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Ibiza, Spain Adventure Travel Guide

Place

Ibiza (Eivissa), Spain

Location

Ibiza is an island the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off Spain’s east coast.

Closest Town/City/Village

There are several towns and cities on Ibiza, the largest of which include Ibiza Town, Santa Eulària des Riu, and Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Climate and Geography

Ibiza is 572 km2, making it the 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Spain that includes Mallorca (Majorca), Menorca, Ibiza (Eivissa) and Formentera. Ibiza is fairly flat island. There are two small mountain ranges, one in the north east and one in the south west, and the highest point is Sa Talaiassa (also known as Sa Talaia or Sa Talaia de Sant Josep), which is just 475 m above sea-level. Ibiza has 500 km of coastline comprised of sand, pebbles, and stone.

Ibiza’s climate is ideal for outdoor adventure sports. The average daily temperature ranges from around 12°C in January to 26°C in August. Summers on Ibiza are hot and dry, and winters are warm and also very dry. Like it’s sister islands, Ibiza gets more than 300 days of sunshine per year on average.

Description

Ibiza is, of course, widely known as a party epicenter. What is not as well known is the beautiful geography and variety of outdoor adventure sports available on this island. Although most people’s Ibiza holidays focus on nightlife, there are also ample facilities for adventurous activities of all kinds during the day.

Sailing is probably the most popular sport on Ibiza, with marinas found all around the island, and several international events (such as the King’s Cup and Princesa Sofia Trophy) are held on nearby Mallorca. December to June is the best time on Ibiza for wind-powered water sports, like sailing, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. Ibiza’s moderate climate and hilly landscape make it a beautiful island for long easy treks and mountain bike rides, especially in the northeast, which remains relatively undeveloped. The coastal cliffs are great climbing and abseiling, and the clean, clear water is ideal for snorkeling.

Activities

  • Parasailing
  • Paragliding
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Waterskiing/wakeboarding
  • Hiking/trekking
  • Mountain Biking (novice to expert)
  • Rock climbing/abseiling
  • Paintball
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Horseback riding

On a Budget?

  • Ibiza is not cheap. The cheapest accommodation on Ibiza is in found in hostel dormitories which start at about $30 USD per person per night and apartments shared among several people, which cost about the same. Ibiza has seven campsites, and they are the cheapest option for accommodation, starting at around $15 – $20 USD per person depending on the season.
  • Inexpensive restaurants will have breakfast for around $10 USD and lunch and dinner for around $12 – $15 USD. Of course, the supermarket is always an option. You can put together a decent meal there for $7-8 USD or cheaper depending on your taste.

Photos

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Images (in order) courtesy of Teosaurio, Philip Larson, NemesisDesign, Simon Welsh, GanMed64, robertpaulyoung, andruby, robertpaulyoung, olaszmelo, ST33VO,and ramonbaile on Flickr.

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