The Port of Ibiza
The historical and picturesque port of Ibiza is one of the essential stopovers in our tour of the Pitiusas, especially if it is not yet known. However, it is also true that for lovers of tranquility, in August, Ibiza is but one of those “black spots” that will be best avoided, especially if we are not willing to participate in the unbridled competitions that occur Every afternoon to get a point of mooring in any of its busy marinas. Desperate calls by radio requesting mooring, races between the engines that arrive from having spent the day in the coves of Formentera, lack of moorings, exorbitant prices and a large cast of boat owners that display their powerful yachts, complete the summer panorama of one of The oldest ports of our islands.
Even so Ibiza offers the visitor of the summer months a unique and very particular show, with a few nights full of atmosphere where the quirky characters of all kinds, Drag Queens, Grunch, Gays, , Some late hippie and “pillboxes”, are confused between the crowded groups of surprised tourists and “normal” visitors that fill the island during those months. A unique experience that, at least as a curiosity, it never hurts to know. For the more daring, there is always the possibility of joining the “movida ibicenca” …. or at least try. At night there is always some lively place where you can have a drink, in Divino, Keeper or Pasha next to the port, a little further away, such as Privilege (formerly KU) or Amnesia, or with much more flavor, in one of the bars Canals of the citadel, which is always worth taking a stroll through its historic streets.
Out of season the picture is very different; Tranquility in the ports, moorings without problems and much more reasonable prices. Months like May, June or September are some of the best times to visit the island, not forgetting the winter months where, whenever time permits, we can also enjoy the coves, the empty beaches and the more traditional character of the island.
During the day the port of Ibiza is easily identifiable by the old fortress of the citadel and the entrance is not more complicated, although we must always pay attention to the intense port traffic of the summer months and the islets that are in front of the entrance, Especially if we come from the South. At night, on the other hand, if we have to take the precautions and consult the letter carefully to avoid getting too close to the Dice or the Malvin. The lighthouse on the island of Botafoch is easily identifiable and in the line with the Malvin has a red sector in which we must avoid sailing.
Entering the bay, on the right hand side we find the island Grosa, in whose vicinity we can anchor whenever weather permits and as an acceptable alternative to moorings in port, although if we want to go ashore, it will always be more comfortable to get a Mooring. A little further on and also on the right hand side we find the Marina de Botafoch (Tel. 971 311711) and then, after crossing the mouth of the port, the marina of Ibiza Nueva (Tel. 971 31 4050/4011. At the bottom of the port is the old Nautical Club (channel 6), which is closer to the center, but with worse facilities and usually with very few moorings available. The mooring by radio must be called by channel 9.
The victualling of food is not too complicated, since near the marinas we can find some supermarket with everything you need, some take the purchase to the boat, and even there is one inside New Ibiza, although of course something more expensive. We can also find where to load bottles of diving: Ibiza diving, Nemo and H2 O.
To go out to dinner it is recommended to go to ciudadela, where we can find several typical restaurants, many of them with terrace on the street. Especially in summer and in good weather, it may be tempting to sit outside to see the astonishing “fauna” of Ibiza drift past our eyes: in fact, if our table is one of the exteriors, it may even involve us in Some joke or some sung number. Restaurants are highly recommended are La Oliva located in the hustle and bustle and Plaza del Sol, located in the quiet and romantic square that gives the name and with a magnificent view over the bay. In both they serve typically Mediterranean food, with an imaginative touch, and the average prices are of 20 € and 35 € respectively.
To cross the port from side to side, a good and cheap alternative to land taxis, is the “Boat-Bus” service, which normally departs every half hour from either of the two marinas. For the return, it is always advisable to check the departure time of the last boat.
Needless to say, the interior of the island is definitely worth a visit, especially if we decide to spend a day on land or weather prevents us from sailing. As in most of the islands, renting a car in Ibiza is not expensive, although the problem may be getting in high season.