Ibiza, a vibrant Balearic
Island Ibiza and Formentera form the Pine Islands. The White Isle is well-known for its nightclubs and loud bars, but there's also a quieter side with charming spots for the non-clubbing type of visitor. A hire car is essential for finding these "secret" localities.
For history lovers, Ibiza Town was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, with its Dalt Vila fortress, some dating back to the fourth century BC. The harbour is picturesque and for those who love beautiful sunsets, Na Xamena is where many people enjoy the magnificent red sunset.
Best travel time for Ibiza
Ibiza has a mild climate with summers averaging at about 30°C and winters averaging around 11°C. Most rain falls during January and February. Holiday and festival time is easy as there are many festivals throughout the year, particularly electronic music festivals. The Ibiza Rocks Festival takes place from mid-June to mid-September, with live gigs every Wednesday featuring band and solo artist performances.
Preparatory tips before travelling to Ibiza
If you plan on hiring a car, make sure to book early especially during July and August. Catalan and Castilian Spanish are the official and main languages spoken. Most people also speak English. If you know a few basic phrases in Spanish this will be greatly appreciated.
The cost of living is generally less high in Ibiza than in the UK with grocery shopping in markets being especially good value.
Ibiza: local information
For transport from Ibiza Airport to Santa Eularia a taxi will cost around 30 EUR. From the Airport to Ibiza Town the taxi fare is around 15 EUR. You can also take Bus 10, taking 15 minutes to the port of Ibiza and with a one way ticket costing around 3 EUR. For accommodation, a basic hostel starts from about 10 EUR per person. Prices for three star hotels are around 100 EUR per night for two sharing. Ibiza Town is compact enough to be explored walking. There are a number of buses between the resorts and the towns, however. Single bus fare journeys cost from around 1.60 EUR, and the maximum price for bus journeys on the island is normally not more than about 4.50 EUR. Some major resorts are accessible by bus directly from the airport during the peak season. There is the Ibiza "nightbus" which is the Discobus and serves the major bars, clubs and hotels in larger resorts and costs around 3 EUR.