In Ibiza there are plans for partying, camping, gastronomic tourism, all-inclusive hotel vacations and also a mix of all of the above. Actually, the best things to do in Ibiza are those that find a balance between all the facets of the island to give the tourist the most honest look at everything that happens in this beautiful corner of the Spanish Mediterranean.
Keep reading this informative compilation if you want to have from this very moment a large enough amount of plans to keep you busy during your entire visit in the month of September. Which is convenient, because then you won't have time to waste and you can return home claiming to have seen a whole new perspective of one of the most beautiful islands on the planet.
1. Enjoy Ibiza's Burlesque Festival
Every year in early September a festival is organized in the Bay of San Antonio consisting of a weekend-long event inspired by the world of burlesque under a beach reinterpretation. It is an activity that usually lasts about 4 hours at the end of each day, almost always between 7 and 10 pm. Each date offers different entertainment, but the most common is that both Friday, Saturday and Sunday have cabaret and burlesque shows.
Some shows are held on the beach of Cala de Bou, but other events of the festival are usually pool parties at nearby hotels. In turn, year after year the Aperture Terrace is selected as the site for the main show of each evening. Some events of the festival are free admission, while others such as the after parties may operate under a scheme of invitations or paid tickets.
This is a good event to entertain yourself during one of the afternoons or evenings of your weekend, because if your 7-day trip to Ibizaco coincides with this event it is recommended that you take advantage of your stay in San Antonio to get to know the area from a different perspective. Keep in mind that the date changes every year, but usually the first weekend of September is chosen.
2. Don't miss the Ibiza Beer Festival
Beer is one of the most important beverages for the party culture in the Spanish Mediterranean and being Ibiza the capital of this cultural current it is very appropriate that you participate in the Ibiza Beer Festival. This event is usually held on the second or third weekend of September at the Recinto Ferial, an important exhibition hall in Ibiza Town.
The event consists of two sections. The first one usually takes place inside the fairgrounds and is basically a wide range of gastronomic proposals that use beer or barley derivatives as one of the main ingredients of the recipe. The outside section is where you will find the stalls offering more than 100 different beers with origins from all over the planet.
The festival is usually held during the Saturday and Sunday of the week selected for the event and fortunately it is a free event that can keep you busy from 7pm onwards. Although you have to keep in mind the fact that it is an adult only event and you will not be able to enter with anyone under the age of 18.
3. Eivissa Jazz is another excellent event of the season
Ibiza's music industry seems to be more focused and oriented towards electronic music and everything to do with the party scene of its famous nightclubs. However, there are also events for other types of music genres. Just the Eivissa Jazz Festival is one of them, which lasts 4 days and is usually held between the last week of August and the first days of September to show the best of contemporary European and world jazz.
This festival is more than three decades old and during all this time has become a benchmark of indisputable quality in the world of modern jazz and the artists who make up this industry. There is no specific place where the concerts are held, as new venues are chosen every year for the events of the festival calendar. However, the Baluarte de Santa Lucia and the Reina Sofia Park are some of the places that are never missing in the planning of the festival.
Another aspect to note is that this festival usually has several free activities in its schedule as well as some lectures by jazz professors or some musical performances that do have individual rates. It is a recommended event to attend as a family and definitely a way to experience Ibiza's music scene from a very different perspective.
4. Watch the Carthaginians and Romans Festival Show
On the beach of s'Arenal within the framework of celebrations of the Fiestas de Sant Bartomeu there is a tradition that is extremely interesting and fun for tourists who have the opportunity to witness the event firsthand. This is the Festival of Carthaginians and Romans, which is a theatrical and folkloric representation of a war associated with the history of the island in which the participants use tomatoes as ammunition to attack each other.
The staging begins with the arrival of both sides to the coast of the beach in boats that try to faithfully imitate the appearance of the warships of that time. When the supposed warriors disembark on the beach they begin the battle in which tomatoes are thrown from one end to the other and this is very interesting for your position as a tourist. Well the truth is that you have the option to choose, join some of the sides or you can also stay as someone who enjoys the show from a neutral position.
Now, keep in mind that to participate you need to be dressed in a white blanket in case you are looking to be a Roman or some colorful tunics if you are interested in being a Carthaginian. It is usually held on the first Saturday of the month of September and the fact that after the performance there is live music and that it is something so fun and harmless makes this event one of those activities to do in Ibiza with kids during the month of September.
5. Take advantage of the decrease in the number of tourists to go partying
Partying is one of the most notorious and distinctive aspects of what tourists of all ages, especially young people, do when visiting Ibiza during the summer. At the same time, most of the nightclubs on the island have had a season of celebrations until dawn without interruptions since the summer started and therefore by September it is common that some of the closing parties of the season start to be held.
Beyond the fact that the nightclubs are going to take a vacation until the New Year season, it is still true that all nightclubs will have a less significant affluence from the beginning to the end of September. So this month is an ideal time to party if you plan to experience nights where you can dance comfortably without having to share the space with 2,000, 5,000 or even 8,000 people.
Keep in mind that partying is one of the most recommended activities to do in Ibiza during the summer and knowing that September is the last month of this season you can also enjoy the good weather that defines these special and memorable nights.
6. Go shopping in some of the last summer markets
Throughout the summer many Ibicencan artisans have had a very profitable sales season thanks to the street markets that form in most of the island's communities both in the mornings and afternoons of the weekends. Some are also held during the weekdays as in the case of the Hippy Market in Punta Arabí that takes place on Wednesdays or the Cala Llonga market that takes place during every Thursday of the season.
The idea of visiting these entertaining and commercial spaces during the month of September is due to the fact that you would get good discounts compared to the prices of the products in July and August. That's because many participants start to finish off their merchandise knowing that after September the low season starts and that means that they won't manage to sell all their inventory of products.
As in the tour of the island's street markets you will probably go to several villages like Cala Benirras it is also a good idea that this day coincides with a snorkeling session in Ibiza at some of the nearby beaches. Although inland markets like the Mostra Artesanal de Sant Rafel are good alternatives if you are just looking for a tour to take a couple of decorative items home.
7. Visit the Cala de Sant Vicent while it's still summer
On the other hand, knowing that I have already mentioned some of the island's coves, it is an excellent idea to take advantage of your visit in September to enjoy a day at the beach in Cala de Sant Vicent. This is one of the most remote and isolated spots on the island, but the beauty of its waters and the fact that there is now a hotel offer nearby have ensured that it remains full of tourists throughout the summer.
However, by September most visitors have left the area. This means you could enjoy the cove without having to deal with hundreds of people and you might even be able to get accommodation without having to book in advance should you fancy a night on the town.
Another positive aspect of visiting this part of the island in September is that you can enjoy some of the Ibiza boat trips that run along this section of the east coast. For in August it would be practically impossible to get an economic quota if you don't book well in advance.
8. Participate in the Medieval Seafood Fair
In the town of San Antonio just in the last weekend of September is celebrated the Medieval Seafaring Fair, which basically is a 4-day event in which they try to recreate allegorically the way of life described in the fantasies of pirates. This is quite interesting, since these characters were the ones who for many years reigned in the waters of the seas and oceans around the world.
It is organized right in the center of this coastal community and is distinguished by having handmade products that are sold in markets set in the marine world. There is also a gastronomic offer that tries to incorporate as many exotic marine elements to the recipes and above all there are live theatrical performances completely free for all festival attendees.
If you want to join the theme you can dress up as someone from the time when pirates were a frequent problem for islands like Ibiza. Keep in mind that this is one of the best activities to do in Ibiza during the end of September, since by this time the cultural offer starts to decline considerably. It almost always happens in the last week of the month.
9. Enjoy the last sangrias of the summer
Sangria has established itself as the refreshing summer drink par excellence and all its interpretations are a real success in Ibiza. However, by September this mixture, so characteristic of Spanish culture, is losing relevance due to the fact that other types of drinks are expected, less chilled and that combine better with the flavors of autumn and winter. Even more knowing that many fruits that are added to this preparation will no longer be in season and increase the cost of the drink.
That is why it is a good idea to take advantage of your visit to Ibiza in September to enjoy the last sangrías of the summer season. And this was an excellent idea, as sangria is a drink to share among friends and family that is thrifty par excellence. Which combines perfectly with the spirit of spending less money for the same summer experiences that define tourism in Ibiza during the month of September.
10. Say goodbye to the island with the best sunsets of the year
Summer sunsets are some of the most beautiful of the whole year and specifically those of September stand out for the fact that they mark that transition between the summer sky with the weather and the panorama that comes with autumn. For this reason for many locals the best sunsets of the summer are right in September and going to any point of the southeast coast of the island as Es Vedrà or Cala Comte is an excellent way to take advantage of them in your favor.
If you dare, you can reach the Mirador des Vedrà or Sa Figuera Borda by bike to combine sporting entertainment with admiration for the natural environment. Although if you prefer to arrive in the car you have rented for the trip, you also have the option of participating in some of the best bike tours in Ibiza. Which usually focus on the landscape of the island but under a guided and less demanding route.
Temperatures in Ibiza in September
There is no major variation between the average temperatures in Ibiza in September with respect to the temperatures you might have encountered during the month of August or July. The maximum temperature at the end of the summer is usually around 27 degrees Celsius, while the cold of a night will only drop to 19 or 18 degrees Celsius.
However, one thing that is noteworthy is that in September there is less chance of a sudden heat wave as it happens lately during the whole summer from June to August. Which is very beneficial for those looking to enjoy the island without having to deal with an overwhelming sun that is suffocating for most of the day.
The influx of tourists in Ibiza in September
Although September is still summer and that means that there will still be a significant amount of tourists on the island, it is also true that there are fewer people than in August and far fewer than in July.
This influences a lot of issues that will be very convenient for you, as hotels are emptier, restaurants will always have tables available without waiting hours and in general the waiting time for any of the tourist services of your trip will be less.
That also means that you can change plans at the last minute, as there are not so big consequences knowing that it will not be complicated to get another reservation for another day in the place you abandon for a new more interesting activity.
Prices in Ibiza in September
The prices of a trip to Ibiza in September still remain under the parameters of the summer, but if they have a significant decrease compared to the rates of August and July. Which have been the most popular months among international tourists who come to the island in search of tranquility and natural beauty or also unbridled fun and parties until dawn.
So a trip to Ibiza in September is still more expensive than one in October, but it is also cheaper than one that occurs in mid-August. And by expensive I mean that the round-trip tickets, the reservation of your accommodation and even the rental car could be a couple of euros more expensive than if you consumed those same services during a trip in the first two months of the last quarter of the year.
What to pack to visit Ibiza in September?
Ibiza in September is still a busy month with all kinds of cultural and social events as you may have noticed with all the activities I have mentioned in this publication. That is why it is preferable that in your luggage you carry clothes for all kinds of circumstances.
That means that you should have appropriate clothes for an elegant dinner at the beach, but also some sporty pieces in case you are interested in visiting some of the famous hiking trails that run through the island from north to south and from east to west.
Sunscreen clearly cannot be missing in your suitcase, as it is important to avoid a sunstroke that will turn your day to day life into a real challenge in case it develops. Footwear is another important element, as the idea is that your choices are versatile enough to be used in your day to day life but also for any elegant circumstance in the city or in some of the luxurious hotels on the coast.