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Ibiza (Catalan Eivissa) is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 km off the coast of Spain. It is the third-largest of the Balearic Islands belonging to Spain. The largest cities of Ibiza are Ibiza (Catalan Vila d'Eivissa or simply Vila), Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. In Ibiza, you can enjoy the Mediterranean climate with long and hot summers and mild winters. Between June and September temperatures range from 27-35°C and in winter the temperature rarely drops below 10°C, but rainy days are more common during these months.
Ibiza is a vibrant island surrounded by many beaches of all shapes and sizes - sandy, rocky, open and hidden; rumpled and deserted, simple and lush. The island's biggest attraction is, of course, its nightlife, which few destinations can rival. This is why Ibiza is particularly popular with those looking for an exciting and lively vacation where the fun never stops.
Ibiza is also protected by UNESCO. We rank it among the five most famous Spanish islands visited by tourists from all over the world. Since 2010, the island has focused on the sustainable development of tourism and the emphasis has shifted from the party part of the island to more peaceful forms of vacation. One part of the island is full of clubs and parties, especially during the summer months. The other side of the island is a peaceful, romantic getaway where those looking for a quiet vacation will also find much to enjoy. Fig tree plantations, the sound of the sea, beautiful sunsets, and the slow Spanish pace of life. What more do we need?
Basic info and car hire in Ibiza
- Location: Mediterranean
- Population: 147,914
- Official language: Castilia Spanish, Catalan
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: In Ibiza, you can enjoy the Mediterranean climate with long and hot summers and mild winters. Between June and September temperatures range from 27-35°C and in winter the temperature rarely drops below 10°C, but rainy days are more common during these months.
- Holidays in Ibiza: For public holidays in Spain click here: https://www.officeholidays.com/countries/spain/2021
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Ibiza, are in good condition, areas with road works are generally sufficiently signalled.
- Car hire in Ibiza: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Ibiza is Ibiza airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Ibiza!
Driving in Ibiza
The best way to explore the island is at your own pace with a rental car. That way, you'll discover different beaches, food that is not kebab, and hiking trails. There really is a beautiful island waiting for you outside of San Antonio and Ibiza Town. We highly recommend renting a car. You do not even need to have a plan. Just drive around and explore this wonderful island.
Ibiza adheres to Spanish regulations, which set a speed limit of 50 km/h in the city centre, 90 on country roads, and 120 on the motorway. However, you should always pay attention to all signs, as Ibiza often has stricter speed limits. A good example of this is the road from Ibiza to San Antonio, where you must pay attention to the changes in speed limits and the speed camera placed there. Traffic on a roundabout has priority. Most junctions and intersections are regulated by signs indicating whether you have the right of way or not. If there is no sign, you must always give way to traffic coming from the right.
Fines for exceeding speed limits are also imposed on travellers abroad who do not live in Spain. We, therefore, advise you to be as careful as you are at home. Ibiza has fixed speed cameras all over the island, especially in areas where drivers speed.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Spain is 18 years. However, most car rental companies require you to be at least 21 to rent a car and at least 25 years to avoid paying an additional young driver fee.
- International Driving Permit: Yes, if you are a non-EU licence holder.
- Additional papers: Identification(passport), a valid driving licence, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in Spain)
- Additional requirements: Glasses (in case you need glasses, you must always have a spare pair in the car), light bulbs (are usually already in the car and are provided by the car rental company), warning triangle (2 are required for all vehicles registered in Spain and 1 if coming from abroad), high visibility vest (recently made compulsory)- First aid kit (not actually compulsory, but we strongly recommend you have it with you, just in case).
- Children in the car: If you are travelling with children under 12 or less than 135cm tall, you are required by law to have a child seat in your car. If you do not have your own, most car rental companies will provide one for a fee. However, it is advisable to request such a seat before collecting the vehicle, otherwise one may not always be available.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
- General speed limits: The speed limit is 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h on rural roads, and 120 km/h on the motorway.
- Parking suggestions: For on-street parking, blue lines indicate that it is a zone where you must pay to park (known as 'ORA'). You can buy your parking ticket from a parking ticket machine. There are often 'free periods' in these zones, but these vary from area to area. If the lines are yellow, parking is not allowed, while white lines mean free parking. In many towns in Ibiza, look out for signs in the car parks indicating a market or other event taking place the next day, and make sure you park in legal spaces. Otherwise, you could be fined or have your car towed away.
Car Hire in Ibiza
Most popular car hire at Ibiza
The most selected hire car in Ibiza is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Ibiza are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Top One-Way Trips From Ibiza
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Ibiza. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Spain.
Visit Es Vedra
Es Vedra is one of those strange places on earth, like Easter Island or the pyramids, that is full of mystery. Basically, it's an uninhabited rocky island off the coast of Ibiza that has some myths and legends surrounding it.
Day trip to Formentera
Cross another Balearic island off your bucket list and take a ferry to Formentera. It's Ibiza's well-rested sister and only five miles away. It's known for its long beaches, food that even Italians would enjoy, and tranquil atmosphere. Even celebrities come here to relax. While it may not sound as fun as Ibiza, it's a beautiful place to explore and get away from the crowds for a few hours. Then return to Ibiza tanned and refreshed for the rest of the night.
The caves of Can Marça
Get out of the sun and explore Ibiza's hidden sea caves. Head to Puerto de San Miguel and explore the Cueva Can Marca. This is a secret cave that used to be used by smugglers to shop for contraband. It's a little creepy but super cool! You descend into the cave via a narrow staircase on the side of a cliff. Once you are inside the cave, you'll find bright green colours and creepy rock formations. It is a fascinating experience!
- Explore the Marina de Ibiza. The Marinade Ibiza is where the island's now-legendary reputation began decades ago. This area is actually made up of two neighbourhoods, the port, and La Marina. This is where the myth of the island began, making it one of the most incredible tourist brands in the world. The harbour and marina are beautiful and characterized by narrow streets with whitewashed houses and worn roofs.
What to see in Ibiza
Although Ibiza is a party destination, it offers much more than that. The whole island is full of beaches and coves where you can spend a relaxing day after a busy night, explore the cultural sights and discover the stunning views of the island. There are also all kinds of water sports everywhere, boat trips to smaller islands and of course beach parties.
The highest and oldest part of Ibiza City is protected by strong Renaissance fortifications built by Charles V in the 16th century. The walls were built to prevent the threat of attacks by Barbary pirates and invasion by sovereign powers such as the French. It's worth visiting the forts to see the seven bastions, each with a slightly different story. Bastion Santa Lucía, for example, houses an 18th-century magazine and offers beautiful views of the old fishing quarter and port.
Catedral de Ibiza
The old town of Ibiza offers many interesting sights and a maze of alleys that make for fun exploration. In addition to the many boutiques, galleries, and local shops such as bakeries, there are some charming historic squares such as the Plaza de la Vila and the Plaza de Sa Carros. One of Ibiza's biggest attractions is the Ibiza Cathedral, located at the highest point of the old town. The cathedral offers a breathtaking view of the beautiful water. You can spend at least a few minutes admiring the old gothic interiors made of silver and gold and the monstrance.
These pieces date back to 1399, while the Gothic-style panel paintings date back to the 1300s and 1400s.
Playa d’en Bossa
The main town of Ibiza is situated directly on the longest beach on the island. On summer days it is a paradise for the young party people. You can sleep the night away under a parasol while relaxing low-tempo music plays from DJs on the beach. If you have enough energy, you can rent jet skis and paddle boats right on the beach, and if you are hungry, you can get something to eat at the numerous restaurants. After dark and until the sun comes up, it's party time here, as two of Ibiza's biggest clubs, Ushuaia and Space, are located right in the complex.
If you are staying at Ibiza Town and want a quieter day at the beach, a few minutes from the marina you'll find another of the island's large beaches. The landscape around Talamanca consists of small hills covered with pine trees and the small holiday settlement Cap Martinet. Right on the beach, great little restaurants are offering Balearic specialities such as Bullit de Peix. The beach is nestled deep between two headlands, so the waters are gentle and child-friendly.
Hike to the top of Sa Talaia
Dancing all night in a club is good exercise, but it might be worth stretching your legs and getting some fresh air. You can hike to Ibiza's highest point, Sa Talaia, which is located at Sant Josep. This is an easy, uphill hike of 2.4 km. Start the hike by walking up a road called Sa Talaia until it turns into a path with vegetation on both sides. Look out for an exotic Ginetta (a ferret and cat-like animal native to Africa and the Balearic Islands) that may be relaxing in the trees. Once at the top, you'll have panoramic views of the whole island. Go during sunset if you really want to be overwhelmed.
Rent a kayak and explore the island from the sea
You'll see Ibiza from a whole new perspective. Most kayak tours will take you through crystal clear waters and secret caves. It's also a great opportunity to meet other travellers! One company, Kayak Ibiza (based in San Antonio, Figueretas and Es Figueral), will take you on an adventure along the coast of the island to a beach for a snack and snorkelling. Take a break from sunbathing and hop in a kayak.
Drive your rental car beyond Ibiza
Ibiza is connected to the rest of Spain by ferries. This is an easy solution if you want to spend your holiday in Spain exploring different parts of this beautiful and colourful country. Of course, do not miss the opportunity to explore Ibiza's surroundings, as Ibiza is just one of the four major islands of the Balearic Islands. Mallorca, Menorca, and Formentera are definitely worth a visit. Besides the mentioned islands, there are many small islands on the Balearic Islands, which are mostly grouped around four larger islands.
Take the ferry to Formentera. Formentera is a completely different world to Ibiza. This small island, off the south coast of the island, is worth a visit for anyone who wants to see something different. The beauty and ambience of Formentera are completely different from most places in the Mediterranean. It starts with the beaches like Calo des Mort and Playa de Ses Illetes. They seem so tropical as if they were in the Caribbean and not in the Mediterranean Sea. The sand is sugar white while the water appears turquoise. The interior of the island is also completely untouched. If you rent a bike, you can explore the small paths that lead through tiny, whitewashed villages. This is where everyone who is tired of the party scene comes to relax and unwind.
Enjoy the culture in Ibiza
Where to eat, drink, and party in Ibiza
Amidst clubs and beach bars, there do not seem to be many options for gourmet food - but you'll discover plenty of nightspots selling the greasy food we all know and love when it's 3 am. If you are in the mood for something less greasy, more local, head to Kalissol Ibiza Santa Eulalia del Rio and treat yourself to a delicious meal. This place has one of the best paellas on the island. Refuel and then continue with your alternative Ibiza activities!
Try the best home-cooked Mediterranean cuisine on the island
In the interior of Ibiza, there's a once-secret restaurant you will not want to miss. At Paloma, you will not get the fresh seafood on the beach or the tapas in the old town. Instead, you'll get a meal that consists of hearty and homemade Mediterranean dishes prepared from gorgeous local produce. In the evening, you can dine under the stars. It's not uncommon to find a few celebrities on vacation at the next table. The peaceful Mediterranean garden restaurant Paloma in the middle of the island is hard to beat.
Best restaurants in Ibiza:
- Street Ibiza
- Tropi Trance Ibiza Bar
- The Prince Albert
- Yenuina - Laboratorio de Pasta
Party at the World's Craziest Club Elrow at Amnesia.
Elrow at Amnesia has been called the party club of all nightclubs. It offers a theatre that you cannot miss in Ibiza. This world-famous Sunday night event takes place at Amnesia and has a reputation for being the craziest party in the world. Here you will experience costumes, glitter, confetti, trapezes, and bouncy castles. Along with world-famous DJs spinning the beats, the party sells out every time it takes place. Do not miss it!
Best clubs in Ibiza:
- Hï Ibiza
- Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club
- Eden Ibiza
- Amnesia Ibiza
- Ocean Beach Ibiza
- Pacha Ibiza
- Bora Bora
- Privilege Ibiza
What you need to know about renting a car
What do I need to rent a car in the Balearic Islands?
A credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so it is important that the credit card has sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. In many European Union countries, a National ID is sufficient. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.
How old do I need to be to rent a car?
The minimum age to rent a car is 19 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.
Do I need car rental insurance?
Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the Balearic Islands with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.
Do I need a credit card to rent a car?
In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit Car Hire you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.
Do I need an international driving license in the Balearic Islands?
Drivers licenses issued in the Balearic Islands or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in the Balearic Islands.
How do I find the cheapest rental deal in the Balearic Islands?
You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit Car Hire. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can raise the closer to the travel period gets. You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as VW UP and Fiat Panda often provide the best prices.
What is the best car rental company in the Balearic Islands?
You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise rent a car, Centauro and OK Rent a Car.
What are the types and makes of rental cars that are available in the Balearic Islands?
You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are VW Polo, Fiat Panda, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Fiat 500.
Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I rent a car in the Balearic Islands?
Most car rentals in Balearic Islands offer unlimited mileage in their offers.
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