Ibiza is the land of perpetually blue skies, white beaches, sparkling blue sea and parties. The biggest of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is found off the West coast of Spain and is surrounded by smaller, equally beautiful islands. Party season and the hottest months run from May to August so for a quieter, cooler experience, winter in Ibiza is ideal. The party season starts in June and reaches its peak in August, with the super clubs throwing all-night dance parties.

Ibiza is a small island and is easily navigated on foot, but there are also excellent buses running across the island. Boat trips can also be taken if you are feeling adventurous, visiting some of the smaller, quieter islands next to Ibiza. The Dalt Vila has some excellent views from its craggy heights and is an excellent place to see the old, more traditional island life. 

Ibiza is best known for its clubbing and parties but there is so much more to the island than just super clubs and vodka! Away from the central towns, Ibiza has secluded beaches perfect for family holidays and quaint old towns with local food specialities, where you can drink a cold beer and look out over the stunning seascape. Ibiza is a land of gorgeous sunsets, whitewashed churches and buildings set against an azure sky, long beaches with clear water to swim in and rocky outcrops to clamber up. Ibiza has World Heritage status, so there are caps on what can be built on the island, ensuring the beautiful nature is protected. 

If you want a break from swimming and beach lounging, Ibiza has charming towns to explore, with old buildings or serene churches for a cool moment away from the sun. If you are feeling more adventurous, there is a plethora of water sports and activities you can do, from diving to jet skiing at all levels. Alternatively, you could go beach hopping and seek out secluded caves and beaches to spend the afternoon on or explore our guide to Ibiza for more ideas.

Of course, there is also the clubbing, with beach parties going on until sunrise with all kinds of music and well-known DJs. Or you can spend the evening enjoying a quiet cocktail and fresh seafood at one of the seaside bars, watching the colours of a magical sunset. 

Overview

Ibiza is a beautiful Mediterranean island, the 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands.

Ibiza town features narrow streets, defensive walls, and lively squares. The old town of Ibiza, Dalt Vila, is a UNESCO world heritage site that operates as an outdoor museum. Its visitors can spot the traces of the Romans, the Carthagians, the Muslims, and the Phoenicians as well. Ibiza town has several beaches including the Talamanca Beach, the Playa d’en Bossa, and the Ses Figueretes that offer numerous services.

Santa Eulalia and Sant Josep de sa Talaia are also amongst the most frequented tourist destinations in the island. Santa Eulalia boasts a nice promenade, a beautiful marina, many shops and the only golf course in Ibiza. Sant Josep de sa Talaia is located in the South and has a coastline of 80 kilometres and the highest woodland in the island. The San Antonio Bay is also a very popular area both amongst locals and tourists with the largest natural harbour on the island, many outdoor concerts, and a handicrafts market.

Key Facts

  • Currency: EUR: Euro
    Language: Spanish, Catalan
    Approximate flight time from the UK: 3 hours
    Time zone: GMT +1

Great For

Beach holidays: Ibiza features a lot of beautiful beaches and a warm Mediterranean climate, perfect for beach holidays. Some beaches boast fine white sand, while others have beautiful dark, volcanic sand.
Natural adventure: Not only the beaches and coves but also 2 protected areas are waiting for to be discovered by tourists: the Ses Salines Natural Park, the nature reserve of d’es Vedra, es Vedranell and Islotes de Poniente.
Family holidays: Ibiza is also a great tourist destination for families. The Cala Pada is especially suitable for families with small children, as it is not deep at all, and has crystal clear water.
Parties: Nowadays the island of Ibiza is one of the most popular party destinations. Here are the best clubs and DJ’s from all over the world.

Dalt Vila (Old Town)

Situated in Ibiza town, the Dalt Vila is one of the most famous attractions of the island and is part of the world heritage. The main gateway of Dalt Vali (the walled old town of Ibiza), is the Portal de Ses Taules drawbridge, but the Mercat Vell, the Reina Sofia Park, and the Portal Nou are also favourite gates. Dalt Vila includes the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo’s Church, the Puget Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Archaelogical Museum, and the San Ciriaco’s Chapel. The Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre lets visitors experience the island’s history via visual technology.
Address: Dalt Vila (Old Town), Ibiza town, Ibiza, Spain
Entry cost: free
Official website: http://www.ibiza.travel/en/articulo.php?fid=299

Ibiza Horse Valley

If a riding holiday appeals, then the Ibiza Horse Valley is the right choice for you. It is located in the Natural Park of Es Murta, on the north side of Ibiza. Horses live in the valley on 70 hectares of land, in this natural wild place. The horses are from different parts of the world, and breeds include Arabic, Spanish, and Percheron. The Ibiza Horse Valley offers two hours, half a day, and full day trekking, and riding camps for those visitors who are proficient in riding.
Address: San Joan de Labritja, 07810 Ibiza, Spain
Opening hours: vary
Entry cost: you have to ask for an individual offer online
Official website: http://www.ibizahorsevalley.com/

Aquarium Cap Blanc

The Aquarium Cap Blanc, or as best known ‘The lobster cave’, is located on the western coast of Ibiza and offers a fascinating experience. Visitors are able to spot shark eggs, gastropods, sea sponges, and other wonderful sea animals from the Mediterranean water.
Address: Carretera Cala Grassió, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Spain
Opening hours: Summer timetable (1st May – 31th October): open every day from 10 am to 10 pm, in May and October until 7 pm. Winter Timetable (1st November – 30th April): open on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
Entry cost: €4.80 for adults, €2.80 for children aged between 4 and 12 years
Official website: http://www.aquariumcapblanc.com/en-gb/history.aspx

Archaeological Museum of Ibiza

The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza is situated in the old town of the capital, and was founded in 1907. The museum gives visitors an insight in to the fall of ancient Ibiza through several finds from the necropolis sites of Sa Barda and Puig des Molins.
Address: C/ Via Romana, 31, Ibiza town, Ibiza, Spain
Opening hours: from the 1st of October to the 31st of March: Tuesday – Saturday from 9.30 am to 3 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm; from the 1st of April to the 30th of September: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.
Entry cost: €2.40 for adults and €1.20 for children
Official website: http://www.maef.es/index.php?lang=ca

Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art represents the works of the numerous international artists, who found refuge on the island of Ibiza for many years. Since 1964 the museum has also organized the Eivissa International Biennial Festival.
Address: R. Narcís Puget, s/n · Dalt Vila, Ibiza town, Ibiza, Spain
Opening hours:  October to March: Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 4.30 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm; April/ May/ June/ September: Tuesday – Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. July/ August: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-2pm, Tuesdays-Friday 6pm-9pm also.
Entry cost: free
Official website: http://www.eivissa.es/mace/index.php?lang=en

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