Ibiza Villa Holidays

Ibiza Villa Holidays

Welcome to the Villa Holidays guide to Ibiza villa holidays and renting holiday villas in Ibiza.

An Introduction to Ibiza

The Island of Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, situated 79km off the east coast of Spain. The larger and better known Balearic Islands are Majorca and Menorca. Formentera is the smallest of the archipelago and along with Ibiza is one of the Pityuses or Pine Islands. Ibiza is well known for its amazing sandy beaches, coves and towering cliffs, many covered with juniper trees. With blue skies and clear blue seas Ibiza is a popular villa holiday destination with many luxury villas for rent.

Recommended Ibiza villa holiday companies

JVH-Logo James Villas has over 25 stunning holiday villas in Ibiza, all with private pools and in great locations.

ibiza-spotlight-logo Ibiza Spotlight are the Ibiza experts with a great range of villas at reasonable prices across Ibiza.
villa-parade Villa Parade have some of the most attractive villas in Ibiza from 2 beds to 12. Option to book flights and villas as a package.

The island is just 45km long and 25km wide so you are never more than one hour’s drive from anywhere. The largest towns are Ibiza Town on the south coast and San Antonio to the west. The historic town of Ibiza is one of the oldest and best preserved medieval towns in Europe and has a stunning cathedral and great views out to the neighbouring islands.  The cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, perfumeries, fabulous restaurants and chic bars. The harbour is always busy with cruise ships and ferries.

The other side to Ibiza is its reputation as a party island and birthplace of rave music. The town of San Antonio comes to life during the summer and is known as the island’s main party hub. Ibiza’s myriad beach bars, discos, clubs and numerous events are a gathering place for those who like to party until dawn. One of the true Ibiza experiences is to eat seafood paella to the Sunday drumming session on the beach from the old Ibiza hippies.

With Ibiza villa holidays you have the choice of partying the night away or relaxing in stylish, Mediterranean surroundings. The choice is yours.

 

Climate in Ibiza

 

Ibiza enjoys a remarkably mild climate, making it a popular place for luxury villa holidays all year round. Villas in Ibiza are popular with retirees looking to escape the cold winter, as well as family villa holidays during the summer. From November to April the average temperature is 15C and in the sunshine it can reach 25C. From June to September there is little rainfall and temperatures rise to over 30C. May and October are some of the most beautiful months to enjoy the island.

Most Popular Areas for Ibiza Villa Holidays

 

The best place for Ibiza villa rentals is actually anywhere on the island, depending upon your preference. Party goers will want to be close to San Antonio or Ibiza town, whilst beach lovers may want to rent a luxury villa on the south coast. Walkers will enjoy a villa with a pool in Ibiza’s unspoilt countryside.

Santa Ines on the north coast is in a beautiful fertile area of orange and almond trees. San Miguel is the gateway to the rugged north coast and has a 14th century fortress church. San Juan is peaceful and home to many hippies who made the island their home in the 1960s. The inland towns of Santa Gertrudis and San Rafael have pottery workshops and offer amazing views down to Ibiza harbour and beyond.

For cheap villas in Ibiza the areas around San Antonio and Playa D’en Bossa offer the most options as these tend to cater more for young families and groups of friends.

 

 

Transport in Ibiza

Ibiza’s main airport is at Sant Josep on the south side of the island. Many low cost airlines such as EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch and Iberia fly into Ibiza from all over Europe. Ferries also frequent the ports from mainland Spain.

The easiest way to get around the island is to hire a car or a scooter. The local bus service is good, and there are even disco buses which run all night around the island playing great music. Taxis are readily available, but perhaps the most unique way to get around is by water taxi. These boats spend all day picking people up and dropping them off at various beaches. They even have a bar and music to make the trip really comfortable and fun.

Festivals and Annual Events

Annual festivals are part of traditional life in Ibiza and are often focused on religious festivals and saint’s days. The New Year is always seen in with plenty of street parties, fireworks and fun.

Carnival or Mardi Gras is celebrated in February at the start of Lent. There are many colourful parades and entertainment includes bands, music and dancing. Holy Week (Easter) sees local churches festooned with flowers and again there are processions through the streets. One of the largest outdoor parties, Flower Power, takes place in San Jose in March.

May sees the start of the summer season. All the island’s businesses are freshly painted and the Medieval festival is held. The club’s opening parties have become an institution which should not be missed. Top international DJs host the party fun. They run from mid May to early July and the whole island shows off its newest clubs, latest sound systems and décor at the string of events. Closing parties end the clubbing season with a bang from mid September to early October. These popular times see higher prices, particularly for flights and accommodation.

The BBC Radio One weekend is a highlight of the party season usually on the first weekend of August. With top DJs hosting live broadcasts it draws huge crowds and provides lots of wild entertainment.

September is the time for the Jazz festival in Ibiza and finally Christmas is celebrated here in style.

Whenever you plan your Ibiza holiday for you’re bound to find something interesting and fun happening on the island.

Things to do in Ibiza

Beaches

With over 80 beaches to choose from, there will always be one to suit your needs. The white powdery sand and clear blue waters make this a popular island for families renting an Ibiza holiday villa.

Boat Trips

Getting out on the water in the sea breeze is a refreshing day out, whether you charter your own boat or join an organized trip.

 

Golf

Ibiza’s only golf course is at Roca Lisa and has an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course and a driving range.

Water Sports

Snorkeling in the clear waters or surfing on the rolling waves, Ibiza has plenty of watersports to offer those enjoying a luxury villa holiday. The busier beaches will have sunbeds and umbrellas for hire, along with banana boat rides and jet skis.

 

Diving

When the Don Pedro was sunk just outside the port of Ibiza it became the biggest wreck and dive site in Europe, lying in 43 metres of clear water. Diving trips take just 5 minutes to reach this fascinating wreck, just off the Isla da Daus.

Horse Riding

There are many stables offering treks in the mountains; an ideal way to enjoy the fresh air and countryside.

Walking and Hiking

Inland Ibiza has many small towns and villages which make great starting places for walking and hiking. The north coast is covered with pine trees, and trails through the forests are shady and pleasant with occasional sea views.

Shopping

Ibiza town has great shopping from perfume shops and designer clothing to traditional gifts and souvenirs.

 

Nightlife

San Antonio & Ibiza Town is one big party during the summer months. It is a great place to be if you are young and a party-lover, otherwise choose one of the quieter areas and enjoy the local bars and romantic restaurants. More about clubland Ibiza here.

Useful Tips for Ibiza Villa Holidays

 

  • English is widely spoken in most tourist destinations but it is always appreciated if you master a few basic words of Spanish such as Gracias (thank you).
  • Alcohol is cheap here but it can leave you very dehydrated after a day in the sun. Make sure you drink plenty of water too.
  • Head for the hippie markets for great handmade jewellery, crafts and unique clothing.
  • It is not advisable to drink the tap water or take ice in drinks as they may cause stomach upsets.
  • Tipping in a restaurant is generally 10-15%, but make sure they have not already added a service charge.
  • If you’re planning on holding a party at your villa make sure you check with the owner first to avoid any misunderstandings

Food and Drink

Dinner in Ibiza is typically served after 7.30pm and specialities include Bacalao (cod), swordfish and many other fresh fish cooked in many different ways. Try a Parrillada de Pescada, a mixed platter of grilled fish, or zaruela, a fish stew. Huge shellfish are great value, especially on the local paellas. Flao is the local cheesecake made with herbs and honey.

Sangria is a cheap and popular drink here, topped with fresh fruit. Other local drinks are Frigola and Hierbas Ibicencas, said to be good for the digestion.

Typical Costs in Ibiza

Costs are a little higher here than on mainland Spain due to the importing of many of the goods. Taxi fares start at 3.10€ plus 0.93 €/km. Dining out is a little cheaper than in the UK, although it depends upon when and where you choose to dine. Chains such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and local bars are cheaper than waterfront restaurants. Food and drink in the top party places will inevitably be more expensive than local family dining. Alcohol from the supermarket is much cheaper than in the UK as taxes are lower.