Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Ibiza?
Seat Belt Laws
Wearing a seat belt is compulsory for drivers and passengers and police will be particularly vigilant of foreign registered cars.
Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited. The maximum blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, unless you are a driver with less than two years experience, then it is 0.03%. The police will set up random tests and the best advice is not to drink at all.
Must Have Documents
The following documents are compulsory and should be carried with you at all times when driving in Ibiza:
- A full UK driving licence
- Identification, such as a passport
- Proof of insurance
- Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
You are also expected by law to carry the following items with you:
- Replacement tyre
- Reflective jackets
- Headlamp beam deflectors
- Warning triangle
- GB sticker or Euro plates
||Type of road
||Motorways and duel carriageways
||Roads with more than one lane
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum age to drive a car in Ibiza is 18 years of age.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
On the Spot Fines
The police are fairly notorious for handing out on the spot fines in Ibiza. This could be for speeding, not using headlights or various other offences. The fine can be reduced by up to 50% if it is paid within 20 days. However visiting motorists need to pay their fine immediately.
Child Safety Rules
Travelling up to the age of 12 and less than 135cm must be placed in a child car seat. A child taller than 135cm may use an adult seat belt.
The only exception is when travelling in a taxi in an urban area.
Rules of the Road
- Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road
- Overtake on the left
- It is prohibited to sound the horn at any time in built up, urban areas.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
The use of phones when driving in Ibiza is strictly prohibited and you can face on the spot fines if caught. The only way a phone is allowed is with the use of a hands free kit.
Parking in Ibiza is not always easy, especially in the tourist areas. Paid parking is available in the blue marked bays. You will need to pay at a machine and display the ticket clearly.
Your UK disabled ‘blue badge’ is recognised in Ibiza and can be used to park accordingly.
Motor Way Signs
The official language of Ibiza is Catalan and most signs use the Catalan name for each village and beach etc. Ibiza, for example, becomes Eivissa in Catalan as shown below.
Most of the Spanish motorways are toll roads. These can be paid using an electronic system of payment.
What to do in an emergency
You will find emergency phone boxes located along the motorways at 2km intervals.
There are approximately 13 petrol stations around Ibiza. Many of them require you to pay in advance of filling up. Credit cards are largely accepted.
It is important to pay attention to the distinction between petrol and diesel. Gasolina is the Spanish word for petrol and Gasoleo is diesel. Also be aware that during festival days petrol stations will often be closed.