Quick Guide to Ibiza

Ibiza is a small island and part of the Balearic Islands, which belong to Spain and lie in the Mediterranean Sea off the country's east coast. What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in holiday appeal - with legendary nightlife, wonderful beaches and lovely towns. There are plenty of cheap holidays in Ibiza available throughout the summer months so make 2014 or 2015 your year to join the party and soak up the sunshine!

Booking a holiday in Ibiza needn't be all about partying in super clubs and being surrounded by beautiful people, or drunken teenagers, because aside from the main towns of Ibiza Town and San Antonio, the 'White Isle' is also a great place for family holidays with plenty of quiet beaches in the north of the island as well as a beautiful interior.

There are plenty of resorts to choose from when it comes to a holiday on Ibiza, with those in the south generally more geared towards the party crowd, and those in the north of the island more about relaxed family fun and enjoying the natural beauty and beaches. This is reflected in the hotel choices too, with more cheap hotels close to the clubs, and fewer in the north. Of course, if you're after a luxury holiday in Ibiza with plenty of after dark dancing and drinking that"s perfectly possible too with a wide choice of five-star hotels! Why not seek out a last-minute bargain and join the fun?


What to do in Ibiza

Whether you want to chill out in the north or party all night in the south, you'll certainly notice that holidays in Ibiza aren't cheap. Although sorting out your flights and accommodation might not hurt the budget too much, there are plenty of things to spend on when you get there. To save money cheap trips include visiting beaches, driving to small villages to sample the traditional cooking, and seeking out some of the legendary hidden spots.

I if you want to head over for the 2014 or 2015 clubbing seasons in Ibiza, keep your eye open for announcements so you can snap up a bargain! San Antonio and Ibiza Town have wonderful old towns too and an afternoon spent wandering can by a fun way to get to know the place.

Being a small island, boat trips are popular and you can even tour around by boat (or drink all day) or head over to even smaller Formentera where you will find plenty of unspoilt and beautiful spots. There is also a Phoenician settlement at Sa Calet, and the hippy markets in Es Cana are great for souvenirs.

How to get to Ibiza

There are cheap flights to Ibiza available from a choice of UK departure points, and with plenty of competition from the budget airlines there are lots of bargains to be had. The best deals are at the beginning and end of the holiday - and clubbing - season, which is May and September. Make sure you check your clubbing guide so that you don't go before the first club opens or after the closing parties if that's what you are interested in.

All the cheapest flights to Ibiza are direct, so don't consider a longer and more expensive route with changes! Package holiday deals to Ibiza will all include a direct flight too, and you can expect to be in the air for around two and a half hours, or slightly longer from northern airports.

When it comes to starting your Ibiza holiday by getting on the road and to your hotel there are not that many options, so it's a really good idea to pre-book a dedicated resort transfer with your package holiday or see if your hotel offers the service. It's certainly easiest to book things all together on your holiday to Ibiza, then you don't have to worry about arranging things when you get there. If you would like to go it alone these are your options:

Local Buses - there are two, one which runs to San Antonio and the other that goes to Ibiza Town. The bus to Ibiza town runs a frequent service throughout the holiday season, whilst the bus to San Antonio is much less frequent and only runs at the height of the Ibiza holiday season. Fares are very reasonable but if you have large luggage you may struggle.

Taxi - there is a dedicated taxi rank and specified rates for day and night, so you should be able to work out approximately how much you will pay before you set off. Note that there are no supplements for suitcases!

Hire car - this is much more necessary if you're planning on visiting the north of the island than staying in the south, especially if you're not on a package holiday to Ibiza with transfers included but are going it alone booking your flight and hotel separately.

When to go to Ibiza

The peak Ibiza holiday season is between May and September with the most popular months being June, July and August. This is the height of the clubbing season and also when the weather is at its hottest, which all adds up to make this the most expensive time for a visit!

Clubbers should consider flying in for the opening or closing parties to save a bit of money, or just staying in a cheaper hotel - after all you're only really going to be sleeping there before another day of the beach and the nightlife!

If you're visiting for the natural beauty then spring is a great time, with the flowers starting to bloom and cooler temperatures great for exploring. Winter flights are also available, with the island all but deserted apart from old hippies and a few local townspeople. Most things will be closed though so consider a self catering holiday in Ibiza at this time of year.