area where a boat crew claimed to have seen a “rain” of UFOs. “About nine o’clock at night last Tuesday, when we were about fifteen miles from Formentera, there appeared before us lights like flares that did not remain static. Yellow lights less than eight miles from us” said Jose Luis Gonzalez, captain of the ship. He claimed that more than fifty UFOs had surrounded them for six hours.

“The” UFOs” turned out in this case to be paratroopers with lanterns that were taking part in the recording of a program for the National Radio of Spain. At least that’s what the government said. And Roswell was really a weather balloon, of course. 

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The Hermit of Es Vedra

The mythological pedigree of Es Vedra was further enhanced by Francisco Palau y Quer (1811-1872), founder of the Tertiary Carmelites of Spain. 

Francisco retired to pray in a cave on the islet. “This mountain is an islet west of Ibiza. Separated from the island, rising from the depths of the waters to the sky. There are no more inhabitants here than I. I have the Hermitage two leagues at noon of the island. The brothers, who have a fishing boat, bring me here, leave me alone and they return. At the top of the mountain, there is a fountain, and the openings of the rocks are my cells. Here I retired ten years ago and I find what a hermit can desire, ” said Father Palau.

Palau, like so many of us, wanted to escape the pressure of the so-called civilised world. Perhaps he, like us, was drawn to Es Vedra by the magic contained in the rocks themselves.

On this island “which rises on the crests of the Mediterranean Sea,” he remained there for days at a time. His mission was “to unite with God and his Church”.

Father Palau was the person who has spent the most time on the island and his mystical experiences in which he describes ladies of light and celestial beings have been reinterpreted by some, after the Manises UFO Case, as UFO sightings.

Catalan mountaineers climbed the island for the first time in August 1950 , challenging another ancient legend that states “it can never be climbed, because whoever tries it and mounts the summit will instantly change sex.”

Lizards and goats and Catalonians, oh my

es vedra goat

Francisco Martí Ferrando and Manuel Puig were the first to tread the crest. “The top of [Es Vedra] is an esplanade 15 meters long, five meters wide. Many vegetation grows in the form of forest, but most were completely dry. The island of Ibiza can be seen very little, the mountaineers wrote in their notes. They were three-quarters of an hour at the top before descending. They saw lizards “about 10 or 15 centimeters long” and Martí Ferrando seemed to notice a wild goat, although Puig doubted that it was there. There were no traces of UFOs in 1950, and, of course, they remained male after their feat.

What are your favourite Es Vedra legends? Have you seen any UFOs, buzzing around Es Vedra at sunset? 

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