Ibiza, Spain

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.

Areas in Ibiza

When to 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.

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Getting there

  • 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.

Lavanda Suite at Atzaró, Ibiza, Spain

Lavanda Suite at Atzaró, Ibiza, Spain

A backcountry oasis in northeast Ibiza, Atzaró is set blissfully apart from the more tourist-trodden paths of the island. This spa-enhanced, family-run finca is filled with scents of orange blossom, rosemary and lavender, that follow you from the outdoor lounge area all the way back to the Suite Deluze Lavanda. With beautiful mod-Moroccan and Asian-inspired interiors, a fireplace, and a beautiful terrace, it’s no wonder hedonistic A-listers head here for some together-time.

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From gentle exertions like cycling between the vineyards around Hôtel Crillon le Brave, to brow-dampening hikes in the Atlas Mountains near Kasbah du Toubkal, we know activity-packed places to appeal to every type of adventurer. Thrill seekers might consider the Alps: bathed in summer sun, they're a playground for hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and white-water rafters. Alpaga makes for a tranquil base to rest up afterwards. Those of a more leisurely persuasion might prefer to mount a steed and see the White Isle's wilder side on horseback – rustic retreat Can Curreu in Ibiza has its own stables. And if Sweden's big-kid-thrilling Treehotel can't make you fall in love with the outdoors, nothing can. 

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