Visit Ibiza by car, the most viable option for your holidays

Sara, one of our readers advises us to visit Ibiza by car.

One of the most visited destinations in Spain is without a doubt Ibiza. The considered European capital of the party has attracted for years to infinity of tourists looking for the best nightclubs and the most exclusive clubs to be able to enjoy the best electronic music and the best DJ’s and producers of the moment.

Besides that this year the island has attracted a very different public, since the island’s government has boosted sports tourism, with the intention of seasonalising tourism on the island, which is currently bearing fruit. This is creating a general interest in the island, and more and more people are visiting or planning their vacations there, since, in addition to nightclubs and sporting events, Ibiza has a lot of places and things to visit, such as beaches and Coves, monuments, villages, restaurants, etc.

Ibiza may seem like a small island, so small to visit in a few days, but nothing further from the truth: the number of things to see and do will make it necessary to visit the island several hundred times , But the beauty of the island and its culture will make every visit worthwhile.

An option highly recommended by the locals is to contact one of the rental car rental companies such as the company Rent a Car Ibiza and make yourself with some vehicle to enjoy the island as much as possible, since in this way you will have a series of Important advantages for your comfort when visiting the island:

More freedom when it comes to deciding where to go and when to go. Relying on public transport can limit travel and your experience.

More comfort, since it is usually much more pleasant to travel by car or motorcycle than in a crowded bus, especially if we are traveling in a group.

More intimacy, especially in the face of situations in the trip, is family with children, since this way you will have more privacy and you will not have to be aware of if the children create scandal in the bus.

Due to its island status and its geographical location, the island of Ibiza has attracted countless people and cultures throughout history, who have been adding elements of their own culture to the ibicencan, and which we can now see fit Of architectural monuments (churches, houses, etc.) or in the Ibizan culture itself (its dresses, its music, etc.), without forgetting the hippie movement, which discovered and made Ibiza famous in the 60s. Which already costs more to find on the island but whose spirit still lingers in the flea markets and hippie style parties.

Beaches and Calas

Visiting the beaches and coves of Ibiza is almost mandatory, since the beauty of the beaches of Ibiza is almost comparable to the Caribbean. Beaches such as Ses Salines, considered the “beach of the famous”, whose sand and water are first class, or the Cala d’Hort, where we can enjoy the views of the spectacular islet of Es Vedrà, an imposing rock that rises 385 meters above the sea and creating the best sunsets on the island. And if we visit the island in winter it is highly recommended to do some of the walking routes with end in some of the coves of the island, to be able to enjoy the views.

Guide to enjoy Cabo de Gata de Almería

The Cabo de Gata National Park, located in the city of Almeria, retains its natural beauty, as there are still vast areas that have not been occupied by the urban massification related to tourism. Therefore, it is a very unique place that has a great beauty given by its wonderful landscapes. This park is not like any other post whose magical details have been preserved despite the passage of time and are saved for your visitors. Hotels in Cabo de Gata are ideal for a family holiday or for a couple days or with friends.

These are accommodation with a privileged location, as they are very close to the sea and therefore have easy access to the beach. In addition, some of them have direct access to the National Park and therefore can enjoy its nature. Tourists who wish can visit an educational exhibition that explains the origin and main characteristics of the Park. You can also see the Lighthouse of Cabo de Gata and some viewpoints with beautiful views of part of the cliffs. Some of these are the Reef of the Sirens, the Amethyst or the Dead. All of them have easy access in them there are tourist information points and small shops offering the possibility to buy souvenirs, pictures or maps, among other things.

You can also visit the Pozo de los Frailes, which leads to the beach of San José. Another well-known place is the population of the Isleta del Moro, where a trail leads to the Escullos. During the tour along the promenade, which lasts about an hour, you can visit beaches and cliffs. In Rodalquilar, where the House of the Volcanoes is located, you can visit a botanical garden called Albardinal where you can see different plant species and you can make the Cerro del Cinto Trail, a curious almost volcanic route that passes near The Gold Mines of Rodalquilar

isleta del moro

In addition, tourists visiting all these places can enjoy the typical gastronomy of the area: crumbs, meat with garlic, oil cakes, fish, gazpacho … For those who are not very fond of traditional food very leisure activities are offered Varied for all tastes. The Cabo de Gata offers excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling as its bottoms have both sandy areas as well as other vegetation and rock, offering landscapes with visibility and cleanliness, thanks to the scarce human population. In addition, the area is characterized by fairly mild winters, which allows to do the activity almost at any time of the year.

Another way of knowing the coast of the Park is bordering it with a kayak or with a canoe inside the sea. In this way, you can see the cliffs from a privileged position, which let you see some caves formed by the waves. In addition, this activity, which can be done in a group, allows you to enjoy a bath in solitary coves.

There are many types of water sports allowed in the park: sailboat rental for cruises, motorboat trips, kitesurfing, windsurfing and many other possibilities.

If you decide to spend a vacation in Cabo de Gata, check out our article on What to see in Cabo de Gata. You have a route for 2, 3 or 4 days in the area. If you like destinations like this, you will surely like this route for the best beaches in Ferrol and active tourism in Ferrol. Or visit the charming villages of Cadiz.

Things to do in Tabarca

Brief History of Tabarca

To know the idiosyncrasy of Tabarca we have to go back to its rich and varied past . Although Roman remains have been found at the origin, we will focus from the eighteenth century until today.

The Spanish monarch Carlos III obtains the redemption of a group of origin ligur (extinct Republic of Genoa) that were in the Tunisian island of Tabarka under the yoke and the slavery by the bey of Tunis. The king offered them the desired freedom on the Island of San Pablo (Actual Tabarca) hence the tabarquina architecture is so different from the rest of the province of Alicante since it has remained far from the schemes following a more specific urban plan of the cities Of the new world with a touch of the republics that conformed the present Italy.

What to see and do in Tabarca with children

Beach- Snorkeling
Probably the main course and goal of most travelers.  Tabarca has the honor of being the first marine reserve of Spain , thanks to this event of 1983, the flora and fauna has remained unaltered and guarded for more than three decades.

Unfortunately I am an “illiterate” of the maritime world so that except for an octopus that I could see snorkeling, I do not know the rest of marine life I observed , however, looking on the Internet I have seen that the most abundant is the grouper , The oblate, the lobster or the starfish among other species.

To walk
Although the urbanized area is not very wide, the best thing of all is to walk aimlessly up the street to see all the corners of the island . As with the new world urbanism, the streets go straight to a main square that is the center of the population, in this case, small shops of soft drinks, souvenirs or clothes will accompany us to the center of The square where there are a couple of bars ideal to have a coffee watching people go by

que ver en tabarca

What to visit on the island of Tabarca?

Taking into account that this small island declared historic artistic set in 1964 and where less than 20 people live in winter the chances of finding architectural wealth a few steps away is very high . As soon as you can see the island from the boat you can see the wall surrounding the town, to honor the truth, much of it is rehabilitated or rebuilt but it is possible to distinguish which sections are original.

The most recommended places of Tabarca would be.

  • Doors of San Rafael, San Gabriel and San Miguel.
  • Church of San Pedro and San Pablo
  • House of the Governor (Currently the most charming hotel on the island).
  • Tower of San José
  • Tabarca Lighthouse
  • Beaches, coves and small corners with charm.
  • Reasons to visit the island of Tabarca

    Finally, the reasons to visit the island of Tabarca are multiple. It is a population whose origin goes back to a historical event and is the liberation of the Genoese by Charles III and subsequent relocation on the island (today the Genoese surnames are maintained).

    Although it is a very exploited place in summer, we could feel part of the solitude looking for beaches and small coves not so crowded with people , at one point, with our shoes we walked to a small island where we snorkel in absolute solitude.

    The gastronomy of the place is a real wonder , which surprised me to be such a tourist place I thought the quality would drop as there are always people but nothing further from reality, great value for money.