Eivissa (Catalan for Ibiza) is unquestionably Ibiza’s most beautiful town. Generally referred to as the Old Town, it’s full of character with narrow cobbled streets, beautiful old buildings and bustling street cafes. From a distance it’s shaped like a pyramid, with the ‘high town’ (Dalt Villa) perched on top of the hill, widening down to Sa Marina at its base. Dalt Villa is a medieval city and its fortified stone walls are miles long, offering great walks and sea views. In the centre of the hilltop lies the cathedral; all around it, a maze of streets. By day it’s gloriously peaceful but at night the marina area down below comes alive with clubs and bars – and often buzzes til dawn.
Further down the island, the landscape is very different, with pine clad hills and glorious countryside. About halfway down the eastern coast lies Platja d’en Bossa – a busy international resort with good nightlife and a long beach. If you want something more laid-back though, keep driving south. A horseshoe of sheltered coves pepper the southern tip: Cala Tarida and Cala Vadella are both Caribbean-esque in beauty; the elegant Casa Jondal has crystal clear sea and a charming pebbled beach; Cala d’hort has great views of the mystical rock Es Vedra. The Ses Salinas salt flats are fascinating, and the scenery around them is lovely; undulating hills, long winding roads and tiny remote villages. This is far less populated than other areas of Ibiza – a total haven if you’re seeking peace and quiet.