From the hippies and bohemians of the ’60s and ’70s, to ’90s ravers and millennial raw-vegan yoga lovers, Ibiza has seen and embraced it all. These days, the island in Spain has something for everyone, with different places appealing to different types of people. For a run-down of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit, read on.
Santa Eulalia is a quiet resort town, with a tree-lined promenade running the length of the beach, and the 16th-century Puig de Missa church looking over the town from the hill above. It’s the third largest resort on the island, so it has a lot to offer; yet, it also remains a very laid-back place, and unlike many spots in Ibiza, there is a strong year-round community here, so it doesn’t die-a-death in the winter months. Known for its buzzing restaurant scene, you won’t be lacking in places to eat, with tapas bars like Royalty providing a slice of local history and Café Sidney offering views over the chi-chi marina area, plus a couple of beach clubs in the area. There are some great budget options here, so check out our selection of the best cheap hotels in Santa Eulalia.
A famous hippy enclave in the ’60s and ’70s, San Carlos is a small, picturesque village in the north of the island. These days, the place is a little more chi-chi, but still with a definite bohemian feel to it, and the renowned Las Dalias hippy market is not far away. There are a handful of restaurants around the white-washed church and its manicured lawns, but the go-to place is Bar Anita. This popular bar and restaurant was the hippy hangout back in the day, as it was the only place with a phone and was also where people came to collect their mail. The original phone booth remains, and the wooden mailboxes are still used by people living in properties too remote for regular postal services. There’s a nice shady courtyard, and an eclectic selection of art on the walls, which is said to have been donated over the years by local artists unable to pay their bills.