Summer is here, and it usually brings visits from friends, family and sometimes even acquaintances, who see you, my dear Ibiza resident, as a perfect opportunity to enjoy cheap vacations on the island with a tour guide included! In this guide to surviving summer visits to Ibiza, we share some plans and activities to do when your friends and family come to “visit” and you run out of ideas…
I am not saying you are not excited about receiving visitors, but if you receive one after the other, it can be a bit exhausting sometimes. Your washing machine is not enough to wash so many sheets and towels and sometimes you may feel like you are living in an overcrowded flat… not to mention how going out that much affect your pockets… I imagine that at some point you may have heard the expression “if you can’t beat them, join them”… Well, it is exactly that, may the force be with you!
For short visits (24-48 hours in Ibiza)
If your friends or family are coming to visit you in Ibiza, but they are not planning to stay too long, then your mission is to be an express guide so that with a few hours in Ibiza they may get an idea of everything the island has to offer. Start by taking a stroll to the historic neighborhood La Marina, Ibiza’s port, and Dalt Vila’s fortress to get a feeling of the past of the city. Another experience you cannot miss during a quick visit to the White island is to go to some of the best beaches and calas in Ibiza. If your guests are coming to Ibiza during the high season months, you may want to stay away from the most famous beaches and search for more quiet calas.
Another activity that will help your visitors to understand Ibiza’s past is to go visit the island’s hippie markets. Two good examples are the hippy market in Las Dalias or the hippy market in Punta Arabí. Watching the sunset is another activity that will make your guests fall in love with the island. Think about taking them to see some of our favorite sunsets in Ibiza, they may decide to stay to live in the Island forever! And if you want to combine both experiences (the beach and the sunset) the perfect plan to enjoy with your friends and family to rent a sailboat to go around Ibiza’s best beaches and calas and end the day with an unforgettable sunset. Another experience to surprise those who visit Ibiza for the first time is to go out at night. You will find a huge variety of pubs to start the night around the port and in Ibiza’s center. Later on, you can move the party to some of the best clubs of the island.
For long visits (1 week or more in Ibiza)
If your guests are staying for a week or more, they may get to know the island a little better and find the most authentic spots, those places where Ibiza’s resident like to go. Aside from the activities you mentioned before, we also recommend to go for a car ride and visit the small white towns: Santa Gertrudis, San José, Santa Inés, Es Cubells… Stopping to enjoy the typical gastronomy of Ibiza in any of the traditional restaurants (we recommend the restaurants Es Cubells or Cas Pagès both of them allow you to enjoy a delicious gastronomic offer, as well as a more quiet Ibiza, without those private or VIP tables that we love so much). If you don’t have a car, here is a good offer to rent a car in Ibiza. Discover other ways to get around Ibiza here.
Sports lovers will love practicing a water sport on Ibiza’s beaches, such as kayaks, windsurf or paddle surf. As you may know, the Posidonia Meadows has been declared as a Natural Heritage Site by the UNESCO, so if your friends or family love the sea, get some underwater glasses and a snorkel and go watch the marine species in the Mediterranean.
Those who can afford the luxury of spending several days in Ibiza will have the chance of getting more involved with the gastronomic culture of the island. Rice, fish, stews, sweets, and liquors… We recommend you to try out these typical dishes of Ibiza. If you want to surprise your friends or family with a charming chiringuito where you can enjoy a delicious meal for a fair price, take a look at this article. After a few days going around the island, going out day and night, it is possible that your economy (and your visitors) is not looking so good. If that’s the case, take a look at these 15 free things to do in Ibiza.