With its reputation for frenetic nightlife, it may come as a surprise to learn that the old walled town of Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its architecture. The Dalt Vila (old town) is guarded by massive medieval walls built to keep out marauders, with both cathedral and castle at the top. Just inside the main gate to the town you’ll see the elegant Plaça de Vila spread out before you with its restaurants and cafés. An ideal spot for a meal or some tapas.
Just outside the citadel, the district of Sa Penya offers up a maze of passages and narrow alleys flanked by whitewashed houses with iron balconies. The area is crammed full with boutiques, bars and restaurants and a “hippy” market on Carrer d’Enmig. Highly atmospheric, you’ll rarely enjoy a better chance for people watching.
Rub shoulders with the jet-set at the Marina Botafoch. Take a stroll along the quays and jetties for a good look at the huge luxury yachts moored there. Or sit outside one of the cafés or restaurants to enjoy the view and soak up the cool, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
A short distance from the marina is the more peaceful Talamanca bay and beach with its soft white sand. The resort is close enough to the city to lie in the sun during the day and then go back in the evening for a night of clubbing.
It's no secret that Ibiza has some of the most spectacular and famous clubs and bars on the planet. The buzz begins roughly in May and starts to wind down in October, so there’s plenty of time for partying. A lot of the action is centred in the stylish Sa Penya quarter or the narrow streets of the old town. Most venues are open between midnight and 6am and famous names include Pacha, Amnesia and Space.
When you’re ready to leave the Ibiza's city locations behind, jump in your Avis hire car to discover its surrounding areas.
Drive your Ibiza car rental out to the island’s wooded interior and rugged coastline with hidden coves and out-of-the-way beaches. With Avis, you can explore wherever you choose with freedom and convenience and without being tied to schedules.
Winters on La Isla Blanca or “the white island” are especially mild, perfect for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Spring, with the almond trees in bloom, is also an excellent time to visit. Family holidays are a guaranteed success in places such as Santa Eulalia, 10 miles north of the city, and the small resorts in the less developed northeast. Perfect to visit in your Avis car rental. Swimming in some of the cleanest and clearest water in the Med is another good reason for booking your holiday here.
Cova de Can Marçà caverns
Why not go underground for a visit to the Cova de Can Marçà caverns in the north with their spectacular coloured lights? Turn off to the right just before Port de Sant Miquel and drive around the headland to reach the caves. Multilingual guided tours last around 30 to 40 minutes. Once back at the surface you can stop for a drink on the terrace and enjoy the view of the cliffs and azure water.
If you prefer more sporty activities, Ibiza offers great opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as walking, riding, cycling, diving, kayaking and rock climbing, all of which can be easily accessed in your Ibiza hire car.