Welcome to Paradise. You’ll hear this a lot if you plan on calling the White Isle home. From the cheesy tagline of a million pieces of tourist that to the rather more glamorous superclub in San Antonio—and of course, from the sun-kissed islanders who have already built a life here.
For many expats, Ibiza is a true paradise that remains unmatched by any of the other pretenders to the throne.
However, the search for a decent place to live can sometimes be less than paradisiacal. Of course, there’s barely a corner of this small island that is not bursting with beautiful scenery, sunsets and sangria, but finding a place to rent during the high season can be traumatic. Everyone’s requirements are different, and what the 20-something bartender might find ideal can be a nightmare for a family of four.
Here then, we look at the best places to live in Ibiza, whatever your circumstances.
1 San Antonio
We’ve already mentioned it, but San Antonio is undoubtedly the party capital of the island. Located on the west coast, it’s home to Eden Ibiza and Es Paradis, with Amnesia, Pacha, Ushuaïa, Hi Ibiza and Privilege just a short taxi ride away. You’ll also find an extensive range of bars and restaurants along the picturesque harbor and palm-lined promenade. During the day, the five small beaches in San Antonio Bay offer jet-skiing, wakeboarding and parasailing along with spots to just kick back and relax—if you can find space. The cosmopolitan hub of Ibiza, San Antonio is a hive of tourist activity that is full of life during the long summer nights. Renting here can be expensive, as you will generally be competing with countless holiday homes and hotels.
2 Ciudad Town
Another nightlife hotspot, although rather more sophisticated than San Antonio, Ibiza Town is affluent and overflowing with beautiful people. Split into two main parts, the old town of Dalt Vila and the more modern side of Eixample, there’s a wealth of designer shops, fancy restaurants, refined bars, and intimate eateries. Luxury villas dot the landscape, and provide homes to DJs, VIPs and the international yachting community. The historic side of Ibiza Town is a big draw for tourists during the day, and the 16th century fortress, castle and cathedral are now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The labyrinthine cobbled streets host small art galleries and craft stores, and there are larger museums alongside the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art—one of the oldest contemporary art museums in Spain.
3 San José
If you are looking to live somewhere away from the bright lights and late nights of Ibiza’s busier areas, then San Jose is an excellent choice. With a welcoming local atmosphere, San Jose takes life at a slower pace, and there are notably less tourists on this part of the island. Boasting 80km of coastline, the natural beauty of the area is a big draw for nature lovers, and kayaking, biking and hiking are all popular pastimes here. However, despite its laidback attitude, there’s still plenty to keep you occupied in the evening. The charming village has a number of bars and restaurants, with art galleries and specialty shops also adding to the local ambience. The Parish Church in the centre of the village dates back to the 18th century and provides a focal point to village life. Additionally, there are many excellent schools in the area, making San Jose the perfect place to live with a growing family.
4 Santa Eulalia
Considered Ibiza’s cultural centre, Santa Eulalia is close to the airport and provides a quiet retreat for both holidaymakers and islanders. The town market is famous for its artisanal shops and galleries, curated by local artists and craftsmen. The 16th century church atop Puig de Missa also provides a superb historical context for the town, and breathtaking views of the area can be witnessed at the top. White sand beaches line the western end of the town, and here you will find the only river in the Balearics, with a carefully restored Roman bridge spanning its width. Sant Eulalia is known primarily for the quiet life, with the serene atmosphere only disturbed by the palm trees swaying in the wind.
This is just a small selection of Ibiza’s many idyllic places to live in Ibiza. Naturally, there are plenty more, and whatever kind of life you are looking for on this small island, there’s space and a local atmosphere to fit.