The ultimate guide to Ibiza – Why & when?
It’s the same at the beginning of each and every year – the air full of anticipation, whispers and rumors circling the world wide web and WhatsApp groups specifically created, just so people can start talking about ‘the holiday of the year’. Whilst social media starts filling up with Ibiza countdowns, evidence of holiday shopping & fresh trainer purchases – the island gears itself up for the excitable tourists that will hit its shores throughout summer.
Ibiza has a long and cultural history, with an abundance of hippy vibes, which are extremely prominent even today. The Hippie Movement started in the early 60’s and has grown and evolved into what you see now on the island. The start of this movement alongside tourism development in the 60s made Ibiza the ‘place to be’ for artists, creatives and writers – and it is very much the same to this day. Many DJ’s spend their summers on island, filling super clubs every day of the week, whilst writers, walkers, cyclists and locals use Ibiza as an out-of-season heavenly retreat.
Much of what brings people to Ibiza is centered around dance music, and throughout the years the island has seen a variety of trends come and go and different parties try (and sometimes fail) to make it in front of the most testing crowds in the world. But one thing always stands strong – and this is simply the ‘Balearic Beat’. The distinctive sound of this magical island, heard at beach clubs and chiringuitos, sunrises and sunsets, all around Ibiza.
Millions of tourists visit The White Isle each year for a multitude of reasons; the nightlife, the scenery, the beach clubs and the food (just to name a few), and our Ultimate Ibiza Guide 2022 is going to delve into the best of what’s on offer.
When should you visit?
There are huge advantages of visiting Ibiza at almost any time of the year, from the changes in weather to the changes in super club line-ups, so let’s break down the season and give you the highs and lows of each.
Pre-Season (April): April sees the magical island of Ibiza start to come to life. More shops and bars are starting to open, giving them a few weeks practice before the season truly begins, and we see a steady increase in the hustle and bustle of daily life, especially in places such as San Antonio and Ibiza Town. The weather is truly delightful and the beaches still practically empty – the perfect time to explore the island.
Beginning of Season (May-June): The opening parties of many of Ibiza’s super clubs have historically taken place on or after IMS. The International Music Summit takes place on the last weekend of May (this year 22nd-23rd) and includes a huge programme of panel talks, keynote speakers and performances spread across an entire weekend. However, some keen pre-announcements for 2022 have already taken place, showing opening parties of Amnesia, Hï and Ushuaïa in the first week of the month! The clubbing programmes fill up as the weeks pass, the popular hippie markets are back for the summer and the Balearic weather starts to heat up. The white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are beckoning, and the tourists respond in happy numbers.
High Season (July-August): The weather is heating up and so are the line-ups! By the first week of July, the super clubs of the island are in full swing, with jam-packed daily programmes and the world’s best DJ’s gracing the decks night after night. The beach clubs are full to the brim and everyone is truly living their best lives (just check the ‘gram!). The beaches are fuller, yes, but the atmosphere is electric and there is so much fun to be found – no matter where you go. Non-clubbers tend to escape to the beautiful north of the island for spa escapes and boutique experiences, whereas fun-loving dance music fans flock to San Antonio or Playa den Bossa to be fully immersed into the clubbing mecca of the world.
End of Season (Sept-Oct): With August out of the way, everyone on the island is noticeably calmer, evidently having a little more room to breathe (DC10 in high season is definitely a sweaty one!). Though the weather can be a little hit-and-miss – we’re looking at you September 2019 – most days are deliciously warm with bright blue skies. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a day trip to Formentera, wander the streets of Dalt Vila or dine al fresco overlooking the magnetic Es Vedra. Most super clubs wind down their weekly programming, heading towards closing parties at the end of September, with the exception of a select few, who like to extend through to October and finish the season on a high. Hotels and flights are noticeably cheaper, and readily available at this time of the year.
Post-Season: The winter months are an incredible time to visit Ibiza, with many towns and villages putting on weekend fiestas and artisan markets for locals and visitors to enjoy. Many bars and restaurants also stay open until the end of the year, before closing for renovations or new menu creations ready for the next season. Most winters, Pacha stays open on the weekends, and many venues host incredible parties to see in the New Year. The infamous New Year’s Day party at DC10 is a sight to behold – alongside the brave souls that take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea to kick of a brand new year. Out of season visits to the white isle should be on everybody’s to-do list.
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