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A Clubber’s Guide to Ibiza

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If you’re serious about clubbing, Ibiza is still the place to be. Every summer, thousands of clubbers descend on the island to party 24/7 and take in sets from some of the world’s premier DJs. If you are new to the Ibiza club scene, it can all be a little overwhelming so below we have detailed our own little clubber’s guide to Ibiza to help get you in the mood and ensure that you make the most of your holiday in this clubber’s Mecca.

When should you visit?

The season in Ibiza begins in the middle of May although the exact date varies, with a huge opening party at one of the island’s super clubs. The clubs close their doors at the end of September, packing these few short months with fun and frivolity. There is no precise best time to go to Ibiza given that it all comes down to personal preference. All of the island’s clubs host the world’s top DJs throughout the season, but if you love nothing more than hitting a packed, sweaty club, any time between May and September can be suitable.

Where to stay

Ibiza holidays are little different to holidays in most clubbing destinations, with the island’s seven major super clubs evenly distributed throughout the island. Deciding where to stay is then, a matter of personal preference and with a little bit of homework, you can normally easily find somewhere to stay close to the clubs you most want to be in the vicinity of. San Antonio is Ibiza’s most popular resort and is the place to be if you want to be in the heart of the action. Other popular locations include Playa d’en Bossa, Talamanca, and Es Cana.

Pre-drinks

After you have soaked up some of the islands sun and slept off your hangover from the night before, finding somewhere to eat is not an issue with facilities set up specifically to cater to the hoardes of visitors who arrive each summer. There are hundreds of beach-front bars across the island, but those in search of cheap drinks and a real party atmosphere should head to San Antonio. The reputation of the resort’s ‘West End’ bar street precedes itself and is one of the most magnetic spots for cheap, pre-clubbing drinks. (Do be warned that drinking to excess can invalidate your travel insurance potentially so make sure to read our article on drinking and insurance).

The clubs

The clubs on this island are some of the most famous (and infamous) in the world. Home to seven super clubs dotted around the island, Ibiza has something to suit everyone’s musical taste.

Amnesia – Located in the centre of the island, near San Rafael, Amnesia is an Ibiza institution. Regularly voted Best Global Club at the International Dance Music Awards, Amnesia is considered the birth place of UK dance music.

DC10 – Situated close to the airport, DC10 is an Italian-inspired offering that is the home of rave culture in Ibiza. The club’s Monday morning sessions are legendary, and it has hosted some of the world’s top DJs, including Seth Troxler, Matthias Tanzmann and Maceo Plex.

Eden. – This San Antonio waterfront gem plays funky house, trance, techno, and UK garage. It’s an Ibiza stalwart that’s not to be missed.

Es Paradis. – A club you simply have to hit. Located in the centre of San Antonio, its Fiesta del Agua alone makes this luxurious club worth a visit.

Pacha – We shouldn’t have to explain this one. Quite simply one of the most iconic clubs in the world, it’s where VIPs come to be seen, as well as check out the likes of Pete Tong, David Guetta and the Swedish House Mafia.

Privilege – Located in the centre of the island near San Rafael, Privilege is the world’s largest club and one of the pioneers of open-air clubbing. An unbelievable experience and home to world famous DJ, Tiesto.

Space – It’s where those who love their electronic music come to party. If you fancy a big night out, look no further than this Playa d’en Bossa beacon; its daytime clubbing is insane.

While the accommodation may be suitable for all budgets, Ibiza is not the place to head to if you’re counting the pennies. Save wisely and learn to let go in Ibiza, as, with entry costing as much as €50 per night, and drinks starting at around €10, dipping your hand in your wallet should not be a worry. If you’re looking for a few cheaper, quiet nights to offset the carnage, the island’s music bars still offer a great option for a night out, and are also staples of the Ibiza clubbing scene.

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