Balearic Islands, Spain
Ibiza or White Island as it was baptized due to its whitewashed buildings is the third largest island of the Baleares Archipelago by size but second in terms of inhabitants.
The easiest way to get to the island is by plane departures from Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao as well as many European destinations are numerous into the Ibiza airport. If you book your tickets in advance prices tend to be affordable. During the summer months the island can also be reached by ferry from Denía or Valencia and the journey takes about two hours.
The island’s climate is mostly sunny and mild year round, keep in mind that many restaurants and hotels will close during the winter months. The best time to travel is between the months of May and September, even though I would not recommend going in August as it is the height of the tourist season, the island gets crowded and prices are more expensive.
The best way to get around the island is by car. Most beaches and coves are only accessible by private car. There are many rental agencies and most offer the option of booking your car online and picking it up at the airport when you arrive. The price of car rentals in Ibiza is high but as always if you book early you can get great deals.
The capital of the island is the town of Ibiza (Eivissa) nominated as a World Heritage city by UNESCO in 1999. The best way to discover the town is to walk around starting your visit at the historic quarter of the city known as Dalt Vila or High Town and getting lost in the narrow cobble stone streets enjoying as you walk the spectacular views of the island. The main entrance to Dalt Vila is through the Portal de Ses Taules (Gateway of the Inscriptions) which leads to the Plaza de Vila or Main Square full of shops, restaurants and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Climbing up the cobble streets the castle complex awaits as well as the Catedral de Santa Maria de les Neus dating back to the 14th century. Other places of interest include the Church of Santo Domingo, the Puig des Molins an ancient burial site the largest and best preserved Phoenician necropolis, the defensive tower of Sa Torre and the Archeological Museum full of artifacts dating back to the town’s earliest times. Ibiza town provides a wonderful mix of old and new from the tranquil streets of Dalt Vila to the partying vibe of the Sa Penya district the old fishing quarter overlooking the harbor full of trendy restaurants and boutique shops.