Ibiza is famed for its world-renowned superclubs keeping revellers entertained and the party going all summer long. But if you are searching the internet for where to stay in Ibiza away from the clubs, then this article will tell you all about the best areas and much more.
In short, the five best areas to stay in are Portinax, Cala Llonga, Port de Sant Miguel, Sant Jose and Cala d’Hort. Each is far removed from the Ibiza nightlife scene.
We have featured these areas because they suit a range of budgets and blend Bohemian vibes with contemporary cuisine and secluded beaches.
Keep reading to find out more about each of these tranquil destinations…
See also: The BEST quiet hotels in Ibiza
Located on the Northern tip of Ibiza, Portinax has long been known as the place to go to escape the intensity of Ibiza’s nightlife. This family-orientated former fishing village is an hour’s drive away from Ibiza Old Town.
Accommodation options range from the exclusive Six Senses Ibiza to the exceptionally reasonably priced 4-star Portinax Beach Club Hotel.
The secluded bay features three beaches and stunningly clear turquoise water—an idyllic setting to unplug and unwind. The town itself features quaint bistros and boutique shops to discover at whichever pace you prefer.
Read More: What is Portinatx like?
A short drive away from Ibiza Old Town is the beautiful Cala Llonga. It is the biggest town on this list. However, with a local population of just over 1000 residents, it is still tiny compared to the rest of Ibiza’s resorts.
A recommended highlight is to hike the Mirador de Cala Llonga, which will reward you with beautiful views of the bay below.
Cala Llonga is a perfect beach for families, and the strip features restaurants and cafes rather than beach clubs and bars. The likes of La Casita or Amante Ibiza are great places to grab a bite and relax.
The accommodation choices range from adults-only hotels to exclusive villas and also budget-friendly vacation homes.
See also: The BEST quiet hotels in Ibiza
Port de Sant Miguel
This small but popular resort is a favourite choice for zen-seeking couples and young families on holiday. The beach sits deep in a secluded cove with pine-covered headlands on either side.
There is a good selection of water sports & activities to enjoy, such as windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. And the Cuevas Can Marca is a particular highlight for those who venture to the bay’s right headland.
There are several hotels along the bay, which have a somewhat dated architecture. But the views are amazing, and for those on a higher budget, there are country villas and hotels nearby.
Port de Sant Miguel is a well-placed base if you want to visit the stunning Na Xamena cliffs for sunset and the famous Cala Benirras.
Located in the municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia, this charming little town features a surprisingly large selection of restaurants and bars. In addition, there are quirky boutique shops where you can pick up traditional ceramics and Ibizan fashion items.
Accommodation is often booked far in advance, so book early to avoid disappointment. There are several spectacular villas in the surrounding area that you can rent. Or there is the Boutique Hotel Jardines de Palerm in town. Even in the low season, prices are on the higher end, so shop around to find the best deal.
Each summer, the Ecological Food & Craft Market runs every Saturday morning. A fantastic opportunity to get some wholesome weekend fun in for the whole family. For example, workshops teach environmental practices like making compost, baking skills, and growing garden herbs.
Situated on the South West of the White Isle and featuring incredible views of the magnetic Es Vedra. Cala d’Hort is a fantastic retreat away from the blaring beats of San Antonio or Playa d’En Bossa.
This area has avoided the mass tourism developments that are so prominent in other parts of the island. As a result, the beach is one of the most iconic on the island, with spectacular views of Es Vedra. In addition, there are several walking trails to explore, and all of them have jaw-dropping views of the glistening waters below.
Add in some quintessential Mediterranean seaside restaurants, and you have all the ingredients needed for a wholesome holiday.
Accommodation in the area is scarce, and the best option is to rent a villa in the surrounding area. San Josep is a short drive away so you can easily get all your grocery shopping done.
What is the quiet side of Ibiza called?
The Northside of Ibiza is often referred to as the quiet side. The area is considerably less developed than the South and appeals to a tourist market searching for peace and tranquillity. Some of the more well-known towns/resorts in the quiet side of Ibiza are:
- Sant Miguel
- Es Canar
- Santa Inés
There are a plethora of yoga retreats, agri-tourism dwellings and hippy markets for you to enjoy in this part of Ibiza.
What is there to do in Ibiza besides clubbing?
Yoga & Wellness
Ibiza is gathering momentum as one of the bucket list destinations to have a yoga retreat. Several world-class instructors reside permanently on the island and offer their services for rest & relaxation getaways.
There is also a growing number of yoga festivals on the island that combine wellness workshops in a family-orientated environment. Check out the top 10 recommended yoga retreats in Ibiza according to bookyogaretreats.com
Natural Hiking Trails
Ibiza has countryside full of lush nature for you to enjoy. And exploring it on foot is the best way to appreciate the fauna and flora. Here are some routes to consider that are close to areas away from the clubs and nightlife in Ibiza.
Torre de ses Portes (easy): A loop of just under 10km with moderate traffic in Ibiza Town.
Cala d’en Serra (moderate): 5km loop of roughly 1.5hrs that covers the very Northern tip of Ibiza.
Sol d’en Serra (hard): A difficult 6km route near Cala Llonga with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
Explore the hippy markets
The White Isle is almost as well-known for its hippy markets as its superclubs and nightlife. These markets are full of hidden treasures, from sustainable, locally produced clothing to gemstones and crystals. Add in some culinary delight to please your tastebuds while roaming the stalls, and you have a recipe for a splendid family day (or evening) out. Some markets not to miss are:
The quiet sister of Ibiza but certainly no less beautiful. A trip over to the slower-paced Formentera is well worth it.
With its sublime white sand beaches, you might be forgiven for thinking you were sunbathing in the Caribbean. And the welcome addition of fantastic restaurants everywhere you look makes a solid case to have your entire holiday on Formentera.
However, if you are there just for a day trip, consider renting a car at the ferry terminal and driving to the Southern lighthouse on Cap de Barberia. It is hushed and tranquil as you stare yonder over the azure Mediterranean towards Africa.
Take in the magic of sunset
If you are looking for a sunset away from the clubbing areas, look no further than the beautiful Cala Benirras. Each Sunday evening, this beach is taken over by drum circles, creating one of the most Bohemian vibes on the island.
Although Ibiza is well renowned for some of the best, if not the best, nightlife in Europe, we should not pigeonhole it as just a party island.
The vast majority of the North of Ibiza is rustic, tranquil and geared towards holidaymakers seeking a refreshing vacation break.
The family-orientated nature of this side of Ibiza lends itself to an idyllic destination for a long weekend break or even for an entire summer getaway.
And with the recent changes to noise laws on the White Isle, this type of tourism is seeing far more favouritism from the locals than the wild side of Ibiza’s clubs and nightlife.