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About Ibiza

Once a major trade centre amongst Carthaginian ‘White Gold’ merchants, the ancient island of Ibiza is now home to over 50,000 people and a legendary party destination. However, away from the deep pulsations of the wild party quarters, the city boasts a gentler side. Attractions include Cala d’en Serra, Ramparts and Església de Sant Carles.

Get ready to lose yourself in a city that never sleeps with cheap flights to Ibiza. Ibiza Airport (IBZ) is the international airport serving the Balearic Islands of Ibiza. It is a 25-minute drive from the heart of the city and serves British Airways and Iberia. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 14 hours.

Why visit Ibiza

ibiza nightlife

Parties

Whether it is Ibiza Town on the south coast, or Sant Antoni on the west, the island is a legendary party destination and official home of the rave.

beaches

Beaches

From the catamaran dotted cove of Benirras, to the pine fringed sands of Cala Salada, Ibiza is home to some of the most sensational beaches in the Mediterranean.

history

History

Discovered in 654 BCE and passed through the hands of Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Catalans and pirates, the stone walls are etched with tales and traces of ancient civilisations.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Spain
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.69 EURO
Language Catalan / Spanish
Hub Airport Ibiza Airport
Airline Vueling
Time Zone GMT +1
Travel Adaptor Type C Europlug / Type E & F Schuko

Best time to visit Ibiza

If you are heading to Ibiza to experience the parties, the summer months (May to October) burst at the seams with unbelievable parties and party goers from every corner of the world. Clubs pulsate from dusk to dawn, the beaches open themselves up for revelry and bars and restaurants spill out onto the cobbled streets, offering up world class cuisine and unforgettable nights. It is the perfect time to experience the wildest side of Ibiza. Although Ibiza is famous for its party scene, there is so much more to this little Balearic Island than partying. During the rest of the year it dusts off the glitter and resumes its rustic rhythm. It is a great time for exploring Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; discovering weird and wonderful trinkets at Mercadillo Las Dalias; or simply enjoying the sensational beaches and landscapes. Annual events include the spectacular Rúa de Carnaval in February, colourful Festa de Maig spring festival in May, and a number of cultural holidays celebrating saints and conquests.

Weather & Climate in Ibiza

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 7°C 6.9°C 8.9°C 11.1°C 14.1°C 17.8°C 20.6°C 21.5°C 19.5°C 15.4°C 11.5°C 8.8°C
High °C 14.7°C 14.8°C 16.7°C 18.7°C 22.2°C 25.7°C 28.3°C 28.8°C 27°C 22.8°C 18.7°C 16.2°C
Rainfall (mm) 40 33 35 33 27 15 3 20 48 75 61 53

Overview

On the outside, Ibiza is an enchanting canvas of architectural artistry and turquoise waters wrapped around velvet coastlines and ancient edges. Beneath the idyllic facade it is a hedonistic haven where party goers and holiday revellers can immerse themselves in the darker side of the Mediterranean.

Deep bass lines break the dawns, spilling out onto the beaches and sweeping visitors into a whirlwind of electric parties and spine-tingling adrenaline. It is an oasis where you can shed the stress of life, slip into something a bit more comfortable and lose yourself in guilt free indulgence.

Yet, away from the untamed crowds and endless whir and purr, historical sites and astonishing landscapes beg to be explored. Puig des Molins is home to burial grounds of the Carthaginian, while the dusty ramparts offer whispered tales of conquest and romance from centuries past.

Adding to the allure, it is home to the uninhabited isle of Es Vedra, which is said to be the site where Ulysses was lured from his ship by beguiling sirens, and in the 15th century, was predicted by Nostradamus to be the Earth’s final refuge.

Ibiza wears her party dress with unapologetic pride, reminding the world that she is the wild child of the Mediterranean, yet safely within her pockets, she carries her history, legends and scars, never losing her soul or forgetting her roots.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do require a visa when travelling to Ibiza. You will need to obtain a Schengen Visa, as Spain forms part of the Schengen Area. If you intend to spend the majority of your time in Spain, applications can be done through the Spanish Embassy.

The Spanish Embassy is notorious for its delays, so it is advisable to apply several months before your intended travel date.
Contact the Spanish Embassy in Pretoria (Phone: +27 (21) 460 0123) or one of the consulate general in Cape Town (Phone: +27 (21) 422 2415).

Health & Safety

Apart from the usual threat of pickpockets, bag snatchers and reckless driving that accompanies large holiday crowds, Ibiza is a relatively safe destination. However, following these precautions will help you avoid any unpleasant situations:

• Ibiza is considered the experimental laboratory for new drugs. It is believed that dealers are using visitors as guinea pigs for these drugs with unknown side effects. Experimenting with elicit substances is not recommended.
• Women should remain vigilant at clubs and bars, and never leave their drinks unattended.
• Leave all your important documents and valuables in a safety deposit box before venturing out for a night on the town.
• Although tap water in Ibiza is generally safe, buying bottled water is recommended.
• Keep hydrated and use a good sunscreen, especially during the warmer summer months.
• Watch out for jellyfish, locals in the warm waters who are notorious for their searing stings.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG IBIZA
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 214.59
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 30.00 R 46.49
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.37 R 22.34 R 28.61
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 30.04
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 57.22

Where to stay?

In 2007, the local government passed a law that requires all new hotels in Ibiza to have a five-star rating, so don’t expect anything but decadence and sheer luxury.

Sophisticated apartments, holiday villas, lavish five-star hotels, humming party hotels and luxurious spa retreats offer up grandiose accommodation. Student hostels, rustic agrotourism hotels and ‘low cost’ apartments are also available for visitors on a budget.

Getting Around

A regular ferry service operates between the mainland and Ibiza. Taxis and buses are excellent options for transfers from the airport to the harbour.

Car hire, mopeds, motorcycles and scooters are the most popular and best way to travel around Ibiza. However, it is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the road rules before embarking on your journey. Research can even be done on your flight to Ibiza.

The public transport system in Ibiza is extensive and consistent, making it a great option for getting around town and exploring the curious nooks and crannies along the way. Timetables and routes can be found at ticket offices.

Taxis are also an easy and reliable, although expensive, means of transportation.

Exploring the town on foot is also a fantastic way to explore and discover hidden treasures, although roads can be steep, so some stamina is required for serious walking tours.

Main attractions in Ibiza

Dalt Vila

Dalt Vila

Cala Xarraca Beach

Cala Xarraca Beach

Es Vedrà

Es Vedrà

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