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Ibiza Virgins' Guide: clubbing on Ibiza on a budget

Having fun on the world's most entertaining island doesn't have to break the bank.

Ibiza may seem like an expensive place to the inexperienced eye and it's easy to see why. Nightclub entry ticket prices are not exactly inexpensive. Many hotels cost more than the average monthly mortgage repayment. Thinking of buying a round of drinks in a super-club? Good one.

But don't despair. Although this magical island seems too far of a stretch for your budget, it can be done on the cheap. Take it from me, a champion of the breadline with a wallet drier than your mouth at DC10 after refusing to break into a twenty for a beer.

Here are some top tips on how not only to survive an Ibiza holiday on a budget but also to thrive. Move over Martin Lewis. Here goes.


partying

Without a doubt, the biggest cost on Ibiza is the club entry. Ranging from a modest €15 to a let-me-pull-your-pants-back-up €80, just sampling a couple of the island's world-class club delights can eat through your entire budget.

But for most of us, that's why we're here. You won't find better line-ups, production or characters on any other part of the globe. So you can either suck it up or get smart.

Packages are a great way to bring the cost down and add structure to your holiday. Check out the boat party offers as most of them include entry not just to one super-club but two and sometimes even three or more clubs. Plus, of course, don't forget the actual boat party itself, many of which include drinks and have their own pre-party included.

But not all partying has to cost a small fortune. There are plenty of intimate venues with reasonable prices. Las Dalias in San Carlos and Underground in San Rafael are popular options off the beaten track for residents and those in the know. This means that 1) it's affordable and 2) the music is banging.

Ocean Beach and Ibiza Rocks are leading the way in hosting banging open-air parties from afternoon to early evening in San Antonio without leaving a dent in your wallet.

If the super-clubs and hot party spots are what you want, though, then look-out for savings if you buy earlier. For example, this year Pacha has started a dynamic pricing system, so if you grab tickets for your favourite parties before arriving then you save massively.

Also, you can look out for early entry tickets, for example, Benimussa Park and Hï Ibiza. Arriving at the club early can be a good way to move around the club, find a spot and discover rising talents warming up the night while saving up to 50%.

Plus, of course, you have the several free pre-party delights that the island has to offer. These parties often have the same DJs of the super-clubs getting the night started early.

In San Antonio alone, there are Café Mambo, Ibiza Rocks Bar and Café Del Mar, to name a few. In the south, Guy Gerber's free RUMORS party at Destino always goes off. You can also head over to Playa D'en Bossa and start the night dancing at Tantra until midnight or work on that tan in the day at Bora Bora's famous beach parties.

There is plenty out there so make sure you check out our party calendar for the full low-down on prices and line-ups.

If you like to plan ahead, keep tabs on early bird tickets from January to April. Keep that in mind of your Ibiza 2019 planning.


eating

Think of your body as a well-oiled party engine. It needs fuel. But eating-out on Ibiza can be expensive, which means that Ferrari motor will soon be moving like a rundown Fiat 500 if you aren't careful.

Take advantage of the island's many menú del días, where calories and cost don't go hand-in-hand. Just take a short walk away from the tourist feeding spots and sample a host cafés, restaurants and bars. You'll be surprised at how reasonably priced yet delicious the food can be.

The local supermarkets are also great options to provide solid sustenance at a slashed price in comparison to the beachfront shops. Grab fresh bread, jamon and cheese and put together some beach-day sandwiches.

Also worth noting is that you can find fairly decent wine for under €2 in the supermarkets, but that doesn't mean I recommend getting wasted on the beach – no matter how fun it is.


sleeping

The best idea for those on a budget is not necessarily to choose the cheapest accommodation but the one that works for you. Personally, a bed and a shower is enough, with the latter a luxury. By the same token, if your place is a dive, then you're more likely to go out and spend. Scientific fact.

Book in advance or search last minute deals. Also, look out for the hotels with a nice pool area so you don't have to seek holiday solace elsewhere and actually pay through your nose for a drink to be there. If your place has its own kitchen, huge bonus. The money saved by cooking could earn you a cocktail on the sunset strip. Totally worth it.

The word hostel rings alarms bells to many, but on Ibiza, there are plenty reasonably priced places with top-notch facilities. It can also be a good place to meet like-minded budgeters and workers who can offer their wisdom.


ACTIVITIES

If you could put a price on Ibiza's natural beauty, no one could afford to be here. Whether it's watching the sunset on the rocks of San Antonio or hiking through Ses Salines Natural Park, there's plenty to explore on the White Isle.

To get around, Ibiza's bus service offers a low-cost and environmentally friendly way to travel to all corners of the island.

In Ibiza Town, there's Dalt Vila, a UNESCO heritage site with a rich history. Walk up the cobbled steps and breathe in a view of the beautiful town below. All for free. Just make sure you bring your own food as eating there can get pretty costly.

Later on, wave the sun goodbye and begin your evening at one of several stunning sunset spots on the west coast. Grab a €2 box of sangria and meet new friends on San Antonio's sunset strip, or head to the mystical Es Vedrà rock, one of the most enchanting places on the island, for a spiritual Ibiza experience.


top Tips

  • Load-up on cheap booze and invite new-found-friends to a pre-drinking session
  • Use the disco bus - it is a saviour
  • Befriend workers and leech off their discounts at food places and bars
  • Check out the free parties - always a blast
  • Grab a taxi after 7:00 am for the cheapest tariff, making partying for longer even more worthwhile
  • Buy tickets online and in advance so that you can plan your budget more easily
  • Visit in May, June, September and October when prices are lower yet packed full of great opening and closing parties

One day you may be lucky enough to indulge in the richer fruits of Ibiza, but if today is not that day, it's all an experience. No matter how much or how little money you have to spend on your stay on the island, you'll be guaranteed an abundance of fun.


COVER PHOTO | David Holderbach

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