Moving to & Living in Ibiza

the magnificent "Es vedra"
the magnificent "Es vedra"

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 but 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.

Firstly though, check out..

Ibiza's Stunning Scenery

Location on the Map

Ibiza is shown by the little orange flags here - click to enlarge
Ibiza is shown by the little orange flags here - click to enlarge

Ibiza is..

A small island located about 60 miles off the coast of mainland Spain. It is part of a group of 4 islands called the Balearic Islands by English, or "Islas Baleares" by the Spanish, and which encompass Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca & 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.

It 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.

..will Take Your Breath Away.

early january in Ibiza
early january in Ibiza

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... See Here

Climate..

The weather in Ibiza is one of it's best features with an average 300+ days sunshine a year and up to twelve hours of sunshine per day during the summer.This picture was taken in mid January, it was 19 degrees.

Winter brings cooler weather but it rarely drops below 10 degrees c even on the worst days, and when the sun comes out in December and January it's still entirely possible to get burnt if you're not used to it, winters days of 20 degrees plus 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.

Many more images and videos here

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 here in the Times Online.

Surprisingly for Spain Ibiza is actually fairly well connected internet-wise, and once you get Telefonica to actually connect your internet it is a fast 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 parts of Spain.

There is a large expat community here and many English speaking Europeans of all nationalities, and it is entirely possible to live here many years speaking 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", and indeed of the people who come and dont make it happen enough to enable them to stay here an unwillingness to be flexible in employment expectation is usually the reason in my experience.


Amazing beaches
Amazing beaches
picturesque ports
picturesque ports

In future hubs I will go into detail about actually moving here, living costs, legalities, child care, financial and banking, taxes, self employment, in fact everything to do with coming to, and more importantly staying in Ibiza.

In my eyes it is a wonderful place, steeped in rich history, with a unique laid-back lifestyle, beautiful scenery, with seemingly a breath-taking view waiting to surprise you around every corner, great weather, friendly locals, lots of English-speaking around if you need them, and all the modern technologies you need too, I can't recommend making the move highly enough.

I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, all but the first big one at the top were taken by me, please feel free to use if you like them.

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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

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!


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Ibiza Style 5 years ago Author

Hello there.

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 :)


Emma  5 years ago

Hello,

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.

Emma

ps. great website with lots of info but just wanted to touch base with some who's actually made the move!


Louise Murphy  5 years ago

Hi

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


Ibiza 4ever 5 years ago

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!


magdalena 4 years ago

to Emma,

did you move already?


Daniel 4 years ago

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.


Lee 4 years ago

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.


Niza 2 years ago

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! :)


Rich 2 years ago

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


Mark 2 years ago

Hi Rich. What sort of staff positions are you looking to fill?


Jamie 2 years ago

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


Luis 21 months ago

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 )


Tracey 16 months ago

Hi

I was wondering if anyone has built a property in ibiza? What things should you consider?


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Ibiza Style 15 months ago Author

hi Tracey. that topic is probably worth a hub of it's own. Its possible, but far from easy.


Kelly 8 months ago

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

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