Ibiza (summer only)
New for summer 2017
Bienvenido a Ibiza! One of the most beautiful Balearic islands in the Mediterranean. Don’t dismiss this as a young person’s clubbing island, Ibiza has so much more to offer than you may think. Although it may be most famous for its nightlife, Ibiza has quaint old towns, tranquil beaches, sandy coves and pine-clad hills. If it’s activity you’re after, there are numerous opportunities for all kinds of sports and leisure facilities on hand like scuba diving, horse-riding, fishing, sailing and golf. It’s a destination for all ages.
Thomson will be offering package holidays to Ibiza for summer 2017. With the island being 45km by 25km, nothing is too far from anywhere, including the main town which is just 7.5km away. The airport is located on the South West side of the island. There is plenty of public transport to get you around but main tourist spots tend to all be accessible by road, so hiring a car or bike might be the way to go. There are also boat charters that will help you island hop to the other surrounding smaller islands.
Top things to see and do
Es Vedra, a symbol of Ibiza, isn’t a town or a building or a club, but one of the most mesmerizing sights you will see. This imposing rock, jutting out of the Mediterranean like a little volcano, is surrounded by myth and legend. It will put you under its spell as you visit the best place on the island to watch the sun go down.
Ibiza is full of history and you will find bundles of it when you visit Ibiza Old Town, Dalt Vila which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the narrow, cobbled streets and take in the spectacular views from the ramparts, the colossal fortifications that encircle the town. It’s a treasure trove of an excursion.
If you’re in Ibiza, you may as well sample a bit of what it is famous for. However, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly. Pacha, is the original club and considered the most classy. It’s been going since 1973 and is the only club to open all year round. With vast dancefloors and several other rooms and areas to choose from, you’re bound to find one to suit you and your dancing feet.
If, at any point, you have found that you have slightly overdone the nightlife the previous evening. Ibiza Port is an ideal spot to wander at your own pace, sit at one of the many cafés and restaurants, gaze at the super yachts or just soak up the atmosphere as you watch the world go by.
Las Salinas Salt Flats, found at the most southern tip of the Island, have been in use for over 2000 years for the trade of salt or ‘white gold’ by the Carthaginians. The salt is produced as the water on these flat lakes evaporates during the summer months leaving a glittering layer at the bottom. This unique shimmer will present some of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see.
The Island is littered with so many stunning beaches and coves, you’ll be spoilt for choice, but known as one of the coolest is Playa de Ses Salinas, named after the surrounding salt flats. The high amount of salt in the water means staying afloat is never an issue. You’ll find soft white sand, clear waters and beautiful people.
Off the beaten track
Sheer bliss on this last paradise Island in Europe. A short boat trip from Ibiza port to its sister Island, you will easily think you are in the middle of the Caribbean with its soft, white sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Cycling is encouraged to discover what this Island holds, or just immerse yourself into its slower way of life.
Dirt tracks all over the Island will take you to some beautiful hidden caves, there are also some you can swim to. Some of the most famous though are the Cova de Can Marca, situated in the North of the Island in the port of Sant Miquel. These ancient geological forms, waterfalls and channels were once a smugglers’ hideaway. Open all year round, it’s a nice cool place to go if you have had enough sun for one day. There are light and music displays in the caves as part of the multilingual tours which will have you transfixed.
Staying in the North of the Island, Cala San Vicente; if you are prepared to make the effort to trundle along winding paths and steep cliff roads, you will be richly rewarded by excellent local cuisine and best of all, incredible cocktails by an award winning mixologist. They even have a crazy golf course tucked away, if for any reason, you need a break away from the spectacular views.
Quite literally off the beaten track and into the sea! With the waters as crystal clear and inviting as they are, it would be crazy not to see what’s beneath the blue. There are several water sports activity companies that will offer you snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and sailing to name a few. You’ll discover a whole new underwater world.
Away from the beaches and bars, sand and sea is Ibiza Horse Valley. They will take you trekking on majestic rescue horses, through the stunning mountains and forests that can sometimes go unnoticed when visiting Ibiza. You don’t have to be an expert, they will tailor the tour and horse to your level. This is a truly unforgettable way to see the wild side of the island.