Ibiza is a game of the two halves – High season = Summer, which now stretches a full 6 months from May – October. Low season = Winter, which lasts from November – April.
Each season brings an influx of tourists and seasonal workers, as well as people moving to the island full-time who’d like to stay all year. It’s important to take this into account when trying to find something to rent in Ibiza (depending on your needs). There are, of course, always exceptions to the rules and deals to be had – but in general, here are some good guidelines…
ALL YEAR-ROUND RENTALS
When: Best chances to find something are between late September – January.
Why? Finding a good all-year-round rental in Ibiza is no mean feat. Due to the rise of the likes of Air BnB and other autonomous tourist rental sites. Many landlords would prefer to cash in with tourists over the summer months and leave their apartments and villas sitting empty during the winter. Or provide a 6-month-only contract at a considerably cheaper rate only for the duration of the winter months. However, this is, of course, a problem for people who don’t want to move every 6 months, as they have all-year-round jobs or those who just want to live on the island all year. This has become a big bone of contention on the island over the last few years, with protests about the lack of affordable and all-year-round housing even taking place and resulting in local government taking action to try and clamp down on abusive rental prices and the housing that is available all year for a liveable price. However, this being said, it is possible to find an all-year-round contract from late September to early January. Why? Because the season is coming to an end, tourists and seasonal workers are leaving the island and properties are becoming available. This is also likely to be the time when landlords might be getting tired of the high turnover of guests and visitors and looking for a more serious tenant. Any later than January the landlords might be more willing to hold out those 4-5 months until the tourists arrive and can pay the higher rental price.
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When: Best chances of finding a good deal are between April & May
Why? A seasonal rental could be a whole property or a room in somebody else’s place, generally – you will pay a higher premium than for an all-year-round property – but not as much as a tourist. The best time to find a good deal is by arriving at the beginning of the season, around April or May time – and if you’re looking for success, word of mouth and social media is key.
Check out: Facebook Worker Group for some good connections.
When: Best deals available before the end of February.
Why? The early bird catches the worm, and while some people love Ibiza so much they book their next holiday apartment with a super early bird discount directly after their holiday has finished, indeed, a famous saying January – Blues, as the most bookings are made around January for the coming year ahead. Of course, it’s possible to book holiday rentals during the season or when it has already begun – but the best deals are often booked early.
Check out: this article Where to Book your Holiday Villa this Summer for some tips.