Ibiza Travel Guide
Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands with amazing beaches, remarkably hospitable people and an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. It is well known for it’s lively nightlife, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts, attracting top DJs from all over the planet. The island is overrun by a wild combination of chic and middle-class visitors, mainly from England, Germany, France and Scandinavia, and is also a major mecca for gay travellers. Seafood specialties come straight from the boat to port side restaurants all over the island.
Cala d’Hort Beach
Best Time to Visit Ibiza
The best time to visit Ibiza is in July and August, with high temperatures of 29°C and 13 hours of daylight. This is the pick season, when beaches and clubs are overcrowded and everybody parties till dawn. This is the time for the hottest events, legendary parties and colossal atmosphere, from day time pool parties, to pre-parties watching the sunset, to rave all night long.
The Ibiza party season begins with Opening Parties in May and continues through till the first week of October. That gives you the option to visit Ibiza from mid May till June, when flights and hotel prices are still good, it’s not too hot and there are plenty of parties to choose from.
When it comes to Ibiza it’s all about September, when everything feels more chilled, but with great closing parties, as everyone goes all out to end the summer with a bang, all day parties, after parties and plus cheaper flights and hotels.
Winter is quiet, too cold for the beach, but fine for hiking, golfing, and exploring. From November till March most hotels and restaurants are closed for their own vacations or seasonal repairs.
When it comes to choosing a place to stay on Ibiza, it really depends on what type of vacation experience you are after. Ibiza offers everything from basic hostel-style modest accommodation to five star luxury hotels.
If you prefer a hotel, you have plenty to choose from. There are more than 300 licensed accommodation possibilities on Ibiza, that cover the entire budget range, from hostels to exclusive and intimate rural hotels, but do not go there in August without a reservation. You could wind up on the street or on the beach.
There are plenty of apartment and villa properties for those looking at tailor made vacations. Since the birth of sites, such as Airbnb and Holiday Lettings, there has been a boom from property owners renting vacation rentals. This can be a much cheaper option than booking a hotel room.
Unless you enjoy surrounding yourself with mainly large groups of rowdy drunks who rarely leave their comforts in San Antonio, then avoid the central West End bar strip, although its peripheries are far classier, offering sunset viewing at the hugely popular Sunset strip. If you just want to relax and chill, and visit nice unspoilt beaches, then it’s better to spend a little more on a nice villa.
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Things to do in Ibiza
There are so many places to visit in Ibiza, starting at Ibiza’s Old Town, which contains many interesting sites, boutiques, galleries, and local shops, around historic squares such as Plaza de la Vila and Plaza de Sa Carrosa.
Visit the Ibiza Cathedral located at the highest part of the old city, with breathtaking views of the blue sea and then continue to Ibiza’s historic quarter, called the Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with fantastic views of the harbour.
Visit Cova de Can Marçà in Puerto de San Miguel, the biggest natural caves in Ibiza.
Visit the nearby Formentera island by boat and explore it’s amazing beaches.
Top Tours & Activities
Beaches in Ibiza
White sandy beaches can be fount in the north at Talamanca Beach, and Figueretas Beach and Playa d’en Bossa Beach in the south. Las Salinas Beach in the south offers pale sands, Playa Cavallet and Aigues Blanques attract the nude sunbathers, and Cala Bassa, Port des Torrent, Cala Tarida, and Cala Conta are all offering great views and turquise waters.
The long sandy cove of Cala Llonga, south of Santa Eulalia del Río, and the white sandy beach of El Cana to the north, are sacred to Ibiza’s sun worshipers. In Formentera, Playa de Mitjorn stretches 5km (3 miles) and is relatively uncrowded and set against a backdrop of pines and dunes, the pure white sand of Es Pujols makes it the most popular of Ibiza’s beaches.
Cala Conta Beach
Ibiza is great for shopping. The shops are plentiful with well known chain brands and individual designers, are open late in the summer months and there are fantastic markets. Ibiza has its own style, selling beautiful items made locally or carefully selected form all over the world.
In Ibiza town, you can find a selection of the latest fashion pieces and cool accessories. The historic district of Dalt Vila is known for its high-end fashion stores, but you will also find family-owned stores with traditional high-quality handicrafts.
Figueretas, just south of Ibiza Town is, offers plenty of shops selling brand-name clothing, sportswear, souvenirs and local handicrafts. The well-known Malacoste market is also located here.
In Sant Antoni there are large department stores and shops along the coast, with everything from fashion and beach wear to local souvenirs. Both Santa Gertrudis and San Carlos have also beautiful boutiques and shops to explore
The famous Es Canar Hippy Market on the east coast of the island takes place on Wednesdays and Las Dalias Hippie Market in San Carlos on Saturdays, both great places to spend a day and some money.
Charo Ruiz Shop in Ibiza
Ibiza is famed for its fantastic and fresh cuisine, has more than 1300 restaurants, from world-class Italian pizza, to Michelin-starred French gastronomy, to modern Japanese sushi, Ibiza caters for all tastes. You will find stunning beach restaurants with sea views and elegant gourmet restaurants in luxury resorts.
Most popular restaurants
Ibiza is famous for its nightlife. During the day most tourists are soaking up rays at one of the gorgeous beaches, or sleeping off the past night’s drinks. Bars do not get busy in the city of Ibiza or San Antonio until early evening.
Nearly every bar, particularly in the busier summer months, has “drink specials” that will be advertised on the street outside the bar. These are good options to save some cash in a notoriously expensive destination. Usually this will be a beer and a shot for €5.00, but the terms vary depending on the area, the time of night, and the bar.
The West End, near San Antonio center, is a long, wide street packed with bars and revelers. The party shuts down at around 03:00 or 04:00 here.
Ibiza is most known for its large clubs. Some famous examples are Privilege, Space, Pacha, Eden, Amnesia, and Es Paradis. Most of these clubs have hefty entry fees and the drinks will be extremely expensive. Plan on paying €30.00 – 80.00 for admission (unless you are able to find a special deal from one of the hawkers on the street) and from €15.00 per drink (prepare yourself to pay €10 for a bottle of water). Ibiza clubs attract some of the best DJ’s in the world who play a weekly ‘residency’ on a particular night.