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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: where to stay in Ibiza?

Choose your resort!

Updated as of August 2017.

Figuring out where to stay on your Ibiza trip can be a mammoth task. There's such a huge amount of information on the internet, it's hard to know where to begin! So we're going to try and chunk it up into one digestible piece for you. If you know what kind of holiday you're after, then here's where to stay and why…


San Antonio

Ideal for: Clubbers, Nightlife, Groups, Young Families, Budget

San Antonio doesn't sleep in the summer months, so if you don't intend to either, you'll want to set up camp here. San Antonio is many raver's first taste of the island and has an awful lot to offer the enthusiastic party-lover. The iconic sunset strip is home to a whole host of bars with the vantage point, DJs and soundtracks kitted just for the legendary Ibiza sunsets. A few hundred yards from here lies the infamous West End, housing a staggering amount of fast-food eateries, and, more importantly, bars. Hundreds of bars! Nearby are the super clubs Eden and Es Paradis where you can dance until your hangover sets in at dawn! San Antonio also boasts Ibiza Rocks Hotel, who bring you live music and pool parties, should that be more your style, and Amnesia, Privilege and Benimussa Park are just a disco bus away.

The main beach of San Antonio is a busy one in the summer months, but also the centre of all daytime activity, being backed upon by lively drinkeries, including the Ibiza Rocks Bar and Linekers. In between all this partying, you're sure to want something to eat. Well, San Antonio has just about anything you could shake your fork at. From healthy breakfasts to fry-ups, tapas to burgers and romantic gourmet experiences to pizza - San An has it all, spread within a tastily accessible few square miles. Accommodation comes in at a budget price, as does food and drink. The average age spans from 18-25, so partying is the focus, and dancing the game.

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If you want to avoid the crowds at sunset, Hostal La Torre just around the bay of Cala Gracio is a magical new addition. Looking for a cracking breakfast, then head to Rita's Cantina in the port. For a romantic dinner, Sa Capella is a real treat. For a hilarious daytime activity, Ocean Mania's floating water park is just ace…

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Playa d'en Bossa

Ideal for: Clubbers, Nightlife, Groups, Budget

The burgeoning metropolis of Playa d'en Bossa knows how to party too. With all the action condensed onto one tidy stretch of road, you'll never be too far from the fiesta. The beach is long and wide and upon it sits a smattering of wonderful beach bars and restaurants from which to observe and digest both people, food and sangria. Along the main street itself, you have the super clubs Hï Ibiza and Ushuaïa, but Playa d'en Bossa is just as well know for its daytime beachside action as it is for its nightlife. Bossa offers an array of accommodation options ranging from the high-end lux of Hard Rock Hotel, Ushuaïa and the Garbi, to affordable hotels and apartments like Jet Ibiza. There is no shortage of places to eat, drink, dance and chill on the beach, so Bossa is swiftly becoming a very very popular choice to lay your sequinned pants. Expect a fair smattering of stag and hen dos, but also a more jet-setting crowd frequenting the plush beach bars and restaurants. A good even spread of affordability here with no danger of boredom setting in.

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We just love the guilt-free breakfasts, lunches and smoothies at Passion Cafe on the main strip. You'll find the Sankeys lot hosting its first pool party series at Bora Bora's El Patio area. And for an alternative night out, why not try Children of the 80s at the Hard Rock Beach Club on Saturdays to indulge in some techno-dodging pop guilty pleasures…

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Ibiza Town

Ideal for: Culture, Foodies, Nightlife, Families, Luxury, Gay

The island's capital is steeped in history, with the old town boasting UNESCO Heritage status. The narrow cobbled streets of Dalt Vila are teeming with charming bars and restaurants, and the port and gay street, Calle de la Virgen, are the hive of all pre-club activity every night. Ibiza Town has a fantastic selection of museums and art galleries to wander round too, for the more discerning historians and art fans amongst you. Again accommodation varies from budget to deluxe and you'll find all age groups here, from families to older ex-ravers who still love the island and all it has to offer!

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Tired of tapas? Well tucked down at the end of Ibiza Port, with fabulous unrestricted views of the super yachts, is Thai'd Up. Arguably the best Pad Thai on the island. Or if Italian takes your fancy, you must try Pinocho which has been serving delicious pizza and pasta since the '70s.

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Santa Eulalia

Ideal for: Groups, Families, Foodies, Couples, Retreat, Seniors

Santa Eulalia is a town which attracts all ages and has lots of reasonably priced resorts, apartments and hotels to choose from. And with a wide sweeping beach, a lively promenade and plenty of eateries and bars to choose from, you don't even have to leave town!

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One of the best Mexican restaurants on the island resides in Santa Eulalia, Taco Paco, serves up top burritos and margaritas! For live music, head on down to Guarana in the port - a local's favourite.

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Figueretes

Ideal for: Clubbers, Groups, Gay, Budget

Although it is the heart of Ibiza's gay community, the close proximity of Figueretes to Ibiza Town makes it a hit with just about everyone! Apartments range from bargain to boutique and the clean beach and wide promenade make it a haven for all ages, nationalities and sexual-leanings. Some new trendy restaurants and bars have cropped up along the beach with fabulous views all the way across to Formentera. Providing a midway point between Ibiza Town and Playa d'en Bossa means that you have a choice of party or arty. No wonder it is always such a popular choice!

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The brand new Cotton Beach Lounge on the paseo looks set to be this year's favoured hangout due to the gorgeous menu, sensational roof terrace and divine cocktail menu.

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San Antonio Bay

Ideal for: Clubbers, Groups, Young Families, Budget

This area is just a short distance away from the main San Antonio crazy town, but is totally geared towards families looking for a highly affordable break. With lots of English speaking restaurants and bars, San Antonio Bay is great for those looking for great weather, and something more akin to the norm with minimal effort. Spain on a shoestring…

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Betwixt the madness of San Antonio bay, lies Kumharas - sunset vibe heaven.

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Es Canar

Ideal for: Families, Budget, Seniors

This satellite beach town is built with families in mind and houses a number of all-inclusive resorts offering meals, entertainment and kids clubs at competitive prices. Plus a clean, wide and shallow beach making it perfect for the littler ones. Well worth checking out if its a hassle-free break you're after.

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If you look carefully in between Es Canar and Santa Eulalia you'll find the oasis of Babylon Beach, where you can while away the hours on their private little cove, whilst enjoying cracking organic food from their garden kitchen.

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Portinatx

Ideal for: Families, Budget, Adventure,

Situated right up in the north of the island, Portinatx is well out of the way of all the young party crowd and represents a more rugged Ibiza. With lots of water activities of snorkelling, pedalos, paddle boarding and windsurfing on offer, this is a much more suited resort to families. And they even have a water park! WOOPEE! Self-contained, this little paradise of a town has bars and restaurants within walking distance of all the resorts, so you can settle in and make yourself at home without having to move too far!

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The walk to the Portinatx lighthouse is a beautiful one if you are looking for a daytime activity that isn't beach related. The views over the cliffs are simply stunning.

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Cala Llonga

Ideal for: Families, Budget, Nature

A stunning bay surrounded by dramatic cliffs, Cala Llonga is a sun-trap of a location with resorts rising all around the white sandy beach. Once again, the resort has been designed to give you everything you could require on a plate - supermarkets, bars, restaurants and lots of activities to keep the kids occupied. Another safe bet for a relaxing family break, with prices that won't break the bank.

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Not far from Cala Llonga is Sol d'en Serra beach which has the stylish and sophisticated restaurant Amante nestled upon the cliffs. They have daytime luxury buttoned down, with weekly yoga sessions in the morning and a run of regular movie nights.


Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella

Ideal for: Young Families, Budget, Nature, Retreat

Ibiza has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and luckily, they are easily accessible for those wanting to just lay around with a sangria in hand during the day, and perhaps go for a romantic meal in the evening. Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella are tucked away from the crowds but are a microcosm of gentler activity so you can return home feeling very tanned and very refreshed.

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Restaurante Maria Luisa, located right on the beach in Cala Vadella, not only has the most sublime views of sunset, but also is the epitome of Spanish seafood done extremely well. Splash out and try the lobster!

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Cala San Vicente

Ideal for: Young Families, Budget, Nature, Retreat

Situated on the most northern tip of the island, you cant get more secluded than this. Cala San Vicente attracts an international crowd and features a sweeping sandy beach which is hugged by a lovely curving promenade. The sea can sometimes be little bit wilder here, thus why there is a windsurfing school to cater for the adventurous looking for a more active holiday. Facilities are huddled together in this compact little town, making it great and inexpensive for all ages.

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The nearby lookout point set on the cliff tops is a lovely spot for a romantic picnic at sunset. Hire a moped or car and explore some of these less trodden landscapes of Ibiza!

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