Ibiza may be dominated by party animals from May to September, but once the clubbers leave and the prices fall it evolves into the perfect winter-sun holiday destination for families, say Ritmo Cars.
Winter sun holidays are up this year after a rain-soaked summer and freezing winter. Ibiza and Spain in general are among the most popular destinations thanks to low prices and almost perpetual sunshine. According to the Post Office’s Holiday Costs Barometer 2012, Spain is the fourth cheapest short to mid-haul destination. Along with being the fourth best-priced region for a bundle of eight holiday necessities such as dinner for two, refreshments and postcards, it also offers some of the cheapest car hire rates in Europe.
Hiring a car in Ibiza is definitely worthwhile. Having access to four wheels means families can explore all regions of the island from the arid interior to the lush almost tropical north and historic Ibiza Town in the east. A great base during the winter months is San Antonio thanks to its plethora of resort hotels catering to the needs of families with children of all ages. However, the north and southern tip offer outstanding snorkelling, sea kayaking and sailing and the interior is a great place to hike and cycle.
Ibiza Town, just 15km from San Antonio, boasts a UNESCO World Heritage old town. Rising from the azure ocean is a network of narrow alleys, winding serpentine up to a hilltop fort and church. Steeped in history, this picture-perfect spot is great for a candle lit dinner or afternoon exploration.
Nothing in Ibiza is far away, however the public transport network is rather poor. A car makes the 35km journey from San Antonio to Portinax in the north or the 15km ride to Vista Alegre in the south a complete breeze.
You’ll find cheap car hire in Ibiza available through Ritmo Cars. It specialises in car hire in the Balearics and thus has some of the most competitive prices and best quality cars. It caters well to adventure-seeking families with its range of 4×4 vehicles and saloon cars and it has a depot at Ibiza airport enabling families to start exploring as soon as they get through arrivals.