Famous for it’s stunning sunsets and dazzling DJ’s, Ibiza is the ‘go-to’ place for young, sexy people. In more recent years, it has seen an influx of families visiting the island, enchanted by the clear sea, beautiful beaches and budget friendly hotels.
Ibiza offers more than just clubs, pubs and bars. Ibizas’ Old Town is a stunning fort of brick buildings steeped in history whilst the Hippy Market is a popular choice for shoppers and those who love to wander around and look at pretty things. There are some beautiful and quiet beaches around the coastline of Ibiza as well as some picturesque and romantic restaurant options. Stay in San Antonio to be at the heart of the action or book an apartment a little further along the beach in San Antonio Bay to get the best of both worlds.
Budget rates – Dorm rooms are very uncommon in Ibiza but comfortable private rooms can be found for €25-€35.
Midrange hotel rates – With a growing number of hotels causing plenty of competition, you can get a 3 star hotel or apartment from €50.
Luxury hotel rates – Top end, luxury hotels start at €130+ per night whilst villas with private pools can cost between €110 – €300 per night depending on the size of the villa and it’s location.
Transport – A taxi from the airport to San Antonio Bay (on the opposite side of the island) cost us €25 whilst buses around the island cost around €2. Rental cars cost between €15 – €25 per day with full insurance but compare prices online before arriving to avoid extra charges from the airport rental companies.
Average cost of food – Many hotels include breakfast in their prices as well as small kitchens with a microwave, fridge and hob to help you cut food costs. Tapas can be ordered from €3/4 per dish whilst a pint of beer can cost as little as €2. In the West End and San Antonio area, expect to pay around €4-6 for a pint of beer and €6-8 for a glass of wine, with meals costing around €10-15 for a main dish. Cheaper meals starting at around €6 can be found nearer San Antonio Bay area.
Drinks in the popular nightclubs can start at €12 and up to €18 for a mixer. A bottle of Despardos in Eden cost €9 to give you an idea of prices in nightclubs.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – Hostel Torres can be found in the heart of San Antonio, giving you quick and easy access to all the bars, clubs and pubs as well as being in walking distance from the beach. Private rooms cost around €30 per night per room. A slightly further walk away from the beach and bars, Hostel Residencia Adelino offer single, twin and 3 bed private rooms from €24 a night, with a swimming pool and a slightly quieter environment.
Midrange – Our top choice has to be the Hotel Apartments Marina Playa, an adult only apartment located opposite a quieter beach in San Antonio Bay area, just a 15 minute walk to the bars and clubs but surrounded by some lovely restaurants and bars. The rooms are clean and elegantly decorated with sea view balcony rooms starting at €58 per night. If you prefer to be more central in San Antonio, I would recommend Apartamentos Mar i Vent with luxurious studios starting at €78 per night.
Top End – THB Ocean Beach Hotel is a great choice for those looking for a romantic and luxurious stay in Ibiza, just a short walk from the beach and bars with double rooms starting at €152. For a quieter, more secluded stay in Ibiza, head to the stunning Aguas De Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa hotel. The hotel is just 8 minutes from the beach and offers a gorgeous bar terrace, home to the Vi Cool tapas restaurant serving dishes by Michelin-star chef, Sergi Arola. Rooms start at a pricey €309.
For groups or families looking for a relaxing holiday, head to HomeAway to rent some comfortable villas with private pools or splash out and rent one of the many boats that perch on the sea near San Antonio.
How to get there
Fly – Direct flights to Sant Josep Airport are available from many airports across the UK and major cities across Europe. Regularly flights are available from Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca and Alicante.
Boat – You may also choose to take the slower (and surprisingly more expensive) route via ferry. Companies such as balearia.com and trasmediterranea.es all offer daily ferries, leaving Barcelona port late at night and arriving in Ibiza around midday. Ferries from Valencia and Alicante are shorter, with some good deals available when booking far in advance or last minute outside of peak season.
Buses run across the island, costing around €2 depending on the distance. In the heart of San Antonio, you will find the bus station with routes to all major nightclubs as well as Ibiza’s Old Town. Taxi’s are fairly priced for Europe, costing €25-30 to and from the airport and under €30 from the nightclubs back to San Antonio. A taxi to the Hippy market costs around €27-€30 whilst a taxi to Ibiza’s Old Town will cost you around €20 – €25.