One Hour From: Ibiza Town

You can't stop the music, even when the clubbers go to bed


Es Cavellet

Es Cavellet

For a get-back-to-nature experience, Es Cavellet is the best beach on the island. The seemingly endless stretch of soft yellow sand is lapped by crystal waters and backed by stunning dunes. Families tend to dominate the area by the car park, while the far end is home to hippies, gays and naturists. The later it gets, the louder the beats as the bars crank up the volume.

By car: take the PM-802 south and follow signs; journey time approx 30 mins.

Puerto San Miguel

Tucked away on the rocky north coast, the big attraction in Puerto San Miguel is the Can Marca cave. Follow the path cut out of the rocks until it reaches the mouth of the cave, then descend into this magical natural gallery, more than 100,000 years old and dripping with stalactites. In days gone by, smugglers used the cave for stashing their contraband. Keep your eyes peeled for the deeply coloured muradensis lizard.

By car: take the C733 and follow signs; journey time approx 55 mins.

San Antonio

San Antonio is strictly teen and twentys territory, but it is worth coming to this high-rise hell town to watch the sun set. Park at any of the shore-side bars, such as Café Mambo, Savannah and the brand new Coastline Café and sip a sun-downing sangria while listening to eclectic chillout and ambient beats. For the ultimate experience, cruise into the Café del Mar and listen to the tunes from your eponymous album series at home. You haven't got the CDs? Maybe you shouldn't be in Ibiza baby.

By car: take the C731 and follow signs: journey time approx 40 mins.

San Josep

This sleepy little hill village has a handful of good restaurants, such as El Destino and Can Domingo de Can Botja, and plenty of delightful fincas for rent. Wander along the main drag which boasts boutiques, bars and galleries. The surrounding countryside has a heavenly mix of pine-clad rolling hills and dense groves of olives, oranges and almonds. For history lovers, the nearby Phoenician ruins are worth a visit.

By car: take the PM-803 and follow signs; journey time approx 35 mins.

San Juan

Tucked away in the hills, far from the maddening crowds, Bambuddha Grove, one of the most effortlessly stylish bars and restaurants in the world, let alone the Balearics, is a favourite spot for celebrities including Kate Moss, Jude Law and Jade Jagger. To give you the feel, a CD is available in record stores at home, Bambuddha Grove: The Arrival. Totally fabulous.

By car: take the C733 and follow signs; journey time approx 30 mins.

Formentera

This small, unspoilt island is mostly flat, which makes exploring by bicycle or on foot ideal. Hire a cycle as you hop off the ferry and head for the best beaches of Playa de ses Illetes and Playa de Llevant. or follow the well-marked walking trails. Enjoy the patchwork scenery of pine plantations and sun-baked salt pans.

By boat: frequent fast ferry service from Ibiza port; journey time approx 25 mins.

Easyjet offers return flights from Stansted to Ibiza from £50 return. The Ocean Drive Hotel (0800 169 8817; www.designhotels.com) offers double rooms from £120 per night including breakfast. Europcar (0870 607 5000; www.europcar.co.uk) offers one week's car hire in Ibiza from £211.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Written protest: Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, has sent an open letter to the Culture Secretary
books
Arts and Entertainment
The teaser trailer has provoked more questions than answers
filmBut what is Bond's 'secret' that Moneypenny is talking about?
Sport
Lewis Hamilton secured his second straight pole of the season
f1Vettel beats Rosberg into third after thunderstorm delays qualifying
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
News
Johnny Depp is perhaps best known for his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean
peopleBut how did he break it?
Sport
footballDoes Hodgson's England team have an identity yet?
Travel
travel Dreamland Margate, Britain’s oldest amusement park, is set to reopen
News
news
News
Founders James Brown and Tim Southwell with a mock-up of the first ever ‘Loaded’ magazine in 1994
media
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    SFL Group: Video Project Manager

    £24,000 pa, plus benefits: SFL Group: Looking for a hard-working and self-moti...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel Reservations Assistant - French Speaking

    £16000 - £17000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This rapidly expanding travel c...

    Recruitment Genius: Duty Manager - World-Famous London Museum

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you have a strong record of ...

    Recruitment Genius: Personal Assistant

    £24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will have demonstrable unde...

    Day In a Page

    The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

    The saffron censorship that governs India

    Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

    Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
    Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

    How did fandom get so dark?

    Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
    The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

    Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
    The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

    Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

    Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
    Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

    Disney's mega money-making formula

    'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
    Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

    Lobster has gone mainstream

    Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
    Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

    14 best Easter decorations

    Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
    Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

    Paul Scholes column

    Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
    Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

    The future of GM

    The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
    Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

    Britain's mild winters could be numbered

    Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

    Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
    Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

    The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

    The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
    Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

    Cowslips vs honeysuckle

    It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
    Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

    A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss