Cheap Flights to Ibiza

Basic Information:

  • Area                                     : 475.6km² (220.7 sq mi)
  • Area Code                           : (+34) 971
  • Currency                              : Euro
  • Population                           : 132,637 (2010)
  • Official Language                : Castilian
  • Time Zone                           : UTC+01:00
  • Airport                                  : Ibiza International Airport (IBZ)

Ibiza International Airport serves the Balearic Islands and Formentera and is just 7km from Ibiza Town. Available transport from ‘IBZ’ comprises buses, metered taxis and rental vehicles. Numerous bus companies operate from the airport that include ‘Ibiza Airport’ buses, located next to the Terminal building with ‘Line 10’ travelling to Ibiza Town’s main bus station (Station Maritima Formentera) from 06h00 to midnight. During peak season (July and August), buses depart every 15 minutes and for the rest of summer (May to September), every 20 minutes. A number of bus companies operate between ‘IBZ’ and the main resorts. The taxi rank is situated outside the Terminal and comprises several companies that also operate to and from top resorts and to the city. Car rentals comprise four official providers, namely ‘Avis’, ‘Europcar’, ‘National Atesa’ and ‘Hertz’ located at Level O of the Terminal. Others include ‘Budget’, ‘Sixt’ and ‘Centauro’.

Travellers can fly to Ibiza from Cape Town with the following airlines, with one plus stops:

  • KLM (via Amsterdam) 17h 0m+
  • Lufthansa, Eurowings (via Frankfurt, Stuttgart) 17h 0m+
  • Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 17h 20m+
  • Air France (via Paris) 18h 10m+
  • Austrian (via Vienna) 18h 25m+
  • South African (via Johannesburg) 18h 25m+
  • British Airways, Iberia, Air Europa (via Johannesburg, Madrid) 18h 30m+
  • Alitalia (via Milan) 19h 35m+
  • Turkish, Etihad Regional (via Istanbul, Geneva) 19h 45m+
  • Meridiana (via Naples) 19h 50m+
  • Kulula (via Johannesburg) 20h 55m+
  • Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 21h 10m+

Additional airlines operating to Ibiza include:

  • Darwin
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EasyJet
  • Jet2
  • Ryanair
  • Vueling

Reasons to Visit Ibiza:

  • Ibiza, third largest island of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea is just 150km from Valencia. Capital to the island is Ibiza Town, with its port listed as a ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ site, founded by Phoenician settlers in 654 BC. The island is renowned for its hectic, vibrant nightlife and daytime party atmosphere, especially in the summer months. It slowly gained a hippy atmosphere when many sought refuge from authoritarian governments including Americans, during the 60s and 70s, escaping the Vietnam War. In addition to the island’s interesting history, olden buildings and natural lush beauty there are popular colourful flea markets, cafes, pubs, clubs, restaurants and loads of fun outdoor activities. Whiz across the ocean on an inflatable towed by a boat; go water or jet skiing, indulge in diving or snorkelling to discover the island’s underwater paradise; bask under the sun on a catamaran with a cocktail; take a ferry to reach different beaches and neighbouring islands marvelling at picturesque bays and scenery along the way and, on land hire a bicycle/ mountain bike or book one of numerous bike or walking tours; feel the rhythm of live music in verdant surroundings or cuddle up watching a movie outdoors. A refuge for artists from around the globe, the island’s galleries show off artworks of sculpture, painting and photography; during the annual ‘Bloop Festival’, the island transforms into a fabulous, pulsating open-air gallery.
  • Accommodation is aplenty with hotels, holiday rentals, B&Bs and villas with pools, views and more. Highly rated is ‘Eloy’s Villa’, ‘Private Villa Tower Can Tomas’ and ‘Casa Veleta’. There’s a good range of hostels that include ‘Amistat Island Hostel Ibiza’, ‘Fun Vistamar’, ‘Hostel Anibal’ and ‘Can Jurat Hostel’, that’s quiet and a 10-minute walk to the bay.
  • The island has a plethora of restaurants that dish up a huge variety of cuisines from around the world. There are chic high class eateries as well as some superb affordable establishments such as ‘El Kiosko’ for Italian and Mediterranean, located in Sant Antoni de Portmany, it’s highly rated for lunch, dinner or just a relaxing drink; located in Santa Eulalia del Rio next to the marina is ‘Bar Dona Ana’, a café and bar, highly commended for good value for money for tasty meals, drinks and great service.
  • Night owls have plenty of clubs and music bars to party the night away, each with its own unique setting and many with world renowned DJ’s pumping out the music; ‘Café Mambo’ being one of the most popular. In addition there are sunset bars and beach clubs dotted all over. Beach parties start early afternoon while bars come alive after midnight until dawn.

When to Visit Ibiza:

For great weather the best months to go are April to November. Sea temperatures are at their highest during July, August and September around 25/26°C. Average highs and rainfall are: April 20°C (41mm); May 22°C (20mm) June 26°C (11mm); July 29°C (3mm); August 30°C (11mm); September 28°C (81mm); October 25°C (52mm) and November 21°C (78mm).

Places to Visit Ibiza:

  • A must experience is meandering along narrow alleys in ‘Ibiza Town’ taking in olden monuments; walking up to the ‘Castle of Ibiza’ that’s impressive with a magical air; Phoenician remnants; the ‘Ibiza Cathedral’, designed in Catalan Gothic and Baroque styles it had five chapels in 1435, dedicated to numerous saints and ‘Iglesia de Sant Rafel’, deemed one of the most striking churches on the island. Today the fortress hosts all year round exhibitions, concerts, poetic cycles and cultural activities.
  • The splendid white ‘Puig de Missa’ church and fortress is hard to miss perched atop a hill overlooking the coast and Santa Eulalia del Rio. The solid white church of ‘Es Cubells’ erected in 1959 is designed in a classic Ibizan style with a central nave and side chapels and not far off is the church of ‘Sant Agustí’.
  • Art connoisseurs have galleries that include ‘Lune Rouge’ in Ibiza Town, ‘La Nave’ near Santa Gertrudis, ‘Club de Diario de Ibiza’ and ‘Espacio Micus’ close to Jesús. Restaurants that host one-off exhibitions include ‘Art Café Can Tixedo’ near San Rafael and ‘El Naranjo’ in Santa Eulalia.
  • Museums include ‘Museo Puget’ located in a beautiful old palace in Ibiza Town that displays works of art of two famous Ibiza artists including photographs of the island’s past. The ‘Archaeological Museum’ is spread over two sites with one in Dalt Vila and the other in the Phoenician burial ground of Puig des Molins and display artefacts from the Punic and Roman periods. Glean history via modern audio-visual technology at the ‘Madina Yabisa Interpretation Centre’ that focuses on the Islamic era. The ‘Ethnographic Museum of Ibiza’, close to the church of Santa Eulalia, presents the island’s old pastoral way of life with displays of household utensils, farming equipment, musical instruments, weapons, traditional costumes and jewellery.
  • ‘Ses Salines Natural Park’ located between Ibiza’s south and north of Formentera comprises a large diversity of environments with differing ecological traits that include salt ponds, cliffs, rocky coasts, beaches, the dune cord, olden savins and where fish eagles and pilgrim hawks frequent.

Getting Around:

Being a small island, it’s easy to get around by bus, taxi or with a rental car/bike/scooter or by ferry.

Buses:
Ibiza affords an extensive and reliable bus system that’s affordable and with air-conditioning. There are 30-minute connections between all main resorts and many of the most frequented beaches. During summer buses operate from around 07h00 until 22h00. Additionally there’s the ‘Disco Bus’ that operates from midnight to 06h00 getting night owls to and from popular clubs and resorts safely. For timetables and more information go to the ‘Ibiza Bus Company’ website.

Taxis:
Taxis are metered and most economical when shared by three or four passengers. They’re available when their green lights are illuminated and can be waved down or booked telephonically.

Car/Bike Hire:
Companies include ‘Sixt’, ‘First Rent a Car Ibiza’, ‘Ibiza Rent a Car S.L.’, ‘Alquiler Motos Ibiza’/’Renal Bike Ibiza’ and others.

Ferries:
Travellers wanting to pop over to Valencia, Barcelona or Denia on mainland Spain or to the islands of Mallorca and Formentera can do so by ferry. These ferries operate all year round and some will transport your car, bike or scooter. Companies include ‘Transmediterranea, Balearia and Trasmapi.

Taking only passengers, luggage, bikes and pets is the ‘Aquabus’ low-cost ferry that travels to Playa d’en Bossa, Figueretas and on Formentera, the port of La Savina.

Additionally your resort or hotel may offer boat excursions to Formentera while the majority of resorts have small ferries connecting to beaches several time a day.

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