Ibiza or bust
Time in Ibiza
Visit Ibiza in early spring to see the trees blanketed with beautiful white almond blossoms, supposedly the inspiration behind Ibiza’s white parties. March and April have lows of 10°C, but days are comfortable with highs of 17 - 19°C. You will also enjoy at least 9 hours of daylight when you visit during this time when ticket prices remain low. May is an exceptionally good time to visit with highs of 19°C, 12 hours of daylight and many nightclubs' grand opening parties.
Ibiza really comes alive during the summertime with high temperatures of 29°C and 13 hours of daylight. Beach lovers can bask on the sandy shores and swim in the warm turquoise waters, relishing the sea breeze during hot afternoons. During summer, nightlife seekers can choose food and entertainment from any the island’s restaurants and nightclubs, some of which close during the low season. If you’re seeking a traditional festive holiday in Ibiza with the maximum number or revellers, this is the time to take your Ibiza holiday.
The beginning of September is a great time to head to Ibiza because the temperatures remain warm (with highs of 28°C) and you can still catch the big nightclub seasonal closing parties. The island is also less crowded with holiday-makers, which can make visits to small villages more pleasant. October and November are much quieter with lows creeping to 13°C, and October is the wettest month with an average of 7 cm of rain. You will find good value flight tickets in autumn.
You can get great insight into local life when you take a winter holiday in Ibiza. The touristy restaurants and clubs will be closed, but you can see where the island residents go to have a good time. The low season is a great time to explore the historical Old Town and the smaller village lifestyle. With an average high of 15°C, exploring the island during the day time is still very comfortable. You’ll see a different side to Ibiza if you visit during winter.
If you are travelling on a European Union passport then you currently do not need a visa to visit Ibiza. Ibiza is recognised as Spanish territory, so travel restrictions are the same as they are on mainland Spain.
The island of Ibiza is quite petite, so you should be able to reach your hotel from Ibiza Airport (IBZ) airport in less than an hour if you book a taxi or transfer. Otherwise, hire a car with British Airways, in partnership with Avis, for an easy self-transfer – and the option to explore the island at your own leisurely pace throughout your trip. Ibiza Airport is only an 11-minute drive from Playa d’en Bossa, a 30-minute drive to Santa Eulalia or a 40-minute drive to quiet Portinatx. If you have more time to spare, you can take the L10 bus from the airport; they depart every 20 – 30 minutes and it will take about 20 minutes to reach Avinguda d’Espanya.
Taxis are a convenient way to travel around Ibiza. However, during the high season from June to August, taxi queues can be long. To get around this, call to book a taxi in advance; this will raise the minimum cab fare by less than €1.50, but it will likely be worth your while. The metre charges about €1.09 per kilometre – and slightly more for nighttime, weekend and Bank holiday travel.
The buses in Ibiza are clean, air-conditioned and very affordable – at only a few Euros per ride. There are plenty of routes to connect the island’s different areas, and planning your journey is easy once with the official Ibiza Bus app, which does not require an internet connection once downloaded. When going out to party (and coming back home), use the nighttime Disco Bus, which departs nearly every half an hour. Disco Bus services are only available in high season.
If you stay in Ibiza Town or San Antonio, you can travel to some destinations by water taxi. Most depart every half an hour, while some only make journeys a few times a day. For about €3.00, you can travel to Talamanca, Playa d’en Bossa, Marina Botafoch and Figueretes from Ibiza Town. San Antonio water taxis will take you to Cala de Bou, Playa Pinet Reggae Beach, Port Des Torrent and more. The San Antonio beach ferries stop at Cala Bassa, Cala Conta, Cala Gracio and Cala Salada.
Travelling by car around Ibiza will afford you the greatest flexibility to explore the coasts and the traditional inland villages on your own time. You won’t have to worry about hailing a taxi or adhering to a set timetable. The island is quite small and easy to navigate, as it is well-marked with signs. Ibiza residents drive on the right side of the road. When you book car hire, you will receive the added benefit of 24-hour customer support.
Since not all restaurants add a service charge to the bill, tipping in Ibiza is a very welcome gesture. A 10% tip for satisfactory service will suffice, but add more for excellent service!
If your taxi driver was particularly helpful, by helping you with your bags or offering good travel tips, it is kind to tip between 5-10% of the fare.
Tipping is discretionary, but you can leave small tips for the housekeeping staff daily or at the end of your holiday. Luggage handlers will also likely expect a tip.
You’re bound to have a brilliant time in Ibiza if you follow these tips for a hassle-free holiday.
To better prepare for your holiday, read our additional travel advice.
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