At just 28 miles wide and 16 miles long, Ibiza is proof that good things really do come in small packages.
Why hire a car in Ibiza?
On an island where there are few main roads, driving a hire car is the only way to go exploring and reach the best bits. Bordered almost entirely by coves and beaches, you'll find yourself enjoying a personal slice of paradise away from the crowds who rely on public transport. Alternatively, you could head inland and call in at any of the small, traditional villages for some local cuisine and refreshments before crossing miles of quiet countryside and soaking up the sun.
That all important first mile - driving out of Ibiza airport:
Ibizans drive on the right, but apart from that, the road rules are the same as ours; wear seatbelts, be sober and stick to the speed limit. Simples.
"Ibiza Town is a Mediterranean Mecca for the discerning holiday maker"
Although it's the island's capital and well worth a visit, there is much more to discover beyond the town's walls. Hire a car in Ibiza and find your own private beach.
Expect an energetic atmosphere around the nightclub hotspots, but beyond that, Ibizans take a gentle, laid-back approach to almost everything. Relax and take it easy.
The locals love this island and who can blame them. They want you to love it too, but that means looking after and respecting it. Do that, and the welcome will always be a warm one.
With about 300 days of sunshine per year and winters that rarely see temperatures drop below 15°C, it's safe to leave jumpers at home. Be warned though, the summer months get super hot. Carry water and buy a cover for the windscreen of your hire car to keep those seats cool - or you can always rent a car that comes with air conditioning.
The fish and seafood dishes here are some of the best you'll find in the Mediterranean. Order burrida de ratjada - ray with almonds, all of which is caught or grown locally, for a taste of traditional island fare.
Since the 1950's, celebrities have either been hanging out, or hiding out on the island. If you're an autograph hunter, you could return from your trip with signatures from the likes of Kylie, Kate Moss, Pete Tong or Mick Jagger.
According to Nostradamus, the location and natural conditions of this particular island make it the only place in the northern hemisphere that could sustain life after Armageddon.
"Whether you've been or not, you'll probably have a few preconceptions about the island: jam-packed clubs, rowdy crowds, a hedonistic lifestyle and chilled-out music. But what you may not realise is that there's a whole other side to this Balearic island: a tranquil, laid-back and beautiful one."
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Brits cram onto budget flights to dance the night away at Ibiza's famous clubs. Pick up your hire car from the airport and head to San Antonio - it doesn't disappoint. Need to sleep off last night? Drive the hire car down to Playa d'en Bossa. It's the island's longest beach, so you're bound to find some space. Had an early night? Drive down to Ibiza Town and take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Old Town.
Be on the lookout for packs of wild dogs.
If you didn't bring your dancing shoes, collect your hire car from Ibiza airport and head to Santa Eulalia. The family-oriented resort is a great base to explore the east of the island. Drive the hire car north, along the coast, and just see where it takes you. Discover hidden villages, hippy markets and smugglers caves.
If you're driving, don't even have a drop of the good stuff. You'll be hit with a six-month stint in jail if caught.