London Stansted to Ibiza Airport.
The Balearic island of Ibiza first became popular in the 1960s with hippies looking for a good time, but it is now well-known for its nightlife with famous clubs such as Space, Pacha, Es Paradis and, officially the world’s biggest nightclub, Privelege.
Flights from London Stansted to Ibiza Es Codolar Airport are provided by easyJet. The airport is located 8km (5 miles) from the centre of Ibiza Town. A bus service from outside the terminal to Avenida Isidoro Macabich terminus in the town centre runs halh-hourly between 7.30am and 10.30pm. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs one euro (£1.00 is approximately equal to 1.45 euros). Taxis from the airport to Ibiza town cost about 12 euros and take 10 minutes, taxis to San Antonio cost around 25 euros and take 30 minutes. There may be an additional charge at night time and for extra luggage.
Places of interest in Ibiza include:
- Ibiza Old Town. Despite all the massive new hotels in Ibiza Town (or Eivissa as it is known in the native Catalan) the island’s capital still manages to retain its medieval old quarter of whitewashed houses, steep cobblestone alleyways and Gothic buildings surrounded by courtyards blooming with geraniums. Also within the old town’s walls is the archaeological museum housing artefacts collected from all over the Balearics, with some pieces dating as far back as Phoenician times in the 6th century BC. The cathedral is also noteworthy with its Gothic tower from the 10th century.
- San Antonio. Ibiza’s most popular resort is situated in the beautiful San Antonio bay. Although it is dominated by large high-rise hotels, there has been a large effort in the past few years to tidy up its image. There is now a pleasant seafront promenade lined with palm trees, along with various squares and fountains. It is at night time though that San Antonio comes to life with its large variety of bars and nightclubs. One of the most popular of these nightclubs is Es Paradis. Opened in 1975 and located directly opposite the harbour, Es Paradis is decorated with Roman columns and palm trees.
- Formentera. Accesible by ferry from Ibiza Town is the tiny island of Formentera with just 5,000 inhabitants. It is a popular destination for a day trip and, unlike Ibiza, is relatively untouched by tourist development. This flat island of 90 sq km (35 square miles) contains some pretty villages of whitewashed houses such as San Fernando, San Francisco Javier and Las Salinas. Some of the beaches are popular with nudists.
- Port of San Miguel. About 5km (3 miles) from the town of San Miguel in the north of Ibiza is this tiny port situated in a secluded cove. There are only a couple of hotels but many people head here for the fine beach. The more adventurous can take the path that clings to the cliff to the Cova de Can Marca. At the bottom of this small cove is the smuggler’s cave with its stalactites and stalagmites.