Holidaymakers often book Spanish apartment rentals in Ibiza because they want hot weather, great beaches and a taste of the famous nightlife. Sometimes visitors are surprised that Ibiza Town offers much more than this. Ibiza Town (also known locally as Eivissa) is a very attractive holiday destination with its fine restaurants, ancient fortifications, imposing cathedral and an excellent variety of shops. The holiday season when people book Ibiza holiday apartments or holiday villas in Ibiza town begins in late April and lasts until October with temperatures ranging from the twenties to the mid thirties Celsius.
For those visitors looking for sun and sand that are staying in holiday villa rentals or Ibiza holiday apartments you can find several wonderful beaches in the vicinity of Ibiza Town: Playa de Talamanca borders Talamanca Bay and is a pleasant sandy beach with clear waters. It can be reached in about 20 minutes on foot, as can playa de Figueretas. The lively resort of Playa d'en bossa has the longest stretch of beach on the island and is dotted with bars and cafes. It is a favorite with tourists who enjoy watersports. If you want to go a bit further afield from your Spanish apartment rentals, the beaches around luxury villas IbizaSes Salines are easily reached by bus and are thought to be some of the finest on the island. You can also take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Formentera where the beaches are second to none.
If you are staying in self-catering Ibiza holiday apartments or holiday villas in Ibiza Town you may be interested to know about the local food. As a result of the numerous nationalities who have lived in Ibiza in the past, you will find that many diverse dishes make up the gastronomy of the island. A couple of traditional dishes worth trying are Ibizan-style tuna, roast pork, fish soup and rustic stir-fries with meat, potatoes and vegetables. Ibiza also offers a good selection of drinks to go with your food. Locally produced beer, wine and spirits are available at very reasonable prices and Cocktails are available in most bars. There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available which make use of the wide selection of fruit grown on the island. Ibiza Town boasts a significant selection of restaurants for visitors who are staying in self-catering Spanish apartment rentals in Ibiza.
While you are staying in your Spanish villa or Spanish apartment rentals in Ibiza you may well get to experience one of the many fiestas which take place throughout the year. There are fiestas for each town as well as for the patron saints days. The town fiestas can go on for a week and usually have lots of children's entertainment, live shows, competitions and parades through the town with floats ending with spectacular firework displays. The Eivissa Medieval Festival is held on the second Sunday in May. This new festival includes concerts and dancing and celebrates the declaration of D'alt Villa as a World Heritage site in 1992.
Ibiza Town thanks to its numerous disco bars and clubs is well known for its busy nightlife and tourists often book their Spanish apartment rentals here to take advantage of this. The town offers visitors some of the island's best night-time entertainment and certainly the finest selection of restaurants and cafes. It tends to appeal to more sophisticated visitors than the coastal resorts and there is also quite a significant gay scene in the town. The bars in the town tend to open in the early evening and stay open well after midnight. Many of the more well-known nightclubs do not open until after midnight and don't close until 6 am or later. Nightclub entrance can be very expensive from about 20 to 50 Euros, sometimes more.
Many people who stay in Spanish apartment rentals or holiday villas in Ibiza town enjoy shopping and the retail outlets in Ibiza town are very good and varied. They range from street vendors and flea markets to world class designer boutiques. There are the famous 'hippie markets' on Wednesdays just a bus ride away and the flea market every Saturday. The stalls sell everything, but tend to specialize in local art and souvenirs. For upmarket shopping you need to go to the Sa Penya and Sa Marina districts in the dock area of Ibiza town.