The White Isle, the Party Island of the Balearics, off the East Coast of Spain in the Mediterranean – An Island the hippies flocked to in the 1960’s who can still be seen at the weekly Hippy Market in S’argamassa each week.
More recently it’s been colonised by the Jet Set. Millionaires Yachts line the harbour in Ibiza Town and the likes of Kate Moss and Leonardo di Caprio are spotted in exclusive Restaurants.
The Clubs are legendary and the buzz of Ibiza Town on a summers night is indescribable.
But there’s another side to this beautiful island. Its hidden away down dusty tracks. Secret beaches (Cala Llentia with its view of the mythical rock Es Vedra is particularly special – and when you’ve had enough rustic charm head to nearby Elixir Beach Club at Cala Codolar – swish doesn’t begin to describe the luxury (it isn’t cheap – you’ve been warned!)
If you are near Ibiza Town make sure you find Cala Comte – those in the know say it’s the best beach on the Island yet most tourists have never heard of it.
San Antonio Bay is altogether more peaceful than neighbouring San Antonio town. It is a good resort for families looking for busy, fun-filled days, and a base within one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the Mediterranean. Days can be spent lazing on the resort's excellent beach, enjoying a spot of golf, or shopping in the upmarket stalls. In the evenings you can enjoy a good meal and a drink on one of the San Antonio Bay's cool terrace cafes or bars.
Playa den Bossa holidays are great choice for families and couples mainly due to the long, sandy, Blue Flag beach which has undoubtedly made Playa d'en Bossa one of the most popular choices for those seeking out a break on the island of Ibiza. The resort has much to offer with plentiful watersports and a nearby waterpark, plenty of restaurants, bars and shops or for those who fancy something more upbeat, Ibiza Town is only a 10-minute drive away offering a varied nightlife. A holiday to Playa d'en Bossa offers a stylish, lively place in which to enjoy.
Portinatx, on the north coast of Ibiza, is the perfect resort for a family holiday. Here you will find lovely beaches and clear waters, ideal for the kids, and fun bars and family restaurants. Why not hire a car and visit the stunning little coves the north of the island has to offer or hire a pedal-powered charabanc and cycle around the shops? Portinatx is the perfect resort on a beautiful island, for a relaxing holiday.
Es Cana is situated in the east of Ibiza and is a resort that is famous for its hippy market. Es Cana is a great family resort and it’s easy to see why it attracts so many visitors. Es Cana has a gently shelving beach with shallow, clear blue water - ideal for children and the resort is also close to the full range of facilities in Santa Eulalia so package holidays to Es Cana offer enough attractions to keep everyone happy. There is also a good selection of restaurants and a string of excellent seafood restaurants at the harbour that creates just enough choice to let you enjoy a different spot every night.
Talamanca is a small and relaxed family beach resort situated just 2 miles from the heart of Ibiza town. Spend lazy days relaxing on Talamanca beach where the long, curved sandy bay provides beautiful shallow waters perfect for fun and family bathing and then on an evening head to the world-famous nightlife of the capital of Ibiza and party the night away. You can also enjoy a choice of boat trips that launch from the waterfront or head to the infamous Aqualandia waterpark. Talamanca has several waterfront restaurants for a relaxing evening and great night time views of exciting Ibiza Town.
If its top notch nightlife you are after then head to Playa d’en Bossa home of the huge Space Nightclub and the recently opened Ushuaia Hotel where world class DJ’s play to the crowds round the pool – entry isn’t cheap and nor are the drinks but it’s worth it just for the celeb spotting opportunities.
Events and festivals
Every night is an Event in Ibiza Town! Watch the parades of the bars with their outrageous costumes and freaky masks. Wander up the narrow streets from the harbour to the Castle Walls (Dalt Vila) and look down on Cruise ships blaring their horns as they depart or just wonder at the party people in all their finery.
Popular things to do and see and unmissable experiences
Formentera by boat is a wonderful day (speak to your Personal Travel Agent). When you get there hire bicycles and cycle among the salt flats – its mostly flat and Traffic has to keep to 15km hr so its pretty safe (just remember to ride on the right) – history buffs should read up on Formentera’s Pirate history – gruesome but fascinating !
Typical Mediterranean with summer temperatures from 20 to 30 degrees on average
- Best time of year to travel: Limited flights operate to Ibiza in the Winter when the Island is a relaxed bolthole for artists but May to October is the main season
- Currency: Euro
- Flight time from UK: 2-3 Hours
- Visa and passport information: N/A
Getting out and about
Ibiza Waterpark from £40 per person
Spend some time at the largest water park on the island of Ibiza where there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Market Madness from £35 per person
This is a great opportunity to browse or buy from the vast array of both hippy and Ibicencan hand-made goods