The thought of Ibiza, the small Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, probably conjures up visions of never-ending parties and girls in bikinis . And it’s true: Nightlife is a big deal in Ibiza. However, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that the island of pines has many notable sights , museums and sensational natural surroundings in addition to its many clubs and bars .
Hiring a vehicle in Ibiza is the best way to see as much of the island as you like. The distance is short between towns, villages, beaches and other beautiful areas, and as you know, great memories are often made off the beaten path. Best would be to start your car rental at the Ibiza airport already - the offer is big and the prices affordable.
Boat trips to nearby islands are always available, and if you’re lucky, you might see dolphins. Sample the Patchouli at the Punta Arabi hippie market and if you’re really feeling the spirit, dress up as a hippie and take a photo! During the mid-day heat, escape to the cool Can Marçà cave and then only 10 minutes away is Benirrás beach with its spectacular sunsets and the legendary drumming ritual that takes place every Sunday.
Ibiza has a plethora of car hire companies , such as OK Rent a Car, Centauro, Bravo Rent a Car and more. Hiring a car in Ibiza is the best and most comfortable way to explore the island. Once adjusted to the lack of road signage in some areas, visitors shouldn’t experience difficulties driving on the island. A few things to keep in mind about driving in Ibiza: the roundabouts flow in a counter-clockwise direction , and “gasolina” means petrol , but “gazole” or “gasoleo” means diesel. The maximum BAC level is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles and there is a Zero Tolerance law for young drivers (21 years old or younger). And lastly, the best time to visit Ibiza (weather-wise) is from September to June .
If you’re travelling with children, the Portinatx resort on the north of the island is a great option. It offers safe beaches with clear waters, family-friendly restaurants and accommodations and the right amount of entertainment. Ibiza’s nightlife is legendary. For many years, Ibiza has been a destination for the jet set and 24-hour party people. Needless to say, if it’s a wild romp you seek, Ibiza Town is your stomping ground.
For those seeking a dynamic nightlife, the capital, Ibiza Town, definitely ticks all the right boxes when it comes to partying. In addition to its party scene, Ibiza Town also has a charming old barrio, high-end shops, museums and galleries. Another memorable night out can be had in the many clubs and bars lining the long beach, Playa d’en Bossa . Just a 15-minute walk from Play d’en Bossa is the popular Figueretas resort and its wonderful views of the Mediterranean.
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Since Ibiza is quite small, it’s easy to take in the whole island in just a few hours and if you hire a car in Ibiza, it will be a fun task to accomplish. A drive to Cala D’Hort in the southwestern part of the island is a perfect start. From there you can see the mystical island of Es Vedra, said to be the tip of the legendary lost city of Atlantis. According to myth, Es Vedra was the home of the sea nymphs and sirens who attempted to lure Ulysses from his ship in Homer’s Odyssey. For the extra curious, there is a boat service that can be hired to see the island more closely.
A visit to Santa Eulalia , the charming coastal town and resort on the east side of the island, is a must. Santa Eulalia's marina and palm-lined promenade are dotted with welcoming bars and restaurants. This town's nightlife may seem a bit tame compared to other parts of the island, but you can still find a healthy dose of entertainment. Driving 10 minutes north from Santa Eulalia, you'll reach the picturesque village of San Carlos . Take a leisurely walk to see the town church, have coffee at the Anita Bar . If you like unique jewelry, clothes and gifts, you will be happy to learn that Ibiza has plenty of hippie markets , such as the colorful Las Dalias hippie market . For foodies, a road trip to the laid-back village Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera in the centre of the island is a must. Enjoy dinner in the main plaze after exploring the area. We recommend the local speciality of 'jamon serrano' or cured ham at Bar Costa.
Treat your taste buds to pure Mediterranean cuisine! Fresh fish and shellfish such as prawns, lobster, octopus, crabs are found on every menu in Ibiza. Try Parrillada de Pescado , or mixed grilled fish, or Zarzuela , a hearty fish stew. Or try the rice dish made with vegetables or fish known as Paella . Don’t ignore the tapas and the cheesecake with herbs and honey known as Flao . Order the Sangria, wine (white or red) with fruit or a glass of Hierbas Ibicencas with herbs on the rocks. There are many restaurants, bars and clubs on the island, especially near the resorts and beaches.
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