Ibiza is the best Balearic island
It might be a bold statement, but in my opinion, it’s true. There are lots of reasons why I believe Ibiza is the best Balearic island, and believe it or not, none of them involves partying!
I’m meant to be heading out to Spain in March for a friend’s wedding. I’m really excited about this, not just because I get to see her get married, but also because I haven’t actually left the UK in over four years.
The last holiday I had, a long time ago, was to the incredible island of Ibiza, one of my favourite places in the whole world. Not long after my return home, I discovered I was going to have a small person, and things were never quite the same again.
So, in preparation for the first trip abroad in far too long, I’m taking a look back at my favourite Balearic island and just why I love it there so much. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go. Seriously. Ibiza is an unbelievable destination. It’s also highly underrated in terms of what it can offer families.
In this post, I’m going to be looking at why Ibiza is the best Balearic island, and how you don’t have to be a party animal to enjoy the White Isle. This post also contains some affiliate links to help you find the best Ibiza deals if you’re planning a trip to the Mediterranean this year!
Ibiza is no longer synonymous with wild nights, but they’re there if you want them
Don’t get me wrong, a large chunk of Ibiza life is about the seemingly endless summer of partying, hedonism and dance. However, there’s a much more chilled, family-friendly side to life in Ibiza too!
I’ve been to the island twice. Once during the summer season when everything is crowded, crazy and undeniably awesome, and once during the quieter season when everything is peaceful and equally awesome.
Both are brilliant experiences in their own way.
One of the things you really do need to consider if you’re planning an Ibiza trip during the summer season is that it is insanely hot. I’m not just talking about your standard Mediterranean heat either, it’s an Ibiza-style heat all of its own. it’s that extra-special, humid as hell, stuck to your own bed kind of hot.
Personally, I’d recommend going in either early July or maybe even early September. I went to Ibiza on a spur of the moment jaunt with one of my best friends in August one year, and it was scorching. I mean, I’m pale and ginger, so I knew it was going to be hot, but the humidity was something I honestly didn’t bargain on.
My hair really didn’t thank me for it, but that’s another story!
Ibiza’s nightlife is part of their culture
That said, if you do go in the summertime, you won’t regret it. It’s an amazing time to be there and see all the wild, colourful and exciting sights. The party atmosphere in the streets is palpable and the chilled out, friendly vibe of all those who flock there is something else altogether.
Nightlife in Ibiza is amazing, as you’d expect, but a word of warning – if you’re thinking of paying a visit to one of the world-famous clubs, make sure you’ve stocked up on your Euros, because those nights out you’ve dreamed of a la Kevin and Perry really aren’t cheap.
We went to Manumission for one of the weirdest and most fun evenings I’ve ever witnessed in my adult life, and it pretty much cleared us both out completely! It was totally worth it though, although I don’t think I’ll be repeating that now I’m on the other side of thirty.
Springtime in Ibiza is the best time
Chilled out days and party-filled nights are the done thing for many travellers on a summer trip to Ibiza. However, If you go in the calmer months of the year, the whole island is much more relaxed.
Ibiza itself is a gorgeous place, with beautiful beaches and laid back adventures around the island. Hire yourself a car and you can visit all the best bits over the course of your stay. Ibiza Town is beautiful and very eclectic – think slick boutiques selling quirky raver clothes, open-fronted jewellery stores and hippy-boho chic fashions aplenty.
I came back the first time with harem pants, a floating tunic dress and a headscarf. To be honest, I have no idea how I didn’t end up with dreadlocks and a tattoo. The place is just that cool you can’t help but get sucked into the feel of the place.
Needless to say the harem pants are in a drawer upstairs somewhere now, but man those things are comfy. Good old English weather, ruining my style evolution.
The other reason Ibiza is the best Balearic island – the food
Spanish food is my favourite kind of cuisine in general. I think I spent almost the entirety of my last trip to Ibiza face down in bowls of olives and rolling around in endless slices of tortilla. I should have really guessed I was pregnant at that point, but nope, I just thought I was enjoying the cuisine a bit more than usual!
Accommodation in Ibiza
There are lots of different options for holiday accommodation in Ibiza to suit all budgets. If you’re a fan of hotels then there are plenty of quirky boutique B&B’s in Cala Vadella or San Antonio. Or you could push the boat out a bit and rent yourself a whole villa a bit further inland! There’s plenty to choose from so make sure you take some time to see what works best for you.
I’d absolutely recommend renting a villa or holiday home over there, especially if you’re going to hire a car as well. It just makes so much more sense to be able to come and go as you please. Also, most of the villas you can rent in Ibiza have WiFi and Sky TV, so you don’t even have to miss out on your favourite TV shows while you’re on holiday!
That’s possibly the most middle-aged sentence I’ve ever said. Wow.
Why Ibiza is the best Balearic island
Basically, this gorgeous Balearic island is one of my favourite places to visit, and I’m ridiculously choosy about travel. If you’re thinking about booking somewhere up for your holidays now, I’d definitely recommend you check out some Ibiza deals.
The other thing about Ibiza is that it’s actually a great choice for families. Remember that isn’t just all about wild nights and crazed partying. There are so many other aspects of the island that you can discover by hire car, or by the Santa Eulalia ferry to Ibiza Town.
Ibiza is packed with activities for all the family to enjoy. You can check out these self-drive hidden Ibiza tours, or even go on one of these fantastic coastal speedboat cruises if you’re feeling really adventurous!
I’m saving up for my next trip there already. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can get back to Ibiza again – turns out the sunshine really does make everything better.
Have you ever been to the White Isle?
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve ever been to Ibiza! Do you agree with me that it’s the best in the Balearics? Or do you think Majorca or Menorca are the ones to be writing about? Let me know in the comments, or as always you can catch up with me over on Twitter. You might also enjoy my Travel Wishlist board over on Pinterest.