Welcome to the magic May in Ibiza – the official grand opening of the summer season!In this month the island wakes up from its winter slumber, dusts off the sun-loungers, and welcomes the first wave of holidaymakers.
Hotels and restaurants are opening their doors, and you've got direct flights from all over Europe. The White Isle basically says "Let the summer games begin!"
What activities and things to do are there in May in Ibiza, except for opening parties of clubs?
May is becoming more and more a popular month for travelling to Ibiza with hotels and flights being cheaper than in high season.
In this guide, we'll navigate through the must-do activities in Ibiza in May, ensuring your visit is filled with unforgettable moments.
We will explore the following topics:
Top things to do in Ibiza in May.
Why May is the perfect month to travel to Ibiza.
For whom May is the perfect month to travel to Ibiza.
1. Beach Bliss: Soak Up the Sun.
May is the perfect time to enjoy Ibiza's coastal beauty without the summer crowds, marking the beginning of beach season in Ibiza with warm temperatures (but not too hot!) and sunny days (and chilly nights). From the iconic beaches of Las Salinas or Cala Comte to the tranquil Cala Saladeta, you can bask in the Mediterranean sun and dip your toes into crystal-clear water, which is still quite refreshing. Explore hidden coves, rent a paddleboard, or simply relax on the soft sands.
You can check our guide of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza to find out where to go.
2. Day trip to Formentera.
May is the perfect time to bask in the sun and indulge in the pristine beaches of the Caribbean of Europe: Formentera.
To breathe the essence of this island, May is ideal: good temperatures and not lots of people on the beaches. You can either take a classic ferry for the most affordable option, or from the famous Playa d'en Bossa you can embark on an exclusive full day journey to Formentera with Ibiza Boat Club. Their unique production, Formentera with Benefits, is the finest experience on the water and the most comfortable and charming way of visiting paradise island, unless you have a private yacht. Picture this: crystal-clear waters, hidden coves, delicious food, sensational music and total luxury... without the "luxurious" price. It's a trip you won't soon forget.
Check our guide to Formentera’s best beaches to find out where to go.
3. Jeep Safari Tour.
Elevate your Ibiza adventure with a Jeep Safari Tour that takes you off the beaten path. Traverse rugged terrains, discover hidden viewpoints, and soak in breathtaking landscapes.
4. Sunset at Café del Mar or Café Mambo:
One of Ibiza's most iconic experiences is witnessing the breathtaking sunset at San Antonio’s sunset strip, especially at Café del Mar or Café Mambo. Grab a cocktail, find a comfortable spot along the coastline, and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing view as the sun dips below the horizon, casting hues of orange and pink across the Mediterranean.
Being one of the most famous sunset spots in Ibiza, it can get super crowded here in high season (especially in July and August), making May the perfect month to enjoy the vibe without the crowds.
5. Boat party.
What is Ibiza famous for? Correct: The electrifying parties and the pristine beaches. Why not combining the two by joining a boat party? Take your Ibiza adventure to the next level with Ibiza Boat Club's boat parties. Whether you choose the mature and exclusive Five Star Boat Party or the wilder and younger Aftersun Boat Party, you will create memories that will last a lifetime. Dance with the sea breeze, enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline, and mingle with fellow revelers. It's a mashup of music, sunshine, fun and open seas. Sail away with Ibiza Boat Club and let your summer begins.
6. Jet Ski Tour to Atlantis.
Embark on a 90-minute Jet Ski Tour to Atlantis, where you'll carve through the azure waters surrounding Ibiza. Uncover the mysteries of the mythical rocks while feeling the rush of the wind in your hair.
7. Benirras Market.
Due to a huge hippie community, the hippie markets in Ibiza are known to be a must visit on the island. Especially the Benirras market in San Juan, that opens approximately from May until the end of October, is one of the most appreciated. Located in the north of the island, this market can be visited on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Handmade crafts, funky clothes, bohemian handbags and swimwear, unique jewels and local products are there to capture your eyes (and your wallet!).
If you want to experience a whole hippie vibe, on Sundays the local hippie community performs the famous drum session during the sunset.
Other famous hippie markets are Las Dalias (every Saturday and Sunday) and the one in Punta Arabí (every Wednesday).
8. Hike to Es Vedra, Sa Talaia or Ses Salines.
Venture beyond the beaches to discover the lush interior of Ibiza. May brings blooming landscapes, pleasant temperatures and lush greenery, making it an ideal time for hiking and exploring nature reserves. The Ses Salines Natural Park, the magical Es Vedrà and the highest peak if Ibiza - Sa Talaia - are must-visit destinations for nature enthusiasts.
Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a casual stroller, Ibiza's hinterland offers an array of options.
9. Day Retreat with Yoga, Sound Therapy or Breathwork.
Ibiza is known for its spiritual and healing energy.
Indulge in yoga sessions, sound therapy, breathwork and relaxation amidst the serene surroundings of Ibiza. Immerse yourself in a holistic day retreat that combines yoga, sound therapy, and adventure. Or join a beach yoga class in San Antonio for something more easy-going. Escape the hustle and bustle and rejuvenate your spirit amidst Ibiza's serene landscapes. May is perfect for those seeking a wellness retreat, enhancing the overall well-being experience with the pleasant weather. Almost every beach club in Ibiza also offers yoga sessions in the morning with healthy breakfast afterwards. You can check the ones near your hotel for their offers.
10. Opening parties.
May is the kick-off for clubbing season in Ibiza. By the end of April and beginning of May, most of Ibiza’s legendary venues open their doors presenting world-class DJs and electrifying performances.Join the festivities experiencing the magic of iconic venues like Pacha, Amnesia, DC-10, Hi Ibiza and Ushuaia setting the stage for unforgettable nights.
Lots of beach bars and restaurants around the island also re-open from May to indulge in some tropical fun, where you will find cocktails, music, a mouthwatering menu and a fun atmosphere. Opening parties can be found in all corners of Ibiza throughout May, so you won't be hard-pressed to find yourself an excellent day out.
11. Explore Dalt Vila.
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Ibiza Town, where the cobblestone streets of Dalt Vila come alive with a sense of ancient charm. Visit the iconic Cathedral of Santa Maria, explore the medieval fortress walls, and wander through the charming boutiques and cafes that line the winding alleys. The tiny streets of Ibiza's Old Town can get super crowded in high season, making May the perfect month for a stroll through the charming alleys.
Why is May the perfect month to travel to Ibiza?
Ideal weather with mild temperatures.
May offers pleasant temperatures: It’s warm enough to lay out in the sun in the peaceful surroundings, before the arrival of the peak season. It's an opportune time to explore popular destinations without the hustle and bustle that comes later in the summer.
Less crowds and more tranquility.
One of the greatest advantages of visiting Ibiza in May is the tranquility it offers. With fewer tourists compared to the peak summer months, you'll have the opportunity to explore the island's treasures at your own pace, relishing each moment without the hustle and bustle.
Lively but not overwhelming.
While May sees the island awakening to the season, the atmosphere is lively yet not overwhelming. You can attend opening parties and events, but also relax at the beaches without the massive crowds that flood the island later in the summer.
May offers the advantage of more affordable accommodations compared to the peak summer months. Whether you opt for a luxury resort or a cozy boutique hotel, you can find great deals and enjoy a lavish stay without breaking the bank.Chilly nights.
Daywear screams swimwear, comfy tees, and shorts. Evenings might call for a touch of warmth with long sleeves or a light jacket, and invite you to sleep with the window open to enjoy a fresh sea breeze.It's advisable to pack a mix of beachwear and light layers for cooler evenings.
May marks the month of opening parties in Ibiza, making it perfect for those looking to be the first to know and do.Our tip: Plan ahead and secure your spot on popular boat trips and club openings, ensuring you don't miss out on the island's top attractions and events.
Ibiza has long been recognised for its intense energy, which can often overwhelm and drain you. May is the month in which you can balance your being and just flow. Following the natural process, we also pass from winter hibernation to the incessant summer movements.
For whom is May the perfect month to travel to Ibiza?
For those who want to soak up the sun and unwind on pristine beaches, May offers the best of both worlds – warm temperatures and less crowded shores.
Foodies looking to savor the local cuisine will find May to be an excellent time. Explore beachside chiringuitos and indulge in fresh seafood, traditional paella, and other local specialties, all while enjoying the pleasant weather, less crowds and no long queues or necessary reservations in advance.
Yoga and Wellness Aficionados:
May is perfect for those seeking a wellness retreat. Indulge in yoga sessions, sound therapy, and relaxation amidst the serene surroundings of Ibiza. The pleasant weather allows for outdoor activities, enhancing the overall well-being experience.
May marks the beginning of spring in Ibiza, with lush landscapes, blooming flowers, and pleasant temperatures. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the vibrant colors and the chance to explore the island's natural beauty without the scorching summer heat.
Stag & Hen Parties:
With reasonable hotel and flight prices, May is the perfect month for bigger groups and stag or hen parties. Enjoy the pre-season vibe and join one or more party opening.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway will find May in Ibiza to be an enchanting time. Witness magical sunsets with fewer crowds, enjoy sunset dinner with mild weather and more personal space at the beaches which would be full of people in summer.
With mild weather and fewer crowds, May is the perfect month for your next family vacation in Ibiza. Enjoy comfortable temperatures perfect for family hikes, beach days, and exploring the island's natural beauty.
Ibiza in May is a playground of possibilities, where every day brings a new adventure. Whether you're a music enthusiast, a dancer, an history buff, or nature lover, the island offers an experience like no other.Balmy temperatures are perfect to explore the beautiful trails and coastlines on foot or bike, to immerse yourself on a secluded beach, to dance on a club without sweating and to experience the magic of Ibiza’s traditions. May is the perfect time to make a trip over to the White Isle. With so many great activities on, you just need to choose from which one you want to start.