Throughout the month of July and August I spent 17 days around Spain for my Summer trip in Europe. My first stop was Barcelona, followed by Ibiza, Granada and finishing in Cordoba then back to Barcelona for the rest of the trip. Barcelona is one of my favorite destinations in Europe because of the lifestyle, the food, the people and everything it offers. After a few days in Barcelona – it was time to head out to Ibiza and it was my first time visiting, the excitement was kicking in and I couldn’t wait to arrive. The weather during my visit was simply beautiful and I was definitely going to take full advantage of it. I am not one to rent a car during my trips mainly because I always stay within City Center and like to walk everywhere. However, during my visit to Ibiza it was a no brainer to rent a car so I was able to explore it at my fullest potential due that there is quite a bit of beautiful beaches to discover and spend time at.
The Beautiful Ibiza beach just a step away from my hotel.
I stayed at a beautiful hotel right along the coast of Ibiza and you can read my experience at Hotel Sirenis, where I review the room and the amenities of the hotel in details. Hotels in Ibiza are rather pricey if you decide to stay at a luxury hotel and my hotel was pricey but worth every penny I paid. Lets move on to the rental car situation which I am sure many of you like to rent cars and have some sort of Status when it comes to renting cars. Within Ibiza you will find a large selection of car rental companies and they all compete within each other, which is to be expected and the pricing won’t change much from the car company one street down from the other, of course it all depends on them and it all depends on you when it comes to deciding what kind of car you would like to drive around during your visit. Besides car rentals, you will also be able to rent vespas if you are into motorbikes to cruise around which to be honest, it is better and more convenient to park around.
I needed a car for a day to explore around and visit the beautiful beaches of Ibiza so I headed out to the nearest car rental place near my hotel and began the process. I selected a simply and economic car for the week and it only cost me about 30 Euros for the whole day and I could return it the next day with no problems. What I paid is excluding the gas fee something I refused and declined to pay in advanced because when I was given the car, it was almost at empty, so I needed to fill it up anyway and I was going to be just fine on gas when I was going to return the car the following day.
My Car in Ibiza
The Process before Renting:
- This might be silly to mention but I’ve seen it happening before. You must..must..have your drivers license with you, regardless of where you’re from just show them your license so you will be granted permission to rent a car.
- A Deposit must be made during the process of renting the car, they do not require you to pay the full amount up front but a deposit is mandatory. They are flexible on the amount you would like to deposit, normally half of what the final price is.
- You can decline the offer from them to pay the gas because that will also save you money on the final cost of the car, fill it up yourself and refill it before returning it if you have to. Just look at the gas meter to see how they are giving it to you and you can make your decision on what works best for you.
- As I mentioned above, there is a lot of rental car companies around in Ibiza – The pricing won’t change much but everyone at the facility was extremely friendly, attentive and most of all fast with their service.
- Before taking the car out, they will inspect it to make sure whats wrong with the car, dents, nicks, etc. As I usually do, take pictures of the car yourself too so you can show them upon dropping it off incase they try to get you for something that they missed. Better be safe than sorry.
- The staff will wash the car for you before giving it to you, inside and out. As they take great pride on giving you a clean ride for your adventures. I think thats a nice touch.
My Driving Experience & Overall thoughts:
- Driving around in Ibiza it’s mental – there is a lot of motorbike drivers around and a lot of tourists driving as well. It is fairly crazy and they love to speed. So just be aware of your surroundings and use your turning signals always.
- Parking the car was tough, the streets are very narrow and there is not always parking spots available to park the car, it is one of those things that you will get really lucky if someone is leaving right when you’re arriving at your destination.
- Ibiza doesn’t require you to park in some specific way, you can park your car any way you would like as long as you aren’t blocking anybody or causing an accident, which makes things a little easier. They are cars facing one another while parked, some in different directions, etc. Shown on the image below.
- They are parking meters on the streets that you must pay when parking. Refusing to pay will cause you to get a ticket. Just like here in America they enforce that but of course not as strict. I am sure if you have a 5 minute errand to run, an officer you won’t ticket you because there isn’t a handful of security guards roaming the streets like we have here in America. But just a head ups to pay for parking if you are going to gone for a long period of time. They are very standard machines as well and not complicated to use.
- Last but not least, if you decide to rent a motorbike which in my opinion they are a much better choice in Ibiza, you will have your own dedicated parking which means you will see small stripes indicating you where you can park it at zero risk. Keep in mind other motorbikes have to be parked next to you, so park within and between the lines to avoid controversy or ticketing.
Overall, driving around in Ibiza was a total adventure and I really enjoyed it. The streets and signs can be very tricky but once you get the hang of things, you will be on your way. I must admit that i did get lost a few times and it was a nightmare to reroute but I managed to get the hang of things and visit all of the major beaches around in Ibiza. If you are traveling to solo, a motorbike is the best choice – if traveling in a large group of people, I recommend a car for comfort and belongings. I can’t wait to return to Ibiza and explore more of the beauty of it.
Have you been to Ibiza and rented a car during your visit? If so, how was your experience?