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‘World-class’ is a phrase strongly associated with Ibiza Town, particularly in reference to its legendary club scene. However, there’s much more to this part of Ibiza than non-stop parties and banging tunes. By day, Ibiza Town reveals itself in all its glory; a surprising mix of sleek, chic buildings and rustic architecture. You can check out the island’s cultural heritage with a visit to one of the many museums and art galleries, or dip into its fascinating past with a trip to the nearby castle or explore the imposing cathedral.
Shopping is almost a national pastime in Ibiza, and Ibiza Town has plenty of shops where you can spend your holiday Euros. Head to the New Town and you’ll find 21st century shops glittering around squares peppered with outstanding restaurants. In the Old Town, things become far more traditional, with cobbled streets housing quirky boutiques and low-lit bars. The Old Town also acts as host to the region’s famous Hippy Market, which transforms the streets into a colourful carnival of sights, sounds, smells, and bargains!
Without doubt, the main reason people come to Ibiza Town is for the nightlife. With iconic clubs and lively bars, the only phrase that seems appropriate is ‘world-class’.
Expect glorious highs of 30 (°C) in the summer and pleasantly warm temperatures throughout the rest of the year.
Just under two and a half hours.
Flights to Ibiza Town land at Ibiza Airport (IBZ), which is about 7km from the resort.
Explore the ancient city and street markets during the day then head to one of the world’s best superclubs at night. Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Ibiza Town today.
Whether you’re a clubber, a history buff, a shopper or a foodie, Ibiza Town has something for everyone. By day, you can dip a toe into its rich past with a stroll around the oldest part of town, Dalt Vila. Wander through its ancient streets to discover whitewashed buildings, churches and the old city walls. If you want to sample the local cuisine, stop at a restaurant for a traditional Catalan dish, such as the local favourite, ‘guisat de peix’, fish in a creamy potato stew. For one-off souvenirs, check out the craft stalls of Sa Penya, or immerse yourself in the weekly Hippy Market.
By night, the sounds of club music fill the air. During the summer season, every night is a party in Ibiza Town, when clubbers flock to superclubs like Pacha and Space.
Ibiza’s nightlife is world famous and world class. Home to superclubs such as Pacha and Space, Ibiza Town is a magnet for clubbers and partygoers. If the clubs are too crowded, head for Bora Bora, a beachside club, where you can party all day and, if you’ve got the energy, all night too. There are venues to suit all musical tastes, but it’s the larger clubs that attract the big-name DJs from across the globe. As soon as the summer’s in full swing, Ibiza’s nightlife comes into its own.
Ibiza Town’s rich history can be traced as far back as 654 BC, when it was discovered by the Phoenicians. The best remnants of the town’s past can be found at the ancient citadel of Dalt Vila. Alongside the imposing grandeur of the Cathedral de Ibiza and whitewashed churches, you’ll find Dalt Villa’s outdoor museum, displaying some surprising and well-preserved artefacts. Nearby, you can explore over 3,000 Punic tombs at the Puig Des Molins necropolis. Considered to be one of the best collections of Punic remains around today, the necropolis offers a fascinating insight into the lives and traditions of ancient Ibizans.
Ibiza Town has everything from smart and modern designer stores, to craft markets and quirky boutiques. The Old Town’s cobbled streets house rustic shops, selling handmade goods, fresh food and stunning jewellery. Head into the New Town and you’ll find contemporary shops selling upmarket goods and big-brand clothes. Alternatively, shop with the locals at the old market, known as Mercat Vell, just by the Portal de Ses Taules gate. Be prepared to hone your haggling skills!
Clubbers: With super clubs such as Pacha dominating the club-scape, Ibiza Town is something of a Mecca for partygoers.
History buffs: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are plenty of things to uncover in Ibiza Town. The cathedral and the castle are just two fascinating attractions to explore.
Culture lovers: Get a taste of Catalan culture in the shops, markets and museums around the resort.
Language: The language spoken is Spanish, but the locals have a good command of English
Currency: You’ll need to change up your pounds and pence into Euros, before jetting off on your holiday.
Local time: One hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Ibiza Airport (IBZ), 7km of the resort
Flight time from UK: Between two and two and a half hours, depending on where you fly from
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at http://www.illesbalears.travel/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
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. For further information please click here.
Temperature: 12°C - 26°C
If you really want to get your share of the summer sun, book your Ibiza Town holiday between August and September. During these months, the sun is at its hottest, with temperatures hovering in the high twenties and occasionally hitting the low thirties. However, if you want to take advantage of the warm weather before the partygoers start to descend, book your break between March and May, when the mercury stays in the mid-twenties. The months between October and February are the low season in Ibiza Town but, although there’s more chance of rain, you can still enjoy a buzzing dining scene and pleasant temperatures in the mid-teens.
By bus: You’ll find the bus station a few blocks away from the marina. With services running every 10-15 minutes, the night service Disco Bus (from June till September) is handy after a long night of clubbing.
By taxi: Hail down a taxi when you see the green light and pay by the meter.
By boat: Hop aboard a boat at the port and head to one of the nearby beaches or Ibiza’s other party resort, San Antonio.
Film buffs: Catch indie films from all over the world at the Ibiza International Film Festival in May.
History lovers: Step back into the Ibiza’s medieval past at the three-day Medieval Fair and Festival in May.
Jazz fans: Enjoy four days of jazz from some of the best European artists at the Ibiza Jazz Festival at the end of August.