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Clubber's guide to Ibiza Town

World-class clubs, first-rate restaurants and a lively vibe, here's all you need to know about one of the world's most spectacular clubbing capitals.

  • International Music Summit (IMS)
    International Music Summit (IMS)
  • International Music Summit (IMS)
    International Music Summit (IMS)

Ibiza Town (Eivissa in Catalan) is the capital of the island and the heart of Ibiza. From the gorgeous harbour that bustles with buzzing bars and a lively nighttime hippie market, to the cobbled paths of the Old Town, Ibiza Town truly captures the magic and beauty of the island.

It can also claim to be one of the best clubbing capitals in the world, boasting spectacular clubs like Pacha, Heart and celeb favourite, Lío, on its doorstep. Futhermore it has a wide variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

The 16th century walls of the fortified old town Dalt Vila are one of the city's biggest attractions, with a mouthwatering selection of restaurants perfect for daytime 'tapas' (typical Spanish snacks) and the most romantic of candlelit dinners. Do take the time to wander up through the rickety streets to enjoy the breathtaking views over the harbour and neighbouring resorts such as Talamanca and Figueretas.

Regular ferries will take you from Ibiza port to the beautiful sandy beaches of Talamanca, Figueretas and Playa d'en Bossa, as well as to Formentera, the hippy market at Es Caná, Santa Eulalia and beyond - it's a really cheap, fun way to see the island.

To escape the city buzz, take a moment to grab a coffee in the tree-lined Plaza del Parque area next to the Paseo Vara de Rey in the centre of the town, which attracts magicians and random performers as evening approaches.

While being perfect for a daytime excursion, Ibiza Town really comes alive at night, attracting a large, diverse crowd with a fantastic choice of restaurants, countless bars, smaller clubs like Heart and Lío and of course with the world famous Pacha, first superclub of the island.

During high season the streets of the port area become the catwalks for sexy, scantily-clad dancers (male and female!), who are out to entice you into one of the island's best clubs. Expect naked flesh, extravagant costumes, stilt walkers and leather.

These parades pass along the front of the port before ending up in the gay-orientated Calle de la Virgen. The inappropriately-named street of the virgin is a must-see whatever your inclination. Hippie chic boutiques, fetish shops, cool restaurants and music bars line the street.

In the port, there are boutiques and hippie market stalls lining the streets that are open until 10pm and even midnight in high season. And when the outdoor music stops at midnight, you can continue the party inside before heading to one of the island's clubs.

On the other side of the harbour - out of the hustle and bustle of the port area - is Marina Botafoch and Ibiza Nueva, hubs for the rich and famous. Here you'll find the more glamorous venues such as Sushipoint and Cipriani, which all offer tantalising food and drink accompanied by stunning views of Ibiza Town.

The luxurious dinner show-restaurant Lío is situated in the Ibiza Nueva marina. With an incredibly high standard of performers (think Cirque du Soleil) and an unmatchable setting with views of the castle and port area, Lío is one of the most popular and expensive venues on the island.

But this whole area is packed with upmarket restaurants, there's Cipriani - a gourmet temple located within the 5-star Ibiza Gran Hotel near Pacha, and the less glamorous but no less delicious Los Pasajeros, which specialises in tasty pizzas.

Locals also often head to Veto (ex Grial) - just down the road from Pacha - for drink or two on the way to the clubs or for a deep, dark session on a Sunday night, which is far and away it's most popular night. One of the newest additions to this crew of marina-based offerings is Heart Ibiza, a restaurant-cum-club that's the brainchild of the famed Adrià brothers and Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil. Expect the glitziest of crowds and some of the world's biggest DJs behind the booth.

If you like daytime clubbing, make sure you hit one of the many boat parties departing from Ibiza Town.

Recommended

Calle de la Virgen is a must as it will open your eyes to the diversity and freedom of Ibiza; you should also wander along the port sampling the atmosphere of the bars, restaurants and market stalls, which is home to some notable institutions such as the Rock Bar.

The Plaza del Parque, the city's castle, Dalt Vila, and Marina Botafoch are also a must-see, day or night. If you're feeling adventurous try to find Tira Palla, which does wicked cocktails and has amazing views over the city below.

A bit of a special tip here: If you come to Ibiza with the idea to get 'ink done', look no further than the Tattoo Studio El Flaco.

The International Music Summit (IMS) takes place around the last week in May and culminates in a spectacular outdoor live event in the old town of Dalt Vila with bands and DJs, overlooking the harbour, and it still rated as one of the best events of the year.

Beds, prices & nationalities

Drinks can be quite a bit more expensive than the resorts of Playa d'en Bossa or San Antonio – if you manage to grab a beer for €5 you've found a steal! However, we recommend checking out the bars favoured by locals, especially the ones around the aforementioned Plaza del Parque and Vara de Rey.

Ibiza Town enjoys a very international mix of tourists and prides itself on being gay-friendly; so if you want to experience plenty of culture splashed with vibrancy, fun, music and laughs then a visit to Ibiza Town is a must.

Pacha is one of the island's most sophisticated clubs and with The Pacha Hotel just opposite the brightly lit doors it is a favourite among clubbers. Nearby, the luxurious 4-star Ibiza Corso Hotel offers stunning views while bathing by the poolside and a range of luxurious spa treatments. Nearer the town centre, El Puerto offers good value hotel rooms and self-catering apartments.

The nearby resort of Talamanca has a quiet, picturesque beach where you can relax and escape the buzz of the main town; but with Marina Botafoch right next door and Ibiza Town a short ferry ride walk away (15-20 minutes), it's the ideal location for exploring the area.

Figueretas is also just a 15-20 minute walk away and also has a beautiful sandy beach. Self-catering apartments are very popular there with regular visitors to the island.

Or choose an apartment or a hotel in Ibiza Town centre and get right involved with all the action.

How to get there

As a compact, pedestrian-friendly town, parking spaces in the centre can be hard to find. There is a big car park just by the port, but it is quite pricy in high season, so consider walking, taking a taxi or a bus.

Ibiza Town is the capital and as such there are excellent bus connections from all other resorts, including the disco bus, which in summer connects the centre of Ibiza Town and Pacha all night with the other clubbing resorts Playa d'en Bossa and San Antonio, as well as Amnesia and Privilege in the middle of the island.

The airport is only 10km away, so easily reached by bus or taxi.

Read more

Read more in our extensive resort guide for Ibiza Town.


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