Ibiza – sun sea, sand and the world’s clubbing capital

Ibiza and Formentera August and September 2011

In the forefront of the package tourism boom of the 1960s and still a riotous destination for its nightlife and famous DJs, Ibiza is one of the most popular Spanish tourist destinations, especially for young British clubbers. One of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza’s got everything a world – and cold-weather weary fugitive from northern climes – could wish for – glorious sunshine, soft sand, warm blue seas, great food and lots of bars with an unlimited supply of alcohol.

Most British clubbers, however, prefer to miss out on the sun, sea, sand and scenery and sleep throughout the day, getting ready for another all-night bash of beer, DJs and loud music. The frequency and ease of flights to Ibiza is another attraction, with crowds arriving here for long weekends via low-cost carriers as well as for full holidays through charter and package tour companies.

No matter where in the UK you live, there’s a seasonal flight to Ibiza leaving from an airport within a short journey of your home. Londoners can choose between full-service flights with BA from Gatwick or with BA City Flyer from London City, a few steps from luxury Canary Wharf loft apartments. The financially-challenged can opt for an easyJet service from Gatwick, Stanstead or Luton, with Ryanair also flying from Stansted or Monarch from Gatwick and Luton.

Brummie and Midlands clubbers have enough options, beginning with BMIbaby and Ryanair from East Midlands Airport and Monarch or Ryanair from Birmingham International Airport. Farther north in Yorkshire, Leeds/Bradford Airport is useful for locals, with routes offered by Ryanair and Jet2. easyJet, BA CityFlyer and Jet2 operate out of Newcastle upon Tyne. On the Lancashire side of the country, Manchester hosts Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2 and BA CityFlyer, and Liverpool holds its own with Ibiza flights with easyJet and Ryanair.

North of the border, Edinburgh and Glasgow host flights by Ryanair and BA CityFlyer and Aberdeen offers a seasonal charter with BMI. Across the water, Irish clubbers are well-served at Belfast International Airport by Ryanair, BMIbaby, easyJet and Jet2. Smaller UK airports with Ibiza flights include Exeter, Bristol, Blackpool, Southend and Bournemouth. The charter airlines Thomas Cook and Thomson operate seasonally from most of the secondary UK airports as well as from Exeter, Cardiff, Doncaster and Norwich.

The terminal at Ibiza Airport is forced to pack travellers in like sardines in the high season, causing shortages of everything from car rental to bottled water and onward transportation. Advanced planning and booking of required services will get your holiday off to a good start, wherever you’re staying on the island.

A favourite destination is San Antonio, Ibiza’s second-largest town, set close to the huge nightclubs and with plenty of nightlife of its own. Most popular in-town venues are in the town’s West End, a strip of bars, eateries and music pubs including Funky Flares, Amsterdam Bar, Viva, Tropicana, Soul City and many more. Evening opening hours are from around 18:00 to as late as 06:00 the following morning.

The world-famous, massive clubs are located outside the town for reasons of noise and are open between April and October. Most cater for a young uber-hip crowd although venues such as Underground cater to older clubbers with chill-out lounge rooms off the main drag and terraced gardens where conversation isn’t totally impossible.

Donnegan’s Irish pub is an exception in that it’s on the harbour and offers great pub grub all day as well as big screen sport and games, all in a friendly atmosphere with live bands and at good value for money. House specialities include large portions of fish and chips, steak and ale pie, and a full Irish breakfast served with a pint of Guinness!

Written by John from loveibiza.net

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