If you’re traveling to Espana this summer, your trip won’t be complete without a visit to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Ibiza is small and the three main attractions consist of the beaches, Old Town and the nightlife. I was super frustrated when researching Ibiza, so here is a quick guide to help you plan a 48-hour trip.
To Ibiza: Ibiza is easily accessible by air on one of the European airlines such as Ryanair and Vueling. I took both on a round trip that cost about $70 with each flight being a little over an hour. Both airlines are considered budget airlines and are a little more comfortable than a flight on Spirit, with nicer staff and looser restrictions on how big your carry-on can be. However, I would still pack light, buy a bottle of water from the airport, and expect a smooth ride, minus the comfort of cushioned seats.
In Ibiza: Once in Ibiza, you can rent a car, take a taxi or travel by the bus (1 Euro per ride). I preferred taking the bus because it was affordable and allowed you to see more of the city. The taxis were expensive and charged you for a 4 person ride if there was more than one person in the car. I don’t see the purpose of having a car unless you plan on traveling cross-country to visit another beach, this may not be feasible on a two day trip.
I stayed at the Grand Pallidium White Castle All-Inclusive Resort and Spa and it was wonderful. The resort was beautiful and served delicious food 24 hours a day. It is located on the beach with a Mediterranean restaurant overlooking the water, three pools, and never-ending Cava and Prosecco.
Ibiza is not the place to get authentic Spanish cusine, so staying in an all-inclusive worked out perfectly because I was never hungry. The rooms start at under $200 a night which is very relatively inexpensive in Ibiza, especially compared to the party hotels such as Hardrock Hotel and the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel which were only a 5-minute walk away.
There are also a ton of Hostels and Airbnbs available on the island; however, because food is so expensive, it may be cheaper or cost about the same to stay in an all-inclusive or a hotel that offers breakfast.
There are many beaches in Ibiza to choose from and where you stay will largely determine the beach that you visit. Playa d’en Bossa was amazing! The sand is soft and white, the view of Old Town on the coast is stunning, there is music playing everywhere and the Mediterranean sea is a lovely sight of blue and green waves.
So it’s no secret that Ibiza is the party capitol of the world and these parties can be as wild, extravagant and expensive as you want them to be. On every corner you can find a ticket vendor or a billboard advertising a party. The EDM or high techno parties range from $50-$80 a ticket. Many of the boat party packages come with free entry into some of the biggest clubs like Pacha or Ushuaia. However, Ibiza also offers free bars that are just as fun and clubs that cater to different audiences such as SWAG which is a hip-hop club and only costs $25 for entry and a complimentary drink.
There is also bar hopping available in Old Town. My first night I went to a bar called Keber and the second night SWAG. SWAG had an amazing DJ that played a great mix of old and new hip-hop and the crowd was much more diverse than most of the other venues, it was also refreshing to hear something other than techno music.
It isn’t necessary to buy tickets on-line and typically if you buy them in-person, you can strike a deal. Also, depending on how you feel after a day of exploring, you may not be in the mood for a high-energy party, so I highly suggest waiting until you get to the island to see what is happening that night before purchasing.
While in Ibiza take a break from the beach/party scene and visit Old Town, which feels like a different part of the country. Old Town is 2,500 years of history sprinkled with tiny restaurants, shops and homes. At the top of Old Town are spectacular views from the Cathedral and the Fort overlooking the port and showcasing the beauty of the island. Hiking up Old Town is both challenging and fascinating as you view the cobblestones and structures that have been around for centuries-warning the cobblestone is slippery.
You can easily get lost in the dreamland that is Old Town so I would block off 3-4 hours of your day to visit. Also, bring spending money because the shopping is both tempting and expensive. When you go, stop by Vivi’s Creamery for some amazing gelato.
Ibiza is noticeably more expensive than Madrid, so budget accordingly if you aren’t planning to stay in an all-inclusive.
When planning your attire for Ibiza think Miami in flats. It is not uncommon to see girls in heels, but they aren’t necessary so each night I opted for a cute dress and nice flats.