Ibiza holidays

Sitting in the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza forms part of the beautiful Balearic Islands, which is around 100 miles off the eastern coast of Spain. San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa like to live in the fast lane with parties around-the-clock. But the thumping nightclubs are only a snippet of what Ibiza holidays have to offer! Showing off the island’s sleepy side, find pretty pine-clad hills and yoga retreats in Santa Eulalia, or hit Es Cana for some hippy market fun. And don’t forget to visit Ibiza Town (or Dalt Vila)! Home to the iconic Pacha nightclub, when you’re not sampling its late-night scene, this UNESCO-listed hotspot is filled with ancient must-sees.

Things to do

Whether you take your holidays to Ibiza fast or slow, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. Its paradise beaches should be your first stop! Walk through pine forests and discover  quiet, secluded coves. Or, stick to busier stretches filled with watersports so you can combine relaxing in the sun with some pulse-racing fun. If you’re eager to explore beyond the coastline, head inland and stumble upon traditional whitewashed villages like San Agustin and San Juan. 

Of course, partying is always on the agenda! Even if you’re not looking for DJ sets and beach clubs, there’s no shortage of oceanside watering holes where you can enjoy a cocktail accompanied by relaxing sundown beats. But can you even say you’ve been to Ibiza without stepping foot inside its hippy markets? Wander colourful stalls filled with crafts, clothing and accessories as you get to know some of Ibiza’s coolest locals.

Photogenic beaches

Ibiza has a long list of beaches for such a small island, and they’re all completely different! If you’re among the party crowd, look no further than its liveliest (and longest) stretch in Playa d'en Bossa. Right at the centre of the action, with iconic hotels like the Hard Rock as its backdrop and exclusive restaurants lining the sand, it’s your go-to for barefoot dancing. 

If your Ibiza holidays are all about family fun in the sun, then the beaches in San Antonio Bay are perfect. The golden sand at Cala Comte was made for sandcastle building, not to mention it plays hosts to some of the best sunsets on the island. If you’ve come to Ibiza to avoid the crowds you may prefer the island’s off-the-radar sand spots. Tucked away from the tourist trail, Cala Xarraca’s crystalline waters are a snorkeler’s dream, while Portinatx’s beach trio (S'Arenal Gros, S'Arenal Petit and Playa Porto deliver unspoilt beauty by the bucketload.

Laid-back hippy vibe

Ibiza is so much more than sun, sea and superclubs. Known for its hippy heritage which goes all the way back to the 1960s, you can still get involved in many of these rituals today. One experience you won’t want to miss is the sunset drum roll circle at Benirras Beach. Every week tourists and locals alike congregate to celebrate the setting sun to the sound of bongos.

But the hippy markets are by far the most popular way to immerse yourself in this flower power movement. The Punta Arabi Hippy Market (every Wednesday) in Es Cana is the biggest of them all, and a must for one-off items. Las Dalias Hippy Market in San Carlos is another firm favourite thanks to its Saturday slot.

The party capital of the world

Make sure you squeeze in a siesta because the music doesn’t stop in Ibiza! You’ll find the island’s most vibrant resorts over on the west coast, where chilled day events turn into all-night raves. San Antonio nightlife is world-famous for a reason!  Pool parties, sunset hangouts and the bar-lined West End are just some of your pre-drink options before you hit those iconic superclubs. There are just as many choices when the sun is shining too. Take your pick from trendy beach clubs like Ocean Beach Ibiza and Blue Marlin, where you can simply relax in a cabana or dance by the DJ booth.

Places to Stay

Ibiza’s best resorts are scattered right across the island. For UNESCO beauty and big-name clubs, base yourself in Ibiza Town. You’re in a great spot for hitting the coast as well thanks to  the beautiful nearby beaches. Talamanca’s ivory sands and handy amenities are just a 15-minute drive from the island capital. 


In the east, Es Cana is home to Ibiza’s oldest and biggest hippy market, while the beach is perfect for little ones with its shallow waters and pedalos. Along the northwest coast is quiet San Antonio Bay and its buzzy neighbour San Antonio Town. While those seeking family holidays in Ibiza, may prefer the tamer resorts along the east coast such as Santa Eulalia and Es Cana, or even the tranquil Portinatx on the island’s northernmost tip.

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Party animals: Join the non-stop celebrations  in one of the world’s biggest clubbing capitals;  expect superclubs hosting big-name DJs, glam pool parties at swanky beach venues and a strip of bars dedicated to sunset viewings.

Families: Those heading to Ibiza as a family will love the beach town Santa Eulalia. From paddle-friendly waters to sands perfect for sandcastle building and a great choice of watersports, there’s plenty of fun to be had at its duo of beaches. And the promenade is just as popular with restaurants welcoming all ages. 

Nature lovers: The ibizan countryside is stunning! Head to the rural north and discover the beauty of Puerto San Miguel and Portinatx, whose rolling hills are covered in beautiful wild flowers. Or, hit Es Vedra (standing 400 metres high in the middle of the Med), this giant rock is the most magical spot on the island. Said to be one of the world’s most magnetic points, some even claim it has healing energy at sunset.

Fast facts for Ibiza

Fast facts for Ibiza

Language: The language spoken here is Spanish, but many residents also speak good English. Though it’s always worth picking up some basics as common courtesy. 

Currency: The currency used in Ibiza is the Euro (€).

Local time: Ibiza is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Ibiza Airport. Transfer times are 45 minutes for San Antonio, 50 minutes for Santa Eulalia and 1 hour to Es Cana.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Ibiza is about 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at the official website for tourism in Ibiza.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Balearics Sustainable Tourism Tax: You’ll need to pay a Sustainable Tourism Tax which has been introduced by the Balearic Government to help with environmental and tourism improvements. The charge is between €1 - 4 per person, per night, plus 10% VAT, subject to change, and varies based on the official star rating of your accommodation. Children under 16 won’t have to pay and guests staying for more than nine nights will receive a reduction. 

Getting around Ibiza

By bus: Getting around is pretty simple thanks to the efficient bus network that connects Ibiza Town with most of the main resorts. Tickets aren’t expensive either, so it’s a great budget option and a chance to meet the locals.

By Discobus: From June till September, clubbers can take advantage of the night-time Discobus service that runs to the major clubs.

By taxi: You can find taxi ranks easily in towns and bigger villages, or you can make a booking in advance; ask your hotel reception to arrange one for you to get a good deal.

By hire car: To see the island at your own pace, it can be more practical to hire a car.

Events in Ibiza

Carnival: Every February colourful parades, food stalls and live music take over the island’s streets, but the biggest celebrations take place in Ibiza Town and Santa Eulalia.

Clubbing season: The clubs reopen one by one for the season in May; Amnesia typically hosts the earliest party, while Privilege is the last to swing open its doors. Although this can change from year to year.

Summer fiestas: In late June The feast of Saint John kicks off the fiestas, and they carry on all summer long with almost weekly processions in resorts across the island. 

Closing parties: The party season comes to an end with a bang in early October; this is when the big clubs like Pacha go into hibernation for the winter. Some spots like Ushuaïa will close even earlier, towards the end of September so make sure you check before you visit.

Ibiza safety and security

For up to date advice on travelling to Ibiza, please visit the FCDO website.

Ibiza weather

Temperature: 14 - 26 °C

Enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate, with long, sun-filled days from May to September. Visit in the spring to take advantage of the warm weather and relatively uncrowded resorts, or book your Ibiza holiday during the peak summer season, when those 30°C highs provide the perfect conditions for outdoor partying. Winter is the low season here, and although there is more chance of rain, you can still enjoy pleasant temperatures in the mid-teens.

 

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