Ibiza

Spectacular natural beauty, great Mediterranean weather, a nightlife and music scene worth staying up all night for - Ibiza’s multifaceted nature attracts a truly international clientele, seven million strong every year.

The first thing you notice about Ibiza when you start wandering around is its dramatically stunning coastline - golden sandy beaches, pebbled beaches, turquoise waters and coves surround the island offering a wealth of options for different types of holidaymakers. You can find beaches with all facilities including sunbeds, showers and beach bars pumping out soothing Buddha Bar-style music, or equally, you can stumble upon utterly wild beaches without the facilities and inevitably with a smaller crowd competing for space. The island also still has its secrets and you can discover it at your own pace, cruising through the seas to beaches accessible only by boat.

210 kilometres of beautiful coast such as this offers an abundance of activities including sailing, boat trips, paddle boarding, jet skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Despite the number of visitors here each year, the marine life is still rich with creatures.

The island certainly has its glamorous side in the south, attracting some of the world’s top celebrities who come here to both party and relax. The name Ibiza is actually an old Spanish word meaning ‘party till you drop’, and it certainly lives up to its name. Year on year, the biggest international DJs flock here to play to thousands of people queuing up to dance the night away. Big name clubs always boast a star-studded line-up, offering an electronic music scene which is unparalleled in the world. It’s on the south side that super yachts cruise around beautiful coves soaking up the party atmosphere.

But the island also offers a lot of downtime for those who’d rather relax than revel. Away from the main strips and towns, the northern side is more wild, with quieter and authentic villages, which provide a haven of calm with many choosing to take up position in downward dog at one of the many yoga retreats available. The variety of ambiance and atmosphere on offer accommodates a diverse range of travellers and visitors, so you’re sure to meet people from all walks of life.

With an ever-increasing popularity, Ibiza is having to adapt to keep up with tourists’ demands. In order to support the high-end market, the airport is adding a new €16m extension to cater for more private planes and a new marina will be constructed with enough berths for 16 super yachts.

The property market in Ibiza

The property market within the Balearic Islands is once again closing in on its highest levels back in 2008. Though Spain suffered during the economic crisis, Ibiza proved resilient and remained much stronger than other areas due to its popularity with a foreign clientele. Today, Ibiza remains the most expensive island of the Baleares, ahead of Mallorca and Menorca.

With a natural divide between the north and south of the island in terms of atmosphere, the property market also follows suit. In the northern part of Ibiza, properties and remote villas in rural villages are popular with families and are good for long-term investments due to the higher capital appreciation prospects. In the lively southside, properties tend to be more expensive than in the north and are very popular with short-term renters, resulting in good rental returns year on year. Although short-term Airbnb renting is forbidden in Ibiza, many still rent out their properties for short holiday periods of weeks or months anyway.

How to Get There

By Air

Just 7km southwest of Ibiza town, Ibiza Airport is served by all major European airlines connecting it to a large host of European cities. The main town is accessible in under 10 minutes and popular resorts like Sant Antoni and Santa Eularia are a mere 20-30 minute drive away. Taxis are available at the designated taxi rank outside the airport, or alternatively you can take the bus to Ibiza town and other towns. Car hire is also readily available, giving you the freedom of travel during your trip.

Weather

Spring / Summer

The idyllic Mediterranean climate here is a big attraction for tourists. The summer months are long and warm, with August being the hottest at an average temperature of 26°C (79°F) and sea temperatures to match. Temperatures in winter drop down to around 12°C (54°F) in January, and October is generally the wettest month with an average of 54mm of rain.

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