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  • Coastline Social-scene beaches
  • Coast life Boho bars and superstars

Crystal-clear waters, quiet beaches, pine forests and great seafood may not be the first things that spring to mind about Ibiza, but the legendary nightlife is only one aspect of this lovely Mediterranean island.

Ibiza hotels have long been luring a cool, cosmopolitan crew. Following in the footsteps of the Phoenicians, Romans, Moors and Catalans, visitors present and past are drawn to the tranquility of the rural interior and the natural beauty of the island's lesser-known coastlines. Of course, there are always the world’s best clubs, and the charming narrow streets of Ibiza Town’s old quarter on hand if you feel you’re getting a little too relaxed.

Do go/Don’t go

May, September or October are perfect, although in summer you can find uncrowded beaches on Formentera and the north coast. The opening and closing parties in June and September are highlights of the clubbing calendar.

Getting thereView map

  • Planes Ibiza airport is about five miles southwest of Ibiza Town. If you’re not hiring a car | taxis from the rank outside the airport are metered and reasonable (around €10 for the trip to Ibiza Town). There are lots of flights in the summer; far fewer in winter.
  • Boats Ferries to Barcelona (4hrs), Valencia (3hrs), Denia (2hrs) and Palma (2hrs) run regularly; see www.trasmediterranea.com for more details. The ferry to Formentera takes 25 minutes.
  • Trains There’s no railway system on Ibiza, although the Ibitren, the mini funfare-style train that departs from San Antonio and Santa Eulalia can be an amusing way to relax and while away a hungover afternoon.
  • Automobiles Driving can be a real pleasure here | with good signposting and some great coastal roads. The drivers are not half as scary as their reputation makes out | either. Go off-road in the northern pine forests with a 4x4.
  • Taxis Try to use licensed taxis. You can flag them down if their green light is lit; prices are metered and reasonable. Get your hotel to book for you when possible.