Wondering where to stay in Ibiza for your first visit to the island? With a global reputation of being the clubbing capital of the world, you’d be forgiven for thinking the island might not be the place for you if that’s not your thing but Ibiza also offers gorgeous natural scenes and a sense of tranquillity that you would never expect from an island with such a party reputation. With white sand beaches, the famed azure sea, and hills to sit atop of drink sangria, and admire the views Ibiza has so much diversity, history, and culture just waiting to be explored. Once famed as a hub for artists, a free lifestyle, and expression people flocked to the island and even now you’ll find quaint coastal areas that are full of galleries, vegan cafes, and yoga studios. Nonetheless, the world’s most exciting clubs and bars are here and if you’re here to party the night away and recover on the beach the next day, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Where to stay in Ibiza [2020 Guide For First Time Visitors] - Contents
Where to stay in Ibiza
Picking the right place to stay on Ibiza is key if you want the right holiday for you. The sleepy coastal cities have a lot to offer and if a laid-back beach getaway is what you’re after then this is where you’ll want to focus your attention. Ibiza Town has something for everyone and perfect for those looking for some history, culture, and shopping in addition to the nightlife. You can drive from the top to the bottom of the island in 45-minutes and if you have a car then the island is yours to explore and if you don’t there are plenty of buses to get you where you need to go
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Ibiza Town – History meets glitz and partying, a place for everyone
Why stay in Ibiza Town
Can’t decide between the partying Ibiza is famous for and the history and culture of the island? Ibiza Town is a charming amalgamation of everything that makes Ibiza unique and staying here offers many ways to spend your time. Whether you’re more interested in The Marino part of town, the newer area brimming with cocktail bars and attractive restaurants to designer shopping and yachts or The Old Town with its cobbled streets, the gothic cathedral, and amazing fortified citadel at the centre you’re never far from the other. The range of accommodation here is vast, from budget hostels and cute guest houses to the most high-end hotels. If you love walking tours or hidden food gems, there’s plenty of that here too. Wherever you stay you’ll be conveniently close to the nightlife making this the perfect place for first-timers to the islands or anyone who wants the best of both worlds.
Why avoid Ibiza Town
While it’s possible to walk or catch the bus to the nearest beach from Ibiza Town, it isn’t as conveniently located to the beaches and those famous beach parties as other areas of the city. If you’re looking to spend your days sunbathing and swimming, this might not be the most convenient place. It’s also very busy here being one of the main tourist hubs, you’ll still find some authentic local Ibiza life here but mostly visitors.
Where to stay in Ibiza Town
Talamanca – Close to Ibiza Town and near the beach
Why stay in Talamanca
Right on the northern tip of Ibiza and a quick walk from Ibiza Town, Talamanca offers a tranquil and convenient place to stay with the benefit of being close to the beach and waterfront as well as the town itself. It’s a beautiful coastal area and much of the accommodation and restaurants sit on the curving bay enjoying incredible views of the ocean. With promenade walks, the beach, and water sports easily accessible this an area loved by families and couples. However, there is something to offer everyone since you’re in walking distance to the famous Pasha nightclub and sleeping on the beach after the night before is easily achievable here. If you’re looking for a more private getaway then the many villas with private pools in the area are ideal, aside from that you’ll find everything from budget accommodation to resorts in this area.
Where to stay in Talamanca
Sant Jordi de ses Salines (Ibiza Beach) – A major nightlife hub near the airport
Why stay in Sant Jordi de ses Salines
The closest party area to Ibiza Town, this is one of the major nightlife sites on the island featuring Europe’s biggest and most famous bars and nightclubs. This is also where Hard Rock Ibiza is located which hosts internationally renowned artists. The neighbourhood is located just a four-minute drive from the airport so you won’t waste any time between landing and partying. Staying in Ibiza Beach also means you have the advantage of being a short walking distance to Ibiza Town so you can enjoy the culture, shopping, and history of Ibiza’s main hub. With a wide range of accommodation here, this is a haven for party-goers.
Why avoid Sant Jordi de ses Salines
If you’re in Ibiza for a quiet break or aren’t primarily here to party, then this isn’t the area for you. It’s loud, busy, and open late. Also, the beach is eternally crowded so you won’t get some of the charm, space, and water sports that other beach areas of the island can offer.
Where to stay in Sant Jordi de ses Salines
Santa Eulària des Riu – Large high-end resort area, busy all year round
Why stay in Santa Eulària des Riu
The third largest resort on the town and perfect for people who enjoy having fun in the sun, this quieter part of the island will suit families, couples, and is a favourite with affluent jet setters due to the high-end marina area. There are fewer clubs and bars here and it generally has a charming slow pace of life with the exception of the jet-skis whizzing about, water sports are very popular here. You’ll almost always get a spot on the beach and strolling along the promenade is a delight, the whole town has a resort style feel which lasts all year round due to the thriving expat community so if you’re travelling off-season you wouldn’t even notice here.
Why avoid Santa Eulària des Riu
Anyone looking for a buzzing area with lots to do whether that’s cultural activities or clubbing may find this area very quiet. That being said it’s ideally located for reaching most of the island if you have a car or want to use public transport.
Where to stay in Santa Eulària des Riu
Playa de Portinatx – Quiet beaches and nightlife area, perfect middle ground
Why stay in Playa de Portinatx
A great all-rounder, there are three beaches which make up this fun neighbourhood - S’Arenal Petit, S’Arenal Gros, and Playa Porto meaning you’ll never be bored or short of things to do. There are lots of quieter resort areas that are perfect for families but there’s also plenty of nightlife to enjoy in the area too. You’ll always have space on the beach and there is shopping, diners, and tattoo studios in the area for when you’re not sunning or drinking. There’s a lot of budget accommodation and cheap local restaurants here so it’s popular with people looking for a cheap sunny getaway and first-timers to the island who want the best of both worlds.
Why avoid Playa de Portinatx
If you’re looking for a luxury stay, there are fewer high-end options in the area and everything is more suited to the budget traveller. Also, if you’d like to be closer to the major clubbing areas and famous bars of the city then this might not be for you
Where to stay in Playa de Portinatx
San Antonio – famous party area on the beach
Why stay in San Antonio
Infamous for hosting the wildest of parties and having the best dance music, San Antonio is drinking central. Once a fishing village, this selection of beaches is laid-back and sleepy in the day and the complete opposite at night. The most famous nightclub Ibiza Rocks is based here and The Sunset Strip, a group of bars scattered along the coast. The sunsets here are legendary and you’ll spend evenings sipping a drink watching it go down before partying the night away with hundreds of other visitors. There’s a wide range of accommodation here suited to all budgets.
Why avoid San Antonio
While it’s a beach area, these are the least picturesque beaches on the island and can often have a lot of rubbish left by drinkers from the night before. The main thing to do here is party so if you’re here with a family or just not here for the nightlife then this is the area to avoid.
Where to stay in San Antonio
Playa d'en Bossa – Ibiza’s longest beach and a clubbing hub
Why stay in Playa d'en Bossa
Advertised as the must-see beach of the Ibiza and over three kilometres long, it’s Ibiza’s longest beach. Busy in the Summer and vacant during the Winter, there’s a whole host of boutique stores, beach bars, and diners in the area. There’s a promenade to walk along and a good amount of nightlife, including some famous clubs like Hi – Ibiza, though it’s not as crazy as areas like San Antonio. It’s just south of Ibiza town and has a plethora of accommodation of every sort on offer.
Why avoid Playa d'en Bossa
As you might expect for Ibiza’s longest beach, it’s incredibly busy in the Summer so make sure you get a spot early. A problem that’s been arising in recent years is that it’s noticeably covered in rubbish in the Summer due to party-goers not picking up after themselves. A shame for the environment and definitely something to consider if that’ll bother you.
Where to stay in Playa d'en Bossa
Santa Gertrudis – Authentic bohemian neighbourhood
Why stay in Santa Gertrudis
For the people looking for a quiet authentic getaway in rustic Ibiza then this bohemian area brimming with local and international artists is another world when compared to Ibiza Town or the party beaches. Local eateries, vegan cafes, and juice bars are the kind of businesses that line the idyllic narrow alleys. You’ll also find local art shops, handmade goods, and wine bars. Renting out a villa in the surrounding town or countryside will allow you to experience life like a local and have a relaxing, charming getaway.
Why avoid Santa Gertrudis
It’s in the centre of the island so you’ll have to travel to get to the beach and also to the nightlife which generally clusters on the coastal areas. There’s also a lack of hotels in the traditional sense and accommodation is generally of the homestay and villa sort.
Where to stay in Santa Gertrudis
Es Canar – Quiet holiday area for a slow pace of life
Why stay in Es Canar
A busy yet very low-key part of the island, this beach resort area is popular with families or people looking to have a quiet holiday in one of the big name hotels in the area. The crescent-shaped sandy beach is rarely over-crowded and there is lots to do nearby in terms of shopping, fishing, and beach bars and local and international restaurants. There’s also a lively water sports scene. One huge draw to the area is the hippy market, thrown on Wednesdays this is where people on the island sell their handmade eclectic goods from food to trinkets to clothes and accessories. There’s always music in the air and people chilling out drinking sangria in this pleasant spot.
Why avoid Es Canar
It’s a quiet spot and 12 miles away from Ibiza Town and the main party spots. It’s a perfect area if you’re looking for a quiet getaway with things to do on your doorstep but not conveniently located if you want to party the night away in the famous clubs or explore the museums and galleries of the main town.
Where to stay in Es Canar
Cala Llonga – Beautiful resort area, great for water-sports and families
Why stay in Cala Llonga
The picture-perfect Cala Llonga enjoys 360-degree views of pine forests, crystal waters, and white sand and is the perfect base for anyone who wants to be near the clubbing zone but doesn’t want to be based there. There are lots of fun activities to get up to here like volleyball, pedalos, and diving plus the whole area has a sweet retro vibe that reminds you of old beach postcards. There are specific areas for children to enjoy including playgrounds and kiddie pools and there are plenty of restaurants and bars on site if you don’t want to take a trip over to the busier areas. A great mini-resort with a good range of accommodation and a perfect spot to recover from too much partying.
Why avoid Cala Llonga
There’s little to dislike about the area unless you’re not looking for a resort style stay and would rather be in a more authentic area with lots of culture or in the heart of the nightlife. As middle ground go it doesn’t get much better.
Where to stay in Cala Llonga
Cala Tarida – West Coast quiet beach resort with famous restaurants
Why stay in Cala Tarida
Known as one of Ibiza’s most attractive resort beach areas, it features the longest and widest white sand beach on the West Coast and is quiet and laid-back. With shallow waters, craggy coves, and family-friendly resorts, it’s a lovely place to be if you have children and there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy in the area, including a diving school. There’s no shortage of excellent fine-dining restaurants, local eateries and bars in the area to enjoy.
Why avoid Cala Tarida
The beachside accommodation is expensive in this area and some of the bars and dining options reflect that. It’s not off-limits to budget travellers by any means but there’s less affordable accommodation here than other parts of the island.