Party like the locals: Inside Ibiza’s clubbing culture
On the surface it’s a place filled with bucks and hens parties on week-long benders, so where do the locals head to get their party fix? Well, rule number one is they stay away from the sightseer saturated shores of San Antonio.
As soon as visitors step off the plane, the San Antonio area of the island is usually their first destination and it’s easy to see why – with its coastline bursting with beaches and bars. However when locals want to let their hair down they escape the hustle and bustle and go to the little known area of Santa Eulalia. A little off the beaten clubbing track, this area of the island offers Guarana, an achingly hip club set amongst the cosmopolitan marina district. With no ‘bride to be’ sashes in sight, this is where you’ll find delicious mojitos and even more delicious sounding DJs.
Next on their party to do list is Malibu Beach Club located on the privileged shores of Las Salinas. This is where you’ll find only those in the know listening to beats as they peer out to the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean. Head here if you want a tiki-style pavilion of thatch-roofed patios and open-air terraces or to be seen on a sun-lounger sipping the best cocktail concoction. And the best thing is, you won’t have to share it with an Ibiza first-timer because this is where only those in the know choose to party.
Tucked away in the beautiful Cala Jondal Bay in the southwest of the island is Blue Marlin Beach Club, this luxurious piece of clubbing property is where residents go to get their Ibiza experience. Also home to a mouth watering menu, you can re fuel with a delicious selection of Tapas before you watch the sun set with the sounds of the club’s resident DJ in the background. It’s close to the airport too, so you can ditch the others heading to San Antonio and get a head start on the party!
Not to be confused with the honeymoon island of the Pacific, Bora Bora is synonymous with beach time partying and offers it to you cabana and all! Set within the Playa d’en Bossa precinct, Sunday is THE day to head here, with it being the perfect pre We Love Space Sunday party. The music has a cool, underground vibe to it and is starting to attract big name DJs, so you can enjoy all the great sounds without the hectic crowds of the more well-known clubs on the island.
Finally, what’s an island getaway without sangria and sunsets? Well Sunset Ashram is where the locals get both! Located on Cala Conta beach, it has a more chilled vibe to it but that doesn’t stop it being the go-to place for those wanting to escape the swarm of peeps at the more popular clubs. Known by the locals to be a little hippy-esque, Sunset Ashram is where you’ll be able to really immerse yourself in the local party culture and burn up that dance floor with a glass (or jug) of Spain’s finest sangria in hand, of course!
So with the European summer out in full force, now you’re in the know to act as if you belong on the biggest party island in the world.
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