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Getting To Know Ibiza – Cruise Port Guide
Ibiza is the smallest of the three Balearic Island, but that doesn’t mean it is limited in what it has to offer. Our Ibiza cruise port guide with expert comment and tips is your one-stop for planning the perfect day ashore during your cruise.
Most larger cruise ship will dock at Passeig Marítim which is located on the south side of Ibiza island. Smaller vessels can often find themselves berthed in Eivissa, which is far closer to the main city centre. A shuttle bus is often provided (at a cost) from Passeig Marítim to the town centre, although, taxis will also be readily available.
Ibiza has one of the best nightlife spots in Europe and thousands of party-goers flock to the island each year for its world-class nightclubs, hot summer days and balmy evenings, but there’s so much more to this island than just dance music, it’s filled with beautiful natural wonders, fantastic local markets, picturesque villages and some pristine beaches. The food is also pretty good and there’s fresh seafood in abundance.
When it comes to shore excursions, the choice is yours. You can seek out adventure and excitement, or you can relax on the beach and spend time people watching in a local cafe. The choice is yours. The Old Town is definitely worth exploring and the main square is bustling with shops, restaurants, hotels and bars. The Caves Can Marca are also a popular tourist option and they can be found in Port de San Miguel in the north of the island.
Banking hours are from 8.30am to 2pm, while many shops close for siesta between 2-4pm.
Emergency number is 112.
Museums are usually closed on Monday’s.
Key highlights of Ibiza
- The Unesco-listed Dalt Vila
- Las Dalias hippy market for unique global finds
- Ibiza harbour for super-yacht spotting
- Es Vedra – said to be one of the most magnetic spots in the world
- Cafe Del Mar on San Antonio’s infamous sunset strip – and to catch a famous sunset
- Formentera, Ibiza’s little sister island
- Caves Can Marka
- Eivissa Town
- Ibiza Old Town
Regular cruise line visitors
- MSC Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Saga Cruises
- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Cruise Expert Insider 🔎 Ibiza Cruise Port by Rebecca Barnes
With a reputation for being a 24-hour party island, Ibiza has always had to work extra hard to rise above its status as a one-trick pony destination. However, the island is so much more than that. From historical sites to world-class beaches, traditional villages and stylish restaurants, there really is something for everyone.
Lucky cruise passengers are usually in the heart of the action after docking – there’s no terminal and you disembark either in Ibiza port or, if you’re on a bigger ship, at Es Botafoc which is a little further away but still accessible by foot, shuttle bus or taxi.
Ibiza is very walkable, but it’s best to shun the wedges and wear flat shoes if planning to explore the steep, cobblestoned Dalt Vila. Around the harbour there are lots of places to sit and people-watch, and if you’re into glitzy gin palaces, the line-up of super yachts in the height of summer is seriously impressive.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to the tranquil north of the island; partygoers will enjoy Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio.
“I’m more than qualified to make the claim that Ibiza is my second home, as I’ve had an apartment there for a number of years. While it’s no uber-villa like some of the palatial properties on the island, it’s rustic, homely and I never tire of standing on the balcony looking out towards the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding campo.
The ‘White Island’ as it’s affectionately known, is always evolving and interesting new places crop up all the time, but I have my favourites and you’ll notice that not one super club appears on the list (been there, done that).
During a visit (depending on the season) you’ll generally find me at Cala Tarida, Cala Vadella or Cala Lenya beaches, while for food I adore El Zaguan in Ibiza Town for affordable pintxos and La Paloma in San Lorenzo for the beautiful surroundings.
Of course, the legendary Pikes, location for Wham’s Club Tropicana video in the 80s, is also fun if you want a bit of a night out, while for drinks accompanied by one of Ibiza’s famous sunsets, Hostal La Torre can’t be beaten.
For shopping, Sluiz is a treasure trove of eclectic items; for authentic Ibizan fashion, World Family Ibiza which is run by a bohemian family, is the place to head. And don’t miss Las Dalias, the world-famous hippie market held every Saturday throughout the year.
Off season when it’s cooler, I love trekking along the coastline with Walking Ibiza, a small company that organises some of the best walking tours on the island.
Lively yet laidback, alluring and one of the best places in the world in my opinion – that’s Ibiza. “
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