I'm a UK expat Ibiza resident writing about various different aspects of living on the white island.
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.
Kai on July 09, 2018:
Hi, I was offered a job a couple of months back in Ibiza and because I didn’t know about it, I turned it down.
Did a little more research and found it to be an ideal place to live and bring my daughter up. Where do I begin and what are the first steps I take, I’m a chef and good at managing and administration. Any offers out there....
melisa kirby on October 19, 2017:
Thank you for the great info! I'd love to ask you some clarifying follow-up questions if you're open to that.
Jenna on July 11, 2017:
Hi. I'm looking to move to Ibiza. I currently work as a hairdresser.
How easy would this be and how do I get started.
Would anyone like to do it with me?
Thanks for ur help
Kelly on March 16, 2016:
Hi I would love to live in Ibiza but how easy would it be with 5 children as they would need to be in school
Ibiza Style (author) on September 03, 2015:
hi Tracey. that topic is probably worth a hub of it's own. Its possible, but far from easy.
Tracey on August 08, 2015:
I was wondering if anyone has built a property in ibiza? What things should you consider?
Luis on February 13, 2015:
If u want to move to ibiza i found a web that is very very usefull to people who want to move to ibiza, even if u want to have a good time in a short period of time or if u are thinking about to move there for a season, www.ayudaenibiza.com is very good web for people who want any information about ibiza ( rentals, job offers, best places to see, etc etc )
Jamie on August 12, 2014:
Hi just looking to see if anyone could give my some advice on trying to find a all year round full time job in ibiza in events?
Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you
Mark on August 09, 2014:
Hi Rich. What sort of staff positions are you looking to fill?
Rich on July 16, 2014:
Visiting Ibiza next week (23/07) with a view to purchasing an exisiting business. If it goes to plan, I will be looking for staff. Niza leave another post if you are still interested. Anyone know what the employment situation is like at the moment? Thanks
Niza on June 04, 2014:
I really want to stay in Ibiza for a year. At the moment, I work at a Café in Beverly Hills but I just started promoting at a club in Los Angeles (ExchangeLA.com) AND I have just graduated & acquired my bartending license. So I think I'm ready to be in Ibiza for a long term stay.
I really hope you can help. I am one determined, hard working person.
I hope to hear from you soon! :)
Lee on September 19, 2012:
I am looking to move to Ibiza next year and am worried about work. At the moment I'm a plumber in the uk and would like to do the same in Ibiza . Are there many English plumbers there.
Daniel on July 03, 2012:
I've always been attracted to the island life and its perfect location in the Mediterranean would be my ideal home. I am seriously considering moving there soon. I am already fluent in Spanish, but remember the main language of Ibiza is actually a variant of Catalan called Eivissenc, though Spanish is also widely spoken. I heard the locals always feel appreciated if you can speak the local language.
magdalena on March 05, 2012:
did you move already?
Ibiza 4ever on August 15, 2011:
After reading this wonderful article and watching the pictures all I have to say is: I want to be in Ibiza right now!
I'm going to read other posts from you right now thanks mate!
Louise Murphy on July 02, 2011:
I am looking to locate the (SOIB) Servei d'ocupacio of Balears. As an Irish Citizen I am entitled to claim Irish job seekers allowance from another EU country. One of the conditions is that when I arrive, I must register and sign on with the unemployed office in Ibiza until I find work. Can you tell me where this office is in Ibiza?? Do they speak English? Would they be quick in contacting the Irish social welfare to say that I am in Ibiza and registered with them, my aim to look for work in Ibiza. Louise
Emma on June 03, 2011:
I have wanted to move to Ibiza since I first stepped on the island 8 years ago but life in London has got in the way, though I do seem to be clearing the path a little now!
My biggest concern is getting started there and settled. Unfortunately I won’t be able to bring my job with me which means at the age of 36 I will be completely starting again on my own, this makes me nervous and perhaps this has held me back from making the big move! I am used to a certain way of life but I will be giving everything up to come and wont have a lot of finances to support me maybe only for a few months. I do plan on going to school to learn Spanish but it may take time before I’m fluent, I have tried several times to learn in London but just doesn’t stick, I am hoping living there will speed the process along.
I would like to find myself a career rather than the odd job as I am fairly ambitious but like to think I’m flexible. I am also looking for a more relaxed way of life, city living just isn’t doing it for me anymore.
Basically I am getting in touch for some advice on the job situation, how to make the move and an honest & frank how hard is it really?!
Thanking you in advance for your assistance.
ps. great website with lots of info but just wanted to touch base with some who's actually made the move!
Ibiza Style (author) on April 30, 2011:
well, having been to Tenerife a couple of times, I would agree wholeheartedly with your friend, but then I am biased. The weather is probably not as warm here in the winter as Tenerife, and it is very different in lots of ways, but im pretty sure if you like it there, you'll LOVE it here :)
Steve Andrews from Lisbon, Portugal on April 30, 2011:
A friend has suggested that I move to Ibiza as she says it is much better than Tenerife where I currently am! I was looking for info on the island and stumbled on this excellent hub! Have voted up!