What You Need To Know
Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It’s well-known for the lively nightlife scene in Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni, where major European nightclubs have summer outposts. It’s also home to quiet villages, yoga retreats and beaches, from Platja d’en Bossa, lined with hotels, bars and shops, to quieter sandy coves backed by pine-clad hills found all around the coastline.
Area: 220.5 mi²
- Ibiza uses the euro (EUR) as its official currency, with €1 equal to 100 cents. Notes are issued in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro. Coins are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euro denominations.
- You have three main ways of getting your euros – ATMs or cash machines (which all banks have, as do most supermarkets and small towns), cashing travelers cheques, or, exchanging your money inside a bank or at a bureau de change.
- For some reason, AmEx travelers checks are especially difficult to cash in Spain. If you really want to bring travelers checks, don’t bring AmEx.
- You can use your foreign credit or debit card in most stores and restaurants in Ibiza. However, in practice, many shops’ credit card machines are out of date and aren’t very good at accepting foreign cards. always carry enough cash just in case your card isn’t accepted.
Note: in Spain, it is a legal requirement to show photo ID – your driving license will do – when paying by card. This is in addition to signing the receipt which you always have to do (and also sometimes, typing in your PIN). However, many shops would rather take your money than risk losing business, so if you don’t have your passport/drivers license with you, it is sometimes possible to get them to accept your card anyway.
If you are looking for the best time to go to Ibiza you will first need to figure out why you are going. If you want wanting to avoid the huge crowds but still have good enough weather for the beaches and other activities ?you will want to visit Ibiza somewhere between the middle of April and the first week of June. In Ibiza the summer season and the first really warm beach days begin in May, with beautiful clear, sunny days and temperatures in the mid-twenties. Between the months of June and September, there is very little rainfall. In August and September the temperature rises to over 30 degrees Celsius (86° Fahrenheit). With water temperatures of 25º – 27º Celsius (77° – 81° Fahrenheit) .
While Castillian Spanish is the principle language of most of Spain, on Ibiza the official language is Catalan which has its own local dialect known as Ibicenco.
Health and security
- If you find yourself in a serious, life-threatening emergency, you should call 112. This number is free of charge and valid in all Spanish territories. The Spanish word for A&E department is “urgencias”.
Be aware that if you ask a hotel or travel representative to call a doctor, you may be treated privately. If you wish to be treated under the public system you must call 112 and ask for an ambulance to take you to the nearest public hospital.
Similar to the NHS in the UK the state-provided healthcare in Spain is generally free of charge. However, in some parts of the country, particularly the islands such as the Balearics, it may be more difficult to find a state healthcare provider near by.As an EU resident visiting Spain you must have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This will entitle you to free emergency medical treatment for up to three months. The hospital or clinic treating you will decide whether the treatment qualifies as an emergency.
If you need to call out a doctor in an emergency, make sure you have a valid EHIC and ask for state-funded healthcare.
Some hospitals, doctors surgeries and health care centres (centro de salud) will offer both private (privado) and state-provided healthcare (asistencia sanitaria pública) – it is up to you to inform them which service you require. They may also have separate surgery times for private patients.
There are certain non EU countries that have reciprocal agreements with Spain and can get medical treatment with the relevant documentation, although private medical insurance is still advised and is essential for all other visitors.Dental treatment is not usually available free of charge as all dentists practice privately. A list of dentists (dentistas) can be found in the yellow pages (pagina amarillas) of the telephone directory. Dental treatment should be covered by your private medical insurance.
There are many pharmacies with staff trained to attend a variety of minor medical needs. Prescription and non-prescription drugs and medicines are available from pharmacies (famacias), distinguished by a large a green cross. They are able to dispense many drugs that would only be available on prescription in other countries. If the pharmacy is closed, a list of neighbouring open pharmacies can be found on the door. In other towns and resorts, there is always one pharmacy which remains open 24 hours.
- Ibiza is not considered a dangerous destination and the majority of tourists enjoy holidays here without experiencing anything untoward. There are petty criminals around, however, so do keep a close eye on your cash and valuable items in busy public places, and don’t leave anything of worth on balconies if your hotel room is on the ground floor as it’s not uncommon for opportunist thieves to steal clothes and other personal items.
Be aware that come night-time, many parts of the island give themselves over to revellers. While trouble is uncommon, the potential for violent encounters is higher at night due to the large amounts of alcohol being consumed.
- Women should stay in groups and avoiding walking home at night alone.
- Unfortunately there is an increasing problem with jellyfish in the Mediterranean sea. Mostly in the water at Ses Salines beach.
- Drive carefully!, especially in summer; due to the large numbers of tourists, roads tend to be packed, this means you will naturally come across people speeding and also many inexperienced drivers. If your driving a scooter make sure you use a helmet and keep to the sides of roads.