With the nickname of the White Isle, Ibiza boasts stunning beaches, beautiful clear waters and one of the best clubbing scenes on the planet. Partygoers will want to stick to the south of the island, but for a cheap family holiday take advantage of the low flight prices and explore the unspoilt north of Ibiza.
Expect the hottest weather in Ibiza in July and August. Unsurprisingly this coincides with the peak in flight prices, aided too by the clubbing season. If you have to head over in the peak of it all in 2012 or 2013 - and it's so fun we won't blame you - then book early and try to avoid the school holidays. If you can be a little more flexible on your flight then June or September will see you get more bang for your buck both on flight prices and hotels too. If you're worried about the weather then don't be, it will still be warm enough for a tan to make people jealous. April, May and October see warm and predominantly sunny weather, and can be a great time to snag a bargain if you're more interested in exploring the quieter parts of the island. Clubbers beware at this time of the year though, you may be too early or too late.
If you're booking your hotel and flights separately, then remember to also book transfers - many hotels can arrange them, but it might also be cheaper to get car hire if you're sharing. Best not do it if you plan to be drunk on the return though! Having your own wheels is invaluable if you're heading to the north, as it's tricky to get into the interior if you're relying on public transport. Flights to Ibiza depart from airports all over the UK, so shop around with our search tool!
If you're interested in dancing all night ever night then the resorts in the south of Ibiza are for you. This tiny island really does rock the world thanks to the world class nightclubs and chic restaurants. Unfortunately it's not cheap, so best get saving! Look up all the online clubbing guides for 2012 and 2013 and plan your trip, it's part of the fun! For a quieter time and less raucous fun, head north. Here you'll find stunning beaches, charming villages and traditional festivals like Eivissa Medieval in May.
Direct flights depart for Ibiza airport from all over the UK, and the flight time is around two and a half hours. There is no need to book an indirect flight which will take much longer and usually costs more too.
There are several options for getting to your accommodation. The easiest way is to pre-book transfers online - they're available to all the major resorts, and there's the added benefit that if you book a return they will ensure that you are on time for your departure. The alternatives are to hire a car
If you're staying in your resort you will find that you can get everywhere on foot. Ibiza also has a pretty comprehensive bus network with great low fares if you want to travel around. The buses run around the towns and across the island throughout the day, and between party destinations and resorts throughout the night as well. A nice way to see the island is to hire cars or scooters, but be aware that the locals are generally quite reckless on the roads! Taxis are also available and boat trips are another option either for travelling around the island or for visiting the nearby island of Formentera.
Ferries run regularly between Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza and the Spanish mainland. However most people choose to fly if they're travelling elsewhere in Spain.
Ibiza has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, so you could visit all year round - although flights tend to stop over the winter. Summer temperatures are typically just under 30°C and winters tend to be around 11°C-15°C and it rarely gets below freezing, even at night. July, August and September are the hottest months and they see the peak of the party action as well.
Ibiza's clubbing season starts in early June and runs until early October and is a huge draw for tourists so this naturally shapes the peak season. May and October are lovely times to visit Ibiza as it is still warm but much quieter and feels much closer to the original laid-back hippy lifestyle. Flower lovers should visit in April when the island is ablaze with colourful plants.
€ Euros. Currency can be exchanged in banks or obtained from an ATM in cities and towns for a small charge.
Spanish and Catalan, although most people also speak English, especially in tourist areas.
+34 for Spain then 971 for Ibiza
You will only need a valid UK passport to visit Ibiza
Seek out a quiet beach spot
Much of the island is best seen from the sea
Ibiza Town has plenty of pretty historical areas
You will find traditional crafts like baskets at the markets
Santa Maria Cathedral in the Dalt Vila
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