Ibiza - the undisputed party champion of the world
If it's nightlife you're after, you've come to the right island.
Ibiza has a hedonistic heritage stretching back more than 30 years.
Top clubs, on form djs, hot bands, a cosmopolitan mix of clubbers,
local residents, freaks, mature partygoers, fresh faces, a wide range
of sexualities, and the full alphabet of celebrities - modern Ibiza
Musically there's a wider choice now than ever before - overground,
underground, rock, house, hip hop, techno, electro, r'n'b and not
forgetting of course the ethereal soundscapes of chill here at the
home of the sunset set.
Cafe del Mar, San Antonio, Ibiza
As much a treasured part of Ibiza as Pacha, Privilege, or Las Salinas beach.
In spite of the rise of its brasher, newer neighbours, Mambo,
Savannah, Kanya at al, the name on everybody's lips is still Café del
Mar, which was built in 1980 and designed by well known Catalan
architect Lluis Géell.
The idea is a simple one, you sit by the shores of the bay of Calo
des Moro in San Antonio and admire the stunning sunsets to a backdrop
of ambient and eclectic music provided by the DJ in the bar. The
simplicity of the event and the pleasure one takes in the perfect
combination of scenery, beautiful weather and the wonderfully chilled
music, make every sunset a special one. Even now, after 10 years on
the island, we are still awed by the silence which descends on the bar
as the sun reluctantly gives up its last rays, before vanishing below
One of the reasons for the amazing success of this bar are the
excellent chillout albums which have been released annually since
1994, pioneering the chillout genre at the time of the first release.
There have since been many imitators, but only one true Café del
Privilege Ibiza, the world's largest club, near San Rafael
In 1978 the venue known as Club Rafael was bought by three Basques.
One of their number was the famous footballed Jose Antonio Santamaria.
They changed the name of the club to Ku after the nighterie they
already owned in San Sebastian.
Throughout the 80s the soon-to-be legend was born and suckled. In
1987Queen's Freddie Mercury dueted with rival diva opera singer
Montserrat Caballe for a tv show broadcast round the world.
In 1990 a roof was added, lierally bringing to a close an era of
outdoor partying. In 1991 this roof collapsed during a storm and after
refurbishments and much speculation it became Privilege. The arrival
of Manumission in 1996 heralded the modern age of imported promoters,
guest artists and mass club tourism.
Like most venues in Ibiza it depends on the promoter on the given
night. Manumission do popular rave music in the sala principal,
provided by both djs and live bands. They also crank up the dedicated
live venue the Music Box for both their Monday and Friday party, and
incorporate a much-mashed mish mash of rock, house, electro and pop in
Otherwise it ranges from harder, faster sounds of techno and trance
to happy clappy house.
If it's your first time on a Monday you're highly likely to get lost.
After entering the club down a massive staircase you are now are bang
in the middle of one of the world's largest dancefloors. At its centre
the dj is suspended above a swimming pool . At the far end is a stage
where girls and boys dance around in varying stages of undress and a
show with a non-linear dramatic structure (i.e. it's confusing) takes
Above this room is a the large lattice dome which supports the
Privilege sign. To the left is a multi-level terraced chill out area.
Downstairs is a toilet complete with dj booth. To the right (south) is
the gayer-than-average Coco Loco. In the far corner is the
aforementioned Music Box. There's a map on a sign out the front.
Space Ibiza - the legendary venue in Playa d'en Bossa
In 1989 a concert hall in Ibiza became the home for the concept the
whole world knows as Space. Truly Balearic in its original
incarnation, Pepe Rosello's program included live bands, flamenco
shows and exciting electronic music.
One of its inspired innovations was opening in the morning, after the
other clubs had shut. This, in conjunction with the introduction of
music onto the terrace by raconteurs extraordinaire Alex P and Brandon
Block, caused a sensation.
The reaction was so intense that a decision was made to extend the
hours still further and now Sunday is the biggest day of the week in
Ibiza. Expect to roll out at dawn on Monday.
The success was contagious and music lovers now flock to Space for
different nights from leading lights such as Carl Cox, Manumission, La
Troya, Matinee and more.
From the sublime to the very hard. Funky Balearic house on the Sunset
Terrace, where you can sip Vodka Lemons in the sun and chill out with
Ibiza's wildest clubbers. On the upstairs premier etage you can hear
left-field beats and soulful classics and inside the dirtiest techno
wickedness. A fabulous contrast programme, headed both inside and out
by the world's finest DJs.
Space enjoys something approaching cult status on the world dance
scene. Dedicated clubbers fly in especially for the opening and
closing parties at which an outside stage is set up especially, and
many world class DJs name Space as their favourite club. It is located
right under the flight path of planes landing at Ibiza's only airport.
As the jets come swooping in everyone there and on the Sunset Terrace
throws their arms to the sky and screams.
The Terrace of old is unrecognisable. A booming sound system has been
installed, necessitating its enclosure by glass but allowing a 6am
close time. Inside the Discoteca the art of sonics has been taken to a
new level. It's clairty and power makes djs drool. The lighting will
make your jaw hit the floor.
Upstairs more alternative sounds can be explored in the Caja Roja
(Red Box) and the aforementioned Premier Etage.
Space has great Djs, cool clubbers, and is open when everywhere else
is shut. Highly recommended.