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Ibiza, Spain: Party Capital of the World

Ibiza, Spain is a part of the Balearic Islands and is world-renowned for its party scene, amazing clubs, and gorgeous beaches.  My experience here 2 years ago exceeded and surpassed every expectation I had and even left me speechless at times.  If you’re not ready for a full-throttle clubbing experience I would not suggest hitting up Ibiza during season and another island like Formentera or Majorca may be a better match.  Ibiza takes everything to the next level and your experience here will inevitably be one to remember; well hopefully you’ll remember some things!

A typical store window advertising all the parties coming up on the island

When to Go and Where to Stay

To have the true Ibiza experience you need to go when it’s the clubbing season.  It begins when the first large clubs open around the beginning of June and ends around the end of September.  It’s important to be there during this window because that’s when all the clubs are open and the weather is warm enough to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and beach parties.  I’ve heard many people say that it’s way too hot and too busy in August which leads to inflated prices for everything and longer lines.

Playa d'en Bossa on a cold day; normally this beach is packed with people partying all day!

To make your Ibiza experience the best and not have to deal with hundreds of Euros in cab fares, make sure you stay Ibiza Town.  We stayed at the Tropical Garden Apartments in this area and the room was just what we needed: cheap, simple and clean with a little kitchen.  It’s right by Playa d’en Bossa which a great area with gorgeous beaches and a lot of action.  Bora Bora hosts a great beach party here after 4 pm daily.  There is also a strip of bars close by and this is a great area to start the evening with a few drinks before heading to the clubs.  It really doesn’t matter what hotel you stay in since you spend the least amount of time actually sleeping in your room, the area of town is the most important.  Do make sure that your hotel room does have air conditioning because it tends to get very hot and steamy on this crazy island.  Ibiza Spotlight has put together a nice list of hotels that would be ideal for you clubbers.  At some point definitely make sure to venture over to San Antonio to catch a sunset at Cafe del Mar or Cafe Mambo.

Our Room at The Tropical Garden Apartments....It got the job done!

The Clubs and Party Scene

In Ibiza everything goes…I mean everything.  Be prepared to see a few things / people that stop you in your tracks and make you think, “What is that person on or thinking?” haha There are 8 main clubs on the island and each place usually has a specific night that it’s the best regarding their featured DJ’s, types of music, and special parties.  Many of the clubs are multiple stories, have numerous rooms with different music, and are absolutely huge and complete with gorgeous go-go dancers, performances, and crazy laser light shows.  Most of the clubs open up around midnight and close around 6 am, but there are many places that specialize in after-parties like Hotel Es VivePrivilege is actually the world’s largest nightclub with a capacity of 10,000 people and is also where world famous Dj Tiesto has residency and plays weekly during the summer.  Amnesia is also a must see especially on Thursdays where they host Cream Ibiza.  Space is actually the most famous club in the world and features a large open-air terrace.  It opens daily at 8am to welcome those still partying from the night before, which isn’t uncommon, and is the best on Sundays.  Pacha, which is the only club that is open year-around, features four rooms and is a very authentic Spanish clubbing experience.  Eden, DC-10, Es Paradis, and El Divino are the other big clubs on the island that must be experienced as well.  For more information about getting to these clubs, specific parties, and prices check out Love Ibiza’s Club Guide.

Pacha

Pacha

Money Saving Tips

To save some money try and buy your tickets to the clubs ahead of time at local bars, stores, or promoters who usually have passes for different clubs every night.  Make sure to get out to the club before the time on the ticket or they will make you pay.  Typical entry for a club is around €40 and sometimes includes one beverage.  Once you’re in the club drinks / waters are about €15.  Ibiza is not the cheapest city but you’re paying for the amazing DJs, ridiculous clubs, and there is never a dull moment when it comes to people watching.  To get from club to club there is the Disco Bus that picks up at numerous locations about every 30 minutes.  It is much cheaper and is about €3 compared to a taxi costing you €40.  Also to save some money buy a bottle or two at the local convenience stores to pre-drink in your room at night or take to the beach during the day.

Lexy and I enjoying the sunshine on our last day in Ibiza

Well this really is just the tip of things to talk about regarding Ibiza.  Please contact me if you have any questions or want any advice about planning your adventure.  One more tip is to make sure and buy a couple of the annual cds that the clubs put out; these cds are some of the best I’ve ever come across!  Check out my Flickr for tons more pictures and videos from my amazing adventure in Ibiza!! :)

4 Comments

  1. On April 27, 2010 @ 9:57 am Jay said

    Hello,

    My girlfriend and I decided to do a summer in ibiza 2010 and will leave at the end of May. She’s Italian and I’m American. As an American, I’m a bit more scared about finding work. Have you met many Americans working there? Any insight on this would be much appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

    jay

    Jay

  2. On May 2, 2010 @ 1:54 am hrvoje pende said

    nice “review” .. thanx… come to croatia this summer… try it.. and write about it :) … oru can just write to me :)

  3. On June 2, 2010 @ 6:52 pm Lauren Smith said

    Hi Jay- When I was in Ibiza I didn’t meet any Americans working and I’m assuming because it’s so difficult to obtain a Visa to work there legally. I’m not sure but there is a possibility to find work ‘under the table’ at some of the local clubs and restaurants. Good luck and have fun!! :)

  4. On November 7, 2012 @ 2:48 am opium mar said

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