Ibiza Travel Guide

For some, Ibiza is a hedonistic playground of stylish beach venues and thrilling nightclubs, where they can cut loose with a vengeance. Those in search of a retreat, however, can wander the jagged coastline or escape to the inland garden of ancient olive groves and fragrant pine forests. The idyllic island's many faces have something for everyone.

Ibiza's main town is the port of Ciudad de Ibiza, which locals know as Eivissa and visitors call Ibiza Town. Located in the south, it's the centre of the island's nightclub scene and has a lively marina and quaint old quarter, where there are some great restaurants. It lies close to the beautiful beaches of Figueretes, Es Cavallet, and Ses Salines.

San Antonio is the main resort town and is somewhat blighted by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks. The area is making efforts to clean up its slightly tarnished image, though, and its popularity is still legendary.

Clubs are the main attractions for many holidaymakers but there are also some beautiful coves nearby that have glorious beaches. It's best to get there early in the summer months to reserve a spot. Just three miles (5km) offshore is the 'satellite' island of Formentera. This little haven is reached by ferry and is less crowded, even at the height of the sweltering summer season.

There's good public transport between Ibiza Town and San Antonio, and to and from the main beaches and resorts. Taxis offer superb value and are the best way to get around in the evening, though the 'disco bus' that travels from San Antonio to the main clubs in Ibiza Town during the peak season is worth looking into. Cars and scooters can be hired by the day or week for those wanting to explore the island. Ferries run from San Antonio and Ibiza Town to nearby beaches between May and October.