Cruise Port Atlas | Ibiza, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Ibiza, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Ibiza: Star Clippers, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Ibiza Town, Old Town, Cathedral Santa Maria, Aquamar Water Park, Playa D'en Bossa, La Salinas, Salada Beach, Cala Vadella, Cala d'Hort, San Antonio, Sa Caleta (Phooenician) Ruins, Day Clubs and Parties

Ibiza Town and Nearby

Port to Old Town / Cathedral - 2.2 KM, 10 minutes, 9 minute uphill walk
Port to Aquamar Water Park / Space - 7 KM, 13 minutes
Port to Salt Flats - 12 KM, 19 minutes
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Locally known as Vila d'Eivissa or simply as the Town, there are two main sections: to the south on a steep hill is the D'alt Vila or Upper Town, where the historic center is located and the surrounding, more modern section known as Eixample or “extension”. The Santa Maria Cathedral of Ibiza was begun in the 13th century using portions of a pre-existing building which may have been a Mosque. Though built and enhanced over the next few centuries, the primary style is Gothic. It contains significant works of art and five chapels. The Cathedral is within the old walls of the city and offers great views of Ibiza and, on clear days, Formentera to the south. Also within the city is a Punic (Carthaginian) necropolis at Puig des Molins.

Near Ibiza are several other attractions. For those looking for water fun, there is the Aquamar Water Park, just west of Playa D'en Bossa. Just south of the airport is the first important resource for those who settled the island in the Bronze Age, the salt flats.

Pacha (in town) and Space (near the beach) at Playa D'en Bossa are two of the top clubs on the island and are rated as among the best anywhere. Space is open nearly always and features an outdoor dance floor.

                 

   

Photo of Salt Flats by Matthias Prinkeses, Photo of inside Pacha by David Boyle

Ibiza Beaches

Port to Playa D'en Bossa - 6-9 KM, 13-14 minutes
Port to Salinas Beach - 14 KM, 20 minutes
Port to Salada Beach - 20 KM, 29 minutes
Port to Cala Vadella - 26 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Cala d'Hort - 29 KM, 39 minutes
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For large and highly-developed beaches there is Playa D'en Bossa, just south of Ibiza Town, that stretches about 3 kilometers beginning with a section featuring beach clubs continuing to quieter areas. In the bay at San Antonio is another party beach. For a less frenetic atmosphere there is Salada Beach, in a small bay north of San Antonio. On the southwestern side of the island, the bay at Cala Vadella and the dramatic views from Cala d'Hort are good choices. The best beach for seeing the rich and beautiful is probably La Salinas, which attracts soccer stars and young women competing in an unannounced tiniest swimwear contest.

              

   

Photo of Cala d'Hort by athinaf

San Antonio (Sant Antoni de Portmany) and its Music Clubs

Port to San Antonio - 16 KM, 21 minutes
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While Ibiza Town is the capital, San Antonio takes the title of party central and is considered one of the wildest club towns in Europe. Though remnants of the small fishing town of the mid-20th century remain, the youth culture has taken over. Besides the clubs, the city offers a nice promenade along the harbor and nearby, the monument known as the Egg of Columbus to honor the birth of Christopher Columbus on the island. While it is a nice monument, Columbus was likely born in Liguria in Northern Italy. The large clubs in San Antonio generally feature cutting-edge dance music, techno, and some of Europe’s best-known DJs. The bars in the West End often feature Indie rock. Among the most famous clubs is Es Paradis, inside a pyramid shaped-building near the Egg. Eden features world-famous DJs throughout the summer.

           

   

Photo of West End Club street by eduardpitt

Sa Caleta (Phoenician) Ruins

Port to Sa Caleta - 14 KM, 22 minutes
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In the mid-7th century BCE the Phoenicians built a settlement on Ibiza near the salt marshes adjacent to the present day airport. These ruins were only discovered in the 1980s and 90s and were declared a UNESCO site in 1999. These ruins will be most appreciated by those with an interest in history and archaeology; the layout of the buildings and low rock walls is all that is visible and there are limited decorative elements there. In addition to the ruins at Sa Caleta, there is a small site near Cala d'Hort which was a Phoenician cemetery.

        

   

Photo of Sa Caleta ruins by stavros1

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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