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.
Basic info and car rental in Ibiza
- Location: Balearic Islands, Spain.
- Capital: Ibiza Town.
- Population: 132,637 (2010).
- Official language: Spanish.
- Currency: Euro (€).
- Weather: Ibiza has a warm climate with an average temperature of 10 °C / 50 °F in the winter and well above 20 °C /68 °F in the summer. Spring has an average temperature of 15°C / 59 °F and autumn has an average of 20°C / 68 °F. Read more »
- Holidays in Ibiza: For public holidays in the Balearic Islands, click here »
- Internet coverage: Many hotels, bars, restaurants and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: The roads are well maintained.
- Car hire in Ibiza: The most common pick up location for car hire is Ibiza Airport. The average car hire price is roughly 4.5£ / day (5€ / day) in autumn, 9£ / day (10€ / day) in winter, 16£ / day (18€ / day) in spring and 22.5£ / day (25 € / day) in summer. Car hire prices fluctuate frequently, but in general, it’s best to make a reservation 3 to 8 weeks prior to arrival to ensure the best price. That being said, it is possible to find great last minute car hire deals. Find the best car hire deal in Ibiza!
Driving in Ibiza
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.
- Age limits: 21 (minimum age may vary according to car hire companies. A Young Driver fee will apply to drivers under 25 years of age. In order to rent a car, it is required that a driver has held a driver’s licence for a minimum of one year).
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a not a citizen of an EU member state, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
- Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driving licence and a valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire company in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Ibiza).
- Additional requirements: Two warnings triangles and a reflective vest. Hands-free equipment is required when talking on the phone while driving.
- Children in the car: All car occupants must wear a seatbelt. Children under 12 years of age or shorter than 4ft 5in (1.35metres) must travel in the back of the car in an appropriate child's car seat.
- Driving side of the road: Right.
- Lights: Headlights are not turned on unless you are in a tunnel or during conditions of poor visibility.
- General speed limits: 75mph (120kph) on motorways, 55mph (90kph) on rural roads and 30mi (50kph) in urban areas.
- Parking suggestions: Major towns such as Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulalia offer metered parking indicated by blue lines. Simply purchase a ticket from the machine and place it on your rental car’s windshield. Overall, parking is readily available near all the main attractions and beaches.
What to see in Ibiza
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.
Our favourite spots
Las Salinas Beach
Another beautiful beach, but expect crowds and party parades.
Cala Conta Beach
A beautiful beach with great snorkelling and perfect sunsets.
Cala Salada Beach
This tranquil cove is surrounded by pine trees and offers great swimming.
A beach with something for everyone; long and wide enough to please both merrymakers and families alike.
Hotels in Ibiza
Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza
This fashionable and unique hotel is located in the popular Playa d’en Bossa. It features an open-air venue and plenty of rock memorabilia. Parking is available.
El Hotel Pacha
A chic hotel with a great restaurant and free entry to the famous Pacha nightclub! Parking is available.
Palladium Hotel Palmyra
A hotel located in Sant Antoni de Portmany with spacious rooms, a pool and parking.
Villa Can Bernadet
This bungalow-style villa is nestled near Cala Conta beach. Perfect for those in search of a peaceful experience and breathtaking views. Parking is available.
Drive your rental car around Ibiza
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.
Where to eat, drink and party in Ibiza
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.
Located inside Pike’s Hotel in Sant Antoni de Pormtany, Room 39 offers a quirky atmosphere and heavenly food. Reservations are recommended.
Possibly the most authentic nightclub on the island. Known for its House music.
One of the best spots for partygoers, Space Club is found on Playa d’en Bossa!
Serving amazing traditional food, this restaurant is located in San Antoni de Portmany.
Major events and festivals in Ibiza
This relatively new three-day festival is held in the old town of D’Alt Vila. The festival offers live music, market stalls and street entertainment. Many museums and art galleries are free of charge during these three days.
For Ibizans, the first Sunday in May marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated by parading flowers through the town of Santa Eularia. The Spring Flower Festival is the most colourful festival on the Balearic Islands!
Put on a costume and join the street parades! Or sample the local cuisine and enjoy concerts in the evening. Carnival is a very fun time to be on the island!
An important public holiday in Spain commemorating the defeat of the Catalan troops during the War of the Spanish Succession. Celebrated with fireworks, parades and street performances at various venues.