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Ibiza Travel Guide

Ibiza — Overview

Ibiza is often referred to as the “white island” and “party capital of the world” - a neat pair of monikers to describe the difference between day and night in this beautiful Spanish paradise. Ibiza is home to more than 60 beaches that attract visitors from all over the globe, and boasts some of the world’s best nightclubs, which keep partiers entertained from sundown until dawn.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Ibiza, with a sunset boat cruise topping the list of relaxation. Beneath the waves, giant grouper and moray eels haunt the reefs and wrecks of the Mediterranean. Alternatively, visitors can explore the island’s mystery and history on land at the Can Marca smugglers’ caves, historic cemeteries, quaint villages, and pirate towers dotted about the island.

The beaches range from long popular stretches to secluded coves. However, Ibiza’s natural attractions are not limited to just sand. The cliffs, mountains and nature reserves are known for their interesting variety of plant and animal species, including huge flocks of migrating flamingos that frequent Ses Salinas National Park every year towards summer’s wane. These are balanced by manmade sights, including the World Heritage listed Dalt Villa, the charming walled old town.

Ibiza’s popularity as a summer party spot means that it is imperative to book hotels and flights well in advance during the peak months of July and August when prices are up and availability is down. Many airlines run charters during high season, so savings are available to visitors willing to fly at unsociable hours on budget carriers. There are lots of options for accommodation, from budget hostels to 5-star luxury resorts and spas. Most are mid-range and focused either on families or young party people. Some visitors opt for a live-aboard sailing package for something a bit different. The food of the Balearic Islands is particularly appealing to lovers of Spanish cuisine and seafood, although pub grub, fast food and international favorites such as Indian and Italian are also readily available.

Ibiza has one airport, which welcomes about 95 percent of the island’s visitors each year, although some come by ferry, yacht or cruise ship. Upon arrival, holidaymakers usually explore the island by public bus or rental car.

Highlights

  • Wander the cobblestone streets of Dalt Vila’s old town
  • Sail around mysterious Es Vedra Island
  • Explore the smugglers caves of Can Marca
  • Relax on a white sandy beach at San Antonio
  • Party the night away in Ibiza’s mega clubs
  • Dive with giant groupers at the Cala d’Hort Marine Reserve
  • Hike the hills and forests of the peaceful interior
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