Surviving Ibiza Spain as an American

by Jim Bowen

Ibiza, Spain is an island located off the southwest coast of Valencia, in the Mediterranean Sea. Its moderate climate, where high temperatures rarely drop below 60°F in winter and typically only reach the mid-80’s in summer, make it a perfect vacation spot any time during the year. Since English is widely spoken on the island, it can be a great destination for American travelers.

Ibiza has long been known as a popular area for international tourists who enjoy clubbing and an active nightlife. The island is home to the world’s largest nightclub, (where the late Freddie Mercury of Queen once performed and the DJ swings high in the air above a swimming pool), but Privilege is not the only local club with a far-reaching reputation. If a Spring Break-style party is the kind of international vacation you are looking for, Ibiza is probably the place for you, from Eden all the way to Space.

Even if late night parties aren’t to your taste, don’t give up on Ibiza just yet. Away from the pulsing cities of Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni (previously known as San Antonio), the Spanish island offers plenty of quieter activities, including hiking, mud baths, paint-balling, kite surfing, boat charter, guided tours, tennis, sunbathing on glorious beaches like Cala Moli and Figueral, scuba diving, and more. There are also some tame, family-friendly locations near the sea, like the Tropicana Beach Club.

Regardless of which kind of vacation you are searching for, you will need to eat and Ibiza has some of the finest Spanish dining in the Mediterranean, particularly in the village of San Raphael. El Faro in Ibiza Town offers fine seafood dining on the harbor, while places like Es Caliú, located near Portinatx in a converted farmhouse, present more casual eating. If the local Spanish cuisine is not to your liking, there are, of course, the typical fast food places and chain restaurants, too.

From its famed Hippy market to the upscale boutiques, Ibiza has no shortage of opportunities for shopping, as diverse as the rest of the island. There are plenty of lodging establishments like the family-friendly Village Country Hotel or the Fiesta Cala Nova Hotel, agrotourism hotels like the Can Martí and the Can Lluc, and 5 star hotels and resorts such as the Royal Plaza Hotel, and the Mirador de Dalt Vila.

Ibiza island is an intriguing blend of old world charm and modern sensibilities. So whether you like to rise at dawn or party till sunrise, whether you want to dive into local culture or feel like you’re still back in the States, Ibiza, Spain may be for you.