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The ultimate Ibiza travel guide: Everything you need to
know about the White Isle

Often regarded as the party capital of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza offers tourists year-round sunshine and stunning beaches. There’s more to the island than its renowned club culture, with relaxing resort locations accessible for those seeking a slice of paradise.

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Whatever you’re after, Ibiza has it all. Here we’ve provided our ultimate travel guide to help you explore this stunning destination.

How to get to Ibiza

There are several ways to get to the island, each with its own benefits and drawbacks.

  1. Flying: The quickest and most popular way to get to Ibiza is by flying. The island has its own airport, Aeropuerto de Ibiza, which receives flights from major cities across Europe and Spain. This is the most convenient option, as it gets you to the island in a short amount of time and eliminates the need for long car or bus rides.
  2. Ferry: Another option for getting to Ibiza is by taking a ferry from mainland Spain or other nearby islands. There are regular ferries from the port of Barcelona and Valencia that take around 3-4 hours.
  3. Private boat: If you are looking for a more luxurious way to get to the island, you can also rent a private boat or yacht and sail to Ibiza. This option is perfect for those who want to make a grand entrance or want to explore the island’s coastline and beaches.
  4. Bus or Car: You can also drive or take a bus to the island, although this is less common. If you do decide to take this route, be aware that there are no bridges connecting Ibiza to mainland Spain and the only way to get there is by ferry.
  5. Combination: Combining different mode of transportation is also possible, you can fly to a nearby city and then take a ferry or bus to the island.

Explore the nightlife scene

The Spanish island is the perfect location to experience the best nightlife Europe has to offer. From nightclubs to beach bars and boat parties, Ibiza has everything; so it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most popular party destinations in the world.

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The nightlife on the island is centered around three areas: San Antonio on the Western Shore and Playa d’en Bossa and Ibiza town to the East. Some of the clubs here, like Ushuaia, even function as hotels where you can book a room with a view of the action.

Every summer, Ibiza plays host to some of the world’s biggest DJs and night parties that last until 6 am. If you’re looking for superclubs, you must visit Amnesia and Hi Ibiza. Whilst smaller in size, places like O Beach and Ibiza Rocks are certainly not inferior and can be the perfect choice for partying during the day.

Experience the best cuisine

The Ibizan cuisine is like no other and sometimes a local is required to help direct you to the best places. Delve into the many food markets and taste some of the local produce, from Iberico ham to pastries and tapas. As long as you’re not driving, go on a wine-tasting session – trust us you won’t regret it!

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You may not know this but Sunday lunch in Ibiza is mandatory and a great location to feast is Cala d’Hort. Many locals flock here to one of the three restaurants to tuck into heaps of paella and seafood platters, whilst looking out into the sparkling sea. What sounds better than eating fresh food with a jug of sangria, waiting for the sun to go down?

Go on an adventure

Whilst some of us may like to relax on our holidays, others may seek adventure and something new. Ibiza is perfect for adrenaline junkies, offering a variety of different activities to partake in during your stay.

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How about paddleboarding at sunset in San Antonio Bay? Or an island hike to off-the-beaten-track parts of the coast? Regardless of your ability or experience, there’s always something to do and you can take it at your own pace.

You can even hire a bike and cycle through the backstreets or along the waterfront. This is one of the best ways to explore the island and learn about its history. Sightseeing on two wheels is always a winner and is sustainable at the same time.

Finding the right place to stay

Ibiza is forever evolving and so figuring out the best place to stay can be difficult, particularly if you’ve never visited before. Regardless of the type of holiday you’re planning, you’ll always want places to dine nearby and somewhere with sand and sea. You’ll also want to reserve your Ibiza airport transfers to ensure a quick and reliable start to your holiday.

Ibiza town is a stunning place to call home for the few days you’re here, filled with cobbled streets and lively bars. Here you can take a stroll to the marina to gasp at some of the superyachts or visit one of the many museums or art galleries.

Great for first-timers or party lovers, San Antonio is home to a selection of bars and pool parties. It also has a beachfront promenade should you want to go for a gentle stroll in the evening. The accommodation in San Antonio is reasonably priced compared with other areas in Ibiza and you’re more likely to find a private villa for a great price.

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I'm a dual Canadian-American from NYC that moved to South Africa for work and ended up traveling all through the continent. I'm currently living the expat life in Frankfurt, Germany and traveling the world as much as I can. I'm a bit obsessed with scuba diving, churning credit cards so I never pay to fly, and eating the most questionable of foods in the most peculiar of places. My bucket list is the world, and some day I might make it there.