Ahh Ibiza. There is something special about an outdoor party, add in a beach setting and the atmosphere takes yet another twist. When you leave the inhibitions at the entrance hall, stars are getting closer to you. Ibiza has undergone a beach club revolution in recent years with some of the finest experiences in the world popping up all over the island. The opportunities are as varied as they are many.
From the stretch of sand in Playa d’en Bossa likened to Miami’s South Beach and home to Ushuaia. Sirocco, Nassau, Sands, La Plage, Coco Beach and the newly opened Santos to the more bohemian beach of Salinas. Where you will find Malibu and Sa Trinxa, Ibiza has taken the party back outdoors and the army of clubbers that makes the pilgrimage each year is loving it! There are also several stand alone beach clubs dotted around the island. The likes of Blue Marlin in Cala Jondal, Amante overlooking Sol d’en Serra, Ocean Beach Ibiza in San Antonio, El Chiringuito on Es Cavallet. Also one of the most famous beach club brands of them all, Nikki Beach, is set to join the party, opening in Santa Eulalia.
Ibiza is, of course, famed for being the party capital of the world. Whilst we embrace this reputation whole-heartedly, let’s not forget that the clubs have been here for only forty years or so. Is there more to our magical island than partying?
Ibiza is considered to be a popular tourist destination, especially due to its legendary and at times riotous nightclub based nightlife centered on two areas: Ibiza Town, the island’s capital on the southern shore and Sant Antoni to the West.
Night life in Ibiza has undergone several changes since the island’s opening to international tourism in the late 1950s. You can trace origins of clubbing music since hippie days. During these, people of various nationalities sharing the hippie ethos would regroup, talk, play music and occasionally take drugs. These would most often happen on beaches during the day, with nude bathing a common sight. In rented fincas in the evenings or at nights. Apart from this confidential scene, which nevertheless attracted many foreigners to the island. Local venues during the 1960s consisted mostly of bars, which would be the meeting points for Ibicencos, ex-pats, seafarers and tourists alike. The Estrella bar on the port and La Tierra in the old city of Eivissa were favourites.
The season traditionally begins at the start of June with Space and DC10’s opening parties. Finishes on the first weekend of October with the Closing Parties. A typical schedule for clubbers going to Ibiza includes waking at noon. Early evening naps, late night clubbing, and disco sunrises. Due to Ibiza’s notable tolerance toward misbehavior from young adult tourists, it has acquired the sobriquet Gomorrah of the Med. Also well-known is Café del Mar, a long-standing bar where many tourists traditionally view the sunset. Made by famous José Padilla, who has released more than a dozen eponymous album. Mostly compilations of ambient music played at the location. That and other bars nearby have become an increasingly popular venue for club pre-parties after sunset, hosting popular DJ performers.
The island’s government is trying to encourage a more cultured and quieter tourism scene, passing rules including the closing of all nightclubs by 6 a.m. at the latest, and requiring all new hotels to be 5-star.The administration wants to attract a more international mixture of tourists.