Clubber’s paradise Ibiza is the original party destination, but this reputation belies the island’s other persona; a romantic escape with fiery sunsets, soft sand beaches, translucent seas and whitewashed villages teetering on hilltops.
San Antonio is Ibiza’s party capital and home to all the big named clubs however a boat trip from the harbour uncovers a wealth of smaller islands like rocky Es Vedra, perfect for spotting colourful sea-life on a glass-bottomed boat tour.
Roam the ancient settlement of Ibiza town where huge medieval walls protect the warren of narrow stony streets that lead to the UNESCO protected old town, Dalt Vila. Through the stunning Portal de ses Tuales hides Placa de Vila with its cute cafes, boutiques and bars – a resting place before a climb to the Cathedral and its spectacular views across the sea.
Beaches are undoubtedly one of Ibiza’s best features. Whether it’s the unspoiled beaches of Cala Llenya or Cala Boix, reached via the sweeping plains of olive, almond and carob trees; the tiny, enchanting sandy cove of Cala d’en Serra has sapphire waters perfect for snorkelling. Benirràs is a beautiful bohemian beach leading to wooded cliffs.
Make a quick tapas stop in San Miquel or visit the 16th century villages of Santa Eularia or Sant Carles for a taste of local life. Escape to Formentera and find your zen in one of its famous yoga retreats. Hiking enthusiasts or walkers of any level will find that Ibiza offers some fantastic routes, from low-level track walks to hilltop climbs.
Another of Ibiza’s specialities is markets. Hippy Punta Arabi in Es Canar, a massive affair, sells everything from cheap t-shirts and sunglasses to vinyl; there is even live musical accompaniment – usually in the form of bongos. Las Dalias Night Market moves from a garden in summer to a theatre in winter making it an all-year-round event. Mulled wine and mince pies make it particularly attractive in the ‘cooler’ months. It specialises in locally made souvenirs, hand-made crafts, perfumes, soaps and toys. Cala Llenya beach Sunday Market is a big flea-style event, hawking just about anything.
Ibiza brings the picture-perfect image of an island to life. Idyllic with wide-open spaces, rolling vineyards, dazzling colours, ancient historical architecture and absolutely unforgettable sunsets, Ibiza deserves more credit than being just the party capital of the Balearic Islands. It is also one of the most beautiful islands in the archipelago.
The following information is correct as of August 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
Located less than 5 miles from the main resorts of Ibiza, Ibiza Airport is the gateway to the Balearic Islands. Buses and taxis leave regularly from outside the terminal and get to Ibiza town within 20 to 30 minutes.
What you need to know
Currency: The Euro (EUR) €
Visas: British passport holders and EU nationals do not require a visa to travel to Ibiza. Other nationalities may require a visa. For more information, check with a local embassy or the Foreign Office website.
Laws: Ibiza upholds a smoking ban in all public enclosed spaces. There is no minimum age at which alcohol can be consumed but to purchase it the buyer must be 18 or over. It is illegal to drink on the street in Ibiza and fines will be imposed if caught. Spanish police have the right to stop vehicles at random to check for anyone drink driving, especially around nightclubs at the weekends. To rent a moped in Ibiza, the minimum age requirement is 18 – despite locals being allowed to drive from age 15.
Best Time to Visit
Ibiza is fortunate to have a warm, sunny climate for most of the year. Rain in summer almost never happens. If there is any, it will be between October and March. Ibiza isn’t only a clubbing capital. There are so many festivals happening throughout the year that Ibiza caters for everyone; not just the hardcore clubber! In February, the Ibiza Carnival marks the end of winter and is one of the most popular events on the calendar. The Eivissa Medieval Festival in May at the World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila comes a close second with its snake charmers, markets, dancing and music. Ibiza’s International Film Festival is shows films from around the world, while the Festival of Saint Joan in June promises vast quantities of food and wine and other festivities.
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