Surrounded by sparkling seas, Ibiza’s coastline measures some 200km, punctuated by dozens of pebble coves, long sandy beaches and grassy dunes. Cala Jondal is a broad swathe of pebble and sand, framed by pine-clad hills and stylish eateries; on the southern tip of Ibiza, Las Salinas is a mile-long scoop of sand fringed by pine forest and groovy bars, while Cala d’Hort, in the southwest, is a wide arc of talcum powder-soft sands overlooking Es Vedra rock. Neighbouring little sister, Formentera, is more peaceful and perfect for a day-trip, offering sublime beaches including Playa Mitjorn, where there are trendy beach clubs and white sands sweep across the island’s southern shores (please note: clothing is optional here!) and there’s a cosmopolitan vibe.
Explore Ibiza and Formentera by bike and follow waymarked cycling routes or don wetsuits and dive from one of the many PADI-accredited dive centres, offering great visibility and balmy sea temperatures. Las Salinas National Park is a location to note, featuring a wonderful bed of seagrass and prolific marine life.
Ibiza Town is lined with one-off boutiques, selling everything from glitzy beachwear and clubbing gear, to handmade keepsakes and leather goods. Hippy markets are also very popular, such as Sant Jordi on Saturday mornings, in the hippodrome outside Ibiza Town or Las Dalias in San Carlos, also held on a Saturday.
Famous the world over, the ‘White Isle’ boasts an ever-growing assortment of hip and glam bars, complemented by chic and fashionable nightclubs, attracting young clubbers in hordes every summer. Top name DJs also fly in, keen to mix and spin their blaring tunes and create the ultimate clubbing location. Names to note include Pacha, Amnesia, Space and Nikki Beach. Alternatively, opt for one of Ibiza Town’s atmospheric pavement cafés and feel the island vibe over drinks, tapas and music.
Various civilisations have landed on Ibiza and there are interesting places in which you can immerse yourself in the island’s rich heritage, including the Phoenician site at Sa Caleta, the necropolis at Puig des Molins and the World Heritage-listed Eivissa, Dalt Villa (Ibiza Old Town). This elegant capital of whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets is a delight to explore. The oldest part was first settled by the Phoenicians and features 16th century ramparts that were built to keep Turkish pirates out. Walk the walls, keeping watch for medieval mansions, the cathedral, hilltop citadel and galleries dripping with art.
British Airways from London Gatwick to Ibiza. UK regional departures and charter flights are also available.
From London Gatwick to Ibiza: 2 hours, 25 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.