The third largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Ibiza is renowned for its clubs, cocktails and superb nightlife. If you are a clubber then Ibiza in the summer is heaven, but for families and those who are not die-hard dance music fans then there is another side to the island.
With its history, culture and stunning landscape Ibiza has its fair share of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore and with its beautiful beaches, there are great opportunities for water sports and relaxation.
Explore the narrow streets, castle and cathedral in the D’Alt Vila in Ibiza Town, be awe-inspired by waterfalls in the Can Marçà Caves in the Port of Sant Miquel, or see if you can spot a peregrine falcon among the salt lakes, cliffs and ghost trees of the Ses Salinas National Park. Then chill out with a stroll down the promenade in Santa Eulalia followed by something delicious from one of the many restaurants and sea food cafes.
Step back in time to 654BC at Ibiza’s earliest Phoenician ruins at Sa Caleta or take a ferry from Ibiza Town to the quiet paradise island of Formentera which has some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean. It is also a short boat trip away from uninhabited Isla S’Espalmador with its natural hot mud springs for bathing.
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San Antonio is in the thick of the clubbing action with flamboyant nights out at waterfront clubs like Eden and Es Paradis as well as its West End strip. Its Sunset Strip is also a world-renowned place to watch the sunset with a cocktail, while other super clubs like Space are only a 20-minute taxi ride away.
For those who want to shop until they drop, the resort is also full of designer boutiques and shops, while the adventurous can try water sports like snorkelling or diving. It’s also well-located for day cruises to the nearby island of Formentera. Self-catering at Puet Apartments offers great value for adults only, with a two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six.
Beach lovers will be in their element at Playa D’en Bossa, whose white sandy beach stretches for 2.7km. It’s the perfect place for families to try out windsurfing, kite-surfing, jet-skiing or have a laugh together on a pedalo.
There are several amusement parks with bouncy castles and mini golf to entertain the youngsters. For a luxury stay, enjoy the spa facilities at the four-star Sirenis Hotel Tres Carabelas/Goleta and Spa.
Attractions & Things to Do
A visit to Ibiza Town is a must with its UNESCO World Heritage Site at D’Alt Vila. This old fortified town was an important part of Philip II of Spain’s defences against Berber pirates and took 31 years to build starting from 1554. Santo Domingo’s Church and San Ciriaco’s Chapel are just some of the highlights. Beyond the centre of town you’ll find Ses Figueretes beach within walking distance and you can shop until you drop around the harbour in Barrio de la Marina.
Watch the sun set to the sound of people playing drums at God’s Finger and Cala de Benirras, or take a leisurely excursion on the Ibiza Express – a mini-train where the carriages are pulled on the road by a motorized train. There are several routes to choose from including a day-trip via Portinatx with its beaches and shops, Sant Miquel with its 13th century church and fortress, and the stunning coastline of Cala Sant Vicent.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Summers are hot and dry and the average temperature hits 30°C in the day and 20°C at night. It’s perfect for sun-worshippers as during the month of July the island enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine a day. Winters are mild and wetter, with average temperatures ranging from 11°C to 9°C and there’s around 90mm rainfall in December.