The Enchanting Island of Ibiza

The island of Ibiza, is southeast of the city of Valencia in mainland Spain and is simply wonderful!

The Enchanting Island of Ibiza
A quaint street in Sant Josep with a number of outdoor eateries.

In many ways, it is comparable to traveling to the islands of Greece, but without actually going to Greece. We found Ibiza to be beautiful and at the same, time, very natural in how the villages fit in with the natural environment. 

The best time to travel to the island is probably during the summer, when it is very hot and wild, this island is a “steal of a deal” during the pre and post summer times. The weather is hot and the many beaches (80 beaches) on the island are excellent and beautiful.  

For 10 years in a row we have stayed in the same area of Ibiza near the cute town of Sant Josep and the major city of Sant Antoni just 10 minutes from the airport. We stayed at the same hotel chain, the Sirenis collection of hotels. At the beginning of our travels to the island, we stayed at the Hotel Sirenis Club Aura, but in the last 3 years, we changed to the much bigger, but much more modern Sirenis Seaview Hotel next door. There is a large waterpark between both hotels. 

There are many Sirenis hotels on Ibiza, and most are very family oriented. 

Both of these hotels are 4-star resorts and offer a junior suite, on the ocean, all-inclusive complete with huge buffets for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, snacks all day and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for well under $200.00 per suite (not per person) per night. This is too good to be true.

As mentioned before, Ibiza has so many spectacular beaches and because the island is small, a visitor to Ibiza has the option of visiting different beaches every day. A car is a must on this island and can be booked ahead of time at a very reasonable rate. 

Each day we traveled across the island to the large and beautiful beach called Aqua Blanca (35 minutes away) and finished the day with a terrific evening sunset and swim at Cala Comte beach, only minutes from our hotel. Both hotels have beautiful pools, but the beaches cannot be missed. The island has a decent bus system, but to see the island, visitors will want to rent a car. 

An interesting day trip from Ibiza is a 45-minute boat trip to Formentera island, which features beautiful beaches.

Getting to Ibiza can be tricky for the non-rev traveler. The obvious closest connection points would be Madrid and Barcelona, but Frankfurt, Brussels and even London should not be ruled out. An interesting back door to Ibiza and an excellent place to visit by on its own, is the island of Palma de Mallorca. It has a huge airport and better connections to most of Europe and is only a 20-minute connection by air from Ibiza. 

If you have the time an alternate way of getting back to mainland Europe is via ship from Iibiza to either Barcelona, a long trip or the city of Valencia, a much shorter trip. 

If your goal is total relaxation, great scenery and gorgeous beaches, this is the place.

Jonathan Katz has been working at Delta Airlines for the past 13-years as a Customer Service Agent, checking in passengers in the Sky Priority Division of Delta Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal Four. He provides services First Class, Business Class, Delta Medallion, and VIP Passengers. Jon and his wife Maureen (retired USAir and Jet Blue Airways) have a combined 50-years experience in the airline industry and know the industry well. Together they travel approximately 40-weeks a year, mostly one day trips both domestically and to Europe, leaving every Tuesday and returning every Thursday. They’ve written travel blogs on most of these trips, sharing them with their email list of Delta and other airline employees.

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