Ibiza and Formentera are also known as the "Islas Pitiusas" (from the Greek word "pitys" meaning pine tree) because of the abundance of pines that cover their landscapes. Ibiza and Formentera are home to about 111,200 inhabitants.
Though Balearic Catalan (plainly named "Catalan" in the Autonomy Estatute) is the official language of the Balearic Islands, and all sign posts etc. are in Catalan, Castilian (Spanish) is the main language of the island, with most natives speaking either English or German. English is very widely understood throughout the island.
Rentals - require extra driving care, as the locals are terrible drivers. Many tourists have been run off the road trying to avoid deadly head-on collisions. New road construction has led to the temporary development of detour roads which are poorly marked and dangerous. During the summer months many tourist drivers under the influence of alcohol, pose a potential threat.
Taxis - can be used to get around the island and cost €20-30 to travel between cities.
Walking - the cities are small enough not to require any mechanical locomotion
Es Vedra, the mystical island rock off Ibiza's west coast.
Atlantis, a hidden cove, but only if you can find a local who'll tell you its secret location.
Passeig de ses Fonts in San_Antonio.
The old part of Ibiza Town.
Visit nearby Formentera by boat.
Explore the many beaches all along the coast.
The famous Es Canar Hippy Market (held only on Wednesdays) on the east coast of the island and Las Dalias Hippie Market in San Carlos on Saturdays.
Visit Bar Anita in San Carlos, the historical venue where the artists and writers of the 50s, 60s and 70s used to collect their cheques and stop for a drink.
Ibiza is famous for its nightlife. During the day most tourists are soaking up rays at one of the gorgeous beaches or sleeping off the past night's drinks. Bars do not get busy in Ibiza town or San Antonio until early evening, about 7PM.
Nearly every bar, particularly in the busier summer months, has "drink specials" that will be advertised (more like hawked) on the street outside the bar. These are good options to save some cash in a notoriously expensive destination. Usually this will be a beer and a shot for 5 euros, but the terms vary depending on the area, the time of night, and the bar.
The West End, near San Antonio center, is a long, wide street packed with bars and revelers. The party shuts down at around 3 or 4AM here.
Ibiza is most known for its large clubs. Examples are Privilege, Space, Pacha, Eden, Amnesia, and El Divino. Most of these clubs have hefty entry fees and the drinks will be extremely expensive. Plan on paying 30-50 euro for admission (unless you are able to find a special deal from one of the hawkers on the street) and 10 euro, minimum, per drink. One night out from club to club can easily run in the hundreds of euro.
Explore some of the traditional countryside of this beautiful island that few people take the time to enjoy.
El Pirata, the best pizza on the island bar none! Located in the port of Ibiza Town.
Basil Thai, one of the best Thai joints around, located close to Ibiza Town in Jesus.
La Brasa, the best place for grilled meats, seafood, and other local specialities.
The Curry Club, Tucked behind the sunset strip in San Antonio, its beautiful inside, the staff are great and the food - amazing!
Don't forget to try two local specialities: ensaimada, a sort of flat, soft pastry coil - what a Danish pastry would be if it was more like a doughnut - and flao, a sweet cheese and mint flan. Most pastelerias and many bars sell ensaimada - flao is a bit more difficult to track down.
The whole island of Ibiza is known as one of the great club capitals of the world.
Jockey Club and "Malibu" (both on Salinas beach) - perfect places to drink and watch the beautiful people lying in the sun while DJs spin deep house and chill out tunes.
Pacha, . The island's most expensive, and arguably best club - plan on €50 entry and €10 for a beer though!
Space nightclub, . (Playa d´en Bossa) Attracts people from all over the world and has received many awards, such as Best Global Club.
When it comes to choosing a place to stay on Ibiza, it really depends on what type of vacation experience you are after. Unless you are from the UK and enjoy surrounding yourself with mainly large groups of rowdy drunk soccer hooligans who rarely leave their comforts in "San An", then avoid San Antonio at all costs except for the occasional sunset viewing at Cafe Mambo for the Pacha pre-parties, or the famous Cafe Del Mar next door. If you just want to relax and chill, and visit nice unspoilt beaches, then it's better to spend a little more on a nice villa.
If you prefer a hotel, you have plenty to choose from.
Fiesta Hotel Group, . Ibiza's largest hotel group, has competitively priced options all over the island.
However, there are more than 300 licensed accommodation possibilities on Ibiza, that cover the entire budget range, from hostels to exclusive and intimate rural hotels, and most are represented with web pages online like ToIbiza.com and in numerous hotel and travel guides, but don't go there in August without a reservation.....you could wind up on the street or on the beach (also illegal).
Formentera - neighboring tranquil and unspoilt island set in some of the cleanest, most turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, and a beautiful boat ride to get there