Balearic Islands • Spain

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Ibiza, Balearic Islands
The island of Ibiza offers a beautiful contrast between the islands remote coastal walks, hidden coves and dense pine forests to the thriving nightclub and dance scene which attracts leading DJ's and bands from around the world to perform at the many well known and legendary nightclubs and bars on the island.

The island of Ibiza offers plenty more besides the nightlife with its rich history you'll also be able to enjoy the fascinating Phoenician settlement, Dalt Vila the old town which is full of traditional buildings and cobbled streets as well as the impressive Cathedral that looks over the old town and surrounding area. There are museums, galleries, no end of shops and some spectacular scenery that is quite simply breathtaking.

Ibiza is located off the east coast of Spain, approximately 70 miles directly east of the port city of Denia on mainland Spain.

Travel Guide
Ibiza can be reached direct form mainland Spain from Denia Port which goes directly to Sant Antoni de Portmany on Ibiza. Alternatively you can also fly directly to Ibiza from Madrid, Palma, Alicante, Valencia and Barcelona on mainland Spain and direct from many international locations as well such as Prague, Great Britain and Paris. Ibiza Airport is located about 4 miles south west of Ibiza Town and there is plenty of ongoing transport available.

Once on the island you'll find there are plenty of busses and taxis available to take you where you need to go or alternatively there are car hire facilities at the airport.

During the summer months of June, July, August and September temperature average between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and often higher with very little rain occurring, the winter often averages around 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit The months of May and October are often two of the quietest months to enjoy Ibiza's excellent weather without the crowds.

The cozy cobbled streets of Dalt Vila offer several fine restaurants for those wanting a quiet or romantic meal out with plenty of atmosphere. Another favourite is along Sunset Strip which is one of the best places to go for cocktails and sushi along with the view at sunset which is legendary.

The cuisine on Ibiza is incredibly diverse with plenty of fresh fish and seafood on many menus such as Bollit de Peix a fish stew. Meat dishes often include chicken, pork and lamb and include dishes such as Arroz de Porc which is pork with rice as well as spicy sausages. Cheese, honey, almonds and figs are also all full of flavour and worth a taste.

Ibiza is well known for its popular markets which are frequently held around the island with well known markets being held on a Wednesday at Es Cana and at San Carlos every Saturday. Many of the markets include a wide range of goods from clothing to crafts. The San Jordi flea market is also a popular event that is held every Saturday morning at the racetrack and is filled with all manner of products from clothes to household items and gifts.

There are several boutique shops within Dalt Vila selling a wide range of products many of which are unique to the island and include jewellery, bags, hats and clothing for a variety of occasions available as well as beautiful paintings of the island to take home and remember your holiday.

Adventure Travel
Ibiza is one of the best islands to visit for all kinds of watersport activities and with water temperatures around 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer period you'll be able to very comfortably enjoy yourself. There are plenty of kiosks available along many of the busy resort beaches where pedalo's and jet skies can be hired as well as other areas offering water skiing and boat trips around the island as well as kite and wind surfing.

Other activities on Ibiza include horseback riding around the rugged north of the island, golf and mountain biking around the many varied trails that can be found throughout the island.

Medieval Festival
Every May there is an exuberant festival held within Dalt Vila which offers plenty of live entertainment as well as stalls selling plenty of traditional handcrafted goods and other homemade products from jewellery and leather work to bags and baskets. There is a lively atmosphere during the festival which often takes place around the second weekend in May in celebration of the Islands rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Sites And Attractions
The island has plenty to offer from its gleaming beaches and sparkling waters that lend themselves perfectly to a wide range of water and beach activities to its historic sites, museums and galleries. The nightlife in San Antoni and Ibiza Town is legendary and there are also many superb places to relax, unwind and soak up the sun.

Sa Caleta
The ruins of this Phoenician settlement date back to about 650 BC and are located on the headland around 6 miles from Ibiza Town. Sa Caleta is a designated World Heritage Site and clearly shows where several dwellings and streets would have been. The site is free to look around and there is also plenty of information about the site available as well.

Can Marca Caves
These interesting caves are located close to Puerto de San Miguel beach and offer breathtaking views of the coast as well as many striking stalagmites and stalactites that are contained within, there is a music and light show at the end of the tour of the caves that provides a unique spectacle to the attraction.

Dalt Vila
Ibiza Old Town is a cultural and historic gem that has a dramatic main entrance over a drawbridge which is flanked on either side by two Roman statues, within the old town you'll find cobbled streets and several interesting and well preserved traditional buildings along with museums containing plenty of artefacts to marvel over and that can give you some insight into this marvellous old city and the history of the island.

There are also no shortage of restaurants and shops lining the cobbled streets and standing at the top of the hill of the old town is the Cathedral of Our Lady Of The Snows which contains fascinating classic Gothic architecture and several pieces of artwork making it well worth the climb to the top to reach.

Sunset Strip
A short walk away from the centre of San Antonio Bay is Calo des Moro beach where there is a long stretch of beach bars, cafes, hotels and apartments that offer superb views of the sunset as well as a great atmosphere during the summer months this area is simply packed with holidaymakers and locals alike who come to enjoy the superb sunsets and vibe from this spot.

The Egg
One of the most striking modern landmarks in Ibiza is that of an egg which was erected in during the 1990's and is located close to Sant Antoni. The egg commemorates Christopher Columbus and contains a model of his ship the Santa Maria in its hollowed out centre.

There are many superb beaches around the island with some more secluded and tranquil than others. Those close to the popular resorts and more populated areas often offer plenty of facilities from restaurants, bars and cafes to sun loungers, shops, pedalo's, parasols and life guards. Popular beaches include Talamanca Beach, Puerto de San Miguel Beach, Cala Nova, Sa Caleta Beach, Cala Bassa Beach, Cala Conta, Cala Tarida and Es Cavallet, although every beach has its own style so depending on what your after you'll have plenty to choose from.

For those wishing a remote beach that is away from the madness of the resorts then there are several options available although be be prepared to do some creative walking to reach them and you will be well rewarded. Some of the most secluded beaches are Cala Llarga to the very south of the island and Cala Llentrisca which is a beautiful crescent shape and one of the most tranquil beaches. To the west Cala Tarida is a popular spot with the locals and to the north west is the tiny harbour of Es Portitxol which is surrounded by dramatic cliff scenery.

Beach Resorts
There are ample beach resorts on Ibiza with some tailored towards families and couples wanting a quieter holiday than others which are for the party seekers.

San Antonio and Playa den Bossa are busy bustling resorts that never seem to sleep and are places where party goers flock to each year to enjoy the many bars and nightclubs that are available as well as the beaches which of course have plenty of facilities available, from watersports and sun loungers to cafes and refreshments.

Puerto De San Miguel is a firm favourite with families and couples wanting to relax and enjoy the attractive coastal village, coastal walks and sheltered beach which is perfect for swimming. Another popular resort is Cala Llonga on the east coast which offers a stunning crescent shaped beach with plenty of beach activities as well as swimming and diving opportunities, and the resort is also a short ride away from many of Ibiza's most popular nightclubs.