Renowned for the best nightclubs in the world, the island also has a wonderful coast with dozens of tiny coves to discover, not to mention the most stylish hotels in the Mediterranean. By exploring in autumn and winter, or early spring, you will get an idea of the real life in Ibiza, especially if you dive into the rich history of the island.
When to go
If the season starts in May and calms down in October, the islands are pretty in early spring when the almond trees are in bloom. Outside the hot months of July and August, all Baleares are fun for activity holidays, whether easy or difficult, with a lot to see if the birds or plants interest you. The eye is not guaranteed this way, and you may find yourself a bit in the late autumn rain.
Where to go
For a week of crazy holidays, stay in the resorts of Playa d’en Bossa or San Antonio. Santa Eulalia is quieter with lots of restaurants and seaside bars and nice shops. For culture, explore the Dalt Vila up the hill in Ibiza Town, then slide into a sidewalk cafe to breathe the boho air. The coast and the countryside are beautiful in autumn and spring, when you want to get some fresh air during a walking or cycling holiday.
Good to know
Embark some photocopies of your EHIC card and your passport, you will need it in case of medical treatment.
Have your passport on you, it’s the law.
You will often have to show your passport to pay by card,
If you drive, you must have two warning triangles, two reflective jackets, a spare tire and reserve bulbs. Children under 12 are only allowed in the front with approved belts.
Lunch is from 14h, the dinner from 21h at the earliest, if 22h is the morme – even if in the stations you can eat at any time.
Most bars will allow you to use their restrooms – los servicios.
It is a bit cheaper to have glasses or tapas at the bar than to sit at a table, and sitting on the terrace will usually cost you 20 cents more per item.
The locals generally leave small tips – just the money for drinks and snacks, and often nothing at all. A 10 percent tip for a meal is considered overhead, and the moreme is rather 5 percent – unless you’re in a really classy place, then international rules come into play.