Best time to visit: May, June, July
Average high: 21˚C
Average low: 14˚C
Price of meals: 4/5
Holiday type: Beach / Family / Party
While Ibiza is renowned as Europe’s party capital, the autonomous Spanish archipelago is also UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Spanish Tourist Board has been promoting the island as a family-friendly destination since 2010. Ibiza town and San Antonio are the island’s most populated towns and are the best places to stay for partygoers. However, other regions of the island impose stricter limits on partying for a more peaceful stay.
The most densely packed area for bars is San Antonio’s West End, where deals on drinks are advertised continuously. The larger and more famous clubs (Amnesia, Eden, Es Paradis, Pacha, Privilege and Space) are found scattered across the island. Be warned: some of these clubs comes with exorbitant entrance fees (€30-55)!
Most of the popular beaches are close to the hotels and offer water sports and diving opportunities, but you can find numerous beautiful, more private coves and swimming spots outside of the built-up areas. The dry climate hasn’t limited the island’s vegetation, either, and both Ibiza and neighbouring Formentera are known as the Pine Islands for the many pine trees that cover them.
Ibiza town’s old centre (Dalt Vila) offers a few great spots for history lovers, such as the cathedral and fort, while Santa Eulalia is the better location for families. It is quieter, has an attractive promenade to enjoy, its own sandy beaches and many shops and restaurants.
While the official languages of Ibiza are Spanish and Catalan, English is widely spoken. If you want to try your hand at learning some Spanish, several schools offer short courses throughout the island and the locals always appreciate the effort.
Ibiza’s key attraction is its consistently warm and mild weather. Its mix of Mediterranean and semi-arid climate mean it rarely exceeds 30˚C in the summer and rarely drops below 10˚C in the winter except at night. The low rainfall in June, July and August make these the best months for reliable sun and beach weather, but this is also when the sun is at its hottest. Temperatures average 23˚C in May making it warm enough for sunbathing and water sports while avoiding the busy crowds. September is hot and less busy, too, but there is a greater risk of wind and rain.
Ibiza’s popularity as a European party resort means prices are, on average, much higher than mainland Spain. A meal for one will cost around €15 while a three-course meal for two averages €60. Beer is in the range of €3-4 but keep an eye out for the many happy hours for cheaper deals. A coffee costs around €2 and water €1-2.50. While prices in restaurants and bars are high, supermarket prices are much closer to the rest of Europe. If you want to save some money on meals, consider staying at an all-inclusive hotel or preparing your own.
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