Ibiza travel guide

About Ibiza

Although Ibiza has long been synonymous with fun in the sun hedonism, a trip to the island is not all about sultry clubs and all-night raves – away from the bright lights there’s a quieter side to the so-called ‘White Isle’.

But first to the merrymaking, because make no mistake this Spanish haven is one of the foremost party destinations in Europe. During the summer, superstar DJs arrive en masse to entertain the millions of partyers who come for the quintessential boho-glam vibes of this sun-kissed island.

Ibiza Town is a hotbed of late-night revelry. The municipality is home to the world-famous clubs Pacha and Amnesia, which share quaint cobblestone streets with more traditional attractions such as Santa Maria d’Eivissa Cathedral.

Sant Antoni de Portmany (San Antonio) is the real clubbing capital, though. The so-called ‘Sunset Strip’ is renowned for its rowdy clubs and spectacular skies. Millions flock to witness resident DJs ‘put the sun to bed’ as they sip expensive cocktails and bliss out to party-perfect tunes. For sophisticates, there are a host of alternatives nearby, with chic bars offering expensive mélanges of spirits and exquisite sunset views.

Its reputation as a party island is notorious, but Ibiza has reconnected with its 1960’s hippy roots in recent years, with more laid-back parties and a burgeoning arts scene.

Those seeking quiet time or craving a bit of culture are also well catered for: Ibiza is blessed with sandy beaches, crystalline waters and alluring coves, not to mention an abundance of picturesque towns and villages.

Families are also well catered for in relaxing resorts such as Santa Eulària des Riu (Santa Eulalia del Río) and Es Canar (Es Caná) on the northeast coast.

Whether you’re there to dance till dawn, relax on a beach, imbibe the culture or hike amidst the greenery, Ibiza is a rite of passage for every discerning traveller.

Key facts

Area:

571 sq km (220 sq miles).

Population:

156,234 (2019).

Population density:

259 per sq km.

Capital:

Ibiza.

Government:

Since a parliamentary monarchy was introduced to Spain in 1978, the country has been divided into 17 autonomous regions. Ibiza is part of the Balearic Autonomous Community that has its headquarters in Palma, Mallorca.

Head of state:

King Felipe VI since 2014.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez since 2018.

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