After the summer sun-seekers have dispersed and the nightclub closing parties have marked the end of another party season, Ibiza starts to relax again. As autumn takes over, there’s plenty of Balearic beauty to be found around this enchanting island. Temperatures remain warm enough to enjoy days exploring the beautiful beaches whilst roads are quieter and flanked by pretty autumnal wildflowers.
Hire a car and you’ll be able to unlock a whole new world away from the clubbing circuits, from picturesque coves to hippy markets. Here’s a selection of things to do and see in Ibiza during its tranquil autumn months.
Cover Credit: Cala d’Hort beach – amoklv
Cala Conta Sunsets
This beautifully laid-back sandy stretch on the west coast is one of the best spots to catch the famed Ibiza sunsets. You’ll find a free car park here too, making the rocky area easier to access. The shoreline is surrounded by turquoise waters and the bohemian beach is backed by a lounge bar and restaurant with front row views of the spectacular sunset.
Art in Old Town Eivissa
Credit: Dalt Vila fortress – AlexanderNikiforov
Be sure to explore Ibiza’s old town area and picturesque harbour lined with restaurants. Medieval buildings and narrow streets cover the hill and, towards the top, you’ll find 16th century forts and an impressive cathedral combining mixed architectural styles. There’s also the Contemporary Art Museum of Eivissa, where you’ll find collections housed within a historic ex-military building.
Ses Salines Nature Park
Take a drive towards the south of the island and go in search of Ses Salines. Energised by beach parties during summer, it becomes a calmer spot later in the season. Backed by pine trees, brilliantly white sands cover the lovely beach and rolling dunes. The neighbouring UNESCO-protected park encompasses salt pans, marshlands and more than 200 different species of birds.
Es Vedra Viewpoint
Credit: Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell, Torre des Savinar, Isles and Tower – L. Apolli / AidBC
Drive to the quaint village of Es Cubells then follow one of the hiking paths through the rugged woodland scenery towards Torre des Savinar, a cliffside pirate tower with spectacular views of Es Vedra Island. Ripe with myths and legends, as well as natural beauty, the limestone islet emerges majestically from the Mediterranean Sea and is a magical spot to take in the sunset.
Beach Days at Cala d’Hort
This charming Blue Flag beach sprinkled with golden sands sits alongside inviting azure waters. Hugged by rocky cliffs and off the public transport route, driving is the only way to reach this pretty patch. The views look out onto Es Vedra, providing an idyllic vista to gaze upon from your sunlounger. It’s also great for snorkelling on calm days, or body surfing if conditions are right.
Credit: Hippy Market Es Canar – ArtesiaWells
Ibiza hosts several famous markets which draw upon the island’s hippy roots. Although some are only open during the summer, Las Dalias is open year-round on Saturdays and offers vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and other colourful crafts. The largest market, Hippy Market Punta Arabí, often features live music performances and is open until October.
Red Cliffs of Sa Caleta
Credit: Sa Caleta beach and cliffs – Pascale Gueret
Just a short drive from the airport, you’ll find the picturesque cove of Sa Caleta, also known as Es Bol Nou. The curved bay, backed by richly-coloured red cliffs and lined with traditional fishing huts, provides the perfect setting for a beach getaway. The crystalline, shallow waters are ideal for snorkelling and you’ll also find ancient Phoenician ruins at the top of the cliff.
The chilled atmosphere of post-party season Ibiza makes it easier to explore the blissed-out beaches and other Balearic gems at your own pace. Whether you’re searching for the ultimate sunset spot, a calm cove or a bit of culture without the crowds, take a drive and discover everything Ibiza has to offer in autumn.