Ibiza has a well-deserved reputation for its hedonistic nightlife, but the Balearic island has long been popular as an idyllic escape for bohemians. Ibiza isn't all about the banging beats either, with tranquil beaches and relaxed restaurants offering chill-out options.
Ibiza enjoys a balmy Mediterranean climate for much of the year, with summer temperatures around 30°C. Winters can be wet and breezy, although the temperature rarely drops into single figures. Summer sees the island host several music festivals. The 'Ibiza Rocks' events are staged from mid-June through to mid-September with concerts to suit a broad range of musical tastes.
Catalan and Spanish are the primary languages on Ibiza. English is widely spoken, but it is courteous to try a few local phrases. Everyday expenses are lower than in the UK and shopping in the lively markets for clothes and beach picnics can be a very economical option. Hire cars need to be booked in advance, particularly at the height of the season in July and August. Extra care should be taken if driving on Ibiza's roads after dark.
Taxi transfers from Ibiza airport cost around EUR 15 to Ibiza town and around EUR 30 for the 21 km (13 mile) journey to the popular resort of Santa Eularia. A cheaper option is the local bus costing around EUR 3 for the 15 minute journey to Ibiza port. In the top holiday season there are several direct buses linking the airport to the main beach resorts. Getting around Ibiza town is manageable on foot, but there are inexpensive bus connections around the island. Single journey bus tickets start at around EUR 1.60 and are unlikely to be more than EUR 4.50. For visitors exploring Ibiza's nightlife, the Discobus operates all night, connecting the main clubs, bars, hotels and resorts for a fare of around EUR 3.
Ibiza offers a diverse selection of accommodation options, from budget beds to stylish boutique hotels. As an indication of prices, a hostel bed costs around EUR 10 per person, while a double room in a 3 star hotel will cost around EUR 100 a night, with prices fluctuating a little up and down depending on the season.