Thinking of going to the Balearics Islands for your Summer holidays this year? Read our ‘Spotlight on Ibiza’ travel guide with information on the best places to stay and things to do, plus tips on finding cheap holidays to Ibiza in 2012.
Ibiza, the ‘White Isle’, is known for its lively nightlife and envious clubbing scene with millions of holiday makers visiting each year to party through the night and chill out at the famous beach bars (think cafe mambo and cafe del mar on the sunset strip at San Antonio). Whether you’re looking for the party vibe in San Antonio and Ibiza Town or the relaxed chilled scenery of some of the villas in the hills here, Ibiza has an atmosphere that makes many holidaymakers return year after year looking for fab Balearic Islands holiday packages.
When to holiday in Ibiza
Ibiza’s Summer season usually starts in May with the ‘opening parties’ at the clubs which consist of lots of famous DJ’s arriving on the island and playing weekend long sets to enthusiastic crowds of dancing holidaymakers! Whether you want to participate in the opening parties at the end of May, the closing parties in September or just want to holiday in Ibiza, the most popular time to visit is between May to October which is classed as the Summer season here. Rainfall is at its lowest between June and September, and temperatures can reach over 30C in the peak Summer months of July and August wchich is also when sunshine peaks at over 10 hours a day.
During the Winter, Ibiza can be colder but the climate in Ibiza is generally a mild mediterranean climate so Winter Sun holidays shouldn’t be ruled out as long as you’re not bothered about hot temperatures. In fact visiting Ibiza in Winter or Spring when the Summer crowds have gone can give you a competely different experience of the island with crisp sunny days and colourful flowers in bloom. Ibiza has a beautiful coastline to explore and plenty of opportunities for hiking and walking if you want to find out more about the island.
Where to stay in Ibiza
The most popular places to stay for Ibiza holidays in the Summer are generally San Antonio, Playa D’en Bossa and Ibiza Town. If you like shopping then Ibiza town is the place to stay as there are many shops here and regular markets where you can but some interesting artefacts and gifts.
Ibiza Town - is the Capital of the island (Eivissa) and is a charming old town with parts dating back to the 16th Century, plus modern amenities such as a Marina, shops, cafes, bars and eccentric characters. You can stay in Ibiza town, or if your prefer to be on a beach stay at Talamanca or Figueretas nearby. For clubbers, Pacha and El Divino arte situated near the harbour here.
Playa D’en Bossa - is the place to go if you love a beach, as the longest beach on the island of Ibiza is situated here. There’s miles and miles of soft golden sand, interrupted by watersports and bars/cafes dotted along the shoreline here. The water is shallow here, making it ideal for families as there’s also lifeguards on standby. Cafes, pubs and bars line the main strip here, aswell as beach clubs on the shore. Generally better value for money than Ibiza Town, families, couples and groups of holidaymakers all holiday in Playa D’en Bossa. For clubbers, Playa D’en Bossa offers one of the most famous clubs on the island – Space, aswell as the popular Bora Bora beach bar.
San Antonio - is well known for its lively nightlife and is the epicentre of the clubbing scene on Ibiza. If you want to avoid the full impact of the hoards of clubbers and partygoers on Ibiza in the Summer then visit in the pre/post club season period during May or October. Aswell as being lively San Antonio has a stunning boardwalk and harbour and is in a picturesque setting on the island of Ibiza. The sunset strip hoasts many bars and cafes with holidaymakers catching a glimpse of the stunning and legendary sunsets here. At night the area comes alive with markets, cartoonists and artists all situated along the port and promenade. For clubbers and night owls the West End area is the big draw with many bars lining the street and clubs such as Eden and Es Paradise based in this area.
With San Antonio, Playa D’en Bossa and Ibiza town to choose from you could be forgiven for thinking that is all the island has to offer, but Ibiza has many different resorts and places to stay with lots of different accommodation options to choose from. Have a look at Santa Eulalia, Es Cana, Cala Llonga and Figueretas to mention just some.
Things to do in Ibiza
Apart from the obvious reputation of Ibiza as a prty island with the numerous bars and clubs, there’s plenty more here to see and do on holiday. If you like shopping, Ibiza has plenty of hippy markets and shops to explore, with regular markets in Ibiza Town in particular. During Easter there are lots of festivals and religious events to particpate in, particulary on Good Friday where you can catch a procession in Ibiza Town or San Antonio amongst others. You could explore Ibiza Town and its history, including the 16th Century walls and the castle here, built on the seafront. If you like being active there’s lots to choose from, from diving to cycling Ibiza’s many routes around the island. If you’re holidaying with kids why not try the waterpark Aguamar in Playa D’en Bossa, or even take a day trip over to the small island of Formentara and relax on the long sandy beaches (please note that nudism is acceptable on the beaches here).
Cheap holidays to Ibiza
Ibiza has a wealth of choice when it comes to holiday accommodation, with some areas being better value than others. If you’re on a budget, Ibiza Town in general is more expensive and you’ll get less value for money here, whereas there are lots more options to choose from in San Antonio, the further away from the main strip you are in general the better a deal you can get. There’s lots of aparthotels on the island aswell as villas to suit all budgets and holiday types plus last minute holidays are always up for grabs. If you’re looking for luxury there’s also some amazing luxury villas in Ibiza available for holidays. Ask your Holiday Holiday agent when booking Ibiza holidays which area is best for you and where is the most suitable accommodation.