Glorious sunsets over the Med may be a common occurrence on Ibiza, but that doesn't make them any less breath-taking. As the sun begins to sink towards the horizon, thousands of people flock to Ses Variades coastline of Sant Antoni de Portmany, where the best DJs are constantly trying out new rhythms to complement the magical moment when the sun finally disappears down behind the western islets. But there are other great sunset locations: Platges de Compte, watching the tiny islets that seem to float on a vast expanse of water tinged with warm orange light; contemplating the grandeur of the island of Es Vedra; in Benirras where the beat of drums accompanies the sun into the darkness; on the cliffs of Sant Joan in Cala Vedella; in Cap des Falco, Cala de Bou, on the Puig de Missa... so many perfect locations, it's no wonder the experience never grows old.
Textiles, clothing, jewellery, arts and crafts, exotic sweets and pastries... the island markets are a veritable treasure trove of happy discoveries. And the diversity is to be found both in the products on sale and the multiculturalism of the merchants and the people who browse their wares. Don't miss Las Dalias market, held on Saturdays throughout the year or Punto Arabi, the 'hippy market' at Es Canar, on Wednesdays, from April to October. In summertime there are many more markets scattered around the island, with their bright stalls set up on promenades and in squares, while the sound of folk music and exotic fragrances waft through the sea air.
Ibiza is world famous for its nightlife and for decades, the clubs of the island have been at the forefront of the international music scene. But it's not all noise and rhythm: from lively cafe terraces to the most romantic settings overlooking the sea, the range of styles and ambience is extraordinary. In the port area of La Marina there are bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, while in the Plaza de Vila, dinner or drinks are transformed into a unique memory by the fine setting alongside the Renaissance wall. Each of the island's small towns has its own romantic corners, whether it's at Santa Gertrudis, at Sant Josep with the majestic church presiding over the evening, or at the busy marinas of Sant Antoni and Santa Eularia.
The Spanish know Ibiza as la isla blanca – the white island – and it is dotted with pretty whitewashed towns and villages. Inland lies the little town of St. Agnes de Corona, which is at its best in early spring when the almond groves are in blossom and the fragile flowers cover the trees like great white clouds with just a hint of the palest baby pink. This explosion of light and delicacy is such a beautiful spectacle that the local council organises moonlight walks, (this year scheduled for March 10th).
Explore on horseback or by sea
Discovering the north of the island on horseback is one of the most exciting experiences Ibiza has to offer. There are a number of half-day trails available, including a picnic on the beach and stops in small towns such as San Mateo and Santa Agnes, or at pretty coves like Cala Salada, which offers sweeping views of the entire west coast. Ibiza Horse Valley offer longer treks with camping or rural hotel accommodation, while Exclusive Luxe Ibiza have special facilities for children, as well as chartering boats for those who want to explore the island from the sea.