Ibiza covers an area of 571 square kilometres, it is the third-largest island in the Balearic Islands. This small populated island is found about 90 kilometres east of the Iberian Peninsula. Ibiza. Smaller Formentera is close by and is uninhabited. The capital of Ibiza is Ibiza Town, it’s usually buzzing with nightlife and is located on the southeast coast. The foundation town was developed by the Phoenicians around the 7th Century BC. In 1919 the old town of Ibiza was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
Ibiza is a relatively easy sailing area during the summer and is generally suitable for less experienced crews. There are a few navigational challenges, the tidal flows are very small and insignificant. However, navigation between Ibiza and Formentera requires some caution as there are rocks and shoals. Reliable buoys are in place to aid the unfamiliar. The shoal La Bota, approximately 1 nautical mile northwest of the Isla Es Vedra is a known hazard and unmarked danger zone. Just beneath the surface at this point is a large rock to be avoided.
The wind conditions in Ibiza are generally influenced by Africa. The winds that occur are cool and Poniente from the southwest (2-5 Bft), the warm Levant is from the southeasterly direction (up to 8 Bft). In spring and autumn, the African Sirocco comes from the South and causes storms. Risk of strong winds exists between October and April.