The dos and don'ts of Ibiza
Summer in Europe means only one thing: Ibiza. The original party isle, located in the sun-kissed Spanish Balearic Islands, is famous for sun, sand, sounds and mucho sangria. It's a magnet for world-famous DJs who spend their summers spinning discs and amping up the crowds during their covetable residencies at megaclubs like Space, Privilege, Amnesia, esParadis, Eden and Pacha, and for EDM fans from all over the globe who converge on Ibiza annually for the renowned debauchery, drunkenness and anything-goes antics. We tapped our Brit girl and SEO Manager Becky Hillard for her pics and tips about the dos and don'ts of Ibiza.
DO plan your trip around the massive opening or closing parties
Ibiza's superclubs go all out with their summer season opening and closing parties. The renowned nights take place in late May to kick-start the season and go out with a bang with closing fiestas in early October. This is also when the island is at its busiest. Think big-name DJ line-ups, amazing production, unparalleled atmosphere 24-hour, 48-hour and even 72-hour clubbing marathons and outdoor arenas tacked on to the main club venues. Yep, you really need to be there.
DON'T miss your fave DJ
Make sure you do your research before you go to find out where all the top DJs are spending their residencies or hitting the decks for their club appearances and plan accordingly. Don’t forget the daytime pool parties, booze cruises or cafes where major league DJs sometimes warm up before the big gig at night.
DO get your accommodation sorted
If it's your first time staying on Ibiza, make sure you book your accommodation early as Becky says the island gets booked up pretty quickly, especially during July and August. Options range from self-catering budget apartments to 1-star to 5-star hotels in resort hotspots like Playa D’en Bossa, Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Figueretas, or get a group of friends together and rent a villa a little way out of the action if you want to get some shut-eye - San Antonio and Ibiza Town can be a little on the noisy side if you are hungover. Some hotels, such as Ibiza Rocks Hotel and Ushuaia Ibiza Hotel, even host their own resident DJs and events so you don’t even have to leave to join the party! Check out package deals to Ibiza or do a tour like Busabout Ibiza Island Hopper where your accommodation is sorted for you so all you have to do is sleep, eat, rave, repeat.
DON'T fall asleep on the beach
Nobody wants to be the sunburnt wreck sleeping on the beach and being stepped over by early morning risers. Major buzz kill.
DO buy your club night tickets early
Look up what DJs are playing and what major events, parties and club nights appeal to you and buy your tickets online to guarantee entry. Some of the popular events include the Radio 1 weekend (the first weekend in August) and the opening and closing parties. Everywhere you go in Ibiza, you'll find touts selling discount tickets to club events. Becky says you can often get even more savings as it's a saturated market with so many ticket sellers trying to offload passes.
DON'T buy at the door on the night
Club entry can be up to €80 for major events, so seek out cheaper or free options or your Ibiza holiday may be more fizzle than sizzle. Also, look out for people handing out wristbands on the beach that can get you into the top clubs on smaller nights for free.
DO stock up at the supermarket
Be warned: Ibiza ain’t cheap, especially when it comes to drinks in the clubs - even bottled water. A vodka and coke can set up back an eye-watering €20! Becky says you can save mucho dinero by buying cheap groceries and booze from the supermarkets on Ibiza (a litre bottle of vodka is only €4) . Fuel up and start the party at your digs before heading out, or take advantage of the 2-for-1 drinks at pubs and bars and free shots. Collect those vouchers and flyers!
DON'T forget to eat outside
Eating locally is also affordable in Ibiza. The beachfront cafes and restaurants are beautiful, but pricey. Seek out cheaper alternatives with tasty fare at Mercado Viejo (Old Market) or Es Tap Nou in Ibiza Town or budget vino, cheap curries and pizzas at an alfresco sidewalk cafe. Playa D’en Bossa has 24/7 kebab stalls, fast food outlets, English pub grub and filling paella.
DO hit the beach
Ibiza meets the Mediterranean Sea and there’s no shortage of world-renowned beaches with clear turquoise waters and white sandy shores – it’s not called La Isla Blanca or the White Island for nothing! Cala Bass is considered one of Ibiza’s most beautiful, Cala Llonga is poised within a stunning sheltered bay, Port Des Torrent is a gorgeous shoreline with plenty of amenities close by, and Cala Benirras, while it has pebbly sand, is famous for the drummers that herald the sunset.
DON'T miss the sunset
Ibiza is famous for its sunsets and the best place to see the sun set in Ibiza is undoubted the aptly named Sunset Strip. Inexplicably located in the wild resort area of San Antonio, this is where you’ll find world-famous chill-out venues like Cafe Del Mar, Cafe Mambo and Savannah, which have soundtracked many a Sunday session or midweek comedown. Sip on a cocktail, enjoy the ambient atmosphere and join in the rapturous applause as the liquid sun sets into the horizon nightly.
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