Ibiza is party central. If you are looking to just have an uninhibited good time, there is no place like Ibiza: Ibiza has some of the best discotheques in the world, amazing restaurants and bars, un-paralleled nightlife and spectacular secluded beaches.
But where is Ibiza? Ibiza is an Island that belongs to the Balearic Island archipelago. The Balearic Islands are one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain. The Balearic Islands are one of the two archipelagos that Spain governs over. The Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco is the other.
The Balearic Islands are located off the eastern coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea, between the Iberian Peninsula and Italy. The nearest point between Spain and the islands is just under 130 km away.
The Islands enjoy spectacular whether thanks to the influence of the Mediterranean. Temperatures rarely get bellow 15Cº in winter and over 31 Cª in summer.
Beaches on the islands enjoy powdery white sand and clear, warm, turquoise water. The Islands are well known for their secluded coves which make for relaxing and romantic little oasis’s that can be found all around the coast. The climate also makes the Islands a natural paradise, with an incredible amount of biodiversity on land and off the coast.
The nearest autonomous communities to the Balearic Islands are Cataluña (Catalonia) and Valencia, with whom they share a cultural background. In all three communities Catalonian is commonly spoken and they share similar customs, traditions, and gastronomy. The Balearic Islands are also heavily influenced by Italy. The Islands have been under Italian control several times during the long history of the territory. The most recent occupation occurred during the Spanish Civil War the Islands where occupied by Italian forces.
Over a million people call the Balearic Islands home and the island of Ibiza is home to 142 thousand, making it the second most densely populated island of the Archipelago behind Mallorca.
The Balearic Islands themselves are subdivided into 5 smaller archipelagos: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Cabrera and Formentera. The largest island, Mallorca, is also home to the Communities capital, and largest city, Palma.
Each mini archipelago is worth visiting and there are ferries sailing between them with regularity and some of the islands also have airports and flights run between them as well. Sailing from Mallorca to Ibiza will take you about 3 hours and about 40 euros per person, where as flying is just 45 minutes and about 50€
The best way of getting to Ibiza is by plane. There are frequent flights from the peninsula to the Island. But there are also several ferries that can also get you there if you prefer the scenic route. This is a great option especially if you are already visiting continental Spain and have a car, you can literally just drive your car aboard the ferry. The fastest way of getting to the island by sea is from Denia, just south of Valencia. The ferry will get you there in 3 hours and prices can get as low as 10€ for the voyage. There is also a regular ferry from Barcelona to Ibiza, but it will take you about 8 hours to get there and about 50€ per person.
Flying as we have mentioned is the easiest and quickest way of getting to the Island. Flying, for example from Madrid, will take you just over an hour and cost around 50 €per person (depending on the season).