Ibiza

Lovely beaches and pine forests 
Colossal medieval walls
Wonderful views over the harbour

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Ibiza

The hub of Spanish night-life

On your Mediterranean cruise to Spain, Ibiza is an island of beauty and of excess, blessed with scores of stunning cove beaches and dense pine forests.


Ibiza has long attracted hedonistic characters and wealthy bohemians, while nowadays it’s the extraordinary clubbing scene that most people come here to experience. Ibiza can lay a strong claim to being the globe’s clubbing capital, with virtually all of the world’s top house DJs and many more minor players performing here during the summer season. However, visit between October and May, and you’ll find a much more peaceful island.

During your MSC excursion to Ibiza you have to visit Ciutat d’Eivissa which is easily the most attractive settlement on the island. Colossal medieval walls guard the maze of cobbled streets of the UNESCO-listed old town quarter of Dalt Vila. The walls reach a dramatic climax at the main archway entrance, the imposing Portal de ses Taules. Just beyond is the elegant Plaça de Vila, which is lined with restaurants and cafés and makes a delightful setting for some tapas or a meal. It’s well worth the walk up the steep, winding streets to the cathedral, if only to enjoy the wonderful views out over the harbour.

A cruise excursion can take you to Formentera, the smallest of the four main Balearic Islands just eleven nautical miles south of Ibiza Town. Northwest of Es Pujols are the absolutely spectacular sands of Platja de Ses Illetes, and, across a narrow channel, the uninhabited island of Espalmador, where there’s another great beach, and water turquoise enough to trump any Caribbean brochure. Also worth a visit is Platja de Migjorn, a sweeping bay with 5km of pale sands and crystalline waters taking up most of Formentera’s southern coastline. 

Must see place in Ibiza

  • Formentera beach

    Formentera beach

  • Ibiza old town

    Ibiza old town

  • Sunset at Café del Mar

    Sunset at Café del Mar

Discover our excursions

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  • THE HIPPIE MARKET OF LAS DALIAS

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    A short coach drive will take you to the Hippie Market of Las Dalias, located on the premises of a popular tourist destination. It all began in 1973 when the resort management decided it would be a good idea to give the local hippies a chance to peddle their goods to a small resident population of tourists spending a few days on holiday in Club Punta Arabi. From the initial 6 stands in 1973, with Maggie selling her wonderful cakes, a lady coming from Formentera offering warm woolly sweaters, another person hawking Indian jewellery and children swapping toys to the rhythm of violins, guitars and jam sessions, the so-called "mercadillo" has since developed into a real tourist attraction on Ibiza. You will have 2 hours to explore the colourful market and the stands that sell every item you can imagine before returning to your ship. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
    • No guide available

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3 h

  • IBIZA OFF THE BEATEN TRACK BY 4x4

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

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    Discovering some of Ibiza’s lesser-known areas, as promised by this half-day tour, is made yet more enjoyable by throwing in a rugged 4x4 vehicle as your mode of transport. Grab your camera and prepare to enjoy the ride as you travel to the south of the island en route to your first stop: the Phoenician remains at Sa Caleta. Do take some photos of the remains, which date back to around 650 B.C., while your guide provides information on this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your drive then continues past the pine-fringed, cliff-framed bays of Cala Porroig and Cala Jondal on your way to your next photo stop, from which you can enjoy splendid views of the island of Es Vedrà. As you snake your way up the western coast, you will also pass the coves of Cala Vadella and Cala Tarida en route to the famous Cala Comte beach. You’ll have time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand in any way you choose, perhaps grab a drink at the typical Ibizan beach shack called a “chiringuito” (at extra cost not covered by the price of the tour) and take some more photos before your trip continues. After the beautiful descent down to Sa Talaia, you will return to a proper road for the return ride to the ship. Please note: guests must be at least 5 years of age as well as capable of being properly seated and wearing a seatbelt to take part. The safari leader will provide you with information in English, Spanish and Italian only during the trip. Comfortable shoes and casual clothing recommended. The tour is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

  • ESSENCE OF AUTHENTIC IBIZA

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

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    The fact that Ibiza has much more to offer than just beaches and a sizzling nightlife is clearly demonstrated on this half-day tour, which will see you leave your ship, board a coach and set off to discover some of the island’s most enchanting spots. Your first stop will be in San Carlos, a small village in the north of Ibiza that oozes with old-fashioned charm. Your guided walk through San Carlos will not only take you past the Peralta fountain, but also includes a visit to the late 18th-century white church, which was built in fortress style to protect local farmers from pirates. Your stroll will ultimately lead you to Finca Can Andreu, a perfectly preserved 17th-century cottage that marries its traditional Ibizan architecture and Mediterranean roots with Phoenician and Arab influences. You will get to have a guided look at the cottage along with the typical furniture, household items and everyday tools a family would have needed to survive in these former times. A break plus a taste of the locally made “Hierbas Ibicencas” liqueur is also scheduled, after which the tour continues on to the coastal resort of Santa Eulalia situated a little to the south of San Carlos on the banks of Ibiza’s only river. You will have time to explore the attractive town at your leisure, perhaps shopping for a souvenir, before the coach ride back to the pier and your ship brings the tour to a relaxing close. Please note: as the tour involves longer periods of walking, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
    • Drink included

    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4 h

  • ISLAND TOUR

    SCENIC ROUTE

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    Leave the port for a bus transfer to “Las Salinas” (salt flats), originally a wide lake and today a series of small lagoons and pools. This spot was of great historic importance for the Romans who understood the importance of salt as a trade commodity. We will continue to the mountain village of San José to admire its fine 18th century church (external visit only) before stopping at San Antonio, an old fishing village and popular tourist destination. We will enjoy a scenic tour of the village, taking in the pretty waterfront before returning to Ibiza. Here we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ibiza old town, “D’Alt Vila”, discovering its narrow streets and white-washed houses. Return to the port. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        3 h

    • TRANSFER TO SANT ANTONI

      SCENIC ROUTE

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      There is nowhere better to bask in the beautiful golden rays of an Ibizan sunset than in the coastal town of San Antoni, known for its long, sandy beach and a whole host of other attractions. A 30-min drive will take you across the island to this key tourist centre for time to spend at your leisure doing whatever you wish. Lined with cafés and bars, including the world-famous Café del Mar with its characteristic beachfront location and ambient-music vibe, the town’s famous “Sunset Strip” is well worth a visit. Choose your favourite spot, order tapas and drinks, and then glory in the spectacle of an unforgettable sundown – with your camera at the ready to capture stunning photos for your album at home. Please note: the price of this tour covers your transfers to and from Sant Antoni only; it does not include any entrance prices or the price of food and drinks. This excursion operates from June until the end of September.
      • No guide available

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4 h

    • UNKNOWN IBIZA

      SCENIC ROUTE

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      Budding painters can gain inspiration and photographers can snap until their heart’s content with this tour of Ibiza’s most scenic spots. Our tour will begin with a bus transfer to “Es Cubells”, a lovely, quiet bay in the southern part of the island and from where we can admire the beautiful view and glimpse the distant island of Formentera. Next stop will be with a delightful panorama over the islet of “Es Vedrᔠbefore moving on to “Cala Conta”, a picturesque bay set on dappled blue waters. Return to Ibiza to embark. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          3 h

      • A TRIP TO FORMENTERA

        SEA & SUN

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        Situated no more than a 30-minute ferry trip from Ibiza, the smaller island of Formentera – famed for its pristine white beaches – makes a perfect destination for a day off the ship. A short coach ride will first take you to the ferry terminal for the transfer, during which you can enjoy fabulous views of the Balearic Islands. Once you have reached Formentera, a coach will take you around the island, with a first stop at the pretty coastal resort of Es Pujols. You will have some free time to explore the town, pay the beach a visit and, if you like, have lunch in one of the many bars and restaurants (not covered by the price of the tour). Next up is an approx. 30-minute drive to Migjorn beach where you will have about 1.5 hours to go swimming or laze on the golden sands. At a fixed time, you will then catch your coach back to the ferry terminal at Puerto la Sabina, from where you will then return to Ibiza and your ship. Please note: this tour is suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. This excursion operates from June until the end of September.
        • No guide available

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          7 h

      • BEACH TRANSFER

        SEA & SUN

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        This tour is for those who are interested in having a few hours of relax on the beach. Leave the pier and reach Playa d’en Bossa beach. Take some time to enjoy the beach, to get tanned and take a dive into the sea. A coach transfer to the port will end your excursion. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. You can book this tour only during your cruise; it operates from June until the end of September.
        • No guide available

        • Possibility of swimming

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      • CATAMARAN TOUR

        SEA & SUN

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        This tour gives you an opportunity to get a closer look at the coastline of two of the most beautiful islands of the Balearic. After a short coach drive, you will board a modern catamaran, for a relaxing sailing off Playa d’en Bossa beach on your way to the beautiful island of Formentera. During your 1.5-hour sailing, the captain will be keen to give you some information on what you are going to see and do. As he drops the anchor near to the beach of Illetas, you will have plenty of time to relax in the sun or to swim in the crystal water. Onboard the catamaran you will be served a delicious barbecue lunch; do not miss to taste the famous sangria as your relax in the sun. Your return to Ibiza will enable you to enjoy great views of the Balearic Islands. Please note: comfortable shoes, towels, swimsuit and sun protection recommended. This tour is subject to weather conditions.
        • Lunch or dinner included

        • No guide available

        • Possibility of swimming

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          6 h

      • PLAYA D’EN BOSSA BY NIGHT

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

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        Situated on the southern coastline of the island near the airport and Ibiza Town, the busy resort of Playa d’en Bossa is a highly popular tourist destination by day due to its famously long beach and family-friendly atmosphere. However, the town is equally well known for its abundant nightlife offers and this tour gives you an opportunity to experience all the fun of a great night out. A short coach trip will transfer you from the port, after which you will have about three hours to explore Playa d’en Bossa and its many bars, cafés, pubs and shops on your own. Join the international party crowd, dance to the unmistakeable Ibiza beat and discover for yourself what makes the Space, Ushuaia and Bora Bora nightclubs so special. Please note: the price of this tour covers your transfers to and from Playa d’en Bossa only; it does not include the price of entrance to clubs. This excursion operates from June until the end of September.
        • No guide available

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

      The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Spain

      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

      Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


      A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


      And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

      So should you – prepare to be surprised.