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Nicknamed the White Isle due to its pearlescent cliffs and crystal waters, Ibiza is a Balearic gem that will fire your passions...

Setting foot on Ibizan soil, you’re welcomed with a tropical breeze which eases you into the easy going way of life on the island. Immensely popular, with hotels and resorts that can place you as far from the action and atmosphere on the island or close to it as you prefer, Ibiza rewards you with a secluded edge of tranquillity, one which is often lost when you travel to other holiday destinations. 

On the coast of this enchanting island, which is the third largest in the Balearic Islands archipelago, you’ll walk along inviting beaches and sip chilled drinks in alluring cafes. Whether you’re exploring the vast history of Ibiza Town, winding down with some yoga on a San Miguel beach or out on a souvenir hunt at the Las Dalias Hippy Market in San Carles, a holiday in Ibiza will leave you refreshed, enriched and ready to take on the world.

 

Top holidays in Ibiza

Culture and history

The history of Ibiza, and of the Balearics Islands for that matter, has seen peoples of all kinds settle on the island, dating all the way back to the days of the Carthaginians and the Phoenicians. The island’s fortifications reflect a certain prowess in military architecture and engineering, not to mention the Renaissance aesthetics. These and the walls of the Dalt Vila, or ‘Upper Town’ as it translates, plus the biodiversity of the island, are among the factors that captured the attention of UNESCO, who inscribed it as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

Ibiza has established a reputation for itself as the go-to place for clubbing, but the island prides itself just as much on its assortment of hidden coves, historic buildings and the variety of things to do as it does on its nightspots. From blissful yoga classes in the sun to dancing to the sounds of castanets, pastimes here have many guises. 

The fact that Ibiza is an island sees seafood stand at the heart of its gastronomic culture. Local delicacies include giusat de peix, a Mediterranean version of fish stew. Variations on fried squid are common, too, but if you’re more of a land-dweller, you can revel in classic Spanish dishes such as patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a garlic and tomato sauce topping) or even opt for a non-seafood paella.

Things to do

For a small island, Ibiza packs in plenty of things to do. Sampling the culinary delights, exploring caves, touring by boat, browsing markets and gaining insight into the island’s history and culture – you can place them all on your holiday itinerary.

Ibiza Town

Known amongst locals as Vila d’Eivissa, Ibiza Town sits on the shores of the Balearic sea and is one of the oldest settlements in the Mediterranean region, comprising cobbled alleys and fine eateries. For a real taste of Vila d’Evissa, visit the Plaza de la Constitución, where you can buy delicious cheeses, local wines, olive oils, herbs and other goods at a traditional market. Otherwise, take a gentle boat tour around the harbour and feel the cool sea breeze against your face. The fortified walls of Dalt Vila will be there to greet you when you sail back, the structure itself being a classic example of early military architecture. 

Formentera

Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands and is located just south of Ibiza. It’s reachable by boat, so if you’re feeling adventurous, a day trip here in summer will be just the thing to quench that thirst for excitement in summer. Like those of Ibiza, the waters are clear and the beaches gleam. Why not book a sailing tour around the island, or even just lie on the beach and cast your gaze over the White Isle?

San Miguel

Ten minutes by car from the waterfront lies the quaint village of San Miguel. Pull up a seat amongst the endearing buildings and taste some of the finest tapas at the village’s restaurants. Once you feel refuelled, explore the C’an Marca Caves on the coast. Nestled within the hills surrounding Port de Sant Miquel, these historic caves have well and truly stood the test of time. Really – they’ve been around for over 100,000 years! A guided tour offers you the opportunity to marvel at the many stalagmites and waterfalls succinctly illuminated during the light show. Accessible from the beach, these will transport you way back to pre-civilisation Ibiza.

Las Dalias Hippy Market

San Carles, situated a short jaunt across the island, is the location of the Las Dalias Hippy Market. At the market, you can buy a range of items from exquisite handmade jewellery, to handwoven baskets and hats. Whatever you treat yourself to, your souvenir will serve as a poignant memento of your trip for years to come.

Flight time

Direct flights from London to Ibiza take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. Pick up a newspaper or magazine from the airport to flip through, or simply sit back, close your eyes and savour the thought of all those beaches you’ll be able to laze on when the plane touches down.

Currency

Euro

Passports and visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to travel to Ibiza. As long as you bring your passport – which must be valid for the duration of your stay – you’re good to go!

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Timezone

Ibiza is part of the Central European Time Zone. When you travel to the island from the UK, you’ll need to set your clocks forward one hour. If you visit towards the end of March, the island undertakes Daylight Saving Time, meaning an extra hour of daylight is added to each day.

Electricity

Sockets in Ibiza require a two-pin plug, so make sure you bring an adaptor. With that, you’ll be free to use your electrical appliances throughout your holiday.

Language

Spanish; Castilian

Tipping

As a rule of thumb, tipping in a bar or restaurant is around 10% if you’ve received table service, but feel free to add a little extra for exceptionally good service. Generally, it’s customary to tip taxi drivers and porters a similar amount, too.

Climate

Ibiza is blessed with a Mediterranean climate. The summers are long, hot and dry – with August being the hottest month at an average temperature of 26°C – and the winters are mild. Even in January, the temperature still hovers around a respectable 12°C or thereabouts.

Health

Since health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

Ibiza is relatively small, with less area than all English counties except Rutland, at 572 kilometres squared. Estimates place the island’s population at just over 132,000 – slightly fewer people than in Oxford – although this does appear to be increasing as the years go by.

Smoking

Like most of Europe, Ibiza has a ban on smoking in public buildings and in public places. That means you can’t smoke in restaurants, bars or on public transport. Ibiza also has a few designated non-smoking beaches, so if you’re a smoker, steer clear of these!



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