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Why Holiday in Ibiza

Ibiza is well known for its beaches as several of them have been named amongst the best in Europe. Ibiza is a very diverse island, although to most it screams party island and has some of the best Villa Rentals in Europe, however Ibiza has plenty of areas which are perfect for your annual family HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN. Make akilar your first stop when in search of holiday rentals in Ibiza in choosing one of many villas, homes and apartments for your holiday travel.

Ibiza is often referred to as the White Island (La Isla Blanca) where you will find cove beaches and high towering cliffs covered with pine trees creating beautiful scenery. The capital of the island is Ibiza Town and is one of Europes oldest towns as represented with the history and beautiful buildings to explore. The beaches on the island are beautiful with crystal clear waters and fine sandy beaches, there are several famous beach bars to go to and have a cool drink in the shade one of which is called Chiringuitos. From these bars it is possible to take in the beautiful breathtaking sunsets.

The climate in Ibiza is perfect for your Holidays in Spain all year round, hot in the summer and mild all through the winter making it possible to participate in the many water sports and various activities on offer. Families will love the activities here as there are many attractions like play parks and play areas which have bouncy castles, cart tracks, trampolines and lots more, there is even a water park called The Aguamar Water Park which is perfect for all the family to visit and have fun.

Some of the best nightlife in Ibiza, for those who want a lively holiday, is in San Antonio Ibiza, there is an area called sunset strip which has some great restaurants and bars where you can dance the night away until the morning. With plenty for the family to do as well as the party animals, it is easy to undestand why people think Ibiza when thinking HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN.

History of Ibiza

History on Ibiza Holidays
Enjoy the History of Ibiza

Like all other European mountain ranges, the BALEARIC ISLANDS rose to the earth crust approximately 12,000 years ago. Although in existence 8 million years ago, they were originally attached to the Spanish mainland. Ibiza is part of the Balearic islands and human habitation dates from at least 5000 BC.

The Carthaginians discovered Ibiza in 654 B.C. And named it Ibossim which is not too dissimilar to its present day name, it was at this time that they also founded Ibiza Town making it one of the earliest towns in Europe. The Romans arrived on the island and started the punic wars with the Carthaginians until they managed to overthrow them to take control and rename the island Ebusus only to become known as a confederate City. Later came the Barbarians and the Byzantine who ruled the island until the year 711 when the Arabs arrived.

It was in 1235 that the Christians toppled the Arabs and the Catalonians took control. Ibiza Town was considered unconquerable at that time due to its high city walls and location, however the ruling Sheik at the time had a disagreement with his brother about a mistress from his harem which led to the brother revealing the secret underground entrance to the Town. Once in power the Catalans tore down the Arab mosque and rebuilt the present day cathedral on its foundations and the villages of the island were renamed after Christian Saints.

Today there is a tremendous amount of historical evidence including the secret passage to Ibiza Town. When on your HOLIDAY TO SPAIN make sure and visit this passage to go back in time relating back to the many rulers the island has had, not least the odd shaped towers along the coast which served as watchtowers and defense towers against pirates.

Ibiza Holiday Rentals Information

Holiday Ibiza Villas and Beaches
One of Many Beaches on Ibiza

When choosing Ibiza for your Holiday in Spain you will have the choice of staying in the lively area where the night clubs and party atmosphere is or comfortable HOLIDAY RENTAL VILLAS in a quieter area if the island. When thinking about Apartments in Ibiza it will surprise you with the choice of accommodation on offer from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to luxurious Villas to Rent in Ibiza, some even with private pools. You will also have the choice of sea views or mountainous scenery depending on the location you choose for your Ibiza Holidays.

You will find that most of the Holiday Rentals Homes on the island is fairly new but all is kept well maintained to high standards. Most of the Ibiza villas and apartments are well fitted with fully functional kitchens to cook a family meal ensuring a great family holiday. No matter the style of accommodation you will have a balcony with stunning views but should you take any one of the many Ibiza Villas you will be able to enjoy evenings outdoors on your private terrace and maybe even a BBQ. HOLIDAY RENTAL APARTMENTS IN IBIZA generally accommodate from 2 to 6 people normally and the larger Villas in Ibiza up to 12 to 14 depending on your choice. Akilar helps you selecting a suitable holiday rental apartment in Ibiza for you and your family or travel group .

It's important to book early if you're choosing to holiday in the high season. Most Ibiza Rentals of choice will be located in the beach area so don't be disappointed and book early to insure your IBIZA HOLIDAYS accommodation is secure.

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Ibiza

Check the adverts for special discount rates when choosing your RENTALS IN SPAIN. Most IBIZA RENTAL PROPERTIES will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Ibiza

Ibiza Holiday Rental Apartments Close to Activities
Things to do on Ibiza Holidays

There are many sights and attractions on the island of Ibiza during your HOLIDAYS TO THE BALEARIC ISLANDS, so you will probably feel spoilt for choice when deciding where you will visit while you are on your holiday there.

There many historic sights which are a must see for anyone staying on the island, some of which are The Can Marca Caves first used by smugglers to hide their goods, The Pirate Towers were used to keep a watch out for pirates approaching the island and Las Salinas Salt Flats, which are one of the most beautiful spots for sunset photos. Guided tours are available to see the historic and beautiful island either by land or sea on your Ibiza Holidays.

For those who are sporting enthusiasts there are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied on any day out from your Spain Holiday Rentals. You can take part in some of the many water sports such as water skiing, jet skiing, sailing and more which are available on the beaches. Alternatively if you prefer to stay dry there are mountain bike tours, Tennis, Golf, Paintball, Karts and much much more to choose from. So wherever you are staying on the Island you will be sure to find something of interest to you. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Villages around Ibiza

Ibiza Holiday Rentals in Villages
One of Many Ibiza Villages

Although Ibiza has an international reputation as the clubbing capital of the islands, as well you will find many beautiful little rural villages which are both charming and scenic. So if the hustle and bustle of the island does not appeal to you, there are plenty of options for visiting smaller quiet villages around the island on your Holidays to Ibiza.

San Rafael is a small rural village which is located on the main road between Ibiza town and San Antonio, as with most villages it has a quaint late 18th century church with amazing views where you can see all the way to the busy harbour. Santa Ines is another small village which is to the north of San Antonio, here you will find a church and also a supermarket and a few bars, there is not much else in the village which adds to the quiet rural charm there. The village of San Carlos is where the hippy markets are held on a Saturday, it is a very small but well known village and quite often it is a meeting place for foreign residents of the island who meet over a coffee there.

All the little rural villages which are inhabited mostly by locals around Ibiza have their own charm and beauty making them well worth a visit and experiencing some of the local culture along the way. So when making that all important choice of which VILLA FOR RENT SPAIN to call home during your holiday, take into account the villages along the way and their locations. Akilar.com has put together a whole list of villages to plan your holiday around

Golfing in Ibiza

Golfing Ibiza Holidays
Stunning Golf Courses on Ibiza

Golfing in Ibiza is popular and the weather there makes it possible to enjoy a round of golf most of the year round. Ibiza has 2 very well kept golf courses on the Island, both being in the area of Santa Eularia. One is a 9 hole course suited to the less experienced golfer and the other an 18 hole course which is better suited to the more advanced golfers.

Ibiza Golf club is the 18 hole course located in peaceful countryside overlooking the mediterranean. It features a restaurant in the club house so after a hard day on the golf course you can relax and have a drink and meal looking out onto the beautiful scenery.

The second course is the 9 hole course called Roca Llisa Golf Club which is again situated in a beautiful countryside overlooking the Cobalt Sea. The course is surrounded by palm trees and is open all year round. There are tutors available for private or group lessons.

Both Courses are members clubs but also welcome visitors. Advanced booking is advised to ensure that you can get a suitable tee off time. For the avid golfer, a round on either of these strategic courses is a definite must and should be kept in mind when booking your HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Ibiza Fiesta's

Ibiza Holidays and Fiestas
Santa Semana, A beautiful Fiesta in Ibiza

There are many fiestas held in Ibiza all year round with the most important ones depicting Ibiza's culture and history.

Three Kings Parade - This fiesta takes place in January each year and is the biggest day of the year for children throughout Spain. It is the equivalent of Christmas day because the three kings arrive in traditional costumes in a procession at each local town hall giving children presents.

Dia del Carmen - This is a fiesta held for the patron saint for all fishermen in July. Ibiza Town has a colourful water procession with an armada of boats full with flowers which sail around the harbour.

Sant Bartolome - This Patron Saints day is only celebrated in San Antonio during August. Many years ago a boat sailing toward the coast became distressed and local sailors were able to save the boat and its passengers. This act has been celebrated annually during August with the final day ending in a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

Many families will choose their VILLAS IN SPAIN TO RENT for the main purpose of being able to enjoy one of the many fiesta's the Spanish are famous for. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Ibiza

Dining out on Ibiza Holiday Rentals
Ibiza's fantastic island food!

Although Ibiza has earned a reputation as the Clubbing capital, the nightlife there is actually very diverse. There are many beautiful restaurants with excellent cuisine. Family orientated restaurants with evening entertainment is also available.

Of course, there is the San Antonio area of the Island which is filled with bars and clubs especially for the party animals who come to the island solely to party hard. There are the world famous night spots like Cafe del Mar, Mambo, Pacha, Amnesia, Space and more. San Antonio is not only a clubbing area as there are also top quality restaurants about as well as the expected fast food eateries, San Antonio Harbour also comes alive with entertainment for all age groups each night. A few of the best restaurants around the San Antonio area are Restaurant Tijuana, Restaurant Rincon de Pepe and Restaurant Restaurant.

In Ibiza Town, you will find a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants. You will enjoy a great atmosphere with a superb choice of cuisine, most being traditional Mediterranean style. The town has a relaxed atmosphere with many restaurants which are perfect for families. When taking a walk down to the you will find many restaurants offering Mediterranean tapas as well as the lively nightlife. There is also a late night market in the summertime. Some of the best restaurants in Ibiza town are La Oliva restaurant, Nanking Chinese Restaurant, Cafe Sidney and Cab Den Parra Restaurant.

Santa Eulalia has people flocking to it from all over the island as there you can get fine cuisine at very good prices as this is a very small town offering a great choice of Spanish and international cuisine. The favourite type of restaurant for most people in this area are the grills and barbecue type. The town is unique as it is the only town on the island which has two entire streets where practically all of the businesses are restaurants, and as thought is known as Restaurant Row. Some of the best restaurants in this town are Es Rickshaw Restaurant, Es Callu and The Royalty.

Although you may choose Self Catering Holiday Rentals for your Holidays in Ibiza, you will never run out of choices to have if dining out is on the cards.

Shopping in Ibiza

Ibiza Holiday Villas for Shopping
Shops and Markets on Ibiza

Shopping in Ibiza is great as there are markets on several days of the week in different areas of the island with shops galore where you can buy your favourite perfumes, designer labels, handbags, handmade leather and sunglasses, all at competitive prices. The shopping experience in Ibiza is great with lovely little boutiques which will interest any shopper. The best shopping areas are Ibiza Town, San Antonio, and Santa Eulalia.

The markets, which you will find all around the island, are one of the best experiences for any holidaymaker. One of the most known is the hippy market which reflects the artistic roots of the island in the 60s. On offer are items such handmade jewellery, crafts, and an array of unique clothing. Periodically at the market you will be entertained with live musicwhilst browsing the stalls. Markets take place at San Carlos, Punta Arabi at Es Cana, Cala Llonga and San Miguel amongst other towns.

If you are missing the home comforts during your PRIVATE HOLIDAY RENTALS SPAIN, you can visit the Thomas Greens British supermarket. The store was established in 2006 and serves a wide variety of stock imported from the Uk including newspapers, English magazines, and groceries. The shop is open from October to May each year. Shopping could not be easier as by looking here.

Best Times to Visit Ibiza

Ibiza weather is usually pleasant all year round with the summers hot and the winters mild so the best times to visit the island for your Balearic Holidays depends on what you want from your holiday.

For many clubbers visiting the island, the main aim is to catch the huge opening or closing parties which happen in all the major clubs there each year at the start and end of the high season. The parties can run over many weeks with the opening parties in June and the closing being in September.

In Ibiza, there are hundreds of resorts to choose from which are not aimed at clubbers so even in the high season it is possible to book a quieter family holiday in a more isolated environment. Visiting with the family in high season is a good idea as all the attractions and activities will be open so that the whole family will be entertained.

Visiting the island between April to the first week of June is the perfect time to book most Villas in Ibiza. especially if you are hoping to find a quieter Ibiza without the crowds so it is possible to visit the beach and find some peace and quiet to relax in the sun as well as sightseeing.

Climate for Ibiza

The Climate in Ibiza is pleasant all year round as the winters are very mild and the average daytime temperature is about 15 degrees If the sun comes out this can increase rapidly to 25 degrees. It rarely rains in the winter and the temperature doesn't usually drop below 0 degrees in the winter. The winter months are classed as November to April.

The months of May, June and September, are the beginning and end of the summer and the average temperatures can be between 19 degrees and 27 degrees.

The summers are hot and the average temperature during July and August will get into the late 30's which is perfect for sun lovers choosing Ibiza for their Spanish Holiday Rentals, rain is very rare at this time of the year but not entirely unheard of.

Getting To and Around Ibiza

Ibiza has one airport on the island which has flights coming in from the UK and Spain. It takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to fly to Ibiza from the Uk and direct flights are available from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Newcastle and Liverpool.

If you are going to Ibiza from mainland Spain there are 2 options, the first being direct flights operating from Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante and Palma and the second a ferry route from several places in Spain which arrive directly into Ibiza Town.

Holidaymakers from North America will usually fly into Madrid and catch a connecting flight to Ibiza. In short, choosing Ibiza for your HOLIDAY RENTALS IN SPAIN destination could not be easier.

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Ibiza Balearic Islands SpainIbiza has always been thought of as a young persons party place to be but discovering the "other Ibiza" will prove this wrong. It's breathtaking views and unspoilt areas show this is a holiday destination for all. Hiking, horse riding and mountain biking are common ways to explore the island.
Towns & Resorts in IbizaIf you are looking for a place in the Balearic Islands that has everything to offer, day or night, it has got to be Ibiza. It is the most popular party destination in all of Europe. You may not find a beach in the town but a short stroll away is the beautiful white sands of Talamanca beach where fun is to be had by all people of any age. If this is not enough for you then the Bay of Talamanca and Marina is a relaxing 15 minute walk away. If you feel the need to explore the Island then the top of the list should be San Antonio.

Ibiza, Balearic Islands, SpainThe Balearic Island of Ibiza has a vast array of traditional villages for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the well-known towns and resorts. Here is the Akilar.com overview of our favourites.

Just north of San Antonio is Santa Ines. Village's don't come much quieter than this and if you really are looking to get away from it all then this is the place for you.

shopping in Ibiza Not to be missed is nighttime shopping in the old Town of Ibiza. In the high season months (June until September), the shops in the port have their doors open until well after midnight. There is an amazing selection of the very newest and wildest fashions - everyone finds something special for the coming night out. Do take trip down La Calle De La Virgen (the street of virgins) the centre of a large and colourful gay scene, complete with S&M shops and piercing studios.
Golf on IbizaThere is an 18 hole course of high competition standard and a 9 hole course which is easier and more relaxing making it possible for anyone who enjoys this sport to play on the type of course most suited to their needs and standard.

The problem of an adequate supply of water for the watering of the Ibiza golf courses has been resolved by piping recycled water from Ibiza Town. Thus it has been possible to realize every golfer's dream - to be able to practice this sport all year round in an ideal climate and setting.

Oasis Park Theme Park Oasis Park is a spectacular open space where all the family can enjoy an enormous variety of exotic birds and animals such as giraffes, chimpanzees, zebras, hippos and crocodiles, as well as many other species. Its Botanical Garden is another area that delights visitors. The incredibly diverse collection of tropical plants and indigenous flora includes over 2,000 examples. One of the main attractions is a camel ride along the park’s savannah route.
Tivoli World Theme Park It is in a paradise setting of gardens and illuminated fountains, with exciting attractions such as the Roller coaster, Twister, Land of Terror and the Mystery Boat. Meanwhile, gondolas, merry-go-rounds and roundabouts are the main children's rides. The warm temperatures in this part of Andalusia make evenings and nights the liveliest times here. This is when you can see shows with deep cultural roots, such as flamenco, or those with far-away origins such as the Wild West.
Islamagica Theme Park Fun is guaranteed on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Shows, games and attractions transport visitors to 16th-century cities, gatherings of knights, rogues and merchants, to the Amazon rain forest or to pirates' haunts. In each area, the adventures focus on roller coasters and water slides, free fall towers, audiovisual shows, and visits to fortresses, galleons and caravels. For young children there is a specially designed area with slides, merry-go-rounds and Ferris wheels, along with many more surprises.
Terramitica Theme Park It is divided into five areas inspired in the five civilisations of the Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece, Rome, Iberia and The Islands. Stroll through the port of Alexandria at the time of Cleopatra or attend the Games in Olympia... these are just some of the options available at the different themed areas, not to mention spectacular attractions such as "The Rescue of Ulysses" and the "Magnus Colossus" giant roller coaster. There are also some 300 actors and specialist staff who entertain visitors with more than twenty live shows.
Terra Natura Theme Park Terra Natura is a theme park aimed at the whole family and at all ages, that goes beyond a simple concept of leisure and nature. It offers the chance to travel to exotic places in Europe, Asia and America, to discover the folklore, culture, customs, gastronomy, crafts, and the flora and fauna of these three continents in just one day, and without setting foot outside Benidorm.
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