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Off the coast of Spain and really needing no introduction, Ibiza is a beautiful and fun island located in the Balearics. There is no doubt that Ibiza is known as one of the world’s greatest party hotspots, particularly if you are into house and other electronic music. However, this beautiful craggy island in the Mediterranean Sea, blessed with year-round sunshine and awe-inspiring sandy beaches, has so much more to offer than merely a haven for dance-revellers.
The recent flux of visitors means that getting to Ibiza is easier than ever before, with many direct flights now offered from several European cities. On arrival, you will be greeted with warm hospitality and established tourist services, no matter where you go the island. Self-drive car rental is made easy with a huge choice of providers and a well-developed road network.
Who to Book With
There are hundreds of places to rent from in Ibiza. You may choose to do this as soon as you land at the airport, or wait until you reach you accommodation and then rent from your nearest provider. At the main airport, you will find the top firms of Avis, Europcar and Hertz. It is recommended that you always book online in advanced for the best prices and widest selection of vehicles.
Best time to go
The high season in Ibiza lasts from Easter until mid-September, after which all the famous nightclubs close their doors for the winter. Naturally, if visiting in the high season, you will be joined by hordes of other holidaymakers, and accommodation prices will be at their highest. Ibiza is also a wonderful spot for a winter break, however, when the town is quiet but the weather is still quite pleasant.
Need to Know Essentials
To pick up your rental car, you must provide the following documents:
- An EU driving license or an International Driving Permit
- A secondary form of photo ID, such as a passport
- Proof of the credit card used to make your booking
- Confirmation of your booking, i.e. a reference number
The island of Ibiza is an easy place to get around, and from the airport it should take you no longer than 40 minutes to reach anywhere on the island. To save time, it is best to avoid the city centres, which were never designed for heavy traffic. The main highways through the country are the north-south C-733 and the C-731, which cuts through the centre from the capital to San Antonio de Portmany, although there are several other roads in the network.
The interior if the island is mountainous, so some roads can be tricky to navigate if you are unaccustomed to driving in such conditions. The main highways should pose no problems to drivers, but otherwise it’s best to take things slow and steady. With most car rentals, you will be offered the option of a SatNav at an additional small fee; it is advised that you take up this offer for ease of navigation. Most hotels and rental holiday homes will provide parking, although usually not those in the more budget range.
Walking is the best way of getting around the main town centres of Ibiza, but to travel between them, you will need to use a taxi or public bus, if not driving. Taxis are reasonably priced, although the regular bus services, which run between the airport, Ibiza Town and San Antonio, are much cheaper.
Taxis offer a convenient way of getting around the island, particularly if you have luggage. They are reasonably priced, costing between €20-30 to travel in between the main destinations, although it will cost more to get to more isolated places. There are two types of taxi in Ibiza: fixed-price private hires and licensed taxis that operate on a meter. You can book by calling Radio Taxi Evissa on +34 971 39 84 83.
There is no rail network in Ibiza, so the only form of public transport is buses. There are several buses that run between the two main towns of Ibiza, departing from Ibiza Town to San Antonio every 15 minutes in the summer. There are also several other buses that run routes around the island. You can check all timetables by visiting the ‘horario de bus’ website. Tickets usually cost around €2 for a single fare. There is also a ‘disco bus’ service for all the late-night party revellers, running between the popular nightclubs and main resorts all night long.
Ibiza is a truly beautiful island with lots to discover for the self-drive tourist. If you head to the southwest, you can soak up some great views of the Es Vedra mystical rock. The northwest of the island offers stunning scenery and the opportunity to visit vineyards and art galleries, as well as the must-see Can Marca cave.
The North - In the far north of the town is Cova de Can Marçà, the biggest natural cave in Ibiza. It is situated in the far north of the island, about 30 minutes’ drive from Ibiza Town. From Ibiza Town, take the C-733 until the junction with the PM-804 and keep going until you reach the cave. From San Antonio, the most scenic way to arrive is by following the north coast road for 40 minutes.
The South West - Off the coast of the far southwest of Ibiza is the Es Vedra National Park. It is considered a ‘mystical rock’, and boasts great views from its location jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. Take the south west loop of the PM-803 and the cut back across the island on the C-733 for a great day out driving.
The North West - The island’s north west is home to an eclectic mix of artists and a generation of hippies that settled in Ibiza during the 1960s. There is wonderful scenery here, and visitors will be impressed by the amazing sunsets each evening. Also, along the way you can stop at one of the many vineyards to sample the local tipple.