Ibiza (Eivissa) is an island of two halves. On one hand there’s the lively nightlife, world-famous clubs and round-the-clock partying that the place has become most famous for, but this accounts for just a small part of Ibiza’s cultural heritage. Away from the main drag you can find secluded coves, stunning architecture, unknown local delicacies and a rich history – all of which come together to make this small Spanish island one of the most diverse in the world.
The cuisine is quite different from what you’d find on the Spanish mainland. Juicy, charred meats grilled outdoors and fresh fish make up the majority of meals, alongside organic fruit and vegetables and fresh pastries. To wash it all down, there are all sorts of local wines, grown and made on the island, as well as Ibiza’s own digestif, hierbas.
There’s plenty to do in between mealtimes, too. Ibiza’s borders have been crossed by cultures and civilisations from all over the world, each of them leaving their mark on the local population. Stone watchtowers, cobbled streets and bustling markets bring this incredible island to life and just a short walk around them will give you a sense of what Ibiza is all about.
All of this, combined with a history that spans centuries, makes Ibiza a must-visit destination for anyone interested in European culture. This list of locations will show you what the island has to offer, even if you only have a day to experience all its incredible splendour.