Ibiza Upper Town View from Harbour

Ibiza Cruise Port: Your Ultimate Guide to a DIY Day Ashore

Ibiza. Once a haven for hippies and free spirits, Ibiza has morphed into a playground for the rich, the restless, and a growing number of cruise passengers. It’s a place where sun-kissed beaches and ancient cobblestones co-exist and where the rhythmic pulse of legendary nightclubs echoes from the same chores that welcome casual cruisers.

Lines like Virgin Voyages offer tantalising overnight port stays in Ibiza. But my cruise on the Valiant Lady didn’t! While clubbing ’til dawn might be the island’s claim to fame, Ibiza offers plenty of ways to fill a fabulous day ashore. Let me show you what I did on my DIY port adventure.

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Ibiza Cruise Port: Is a DIY Excursion Easy? 😎😎😎😎 (Straightforward)

Ibiza calling, and you’re ready to explore… but those cruise ship excursions can be pricey! Good news: Ibiza is perfect for a do-it-yourself adventure. Here’s why I rated Ibiza cruise port as straightforward for DIY-ers:

  • Get to Town, Your Way: Hop on the shuttle or feel that Mediterranean breeze with a walk into town (okay, it’s not the shortest walk, but adventurers gotta adventure!)
  • History with a UNESCO Stamp: Get lost (in the best way!) in the stunning, UNESCO-listed Old Town. Think cobblestones, ancient walls, and oh-so-charming vibes.
  • Beach Bummin’ on a Budget: Beaches galore, including one within walking distance of the port! Sand, sun, and zero dollars spent on a tour bus!

See? Ibiza is begging you to ditch the herd and explore on your own!

Ibiza Cruise Port Essentials: All You Need to Know

View of Ibiza Harbour from Upper Town
  • Ibiza cruise port address: Estación Marítima Elvissa-Botafoc, 07800 Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Currency: Euros
  • Language: Spanish
  • Official websites: Ports de Balears lists scheduled ship arrivals & departures (select Ibiza at the top), Ibiza.travel is the official Ibiza tourism site. For buses to other parts of Ibiza island, check out Consell d’Elvissa for routes & timetables.
  • Recommended Transport App: I used Google Maps to navigate around Old Town.
  • eSIM for roaming in Balearic Islands (Spain): For a great data connection without the huge roaming fees, use an eSim data pack from Airalo. I always recommend having a smartphone with a valid plan when you’re at port touring independently. Get US$3 off your first eSIM data pack from Airalo when you use ROXANN1666 when you sign up or apply it at checkout

Ibiza Cruise Port Map

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Ibiza Cruise Port to City Centre: Your Transport Options

View of Ibiza cruise port from Ibiza Upper Town
Walking from Ibiza port means walking a long loop around the cove. Take a shuttle instead!

From my experience, the cruise line operated shuttle is the easiest option to get from Ibiza cruise port to the town centre. If you’ve read my other DIY port guides, you’ll know that I almost never recommend cruisers to default to the cruise line operated shuttle bus, as they are often expensive compared to alternatives. But in Ibiza, there are limited options!

So check whether your cruise line will offer a paid or complimentary shuttle at Ibiza. I visited Ibiza with Virgin Voyages and used the complimentary shuttle.

Shuttle Drop Off Point: You’ll most likely be dropped off near the Formentera Ferry Terminal (see my map above 👆). Coaches can’t drive further into the town itself and there’s convenient coach parking here. From Formentera Terminal, you’re a stone’s throw from the town centre.

2. Official Port Bus

The official port bus is operated by Sagales. Catch it outside the cruise terminal and you’ll be dropped off outside Formentera Ferry Terminal as well. This is not my preferred option, as it only operates every 30 minutes. It also does not operate on weekends (!)

Tickets: €4 one-way and €6 return, with cash to the driver. €5.50 return if you purchase online on the official website.

3. Walk

While distance-wise, the walk into Old Town is definitely do-able, there’s not much to see and also not particularly scenic. I walked back to the cruise terminal and it took me 40 minutes. The walk is approx 3km (~2 miles) and is entirely on flat ground. In the humid heat though, it was quite a workout!

Top Things to Do in Ibiza from the Cruise Port

1. Explore Ibiza’s Old Town (Dalt Vila): A DIY Walking Tour

Ibiza Upper Town View from Harbour
Photo by Martina Amaro

Ibiza’s Dalt Vila (“Upper Town”) is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its well-preserved Renaissance walls, originally built to ward off pirates and Ottomans. Phoenicians first settled this hilltop in around 650 BC, followed by Carthaginians (~200 BC), Romans and Moors in around 900 AD. You’ll see this remarkable blend of cultures nestled within the city walls.

Here’s some highlights for your DIY Walk:

  • Portal de Ses Taules: Begin at this grand gateway, the main entrance to Dalt Vila. Notice the statues flanking it, paying homage to Roman conquerors.
  • Bastion of Santa Lucia: Take a relaxing break at this spacious bastion – it’s the largest bastion. There’s panoramic views across Ibiza’s harbour.
  • Church of Santo Domingo: Step inside this 16th-century Baroque church, built by the Dominicans.
  • Town Hall (Old Dominican Friary): Once a haven for monks, this impressive building now houses the town’s government.
  • Puget Museum: Housed in a beautiful historic building, it showcases the works of the Ibizan artists Narcís Puget Viñas and his son, Narcís Puget Riquer.
  • Cathedral: End your tour at the Cathedral of Ibiza. It’s a blend of 14th century Gothic and 18th century Baroque styles. Note it’s currently closed for renovations. Otherwise, it’s possible to climb to the top of the tower.
Bastion of Santa Lucia, Ibiza, overlooking the city, Spain

For those interested in ancient history, exit via Plaça de la Reina Sofia, where you can easily walk to the Museu i necròpolis des Puig des Molins. (Museum is closed Mondays). Puig des Molins (“Hill of Windmills”) served as the primary burial ground for the Phoenician settlement of Ibosim (now Ibiza), founded around 654 BC. The Phoenicians, a seafaring people from the eastern Mediterranean, established Ibosim as a strategic trading post.

As Ibosim grew, so did the necropolis (cemetery with tomb monuments). Puig des Molins is considered the largest and best preserved Punic-era necropolis in the Mediterranean. Excavations have yielded a remarkable collection of artefacts, including jewellery, terracotta figurines, amulets, ceramics and even ostrich eggs. The most striking feature of the necropolis is the hypogea – underground chambers carved into the hillside rock.

2. Sun, 🏖️ Sand, and Relaxation: Your Guide to Ibiza’s City Beaches

There are two beaches within easy reach of the Ibiza cruise port:

  • Playa de Talamanca:
    • Walk from Port: 20 minutes walk away. All the usual facilities are available, including showers & lockers plus lots of restaurants and bars close by.
    • Shallow Water: The sand is fine and the water shallow, so I think this is perfect if you’re visiting with kids.
    • Beach your first stop? Then Bus #12 will get you to the city centre. One-way fares are €1.75 – pay the driver.
  • Playa de ses Figueretes:
    • Walk from City Centre: 20 minutes walk from Plaça de la Reina Sofia (last stop on my DIY walking tour above). Deck chairs, hammocks, umbrellas and showers are all available.
    • Shallow Water: The sand here is coarser than at Talamanca beach but the water is very clear for a city beach
    • Bus #14 will get you back to the Vara de Rey Gardens in the city centre, then it’s a 10-minute walk back to Formentera Terminal, for your shuttle bus trip back to Ibiza cruise port.

These two beaches are not the best rated or the most popular beaches on Ibiza island. I’ve heard that Cala Bassa beach in Sant Josep de sa Talaia (west side of the island) and Es Niu Blau beach in Santa Eulària des Riu (north-east of Ibiza island) are both fantastic and very popular. If you’d like to head to those beaches, the easiest way would be to join an excursion that includes transport and pre-booked admission to a beach club.

Featured Image by JOSE MANUEL ALABARCE PAEZ from Pixabay

I hope this helps you have a spectacular time in Ibiza! Be sure to share this post with your roll call group or other cruisers you know. Have a wonderful port day in Ibiza!

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