6 Step Guide to Planning a Trip to Ibiza

All you need to plan your perfect trip to Ibiza

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Sun, sea, sangria and countless nights that turn into day, Ibiza is the original party island.

Featuring unrivaled nightlife and boasting the most spectacular clubs on the planet, Ibiza parties around the clock from early May to late October. The Balearic haven affectionately known as the White Isle has a musical heritage built on its legendary dancefloors. You’re probably already familiar with some of the famous names and local legends synonymous with Ibiza’s mythology. In this Ibiza guide, we aim to give you an overview of everything you need to know to plan a trip to Ibiza, including its lesser-known qualities. 

Divine cuisine, crystal clear waters, stunning beaches, lashings of sunshine and a dollop of hedonism. All these factors combine to deliver a party experience of pure escapism.

1. Choose Where to Stay

Even though Ibiza is a relatively small Island, there are a few distinct areas that have something to offer everyone, no matter your age, nationality or sensibility. Depending on the kind of holiday you are after, relaxed vs wild, sensible vs No Sleeping, you have 4 main parts of the island to choose from, Ibiza Town, San Antonio, Playa d’en Bossa or the “Wild” north. For our full breakdown, check out this post.

Ibiza Town – The island’s capital, full of life, bars, restaurants and plenty of luxury with historical sights thrown into the mix. If you want to be at the cultural heart of Ibiza, have a bit more money to spend, and also want to be on the doorstep of some of the hottest clubs (Including Pacha) and bars, then Ibiza Town is for you.

Playa d’en Bossa – Arguably the party capital of Ibiza (San Antonio might disagree), you have Playa d’en Bossa. Situated right along the coast with a mile stretch of beautiful beach, you will find everything you need here to have a party fueled holiday. With big named clubs such as Hï Ibiza, Ushuaïa and beach club Bora Bora, you won’t need to go far for a good time. There are also plenty of great bars and restaurants at different price points.

San Antonio – Perhaps sharing the party capital title, booking San Antonio is a guaranteed winner for those looking to go a bit crazy in Ibiza. Based on the west side of the Island, San Antonio is synonymous with Clubs, Beach parties, and amazing Sunsets (The Sunset strip is a must-see). In addition, you have so much going on during the day including jet-skiing, banana boats, and parasailing.

Wild North – If you’re travelling with kids, or just want to get away from it all, the “Wild North” includes places such as Santa Eulalia and Es Canar. Other places such as San Miguel, Benirras and Portinatx are a lot quieter than the areas above. You will still find smaller bars and clubs, but these places as much more suited to playing it a bit more calmer, and really enjoying the natural beauty of the island.

2. Choose Your Clubs

There is no doubt that Ibiza has some of the best clubs in the entire world. Look at any rankings table and you will often find the likes of Hï Ibiza, Ushuaïa, DC-10 & Amnesia among others in the top 10. Before you go to Ibiza, it’s a good idea to know what clubs and what nights you want to go to. Most clubs will have season-long residencies, so the nights will be similar each week with the resident DJ, and then an interchanging line up of other world-renowned DJ’s. For our full list of clubs and to check out what nights are on, check out our party calendar.

Amnesia – Probably the most famous club on the Island, Amnesia is an institution that has kept civilization raving since 1976. With two huge warehouse-style rooms, Amnesia has some of the biggest nights on the island with unrivaled sound systems in both rooms. If you are around on a Saturday, be sure to check out Elrow, you won’t regret it!

DC-10 – Perhaps the only real underground superclub in the world, DC-10 has been going since 1999 with no VIP sections, no dress code, only good vibes. Set in an old airport hanger, DC10 is infamous for it’s Circoloco & Paradise nights, playing amazing Techno & House-tech music set to a sea of red lights and lasers. If you like the sounds of Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Ben UFO, Amelie Lens & other underground sensations, this is the place for you.

Hï Ibiza – The club that retired the legendary Space, and brought it into the 21st Century. I can guarantee you Hï Ibiza will be one of the most impressive clubs you’ve ever laid foot in. The sound system, lights, and general production value are like no other club in the world, which is probably why it constantly gets a top 3 spot in club rankings. Residencies in the past include Tale of Us & Afterlife, Armin Van Buuren & David Guetta.

Pacha – Another name that you have no doubt of heard of, Pacha is another Ibiza institution that has earned its reputation.  Attracting a slightly more glamorous crowd, Pacha is perfect is you are in the slightly more groovy house vibes that raw techno. In recent years Pacha has attracted underground sensation Solomun for his +1 night, hosting a weekly residency all throughout summer

Privilege – Holding the title of the largest club in the world, on a busy night Privilege can hold up to 10,000 ravers, double that of most of the clubs above. In recent years Privilege has secured the “Resistance” night, which brings together some of the biggest names in Techno including Adam Beyer, Charlotte De Witte, Maceo Plex and the man himself, Carl Cox.

Octan Ibiza – One of the newest clubs to hit the scene, Octan opened in the summer of 2019, replacing the former Sankeys. While other clubs on this list might be going for the wow factor, Octan takes it underground, a club that would feel right at home in Berlin or London. With low ceilings, graffitied wall, and those dark vibe lights, underground ravers will feel right at home here.

Eden – Sitting in the middle of San Antonio, Eden is a superclub that can slip slightly under the radar but with massive recent investment, can challenge some of the OG’s. Two nights to put on your watch list are Defected, the massive house label, and the trance night Shine.

Es Paradis – One of the oldest clubs on the island, Es Paradis in San Antonio is a feast for the eyes. With decor which is almost Roman theatre crossed with Spanish Villa, Es Paradis is often regarded as one of the prettiest venues on the island. Be sure to check out their infamous water party that takes place weekly during the summer.

3. Choose Your Day Party

While the night clubs in Ibiza are certainly unrivalled, there are also very few places in the world where you have the selection of some of the best day parties. It’s always nice to mix up your holiday, and I would definitely recommend checking out at least one day party alongside the madness of the night. Here are some of the Islands highlights…

Ushuaïa – Directly across the road from Hï Ibiza and also it’s sister club, Ushuaïa is a day/beach/festival party like no other. Set in the middle of the Ushuaïa hotel, you will find a party here every day in the summer, with some of the biggest DJs in the world. With a huge stage heading up the proceedings and surrounded by pools, Ushuaïa is one for the bucket list. Feeling brave? Why not treat Ushuaïa as your warm-up for Hï?

Ibiza RocksDubbed the “Home of the Ibiza Pool Party”, Ibiza Rocks is a hotel with daily parties including the likes of MK, Rudimental & Crag David’s TS5 residency. With a big pool surrounded by beds and loungers (That you can grab for a semi-affordable price), Ibiza Rocks will not doubt satisfy your craving for raving in the sun.

Bora Bora – If you’re looking for a party where you’re free to take a tip in the sea and soak up the sea lying on the sand? Well, Bora Bora is the original beach party destination. Sitting right on the beautiful Playa d’en Bossa beach, the tempo of this beach bar really kicks in around 18:00.

Destino – Set in the hills above Ibiza Town, Destino is a luxury hotel and resort that occasionally puts on spectacular day parties. Owned by the Pacha family, you will only find one day party a week, but if you are around, we highly recommend you check it out.

O Beach Club – Situated in San Antonio, O Beach which was formally Ocean Beach helps you enjoy that VIP lifestyle by making clubbing affordable. With multiple parties per week. a large pool, and many beds and areas to rent out, O Beach is similar to Ibiza Rocks but with its own charm.

Cova Santa – You will find Cova Santa in the middle of the Ibiza countryside, which is a beautiful club set in the hills surrounded by Trees. Cova Santa is set within a network of natural caves, which can be explored during it’s day parties. Make sure to arrive in the day and leave at night after you’ve seen the place lit up.

Blue Marlin – If you’re looking for a more luxurious venue, Blue Marlin will be right up your street. Set in the southern part of the island, Blue Marlin attracts some of the world’s best DJ’s and holds weekly residencies. It’s not cheap, but it’s so worth it.

Benimussa Park – Once upon a time this venue was home to a zoo, but has reinvented itself while keeping some of its history. Benimussa Park hold weekly nights, of which it’s most famous is the appropriately named “Zoo Project”, you will find multiple stages (Be sure to check out the seal pit), performances throughout the day, and many surprises.

4. Choose Your Sunset Bar

Another experience that you can’t skip out on if you’re visiting the While Isle, is a Sunset bar. Mostly located on the west side of the island to give you an unparalleled view of this world-famous sunset, these Sunset bars are another bucket list item that you don’t want to miss.

Café del Mar – The original sunset bar set along the sunset strip in San Antonio, Café del Mar is a winner for good drinks, good food, and amazing music. Café del Mar is famous for its chillout mixes, but come 9pm the big names take to the decks and the party really starts.

Café Mambo – Situated close to Café del Mar, Café Mambo is the largest sunset bar on the strip. It’s always recommended to get a table (But be quick, they sell out) at your sunset spot, where usually a minimum spend will apply. Café Mambo is also the official pre-party spot of Pacha, meaning you might be lucky enough to get a seriously good DJ spinning earlier on.

Golden Buddha – Our last recommendation down the sunset strip, if you’re looking for something a lot more laid back Golden Buddha will be the spot for you. With a lot of cool seating areas, shisha, and unrivaled views of the sunset, Golden Buddha is a great place to start your night.

Kumharas – Another bar that is blissfully laid back, you won’t find loud, high octane music or crows here. Here you can kick back and chill with a drink in hand, or have an evening meal with amazing Indonesian flavours.

Sunset Ashram – A contender for one of the most beautiful spots on the island, Sunset Ashram is another laid back bar that is situated in front of an amazing beach (One of the best Ibiza has to offer). The bar gives off hippy bohemian vibes and attracts a laid back crowd to enjoy the sunset with.

Hostal La Torre – Set up in the San Antonio hills, Hostal La Torre is a relatively unknown spot that has an amazing restaurant and bar to calmly watch the sunset go down.

Experimental BeachLocated on the salt flats at Las Salinas, Experimental Beach is not so much of a beach, but more a cool bar to hang out at. It’s one of Ibiza’s best-kept secrets, and while the Sunset is hard to see during the summer months due to its location, a visit in November or December is definitely worth it.

5. Choose an Activity

While Ibiza is most famous for its parties and clubs, the island has so much more to offer, and it’s easy to forget that you are on one of the most beautiful Balearic Islands. It’s also nice to mix things up during the day to make sure you’ve really maximised your holiday…

Boat Party – This option isn’t exactly taking a break for the partying, but it is a lot of fun for those looking for nonstop music. Ibiza has a bunch of Boat Parties to choose from that will leave from either Ibiza Town/Playa d’en Bossa or San Antonio. Check out our post on the best boat parties the island has to offer.

Formentera – If you’re looking for a relaxing day exploring a largely untouched island with pristine beaches and relaxing restaurants and bars, then I couldn’t recommend Formentera enough. It’s a smaller island off Ibiza that takes around 30 minutes to get to by boat, with up to 90 sailings per day. You can rent bikes or cars to get around, but I would recommend a scooter that is relatively cheap for a whole days rental.

Sunset Cruise – There are plenty of Sunset cruises to enjoy, they range from mad boat parties to serene cruises across some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.

Rent a Boat – If you want to be the captain of your own ship, then why not rent a boat? For a lot of boats, you won’t even need a license and can start beach hopping straight away. Looking for something more premium? Hire a luxurious boat with your own Captain and soak up some sun with beers in hand!

Water Sports – Looking for a more adrenaline-fueled activity? As you would expect, Ibiza has a huge array of watersports to choose from, from jet skiing to banana boats and even flyboards!

6. Choose an Unforgettable Restaurant

It’s easy to forget that you are in Spain when you come to Ibiza, and if there’s one thing those Spaniards know (Other than their Clubs, Bars etc…), it’s their food. These restaurants are set in the most amazing locations, and their food is to die for, so pick one or many to visit!

La Brasa, Ibiza TownSet in a gorgeous open-air patio surrounded by trees, La Brasa serves a delicious mix of Mediterranean and French Cuisine.

Sa Capella, Can Coix – Another incredible restaurant which is set in an old chapel. Sa Capella has an amazing open-air patio set, but equally if sitting inside you can marvel at the stained glass windows of the old chapel. Probably a bit more romantic than some of the other restaurants.

The Fish Shack, Talamanca – If you’re not too fussed about sitting on plastic chairs, the unassuming “Fish Shack” is set on the coast in Talamanca. Servin up whatever has been caught that day, you might have to wait for a table as this is a locals favorite, but it’s worth the wait.

Tapas, San Antonio – If you’re looking to experience Spanish Tapas with a slight twist, Tapas in San Antonio put’s a British spin on the classic Spanish cuisine.  When in Rome!

Pau Brasil, Santa Eulalia – If you’re not familiar with a Brazilian Rodizio, think unlimited side dishes, with all-you-can-eat succulent meat brought to your table. If you haven’t had Brazilian steaks, they are on another level.

Bambuddha, Santa Eulalia – An incredible oriental temple styled restaurant that serves Asian fusion. You’ll be greeted at the door by a massive entrance gate guarded by two dragons, and surrounded by a bamboo forest. Very instagrammable!

Ca’n Pilot, San RafaelA meat lovers paradise! Here you will find everything from Steak, Ox & even Rabbit, all cooked by yourself with a grill on your table. All dishes are served with the house fried potatoes that just go well with anything.

La Bodega, Ibiza Town – You will find this spot in the hear of Ibiza Town, with tables dotted along the street (Very alfresco!). With authentic tapas and local wines, you will experience true Ibizan cuisine here.

Relish, Cala de Bou – A slightly more upmarket spot that serves a variety of European dishes, including their amazing Sunday roasts if you want a proper UK lunch.

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