If Ibiza forms parts of your future plans, be it to live, work or have an amazing new holiday experience, take note of our first FAQs Moving to Ibiza section, which gives you a summary of key points relating to the island, and may help you have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.
Following next 5 FAQs Moving to Ibiza:
1 Where is Ibiza?
The island of Ibiza (Spain) forms part of the Balearic archipelago, sat in the Mediterranean Sea, 79 km off the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The archipelago is subdivided into two island groups: The northern region is comprised of Menorca, Mallorca and other islets of smaller sizes most notably Cabrera, Conejera, and Dragonera. To the south, the collection of islands known as the “Pitiuses” is made up of Ibiza, Formentera and a multitude of smaller islets among which you’ll find Espalmador and Espardell.
2 How to get to Ibiza?
The fastest way to get to Ibiza from Spain and many other connected countries is by plane. The main mode of transport to and from the Pitiuses is Ibiza airport, used by approximately 95% of people entering and leaving Ibiza or Formentera. The airport is located only 7.5km from Eivissa city and it’s well connected to the main towns of the island. Some of the airlines which travel to Ibiza include Iberia, Air Europa, EasyJet, Ryanair, Vueling, Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Jet2.com,Luxair, Monarch Airlines, Volotea plus many more. Ibiza Airport is characterised by a major seasonal difference between the summer and winter months, however year round connections are guaranteed between Ibiza and the Iberian Peninsula (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia) and with Palma de Mallorca airport.
The second way to get to Ibiza is by boat: This is the preferred mode of transport for those that need to transport their vehicle or pet, those who travel with a lot of luggage or those who simply love the sea. The principle Ports offering a connection to Ibiza from Spain are Valencia, Denia, Barcelona, Mallorca and Formentera.
3 Getting around in Ibiza
There are many ways to get around Ibiza: the island is serviced by both public and private transport and you can check out the public bus routes here. If you prefer to get around by car, motorbike or bicycle, you’ll find a multitude of vehicle hire services throughout the island. In this link you’ll find information about the taxi ranks located throughout the Island and their contact details. You can also move about by sea, ideal not just for getting around the island but also as a means of visiting Formentera or the other neighbouring islets. The ferry companies operating between the islands are: Balearia, Mediterránea Pitiusa and Trasmapi.
4 What languages do they speak in Ibiza?
In Ibiza, like in all of the Balearic Islands, the official languages are Castilian (traditional Spanish) and Catalan, as such all signs and posters in public spaces are displayed in both languages. We must also give mention to Ibiza’s very own dialect, Ibizan Eivissenc, a variety of Catalan characterised by its unique pronunciation, vocabulary and expressions, similar to other neighbouring islands where Balearic dialects can be found and which share some similarities with Ibizan Eivissenc. Although it is not an official language on the island, speaking English has almost become a prerequisite for anyone seeking employment on the island, especially those seeking employment within the tourism industry.
5 What are the main towns of Ibiza?
The island of Ibiza is divided into 5 municipalities: Eivissa, the Capital of the island, is where you will find the majority of the population, as well as many tourism related job opportunities; Sant Josep de sa Talaia, the largest town on the island and the site of some of the most spectacular beaches; Sant Antoni de Portmany, well known for its sunsets, beaches and it’s fantastic nightlife; Sant Joan de Labritja, one of the towns which has best preserved the true essence of the island boasting remarkable landscapes, and Santa Eularia des Riu, where you’ll find the only river on the island, and which is well known for, among its many tourist attractions, its variety of small street markets and beautiful beaches.
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Translated by: Éamon Heavey