Ibiza’s rise to club stardom was unexpected, at least originally. It’s not the biggest—nor was it the most popular—of the Balearic Islands. However, its fortunes started to change when an art colony sprang up here in the 1950s.
This set Ibiza on track to become a resort destination in the 1960s, when it was particularly popular with the Flower Children of the hippie generation. From there, its fate was probably sealed, though it took a few decades to grow into what it is today. Along those lines, many avid travellers and partiers count Ibiza among the greatest club destinations on the planet.
For someone who appreciates nightlife, it’s hard to pass on an opportunity to visit this Balearic island. That’s why we’ve put together this guide for clubbing holidays in Ibiza.
Where’s the Party?
First of all, let’s clarify two key points. The island as a whole is called ‘Ibiza’, and there are three major cities on it:
- San Antonio
- Cuidad Ibiza (Ibiza City)
- Santa Eulària des Riu
You’ll find pockets of nightlife all over the island, but for our purposes, we’re going to stick to the clubs of Ibiza City and the West End of San Antonio. This is where most of the action takes place.
Bear in mind that you’ll need a ticket to attend many of the events and club promotions on the island. You can purchase these at the door, but there are discounts to be had for picking them up ahead of time. You can buy club tickets online from local promoters and vendors.
Know Your Venues
During the day, you may pass the time on a stretch of sand in front of one of the luxury villas in Ibiza. You may even have a drink or two at a beach bar. However, the real party doesn’t get started until a bit later. The following are the three major types of party venues that you’ll encounter on Ibiza:
There plenty of small clubs—and a dozen big ones—around Ibiza City and San Antonio. You’re spoiled for choice, and it’s worth checking the events schedule to see who’s playing at which venue. Ibiza attracts some of the best DJs in the world. For a good breakdown along with a guide to what’s on while you on the island, check the Ibiza Spotlight club guide.
This is a newer edition to Ibiza’s already legendary club scene. It didn’t take long for boat parties to catch on, either. Today, attending a party at sea is practically a rite of passage for clubbers in Ibiza. Boat parties strike out during the day—typically from the harbour at San Antonio. This allows revellers to get warmed up just in time to admire the sunset. Party details vary from one boat to the next. However, most of them are operated by one or another of the clubs back on land. In fact, your boat party ticket will probably get you into that particular club once you come ashore. In other words, you’ll start dancing and drinking in the afternoon, with no signs of stopping until the wee hours of the morning. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
- Music Bars
Music bars are slightly less raucous than the clubs, but that shouldn’t be taken to mean that they’re in anyway dull. Most of these venues are found in and around the resorts of Ibiza. Live music plays, and this is where many revellers who are ultimately bound for the club scene go to get warmed up. Likewise, some of the DJs and musicians play at local music bars before moving on for their show at the club. There’s seldom a cover charge, and the drinks are less expensive in these joints than they are in the discos and clubs, so it’s worth checking out for the chance to sample the musical talent, alone.
Bringing it all Together
It is easy to get caught up in the planning of an Ibiza club holiday. You’re certainly wise to set aside some time in advance for research; but don’t forget that exciting events are scheduled throughout the year. All you really need to do is pick up a club guide and ask around to find out where the hottest venues are while you’re in town.