Towns and villages of the Ibiza Region
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Figueretas, Talamanca Beach, Playa d’en Bossa
|25% (12,620) of 2014 population (49,693): 35.4% Americas,
11.9% Italian, 4% French, 3% German, 2.3% British
|1 golf course Golf Club Ibiza|
|5 hospitals||4 beaches|
|4 schools and colleges||4 marinas|
|3 police stations||10 km / 15 min|
Ibiza’s long marvelous summers with plenty of sunshine are what made it famous (as well as its legendary parties). The sun is shining everyday from May to September, peaking at an average of 13 sunlight hours per day in July. The sunshine levels in autumn are still great at an average of 9 hours. The darkest months of January and February are seeing an average of 7 sunny hours per day. In spring, a healthy amount of sunshine to be enjoyed getting up to an average of 9 hours in March and 10 in April.
The climate in Ibiza is Mediterranean, enjoying long hot and dry summers and mild winters. The island is famous for its glorious beach weather with plentiful sunshine.
During the early spring, the temperatures are slightly chilly. Daytime temperatures range from an average of 17°C to 22°C.
The summer season starts from June and lasts until September. August is the hottest month with an average temperature of 29°C. July has the lowest average rainfall – just 10mm.
In autumn, the overall weather remains warm and pleasant. Daytime temperatures rise to an average of 24°C in October and lower to 19°C in November. However, rainfall increases during this period and averages between 55mm and 77mm with the wettest month being October.
In summer, a cooling sea breeze brings a pleasant relief from the hottest temperatures. Dust storms occur in the late winter/early spring time (usually between January and March). During this period, heavy rain and high winds can hit the island for 2-3 days. These hot winds are blowing across from the Sahara, due to the island’s close proximity to North Africa.
The sea temperature is warm in summer, rising from around 21°C in June. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is peaking at 26°C. Generally, swimming in the sea is comfortable from May right through until October and often even longer. Sea temperatures during the spring tend to average at 18°C.
Situated on the south-eastern coast of the island of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands archipelago, Ibiza Town and municipality (Eivissa in Catalan) is the island’s central and most fascinating part. Day or night, it offers a concentration of all the attraction.
Eivissa also is the most populated settlement on the island. Its rapidly-growing population is made up of a mixture of natives, immigrants from the Spanish mainland, and foreign expats. This is the reason why the culture and language are so rich and diverse in this region. Catalan and Spanish are the two official languages; however, most of the inhabitants are multilingual.
Located in the island’s main port, Eivissa is an upscale area. It is widely known as the primary headway and traditional holiday destination for “the rich and beautiful”. Its five-star beach resorts, elegant villas, and chic boutiques attract a fair number of international jet setters that pull into to the harbor in their luxury yachts.
The Ibizan property market is varied and ready to meet any aspirations. It offers houses ranging from high-class luxury penthouses to authentic estates and charming holiday homes. The limited area and decreased building possibilities provide wider options to find a unique gem and acquire home in good location. For a number of years, investors value it as a safe and stable property investment destination.
Prices for an Ibiza Town property are the highest out of all regions on the island. The local real estate market offers a majority of apartments and their average price is around €7,100 per sq. meter. The average price for a house here is slightly above – €7,200 per sq. meter.
Ibiza Town property buyers enjoy matchless views of the Mediterranean Sea. There is a premium value of 100% on the top of the selling price for a house and around 120% for an apartment with a privileged sea view position in the area.
Ibiza boasts a plenty of activities to charm a broader audience as well and is filled with fantastic entertainment. Since the 90s, it is a trendy meeting point of the young and young at mind, who party in the countless clubs and discos. Original interiors and unique shows attract party lovers from all over the world, who enjoy its most fashionable resorts. Celebrities and alike dance until dawn in the most popular clubs, such as Pacha, Privilege, Amnesia, Es Paradis, El Divino, Space, and Eden. Each club has its own uniqueness. But, what unites them are the world’s best DJs, who gather crowds of fans on their shows and performances.
Nevertheless, besides being the clubbing capital, Eivissa is actually very diverse. It boasts a fantastic natural beauty and excellent climate, and is an attractive beach and family-friendly headway. Here you find charming countryside with the famous almond blossom in January and February, fabulous sandy beaches and secluded bays, rugged coasts and hilly areas, historically rich culture and exquisite food tradition.
Ibiza Town is blessed with a variety of great restaurants offering visitors delicious cuisine prepared in masterly fashion and outstanding views. Most of the eateries usually have an outdoor area overlooking the sea or on the most popular streets not to miss the beauty of the crystal clear waters and the strolling crowd.
The region features traditional Mediterranean cuisine, which is tasty, varied, and characterized by fresh ingredients. Especially, it is well-known for its fish and seafood, native olives and olive oil, as well as sweet pastries. For example, try the local sweet cake Flao, which is made using an old recipe. With feta cheese, mint leaves, and anise it has a very distinctive Ibicenco taste. For meat lovers, chorizo sausage is also an important element of the local dishes.
Eivissa municipality, along with its fortified old town of Dalt Vila, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a true cultural center of the island. There are interesting museums, such as Archaeological and the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as historical sights of great importance. The most notable include the cathedral of Santa Maria d’Eivissa, situated at the top of Dalt Vila, and the Punic necropolis of Puig des Molins. Nearby, you also find the 23-metre-high monument of Christ, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Port’s area, located around the harbor, is where many liners and cargo ships shuttle to and fro the mainland. It is the entry to the island for its numerous visitors. Upon their arrival, they come across, probably, one of the most prominent spots of the town where all business and entertainment activities take place. But, the bustling port welcomes not only those who come to the island by sea. Barrio de la Marina district situated just by the port offers everyone never-ending strings of bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops.
Along with the Old Town and La Marina, the other central areas such as Paseo de Vara de Rey and Plaza del Parque are also spots of interests with different bars, restaurants, and shops.
The beach season in Ibiza extends from May to October. During these months, the weather is notable for its comfortably hot temperatures coupled with the clear, blue skies. In fact, the whole island is fortunate to receive very little rainfall in the summertime. Winters are also mild, and generally warm enough for spending much time outside. A large number of outdoor sports and activities are possible because of such pleasant climate.
Whilst Eivissa doesn’t have its own beaches, they’re just a leisurely 15-minutes stroll away.
One of the most popular and longest stretches of beach on the island is Playa d’en Bossa. It extends from the Ibiza Town to Sant Josep de sa Talaia. The shallow waters and 2 km. of white sand strip flanked with beach bars and restaurants offer a diversity of scenes. Here you also find a sufficient variety of water activities, such as kitesurfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, or beach volleyball. It keeps just everyone occupied.
The center of the Figueretas resort features a wide sandy beach with a palm-lined promenade.
In Talamanca, you find a relaxing spot of paradise on the island, located in a comfortable urban environment.
For a more diverse experience, the island of Formentera situated south of Ibiza, is reachable within no more than 20 minutes by boat or ferry. By right, it is called the Spanish ”Caribbean” because of its outstanding white sandy beaches and crystal clear turquoise water.
Boating and yachting are popular in Eivissa because of the proximity to water. Marina Ibiza is Europe’s one of the most prestigious marinas. It not only provides the latest nautical services but also the opportunity to be a part of its exclusive lifestyle. The excellent Club Marina features a selection of two top restaurants (The Lio and Blue Marlin) and a beautifully decorated cafe.
For the noble golf sport enthusiasts, Ibiza Golf Club is just 7 km away and is easily reached by car. Situated in the exclusive and isolated area of Roca Llisa, it encompasses the fast and challenging 18-hole course, and a 9-hole course that provides a more relaxing, enjoying the picturesque scenery, experience. The golf club offers great parking facilities, as well as a driving range, bar, and restaurant.
The municipality has a good number of services available for both visitors and residents, such as hospitals, banks, European countries’ consulates, and commercial areas.
Conveniently, Ibiza airport is located just 10 km from the city center and is reachable in just 10-15 minutes of drive. The airlines designated to use Ibiza Airport as their hub offer mostly domestic flights to the main mainland destinations in Spain (such as Madrid and Barcelona) and Mallorca, the largest of Balearic Islands. International air travel is mostly seasonal, although some of the connections are operated all year round, for example, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Geneva. In 2014, the number of passengers handled by Ibiza Airport has reached 6.2 million travelers, an 8.5% rise in passenger numbers from the precedent year.
Growing up in Ibiza is probably an idyllic way to spend one’s childhood. Thanks to the support found in international schools, it has become a favorable location for families around the world. For example, Morna International College is located just in a 15-minute drive from the town’s center. This British school provides a safe and learning engaging environment where children not only learn, but also take advantage of the natural surroundings.
This way, Ibiza offers the best of all worlds. With its exciting and cosmopolitan city, gorgeous beaches, amazing natural beauty, exceptional climate, and lifestyle facilities it is a world-class destination not only for any vacation but for owning a second home as well.