Being such a small island, given that you have hired a car in Ibiza, you will be able to see it all. Drive around the island to see the picturesque white villages and beautiful scenery.
Hire a car in Ibiza and drive to the north of the Island, to the charming village of San Miguel which is practically the gateway to the rough cliffs of the north of Ibiza. This beautiful white village, with the church built between the 14th and 18th century, is located on the hill, overlooking the surrounding countryside and the former port and today’s resort of Puerto de San Miguel. At the top of the hill is the village church where in in the past the villagers have retreated to at the time of pirate attacks. There were even cannons on the roof of the church for the defence purposes. On the square in front of the church the performances with traditional dances take place every Thursday during the summer season. In the village there is a small but fine selection of bars and restaurants, amongst other the C’an Rei, a traditional restaurant with a selection of tapas.
At the entrance of Puerto de San Miguel, turn right to the Cova de Can Marça cave. In the past, the cave was used by smugglers as a hiding place. Today there are guided tours through the small cave system where you can see interesting dripstone formations, which are especially exciting for children.
Continue along the spectacular coastal road to the pretty beach of Cala Benirras, where the hippies of the island are still drumming and singing every Sunday at sunset (but please leave the video camera in your pocket and do not destroy the special charm like many other do).
Another charming site to visit with your hired car is the village of Santa Inés which is located north of San Antonio, away from the tourism of the big cities. This picturesque village consist of a church, a supermarket, several bars and restaurants and a few whitewashed houses and that’s it – a true rural idyll. Santa Inés is one of the most original villages on the island with its rural char and incomparable tranquillity. It is surrounded by extensive fields with orange, lemon and almond trees. A truly beautiful sight as the green of the trees nicely contrasts the red of the clay. The time seems to stand still in this tranquil village, but in January and February, Santa Inés suddenly becomes a destination for masses of tourists. The reason is the almond blossom. If you drive over the serpentine road from San Antonio to the high plateau during that time, you will witness the most fantastic view. At first it looks like as if it had snowed. Hundreds of almond trees are covered with small white and pink flowers – beautiful!
If you have decided for a car hire in Ibiza and are looking for ideas for day trips look no further than the traditional village of Sant Jordi. Located in the south of the island, close to the airport and the Playa d’en Bossa, as well as Ibiza town. It is one of the few places named almost exclusively by its Catalan name ‘Sant Jori’ instead of Spanish ‘San Jorge’. In the centre of the village is the impressive Church of Our Lady – the best-preserved church on the island. Its origins date back to the 14th century. The thick walls and battlements of the church were once erected to protect the valuables of the local inhabitants from pirate raids. Next to the church you will find a picturesque square, surrounded by trees. On the square and the streets around you will find nice restaurant, small bistros and traditional bars. Rasca Lobos offers traditional dishes with local ingredients and a wide selection of tapas. In Sant Jordi there are several large supermarkets because tourist from Playa d’en Bossa set somewhat cheaper food here than in the resort. San Jordi host flea marker Mercadillo Sant Jordi in the Hippodrome. There you can find treasures among the second-hand books, jewellery and clothes form India on the stalls spread over the sandy plaza. Take your time and stroll around the market, perhaps you will find a bargain or test your negotiation skills.
Visit the small village of San Rafael, located on the main road from Ibiza town to San Antonio. Right at the entrance of the village, the pretty white church from the late 18th century, with a magnificent view of the Ibiza town, with its medieval old town and the lively harbour. If the church is open, take a few minutes and have a look inside. San Rafael has a wide selection of snack bars and restaurants, both with good local cuisine and more exotic dishes from the Mediterranean countries. Apart from the many restaurants, San Rafael is known for its ceramics workshops, so San Rafael is the only place in Ibiza to be named "of artistic importance". The ceramics can be bought in two shops in the village or in one of the shops, which are found all over the island, mostly on the main streets. The "Icardi" workshop produces ceramics in the way it was introduced thousands of years ago by conquerors in the Mediterranean.
Best scenic routes near Ibiza
One of the ultimate best ways to see Ibiza is to rent a car and explore all the beauty of this Mediterranean island on your own terms. Known as the perfect party destination thanks to its packed clubs, bars, and pubs, Ibiza has gained the reputation of being the ultimate party island. But is there something more to it? Below is a comprehensive outline of some of must-see destinations and events you shouldn’t miss out on during your trip to this Spanish island.
Beyond the busy nightlife – Ibiza's hidden gems
The fact that Ibiza was declared a world heritage site back in 1999 reveals a deeply cultural and historical side of the island. Many first-time travellers claim Ibiza has truly mesmerised their vacation experience and left them in awe of all its charms. The island is united in its cultural liveliness and offers a true luxury retreat. Enthusiastic locals, rich historical areas, crystal clear sea, affordable cost of living and rustic villages all make this Spanish island a destination that simply can’t disappoint. Moreover, its incredible diversity on such a small part of land makes it the ideal road trip destination, allowing you to see the perfect mix of nature, culture and contemporary activities. Wherever you decide to stay, Ibiza’s main attractions will be just over half an hour drive away!
Planning out your dream-like route in and around Ibiza
Start out in Ibiza Town, just minutes’ drive from Ibiza airport, with plenty of opportunities to rent a car. This old town has it all – latest fashion trends, one-of-a-kind quirky local shops, busy nightlife and heaps of incredible local food.
While exploring all the beauty of Ibiza Town, don’t forget its rich underground full of tombs and other ancient ruins.
Head out west towards San Antonio, a part of the island that shouldn’t be missed on any road trip. The drive between Ibiza Town and San Antonio will take less than half an hour, but because of Ibiza’s small size, feel free to take longer by taking small detours, exploring the nature, making unexpected stops to gaze at Ancient ruins and taking in the local lifestyle with every fiber of your being.
Once you arrive in San Antonio, this truly idyllic, lively resort draws you in with its numerous opportunities to enrich your holiday experience. The emerald beaches, palm trees, and laid-back atmosphere will offer plenty of opportunities for every traveller. If you’re looking for sports or adrenaline, San Antonio is the place to be! Try out the jet ski or fly- and hoverboard experience, diving, cliff diving or challenging escape rooms.
Just a short drive from San Antonio takes you to Cala Basa and Cala Conta. They boast some of the island’s most stunning beaches with crystal clear water and warm, dream-like sand.
If you’re a lover of nature and adventure, head out all the way to north Ibiza where you can enjoy terrific pine forests and mountains – on a horse!
When returning back to your original destination Ibiza Town, do not miss out on Ses Salines, located directly opposite Ibiza’s Airport. This impressive natural park will be a perfect destination to recover from your busy trip and enjoy the last few vacation days. Enjoy the 16th century Sal Rossa watchtower, giving you a truly remarkable panoramic view of the nearby beach or take part in one of the major activities – bird watching. Hundreds of flamingos, stilts, ospreys and countless other bird species arrive to the island between late August and October, making their way to a warm winter retreat in Ibiza’s mild atmosphere.
Throughout your trip, don’t be afraid to take detours and discover hidden gems or simply observe the nature as you go by. Ibiza is a wonderful spot for professional or amateur photographers looking for striking diversity and colourful landscapes.