Romantic Ibiza: A holiday guide for couples

The White Isle has a reputation for clubbing, nightlife, and of course beaches but there is a romantic softer side too with an inspiring selection of places to go and romantic things to do in Ibiza for couples.

Romantic Ibiza: the island's best sights & eateries

Just step away from the built-up resorts and bar action, and there is another Ibiza, with pine trees, coastal walking trails and scenic rural landscapes dotted with quaint villages and white churches straight out of a picture postcard.

Romantic Ibiza © pixonomy - Flickr Creative Commons
Romantic Ibiza © pixonomy - Flickr Creative Commons

In fact it was the beaches and laid back vibe of the island which started to attract visitors in the 1960s, and Europe's answer to California's hippies flocked here to soak up the natural attractions on offer. The rugged coastline has dozens of sandy beaches, and if you stick to the north and more remote parts of the island you can enjoy seclusion and romance, but if you do hanker after some action, Europe's best nightlife is just a short drive away! Welcome to Ibiza...

Romantic Ibiza activities

You can simply turn up at Ibiza Town bay and take a boat trip round Es Vedra, the mysterious rock, which is the third most magnetic spot on earth. Take a day trip to Formentera to experience the pristine beaches and serene atmosphere of this unspoiled island.

A quiet cove in the north of Ibiza © Alex Behrens - Flickr Creative Commons
A quiet cove in the north of Ibiza © Alex Behrens - Flickr Creative Commons

Hang out in the northern part of the island in the villages of San Joan, San Juan, and Santa Agnes or head south and see the village of San Jose - Ibiza's unspoiled villages are achingly romantic and make a delightful place to spend quality time. Explore the narrow, winding, steep cobbled streets of Ibiza Town's D'alt Vila (meaning 'High Town') and check out the magnificent views of the ocean.

Spend some time in Santa Eularia which, along with Ibiza Town itself, is one of the best places for a couple to enjoy a memorable day out while on Ibiza. Grab a bite to eat on the atmospheric Carrer de Sant Vincent which is packed with eateries - try Es Rickshaw for Asian fusion cuisine or Daphne's for a taste of home. Go horse riding along one of the beaches in the unspoiled north of the island for a unique Ibiza experience.

Romantic Ibiza restaurants

There are more amazing restaurants in Ibiza than you can possibly try in a one or even two week holiday, but here are some recommendations for restaurants that will impress your partner and leave you with wonderful memories of your magical Ibiza holiday:

Street cafés in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza © Angel Abril Ruiz - Flickr Creative Commons
Street cafés in Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza © Angel Abril Ruiz - Flickr Creative Commons

It really is well worth the drive to Macao Café, Santa Gertrudis, a contemporary pizzeria and ristorante in this lovely inland village set geographically at the absolute heart of the island. Santa Gertrudis is the utter antithesis of what many holidaymakers think of when they imagine Ibiza - a dusty, sleepy place with a handful of small bars and restaurants, including this Mediterranean restaurant known for its friendly service and wood fired pizzas.

Casa Colonial is probably the most romantic restaurant on the island, whether you eat inside the refined yet cosy Finca warmed by the fire, or dine alfresco in the lush gardens surrounded by tropical plants, you'll be charmed by the setting. The menu is an impressive and unusual fusion of Thai and Mediterranean-French cuisine, and after dinner you can enjoy the heavenly Asiatic cocktail garden.

Bambuddha Grove, Ibiza - Photo courtesy of www.bambuddha.com
Bambuddha Grove, Ibiza - Photo courtesy of www.bambuddha.com

If you're going all out to impress though, there's only one choice and that's the see-and-be-seen dining spot at Bambuddha Grove. It's a vast Asian themed restaurant, bar and club which has been pulling in Ibiza's locals and visitors for years. Here you'll enjoy signature sushi and other oriental flavours amongst an impressive dark wood and gold-accented interior as the sounds of house music wash over you.

Ibiza sunset © lunamarina - Fotolia.com
Ibiza sunset © lunamarina - Fotolia.com

Ibiza's sunsets are world famous and best enjoyed from the west coast. Book a table at Es Boldado at Playa Cala d'Hort (in the far south); the restaurant overlooks Es Vedra rock and serves fantastic seafood. On Sundays join the hippies at Benirras beach and bring your bongos to drum in unison as the sun goes down.

Alternatively, Splash out at Hacienda Na Xamena, a sumptuous five star hotel set on a clifftop in an unspoiled part of northern Ibiza, and watch the sun sink into the sea from either the bar or restaurant.

Romantic Ibiza: top tips for couples

  • siestas: if you're here with your partner you might as well enjoy the decadence of going back to bed in the middle of the day - siestas apply in Ibiza as well as the rest of Spain - so don't expect to find much open over lunch!
  • shopping: if you plan on showering your loved one with gifts in the island's shops remember that the sales assistant may well want to see your passport or driver's license along with your credit card if you want to buy something, no matter how small - and they often take this rule especially seriously in Ibiza.
  • nudist beaches: if you fancy getting an all over tan with your other half in tow check out one of Ibiza's well-known nudist beaches. There are also areas on some beaches which are designated for nudists
  • kilometres: an address in Spain is often expressed by its position on the road according to the kilometre markers, rather than the street numbers. So if you are driving to the address 3.5KM Santa Gertrudis it doesn't mean you should head to Santa Gertrudis, but check the road to Santa Gertrudis 3.5 kilometres outside it - worth knowing if you're looking for a romantic Ibiza restaurant and don't want to get lost en route!

If you like the idea of whisking (or being whisked) your loved one to experience romantic Ibiza, check out the latest deals from Jet2holidays as well as current offers from Thomson. Don't miss our full collection of travel discounts on everything from car hire to flights, and find out more about when to visit Ibiza on the island's climate page.

Jaillan Yehia

Jaillan Yehia
Article updated on Tuesday 30th June 2015 in: Europe Food & drink Romantic

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