Ibiza has a typically warm, Mediterranean climate, with accumulated rainfalls that do not exceed over forty-five days a year. Heavy rains and gale force winds are unusual enough that when they occur, they make Ibiza history. Snow has also been known to occur, but it’s very rare. The greatest hazard connected with Ibiza weather is dust storms, which occur most typically in February and March. These are caused from the hot Sahara winds that blow in from nearby Africa. Those who suffer from asthma should bring their inhalers as the dust storms can be very irritating to the throat and lungs.
Ibiza isn’t normally the place where people choose to take their Easter holiday, yet in recent years, more and more students have been targeting the exotic island for spring break. It hasn’t really warmed up to its full capacity yet; temperatures average 18C in March and 20C in April, with the sea temperature still a bit on the chilly side. Evenings can also be chilly, dropping down to an average of 10C, with winds cool enough to make you shiver. You will need to carry a warm sweater or jacket and mix your swim suit and shorts with some long sleeved shirts and slacks.
The clubs and bars are not yet open, but the festive atmosphere is already kicking into gear. The Flower Power Festival usually begins in March, with hippie style, open-air concerts, Spanish bands and a market filled with cheerfully coloured handcrafts. It’s a blast in the sixties and seventies past, whether you’re a nostalgic hipster or a youthful player with a taste for old-time rock and roll.
If you are planning an Easter holiday in Ibiza, make your reservations early, as these “off season” months are becoming a trend, with students packing in to catch some sun and fun before returning to classes.
While May is officially a spring month, it’s also the month when things began to heat up in Ibiza, both in reference to weather and to the list of Ibiza’s swinging party activities. Early May is still quiet, with the only club open, the Pacha, but it’s a great time for a family holiday as the average temperature is 23C with comfortable lows of 18C and a sea temperature that is rapidly becoming warmer.
The majority of hotels, restaurants and clubs begin opening in mid-May and excitement begins filling the air. During the second week of May, the Medieval Fair begins in the old walled town of Dalt Vila. Your voyage into the past is heightened with demonstrations of crafts that have passed away from most memories, and sales of hand-made items.
Rainfalls become increasingly rare, with very little chance of rain during July or August. This is the time to bring your lightest clothing, with no more than a light jacket or long-sleeved shirt to ward off cool evening breezes. The hottest month is August, with temperatures soaring to 30C and higher, and not cooling off greatly until late October.
Summer is the time of year when the all night parties begin and recreational activities are at its height. Along with swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling, there are boating expeditions, guided tours and sea life adventures.
Ibiza doesn’t have a true autumn. Even in November, the temperature remains a comfortable 16C average, with lows averaging around 12C, but the rain season begins in September. Ibiza has a rather dry climate, so even the rain season is not very impressive. The heaviest rains are in October through February, averaging from five to six days of rain per month.
December is generally the wettest month, with an average of 90mm of rain, dropping off to fifty mm for January and February. Even though temperatures remain mild throughout the year, it’s best to prepare well for a winter trip to Ibiza. Night time temperatures can feel pretty chilly and day time temperatures average between 8C -11C, so winter in Ibiza will seem much like autumn or early spring in London.
The chances of radical weather in Ibiza are greatest during the winter months of December through February. There are occasional storms, with thunder, lightening and hail. You might even see some snow, but it doesn’t stick around long.
In recent years, Ibiza has been suffering a lot of summer draught. This has created a tendency to have excessive winter rains, water spouts and flooding.
The off-season, however, can be the best time to go to Ibiza if your interests are more in the island than in the party. The three million visitors have shrunk to a half-million people. The beaches are empty, many of the shops are closed up, but it’s still pleasant enough for sight-seeing or enjoy other outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, horse-back riding or simply joining the very gregarious locals in their festivities.
Prices are high during the summer months and a holiday that includes hotel stay, dining and socializing at the numerous clubs can be expensive, but winter is for the budget conscious. Since the bars and clubs that mark Ibiza as a main attraction for the party animal are closed, your trip to Ibiza will mean more money in your pocket. Food prices are much lower, as well as airline tickets and you might even get a bargain rate on your hotel stay.