Ibiza has a well-deserved reputation as a party hotspot and the dance-music capital of the world. But there is more to island life than thumping basslines and flashing disco lights. Venture away from its half-dozen clubs and Sant Antoni’s raucous West End and you’ll find a world of tranquillity. From the saltpans of Ses Salines to the piney hills of Sant Joan, via fields that have been cultivated since Roman times, Ibiza offers an intoxicating blend of nature and culture. The best way to slip into the authentic rhythm life is to follow the locals. We’ve selected five of our favourite destinations where you can shop, dine, party and unwind like a true ibicenco.
Set on the southwest coast of Ibiza, Cala Salada is a short drive from San Antonio, but a world away from the tacky tourist hustle. A crescent of golden sand cups the clear turquoise sea, which is perfect for swimming or snorkelling (you can hire pedalos as well). Pine trees march down to the shore, mingling their soft scent with the salt air, and the woods offer numerous paths for a cooling stroll. This makes Cala Salada ideal if your party can’t agree on the perfect ratio between sunbathing and activities, and the adjoining chiringuito means you don’t even have to pack a lunch.
HOSTAL LA TORRE'S TERRACE
If you want to immerse yourself in Ibiza’s spectacular scenery without tripping over sun-loungers and screaming children, head to Hostel La Torre’s terrace. This petite bed-and-breakfast near Cap Negret on the west coast of Ibiza is set amidst cool green pines and boasts impressive panoramic sea views. Day visitors are welcome on its large open terrace, which is the perfect place to escape the afternoon heat. Enjoy a lazy lunch and while away the afternoon with a cocktail or two. Free wi-fi is an added perk – you can drive your homebound friends into fits of jealousy by tweeting pictures of your stunning surroundings.
S'ILLA DES BOSC RESTAURANT
There’s no better place to witness one of Ibiza’s magical sunsets than from the terrace of RestaurantS’illa des Bosc, on the westernmost tip of the island. Perched on a bluff overlooking the most perfect pool of turquoise sea imaginable, this laidback restaurant offers cuisine to match the views. It specialises in fresh-off-the-boat seafood ranging from simple but delicious grilled squid to lubina salvaje a la sal: whole wild sea bass baked in salt and expertly filleted at the table. If possible, save room for the mojito sorbet or a slice of tarte café caleta – a booze-infused coffee cake.