Ibiza is a Balearic Island which has been associated with holidaying and leisure for many years now...
Sun soaked and dripping with glamour, Ibiza surprises visitors who think the island has nothing more to offer than amazing nightclubs and incredible beaches. Families love the quiet resorts on the coast and history buffs fall for pretty Ibiza Town, while anyone with a penchant for shopping will be in their element. Discover this lovely Spanish isle and find your own heaven in this multi-dimensional destination.
The range of hotels in Ibiza that is available to holidaymakers is huge, with facilities to suit every budget...
Hotels on the island operate under a variety of types of ownership. While many are under the control of large Spanish hotel chains like Sol Melia and Barcelo, there are also many which are owned by private individuals. One phenomenon that has increased in Ibiza recently is the so-called super hotel. These are often based around one of the successful nightclubs on the island and are located in key pleasure seekers' locales like Ushuaia Beach. Pikes is the famous setting for a Wham video in the 1980s and still revels in its sun-soaked glamour.
Some of the best hotels on Ibiza also enjoy great settings, with many located immediately adjacent to the island's wonderful beaches and nightlife spots, as well as its more peaceful interior. Anyone who travels to Ibiza will also notice that the hotels are well spread across the island. Many are situated in resorts like Playa d'en Bossa and Figueretas. Talamanca lies close to Ibiza Town, known locally in Catalan as Eivissa. Ibiza Town itself offers interesting and enigmatic corners in its winding streets, while the view from the top of the town is superb.
There are also many things for people staying in Ibiza hotels to see outside of the towns. The salt flats at La Salinas offer an otherworldly experience, while the Culleram Caves were in the past a Phoenician shrine to the goddess Tanit. The Moorish influence on the island can be explored in more detail in tiny villages such as the Poblado de Balàfia, situated close to San Lorenzo.
The San Antonio area has much to offer tourists in terms of beaches, with its bay especially picturesque. Also well worth visiting are Sa Caleta, Portinatx, Cala Sant Vincente, Cala Llenya, Es Cana, Santa Eulalia, Es Figueral and Cala Longa, which are all great beach areas where a full range of coastal activities can be found. Whether you want to learn to sail or prefer just sitting in the sun, you can find it here.
Leave the fabulous beach scene behind and go in search of another Ibiza...
There's plenty to see on this splendid island in the sun.
Top five attractions
With a reputation for great shopping and cultural landmarks, the island's capital is a wonderful place to stay or a pleasant day trip from your resort. See the old walled town of Dalt Vila or discover the persuasive charms of the cathedral.
Of course, Ibiza boasts a legendary club scene. Even if you're only a part-time partier and occasional night owl, you should pick a club and dance the night away.
Aguamar Water Park
The whole family will be entertained for the day at Aguamar, the biggest waterpark in the Balearics. You'll find the pools and slides at Playa d'en Bossa, near the island's airport in the south.
Head to the quiet resort of Es Cana where, every Wednesday, a riot of tie-dyed colour bursts out of the stalls at this popular market. You can also pick up jewellery, crafts and pretty sarongs.
Take a day trip to the neighbouring island of Formentera. Tight building regulations mean the island has retained much of its unspoiled beauty. Sands as soft as silk and as white as sugar lure visitors looking for a spot of sunbathing and relaxation.
With a global reputation as a party island, you might be surprised by the line-up of annual events...
But that's Ibiza all over: ever surprising and eternally delightful. The island's events calendar does offer plenty for party people; there are also religious celebrations and traditional festivities that have taken place for decades.
Easter (Semana Santa); March/April: Dalt Vila is the place to be during this holy period when a procession winds through the ancient streets and, after a large church service, heralds much eating, drinking and merriment.
Eivissa Medieval Festival; May: Once again, the old, narrow streets of Dalt Vila are where to be for this celebration of the town's medieval past. And once again, eating, drinking and general merriment are prescribed in large doses - with a medieval twist of course. There is lots for children to do during this fun family event.
Ibiza Rocks; Summer: Now a big brand with global events and a clutch of venues to its name (and a fashion label), Ibiza Rocks began life as a rock 'n roll alternative to the dance culture of Ibiza. This ethos is still going strong and you can catch some of the music industry's hardest hitters every week during summer. You don't have to stay at the hotel to get tickets for the music shows. You do have to get your tickets early.