Where and What to Hire
Ibiza has a decent range of car rental companies from which to book a holiday hire car. Europecar, Thrifty, Turbo, Enterprise, Avis and Goldcar all offer car hire from Ibiza airport while Europecar and Ibiza Rent a Car have branches near Punta d’Abaix in the South East of Ibiza. Ibiza Hire Car also has a branch to the west of the island near St Augustin. There are usually plenty of two and four-door vehicles to hire but be sure to book well in advance during the summer as demand is very high at this time. Small vehicles are in abundance but still with a good choice of cars large enough to transport a whole family.
Driving on Ibiza is on the right-hand side of the road, which means overtaking on the left. Roundabouts can be a little daunting for first time drivers abroad – just remember to go anti-clockwise and give way to the left. While speed limits exist in Spain, many drivers believe they don’t apply so take care and be on the lookout for reckless drivers who are going faster than the limit.
Parking in Ibiza can be difficult depending on where you are. In San Antonio and Santa Eulalia there are many Pay and Display areas which a recognisable by their blue painted lines. Tickets are bought in machines located nearby with cash. Parking is usually free between 2pm and 4pm and after 10pm, and it is also free during fiestas and on Sundays.
Where to Go and What to See
While Ibiza is known for being a clubbers paradise, it is also a brilliant family holiday destination and a romantic one for couples or newlyweds with its stunning secluded boutique resorts and hotels, beautiful landscapes perfect for dreamy walks and some fabulous restaurants serving super-fresh seafood. So, for those not planning on clubbing from morning to night, a hire car is a great way to avoid the party-goers and explore this captivating island. It is worth driving to the far southern tip of Ibiza, to St Josep de sa Talai to marvel at the magical Es Vedra uninhabited islands that lie just off the shore. Myths and legends of Es Vedra abound from it being home to sirens and sea-nymphs who tried to lure Odysseus from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey to it being a holy island of the Phoenician Lunar Goddess, Tanit – patron saint of Ibiza. Legend has it that sacrifices were made to her during a full moon. From Ibiza town or San Antonio, Santa Eulalia and Es Canar it is possible to get a boat across to the beautiful island of Formentera, where scooters can be hired for exploring the salt pans, the lush natural habitats of some extraordinary birdlife or the blissful coastline with its soft sandy ribbons and dazzling blue waters, perfect for some lazy snorkelling. On Ibiza there is plenty of opportunity to throw your diving gear in the back of the car and head to any number of superb diving spots. The seabed at Las Salinas National Park is one of the most spectacular and a World Heritage site owing to its ecologically important sea-grasses. Families with kids will find Aguamar water-park in Playa d’en Bossa a great choice for a day out with its playgrounds and pools, slides, wave machines and lovely picnic area in which to wind down. Anyone with a partiality for parting with cash can spend hours in Ibiza’s hippyish markets like Ls Dalias in San Carlos and Sant Jordi market in Ibiza town. There are also plenty of ‘high street’ chains to rummage through and many designer boutiques. After a hard day’s retail therapy, a trip to San Carlos lets visitors soak up the atmosphere of the 50s, 60s and 70s when writers and artists used to while away their time here. Alternatively, the rolling hills and lush greenery of Cala Tarida is some of the most peaceful on the island and gives one of the best views of Ibiza’s fiery orange sunsets.