If you plan to visit Ibiza during the winter you can enjoy the quiet landscapes of the island with less tourist influx and know the more alternative side of the island.
From participating in festivals to live the Carnival of Ibiza, through the hiking trails, the almond blossom of Santa Ines and the old walled city, there are many activities to see and do in Ibiza in February. Here I tell you what are the best alternatives.
1. Lose yourself in the old walled town
The old walled city of Ibiza is one of the essential visits to know the history of the island and, during February, it is possible to discover it with tranquility and at your own pace, either on a private tour of Ibiza, which include this part of the island, or on your own.
The small number of tourists and a less hot climate will facilitate the tour in which you can visit the Portal de Ses Taules, the Cathedral, the Castle and the Plaza de Armas.
Dalt Vila also houses the ruins of the medieval walls that made Ibiza one of the symbols of the Spanish resistance in the Balearic Sea and will allow you to get to know the cultural side of the island.
2. Take advantage of one of the few low season activities
I already tell you that in February, being low season, you will not find a wide range of activities and excursions to do, as if you can witness in summer or spring seasons.
However, the quad tours are usually maintained almost all year round, being February a month in which you can enjoy this activity any day. If I were you I would take advantage of it because in summer the places are sold out very quickly.
Enjoying a quad tour in Ibiza means getting to know the most traditional landscape of the island, but in a totally different and much more fun way, there is no doubt about it.
3. Take an excursion to Es Vedra to see the sunset
Sunsets are great attractions in Ibiza during the summer, but the island's haze sometimes does not allow you to enjoy the phenomenon clearly. In winter, on the other hand, the sky of Ibiza looks clear and the panoramic views gain ground, especially those of the sea.
The islet of Es Vedra, a natural mass of massive stone almost 400 meters high, offers one of the best sunsets during the winter and adds to the experience all the secrets and mysteries that surround this island territory and its Triangle of Silence.
You can visit Es Vedra on a boat trip from Ibiza, renting a sailboat or a small boat that allows you to reach the coast or contemplate it from Cala d'Hort, although the closer you get to the islet the closer you will be to one of the most beautiful and clear sunsets of the Balearic Islands, in a benefit that Ibiza only offers during the winter months.
4. Participate in the festivities of Santa Eulalia
On February 12 the patron saint festivities of Santa Eulalia are celebrated and in Ibiza, specifically in Santa Eulalia del Rio, the festivities last until March, so if you plan to visit the island in February you can attend the events that include activities for children, live music shows, local gastronomy stalls and sports activities.
Santa Eulalia is a reference for Barcelona and the same happens in Ibiza, where the bravery of the Barcelona girl from Sarriá who stood up against the prohibitions imposed by the authorities of the Roman Empire is celebrated .
5. Discover the Faro des Moscarter lighthouse with almost no tourists
The northern tip of the island, which is crowned by the beautiful Faro des Moscarter, a tall marine lantern that stands out for its striking striped paint and offers a sweeping view of the rocky coastline.
The Moscarter is the best known lighthouse of Ibiza and the biggest with its 52 meters of height. It is possible to discover it from all the points of the north coast and the waves hit with force at little distance of the lighthouse, reason why the ideal thing is to visit it during a day in which the sea is not rough.
You can access the lighthouse, which is part of the Route of the Five Lighthouses, through a walk from Portinatx that in February, with the low influx of tourists, becomes very peaceful.
6. Experience Carnival in Ibiza
If you visit Ibiza in February you can witness many of the celebrations of the island and one of the most famous is the Carnival, which stands out for the popular parades of troupes through the main streets of Santa Eulalia del Rio, San Antonio and the capital of Ibiza.
Carnival on the island is very colorful and in every corner of Ibiza you can listen to theme music, attend the award ceremonies and enjoy the gastronomic contests that choose the best paella and the best omelette in the Rúas de Carnaval.
Enjoying Carnival in Ibiza is also one of the best plans if you plan to visit Ibiza with children and if you want to be part of one of the most traditional celebrations of the Balearic Islands, which also has its edition in Formentera.
7. Enjoy the almond blossom in Santa Inés
Among the traditions of Ibiza, one of the most famous is in the village of Santa Inés, which during the month of February becomes the main attraction of the island with its Pla de Corona fields , where the almond groves cover everything with a white mantle.
The blossoming of the almond trees is a spectacle that Ibizans follow closely and enjoy taking the best photographs and visiting the village of Santa Inés, even when the weather can turn a bit chilly.
If you plan to visit the almond groves in Pla de Corona I advise you not to miss also visiting the Church of Santa Ines and the tortilla bar Can Cosmi, which is located in front and a few minutes away from the white blanket of almond trees.
8. Visit the unspoiled coves of the island
One of the positive aspects of visiting Ibiza during the winter is that it is possible to discover areas such as the island's virgin or wild beaches and do so in peace and quiet and at your own pace without the large influx of tourists. These are some of them:
- Cala Llentrisca
- Es Codolar, in San José
- Es Portitxol and Es Canaret, in San Juan
- Ses Balandres, in San Antonio,
The complexity of the accesses will depend on the location of each one, being those of San Juan the most accessible and the best to contemplate the sunsets, which is one of the best activities of Ibiza.
Ses Balandres is the most difficult cove to access due to its remote location and therefore the one that receives less public, especially in February or during the winter months. To reach this cove you will have to descend with a rope down a vertical rocky wall, but it is worth it.
9. Discover Ibiza's Hiking Routes
During the winter, the weather in Ibiza is ideal for hiking the hiking trails of the island where you can discover different landscapes of varying difficulty. From Es Broll to Cap Llentrisca you can visit mountain trails, urban centers, valleys, crop fields and canals.
On these trails you will discover the beauty of the Mediterranean landscapes, with its cliffs, caves and islets and also the open views of the island towards Formentera and Es Vedrá.
These routes have different duration depending on the complexity of the routes, but some of them like Cap des Falcó can be completed in a couple of hours, which will be useful if you have planned a short stay in Ibiza. If that is your case here is a list of activities you can do on the island during a 3-day visit.
10. Visit the village of Balafia
The true architectural tradition of the Ibizan style is not found in the old walled town or in San Antonio, but in the small village of Balafia, a group of towers, fortifications and medieval rural dwellings built as a fort to defend against invaders.
This village of Sant Llorenç, which is almost in the center of the island, can be visited by car from Santa Eulalia del Río. Balafia is an enigmatic village that has been standing for more than 10 centuries and that keeps the history of the island as a territory that was besieged by the conquerors during the Middle Ages.
In February you can visit this village in a quiet way, without so many tourists and also with an ideal climate. During your tour of Balafia you can also visit the picturesque church of Sant Llorenc and the winding streets that get lost among the mountain paths.
11. Go for tapas and wine in Sant Mateu
Sant Mateu is a rural village near Santa Inés that is characterized by its leafy plantations and the tranquility of its streets, which escape the tourist maelstrom of the rest of the island.
It is also a popular destination for cyclotourism lovers and an ideal place to go for tapas and enjoy the local wine, especially if you want to take shelter from the island's wind or if you have a rainy day.
You can visit Sant Mateu during February after your visit to the almond blossoms of Santa Inés or to cope with the colder days and have lunch or dinner in some of the famous local bars and restaurants, such as Juntos House, Ses Casetes or Sa Tanca de Mossènyer, all serving winter food and offering heated spaces in the winter.
Temperatures in Ibiza in February
Despite the winter, the weather in February in Ibiza is rarely cold and records average temperatures of 16°, with lows of 8° and highs of 20°. In addition, it is a month in which the sky generally remains clear, so sunsets and panoramic views can develop normally.
Temperatures can drop during the night, especially in coastal areas, and I recommend that you protect yourself from the wind, which can be very cold on cloudy days.
The influx of tourists in Ibiza in February
If you plan to visit Ibiza in March or February, you will be visiting the island in the months when there are fewer tourists, so you will be able to enjoy the sites at your own pace and without large crowds.
Keep in mind that Ibiza is a place that tourists visit mainly in summer so in the autumn and winter months many of the attractions of the island remain closed and some excursions are not available.
It is also not a time for swimming in the sea, although you will be able to walk on the beach without inconveniences and enjoy the natural sites of Ibiza, which will be available almost exclusively for you.
Prices in Ibiza in February
If you are planning to visit Ibiza in February you will find one of the months in which prices decrease almost 30%, so hotels, some excursions and basic services such as food and tourist transport become cheaper.
What to pack to visit Ibiza in February?
Although the weather in February in Ibiza is not so cold, the ideal is that you have enough warm clothes to cope with the wind and possible rainy days. Here is a list of the clothes that I advise you to take in your suitcase during your trip:
- Thermal T-shirt
- Thermal socks
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof gloves
- Waterproof and comfortable boots
- Wool scarf
- Woolen hat
- Comfortable hiking shoes
- Fleece pants
- Wool sweaters
- Thermal coats
Alternative plans to protect yourself from the cold in Ibiza in February
The vast majority of the plans in Ibiza are outdoors so the best way to protect yourself is with the appropriate clothing during the excursions and attractions you visit, although you also have alternatives for rainy days or bad weather in the Paseo Vara del Rey, where you can shop or eat, or visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Dalt Vila, the Puget Museum or the Archaeological Museum.
You can also opt for the stores in the Marina area or the cinemas in the capital of the island. And if you have a rented car you can visit some of the villages in the interior of the island, because even with bad weather, Ibiza has some of the best landscapes and sunsets in the world.