When people think of Ibiza, pretty much the first thing that comes to mind is the party scene. And while that is undoubtedly a big part of the island’s culture, it is not everything. Ibiza has so much more to offer every traveler, from historical sights to beautiful landscapes.
On a layover at Ibiza Airport? There are plenty of activities within the town to keep you busy. But before you start on your exploration of this island paradise, store your luggage near the airport. Don’t drag it along on this tour of paradise!
Relax at a Spa
Flying for many hours and having even more flight time in front of you can be stressful, so what not take a spa day. Ibiza can get a little chilly during the fall and winter months, and relaxing on the beach may not be an option. However, the temperature in the spas never changes.
You will find world-class spas and wellness centers on the island that will help you wash away all that travel and stress of life. Maybe you just need a little relaxing time in a sauna, Turkish bath, or sensation sauna. Or you can go all out for a hot stone, bamboo, deep tissue, Gua Sha, or just a soothing, gentle massage.
You will find all possible varieties of massages and other body treatments, all in some of the most beautiful and luxurious spas you will ever visit.
Visit Dalt Vila
For those that have a little history buff inside them, Dalt Vila will certainly satisfy. This small walled town contained within the city of Ibiza was established over 2500 years ago. It has been built up over the ages, but that last major edition was in the sixteenth century by Spanish king Philip II and Emperor Charles V. They had the massive towering walls erected to ward off French and Ottoman invaders.
There are two main entrances to the summit town. The main gate entrance is by far the most dramatic. Stone Roman statues line the sides of the drawbridge that leads you to the cobblestone streets of the town. The second on the north is less steep for those looking for a more casual walk to the town.
Once inside, you will find markets, gift shops, excellent restaurants, and a view of the harbor from the Castell de Eivissa that can only be described as magnificent. There is also the Contemporary Art Museum of Eivissa, which houses a number of Carthigian and Roman artifacts. You can walk the castle walls or simply stroll the streets of this town that seems to be transplanted from the past.
Drive the Island
Getting around Ibiza is pretty easy, it all depends on what mode of transportation you want or what you can afford. You can save a few dollars and use the public bus system which is quite good, buses go to all the popular spots frequently. You can grab a taxi or rent a car or a jeep. You can even get bike rentals if you are up for some exercise.
But if you want to do something special you can hire a luxury or supercar. Part of being in Ibiza is being part of an over-the-top party crowd, and what way to make an entrance than in a Bentley, Maserati, Ferarri, or maybe a Lamborghini? That is very possible on this small island.
There are quite a few dealers that have everything from sporty-cool cars to super-luxury. So on a short stay or even limited time between flights, you can have that unforgettable Ibiza experience in just a few hours.
Get into an Escape Room
Are you trapped in the same old routine at the airport? Get off the plane and wait at the gate or bar while scanning the internet. Why not escape? Get out of the airport and head for one of the nearby escape rooms. It is a perfect thing to do, especially if your layover is around 5 hours.
Each session in an escape room lasts for just one hour, making it an ideal activity between flights. With themed scenarios, hidden clues to find, and puzzles to figure out, it will make the time fly by. You can join a group or try it on your own, but be aware that if there is no one else in the session, you will have to pay for two people.
Sail the Island
Seeing Ibiza from the ground is great, and with so many beautiful and historical sights to visit can easily fill your day. However, seeing Ibiza from the water is something special. Although Ibiza is not the biggest of islands, it is by no means tiny, and it has a lot of hidden gems that can only be seen by sea.
You can stay on the boat and just sail around the island while enjoying some lunch and a cocktail. Or you can make stops at any number of white sand beaches or small coves where you can do a little swimming and snorkeling.
If you have a little extra time, head over to one of the smaller neighboring islands of Espalmador or Formentera. Sailing across the crystal clear blue water of the Mediterranean to these picturesque islands is a great way to spend your afternoon.
Chill Out on the Beaches
Maybe what Ibiza is best known for is the beaches and after all that time at the airports and on planes, chilling in the sun with a cocktail in your hand is just what the doctor ordered. There are beaches for hanging out with the rich and famous, quiet and secluded, happening parties, and family-oriented.
With over eighty beaches on the island, you will be sure to find one that suits your needs.
Chilling at one of Ibiza’s beaches before heading back to the airport is a time well spent. Relax for the afternoon! All you need to do is pick up your luggage before you head back to the airport.