Most of the best things to do in Ibiza take place in the summer and right in August there is a very interesting cultural agenda that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to this beautiful Spanish Mediterranean destination. It is the epicenter of summer partying all over the country and a benchmark of what a northern hemisphere vacation in some southern European destination can be like.
So the best thing to do is to familiarize yourself with the activities you could enjoy and the places you could visit during this month. For your convenience, I have compiled 10 plans that can offer you the best of this beautiful island from the beginning of August until the last week of the most touristy month of the year.
1. Participate in the parades of Our Lady of the Snows Day
The calendar of traditional August festivities in Ibiza begins with the celebrations of the Day of Our Lady of Las Nieves, the patron saint of Ibiza and Formentera for the Catholic religion. As you can imagine, this is a very busy event that starts with a mass at 7 pm in the island's cathedral and usually ends with a concert in the Reina Sofia Park.
This day is celebrated on August 5 every year and traditionally the attendees of both the mass and the concert usually wear white clothes to represent the purity of the Holy Mary. This can be a good opportunity to start the August tourist itinerary in Ibiza, as it represents the best combination between the traditions of this community with the festive character that now defines the island for international tourism.
Both the mass and the concert are completely free activities and you can be sure that in Reina Sofia Park you will find some food stalls as well as alcoholic drinks. These will help you to get in the mood to continue the night in some of the famous discos in the south of Ibiza such as Pachá or Ushuaia.
2. Celebrate the festivities of San Ciriaco
Three days after the celebration of Our Lady of the Snows, on August 8, there is another traditional evening of religious character that has a size and importance among the local population even more significant. It is the Fiestas de San Ciriaco and it differs in the fact that the activities usually start from mid-morning until late in the evening.
The first thing that takes place on this special date is a concert by a local band, which usually belongs to the orchestra of the City of Ibiza. Next, there is a procession to the hermitage of Sant Cirac that begins the holy mass and then a series of traditional dance performances that captivate all the tourists who join this beautiful tradition.
Already in the afternoon usually occurs a public snack in which almost always hundreds of paellas are prepared to be offered free of charge to everyone who is present in the surroundings of the archaeological site of Puig des Molins. The celebration continues past dusk with all participants drinking and singing in the best style of a street party and at around midnight over the port of Ibiza a fireworks show starts to close the evening.
This event is so entertaining that it cannot be missing in your itinerary if you are having a 3 day trip to Ibiza during the week of August 8th. Nor should you miss the opportunity to enjoy it if you are staying the whole month on the island.
3. Surprise yourself with the BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival
Art can be proactive and immersive and under this philosophy in Ibiza is celebrated year after year a festival called BLOOP, from the first of August until the penultimate weekend of the month. It is a circuit of events that take place both in Ibiza Town and in San Antonio de Abad and in which there are usually photographic exhibitions, many live music performances, there are also contemporary art shows and a lot of street and conceptual art.
The festival also usually organizes educational workshops for children and adults that seek to bridge the gap between modern art and the average consumer. There are discussion forums and all kinds of parties that revolve around these art exhibitions. Which seek to democratize this aspect of culture among all the tourists that tend to flood the streets of Ibiza throughout the month of August.
Keep in mind that the schedule of events changes every year and therefore the best way to be sure which activities coincide with your visit to the island is to check the official festival website.
4. Entertain yourself at the St. Bartholomew's Festival
In San Antonio de Abad there are also traditional festivals like those held in Ibiza Town and the celebrations of the patron saint of this community, San Bartolomé, are also worth visiting. Basically, it is an extensive itinerary of activities and events that usually begins the second week of the month and extends beyond August 24, the same day of Sant Bartomeu.
The most important of all are those that happen that same August 24, as throughout the city are organized theatrical performances, traditional dances and street parties that comes after a procession that marks the beginning of the solemn mass of the feast.
At midnight there will also be a fireworks display that will illuminate the entire bay. The truth is that visiting the area that same week is a good idea if you want to party in traditional Ibiza style, but didn't get the chance to do so during the patron saint festivities earlier in the month.
5. Enjoy a meteor shower at the Tears of San Lorenzo
Between July and August every year a meteor shower takes place that has an extremely favorable visibility from Mediterranean Europe and the clear skies of Ibiza are an excellent opportunity to enjoy this cosmic event during your tourist visit to the island.
There is no specific date on which you are guaranteed to see this meteor shower, but traditionally it is believed that between August 11 and 13 is when you have the best visibility of the event. In turn, its popular name of Tears of St. Lawrence has to do with the fact that August 10 is the day of this martyr of Catholicism.
Clearly, this is one of the best activities to do with children in Ibiza for the fact that it is a safe, family plan and completely free. There are different ways to enjoy the event, but I advise you with more enthusiasm to have an evening picnic in a field in the interior villages of the island or you could also go to spend the night in a cove near the hotel of your accommodation.
6. Don't forget to participate in the activities of Sant Augustí
August 28 marks the end of the cycle of folkloric celebrations in Ibiza with the Fiestas de Sant Augusti, which take place in the picturesque village that bears the same name as its patron saint. As in the rest of the events of this style that I have mentioned to you in this list, the Fiestas de Sant Augusti usually extend for a whole week. It is characterized by local bands playing Balearic folk music as well as by the gastronomic offer that remains vibrant during the whole week of events.
Passing through the area to have a stop at these patron saint festivities is an excellent idea due to the fact that this town is on your way to the beaches and coves that are located in the southeastern end of the island. So planning a snorkeling excursion in Ibiza for the same date you intend to stop by for the Sant Augusti celebrations is favorable from a logistical point of view.
Keep in mind that the viewpoints that are close to Es Vedrà can also be an ideal place to enjoy the sunset after lunch or watch a show in the schedule of events of this picturesque island tradition.
7. Watch an outdoor movie in the best summer style
Throughout Europe it is very common to take advantage of the summer to do as many outdoor activities as possible. Going to the open-air cinema is one of them, as all kinds of projection screens are set up to give tourists and locals alike the chance to enjoy a starry night full of movies in some of the most iconic corners of the city.
Just that happens all over Ibiza, as each town usually organizes a couple of classic and Spanish film screenings to show a more interesting side to visitors to the island. If a plan like this is captivating for you, I can highlight the functions that are usually held at the Baluarte de San Pedro in the historic center of Ibiza Town.
This is due to the fact that the selection of films is usually of the best quality year after year and also because it is an excellent opportunity to enjoy this part of the city comfortably in a month like August. Which is usually full of tourists and therefore there are not so many opportunities to intimately enjoy one of the architectural treasures of the island.
Keep in mind that most of the film shows are usually assigned for those weeks of August that do not coincide with traditional celebrations like the ones I mentioned. But at the same time this is still one of those plans to see and do in Ibiza during the summer, from mid-June to mid-September.
8. Have a Formentera getaway
It is a bit curious that one of the best plans to do in Ibiza during August is to leave the island for a couple of hours to visit neighboring Formentera. However, there are very specific reasons that make this trip an ideal plan during this month and one of them is the same tourist influx that defines Ibiza throughout August.
At no time of the year is there as much commercial and hotel offer in Formentera as in August. Which means you can experience the island to the fullest for a couple of days or even for a few hours.
At the same time, an excursion to Formentera from Ibiza is also advisable in August due to the fact that the prices of this island can be a favorable gap between the pace of spending in Ibiza. For the rates of accommodation and transportation in Formentera within some of the tour packages that abound throughout the season can be seen as thrifty. In the same category are boat trips and other similar activities.
9. Participate in a dramatized visit to Dalt Vila
During the month of August, the city council organizes dramatized visits with guides dressed in medieval costumes who will show you the most important points of the old quarter of Ibiza Town, which is known as Dalt Vila. They are usually organized on Saturdays at dusk, but during the summer season, specifically in August, the schedules are usually doubled and tripled to meet the tourist demand.
This is one of the best activities to do in Ibiza because it combines the history of the island with its architectural beauty and a bit of entertainment. At the same time, it is a very different plan to the type of tourism that is handled in August on the island. Which focuses more attention on the world of partying until dawn in Ibiza's famous nightclubs.
Keep in mind that it is not a free activity, as you have to pay a fee that is usually about 10 euros for non-resident adults and 5 euros for children between 7 and 16 years old. There are rates for family groups and the best way to reserve a quota for this experience is through the Ibiza town hall page.
10. Have a mud bath in the best Ibiza style
One of the activities that tourists enjoy the most during the month of August in Ibiza beyond the party circuit or the beautiful beaches of the island is the opportunity to have a completely free mud bath in the best style of a luxurious and exclusive spa.
It is not too complicated to get somewhere that allows you to immerse yourself in some mud lagoon, as the cove of Aigües Blanques and Cala Xarraca are two corners of the island that are known to attract visitors looking to take advantage of the rejuvenating and therapeutic properties of clay. These range from the prevention of skin diseases to the relief of inflammatory processes of osteoarthritis.
If you find the idea interesting, you also have the option to reach these sites in some of the best bike tours in Ibiza, as long as they are part of the route planned by the guide. If you do not find it feasible, do not worry, as both places mentioned are accessible with a conventional car.
Temperatures in Ibiza in August
August is the hottest month of the summer in Ibiza and that means that the average temperature every day will be around 30 degrees Celsius. In the evenings it may drop to 21 degrees, but don't be surprised if on a hot midday your cell phone tells you that the temperature has reached 38 degrees, because every year it is somewhat more common than in the previous one.
The influx of tourists in Ibiza in August
August is the month with the highest tourist influx of the whole year and that means that everywhere you visit you will have to deal with waits for service. Actually, the best recommendation I can make to ensure comfort for yourself in your tourist itinerary is to book as many plans as possible in advance, whether it's a simple restaurant visit or something more important like a hotel room.
Prices in Ibiza in August
July and August are also the most expensive months of the year to visit Ibiza. Which is logical, as this is the season of highest demand on an island that seems to be created exclusively for mass tourism.
So betting on alternative and traditional plans like the ones I have recommended that are closer to the lifestyle of the community living on the island is a good idea to save money. Buying your plane tickets well in advance and also booking your hotel at the same time are essential.
What to pack to visit Ibiza in August?
As August is the hottest month of the year and heat waves seem to be the order of the day for this stage of the summer it is preferable that you fill your luggage with clothes that are versatile, durable and very breathable. The idea is that you can spend your entire trip knowing that you have clothes for a sporty and informal context as well as for an elegant dinner in a closed venue.
Do not forget the sunscreen and the comfort of footwear is another key factor that you have to keep in mind when packing your suitcase to take with you on your trip to Ibiza in August.