This cosmopolitan island, the third largest in the Balearics, has a reputation for being a party paradise.
However, this island of contrasts is loved by the international jet set and families alike, with an abundance of world-class beaches and restaurants, chic boutiques and hippy markets, as well as Ibiza Old Town which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status.
There is also a tranquil, holistic side to the ‘White Isle’, featuring unspoilt villages dotted with almond blossom trees, plus many first-class yoga and wellness retreats. Shore excursions could include visiting the Old Town, the hippy market, or the C’an Marca caves.
It has only been in the last two decades that the Port d’Eivissa has been equipped with the infrastructure it has in place today.
Almost 250,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to visit the island this year. Some smaller ships can dock at the port in the heart of the old town, while the extended Botafoc dock enables larger cruise ships to berth.
There is no terminal, and Ibiza town and Dalt Villa are both within walking distance of the old town port, while shuttle buses are on hand for town transfers from Botafoc dock.
NEED TO KNOW
Ibiza isn’t the cheapest destination in Europe, so clients should be prepared to take lots of euros.
If your clients are looking for peace and quiet, they should head to the north of the island. Partygoers will enjoy Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio.
Banking hours are from 8.30am to 2pm, while many shops close for a siesta between 2-4pm.
Visitors should be aware of pickpockets on the beaches.
WHAT WE LOVE
Las Dalias: Held every Saturday in San Carlos, this is the most famous of Ibiza’s hippy markets and well worth a look, if only for the authentic atmosphere. Buy anything from clothes and jewellery to local crafts, many of them handmade. There’s also a restaurant and Moroccan tea tent. In high summer it can get very busy, so visitors should head there early to avoid the masses.
Las Salinas Beach: Want to mingle with the beautiful people? This is the beach in which to see and be seen in Ibiza, attracting a varied crowd, plus a fair share of superyachts. A 10-minute drive from Ibiza Town, the beach offers golden sands, watersports, restaurants and bars, showers and a beach boutique. This is one of the liveliest and most exclusive beaches in Ibiza, so passengers should be prepared for prices to match.
Dalt Villa: Walking distance from the port, this medieval castle and UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to the 16th century and offers panoramic views of the island from the battlements. There is a maze of narrow, cobbled streets lined with restaurants, shops and boutiques, selling everything from souvenirs to art and handmade clothing. There is also an archaeological museum featuring collections from the Carthaginian era.
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