Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It's well known for the lively nightlife in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d'en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coast.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to visit Ibiza is during summer, from late May through early October, when temperatures are hot (often 30°C or higher). Expect lots of action, plenty of tourists, and the highest accommodation rates of the year. Visit late spring or early fall to avoid the biggest crowds and the hottest temperatures.
Renting a car is affordable in Ibiza because there are a lot of companies offering rent-a-car in Ibiza. They have to keep the prices at a very competitive level all throughout the year. Renting a car also gives you the most freedom of all the types of transportation in Ibiza because you can go around and explore the island at your own pace and you can go wherever you wish. You can go the old town and reach the deserted and secluded beaches.
You can always hail a taxi on the streets that have a green light for a more comfortable and convenient means of transportation in Ibiza. Especially if you are a party of three to four as it saves time and money. You can also ask the receptionist or any of the hotel staff to call a taxi for you especially during summer when it’s quite hard to get a taxi. Taxis in Ibiza charge you based on a metered system. The fare starts at €3.65 but if you call in advance, the fare starts at €4.95
July and August are the busiest months which can leave you stranded on the streets. So it’s always better to call a taxi ahead of time. There are also some drivers who are reluctant to take you to remote areas in the island. Because of the lower chances of getting passengers going back to town although this is very unlikely in Ibiza.
Riding a bus is still the cheapest way to go around Ibiza. In addition, it’s easy to find one because public buses have frequent trips. They are also comfortable and air-conditioned. There are always public bus options that can take you wherever you wish to go in Ibiza. The network of buses extends across the whole island connecting the popular beaches and most of the major resorts with half-hour connections between them.
Buses arrive every 15 minutes for the busiest routes while they every only once an hour for the not so frequent bus routes. The buses start their trips at 7:00 with the last routes that end at around midnight. Simply check the bus map or information regarding the bus stops and schedules. They can also be found in the bus stops and bus ticketing offices.
Ferry and Boat Trips
Do you need a different means of transportation in Ibiza apart from vehicles? Well, there are ferries and boat trips that can take you to nearby islands and beaches. You can go to Fermentera using the low cost ferry, Aquabus, which is exclusive for passengers and their luggage, pets, or bikes.
It has trips between Ibiza Town and Fermentera all throughout the year. Furthermore it also connects to Figueretas and Playa d’en Bossa from May until September. There are also larger ferry companies such as Trasmapi and Balearia that have several trips throughout the day connecting Ibiza Town and Fermentera all throughout the year.
You can visit nearby beaches and do other boat trips using small ferries. They could take you several times a day. There are ferry rides connecting San Antonio to the lovely beaches. Namely, Cala Salada, Cala Bassa, and Cala Conta and the Town of Ibiza to Playa d’en Bossa, Figueretas, and Cala Llonga.
There are ferries connecting Ibiza to mainland Spain and Mallorca which are offered by the companies Balearia and Transmediterranea all throughout the year. These are large ferries that allow you to take your car.
The highest and oldest part of Ibiza Town is guarded by strong renaissance fortifications built by Charles V in the 16th century. The walls were constructed to fend off the threat of attacks by Berber pirates as well as invasion by sovereign forces like the French.
It’s well worth taking a little tour of the fortifications to check out the seven bastions, each with a slightly different story to tell. The Santa Lucía bastion for instance houses an 18th-century powder magazine and commands fabulous vistas over the old fishing district and the harbour.
On the west coast of the island, Ibiza’s second-largest town was notorious in the 80s and 90s. These days it’s grown up a little, but is still the best choice if you’re after that heady combination of beaches and world-famous nightclubs.
Head to the bay during the day for the narrow sandy beaches bathed by crystalline seas, or to amble along the promenade stopping somewhere for a beer of coffee along the way and taking in the Columbus egg monument. As the sun goes down hit Cafe del Mar, which has been playing lounge music for more than two decades as guests watch the famous sunset.
Punta Moscarter Lighthouse
For a relatively small island like Ibiza it’s amazing how remote and wild the northern tip can feel. This part of the island has pine forest, farmland and a coastline scattered with little holiday communities clustered around coves that cut deep into the coastline.
For something a bit different, put on a pair of sturdy shoes and walk the cliff-top trail from Portinatx to the lighthouse. It was built in the 70s and at 52 metres is the tallest man-made structure on the island. The trek through pine scrub and juniper is a bit of a challenge, but the photos you can take from the headland here make it all worthwhile.
Island of Es Vedrà
This uninhabited island off the southwest coast of Ibiza is protected as a natural park. You can get there by boat from San Antonio or Ibiza Town, while the water sports centres around the island organise jet-ski tours or snorkelling excursions here.
It’s a beautiful, almost otherworldly place; a rugged island with a monolithic slab of sheer limestone that crests at 413 metres. Climb ashore and bring your camera to capture the drama of the landscapes and the wildlife including goats, lizards and falcons.
For families, Ibiza has few of the showy attractions of big Mediterranean resorts, such as water parks and fun fairs. Instead, attractions for kids are a little more low-key and nature-oriented.
On the outskirts of Ibiza Town is Horse Valley, a stables that rescues mistreated horses and ponies and organised a range of excursions around the rugged northern region of the island. For some action on four wheels there are also go-karting tracks at both San Antonio and Santa Eulalia.
What to Do
If someone says Ibiza, you think party. Crazy, wild, stay-up-all-night parties. It is THE place to go if you want to let loose and dance in some of the best clubs in the world. Although the Balearic island has a reputation as being a party destination, it’s actually way more than that. Behind all the nightlife is an island filled with history, white sand beaches, bohemian markets and good food. You just gotta know where to find it.
Hike to the top of Sa Talaia
While dancing in a club all night is great exercise, it might be worth it to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. You can hike to the tallest point in Ibiza, called Sa Talaia, located in Sant Josep. It’s an easy, uphill, 2.4 km walk. Start the hike by walking up a street called Sa Talaia, until it forms into a path with vegetation on each side. Keep your eyes peeled for an exotic Jineta (a ferret/cat-like creature native to Africa and the Balearic islands) that might be relaxing in the trees. Once at the top you’ll get panoramic views of the whole island. Go during sunset if you really want to be blown away.
If you’re craving something less greasy, more local, take a trip to Kalissol Ibiza Santa Eulalia del Rio and treat yourself to a mouth-watering meal. It has some of the best paella on the island. Refuel, then continue with your alternative Ibiza activities!
Yoga on the beach
Amante Ibiza offers yoga classes in the morning on the beach. Literally, right on the beach. The classes are taught in English and in Spanish, so you don’t have to worry about the language barrier. Amante’s yoga sesh is followed by a breakfast buffet that’s included in the price of your yoga class. Ahhh, there’s nothing like starting your day with good vibes and energy.
Shop for hidden gems at the hippy markets
Ibiza is known for having a super chill, bohemian style. It also has a few crafty markets that occur on a weekly basis, known as the hippy markets. The one in Es Canar usually happens every Wednesday, while the one in San Carlos happens on Saturday’s. You’ll find countless stalls of handcrafted jewellery, clothes and souvenirs. It’s a colourful and lively atmosphere filled with live music and street food.
Rent a kayak and explore the island from the ocean
If you head down to the beach, chances are you’ll find a few kayak rentals or tours that we definitely recommend that you do. You’ll get to see Ibiza from a whole new perspective. Most kayak tours will guide you through the crystal clear waters and through secret caves. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other travellers!