Ibiza is an idyllic island in the Mediterranean that boasts sun-drenched beaches, UNESCO-listed heritage, watersports galore and mellow waterfront cafes – but let’s be honest, most tourist flock there for its epic party vibe. The local population is only about 132,000, but over six million visitors descend upon this small Balearic Isle each year (particularly from the end of May to the beginning of October) to experience its legendary bar, nightclub and music event scene. It’s the place to rub shoulders with jetsetter celebrities, dance to world renowned DJs and stay up way beyond the spectacular sunsets. Although there is plenty to see and do there beyond the club culture and beach parties, you might want to choose a different island if that’s not your scene. But for those that do go, here are a few tips of things NOT to do in Ibiza.
1. Don’t Buy Tickets at the Door
That’s a rookie mistake, especially when it comes to the hottest clubs and popular events. Not only will buying tickets at the door cost you more, but you’ll probably have to stand in line for at least an hour or more (and sometimes you just don’t make it past the velvet rope). Why waste all that party time? You can buy packages online through companies like Spotlight or Together Week. Prearrange some VIP tickets and get the red carpet treatment, if you can afford a splurge. Check local flyers for deals, or score some wristbands from the many promoters trolling the streets (check their ID to make sure they’re legit). Another tip is to sign up for the social media accounts of the super clubs, as you never know when they are going to announce a promotion.
2. Don’t Skip the Beaches
Sure, the clubs are the main attraction, but the beaches rock too. Chilling out on the sand and in the waves is the best way to recuperate from the night before and rest up for the coming night’s action. Plus the beaches are also the scene of some great daytime outdoor parties too. There are over 80 beaches around the island. If you want to relax, try Cala Jondal or Cala Olivera. If you want a livelier scene, try Las Salinas, Ocean Beach or Playa d’en Bossa. Or if you really want to get away from the crowds for a day, head to Cala Salada, Es Xarcu or Pou des Lleo.