It's party central on the sunshine-soaked Spanish island in the Balearic Sea. All-night raves are a staple in this hotbed for up-and-coming as well as established DJs. If you like to spend the day at the beach before dancing the night away, Ibiza is your place. The city also offers a fine dose of culture and history to explore. The port area where your ship docks is within a 10-minute walk of a pleasant public beach and a short bus or cab ride to the main town.
What We Love
Dalt Vila: Ibiza's Upper Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter the area via drawbridge past a pair of headless Roman statues (the bastion served to protect the city from pirates and other invaders). Inside the walls you'll find shops, restaurants, churches, and museums.
Marina: Stroll along to check out the boutiques, grab a coffee or beer, and gawk at the massive multimillion-dollar yachts parked at the pier.
Best Known For
Pumping Nightlife: This is one of Europe's favorite party playgrounds, popular for vacations and weekend getaways. Promoters plan the parties, and rising DJs spin techno beats as people start late and dance into the wee hours. You have to buy a ticket for these events, though. Sound too intense? Try a music bar or sunset cafe for a more relaxing experience.
Sporting Activities: During the day, you can explore the coastline, secluded beaches, and green valleys. It's also a great place for diving, especially to investigate the island's clear waters, caves, and UNESCO-protected seabeds.
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Who It's Best For
Sun Worshipers: Despite the island's party reputation, sporty types and families will have a fantastic day in Ibiza. The lovely waters and gorgeous stretches of sand offer limitless opportunities for beach breaks and active adventures.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
You Might Miss Out: Unless your ship docks overnight, you won't get a chance to experience the famed late-night club scene in Ibiza.
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.