Introduction to Ibiza
A small island with a huge reputation – Ibiza is full of contrasts. Many people visit to enjoy the sun, beaches and the infamous nightlife, BUT there is another side to the island which is quietly growing in popularity. Just minutes away from the parties and lively resorts lies a quiet and traditional island which is easy to travel around and offers a sophisticated Old Town, rural boutique hotels, authentic whitewashed villages and activities such as cycling and watersports.
Dalt Vila (Old Town)
Spot the UNESCO heritage site known as Dalt Vila as you fly into the White Isle and discover the rich cultural heritage that lies behind this fascinating island
It’s hard to choose one of Ibiza’s 56 officially recognised beaches to highlight but Salines in the national park offers everything; stylish beachside restaurants, crystal clear water, unbelievable people watching, and if you keep walking far enough perhaps your own spot of deserted beach!
Ibiza’s best kept secret; sophisticated hotels, olive, almond and citrus groves, small, rocky coves and tiny villages such as Sant Joan to explore.
Other things to do in Ibiza
The village of Santa Gertrudis in the centre of the island is well worth a visit. Artisan shops selling traditional Ibizencan and hippy fashion, a selection of bars and a whitewashed church that dominates the village. After sightseeing in Dalt Vila and taking in the Cathedral and the Old City walls it’s also worth visiting the new town.Shopaholics can seek out Spanish labels such as Zara and the traditional Ibiza ‘ad lib’ fashion – recognisable by its white, floaty dresses, while gastro fans will love the many restaurants and cafés, perfect to sip strong coffee whilst watching the world go by. Hotels in Ibiza cater for families, couples and budget travellers, from all-inclusive resorts to cosy B&Bs. Pacha is still Ibiza’s most famous club, it’s a stylish crowd that come to party here and tickets can be sold out for well in advance for sought after nights so check the website in advance.
Eating and drinking in Ibiza
The tradition of wine growing on the island has been strongly influenced from the 8th century onwards by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Since 1990 there has been a growth in production and export and wine from Ibiza, particularly Sant Mateu, Buscastell and Sant Josep have become very popular.
For those with a sweet tooth Ibiza is heaven! Among the sweet pastries, particularly good are bunyols(aniseed flavoured fritters), orelletes (sugared tart with anisette) and flaó(a type of cheesecake).
Ibiza has a warm climate with even winter temperatures rarely dipping below 13 or 14°centigrade. Only seeing limited rain fall every year doesn’t affect the greenness of the island which is also known as the Pitiusas Island due to the evergreen pine trees that surround and cling to the hills. Summer temperatures reach over 30°C with July and August being the hottest months – even the water temperature can reach 25°C.
Although not thought of as an all-year-round destination – it can be. Winter sunshine is a refreshing change to the summer heat. Brisk walks on deserted beaches replace cooling dips and the flower filled countryside is a dramatic change from the dryness of summer. What doesn’t change is the quality of restaurants that can be visited, the fiestas and celebrations that continue throughout the year, the shopping opportunities and the leisurely pace of life. Undoubtedly most people visit between May and October to enjoy the sunshine, crystal clear sea water and light evenings.
Flights to Ibiza are increasing all the time with services now running through the Winter making a short luxury spa or activity break possible.
Ibiza airport is located just 7km away from Ibiza Town in the south of the island.