Car Hire in Ibiza
This information is correct as of April 2015
Don’t settle for what your resort has to offer. Hire a car in Ibiza and discover the island’s best beaches, bars, and beauty spots. With your own car you don’t need to rely on taxis and buses, you can enjoy your holiday on your own schedule. With so much to see and do in Ibiza, a rental car is the perfect way to get the most out of your holiday. You can always find the best deals on hire cars with Skyscanner, so you don’t need to break the bank either.
Where to hire a car in Ibiza
Car hire is available at Ibiza Airport from Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise and Avis. If you don’t feel like driving as soon as stepping off the plane, there are also plenty of car hire options in Ibiza’s major towns and tourist resorts. If you’re visiting the island during July and August it’s important to book your car hire well in advance, as demand can sometimes outstrip supply.
Driving in Ibiza
Spanish driving laws apply in Ibiza. Always turn your headlights on when you’re going through a tunnel (even if it’s a short one) and carry a spare pair of glasses with you if you require them for driving. You’re also not allowed to drive in flip-flops: your shoes need to be secured by a strap around the heel. If you’re driving to the beach a lot if might be worth packing a spare pair of shoes just for driving. You also have to pause before turning left, even if you can see that the road is clear.
Traffic in Ibiza drives on the right side of the road. This can take a bit of getting used to. Your hire car will most likely be a left hand drive: with the steering wheel on the left side of the dashboard and the gear stick to the right. Take some time to get used to the controls. You should pay special attention at roundabouts and T-junctions to ensure you’re always going the correct way.
Getting around the island is generally easy, with very little traffic once you leave the main resorts. Locals have a reputation for speeding, so it’s always best to drive defensively.
Parking in Ibiza
It can be tricky to find parking spaces in the towns during the high season. If the curb is painted blue you need to get a parking ticket from a nearby machine. Parking is usually free during siesta (2pm-4pm). If the curb is painted yellow then you’re not allowed to park there. The same goes for blue curbs with green markings: these are resident only spaces.
Most towns on Ibiza have car parks. One of the most popular is the large pay by the hour car park opposite the port in Ibiza town. It’s a handy place to leave your car if you’re going shopping or bar hopping (soft drinks only for the driver): it costs €1 per hour.
Traffic police in Ibiza are very vigilant: if you park in the wrong space, your car will be towed away. They leave a yellow sticker on the pavement with directions to the impound lot. If this happens to you, you will need to stay calm and head to the lot with your passport, driver’s license, rental agreement, and enough cash to cover your fine.
Prices subject to change.
Great day trips on Ibiza
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Ibiza’s old town is a beautiful place to spend a day, and couldn’t be further from the modern beach resorts further along the coast. There’s a 14th Century cathedral, and a cemetery which dates back more than a thousand years. The narrow and winding cobblestone streets are perfect for strolling through, and as you do you’ll realise why much of the town has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This tranquil yet trendy beach is located on the island’s south-west tip. The beach is part of a conservation area, and is backed by pine covered hills. You could easily spend a lazy day chilling out on the sand and pebble beach. If you get peckish you’ll find a few excellent restaurants and bars nearby.
Aguamar Water Park
If you get bored of splashing in the sea, go and splash around at the water park instead. There’s something for all ages, whether you’re looking for fast slides and white-knuckle rides or something a little more sedate. There’s ample parking, so that’s one less thing to worry about.