So much more than just a party isle, Ibiza is home to a variety of fascinating museums, galleries and architectural sights, as well as a distinctly easy-going atmosphere. A melting pot of cultural influences from all around the globe, the island is a haven for artists and art-lovers alike, and wherever you go, you’ll be sure to come across something that stirs up your inner creative spirit. The annual Bloop Festival offers a great blend of art and culture, and as well as galleries, many restaurants also use their space to showcase the works of local artists and photographers.
When you book a holiday to Ibiza, sunbathing is an absolute must. Whether you’re a seasoned sun-worshipper, or you just want to curl up in the shade with a good book, this beautiful island has got you covered. From secluded coves and unspoilt white sands, to the buzzing atmosphere of Ibiza’s resort beaches, there really is something for everyone. On the south west of the island, Carla Tarida is a definite crowd-pleaser, combining turquoise waters, pristine sands and excellent opportunities for water sports and beach volleyball.
Ibiza is renowned the world over for its pumping night life, but whether you’re a party animal or not, you can still make the most of the after dark atmosphere. In the summer, more than seven million tourists make their way to the White Isle ahead in search of the ultimate party experience, with iconic DJs such as David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren keeping people dancing until the early hours. For something a little quieter, the opposite side of the island is home to an excellent range of restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you watch the sun go down.
Situated in the heart of Ibiza Town, Dalt Vila dates back to the 16th century. Although mostly a residential area, it is home to a good few of the island’s most prominent cultural attractions, as well as a number of huge medieval houses. If you take the Potral de Ses Taules entrance, keep heading up the hill until you reach the cathedral at the top – breath-taking views await you.
One of the most picturesque beaches on the whole island, Platja de Ses Salines combines pristine white sand, translucent turquoise waters and lush green woodland. On account of its beauty, this spot is popular almost all year round, but the atmosphere can vary from the north end to the south. The further south you go, the more bohemian things get, so families tend to frequent the northern sands, but wherever you go, the feel is always welcoming.
Protecting the entirety of Dalt Vila, Ibiza’s Ramparts stretch over 25m high and were built during the Renaissance as a defence against the Turks and north African invaders. Dating back to the 16thcentury, the walls look particularly picturesque when floodlit at night, and if you walk the whole perimeter, you’ll enjoy spectacular views over and across the whole port.
Wherever you go on the island, you’ll be sure to come across some traditional Ibizan sausage. There are several different varieties, and as a local delicacy, they’re either served alone or as an accompaniment to other dishes. One variety, sobrassada, commonly regarded as the national sausage of Ibiza, is made using ground pork, paprika and black pepper, and is often served as an appetizer, spread as a pate on fresh white bread.
Just like the rest of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza is fortunate enough to benefit from classic Mediterranean temperatures. From June to August, expect highs of 30 to 40 degrees, with little or no rainfall. In the autumn and spring, the weather will be cooler, averaging about 20 to 25 degrees.
You don’t need a visa to travel to Ibiza as a British Citizen, but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
The currency in Ibiza is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken is Spanish.