Ibiza is an island in the Balearic group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is about 79 km off the Spanish mainland coast near the city of Valencia, to which there are ferry links. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza is well-known for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists, while the Spanish Tourist Office have been working hard to promote the island as a more family-oriented tourism destination. Most of the clubing scene is centred in and around the capital Ibiza Town, with the more beach orientated resorts around the island having a more laid back feel.
The climate in Ibiza varies from an average of 12c in mid winter to about 26c in mid summer. The language spoken here varies from part to part, and you may hear Spanish, Catalan or Ibicenco. The Ibicenco name for Ibiza is Eivissa.
Ibiza is considered a very popular tourist destination, especially due to its legendary and at times riotous nightlife centred around two areas - Ibiza Town and the resort of San Antonio to the West. If you want to visit Ibiza for a peaceful and relaxing holiday avoid these areas and make for the other resorts dotted around all around the coast. Some are spectacularly beautiful, many with white sandy beaches.
A few of the more popular resorts -
Talamanca - Just a stroll away from Ibiza Town. Good beach and plenty of hotels.
Figueretas - Just south of Ibiza Town. Beach and rocky coast and a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.
San Antonio - The second largest resort. Something for everyone and plenty of nightlife.
Santa Eulalia - On the east coast. Excellent beach and a good resort for families.
Portinatx - At the north of the island. Several beaches and a typical family resort.
Cala Tarida - On the west coast south of San Antonio. Great beach and family friendly. Only a few hotels here.
Cala Vadella - A beautiful, sandy beach on the West coast with just a few hotels and shops. Peaceful and family friendly. Great bathing and water sports.
Playa d'en Bossa - South of Figueretas. A large exciting and international resort, offering a great variety of bars and clubs. Many children's amusements.
San Antonio Bay - A large sweeping bay facing San Antonio. Hotels dotted along the coastline with great beaches.
Es Cana - A family resort on the east coast with a long sandy beach and small harbour at the end.
Cala Llonga - A complete mini resort. Wide sandy beach.
Puerto de San Miguel - A wide sandy beach. This resort is suitable for couples out of high season and families in high season.