Ibiza Facts File
Ibiza is located in the Mediterranean Sea and is one of the Balearic Islands. This is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Spain and it literally translates into “land” or “facing land”. The island's natural beauty also attracts artists and filmmakers. The island’s main town is located in the south, and is the centre of the island’s nightclub scene, with a lively marina and some great restaurants. There is a satellite island called Formentera about 5 miles away for those who want to escape the crowds.
Ibiza is a hub of places of interest. The island has many historic and religious buildings, museums, art galleries, monuments and landmarks to visit. Travellers should not miss visiting Iglesia del Convento de San Vicente y San Jaime, a church which was built centuries ago. The church even now reflects the art and architecture of the olden days. Monumento a Cristobal Colon is the monument built in honour of the American sailor Christopher Columbus.
Please note: Many attraction can be booked at the end of the search process. It is usually cheaper to pre-book attraction tickets than buying them in resort.
Most shops in Ibiza Town are found around the harbour and Vara de Rey. Music amenities and authentic keepsakes can be bought in the streets that run parallel and close to the harbour. Dalt Vila is very popular for leather goods, handicrafts, Ibizan fashion, costumes and jewellery. Most shops in these streets are open until late during peak season. A Wednesday market is held at Es Canar, which is just few minutes away from the town centre. Here one can buy vegetables, fruits, gifts and many household and other articles. An all year round market is held at Ibiza's racecourse. The small street market at Ibiza Harbour is also worth visiting.
Eateries in Ibiza present an array of dining options. The most popular restaurant in Ibiza Town is the Jackpot Restaurant, which serves delicious food and is open until early morning hours. The Casino is a great place for organized parties and to entertain guests. La Brasa, surrounded by a lush garden, presents candlelit dinners, and the ambience of this restaurant adds to the dining experience.
The Island of Ibiza resonates with nightlife, with many pubs and discotheques offering party nights. The most famous clubs include Privilege (the largest club in the world), Es Paradis (noted for its water parties), Amnesia (known for foam parties), Space (an after party club), Pacha, Eden, and DC10. These clubs have become the centre of the worldwide electronic music movement. A typical schedule for vacationers includes waking at noon, early evening naps, late night clubbing, and "disco sunrises". Many night time venues can be found around Calle Barcelona in Ibiza Town. There are numerous restaurants around the port which offer late night dining on the rooftop. The shops here are usually open until late. The main attraction for many British holidaymakers is the two clubs of Es Paradis and Eden.
There are many activities available to visitors to the island, especially the watersports. The island of Ibiza offers sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, boating, and sea-kayaking. Adventurous activities include hiking to the hilly regions of the island, horse riding, and cycling.
Vaccinations and health
There are no certificates required for vaccinations. UK tourists should take a European Health Insurance Card to avail themselves of free health checks at State hospitals in case of emergency. An all-inclusive Health Insurance is recommended. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
The climate in Ibiza is hot and humid. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. A more detailed average climate guide for Ibiza can be seen below.
220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
The currency in Ibiza is the Euro. Credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted at most establishments. ATMs, which are found almost everywhere, are generally the easiest and most economical way of obtaining money. Though money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, it is advised to get them exchanged at banks, as they offer the best rates.
The international access code for Spain is +34.
Local time is GMT +1 hour. During summer (between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October), local time is GMT +2 hour.
The official language is Spanish, but English is widely understood in main tourist areas.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Ibiza
There are flights from many of UK’’s regional and International airports to Ibiza. Smaller UK airport may only offer weekly flights so do set the “Give or Take” box (in the search box) to plus or minus 3 days as this will then give you better results. Low-cost and charter flights mainly fly from late April until the end of October.
Ibiza Tourist Tax
From July the first 2016 visitors to any of the Balearic Islands will have to pay a local tax when checking in to their holiday accommodation. Adults will have to pay around €1.5 per day but children under 16 will be exempt. More details and charges can be seen here .