Moving to & Living in Ibiza
Are You Looking for a Better Lifestyle?
As a UK expat who was in just that situation some years ago, I would like to share with you some information about the wonderful island of Ibiza as a potential place to move to and live.
Of course it is not perfect, nowhere is, and it does have a few "challenges" one way and another. However, if you are meant to be here, you will know straight away and you will grow to love the "Ibizan ways" along with the lifestyle, I promise.
Where Is Ibiza?
Ibiza is a small island located about 60 miles off the coast of mainland Spain. It is part of a group of four islands called the Balearic Islands by the English, or "Islas Baleares" by the Spanish. It includes Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca and the tiny island of Formentera.
The nearest Spanish port to Ibiza is Denia, at about 60 miles (4 hours on the ferry), followed by Barcelona at about 8 hours.
Ibiza is just under two hours flying time from the UK and is now served by direct flights from Stansted all year round, as well as multiple UK airports in the summer season for the tourists.
Ibiza's Stunning Natural Beauty
If you haven't been here before, or worse, have only experienced Ibiza through the dreadful TV programs about San Antonio drinking holidays, you won't be at all prepared for the captivating natural beauty of the island. Everybody, and I mean everybody, is always blown away by it their first time.
The weather in Ibiza is one of its best features, with an average 300+ days of sunshine a year and up to 12 hours of sunshine per day during the summer. This picture was taken in mid-January, it was 19 degrees C.
Winter brings cooler weather, but it rarely drops below 10 degrees C even on the worst days. When the sun comes out in December and January, it's still entirely possible to get burnt if you're not used to it. Winter days where it is over 20 degrees are not rare.
There are oranges and lemons on trees all though December and January and sheep lambing in what would be the depths of the English winter.
So What's the Work Situation Like?
Lots of British are discovering the joys of working remotely via the internet whilst living here, and some even commute back and forth. There's even a new nickname for them, the "LonZa" set as discussed in the Times Online.
Surprisingly for Spain, Ibiza is actually fairly well connected internet-wise. Once you get Telefonica to actually connect your internet, it is a fast and reliable service. Plus there are free Wifi hotspots in virtually every town and village on the island now.
If you are not lucky enough to be able to work online, there are still opportunities on the island. It will be easier if you speak a little Spanish, but it the language barrier is not insurmountable like it would be in some countries or other parts of Spain.
There is a large expat community here and many English speaking Europeans of all nationalities. It is entirely possible to live here for many years and speak no Spanish at all. Indeed, many have and do.
However, the one piece of advice I would give to anybody thinking about moving to live in Ibiza and needing to earn an income here is that you are probably going to have to be flexible in your employment demands.
Most people who live here have several occupations, or you could think of it as several "strings to their bows." People who are unwilling to be flexible in their employment expectations don't usually stay here, in my experience.
In my eyes, Ibiza is a wonderful place. It's steeped in rich history, has a unique laid-back lifestyle, beautiful scenery, a breathtaking view waiting to surprise you around every corner, great weather, friendly locals, lots of English speakers around if you need them, and all the modern technologies you need. I can't recommend making the move highly enough.
I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, all were taken by me; please feel free to use them if you like them.