Ibiza holidays

Ibiza holidays

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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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FAQs
FAQs
Is Ibiza expensive?

While Ibiza is known as an expensive destination, prices tend to vary based on where you stay, the time of year, and what you plan on doing once you get there. If you choose to avoid the island’s flashy superclubs and celebrity hangouts, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants where you can grab food and drinks for a fraction of the price. However, if you’ve got Ibiza’s famous superclubs on your radar, the expense can soon start to add up, with average entry fees costing anywhere between 20 - 60 euros depending on the event. Once inside, drinks prices are typically high too, around 15 - 20 euros.

When should I go to Ibiza?

The best time to visit Ibiza will depend on what you want from your holiday. If you’re hoping to avoid the party crowds, May and October will be much quieter than peak season (July & August) when the island’s events calendar will be in full swing. The weather is also pleasant at this time of year with highs still peaking at a comfortable 24°C - ideal for hitting the beach. Keen partiers, on the other hand, should head here between June and September when the weather is at its warmest and atmosphere its liveliest. If you’ve come to the island to experience its rural side, then October to April is a good option for hiking holidays.

Is Ibiza good for families?

Yes, Ibiza is a great destination for families despite its party-mad reputation. Firstly, it’s just a short hop from the UK (under 3 hours), making it ideal for parents travelling with restless small children. As for accommodation, Ibiza has a great choice of family-friendly resorts, from luxury All Inclusive hotels to affordable self catering apartments. 

There’s plenty to do here with little ones too. When you’re not hitting its shallow-water beaches, you’ll most likely be cooling off at one of its waterparks. Speaking of water, boat trips are aplenty here, whether you want to go beach-hopping or try out the many watersports. Small animal lovers shouldn’t miss a trip to Cap Blanc Aquarium (San Antonio) for a chance to see the island’s native sea life. But you can’t come to the White Isle without stepping foot inside a hippy market. From vibrant stalls filled with trinkets to face-painting and live music, you’re guaranteed an exciting family day out.

 

Where should I stay in Ibiza?

Ibiza has resorts that cater for just about every taste, so you’re bound to find a suitable base no matter your preferences. So if you can’t decide which area is best for you, here’s a few of the island’s top resorts:

Ibiza Town: From celebrity spotting to UNESCO-listed sites and big-name clubs, Ibiza Town is perfect for anyone who wants to mix culture and partying. Sitting below the walled Dalt Vila (Old Town) is the town’s swanky port area, where the island’s yachting crowds tend to gather. Find everything from small boutiques to bars and restaurants, and if you wander a little further you’ll come to Calle de la Virgen (Ibiza’s LGBTQ-friendly street).

Playa d'en Bossa: If you’ve come here to party hard, then Playa d´en Bossa is right in the heart of the island’s clubbing action. Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza, SWAG, Octan and Hard Rock Hotel can all be found along its main street. And when you’re not enjoying an evening out there’s plenty of beach clubs at your feet, from the popular Bora Bora right down to the super-luxe Nassau.

Cala Llonga: This popular resort is great for families, no matter their age. Get stuck into the many fun activities, dine at budget-friendly bars, or hit one of the island’s largest beaches, where you’ll find a playground conveniently placed on the sand. 

San Antonio: Another nightlife favourite, San Antonio is a good choice for the budget conscious party-goer with its wallet-friendly West End. But don’t worry, if you still want to sample the high life, there’s plenty of chic spots too, whether you hit the Sunset Strip, swanky beach clubs like Ocean Beach or well-known superclubs like Eden and Es Paradis. 

Portinatx: As Ibiza’s most northerly resort, you can’t get much further away from the party crowds than Portinatx. Worlds away from the island’s buzzy resorts, couples and families will love its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and strip of beaches.

San Antonio Bay: Not far from San Antonio sits the smaller, quieter San Antonio Bay. Mainly attracting families, it’s the perfect choice if you want to do Ibiza on a budget. Not only does it offer great value accommodation, but it’s also home to a string of serene coves, which are all lapped by paddle-friendly waters. 

Santa Eulalia: Those looking to experience Ibiza’s traditional side will love Santa Eulalia. As Ibiza’s third largest town, families tend to favour this tame resort for its great choice of accommodation. While its beach is perfect for days spent sand-castle building. Come evenings most holidaymakers tend to make a beeline for its palm-lined promenade thanks to its choice of restaurants dishing up authentic island eats.

No matter where you choose to stay, Ibiza’s compact size makes it easy to hop between resorts. 

 

What are the best places for nightlife in Ibiza?

There are so many places where you can enjoy a good night out in Ibiza, but some are more legendary than others. So if you’re looking to soak up the best of the island’s nightlife, here’s a few places to add to your party bucket-list:

Clubs:

  • Amnésia, Sant Antonio 
  • Hï Ibiza, Playa d´en Bossa
  • Ushuaia, Playa d´en Bossa
  • DC10, Ibiza Town
  • Pacha, Ibiza Town
  • 528 Ibiza, Sant Antonio
  • Lio, Talamanca

Beach bars/clubs: 

  • Sa Trixa, Las Salinas
  • Jockey Club Salinas, Las Salinas
  • Café Mambo, Sant Antonio 
  • Café del Mar, Sant Antonio 
  • Blue Marlin Ibiza, Cala Jondal
  • Nassau Beach Club, Playa d'en Bossa
  • The Beach by Ushuaia, Playa d'en Bossa
  • O Beach Ibiza, Sant Antonio
What are the most popular beaches in Ibiza?

Ibiza is adored for its beautiful beaches, from long wide stretches to small tranquil bays, you won’t struggle to find somewhere to top up your tan. If you’re wondering where to head first, here’s some of the island’s most popular beaches:

Playa d’en Bossa: This stunning beach is the island’s longest and liveliest shoreline. Backed by exclusive beach clubs and bars, it’s the place to be and be seen.

Talamanca: Just a mile from the charms of Ibiza Town, this curved coastline is a great choice for watersports and beachside dining.

Benirras: This small rocky cove shows off Ibiza’s scenic side with its pine-clad hills and clear, calm waters. Come here on a Sunday to witness its famous sunset drumming ritual. 

Ses Salines: Soft white sand, electronic beats and turquoise-tinted waters, there’s no wonder this beach gets packed during the summer.

Cala Jondal: Celebrity spotting on the sand is exactly what you can expect from Cala Jondal. Home to the swanky beach club, Blue Marlin, when you’re not admiring your pine-covered surroundings, you could be partying in style.