Eivissa Medieval Festival
One of the highlights of the calendar, Ibiza’s Medieval Festival salutes Dalt Vila’s World Heritage status with a mightily impressive showing of comedy, acrobatics, live music, street performance and gourmet food as thousands flock to cover every inch of the pavement inside the grand walls of the old town.
IMS Grand Finale Festival
Pete Tong’s annual International Music Summit culminates with a sell-out extravaganza that sees 6,000 fans take to Dalt Vila’s battlements for a monster two night party that showcases some of the biggest names around. Recent and forthcoming acts include Fatboy Slim, Driis and the main man himself. And when you realise that the music summit is the first organisation ever to be granted access to use the battlements for a modern music event, you know it’s a spectacle not to be missed.
We’re fairly sure there’s not much we can tell you about Ibiza Rocks that you don’t already know. But with 16 weeks of monster sets and a bill that reads like a who’s who of headlining acts from across the globe the festival never fails to bring a touch of the spectacular to Ibiza’s already storming party scene.
Fiestas de San Bartolome
The end of August heralds the start of a week-long party in San Antonio when the crowds are treated to everything from sports, games and live shows to BBQs, great live music and a massive fireworks display at the very heart of the resort. But perhaps the pinnacle of the festival (and certainly the highlight in our books gents!) arrives in the form of an epic battle between San Antonio and the neighbouring San Agustin on 1st September. Dressed as sworn enemies from days gone by the two communities battle it out on the beach armed only with their wits, determination………. and bucket-loads of tomatoes (epic!) Then it’s time for more BBQs and live music to signal the close of one of the liveliest celebrations on the island.
Feb - Ibiza Carnival
Mar - St Joseph’s Day Festival
Apr - The Princess Sofia Trophy (annual regatta)
May - Eivissa Medieval Festival
May - Ibiza International Film Festival
May - IMS Grand Finale Festival
Jun - Festival of Saint Joan
Jun - Festival of San Juan
Jun - Ibiza Rocks Festival
Aug - Earth Festival
Aug - Patron Saints day of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
Aug - Patron Saints day of San Ciriaco
Aug - Fiestas de San Bartolome
Sept - Diada de Catalunya
Oct - Dia de la Hispanidad
Nov - Gastronomic Fair of Ibiza (San Antonio)
With over 80 beaches, and more than a dozen of them boasting blue flag status, Ibiza is blessed with some of the most stunning stretches of sand in the Balearics. A few to mention;
Las Salinas (10min drive or bus ride from Ibiza Town or Playa d’en Bossa):
Classy beach bars and restaurants, top nod for the rich, the beautiful and the party crowds.
Cala Jondal (accessible by road, 20min drive from Ibiza Town):
A laid back vibe, jagged backdrop and home to some of the island’s trendiest bars, restaurants and beach clubs.
Playa d’en Bossa (easily accessible by road from Ibiza Town);
Ibiza’s longest beach brings chic bars, beach beds and a chilled-out summer soundtrack to Ibiza’s South coast.
Talamanca (15min walk from Ibiza Town);
Bars and restaurants to suit every pocket and taste line the boardwalk, and with many open the whole year through it’s a popular resort even in the low season.
Cala Conta (15min drive from San Antonio);
Two stretches of sand and one small cove witness spectacular sunsets set against some top tunes from the island’s DJs.
San Antonio Bay beaches;
The relaxed friendly bay is famed for its stunning setting, with live shows, cafes and late night bars spilling onto the shoreline path that connects the bay’s five small beaches.
UNESCO declared Ibiza a World Heritage site in ’99 and the island has no less than four impressive protected sites to its name:
Ibiza Airport lies just 4.5 miles from the island’s capital and has taxi, bus and shuttle services available on site. Flights are available across the UK (between 1-5 leave daily from London alone) and will see you in Ibiza in around 2hrs 15mins. Many budget airlines now serve the island and advance booking can certainly reduce costs.
Ibiza has an extensive reliable bus service that provides a highly cost effective way to get around the island, with frequent half-hourly connections between all the major resorts, towns and beaches. The buses run from 7am until 10pm in the summer months, with the island’s disco buses transporting groups to and from the major clubs and beaches throughout the night. Taxis re another solid option and can be flagged down any time night or day (if the green light is showing). And StagWeb can also pre-arrange transfers for you to make navigating the island that little bit easier.