May in Ibiza: A Spring break on the White Island

May marks the beginning of the summer's festivities on the picturesque shores of the Pine Islands. Discover Ibiza with these magical things to do in May.
May in Ibiza: A Spring break on the White Island
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Ibiza, in all its shimmering, glistening, picturesque glory, ushers in its seemingly endless summers in the month of May. The island, with its distinctly febrile atmosphere, gears up for the festivities of the upcoming season. May offers a plethora of fun-filled, intriguing, and cultural celebrations, meaning there is plenty of things to do in Ibiza in the month of May.

Spend mornings perusing the markets, with the flower markets bursting with the bulging blossoms of spring. Venture into Ibiza's old town to soak up a celebration of the island's history and culture or make your way to the beach to be converted as a supporter of one of the touring beach rugby sides. There are plenty of opportunities to immerse in the many merry things to do on your Ibiza family holidays in May.

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What part of Ibiza is best for families?

For families visiting Ibiza, the northern part of the island emerges as a haven of tranquility and natural beauty, distinct from the renowned party hotspots.

Areas like Santa Eulalia offer a serene escape with beautiful beaches that are perfect for children, a palm-lined promenade ideal for leisurely strolls, and a variety of family-friendly restaurants.

The relaxed pace of life and the welcoming atmosphere make the north of Ibiza an ideal destination for families seeking both relaxation and enriching experiences on the island.

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Are clubs open in May in Ibiza?

Yes, clubs in Ibiza are open in May. This time of the year marks the beginning of the summer season on the island, with many clubs and beach venues hosting opening parties to kickstart the vibrant nightlife Ibiza is famed for. Visitors can expect a thrilling mix of live DJ sets, outdoor parties, and exclusive events across the island's popular clubs during this period.

Discover our list of the best spots to party.



May marks the beginning of summer in Ibiza and it is one of our favourite times to visit the island. The weather is warming up and the teeming summer throngs are only beginning to filter in in pleasant numbers. The month is also a warm-up for the busier months - a last chance for the locals to participate in festivities that are more their own; to host celebrations of their island and their culture. May is a great month in Ibiza to feel more connected with this island and its welcoming inhabitants.


Is it hot in Ibiza in May?

In May, Ibiza experiences a mild and pleasant climate, making it an ideal time for visitors seeking warmth without the intensity of the summer heat. The temperatures usually range from 15°C (59°F) to 22°C (72°F), providing a comfortable warmth that compliments the island's burgeoning beach life and vibrant outdoor scene.

Though not as hot as the peak summer months, May in Ibiza offers enough warmth for sunbathing, swimming, and exploring the island's natural and cultural attractions.

Can I swim in Ibiza in May?

Certainly, Ibiza in May is a wonderful time for swimming. The temperatures start to warm up, and the sea temperature begins to rise, making it comfortable for most swimmers. Although the water might still be a bit cool for some, it's generally seen as the start of the beach season. Keep in mind that weather conditions can vary, so it's a good idea to check the local forecast closer to your visit.

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In May, the beaches of Ibiza are particularly inviting, offering crystal-clear waters and serene landscapes before the peak summer crowds arrive. Each beach boasts its own unique charm, providing not just excellent swimming conditions in May but also a picturesque setting to relax and soak in Ibiza's natural beauty.

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A quiet beach in May: Cala Comte

Swimming at Cala Comte in May is an enchanting experience, as the beach transitions into the vibrancy of the early summer months. The water, a captivating shade of turquoise, is comfortably cool, inviting swimmers to plunge into its crystal-clear depths. This period is characterised by a peaceful ambiance, with the beach less crowded than in the peak summer months, allowing for a more serene and intimate connection with nature. The breathtaking sunsets at Cala Comte are particularly mesmerising during this time, painting the sky in hues of pink and orange, and providing a stunning backdrop to an evening swim.

A beach perfect for families in May: Cala Bassa

Swimming at Cala Bassa in May offers a truly idyllic setting, as the beach begins to welcome the warmth of the early summer months. The crystal-clear, shallow waters of this beach make it perfect for both avid swimmers and families looking for a safe place for children to play. With its backdrop of lush, green forests, Cala Bassa's fine, white sand is exceptionally soft, inviting beachgoers to relax and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. 

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Ibiza has an allure that extends well beyond the nightlife that it boasts in the summer. Since the 60s, Ibiza has seen a presence of hippies who are drawn to the laid-back lifestyle of this Balearic beauty. So much so that we even have an article on the best hippy markets on the island!


Healing festivals

Each year, before the season begins, a festival of the body and the soul and the mind takes place and is one of our favourite things to do in Ibiza in May. These events usually take place at the beginning of May in the beautiful grounds of Agroturismo Atzaró Ibiza. Get your blood flowing with an excellent yoga class or a dance workshop to live music before unwinding with alternative healing or a massage. It is a day of healing and transformation that welcomes people of all ages

The Medieval Festival in Dalt Vila

Ibiza's Medieval Festival happens every year over the duration of the second weekend of May. In the heart of the city, in the historic district of Dalt Vila - Ibiza's Old Town - the streets come alive with a magical celebration of the city's history and its people. Food stalls, local craft markets and decorations line and adorn the picturesque cobbled streets. This is a great event for the whole family, as Middle Ages-clad street performers - musicians, puppeteers, dancers, and much more - provide an endless stream of entertainment.

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In May, Ibiza transitions into its vibrant party season, offering a variety of options for those looking to experience its world-famous nightlife. Discover more about the trendiest spots to party in Ibiza in our article.

Opening Parties

Many of the island's renowned clubs begin to open their doors for the summer, hosting opening parties that are often seen as the official start of the clubbing season. Clubs like Amnesia, Pacha, and Ushuaïa are just a few hotspots where you can enjoy high-energy atmospheres and performances by top DJs from around the globe.


Beach clubs

In May, Ibiza's coastline comes alive as its iconic beach clubs begin their season, offering a paradise for those looking to enjoy the island's beautiful landscapes alongside world-class entertainment. From the luxurious daybeds and private cabanas of Nikki Beach Ibiza to the vibrant, music-filled ambiances of O Beach and Blue Marlin, visitors can expect an unforgettable experience. These venues not only offer an opportunity to soak in the sun and enjoy curated cocktails but also host a variety of events featuring international DJs and live performances, setting the stage for the ultimate summer kickoff.

Festival of Santa Eulalia

For a less 'party' party, discover the festival of Santa Eulalia. In order to keep the beating heart of Santa Eulalia thriving, the city council has arranged for a series of joyous activities to be spread the spirit of the start of summer. This festival is a vibrant display of local culture, tradition, and community spirit, honouring the island's patron saint. The festival features a variety of performances, including traditional folk dances, live music concerts, and art exhibitions that showcase the rich heritage of the island.

All in all,
May in Ibiza presents a unique blend of peaceful natural beauty and the beginning of its world-famous party season, making it a perfect time to visit for both families looking for a serene getaway and individuals eager to experience the island's lively atmosphere.

Whether it's swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Cala Comte, exploring the cultural richness of the northern part of the island, or dancing at the renowned beach clubs, Ibiza in May offers something special for every type of traveler. This time of the year provides the best of both worlds - the tranquility of the island's stunning landscapes before the peak season crowds, coupled with the exciting anticipation of the summer's vibrant festivities.

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