Spain Guide


Ibiza Car Hire

Regular bus services link the main resort centres of Ibiza and local tour operators organise excursions to all the main places of interest. You can use the water taxis to get about from one coastal resort to another and ordinary taxis are cheap and plentiful. But if you're interested in exploring the inland villages and wild, unspoilt northern coastline of the "other Ibiza" a rental car is the best way to do it.

For the more adventurous types who really want to get to grips with the hidden treasures of this magical island, mountain bikes and quad bikes are available for hire here. Or you may want to hire a 4x4 vehicle to explore the steep mountain tracks and parts of the coastline which can't be reached in an ordinary car.

With the benefit of a hired car you'll be able to leave behind the busy beaches and madness of San Antonio and head for the unspoilt, rural areas where pretty villages nestle among the hills amid olive and lemon groves.


Santa Gertrudis, in the centre of the island, is just about as far away from the sea (and the Brit bars!) as you can get. This is where many locals gather to take refuge from the madding crowds of high season.

San Mateo is a lovely little hamlet near the northern coast, surrounded by mountains which end in rugged cliff tops, giving spectacular views of the Mediterranean. A sprinkling of houses surround the 18th century church and traditional farmhouses pepper the surrounding countryside amid fields and pine woods.

Santa Agnes, in the north of the island, is one of Ibiza's best conserved villages which has escaped the tendrils of mass tourism due to the inaccessibility of the nearby coastline. You reach the coast over rough countryside only to be confronted by huge cliffs. The valley here is an incredible sight in February with a sea of white blossom from hundreds of almond trees.

There are nearly 60 beaches around the island, though many are only accessible on foot or by boat. Drive to Portinatx, at the extreme northern tip of the island, where you'll find one of Ibiza's most attractive beaches a horseshoe bay with fine, white sand encircled by pine woods.

For a totally "untouristy" spot, try the beautiful cove of Cala Mastella, at the north east tip of the island. This is a lovely small, sandy cove surrounded by pine woods. Pop over the rocks to the left of the beach and you'll find one of the best seafood restaurants in Ibiza. Don't expect any frills at El Bigote just some of the finest fresh fish you've ever tasted washed down with jugs of the local vino.

Local hotels, travel agents and car hire firms all supply rental cars but if you're holidaying in high season make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. You'll be more comfortable with air conditioning if you're traveling in July or August.

These are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before choosing your car hire company:

  • Does the company have a dedicated desk inside the airport where you can collect your keys and sort out the necessary paperwork and any problems? There's nothing worse than arriving in the middle of the night to find no car.and no one to complain to!
  • Does the company give a commitment on the quality of its cars are they, for example, all under a certain age?
  • Will you have to pay the local IVA tax (Spanish VAT) of 16% or is it included in the price?
  • Does the company offer "no quibble" insurance to cover such things as collision damage and theft? Is unlimited third party insurance and basic personal accident damage for the driver and occupants included?
  • Will you have to pay an "excess" charge in the event of an accident?