Then there’s the clubber’s haven. Anyone who’s into dance music yearns to make a pilgrimage to this place. It’s where the world’s best DJs flock to, the clubs are more famous than Queen Lizzy, and the tunes are just too good.
Before you head off, be sure you’re armed with a wad of cash as clubbing in Ibiza is expensive. While buying booze from local bars and shops won’t set you back much, nightclubs play by their own rules. Entry into a club costs around €50, an alcoholic drink will set you back about €18 (though “free pour” means drinks are strong) and a small bottle of water generally comes in at €10 (not refillable as the tap water isn’t drinkable). But it’s so much fun, it’s worth every penny.
Different days are known for various club nights on the White Isle. Here’s a run down of some of the best parties.
Be warned, some of the clubs won’t allow you to take in your camera.
We Love Space At Sundays
A hedonistic day-to-night (and the next day if you’re game) terrace party with a cult status of the best known clubbing event on the island. Space draws in a sexy, summery crowd while the occasional aeroplane flies what feels like just metres overhead.
Circo Loco, which means “crazy circus”, is another day-to-night party set on a terrace. Held at DC10, it has a wild carnival atmosphere where resident DJs, such as Tania Vulcano, spin minimal house and underground techno while guests clamber to play there.
Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise
Tiësto will be holding a weekly residency at Privilege from July 7 to September 22, which will definitely be worth checking out – even if it’s just to see the club. The venue is huge, with a giant open-air golf ball to chill in, DJs playing in the loos, an Olympic-size swimming pool and a capacity of 10,000 people.
This is held at Pacha, one of the island’s most beautiful clubs where sexy dancer girls provide punters with a feast of eye candy and the crowd is chic and cosmopolitan. The music is straight-up house. Expect names such as Bob Sinclar and Sandy Rivera.
Cream at Amnesia is a legendary trance night where Paul van Dyk is a resident. Ice cannons blast the crowd at regular intervals with a fog so thick you won’t be able to see the person standing next to you. Awesome!
Pete Tong had a Pure Pacha residency for years, but he has recently broken away to start his own club night at Wonderland (see below). Super sexy, as Pacha only can be, the venue has names including Steve Angello, Sander Kleinenberg and Basement Jaxx on the line-up for 2008.
This is the first year for club night Wonderland, which will take place at Eden on San Antonio’s waterfront. With Pete Tong mixing it up in the main room and Groove Armada taking over the back room, it’s sure to be a big one.
Escape the Madness
Hit the beach
There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find a stretch of sand to relax on the island. Playa d’en Bossa, a strip of beach where there’s nowhere to hide from the sun, is a good place to start.
Watch a sunset
A must-do on any Ibiza visit. Every day when the sun goes down, people gather on a rocky beach in front of San Antonio’s Café del Mar (left) to watch the sun sink into the ocean while listening to serene music. Once darkness falls, fire dancers entertain crowds.
There’s plenty of activities to take part in if you want a break from dancing. Choose from windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, to go-karting and quad-biking.