The best season to visit Ibiza
Fundamentally depend of your plans and your expectatives. The White Island is a very diverse destination.
It’s known throughout the world only to be a tourist destination for parties, djs and discos. But the reality is that Ibiza has much more to offer. It’s a paradise island with a lot of nature, and transparent waters. The people are very helpful, although the locals don’t really like uncontrollable tourism and partying, they are always ready to help if someone needs it.
Ibiza has a temperate climate most of the year, so it’s always a good idea to visit the island.
In high season is not the same as visiting it in spring or early autumn. Most of the hotels are open from May to October, even sometimes the season is brought forward to April for Easter. The season is also usually extended if the weather allows it.
Normally until November-December the weather is warm, with high temperatures during the day, and low temperatures in the evening-night.
The sea on these dates begins to have more waves, for this reason the season cannot normally extend beyond October, November.
During the months of July and August, is when the island is more crowded with people. There are hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, everything is open and fully operational.
Here the only thing you should keep in mind is to book days in advance, because often there is no availability for many activities, restaurants, or accommodation.
From my point of view, the best time to visit Ibiza is May-June or September and October. Plane tickets are cheaper, there are fewer people on the beaches, and on the island in general. And less traffic! This is something that not everyone takes in mind, in high season the traffic is very stressful, there are many cars, and that makes it difficult to get everywhere early, and even park.
In the low season, with fewer people, getting around the island will be easier, and many beaches and sites will be almost exclusive to you.
If you want to get to know the quieter side of the island but can only take a holiday in high season, don’t worry; there are plenty of coves and quiet spots where you can relax, rest and unwind.
Previous years the high season was July and August. Currently, the busiest months in Ibiza are June, July, August and September. If you plan to travel during this period you will experience the island at its best and you will be able to choose from a wide range of things to see and do in Ibiza.
What to do in low season?
During the months of April and May there are some local festivals to visit.
In April you will find with the Easter celebrations.
In May you can visit the Medieval fair that takes place every year in Dalt Vila. It’s a magical moment that will transport you to the past. Normally it’s always held on the second weekend of May. Is actually commemorated is the naming of the city of Ibiza as a World Heritage Site. The old part of the city, the walled Dalt Vila, dresses up as pirates, knights and medieval ladies, and returns to the past with numerous stalls and performances.
The night of San Juan is another celebration that you will enjoy. Take place on June 23 and 24 throughout the island. The villages make a big bonfire, and the people gather around it. There are dances, concerts, fireworks, traditional games, food and drink stalls.
The main attraction is, of course, the party in the town of San Juan itself. Although there are also parties and bonfires in the rest of the cities and towns on the island, for example, in Ibiza town, Santa Eulalia, San Antonio, Santa Gertrudis, San Rafael and San Agustín.
Sometimes you can find ceremonies in which people jump over small bonfires during the night of June 23.
On June 24, it begins with a mass and a procession. Ending the day with a fireworks display.
During the month of September and October. In the town of San Antoni de Portmany, the marine fair, or medieval fair, takes place with craft and food stalls, shows, a children’s area, entertainment and performances.
It is a special place to visit with children, there are wooden toy stalls oriented to the medieval and pirate style, crafts, face painting for children, stories, games, and dramatizations.
What to do in high season?
High season (From June to September) is the best time to enjoy water and nautical activities and watersports, like snorkelling, scuba diving, paddle bording, kayaking, sailing, jetski, wakeboard, and you can also rent a boat for 4-6 people without a licence and without experience!
The city of Ibiza and San Antoni de Portmany are the best places to do nautical activities, due to it’s great variety of options.
The last week of August, in the town of San Antoni, you can enjoy the festival of Sant Bartomeu. At night, an impressive fireworks display can be seen from the port of Sant Antoni. The Arenal beach is full of people. A few days before, the festival of Romans and Carthaginians is also very interesting and original, with a tomato fight included, “la tomatina”, where all the participants are dressed as Romans or Cataginians. There is no need to register in advance, so you can participate if you feel like it!