Parties, bohemians and sun in Ibiza
Ibiza is best known in recent times for being the world capital of night clubs, club music and culture. However, this lovely island, part of the group of Balearic islands off the eastern coast of Spain has always had a reputation for an easy going style and for being a wonderful place to find sun, glamour and an easy lifestyle. Driving to the various, very pretty beaches on the island is a great way to see Ibiza, and Ibiza town is an upmarket, stylish place developed from an old walled town, which is a great place to shop and eat.
The best time to go
Ibiza is mild all year round and ranges from summer averages of about 30°C, down to winter averages of about 11°C. The island is green due to the rainfall, and most happens during January and February. Thee are many festivals, but it's particularly exciting in early to mid June when all the night clubs open, and there's the electronic music festival in mid June. The 'Ibiza Rocks Festival", also takes place from mid-June to mid-September.
What to check out before you travel
Plan in advance if hiring a car, as it gets really busy, and so it's best to book really early especially for hire during July and August. Catalan and Spanish are the official languages, both spoken on Ibiza. Tourism is also so developed, that English is spoken by many. However, learn a few phrases in Spanish and it will be appreciated. Generally, the cost of living is lower in Ibiza than in the UK, and like most continental destinations, grocery shopping in markets is especially good value and a pleasant way to get to know the local specialities.
Local taxis and transport
Ibiza Airport to Santa Eularia by taxi is around EUR30, and to Ibiza town, around EUR 15. Bus number 10 takes 15 minutes to Ibiza port and costs about 3 EUR. Basic hostels are around EUR 10 per person. Hotels (3 star), are around EUR 100 per room. Ibiza town is compact enough to explore walking. There's also a good network of buses between resorts. Single bus journeys fares are from about EUR 1.60, with a Max price of normally not more than EUR 4.50. In the peak season some major resorts are accessible by direct bus from the airport. The Ibiza "nightbus", or 'Discobus', serves the major clubs, bars, hotels in larger resorts (3 EUR).