Ibiza! What can you say about this island, which happens to be the undisputed #1 Party Destination in the world (hands up if you remember the superhit Vengaboys song, 'We're going to Ibiza!'). They say you have to visit Ibiza to understand what it’s all about – the endless parties, day and night with hundreds of party-goers from around the world dancing to the best DJs. At the same time, Ibiza can be frightfully expensive, a logistical nightmare or downright sketchy if you don’t know any better. To ensure you have the time of your life in Ibiza, here are some handy tips – your Ibiza Survival Guide!
1. Plan, plan, plan: If you just sort of show up in Ibiza,yo’re not going to have a very good time. The clubs in Ibiza are far from each other, queues are long and things get sold out before you know. For maximum bang for the buck (and your time), chalk out what you want to do, where you want to party – and plan your stay accordingly. Follow the Ibiza Part Calender and schedule accordingly.
2. Timing is everything: 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's the ideal time to visit. August is the peak tourist season, and everything will be most crowded and expensive – so be aware.
3. Dress code: In Ibiza, pretty much anything goes – as long as you are ready to party. However, none of the VIP lounges allow entry with shorts or flip-flops, so be aware.
4. Getting into the clubs: All clubs open at 24.00 and continue through the night until 06.30 (officially). As you can imagine no one wants to be the first to arrive, but everyone wants to be there at the very latest by 03.00. Quite often, there are massive queues to get in the club between 01.30 and 03.00, especially in August. The easiest way to get into the clubs is to buy advance tickets online, naturally.
5. Plan your transport: After a long night of clubbing, the wait to get a taxi could be upto two hours in peak tourist season. The disco bus (as the name suggests) is Ibiza’s favourite transport service, which connects the various clubs on the island. It only costs 3€ to get from one side of the island to the other, and often drops you off right outside where you need to be (Pacha, Amnesia, Privilege and Ushuaïa all have bus stops almost directly in front of the club). In peak season, buses run every half an hour, all night long. They are party of their own and a must-have experience for all visitors to Ibiza.
6. Remember to keep guzzling water – as dehydration is a common problem in Ibiza (think sunny days, hot temperatures, dance parties, and beaches). Keep drinking water (alongside any other beverages you choose). The supermarkets also sell coconut water, which is a great way to tank up.
7. Always choose comfort over style: Skip the towering stilettoes for shoes that are comfortable – so you can dance through the night, very single day! The same rule holds true for clothing – ditch anything that is uncomfortable or tight.
8. Eat before you go clubbing: This will give you the stamina to party on. Moreover, Ibiza clubs do not allow re-entry, which means you are locked inside a club for six to eight hours. Your only food options there are usually overpriced pizzas and sandwiches, so eat in advance.
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