The famous White Isle. World class partying, beaches, culture and scenery, all wrapped up in that perfect Mediterranean climate.
Holidays to Ibiza
The undisputed king of nightlife, Ibiza is the place to go if you want to combine world class clubs and partying with stunning beaches and incredible weather.
There’s a whole lot more to Ibiza that its nightlife however. The north of the island is a tranquil paradise of stunning landscapes, quaint villages and picture perfect spots to enjoy a relaxing, and delicious, meal or two. You can get your culture fix in the beautiful old town, or soak up some spectacular views from one of the islands many vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants.
Yoga retreats, diving and watersports, shopping, eating, people watching and stunning sunsets to name just a few, there will be plenty of things to keep you happy in this beautiful island.
Ibiza enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate of hot dry summers and mild winters, and an enviable 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a fabulous destination year-round.
Summers are consistently long, hot and dry with a whopping 11 hours of sunshine a day in July and temperatures averaging high 20s to low 30s throughout the season. Evenings are also blissfully warm, rarely dropping below 20°C.
Winters are mild, generally staying in the double figures which make it a great winter getaway, particularly if you want to enjoy the sights without the crowds.
Spring sees low rainfall and average daily highs of between 17-21°C. Evenings are still slightly chilly, but it’s a beautiful time of year to visit and by late-May it definitely feels like summer.
Things to do on holiday in Ibiza
From partying to beaches to culture, here’s a snapshot of what makes Ibiza so great.
Ibiza is famous for its nightlife, and for a very good reason. Simply put, it has some of the best in the world. The majority of the action is in the San Antonio areas, and the season runs from June through September with truly epic opening and closing parties to bookend the action at all the biggest clubs.
Entry fees and drink prices are pretty hefty in the big clubs, but it’s worth it. The world’s best DJs are found here throughout the season with many of them holding residencies, and you can party through the night – and often well into the following day. Pacha, Space, Amnesia and Café del Mar are some of the most famous, but there’s an impressive list of options depending on what you fancy.
If clubbing isn't your thing, don’t fret. There are bars and lounges in varying styles and quantities to satisfy even the pickiest of punters, and plenty that serve as the perfect starting point for those wanting to hit the clubs later on, with Lounge Club Ibiza and Café Mambo being some of the most popular… or if you fancy getting your ‘party’ on throughout the day, head to the likes of Ocean Beach Ibiza beach club.
You can't go to Ibiza without sampling at least one of its many fabulous beaches, and whilst many will be pretty crowded in high-season there are also those hidden gems still to be found, particularly if you head north.
Many beaches on the island have powder soft sand and shallow waters, ideal for those wanting to truly chill out or for kids wanting to play. Most beaches, and particularly those close to resorts such as Cala Bassa have all the amenities you could need so you don’t need to do any more than fall out of bed and into the sand, and worry about what else you might need later.
For those wanting a more active beach experience, the likes of Punta Galera and Cala Llenya have watersports galore, cliffs for jumping and deep crystal clear waters for some brilliant snorkelling. And of course, thanks to the wealth of fabulous bars and lounges across the island, it’s simply impossible not to find time to enjoy some sundowners whilst watching a stunning sunset over the waters. Cala d’Hort, overlooking the incredible Es Vedra formation is a top recommendation.
The beautiful Dalt Vila is a typically enchanting old town and more than worthy of at least some of your holiday time. Its walls, built in the 16th century have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and wandering the narrow cobbled streets and sampling some of the local bars and restaurants should be high on your list. The mighty Santa Maria Cathedral with its combination of differing styles from Gothic to Baroque is well worthy of a visit, as is the gateway Portal de ses Taules on the north wall, and of course the towns impressive castle, the Almudaina, should be explored, even if only to enjoy the magnificent views from its higher points.
There’s plenty to keep you occupied away from the old town however, and if you’re after a more tranquil vibe then exploring the rest of the island is a must. Full of beautiful towns and villages, you’ll find interesting sites and stunning beauty in all corners, but the Iglesia del Puig de Missa and surrounding areas, and the lovely town of Port de Sant Miquel on the north coast are some good starting points.
Things to do
Away from the famous party scene, you’ll be surprised how much there is to do in Ibiza. Watersports are of course widely available, and thanks to the warm, clear waters and rich marine life both diving and snorkelling are to be recommended. You can also easily spend a fair proportion of your time shopping, with Es Canar Hippy Market a particularly worthwhile place to head for a bargain.
Yoga and Ayurveda are extremely popular on the island, and there are an ever-growing list of retreats popping up all over. There are also a number of horse riding sanctuaries where you can spend entire days with these beautiful creatures, or you could go in for some adrenaline at Ibiza Karting in San Antonio.
The north of the island is a world away from the party scene in the south, and if you fancy a more tranquil holiday then exploring the north is a truly rewarding experience thanks to the stunning natural beauty of the landscape and the many beautiful villages.
For a Mediterranean island, Ibiza has a surprisingly dazzling array of brilliant restaurants, and you could easily plan your entire stay around where you want to eat every day. Unsurprisingly, seafood is definitely top of the list in many restaurants, but there’s a huge array of other foods and cuisines to keep you satisfied, and an even greater array of venues.
For pricier but true culinary experiences head to the 80-year old Ca Na Ribes in Santa Eulalia for a thoroughly traditional experience, or Es Boldado for a tranquil evening with magnificent views.
Kama Sushi on the sunset strip in San Antonio is perfect for those wanting to party; serving until 1am, they have a resident DJ and delicious plates of sushi accompanied with scrumptious cocktails. Or if you just fancy a simple but delicious Spanish dinner La Bodega is well worth a visit for its fabulous tapas and perfect people watching location.