A piece of heaven on earth, there are so many things you cannot miss in Ibiza. Free of worries, care and trouble, being in Ibiza will change you as a person. This small island also has a lot to offer, other than the usual party scene. You will find ancient little churches, dry deserts and little streets of local shops.
#1 You Cannot Miss in Ibiza: Fleur de Sel, Ibiza
If you have been to Ibiza, you will know that there is something else they are prouder of: salt. Ibiza salt, Fleur de Sel, is one of the world’s most luxurious salt, commonly known as the crème de la crème of all salts. Because of the large land space and constant heat during summer in Ibiza, this salt is dried and harvested traditionally using the sea, sun and summer breeze.
Fleur de Sel is such high grade that it is used to finish cooking a dish and used in desserts like dark chocolate with sea salt. In Ibiza, Barcelona and Valencia, you see Fleur de Sel being sold everywhere. You can find them in markets like Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona and Mercado Central in Valencia. If you are not in Spain, you can also buy them on Amazon and have it delivered the next day.
Salt Fields in Ibiza
So what’s the point of telling you all these? Well because in Ibiza, you get to see the salt fields! In fact, there is so much pure white salt that I thought it was snow in the middle of summer.
Las Salinas Salt Flat is the first salt field I have seen. Imagine a fish farmer with designated square areas to keep the fish. Now, instead of fishes, they are just salt water. The board underwater is then raised up and water then evaporated to produce the high quality salt. That sound boring, yeah I know. But if you continue driving or walking inwards, you will see that “snow” I said.
Piles and piles of pure white salt is being thrown on the area. If it wasn’t salt, I would believe that it is a pile of cocaine, because you know, Ibiza. But this area holds so much salt than all the salt I have seen in my life combined! It is just pretty impressive.
Another amazing thing is the wild pink flamingos! These flamingos are the icon of the Natural Park of Ses Salines. In the ending months of summer and autumn, hundreds of these birds will arrive in Ibiza to spend the winter. After winter, they will move to the Lagoon of Fuentepiedra in Malaga, Spain. Other than flamingos, you will also be able to see other migratory birds.
#2 You Cannot Miss in Ibiza: Sunset in Ibiza
As cliché as this is going to sound, sunset in Ibiza is absolutely breathtaking. You cannot miss it! The weather in Ibiza is generally perfect, so you get a good view in many places. However, I would recommend you to go to the east of the island in Sant Anotoni or the nearby island like Formentera. I saw sunset from Evissa (the capital city), but the sun sets behind the hills, so it is not the best place to watch sunset.
In Sant Antoni, there is a street of cafes and bars. Or rather, allow me to rephrase that. Along the coast, all you can see are bars, pubs and clubs. Sitting on the coast while a margarita or Sangria while watching the sunset. If you are not interested in bars, don’t worry. The bartenders walk around the coast to sell you cocktails anyway.
Ibiza de Portmany
One of the most cliché points is in Portmany. I was there with like all of the English in Ibiza. No doubt, it really is a beautiful sunset. A fiery red mass of gas sinking into the cotton candied color skies is just a perfect way to start the insane night.
Platja de Comte
Another place is Platja de Comte. It is a beach in the west end of the island. While the sun sets, you wil be spoilt with views of sailing ships or fancy yachts. The crystal clear shores, one of Ibiza’s signature specialty, is also a treat to have. Grab a cocktail by bar and head for the water. The beach is a small area, and many people go further out into the sea to enjoy the sunset and get away from the crowd. If you are a nudist, you can go to the far west of the cove and enjoy the warm rays on your skin.
#3 You Cannot Miss in Ibiza: Can Marça Caves
I told you Ibiza is more party, sex and drugs (which I, once again, did not do). Set above the beautiful cliff at San Miguel cove, these caves have a long history. You can also see the stalagmites and stalactites formation all around the cave. Underneath the 40 degree Celsius heat, visit the enchanting caves of Can Marça.
From the cave, you are able to enjoy the view of the bay. Inside, you are able to enjoy the authentic setting of caves in the olden days, where smugglers used it to store their goods. It illuminated with lights and sound, together with a waterfall that dried up years ago. Stay for the light show, it makes the entrance fee all worth it!
Do note that you have to climb a good amount of stairs to get there. It might be a challenge if you are not very active or mobile. Although, I have to admit that this cave reminds me a lot about the Reed Flute Cave in China.
Name of Cave: Can Marça cave
Address: 07815 Puerto de San Miguel, Balearic Islands
Operating Hours: daily, 1030-1930 (summer), 1100-1700 (winter)
Getting there: The cave is located in Puerto San Miguel. With a car, turn left as you enter the San Miguel resort. By bus, take bus 22 from Sant Antoni or bus 25 from Evissa to the cave.
#4 You Cannot Miss in Ibiza: Dalt Vila
Dalt Vila is one of the most attractive parts of the capital city, Evissa. An old town that encapsulated 2,500 years of history and mystery, Dalt Vila is a UNESCO world heritage site (like most of the other parts of Ibiza).
On Dalt Vila, you can get a panoramic view of the city and the sea, decorated with fancy world-class yachts. There are a few entrances to explore the area. One of them is from the highest doors. If you notice while climbing up the stairs, there is a hole above. It is for the Spaniards to pour boiling hot oil on oncoming invaders that wants to take over the city. And people say that three little pigs is just a fairytale. At the top, you are able to see old canons and a notice board that tells you more about the boiling hot oil they pour on people.
Other than the obviously splendid view of the city and the old walls of Dalt Vila, I really enjoy getting lost in Dalt Vila. The little alleys in Dalt Vila are so beautiful. It has a Mediterranean-Greek vibe and North African architecture style. You see beautiful flowers sprouting out of the old stone walls. Against the white and earthy colored stones, the view simply looks splendid.
#5 You Cannot Miss in Ibiza: Parties and Endless Parties
Of course, the one thing you cannot miss is parties in Ibiza. Ibiza is famous for its parties and world-renown deejays. In fact, most deejays got popular from making their name in Ibiza! In Ibiza, you have non-stop unlimited parties. This is where party animals thrive! You have pre-parties (4pm-11pm), parties (11pm-6am), post-parties (6am-10am) and midday parties (10am-4pm).
Read about Tips on Parties in Ibiza
There are so many clubs to choose from, which one should you go to? After all, they are not exactly cheap anyway. Here is a list that you can consider:
- Amnesia Ibiza: weekends or days where Paris Hilton is playing
- DC-10: Ciroloco days
- Pacha Ibiza: Flower Power days and weekends
- Space Ibiza: weekends
- Ushuaia: everyday, honestly. They have all the famous deejays playing there like David Guetta, Hardwell, Axwell, Kygo, Avicii, ANTS.
- You can also check out the boat parties and Playa d’en Bossa. Other than clubs, you can also chill in the bars and enjoy a great night with your friends.
My first night in Ibiza was so crazy that I can’t even blog about it. Nonetheless, Ibiza is an insane place, and I am sure you will love it! Do like and share more about your favorite thing about Ibiza.