It may the beating heart of Europe’s clubbing scene, but beyond the rivers of champagne and glitzy all night parties, there’s a very different side to Ibiza. Escape the gaudy hotels and characteristic hippie markets, and you’ll discover an island shrouded in pines, scattered with jaw-dropping beaches and home to ancient white washed villages.
The public transport network in Ibiza is limited to buses. There is a regular bus services that runs, during the summer months, from 7am to 10pm. After this the “Disco Bus” takes over, ferrying partygoers between the island’s resorts and clubs from 12am to 6am.
Driving in Ibiza is by far the best way to appreciate this beautiful island. The roads across most of Ibiza are well maintained and lots of car rental companies operate from the airport, so it’s easy to pick up a car on arrival. There are also rental offices in all of Ibiza’s main towns and tourist spots.
Scooters are another popular way to travel, but with so many hills it’s advisable to only rent one out if you’re comfortable on two-wheels. You’ll need a full driver’s license to be eligible to hire a scooter.
Cycling is popular on Ibiza. Away from all the glitz and glam there is quite a holistic culture on the island and exercise is important to a lot of residents and tourists alike. In light of this you’ll find lots of bike rental companies on the Ibiza but again be aware, it’s a spectacularly hilly place.
Taxis operate 24 hours a day all over Ibiza. You can hail a licensed cab down if its green light is showing, otherwise there are lots of private taxis that can be booked in advance. Minimum fares for white, licenced taxis are €3.65 when picked up on the street but slightly more, if you book them in advance.
Another way to get around the island is to utilise its fleet of water taxis, operated by a number of companies including Hotfish Water Taxis, that transport passengers around the coast and over to Ibiza’s sister island Formentera. There is also a regular Ferry service to Formentera
Arrive on Formentera, just a few miles from Ibiza, and you’ll be struck by its serenity. But its defining feature are its beaches. They mirror the Caribbean with talcum powder sand and impossibly clear water.
Unlike Ibiza, Formentera is remarkably flat, perfect for walking and cycling.
It wasn’t until the 17th century that Formentera was finally settled, and it still retains the laid back charm of a desert island. Unlike its neighbour, there is only one tourist resort.
Many visitors to Ibiza are surprised when they visit Ibiza Town, also confusingly known as Ibiza. With its ancient cobbled streets, beautiful galleries and old fashioned tavernas, it’s a world away from the islands party scene.
Overlooking the Mediterranean, Ibiza Town’s marina is one of the island’s coolest hang out spots.
Ibiza Town has many accommodation options. For a different experience of the island, bypass the resorts and use its capital as a base to explore from.
There is no question that Benirras is northern Ibiza’s most famous beach, and for good reason too. This sheltered bay is perfect for swimming. The water is beautifully clear and the beach bar’s exceptionally cool.
It’s a long but beautiful approach to the beach through a series of winding valleys.
Synonymous with the island’s hippies, every Sunday people gather to drum together as the sun sets. It’s a fabulous experience, but be prepared for crowds, especially in peak season.
Of course, you can’t think about Ibiza without thinking of its legendary club scene. And it really lives up to the hype. The wold’s best DJs congregate every summer to play to crowds of thousands and the atmosphere is unparalleled.
If you’re not much of a night owl, why not head to one of the islands day parties? Hotel slash super club Ushuaia is quickly gaining a reputation for the island’s most popular day spot.
Ibiza’s hippy markets have been running for over 60 years. They are a wonderful way to soak up some of the island’s bohemian culture whilst grabbing a great souvenir to go home with.
- Es Canar Hippy Market
- Las Dalias
- Cala Llenya Market
Las Dalias, Ibiza’s first, and some would say best, markets began as a place where people could sell locally grown produce. A lot’s changed since then and the market now includes a number of restaurants.
With Ibiza’s wealth of rich and famous guests it’s no surprise that the island has some of the Med’s most exclusive restaurants. From specialists in seafood to top class tapas, the options are endless.
- Can Domingo
- La Dispensa
Ibiza’s top restaurants aren’t just famous for their food. The setting and decor of the island’s fine dining establishments are often as impressive as the menu.
1 Cala Bassa
Pretty, rocky beach just a stone’s throw from San Antonio.
2 Ibiza Karting
Race around the track at this family-friendly attraction.
3 Ibiza Old Town
Beautiful sea views, restaurants, and architecture in Ibiza’s historic quarter.
1 Ocean Beach Club
A perfect spot for the glamorous daytime party goer.
Picture-perfect beach with spectacular sunsets and hippy drumming on Sundays.
3 Mercadillo Las Dalias
A lively night market with musicians and hand-made hippy crafts.
1 Catedral de Santa María
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows, Ibiza’s finest.
2 Cova de Can Marçà
A 100,000-year-old cave with very impressive rock formations.
3 Sa Caleta
Beautiful and secluded cove on the island's south-west coast.