Ibiza city guide

Ibiza is one of the Spanish Balearic Islands, and probably the most famous one. It’s also the name of the isle’s main city and capital, which is officially called Ibiza Town or Elvissa in Catalan language. It’s the promised land of every horny European kid. Let me rephrase that: every horny European party person ever. It’s hot, it’s loud, and it’s colourful. Pure awesomeness…if you’re young. The 90s and early 2000s were all about trance music. I still get goose bumps thinking about those times. Ibiza was trance culture incarnate; they call it EDM (electronic dance music) now. The administration is trying to transform Ibiza into a family-friendly destination. I don’t think it’s possible at this point. It will always remain a party island, heaven for visitors and hell for the locals. Crowds spend their days curing their hangover on numerous beaches. Nights are all about clubbing because that’s what you visit Ibiza for. Pacha Ibiza, Café del Mar; those were the legendary clubs of my youth. They’re still going strong but the scene is changing. Many people travel thousands of miles for the opening of the season hosted by the Ushuaïa Club. It was crazy stuff and more of an open-air festival than a night out at a club. Amnesia Ibiza? That’s another icon, established already in 1976. Just think how many generations have danced their balls out in these clubs.

Sexy girls in bikini at beach party on Ibiza

For clubbing and partying round the clock you have definitely come to the right place on Ibiza; during the last years the number of beach parties and outdoor events is even increasing

This entire culture was built based on “Peace and Love”. Sounds familiar? It’s the hippy credo, the clubbers added “ecstasy” to the equation. Everything started in the 60s, ten years after Ibiza opened up to tourism. That’s when the hippy tsunami left San Francisco and spread across the world. Ibiza was a promised land for them, secluded pristine beaches and nature. Not to mention it wasn't as crowded back then. So, they partied, made love and enjoyed recreational drugs. Not much has changed since then, maybe apart from the music. Disco tunes, technically EDM’s precursor, came to Ibiza in the late 70s. 1973 is when Pacha opened as the first mega club on Ibiza, that’s almost 50 years ago. That’s when the hippie culture began a slow transition into the clubbing culture. The way I see it is it’s just another name for the same ideology. The hippies are still there; visit them at the Hippy Market on Wednesdays around Punta Arabi in Ibiza Town. They sell all sorts of handicraft there, blankets, clothes, braids, and other stuff.

There are historic sites to see on Ibiza as well. Several of them praised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Those are an option when you’ve had enough of the constant intoxication. Following one of those boat parties, for example. Those are an awesome way of meeting new people, until it goes wrong. It only takes one person to get seasick to trigger a chain reaction of vomit and misery. That’s when start thinking that checking out some other stuff could be a good idea. Ibiza Town offers plenty of opportunities. Its Old Town is a sure pick if you’re feeling all right and the sunlight and heat don’t bother you much. It’s a beautiful Mediterranean area with many cafes and taverns, which will charm you instantly. Ibiza’s Old Town is also the place to go if you’d rather chill during the evening for a change. Try some tapas and a glass of wine instead of Red Bull, vodka, pills and stroboscopes. Dalt Vila is the crown jewel of this district. It’s one of the oldest fortifications in the region, dating back to the year 480 BC.

Cobbled street with charming traditional Spanish houses in Ibiza's Old Town (Vila d'Eivissa)

The Old Town of Ibiza, also named Vila d'Eivissa or just Vila, is surprisingly charming and old; discovered by the Carthaginians in 654 BC actually one of the most ancient towns in Europe: the perfect environment to blow off some steam after all the hard partying and clubbing

This entire culture was built based on “Peace and Love”. Sounds familiar? It’s the hippy credo, the clubbers added “ecstasy” to the equation. Everything started in the 60s, ten years after Ibiza opened up to tourism. That’s when the hippy tsunami left San Francisco and spread across the world. Ibiza was a promised land for them, secluded pristine beaches and nature. Not to mention it wasn't as crowded back then. So, they partied, made love and enjoyed recreational drugs. Not much has changed since then, maybe apart from the music. Disco tunes, technically EDM’s precursor, came to Ibiza in the late 70s. 1973 is when Pacha opened as the first mega club on Ibiza, that’s almost 50 years ago. That’s when the hippie culture began a slow transition into the clubbing culture. The way I see it is it’s just another name for the same ideology. The hippies are still there; visit them at the Hippy Market on Wednesdays around Punta Arabi in Ibiza Town. They sell all sorts of handicraft there, blankets, clothes, braids, and other stuff.

There are historic sites to see on Ibiza as well. Several of them praised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Those are an option when you’ve had enough of the constant intoxication. Following one of those boat parties, for example. Those are an awesome way of meeting new people, until it goes wrong. It only takes one person to get seasick to trigger a chain reaction of vomit and misery. That’s when start thinking that checking out some other stuff could be a good idea. Ibiza Town offers plenty of opportunities. Its Old Town is a sure pick if you’re feeling all right and the sunlight and heat don’t bother you much. It’s a beautiful Mediterranean area with many cafes and taverns, which will charm you instantly. Ibiza’s Old Town is also the place to go if you’d rather chill during the evening for a change. Try some tapas and a glass of wine instead of Redbull, vodka, pills and stroboscopes. Dalt Vila is the crown jewel of this district. It’s one of the oldest fortifications in the region, dating back to the year 480 BC.

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