Ibiza is well known as one of The World’s best party destinations, attracting some of the top global DJs – though Vegas has been stealing them over the last couple of years! What isn’t usually mentioned is the sheer beauty of the rest of the island. It has a green mountainous interior where lots of pine trees thrive, despite the arid climate. It is easy to find yourself in an orange grove or sitting in a small restaurant, looking at the azure waters eating some of the most delicious food in the world.
Driving around Ibiza is a simple option. The island is small enough that it can be covered in a couple of hours. Try driving around one part of the island per day, that will leave you time to explore the bays and the interior. If you doing sports activities, we recommend asking your car hire company for a decent cargo box especially if there are four of you driving around the island in a fiat punto!
Santa Eulalia is a pretty town that attracts it fair share of families in the north-east of the island. The jewel in the Eulalia crown is the beautiful marina. Here you will find a dazzling selection of yachts, super yachts or even a fishing boat or two. The marina is surrounded by bars and restaurants. Take a wander up one of the streets leading from the promenade and there are some great shops to discover. Parking is plentiful and driving around this area is uncomplicated.
From Santa Eulalia, it is a scenic drive to the village of Santa Gertrudis de Fruta. This is a village in the centre of the island and it is worth arriving with an empty stomach and quite a few hours to wander around. There are a handful of restaurants that offer genuine Spanish food. They all offer great wine to accompany your meal but be prepared to chill out, this village likes to savour the fine things in life. The shops are independent and full of beautiful, quirky buys. The square is typically Ibizan and can provide you with some of the best people watching spots in Ibiza.
After lunch in Santa Eulalia, leap into your car and drive to one of the local beaches like Cala Martina or Playa de S’Argamassa.
The south of the Island is nice to drive around as you cross over the salt flats of Salinas (Las Salinas national park) , this takes you to Salinas beach which is very nice but a bit expensive if you want to eat out.
If you want to head off the beaten track for a drive, try Es Vedra Nature Reserve is also a nice drive to be done at night to watch the sun going down over the Es Vedra rock. You might come across a few hippies meditating here. You head up a small road in Sant Josep de sa Talaia which takes you into the national park – very hard to miss and probably still not sign posted. We just drove up there to have a look at houses and ended up driving in the national park.
The South-West is my goto destination for beaches and hanging out. You can drive from ‘San An’ to Cala Bassa beach which is amazing (best going out of season). You can then drive around to Paya Comte and have a cocktail at Ashrams – the Worlds best bar.
Map of Ibiza Island
Ibiza Car Hire
Most people pre-order cars at the airport and drive to their hotels on arrival. The other option is to pick one up in one in the major towns once you have got settled – this is what we tend to do…as we like a drink on the plane coming out!
When you rent a car in Ibiza, it is generally very relaxed. I once was told to leave my hired car at the airport when I left, in any place I wanted with the keys in the ignition!! I suppose its pretty hard to actually steal a car here.
Ibiza has undoubtedly some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean. The choice of places to laze in the sun is staggering. There are long beaches, beaches with waves, beaches that lie in coves giving you the glittering glassy calm waters that are perfect for swimming in. As you drive across the island, there are hundreds of signs showing the way to beaches. Take your pick. None of Ibiza’s beaches will disappoint.