One of Europe’s famous party destinations, Ibiza is known for it’s amazing wildlife and beautiful beaches. From the famous parties at Ushuaia to pool parties at Ocean Beach Club, it’s no wonder people keep coming back. A lot of people consider it expensive, but don’t be fooled, you’ll definitely be able to achieve a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget. Ibiza, on a budget?! Is it possible? Well friends, I am here to tell you that it is. Unless you’re looking to party 24/7. Let me tell you how you can enjoy a holiday on the party island without breaking the bank.
Somehow flights from the UK to Ibiza are very cheap. The first time we went our flights were 40 return from London Stansted in June. We booked this a month in advance and still got an amazing price. However, I would recommend booking your flights at least 6 weeks in advance. Keep checking skyscanner for when flight prices change. You also have to be really flexible with dates. If you fly to Ibiza on the weekend it becomes massively expensive. I know for me, if I flew to Ibiza from the Canary Islands it would be very expensive.
There’s two main areas in Ibiza, San Antoni and Ibiza Town/Playa d’en Bossa. In San Antoni we stayed at Hostal Dinamarca, which sounds like a hostel but was more like a hotel. We paid 60€ for 3 nights which was amazing, considering we went during high season. The hotel was located 5 minutes away from the beach and a 2 minute walk from the bus stop. There’s a lot of pubs and bars in San Antoni where you can party without going crazy, or you can just chill.
If you’re looking for a hotel with a pool and some luxury, you may end up breaking the bank. Plus you don’t need a pool in Ibiza when you’ve got the most fabulous beaches.
Playa d’en Bossa is where the main nightlife is at. From the Ushuaia Hotel to Pacha, this is where you’ll find the best parties. I would recommend getting an apartment or aparthotel to save money on accommodation. We stayed at Apartamentos Playasol Jabeque Dreams, which included a pool and was right in front of the beach. The best part about this area was that old town Ibiza was a half an hour walk. Plus, there was a bus stop right in front of the hotel to take you to the beach or the main town. Note: The Playa d’en Bossa strip is very long, so you may have to take the bus to go all the way to the Hard Rock hotel or any other parties you may be planning on going. We booked all this using booking.com, if you click here you’ll get €15 off your next booking too!
Ibiza is known for it’s amazing beaches. It almost reminds you of the beaches in Greece. If you ask the locals, the best beaches to visit are Ses Salines, Cala D’Hort, Cala Comte and Cala Bassa. Depending on where in the island you are, you’ll have to take the bus or cab to visit these beaches. If you’re looking to view an incredible sunset, Cala D’Hort is the place to be at. You’ll see the famous rock Es Vedra. San Antoni is also one of the best places to see the sunset, as it’s filled with restaurants and bars where you can watch the sunset!
If you have any spare days, I would definitely recommend visiting Formentera. It’s a small island just off Ibiza. You can get there with a ferry from Ibiza town/Playa d’en Bossa, which costs roughly anywhere near 15-20€ for a return ticket. To get around the island, you can either rent bicycles, a bike or a car. I’d definitely recommend going here because it’s just like paradise. The white sand and crystal clear water looks like it’s surreal.
Old town Ibiza is another must see place. It’s a half an hour walk from Playa d’en Bossa and it’s absolutely magical. There’s so many cute street corners there, it reminded me of the pretty streets of Mykonos. You’ll find yourself walking through a quaint village. If you walk all the way up to the castle you’ll see the most beautiful sunset.
As a Spaniard, I knew how to spot a local Spanish place rather than a touristy restaurant. I’d recommend not eating anywhere in front of the beach because they’re mostly overpriced and expensive. Plus the food there is not as good as in the local Spanish place. For beach days, I’d recommend taking prepared food beforehand. For instance, we would buy snacks from the supermarket and make our own sandwiches to take to the beach. Since swimming always makes us so hungry we had easy access to our food. Plus most of the restaurants around the beach are very overpriced.
You will find amazing Spanish food in small bar/cafe style restaurants around town. If you’re looking for good paella, the Cala Bassa beach club does incredible paella. A little bit out of the price range, but if you feel like indulging then I’d definitely recommend it!
For tapas I recommend Can Terra, located in Ibiza town. They have a range of amazing dishes, like padron peppers and croquetas. A jug of sangria was just 13€, compared to 20€ in a touristy place.
Have I convinced you to escape to Ibiza yet? Though Ibiza is known for partying you can definitely go there to relax and switch off. Life’s too short to be partying all the time anyways (unless you enjoy it, in which case you do you.)
Hope you guys enjoyed this guide! Have you ever been to Ibiza?