The official name for this place is Eivissa, but that’s going to be forgotten probably. There’s two major parts to it the Upper Town (Dalt Vila) and the Modern Town, called the Eixample. Hugely popular for it’s nightlife, Ibiza Town’s historical value and natural beauty usually only get mentioned in passing. That’s why most people don’t know that Ibiza Town is actually a World Heritage Site a rather unfortunate thing to miss out on when travelling to Ibiza.
The town was established by Phoenicians looking for a port in the area. These settlers named the place Ibossim, the god of music and dance. (see how destiny works out here?). It subsequently came under the rule of Carthage, and they the Romans. It’s from these times that Ibiza derives it’s rich archaeological heritage. Once the Romans fell, the Byzantines, the Moors, Christian crusaders in turn ruled Ibiza, until finally the Balearic Autonomous Community was established in the late 1970s.
Most of the Ibiza holiday activities revolve around beaches and exploring D’alt Vila, a hill with a castle on top of it. It should be easy enough for you to get around according to most Ibiza travel guides,English and German are the main spoken languages, not the native Catalan.
Ibiza Travel Tips
Essential travel information and Ibiza tips for your visit
- Ibiza Time Zone – Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)
- Currency – The currency used in Ibiza is Euro.
- Electricity – India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have grounded / earthed 2 Pin connections (Type F) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).
- Internet – 3G, Wi-Fi connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
- Languages – Eivissenc is the native dialect of Catalan that is spoken in Ibiza. Other languages like German, English and Italian, are widely spoken.
- Security – Police –091, 092, 971 31 58 61, Ambulance – 061, Fire – 112, 971 31 30 30
- Tipping: Most of the Bars and Restaurants in Ibiza do not add a service charge to the bill so a tip is always warmly received and appreciated. A tip for good service should be at least 10% to 15% of the bill.
- Do conserve the environment and don’t pollute the majestic blue waters.
- Do not go into water of unknown depth and current.
- Do not go for a swim in the sea at night. You could potentially put your life in danger.
- Do not leave any articles such as phones, purses and wallets unattended.
- Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close.
- Remember to carry sunscreen to prevent sunburns.
- Keep yourself hydrated. The heat, sweat and alcohol often leads to dehydration and headaches.
- Urinating in public is banned and is considered as a criminal offence in Ibiza.
- Drinking in public places is strictly banned in Ibiza.
- Don’t go to Ibiza on a tight budget. It is an expensive destination and you will not be able to enjoy yourself otherwise.