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Tips and tricks for surviving an Ibiza clubbing holiday!

All the practical information you need for your first Ibiza clubbing holiday, including drug laws, club tickets, island transport and lots more.

So, you have saved your pennies, booked the flights, bought some amazing outfits; you even have another week's holiday at home after you come back, just to recuperate. Everything is perfect.

But are you REALLY prepared for the clubbing experience of a lifetime? Read this page before touchdown on the White Isle, just to make sure. It won't take long, plus it will save you time, money, and it will help you avoid any unwanted hassle. Bonus.

Please note, on Ibiza you must be 18 years old to enter the clubs or to go on a boat party and you will be asked for ID on the door or when boarding.


When to go? Read this bit carefully!

The typical Ibiza tourist season runs from the beginning of May until the end of October. During this time, the majority of bars, restaurants and clubs are open, so it is the ideal time to visit.

The clubbing season starts mid May and continues until the middle of October. By May most of the super-clubs like Amnesia, Pacha, Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza and Privilege will open their doors with spectacular opening parties, always big, big highlights in the clubbing calendar for island residents and holidaymakers alike, a good reason to visit this beautiful island in that month.

At the end of May, the Grand Finale Party of the International Music Summit (IMS) is another big date to start off the summer; here you can party on the city wall of the citadel of Ibiza Town - the most stunning location ever.

In the weeks after the openings of the clubs themselves, the promoter-led parties have their own opening events and then from mid June the clubbing season is in full swing.

See our party calendar for all dates, confirmed line-ups and tickets, all updated on a daily basis, so check it regularly.

When the summer starts drawing to a close, the club nights begin to start ending one by one with closing parties starting from the middle of September, continuing until around the second week of October. The final closing parties of the super-clubs are again huge highlights on Ibiza's party calendar, with many clubbers coming to the island especially for them. After that, only smaller venues and the mighty Pacha remain open.

Whilst summer is always the busiest period, there are still excellent parties all throughout the year. Book yourselves a cheap flight and head over at New Year's Eve, Easter, the beginning of May or the end of October. Whilst most of the big clubs may be shut, many open for special occasions, plus there will still be a lot of events going on in one of the island's many bars and restaurants: you will get to see a different side of the island.

Check our magazine for news, reviews and up-to-date information on what's happening on Ibiza during the whole year. This is also a great way to get into the mood for your next Ibiza holiday or to enjoy happy memories afterwards.

As a side note, bear in mind that if you choose to come in August, know that this is the island's busiest month, so prices for drinks and club entrance tickets are at their highest. It can also be extremely hot and more difficult to find a taxi or hire a car plus also, competition for space on the beaches is fierce. If partying hard in some of the world's best club nights is what you're looking for, this is the month when you're sure to find it. Just don't expect to be the only person on the dance floor.

Not here in summer? Check our Forum thread on low-season partying.


Where to go?

Everyone has a first time here on the island, and with so much choice, it can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to go. But not to worry, we've got you covered. In our clubbing guide you will find descriptions of all the big (and smaller) clubs, the most famous bars and all the parties of the island.

You can also check out our clubbing forums, which are full of tips and information from fellow Ibiza lovers. Don't be afraid to ask any question you like - there are many regular visitors who will be happy to help.

When planning nights out, you'll be bombarded with options, so make the most of asking the experts. Talk to people staying in the same place, listen to the PRs' advice, look for posters advertising forthcoming nights and as mentioned, keep an eye on our party calendar - your go-to guide for everything that's happening at every club, every night of the week.

You can search our website for party nights and DJs, so if you already have a favourite, it's easy to locate exactly when and where they're playing. Try to be a little organised because chances are, once you get here, you'll be pretty preoccupied soaking up all that Balearic sun.


Where to stay

Before you book your accommodation, check out our guides to all the major resorts: Ibiza Town, San Antonio, Playa den Bossa and Santa Eulalia, to give you a better idea of which place suits you best.

If you're choosing where you stay based on the proximity to big clubs, then it is worth remembering that Pacha is in Ibiza Town near the harbour; Ushuaïa, Hï Ibiza and Octan Ibiza (formerly Sankeys) are in Playa d'en Bossa; DC10 is on the road to Las Salinas beach; Es Paradis and Eden are in San Antonio and Amnesia and Privilege are both situated on the main road between Ibiza Town and San Antonio, close to San Rafael.

Have a look at our clubbing guides to each major resort to find out which is the best fit for you.

Remember that Ibiza is a popular family destination too, so if you are coming just for the clubbing, find out in advance what your hotel is like and where it is situated. Not all families are going to enjoy chilling in the pool with you and your ten new best mates at 09:00 in the morning with techno blaring out of the speakers!

It's also worth knowing that it's illegal to sleep on the beach. So if you go to the beach to catch an early sunrise post-clubbing, try your best not to fall asleep. The police patrol regularly, and they're not kindly disposed to backpackers sleeping on the sand. You have been warned.

On Ibiza you can find a wide choice of hotel and apartments suiting every taste and budget, from cosy hostels in San Antonio to luxury five-star hotels directly on the beach in Playa d'en Bossa. These hotels and apartments for clubbers are especially suited to party people.

You could get a group of friends together and live the dream with your own private holiday villa on Ibiza - you will be surprised how affordable it is.


Club tickets

You can buy your club entrance tickets online through us, so there will be no last minute panic about where and when to buy them and buying ahead makes it easier to budget for your holiday. All Ibiza Spotlight online tickets give you guaranteed entry, vital for the popular parties.

For most events, you can buy your ticket through your mobile phone even on the day itself.


Dress codes

Within reason, the clubs will not refuse people with tickets. The hip and the less hip are allowed to mingle without fear of contamination and whilst atracting attention with your outfit may not be easy, do feel free to try. We are big fans of those who try to embrace the free-spirited nature of dressing on Ibiza from decades past, where an "anything goes" policy was the only rule.

Having said that, the VIP lounges normally don't allow entry with shorts, flip-flops, beach or sportswear, so if you are hobnobbing it with the jet set, dress up! The same is true for the more sophisticated nightclubs like Lío. Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza which also do not allow entry with flip-flops, swimwear and football or basketball T-shirts.


Avoiding the queue

The clubs that are more about the night-time open between 23:00 and 24:00 and continue through the night until the early morning. As you can imagine no one wants to be the first to arrive, but try to arrive no later than 03:00. Quite often, there are massive queues to get in the club between 01:30 and 03:00, especially in August.

Sometimes you will find that you will have to queue, but often this cannot be helped: there are certain parties which are so popular that queuing is inevitable. Just come prepared and see it as an opportunity to save up all your energy for the dance fest later.

What queues are the longest?

All queues in August; popular nights at Amnesia; Pacha in high season. Just make sure you get there early enough and it shouldn't be a problem.

Remember that the easiest way to get into the clubs is to buy advance tickets online: all Ibiza Spotlight online tickets give you guaranteed entry, vital for the popular parties.


Drink and drugs

The technical side

The legal age limit to buy alcohol is 18, for tobacco it's 16. You have to be 18 to get into the clubs too and do make note that it's illegal to drink alcohol in the street.

In regards to the possession of drugs, the situation in Spain is a confused one. Although in 1992, a new law strictly regulated the use of drugs in public places (no smoking joints on the beach), it is not considered a crime and therefore there can be no jail sentence. In Spain, personal possession of any drug is not a criminal offence; however, the line between "personal" and "dealing" is a very thin one, so be sensible.

Needless to say, it is not only very stupid but also ILLEGAL TO DRINK AND DRIVE. And of course, this is the case for driving under the influence of drugs too. The penalties are severe and road accidents in summer can be horrendous.

As a result, traffic controls and searches by the police in larger towns and resorts are becoming increasingly more common and they test for both alcohol and drugs. The legal limit for driving has been reduced to 0.25mg/l of alcohol in your breath, or 0.5g/l in your blood. This is equivalent to two cans of beer or two glasses of wine.

BE SENSIBLE AND BE CAREFUL - if you're going to drive, the safest bet is not to touch alcohol or drugs at all. Without trying to be scaremongers, there are many foreigners in jail in Spain on drug-related offences. If you are imprisoned, you have the right to contact your Consul, although they will probably not be able to get you out of jail.

Just remember to always consume carefully, and if you have consumed, travel by disco bus or grab a cab, which is a really cheap way to get around if you are in a group.

Disclaimer: The above is designed to make you aware of the risks of buying and taking drugs. Ibiza Spotlight does not condone drug use of any sort.


Prices

Tickets for most parties in the super-clubs range from €25 to €80, depending on the party and season. Smaller clubs cost less and several parties also offer early entry tickets with a discounted price.

This might seem pricey, but then again, this is Ibiza, and in all likelihood, you would pay as much at home for a concert ticket. Plus, we promise, these are nights you will never forget, so when you put it into perspective, it doesn't seem so expensive after all.

A vodka with lemon will cost €15-18 in a club or €10-12 in Ibiza Town or one of the pre-club bars. A beer (or water) will cost you €9-13 in a club and €6-8 in bars. As you can see it quickly adds up, so be wise with your drinking and don't go out without sticking to a budget.

The Spanish currency is the Euro (€). Check on today's exchange rates from oanda.com


Practicalities

Spanish measures are generous to say the least, so it is very easy to underestimate those vodkas. As we have mentioned, drinks can be expensive, so if you're looking to have a drink before you go out, hunt out one of the many bars with happy hours, where drinks are a lot cheaper and you are guaranteed to get good deals. Do not try and smuggle drinks into the clubs because all that will happen is that they'll be found and you'll be thrown out.

If you have a favourite DJ, remember to use our DJ search to look for their individual listings - you might find that it's cheaper to see them at one venue during your stay than another.


How to get here

Look on the internet for a cheap flight. In the main season from May till October there are many flights from most European countries.

Ibiza is a globally-known clubbing destination, so people come from all over the world. There are connecting flights via Barcelona or Madrid and also other European airports like London, Amsterdam or Paris.

Read more: Ibiza flights


Island transport

You will find all you need to know in our holiday tips about getting around the island.


Disco bus

The disco bus is your friend. Do yourselves a massive favour and get acquainted with the timetable. It only costs a few Euros to get from one side of the island to the other, and often it drops you off right outside where you need to be (Pacha, Amnesia, Privilege, Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza all have bus stops almost directly in front of them).

In peak season, buses run every half hour, all night long. Not only will you be delivered to your doorstep, you'll also get an experience thrown in for free. Disco buses are loud and proud (that goes for the people and the music) and many a friend for life has been made on the road between San Antonio and Playa d'en Bossa. It should be an integral part of every Ibiza Virgin's holiday.

Disco bus routes and timetables


Health and safety

See our holiday information section for health and safety tips.

We want you to have the time of your life, but remember to be careful. That way you will enjoy it even more!


If you want more clubbing advice, check out our article specially aimed at Ibiza virgins, where you are sure to find what you need.

The above information is correct to the best of our knowledge, though may be subject to change.