Ibiza, part of the Balearic archipelago is a small island that is sometimes referred to as the Isla Pitiusa for the abundance of pine trees that characterise its landscape. Although many visitors are drawn to Ibiza for its reputation as a party destination, away from the nightlife of Ibiza Town and San Antonio there is plenty of history and beauty for families and visitors of all ages to enjoy, with stretches of beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and natural caves.
Must Know: The old neighbourhoods of Ibiza Town are full of quaint and quiet cobbled streets along with high ramparts giving excellent views across the sea and islands.
Must See: The streets are lined with Gothic-Catalan buildings, pretty courtyards and pleasant squares perfect for people watching over a leisurely coffee and an ensaimada, a local delicacy of sweet flat pastry.
Must Do: Days out can be enjoyed on the island's beaches or by taking a trip to the Cova de Can Marçà with its large caves or the nearby islands of Formentera and Es Vedra. If visitors are on Ibiza for party fun they'll find bars and nightclubs covering all music from techno to rock.
Did You Know: Because of the abundance of pine trees on the island, when the needles fall to the floor they turn the ground a distinctive orange colour.
Travelling to Ibiza is easy with most budget airlines offering direct and economical flights from European destinations, especially during the peak Summer months. On arrival at the airport transfers to hotels can be made by taxi, local buses or are very often included in holiday packages. If car rentals and taxis are needed it's more economical to pre-book them. All year round and seasonal ferries arrive from Denia, Alicante, Barcelona and Valencia on the Spanish mainland or from the other Balearic Islands.
Ibiza's towns are small enough to explore on foot but by hiring a car visitors can make the most of the whole island. Local buses criss-cross Ibiza while taxis are available everywhere. Local boat trips are a fun way of seeing the island from a different perspective.