Living in Ibiza

Pros and Cons of Living in Ibiza

The first time you came on holiday in Ibiza with your friends, you fell in love with the Island. When you then came back for the second, third, fourth, fifth time, your love became deeper until when the idea of moving permanently to the island, finally seemed like the right thing to do. But before you move to the White Isle, there are few things you should consider and weighing the pros and cons can help in deciding whether or not you should proceed with this idea.

PROS

All-Year Round Wonderful Weather
Ibiza has approximately 300 days of sunshine and blue skies. Summer is usually very hot – with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees. Winter can get a bit chilly (especially at night) but temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees – even if the high level of humanity with the absence of central heating in most of the houses, make the cold feel colder. The good weather stretches from March to November with some rain in Autumn, but usually it lasts just for couple of hours. In December, January & February you can still enjoy some days of warm sunshine – where all the residents head to the beach restaurants and bars to enjoy the sun, feeling very lucky for living in this beautiful island.

Many Beautiful Beaches
Considering it’s such a tiny island, Ibiza has many beautiful wide beaches, sandy bays, private coves and rocky cliffs with access to the sea. Even if during summer, when most of the renowned beaches are besieged by tourists, there still some few spots where locals and visitors can enjoy some peace and quiet. But the best part is, out of season when even the most famous beaches can be blissfully deserted and residents can enjoy them.

Vivid Gastronomic Scene 

Ibiza boasts many local markets where farmers sell theirs fruit & veg and in the last couple of years we have seen an increase in opening of organic shops, which are now widely spread across the whole island. There are few chain supermarket and lately we are witnessing the opening of small specialised supermarket – which means that if you miss the food from your home-country, you can go there and buy the essentials to make your desired dinner. But the wide culinary offer of Ibiza does not stop there, in fact the island is home for many well-known multicultural restaurants – from five star dining experience to authentic Spanish restaurants, the choices are endless.

Plenty of Outdoor Activities
Ibiza does not only offer beautiful turquoise sea and sandy beaches, but it provides also the perfect setting for biking, hiking, horse riding whilst enjoying breathtaking views and discovering the most authentic side of the island. If you like outdoor activities but don’t want to do it by yourself, there are several residents groups which arrange tours and excursions, it’s a good way to do some exercise, meet new people and discover the island!

Sense of Community 
In summer the island is filled with tourists, but when they leave there is a very tight community, a very strong collective of cosmopolitan people. The island is so small that bumping into each other is a regular occurrence. People on the island are friendly, and many people are in the same boat; in terms of living away from their native country and friends and family – so making new friends will not be a problem.

Better Quality of Life
The quality of life is undeniable better! There is a good balance between work and family life, of course this is dependent on the type of job you do – if you work in the tourist sector you might get very busy in summer and then more quiet in winter time, whilst if you work in any other sector your working time would be more or less the same. Overall people here enjoy life more, might be the good weather or the laid back attitude but if you aim to a good work-family balance, this is the place to be.

Incredibly Safe Place
Crime on the island is very low, with it being pretty safe for women and kids to go out at night. There are few house break-ins and these tend to happen more often in summer, when the island gets busier – but overall there are no major incidents and in some part of the island, people are even still living without locking their doors every-time they leave the house.

CONS

Crowded in Summer
For as quiet as it is in the winter, Ibiza becomes a very busy island in summer. The municipalities of Playa d’en Bossa, San Antonio and Ibiza Town are probably the most affected ones with waves of holidaymakers flocking to the streets. But also smaller areas such as Portinatx, Es Canar or San José experience an increase in traffic and population. During summer, traffic jams are usually on the agenda, especially around Jesus-Ibiza Town and the Ca Na Negreta area and finding a parking space becomes a pretty difficult task.

High Price of Properties
The real estate market in Ibiza is hot! Overall the Ibiza property market is growing and prices for houses are not that cheap. So prepare yourself to pay a premium if you want to buy a decent house. Regarding rentals, there are surprisingly few long term lets in Ibiza. Before moving here we will advise to do some research, make sure to understand what are you getting for your money and who to trust – during the years we’ve heard several unpleasant stories about untrustworthy landlord or real estate company. To give you some peace of mind we’ve rounded up a list of reliable real estate companies, you can contact them directly and browse within their portfolio of properties.

Language Barrier
If you want to relocate to Ibiza, you should learn Spanish first, at least a basic level. You can get by speaking your own language for a while – thanks to the wide established communities of Brits, Italian, Dutch, German, Latin American. But if you learn Spanish things will get much more easier, especially if you want to set up your own business – if you speak Spanish you will get what you need faster, easier and probably cheaper. Here’s a list of 5 great places where you can learn Spanish in Ibiza

Winter Limited Flights
In summer you have tons of direct flights from/to Ibiza, but in winter things get quieter, much quieter. Despite the fact that in the last couple of years we’ve seen an increase in the number of winter flights connecting the island to main cities (London, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and the mainland), there still a shortage of flights and most of the time it’s necessary to stop first in Barcelona, Palma or Madrid.

Winter Limited Availability of Public Transport
In the summer season public transport is available, with buses travelling all over the island, even to the beach! However, in winter much of the public transport is not available and unless you have your own transport, things can get very complicated. If you want to bring your own car you can do it, but bear in mind that after six months you must pay to change your car plate in a Spanish one.

Island Time
First thing you should get used to is that there is no rush – be patient. It does take longer for things to happen, but eventually they happen. Also consider that on a working day, many offices, shops and stores close during the day for the siesta and they will open later on around 4 or 5pm. You can now plan your day in a more relaxed way.

Job Market
Finding a job in Ibiza (especially one with an all year round contract) can be difficult. Consider that there are a lot of people who’d like to live on the island, who are skilled speak a number of languages – so competition can be fierce. A good idea is to take into consideration what your skills that you’re bringing from your home country are, and how they could be used by the different companies that already exist on the island.If you want to set up your own business, do your research first and find out what you need.

Our advice before deciding to make the big move is to try it out – come here for several long holidays first. Visit schools, explore the job market, seek and ask friends who have done the same what are their experiences & tips, explore the property market.

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