Ibiza Hidden Gems – What to See on the White Isle

Ibiza, also known as the White Isle, is famous for its nightlife, yet there is another side to the island that many visitors never discover. From secret beaches to boho boutiques and seafood restaurants, there are lots of Ibiza hidden gems for you to explore. If you’re seeking quiet resorts in Ibiza, head to the North or Eastern side of the island for an altogether more relaxing experience. The lively resorts of San Antonio and Eivissa, aka Ibiza Town can get very hectic in Summertime so it’s definitely worth considering a quiet alternative. Portinatx, Santa Eulalia, Puerto de San Miguel and Port des Torrent are all good places to stay in Ibiza.

Luxury Ibiza - colorful buildings in Ibiza old town, Spain
We asked an Ibiza native, Nina Deckers, for her secret Ibiza recommendations. Nina is the brains behind LAZUL, a luxury resort wear brand popular with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Rihanna. It’s a collection inspired by the elegance of the 1970s and the playfulness of contemporary style. Each piece is designed to transition effortlessly from day to night. We love the hand drawn prints and rich colour palette of her designs, which are all made in Europe and hand-finished. You can find the collection in Harrods, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and many other top retailers worldwide.

Ibiza is known for its party atmosphere but we’ve heard there’s another side to the island that is much more laid- back and untouristy. Could you share with us some of your favourite hidden gems?

“I think the fun is to explore…I love hiking, so Cala D’abarca sunset hike would be a tip. Portixol bay, a hidden gem that takes about a 30 min walk down to the bay, is rocky but gorgeous. I also love Can Pilot, a local grill in San Rafael. Handmade shoes and soaps from the street market in San Juan on Sundays, Forada Market on a Saturday for local food suppliers with all kinds of delicious snacks. The shop Code on the way from Ibiza town to Santa Eularia. My favourite thing is a 9 am swim at Las Salinas beach and then coffee in Jockey Club, NO ONE is there and you have the entire beach to yourself, including jazz music. Bar Costa in Santa Gertrudis for a bocadillo and beer, and Macao in Santa Gertrudis for a fun dinner. Various amazing yoga classes all around the island are well worth joining. Head to Can Balafia for the island’s best chicken and tomato salad, where you dine under the lemon trees”.

Ibiza island bay in Spain
What is it about Ibiza that drew you to live here and how does the island inspire your designs?

“I am drawn to Ibiza because of its gorgeous nature, its special energy, its unconventional lifestyle, the freedom, and the wonderful people that live here and make the island what it is”.

Life is better in Ibiza
Where is the best place to watch the sunset on the White Isle?

“So many: Punta Galera is pretty special, the plateau in front of Es Vedra is amazing, Experimental Beach Club is nice”….

A beautiful sunset on the beach in Ibiza, Spain
How would you sum up Ibiza style?

“It’s impossible to sum up. It is very eclectic, and people here are incredibly free in their expression of personal style. If you feel like wearing a feather headdress or go out on stilts that is fine. No one will take a double glance.
In general of course the style is more bohemian, loose, natural fabrics like cotton, silks. fringing and tribal elements are seen more then city suits. I would say what is very noticeable is that we see definitely more tattoos in Ibiza then in London for example. But the community here is pretty diverse and we see all sorts of styles”.

Many thanks to Nina for her insights on hidden Ibiza, we can’t wait to check them out! Here are some examples of her beautiful LAZUL designs.

Have you ever been to the White Isle and if so, are there any luxury Ibiza boutiques, restaurants or places to stay that you would recommend? We’d love to hear your tips about other Ibiza hidden gems. Don’t forget to check out our guides to hidden gems in London, Paris, Rome and Venice too!
Ibiza Hidden Gems - What to See on the White Isle, Ibiza, Spain

  • What a fantastic destination, great to get tips from an insider! The Cala D’abaca sunset hike sounds amazing so does dining under lemon trees!

    Miriam xx

    • Suze

      I wouldn’t mind doing that one myself, it does sound fantastic

  • The views are spectacular!! I would love to go there some day

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Suze

      It’s such an iconic island isn’t it!

  • Dressed With Soul

    Wow, you show here really hidden Ibiza gems! Thanks a lot!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Suze

      I’m very glad that you found it useful, Rena!

  • I visited Ibiza for the first time about 5 years ago but in all honesty I have no idea which area we went to. We were so exhausted from work that all we did for the 4 days we were there was fall asleep in the sun. I would love to return though and properly explore the island as I’ve heard there are some really beautiful parts. The sunset hike sounds fantastic and who doesn’t love a good sunset!

    • Suze

      I think many people have missed out on the lesser known parts of the island! Hope you get to return and to see the sunset on a hike there

  • What a great idea to have asked an Ibiza native for these hidden gems! The description of the unconventional lifestyle sounds so appealing, and wow, those views!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Suze

      It certainly does sound like a great place to live!

  • Hayley Rubery

    Ohhhh this is AMAZING – I’ve literally just booked a trip with my girlfriends next month and will be using this guide for some tips, thank you for posting lovely, even better that they’ve come from a local! 🙂

    Hayley xo

    • Suze

      Have a fantastic time, Hayley – looking forward to reading all about it

  • Snow to Seas

    Thank you for shining the spotlight onto a different side of Ibiza. It’s great to see that there’s so much more to do than party. (I’m the type of person that is fine with going out once or twice, but I love exploring nature).

    • Suze

      Same here, I’d hate to miss all the interesting things to do!

  • Claudia

    Thank you for sharing. I do love going off the beaten tracks and hate touristic spots. I always try to mingle with locals to get to know the country and it´s culture. Honestly, I only know Ibiza as a party island, glad I found your post to get to know the other side of the island.

    • Suze

      I’m really glad that you found it helpful, Claudia! Have a lovely week ahead

  • Dressed With Soul

    Thanks a lot for asking Nina for her secret recommendations! I see you show here really and true hidden gems, thanks for that. Hopefully I’ll visit Ibiza one day.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Suze

      She came up with some great suggestions, didn’t she! I do hope that you manage to visit

  • Mel B

    What a great list there chick, I am definitely adding a couple of these to my list for next time I am in Ibiza. I am all for the hidden gems but don’t tell to me people 🙂

    • Suze

      Ha ha that’s true, the secret is out now!

  • I’d love to return to Ibiza and see the more sedate side to it.

    • Suze

      It’s funny that such a party island has a really serene aspect to it! Hope you get to experience that soon

  • Lucy

    Ibiza definitely has a different side to its reputation, the swim wear designs by Nina are beautiful Lucy x