Boutiques, bars and a hilltop old quarter
Island capital Ibiza Town backs on to a natural bay in the south-east of the island. The old town rises up above the harbour in a scribble of whitewashed lanes. Wander the streets to spy Gothic Catalan architecture – Mediterranean-view watchtowers, Sa Capeletta Castle and Taules Gate. There are architectural surprises here, too, including the Modernist house-turned-museum, Museu Casa Broner.
Some of the best restaurants in Ibiza also gather here – from Spanish tapas bars and French bistros to ice-cream parlours and Catalan bakeries. The opposite side of the harbour sings a slightly different tune, placing a chic casino and polished seafood restaurants next to a glossy marina. You’ll also find the original Pacha nightclub over here.
A regular ferry pootles from Ibiza Town to the little isle of Formentera – home to some of the best beaches in the Balearics, as well as a windmill-dotted interior made famous in the ‘60s and ‘70s by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd.
Flight time from the UK to Ibiza is around 2 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Ibiza airport to Ibiza Town is approximately 20 minutes.
Ibiza’s weather is classic Mediterranean, with warm, sunny summers and mild temperatures the rest of the year. May is when the holiday season kicks off in earnest, reaching the mid-20s and climbing towards 30°C for the hottest months of July and August.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.