Holiday in Ibiza
When the daily grind gets a little too much for you, the idea of a chance to let down your hair and party is always appealing. A night out with your friends just dancing and having a good time is the usual quick fix, but every now and then we all need something more. Something to satisfy that perpetual restlessness and boredom, a truly epic party, and with those words the name Ibiza inevitably springs to mind. Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the three Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. It is also the party capital of the world, with its summer club parties having a reputation that is nothing short of legendary.
When Does the Party Start?
This famously wild nightlife is based in Ibiza Town, the island’s capital to the South, and San Antoni to the West. The partying season begins in June, ending on the first weekend of October with the Closing Parties. There are numerous hotels to pick and choose from, ranging from the cheap to the 5-star, and for those who want to spend a relatively quiet summer—the island is not just a prime party hot spot—Ibiza offers a rich history as well as its own rustic beauty to be explored.
The island’s official languages are Catalan and Spanish, but because of the island’s many visitors and foreign residents, Russian and English are also spoken quite commonly. The island’s inhabitants consist not only of the native people but of a very diverse group of Europeans, Latin Americans and many other nationalities. This diversity is what lends a magical tone to Ibiza’s revelries, as people from all over the world come together for the sole purpose of having a good time, and sharing in the positivity of the whole experience.
Ibiza Party Highlights for 2012
This can be seen in the island’s phenomenal nightlife. The world’s most famous DJs frequent the island to play at its many clubs, and some even run their own weekly nights. David Guetta, DJ Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren are all set to perform there in 2012, talk about an epic line-up! If you’re interested in the dance parties, then here are some of the hottest places in town you should check out:
- DC 10
- Gala Night
- Es Paradís
- Eden, and
Need more convincing? Space and DC10 are hosting the opening parties of the season! But if you’re more into rock and roll, don’t miss the most spectacular live music event this summer – Ibiza Rocks! Some of the most happening bands have performed in the patio of the Ibiza Rock Hotel and the atmosphere is always electric. Here are some names to give you an idea;
- Arctic Monkeys
- Kaiser Chiefs
- The Prodigy
If you’re in the mood to watch the sunset before the merrymaking begins, then Café Del Mar is the perfect place, and has been visited for a long time for that express purpose. Ibiza has many such bars, with popular DJ performances and a chance to party before the party.
Not a Party-Animal? Ibiza Has a Lot More To Offer
For those who prefer an alternative to this endless bout of parties, there is also another, very interesting side to the island. Other than partying in Ibiza, it’s comforting for others to know that large portions of the country are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and are protected from the development and commercialization of the main cities. The famous “God’s Finger” is a giant rock in the middle of the sea in the Benirràs Bay. Getting its name because of its odd shape, this is a place frequented by tourists. There are many more traditional Ibicenco cultural sites in Ibiza that are stunning to observe. The island’s beauty extends to its beaches, and with over 80 of them, you are sure to find the one that suits your mood. Snorkeling and long walks are always an option, and it helps that the beaches are usually less than thirty minutes apart.
So Much More Than Beautiful Beaches
Ibiza’s museums provide an insight into the island’s history. The Museo de Puig des Molins and Museo Arqueológic have artifacts dating back to the island’s ancient past, when the Greeks and Phoenicians first came to inhabit it. A nice titbit of information—Christopher Columbus is believed to have been born on Ibiza, and the quaint, rather funny monument in his honor—‘The Egg’—is worth looking up in San Antoni. I myself was pleasantly surprised by how Ibiza’s party island had to offer besides its nightlife. The architecture within old Ibiza Town is breath taking—the Government’s efforts to conserve the city’s history have certainly won out. Indeed, Ibiza is a delightful mixture of the old and the new; the natural and the urban.
Oh! and remember to sample the island’s many restaurants. The special cheesecake Flao d’Eivissa, made with soft sheep and goat’s cheese and mint is delicious!
On a parting shot, don’t miss seeing the Ibiza Port. It is gorgeous in the day, but to see it well lit up at night is an unforgettable experience.