Best Time to Visit Ibiza
Best Time to Visit Ibiza: The best time to visit Ibiza is in the summer months, from late May through early October when the temperatures are hot, often 30°C or higher, and the parties are even hotter. Expect lots of action and plenty of tourists, with accommodations charging their highest rates of the year.
Best Time for Sightseeing: May through October is also ideal for sightseeing, but if you want to enjoy warm weather without the peak crowds to interrupt the views, aim for April through early May or around mid- to late-October.
Best Time for Weather: The best time to visit Ibiza for good weather is from May through October, which brings plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. Earlier and later in the season, expect temperatures in the low to mid-20s, and during the peak, around 30°C.
Best Time for Beaches: The best time to go to Ibiza for a beach focused vacation is when the sea temperature is comfortable for swimming. Even in June it can be a bit cool, but by July and August it’s ideal at around 26°C and it will continue to be pleasant through about mid-October. For those who just want to come and soak up the sun and the sand, anytime from May through October will be enjoyable.
Best Time for Festivals: Ibiza is famous for its parties and festivals, with May through October bringing some of the biggest and best to Ibiza. It all kicks off with the Ibiza International Music Summit in late May bringing big-name concerts with international superstars. Ibiza Rocks takes place in mid-June as does the annual gay pride festivities. Towns and villages across the island frequently celebrate their patron saint’s day during the summer, while the Ibiza Jazz Festival is hoted for three days in early September. The fun continues in October with the Ibiza Light Festival.
High Season: (mid-June through mid-September) High season is basically summer, and the peak party season on Ibiza. Expect temperatures to be hot, humidity high and the islands jam-packed with visitors. Those who plan to visit now will want to book accommodations well in advance and schedule extra time when traveling due to traffic on the roads and hard-to-find parking at the beaches.
Shoulder Season: (April through mid-June and mid-September through October) Shoulder season can be a great time to visit Ibiza for those who want to avoid the biggest crowds and the hottest temperatures of the year. There will be more resorts open by visiting from early May through mid-June, or mid-September through early October when the season begins to wind down. Anytime during the shoulder season accommodation rates are usually discounted, sometimes significantly.
Low Season: (November through March): Low season encompasses winter, as well as late fall and early spring. Here, winter days are fairly mild with temperatures of 20°C not uncommon. While this is primarily part of the wet season, precipitation is relatively minimal with even the rainiest month in this period averaging only 39mm of precipitation. Room rates may be half the cost of what they will be in the high season, but the downside is many hotels and restaurants will be closed for business.
Ibiza Weather by Month
Ibiza Weather in January: While few people think about Ibiza as a winter vacation destination and January is one of the coldest months of the year on the island, it’s actually rather mild. It can be an ideal time to enjoy the beautiful scenery without the crowds, with afternoon temperatures climbing to 15°C and only around 40mm of rain – in fact, it only rains on about a third of the days in January. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and dress in layers, bringing sweaters, sweatshirts and the like and you can enjoy all sorts of scenic walks in addition to many of the other delights Ibiza offers, other than a dip in the sea with water temperatures rather chilly now. As days are shorter now, with sunrise at 8:12 a.m. and sunset at 5:42 p.m. you may need to plan your agenda accordingly. (Average Max Temperature: 15°C. Average Precipitation: 40mm.)
Ibiza Weather in February: While February is another cool month, temperatures are beginning to rise, with the afternoon high now up to 16°C and the chance of rainfall decreasing slightly to 38mm over 7 days. Now is the perfect time to bring long pants, sweatshirts and sweaters for comfortably enjoying historic sights and hiking trails. You may need a bathing suit but with sea temperatures remaining the same as last month at 15°C, it’s going to be too chilly in the ocean for a dip. Swimming in a heated pool, on the other hand, is enjoyable now. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 38mm.)
Ibiza Weather in March: The weather continues to improve in March, with average precipitation decreasing even more now, down to 33mm over seven days and high temperatures creeping up another degree to a relatively balmy 17°C. Some years it can reach the mid-20s, especially later in the month. There’s typically lots of sun and dry weather now, which means bringing a mix of clothing, including short-sleeve shirts, dresses and shorts along with items for cooler weather, especially in the mornings and evenings. Swimming in the sea is something that will probably have to wait, however, with the temperature remaining at 15°C. (Average Max Temperature: 17°C. Average Precipitation: 33mm.)
Ibiza Weather in April: Thanks to Ibiza’s pleasant Mediterranean climate, April brings wonderful warm spring weather and lots of sunshine with the average high temperature rising several degrees to 20°C. Precipitation is minimal with 36mm over 7 days this month. More good news in that the sea temperature is warming again too, now at 16°C though it’s probably still too cool for anything more than a quick dip. Instead, hit the heated pool or enjoy lounging on the sand, soaking up the sunshine from one of the beaches. This is the time to pack more clothing for warmer weather, but you’ll still need a sweater or sweatshirt for cooler evenings. (Average Max Temperature: 20°C. Average Precipitation: 36mm.)
Ibiza Weather in May: May is a wonderful time to be in Ibiza, with temperatures rising even higher now to 23°C and occasionally in the upper 20s, though it won’t be unbearably hot. There’s very little rain to speak of either with only 27mm over seven days in May. Daylight hours are increasing too, with over 14 hours and 40 minutes by the end of the month, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the beaches and other sights. While the sea temperature is still quite cool at 18°C it usually makes for an enjoyable, albeit short dip. Bring clothing for warm weather now, along with sunglasses, sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat, along with a light jacket or sweater for evenings with the low temperature a bit brisk at 14°C. (Average Max Temperature: 23°C. Average Precipitation: 27mm.)
Ibiza Weather in June: Summer is officially here now, and it will feel like it on Ibiza, with afternoons reaching a warm 27°C and often higher, especially later in June. The low temperature rises quite a bit too, to 18°C so even the nights are relatively warm now. Rain is practically unheard with an average of only 12mm over four days in June. Bring that lightweight, summer clothing and beachwear, including a swim suit with the sea temperature now at 21°C. This month also brings the longest day of the year. On the Summer Solstice the sun rises at 6:29 a.m. and doesn’t set until 9:22 p.m. (Average Max Temperature: 27°C. Average Precipitation: 12mm.)
Ibiza Weather in July: July brings hot, dry, sunny weather to Ibiza ideal for sunbathing, swimming and any other activity in the water. The sea temperature has climbed to 24°C and afternoon highs reach 29°C and occasionally into the low 30s. There’s virtually no rain with an average of 9mm over 3 days this month. Be sure to slather on the sunscreen with the rays of the sun rather intense now, and pack lots of lightweight clothing. You’ll probably be spending lots of time in the water so bringing a couple of bathing suits may be a good idea now. (Average Max Temperature: 29°C. Average Precipitation: 9mm.)
Ibiza Weather in August: August is the hottest month of the year on Ibiza with the average high temperature now at 31°C. Expect lots of sunshine and little if any rain now. In fact, Sa Talaiassa Mountain protects the east and west parts of the island more, making it even warmer and drier in those areas. It’s the perfect time to chill out around the pool or hang out at the beach, just be sure to slather on that sunscreen to prevent a burn. The sea temperature is ideal now at 26°C making beach swims especially enticing. (Average Max Temperature: 31°C. Average Precipitation: 9mm.)
Ibiza Weather in September: September brings a cooling trend to Ibiza with the summer season coming to an end though it will still be quite warm and ideal for enjoying the island’s beaches. The afternoon high lowers a bit to 28°C and the sea temperature is still pleasantly warm at 25°C. After the dry summer months, rainfall increases a bit to 30mm over 8 days, but it’s still barely noticeable. Nights are still balmy, with the low temperature at 20°C so you may not even need a sweater for going out in the evening. (Average Max Temperature: 28°C. Average Precipitation: 30mm.)
Ibiza Weather in October: October is still a great month to visit Ibiza, with lovely warm weather throughout the month, although it won’t be as hot as summer. Expect plenty of sunshine and high temperatures in the mid-20s. The sea, while cooler, is still warm enough for swimming at 22°C, so you won’t want to leave your bathing suit at home. The average amount of precipitation does increase quite a bit to 54mm over 10 days, so you might want to bring a light rain jacket just in case, along with clothing for warm weather and a sweater for cooler late nights with the low temperature now at 17°C. (Average Max Temperature: 24°C. Average Precipitation: 54mm.)
Ibiza Weather in November: The damp winter weather arrives in November, although this month is still rather mild with afternoon temperatures of 19°C and significantly cooler nights down to 13°C. There’s still quite a bit of sunshine in between the occasional showers. It’s a great time to enjoy sightseeing and exploring museums, with the sea generally too chilly for swimming down to 19°C now. Bring a mix of clothing for cool and warm days, and somewhat chilly nights. (Average Max Temperature: 19°C. Average Precipitation: 39mm.)
Ibiza Weather in December: December is the second coldest month of the year, but fairly mild compared to many other destinations. The average high temperature is 16°C and the low is 10°C, well above freezing. Just plan to bring a warm coat, sweaters and the like to keep comfortably warm when hiking the trails or exploring the outdoor sights. You may need to pay attention to daylight hours too, with the shortest day of the year on Winter Solstice and sunset at 5:35 p.m. Bringing a waterproof jacket may be a good idea although heavy downpours are unlikely. (Average Max Temperature: 16°C. Average Precipitation: 36mm.)
Ibiza Events and Festivals
Ibiza in January
New Year’s Day – January 1st, New Year’s Day, is a national holiday like it is in most places around the world, but unlike most, you’ll not only find parties on New Year’s Eve but the next day too. DC-10 hosts Circoloco NYD, an annual party with an impressive music lineup. Some of the past performers have included Acid Mondays, waFF and Apollonia. A New Year’s Dive is also hosted on the beach at Las Salinas by Vino & Co, a local wine shop.
Funfair – Ibiza town hosts this fair that begins in December and runs through January 20 each year featuring plenty of delicious food and rides like a giant Ferry wheel and ghost train.
Three King’s Day – Three King’s Day is also a national holiday celebrated on January 5th. Parades take place in towns across the island with elaborately decorated floats.
Flower Power – San Antonio hosts its annual Flower Power street party in and around the West End, typically on the second Saturday of the month. This is the time to don your hippie clothing like bell-bottomed trousers and peace pendants to enjoy the love and the music.
Ibiza in February
Carnival – Carnival is celebrated in Ibiza, like it is throughout Spain and many other places around the world. As Ibiza likes to party, in Ibiza town, the Rua de Carnaval parade travels through the streets with incredible themed floats. Entertainers and marching bands perform several different types of music, including Latin, pop hits and Broadway show tunes. Bars and nightclubs host special concerts, indoors and out. It takes place before Lent, usually in February though it can sometimes fall in late January, March or even early April. In 2020, Carnival is from February 15 to 25.
Fiestas de Santa Eulalia – This annual festival celebrates Santa Eulalia with a carnival atmosphere that includes traditional live music, folk dancing, feasting, workshops, shows, and much more, typically around the second weekend of February.
Valentine’s Day – Many Ibiza restaurants offer special romantic themed menus for lovers on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Ibiza in March
Patrimoni Gastromonic – This annual event in Ibiza Town begins in early March and runs for two months, celebrating world gastronomy based on countries with UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Balearics Islands’ Day – This annual event held over three days, usually the first weekend in March, brings a concert, artisan market and celebratory lunch to the Ibiza Town exhibition center.
La Gran Calcotada de Forada – The Calcots Festival is held at Forada’s Saturday market near San Antonio. A gastronomic feast, it includes plenty of large spring onion-like spears that are peeled and dipped into a spicy sauce, along with craft beer, music and kids’ activities.
Fiesta de la Primavera – This spring festival in Atzaro hosted in late March features live music and DJs, and an artisan market along with art activities and fun for the kids.
Ibiza in April F
Holy Week (Semana Santa) – Holy Week is celebrated throughout Spain and many other countries, including Ibiza from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The week typically falls in April, April 14-21 in 2019. While the island is renowned for its parties, this isn’t the time for it, with the period marked instead by vibrant processions that are held on Holy Thursday and Good Friday in Ibiza town. They’re followed with Easter concerts that continue through Easter Saturday.
La Ruta de la Sal – A yacht regatta, this event begins in continental Spain and ends in Ibiza with events taking place over four days in mid-April, April 18-21 in 2019.
Ibiza Half Marathon – On the last Saturday in April every year, this marathon, which also includes a 10K race, travels through beautiful scenery in the countryside and along the coast.
Ibiza Swing Festival – For three days in late April, April 26-28, 2019, this festival brings the opportunity to enjoy live swing bands for free. It includes competitions, street performances, clown acts and a vintage market, hosted around San Antonio Bay.
Ibiza in May
Fiesta de Maig – On the first Sunday in May, Santa Eulalia celebrates spring with a variety of events, including traditional dances, processions with horse-drawn locals donning traditional costumes, a motor fair and fireworks.
Medieval Festival – Held in the Old Town of Ibiza every year, this festival brings vibrant celebrations that include four days of music performances, artists, medieval reenactments and street parties with belly dancers, acrobats, magicians and snake charmers. In 2019, it will take place May 9-12.
Moda Adlib Fashion Show – This annual fashion show takes place in Ibiza town over four days, May 2-5 in 2019, attracting celebrities and the media.
Ibiza International Music Summit – The IMS is hosted annually in May in Ibiza town to kick off the summer season. The three-day event that will take place May 22-24 in 2019 includes big-name concerts with international superstars, up and coming DJs, forums, discussions and opening parties for some of Ibiza’s world-famous nightclubs.
Ibiza in June
Ibiza Gay Pride – Over four days in mid-June, June 12-15, 2019, the largest LGBT event in the Balearics is held in Ibiza town. It includes a parade, live shows, concerts and all sorts of activities, along with an especially famous after-party.
Ibiza Rocks – This music festival in San Antonio begins in mid-June and features some of the hottest DJs and bands with concerts hosted through mid-September.
Fiesta de San Juan – On June 24th every year, this event celebrates the patron saint of San Juan with bands and DJs in the main square, large bonfires, barbecues and dances. You can even watch people jump through small fires and walk on hot coals, something that’s said to drive away evil spirits while signifying rebirth and purification. It ends with fireworks.
Ibiza in July
#Merky Festival – Ibiza Rocks Hotel hosts this festival in early July, July 1-2 in 2019. A two-day rap and grime fest it features urban music elite with artists like Mabel and Krept & Konan.
Fiesta of San Cristobal – Annually on July 12 this fiesta starts with midday mass at the chapel of San Cristobal in Es Cana. That’s followed by a parade with traditional horse-drawn carts, a grand paella competition and a prize-giving ceremony. In the evening there is live music and dancing.
Virgen del Carmen Festival – This festival honors the patron saint of fishermen on July 16th every year. It begins with an evening mass procession where in Ibiza town locals carry a statue of the virgin, the patron of fishermen, to the port where the statue is brought aboard a boat decorated specially for the event.
Saint James Day – July 25th marks Saint James Day, a local and national holiday celebrated throughout Spain and the Balearic Islands. Horses come forward in some villages as protagonists during the festivities. There may be some business closures.
Ibiza in August
Nuestra Senora de la Nieves – This three-day festival begins on August 5 each year, celebrating the patron saint’s day of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves in Ibiza town. It features parades, floats and fireworks, with a communal meal held at the end.
Patron Saint’s Day of San Lorenzo – On August 10 in San Lorenzo, the village’s patron saint is celebrated with morning mass, a procession and folk dancing and an evening of music, dancing and a children’s foam party, all culminating with an elaborate firework display.
Sant Bartomeu – Saint Bartholomew celebrations take place on August 24 every year in San Antonio with a wide range of festivities including traditional foods, kite flying, walks, a swimming competition and fireworks at midnight.
Ibiza in September
Ibiza Jazz Festival – For three days in early September (with 2019’s dates still to be announced), this festival brings jazz to the cobbled streets of Dalt Vila in Ibiza town with everything from experimental sounds to big band classics.
Patron Saint’s Day in Jesus – Annually on September 8 in the small village of Jesus, this day is celebrated with music, dancing, games, feasts and parades.
Patron Saint’s Day in San Mateo – The tiny village of San Mateo hosts this day on September 21 each year starting with morning mass, a procession in honor of the saint through the streets accompanied by decorated horse-drawn carts, and traditional songs and dances performed by a local folk group.
Medieval Seafarers Market – This market is held in San Antonio over four days in late September, bringing over 100 stalls that sell food, drink, arts and crafts in a medieval-themed marked dedicated to seafarers along the promenade. It also includes a variety of activities, performances and circus shows, Andalusi music, Oriental dance, equilibrists and more.
Ibiza in October
Ibiza Light Festival – For two days in mid-October, October 11-12 in 2019, this festival of light, music, video and performances comes to Ibiza town. Monuments, squares and facades will all be spectacularly transformed with light.
National Day of Spain – This fiesta is held annually on October 12 to commemorate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus first setting foot in the Americas in 1492. Visitors will notice a huge statue of an enormous egg on the boulevard El Paseo de Ses Fonts known as the Egg of Columbus in recognition of a banquet thrown for Columbus after he returned from his voyages.
Es Cubells Festival – On October 15 every year this festival celebrates the patron saint of the small village of Es Cubells with traditional country dancing.
Fiesta de San Rafael – The main festivities of this event occur on October 24 annually, honoring the patron saint San Rafael Arcangel. It brings games and sports competitions, traditional dancing and lots of food, including sweet pastries and local vino.
Ibiza in November
All Saints’ Day – This national holiday on November 1 is celebrated with mass that’s held in churches across the island. In San Antonio, locals celebrate it traditionally by consuming nuts. Many throughout Ibiza and the rest of Spain also use the day to remembered loved ones by laying flowers on their graves.
Patron Saint’s Day of San Carlos – Annually on November 4, San Carlos celebrates its patron saint with midday mass followed by traditional Ibiza folk dancing and other events like magic shows, culminating with a firework display.
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera Festival – Santa Gertrudis is honored annually on November 16 each year with live music and DJs, communal feasting and drinking, chess championships and sports competitions. The biggest festivities take place on November 16, although there will be events in the weeks leading up to it.
Ibiza in December
Constitution Day – This annual national holiday celebrates the approval of the Constitution on December 6 bringing many business closures.
Immaculate Conception Day – On December 8 every year this national holiday brings processions, including images of Mary that are paraded through the streets, although it is mostly a day that families use to spend time together.
Christmas Funfair, Eve, Christmas Day – There are many Christmas holiday events on Ibiza, including a Christmas market and funfair which is open throughout December and runs well into January. It includes a Ferris wheel, ghost train, carousel and other rides, along with plenty of food and drink, including the traditional hot chocolate and churros. Throughout Spain, including Ibiza, many families attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve and then celebrate Christmas Day with gift-giving and lunch.
New Year’s Eve – There will be endless parties to celebrate the New Year on December 31, in clubs and restaurants across Ibiza as well as special dinners and cruises. If you celebrate at a restaurant, you’ll be given a dozen grapes to eat at the stroke of midnight, the traditional Spanish way.