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The Balearic islands apartments, villas
Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza offer a perfect combination of sunny beaches, warm sea, great nightlife, beautiful landscapes and charming old towns. Every visitor gets this bare minimum absolutely free, and complimenting your vacation with great accommodation is a first step to lifelong memories. Independent travellers may look into renting independent accommodation that suits their dynamic needs, and pay less than they would for a standard hotel room. Before following the beaten path in accommodation choice, consider apartment and villa rentals (for example, renting a villa on Mallorca is one of the most popular accommodation options).
When renting an apartment in Palma de Mallorca or Ibiza, you pay much less per square meter of space, while getting a much better organized and zoned living space. Apartment rentals in Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza will allow you to feel at home yet have the amazing resort atmosphere of beaches, sun, and great entertainment within easy reach.
If you are travelling as a group, a villa rental on the Balearic Islands is the most optimal choice for your vacation. Villas in Spain offer everything necessary to have fun: a lot of living space, many bathrooms and bedrooms, most often a garden and a swimming pool - and all of it in complete privacy.
You may also rent a villa in Spain for beach vacations in Costa Brava and Costa Daurada resorts or go for a beach apartment in Barcelona, Valencia, Sitges.
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Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean sea and a part of the Balearic islands archipelago. In Catalan, Ibiza is called Eivissa. The nearest mainland big city of Spain is Valencia (79 km).

The largest towns on Ibiza: the capital Vila d'Ibiza or simply Vila (Catalan: Vila d'Eivissa), Santa EulГ ria des Riu, Sant Antoni de Portmany.

Area: 571,60 sq. km
Highest point: 475 m, the mountain Sa Talaiassa
Capital: Vila d'Ibiza (Spanish: Ibiza, Catalan: Vila d'Eivissa) - map download
Population: 132.637 (accurate as of January 1, 2010)
Official languages: Catalan, Spanish

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Getting there

The easiest way to get to Ibiza is by plane, even though direct flights from major European cities to the island are rare. You are very likely to have a layover in Madrid, Barcelona or in Palma, Mallorca. The following airlines have flights to Ibiza: Iberia, Spanair, Air Europa, Vueling, Air Berlin, Lufthansa.

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Climate

Ibiza has a typically Mediterranean climate: moderate temperatures all year, sunny in spring and summer, precipitation usually in fall and winter. Just like Menorca, Ibiza is a windy island. It may prove useful to know how locals refer to different types of wind: "tramuntana" means northern, "gregal" signifies northeastern, "llevant" is eastern, "xaloc" means southeastern, "migjorn" is southern, "garbi" is southwestern, "ponent" is western, and "mestral" means northwestern.

Average temperatures (high/low, in degrees Celsius):
January - 13 / 7
August - 27 / 20

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Business hours

Banks are open from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm on weekdays and till 1:00 pm on Saturdays. In summer banks are closes on Saturdays, but are open all day on Thursdays.

Every museum on Menorca has its own business hours, but the majority of museums are closed on Mondays and on Sunday afternoons.

Stores are usually open from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, reopen at 4:00-5:00 pm and stay open till at least 8:00 pm. Large department stores, like El Corte InglГ©s, close later, at 9:00-10:00 pm. In summer, with high season for tourism in full swing, souvenir shops rarely close before midnight.

Restaurants open their doors for diners at noon for lunch (until 4:00 pm) and reopen for dinner at 7:00 pm. Kitchens are usually open late, till after midnight. Cafes are open all day, from 7-8 am to midnight, especially those located on the coastline.

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Accommodation in Ibiza

Ibiza is a very popular beach destination, so it does not lack 3- and 4-star hotels on the shoreline. However, you can go ahead and mentally subtract one star since it is given for the proximity of the beach and the "brand" of Ibiza itself. Just like with any other destination, independent travellers who resolve to rent an apartment on Ibiza instead of a hotel room will get a lot more comfort for the same amount of money. Plus, for those visitors who want to enjoy not only the sun and the beach time, but also excellent nightlife that Ibiza is famous for, Ibiza apartment rentals offer even more advantages.

Consider the following: the majority of hotels are found close to the beach, in the resort area. To get to the clubbing area, you will need a taxi which is impossible to hail and possible to order, but it may not arrive on time or at all. Staying in the cities of Ibiza with taxi parks is much more convenient, not to mention cheaper taxi fares. Cities have fewer hotels, but more locals are willing to rent their apartments on Ibiza to tourists.

It is also quite possible that clubbers will bring friends onto the island to enjoy the parties and great DJs together; in this case, an apartment rental on Ibiza that has several bedrooms is much less expensive than several hotel rooms, and yet infinitely cozier.

Furthermore, if you actively participate in clubbing activities at night, likely you do not need all the hotel perks (like breakfast between 7 am and 10 am, fitness club access) that are included in your overpriced stay. Therefore, while planning your trip, consider all the advantages of an apartment rental on Ibiza.

To see the list of all available apartments and villas for rent on Ibiza you can use the interactive map of Balearic Islands resorts on this page.

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