Ibiza Town Eivissa - Spanish Holiday Islands Mediterranean

Ibiza Town - Eivissa in Catalan - is the administrative capital of the island of Ibiza (which is also known as Eivissa in Catalan). Ibiza is the island's largest town, but essentially occupies only around one square kilometre of land in the south-east of the island. There are outer areas to the town, including the harbour, Marina Botafoc and Talamanca beach, and sprawling as far as Jesus to the north and Figueretes to the south, but all that comprises Ibiza Town itself is rather compact.

Ibiza Town is one of Ibiza's great surprises. Unlike San Antonio, which is the island's unrelenting party capital, Ibiza Town (Eivissa) is fun, smart and cultural in equal measures, and is home to some of the island's greatest clubs - including Pacha and El Divino - as well as all the best shops and the stunning historic capital, Dalt Vila - Ibiza Old Town (see separate page).

The main life of Ibiza Town is concentrated around the Sa Penya and La Marina districts, which are at the foot of Dalt Vila and look out into the harbour. This is where you will find hundreds of boutiques, restaurants, bars and tourist shops. From the smart Passeig Maritim of La Marina district, quaint streets and alleyways lead into the more outrageous Carrer de la Verge of the Sa Penya district. During the day these areas are full of locals and visiting families doing their shopping and sight-seeing; at night the bars come alive for the pre-clubbing crowd, which is a far less rowdy set than that of San Antonio. Even at four in the morning, Ibiza Town is a good-natured and vibrant place to be, even if the strip joints and more shocking shops of Sa Penya take some getting used to.

It is from the harbour in Ibiza Town that the main ferries embark for Formentera, Ibiza's smaller and quieter neighbour. From midnight until half past three in the morning, there is a regular boat service from the Ibiza Town end of the harbour to El Divino on the other side, which certainly beats walking round the long way and means you arrive in unforgettable style. At night, views across the harbour at Ibiza Town are especially impressive.

The New Town district of Ibiza Town is relatively uninspiring, and mainly filled with residential streets, hotels, banks and practical, run-of-the-mill shops. The Vara de Rey boulevard is attractive and boasts some fine eateries and shops, but this particular district is not really worth exploring when there is so much of spectacular beauty - notably Dalt Vila - to see.

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