Buro city guide: Ibiza

Buro city guide: Ibiza

More than just a party hub

Text: Yeong Sassall

Ibiza local Faye Reason shares the Spanish island's secret hot spots and hidden treasures

Faye has worked in wellbeing for over 10 years, moving from the UK to Ibiza in 2010. Known on the island for her holistic treatments, she also hosts boutique yoga and detox retreats at

Fact: there is so much more to Ibiza than clubbing. Most people miss it, but there's a deeper, more spiritual side to the island that bursts with magic and mysticism. The natural beauty of Ibiza uplifts the soul - there's a sense of grace and peace when you breathe in the fresh sea air and swim in its azure waters. For such a small island it's packed with multiple cultures, flavours, sounds and sights that can take you from cliff diving to world class tango, from moonlit horse trekking to medieval fiestas. Escape the tourist traps to discover the places locals love.

Top 3 beaches 

It's not all party beaches - try these shores for chilled out bliss.

1. Benirass 
A beach for your eyes, tastebuds and ears - the drummers of Ibiza and the hippie tribe gather here to beat out the pulse of the setting sun. Lie back, listen to the drumming and soak up one of the best sunsets on the island.

2. Cala Conta 
A diamond in the south of the island, it's often overlooked by tourists as it's off the beaten track (but easy to get to by road once you find it on the map). Perched atop the cliff is the Sunset Ashram, positioned to take in the island's best sunsets and aptly named a mecca for all sun worshippers. You can hear the live music from the shore.

3. Las Salinas
Ready to up the ante? This beach is home to top class DJs such as Jon Sa Trinxa pumping out sexy tunes over the dunes. It's the biggest, longest beach in Ibiza, where the sand is white, the water is crystal clear and the parties kick on for days.

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Top 3 winter activities

1. Trek with the islanders

Treks happen every weekend throughout winter usually finishing with a lunch somewhere like the very cool Can Tixedo  Art Café (Carretera de Santa Inés Km 5 . Forada, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain; +34 971 34 52 48). The winter season is marked with the famous full-moon walks through the almond blossoms in Santa Agnes or afternoon meanders by the orange trees in Es Broll.

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2. The Sant Joan market

In the village of Sant Joan on a Sunday you'll find all the Ibiza creatives hanging out and drinking coffee in the sunshine. Plaza de España, 07810 - Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain.

3. Bar San Francisco

Bar San Francisco offers views over the salt flats, with an Argentinian BBQ and local musicians and DJs playing from sundown on Saturdays. Carretera de Ses Salinas, Km 2.5, Frente Iglesia de San Francisco, Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain +34 646 474 042.

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Top 3 live music venues

1. Chirincana, Cala Martina, Es Canar - for reggae.

Cala Martina - Es Canar, 

07849 Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain.

2. Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Playa D'en Bossa - for rock.

Carrer Cervantes, 27
07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany
Illes Balears, Spain

 +44 (0)20 79522919 

3. Las Dalias, San Carlos - for world music.

Sant Carles de Peralta, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 32 68 25

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Top 3 coffee shops

1. Can Guimo
Owner Sebastian is widely known for his warm welcome and Argentinian-inspired deli, located on the road to San Juan. There's an impressive array of coffee and tea choices as well as fresh mixed juices. Try the cheese scones and relax in the vibrant atmosphere of this little cultural hub.

Carretera San Juan km14, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 32  51 16

2. Plaisir

A relaxed, great value hangout with a bookshelf full of board games and an outdoor patio, this is one of the top spots for locals in Sana Gertrudis.

Carrer Venda de Fruitera, 07814 Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 19 77 22

3. The Croissant Show

Renowned across the island, the owner of The Croissant Show is something of a tourist attraction himself, with his handlebar moustache and eclectic crowd of friends. The croissants and pastries are simply to die for and the croquet monsieur is legendary. Both the Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town locations have outdoor tables and it's a great people-watching place.

Plaça de la Constitució, 2, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 31 76 65

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Top 3 brunch spots

1. Passion Café Marina Botafoch

Get your kale fix at this glam health-focused café, locally known as the LA kitchen. There's superfoods galore, as well as all things raw, macrobiotic and organic. The smoothie selection is extensive and delicious.

Paseo Juan Carlos Primero 23
(Opposite Ibiza Nueva/Lio between Keeper & VIPP)
Edificio Mediteraneo Ibiza 07800, Illes Balears, Spain+34 971 314 566

2. Musset Santa Gertrudis

A popular meeting place for expats, with plenty of places to sit in the sunshine and catch up on village news. The food is international and the brunch menu has all the classics.

Calle S'escola 8, 07814 Santa Gertrudis, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 19 76 71

3. Plaza del Parque, Ibiza Town

A market square lined with palm trees and street entertainers, this is a great place to park yourself for brunch. All the cafes in the square offer great salads, sandwiches and omelettes.

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Top 3 spots for lunch

1. La Paloma, San Lorenzo

Set in the most stunning place, with far-reaching views, a colourful crowd and a fairytale feel at night, La Paloma is an island treasure. It offers an Israeli daytime menu and Italian evening menu, both of which are authentic and heartily home cooked.

Calle Can Pou, 4, 07812 Sant Joan de Labritja (Eivissa), Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 32 55 43

2. Giri Giri Café

This is a charming little cafe tucked away in the beautiful northern village of Sant Joan de Labritja. It's great on a Sunday to sit out the front with a glass of wine and some tapas and enjoy the sights of the market. It's a civilised spot with designer décor and gorgeous lighting.

Calle Principal, 5, 07810 Sant Joan de Labritja, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 33 34 74

3. Babylon Beach

A cool hang out that's unlike anywhere else on the island. You can relax on beanbags and gaze out to sea under the tropical palm trees. Super chilled and stylish, you could spend all afternoon there. In fact, you probably should...

Barrio Sa Caleta, 20 Can Sanso, Santa Eulalia Del Río, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 33 21 81

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Top 3 restaurants

1. Bambuddha Grove

A sensual and sexy place for all the senses: taste Asian-fusion cuisine, marvel at the exotic interior and listen to intoxicating music.

Carretera de San Juan, km8.5, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 19 75 10

2. Cotton Beach Club

Arguably the best place on the island at sunset! The menu includes delicious plates of sushi and sashimi and the staff are friendly. The vibe is very Ibiza with great tunes played overlooking the beach of Cala Tarida.

Carrer Posta de Sol, 21, 07829 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 806 180

3. Es Tanco

San Rafael does food all year round -wood-fired pizzas are always on the go, made by the Italian owners. It's good value for money and the vibe is young and relaxed. You can't go wrong with Es Tanco!

Avinguda d'Isidor Macabich, 9, 07820 Sant Rafel, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 971 19 85 99

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Top 3 Cocktail Bars

1. Sunset Ashram

The best mojitos and pina coladas in Ibiza. Sip a cocktail while listening to live music, with a direct view of the sunset and a young bohemian crowd. The Ashram completely chilled out haven.

Cala Conta, S/N 07829 , Sant Agustí Des Vedra , Sant Josep De Sa Talaia (Eivissa), Illes Balears, Spain

2. Café Del Mar

If you're visiting Ibiza, the island's original cocktail bar, which has been spinning sunset tunes since 1980, is a must. It has a festival feel and soaks up amazing sunsets. The big DJs do their warm-ups here.

Carrer de Lepant, 27, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain

+34 622 062 855

3. 1805, Ibiza Town

This bar is Located in the centre of Ibiza's Old Town, beneath the walls of Dalt Vila. It's an artistic and inspiring place where guests are encouraged to design their own cocktails. Try the Green Beast!

Carrer Santa Llùcia, 7, 07800 Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 651 62 59 72


Top 3 Clubs

These are all unique, epic and amazing in their own way! They represent the world's finest clubbing experiences.

 1. Amnesia

Carretera de Ibiza a San Antonio, Km 5, 07816 San Rafael, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 19 80 41

 2. Pacha

Av. 8 d'Agost, 07800 Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 31 36 12

 3. DC10

Paseo de Vara de Rey, 9, 07800 Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 39 34 95

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Top 3 Agroturismos

Agroturismos  are hotels recommended by the Ibiza Tourist Board, which all support the island's ecotourism.

 1. Atzaro

A stylish place to relax. Unwind in a four-poster daybed on the lawn, facing the Morna Valley meadows. The spa, gym and restaurant all have an emphasis on wellbeing and the restaurants are funky and sophisticated. In summer there are fashion shows and art exhibitions.

Santa Eularia Des Riu, Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 33 88 38

2. Es Cucons

An oasis in the region of Santa Agnes, Es Cucons is surrounded by olive groves and almond trees. This hotel is for those with a taste for the finer things who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of natural Ibiza.

Calle Cami des Pla de Corona, 110, 07828 Santa Agnés de Corona, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 80 55 01

3. Can Marti

Utterly idyllic, Can Marti is nestled between pine-covered hills and has a serenity that compels you to do nothing but lie down, listen to the bird song and fall asleep.

+34 971 33 35 00

Agroturismo ecológico
Venda de Ca's Ripolls 29, Apto. 203, 07810 San Juan de Labritja, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain


Top 3 Suburbs to Stay

1. Talamanca for proximity to clubs without the crowds and romantic views over Ibiza Town.

2. San Jose for access to great beaches, ocean drives and tranquility.

3. San Carlos for the north of the island's charm, the beaches and nature.

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Top 3 spas

Nurse your hangover and indulge in some first class pampering at either of these treasures.

1. Atzaro, Morna Valley (in between Santa Eularia and San Lorenzo)

Carretera de Sant Joan, Km 15, 07800 Santa Eularia Des Riu, Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain

2. El Hacienda, San Miguel

Urbanización Na Xamena, s/n, 07815 San Miguel, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 33 45 00

3. Aguas De Ibiza, Santa Eulària

Salvador Camacho, 9, 7840 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
+34 971 31 99 91

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Best fashion spots

1. Ibiza Town, the boutiques around the Vara de Rey and Ibiza Old Town are great for Ibiza-inspired fashion.

2. Las Dalias hippy market is an absolute must, with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Johnny Depp spotted shopping the stalls. It's best on Saturdays, and comes complete with cocktail bars and tea lounges to help you to cope with the crowds.

Carretera de San Carlos Km 12. 07840. San Carlos

+34 971 326 825

3. Designer parties are informal and intimate shpping nights hosted by Ibiza locals all over the island. If you're lucky enough to get an invitation to someone's house who's hosting a party, you can get first pick on original designer items, from silk gowns to Indigenous art. Check out Spotlight Ibiza online for island news and markets.

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Top 3 homewares shops

1. Galleria Elefante -Asian furniture, original wedding gifts and designer ornaments

San Miguel 3.2km, 07814 Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza, Illes Balears, Spain +34 971 19 70 17

2. Sluiz - fun, quirky and eclectic homewares plus a cute café

Sluiz. St. Gertrudis, Rd. Ibiza - San Miguel km4, +34 971 931 206 

Sluiz. San Jose, Ctra. Ibiza - San José km8 , 07830 San José, +34 674 148 173 

3. Cala Llenya Market - a Sunday morning flea market where you can walk around stalls with a bacon sandwich and a mojito while listening to live rock music.

Cala Llenya, Santa Eulària des Riu

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Insider Tips

Always ensure you have your car boot packed for any eventuality because the best things happening in Ibiza are usually spontaneous. In other words, an adventure is always on the cards so don't forget your toothbrush!

It's great to visit Ibiza in May. It's quiet, warm and there's a big medieval festival in Ibiza Town that takes you back hundreds of years to streets bustling with jesters, knights and Ibicenco chefs cooking spit-roast pigs.

If you want to party all day, every day the place to be is Playa d'en Bossa. If you don't, stay well away!

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