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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Ibiza

When to go

Ibiza enjoys spectacularly sunny weather almost year-round, with temperatures spiking up to 30°C in the summer months. This means that days at the beach are always on the cards, and night time is comfortably warm enough for outdoor bars and dining.

Because a lot of Ibiza's activities involve long days out in the sun, it's always a good idea to carry a bottle of water and some sun cream when you're exploring, to help you cope with the heat.

During the winter the island still maintains a moderate climate, averaging temperatures in the teens and dropping down to around 10°C on occasion. On average, it snows in Ibiza once every ten years, so you should be able to escape dreary Februarys like we get back home.

While visiting in the off-season means you'll enjoy quieter Ibiza holidays, most tourism shuts down between November and April. Ibiza is home to a spectacular natural landscape though, which is hikeable all year round and it's more comfortable to do so in the cooler months.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you are visiting Ibiza specifically to take part in sports or water sports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/health.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enter Spain and its islands but must have a valid passport. By law, you must carry your passport with you and may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.

Getting around

The island of Ibiza is on the smaller side, which means regardless of your end destination, you won't have to travel far from the airport to get there. Flights to Ibiza generally take between two and three hours, and land in Ibiza Airport, near Ibiza Town. From the airport, the furthest town is 40 minutes away. Top spots like San Antonio Town are less than 20 minutes from the airport and Ibiza Town even closer.

Most tour operators include airport transfers in your package, so you won't have to worry about arranging your own transportation. If you do find yourself needing other arrangements, Ibiza Airport can be reached via a number of bus services, which also stop at San Antonio, San Jose, Cala Nova, Es Cana and Santa Eulalia, among others.

You can hire a car to see the island at your own pace, but to keep the cost down on cheap holidays to Ibiza you can utilize public transport. They island is well-serviced by a comprehensive and affordable bus system, as well as ferries. Several resorts have connections to and from the capital, so you won't have trouble getting around.

It's also worth noting that many top towns neighbour one another and are reachable on foot, so it's a good idea to map out where you'll be staying as well as what's nearby, to see what sort of transportation you might require, if any.

Parts of Ibiza are also serviced by the Ibiza Express, a tourist train that runs across four sections of the island. Its routes tour towns like Portinatx and Santa Eulalia, pausing at historic sights and beaches for quick swims along the way. It's a convenient and family-friendly way of touring the scenery with minimal planning on your part.

Advice for travellers with children

While a huge number of tourists flock to Ibiza for all-night partying, Ibiza is home to a number of quieter resorts and family-friendly activities. In recent years, Ibizan tourism officials have been working to attract more families, and more laid-back spots like Figueretas and Portinatx have met the challenge with kid-friendly beaches and accommodation. There are plenty of All Inclusive Ibiza hotels to choose from which would be perfect for a family getaway.

The island's capital Ibiza Town, while packed with culture, is prime partying territory, along with San Antonio Town and Playa d'en Bossa. Staying outside of these parts and visiting for day trips is usually a good idea when travelling with kids.

Electricity

Connector type: Generally round two-pin plugs Voltage info: 220 volts AC, 50Hz

Emergency services

Call 112 for all emergencies and the operator will put you through to the police, fire brigade or ambulance service. The line is operated in five languages including English.

British consulate

If you are a victim of crime, affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate. It is open to the public from November to March on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. The consulate phone lines are open from 8am to 4pm.

Address: Avenida Isidoro Macabich 45, 1º1ª (corner with Calle Canarias), 07800 Ibiza

Email: spain.consulate@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +34 93 366 6200

Hospitals

Ibiza Town Hospital Can Misses Carrer de Corona, 32-36, 07800 Ibiza

Telephone: +34 971 39 70 00

Useful links

The White Isle - An Ibiza guide with news, reviews and things to do, with lots of family-oriented ideas.

To Visit Ibiza - Online tourist information office, with insider insights and recommendations.

San Antonio Ibiza - Things to do and places to eat in Ibiza's party hub, San Antonio.

Clubbers App to Ibiza - Ibiza holiday guide with news, events and recommendations.