01.07.2012 - 08.07.2012 30 °C
Ibiza is a relatively small island, approximately 21 km across and 45 kms north to south. It lies around 80kms off the coast of Spain (a 50 minute flight from Barcelona). Ibiza is known as the clubbing capital of the world, with the most renowned DJ’s and musicians gathering throughout the summer months for incredible shows. Ibiza has enormous clubs and boasts the world’s largest club –Privilege, which holds 15000 party-goers. Young and old alike flock to Ibiza at this time to take in the night life, as well as the many beautiful beaches located around the coastline.
Andrew and I are electronic music enthusiasts and Ibiza has been on our must-see bucket-list for a very long time. Known for being extremely expensive, we worked and saved for this once in a life time experience. We spent more money here in a week than we did in Asia in one month. An example: one bottle of water and a Red Bull in the club totaled the exorbitant price of 25€ (or roughly $32 Canadian dollars –GULP!) With no other option once there, you just have to stomach it, no matter how hard. Most tourists that visit Ibiza are on a one-week vacation and save all year to blow it in this time. We estimate that 85% of the tourists were Brits.
We flew into the main city of Evissa (Ibiza Town), which is a spread-out metropolis but considering the tourists here, it is kept very clean. We chose to stay on the west side of the island, in San Antonio Bay, which is known to be quieter and more family friendly. Across the bay lies San Antonio where the young crowd gathers and the beats never cease. We booked a hotel that is away from the loud music and had our own little studio apartment where we could make our own meals. Immediately outside our door was a large pool with the ocean just a few feet away.
Our week here was spent out dancing nightly, or sunning and sleeping our days away. The purpose of this trip was to hear the most amazing music and dance our hearts out, and that’s just what we did. For our first night out we went to Pacha, a famous club with resident DJ’s like Tiesto and David Guetta to name a couple, and had the privilege of seeing Tiesto (currently rated the worlds #1 DJ) play live, all night long. We made our way home to enjoy the sun rising over San Antonio Bay.
A night out in Ibiza often starts in the West End, which is a bar lined strip with booze, music, lights and scantily dressed woman. It reminded us of a mix of Koh San road in Thailand, and Vegas. People work their way from bar to bar, getting more inebriated by the second and looking for all the attention they can get. Around mid-night everyone starts hopping Disco busses (which are set up to take partiers to and from the clubs and blast beats the entire way), making their way to that night’s big show.
Night two was spent at Space dancing the night away with Carl Cox and thousands of screaming fans. Each club and DJ had some special form of stage theatrics, weather it was pyrotechnics, dancing ladies, or acrobatics. In the middle of Carl Cox’s amazing set, a twelve foot lit-up robot rose from the dance floor and towered over the thousands of dancers before finally bursting into flames and fireworks. Another amazing night ended with Andrew and Ana stumbling home to see Ibiza’s beautiful sunrise.
Likely our favourite show and venue was our third music event. We went to Ushuaia, an outdoor massive dance floor with a large pool in its center. This show started in the early evening with Pete Tong, getting the crowd going before Swedish House Mafia took over and blew everyone away with their incredible beats and insane stage theatrics. From lights and pyrotechnics, to Cirque du Solei acrobats suspended from the stage, we have never experienced a show quite as incredible as this one. Without words to describe it, I can only show you a video to express the magnitude of this event.
1. OUR VIDEO (not the best quality... but, can you spot the A-Team dancing?)
2. or you can copy/paste this link into your address bar to see a better video by someone else:
Night four (and yes, you read that right, four nights in a row!), we went to Cream Amnesia and danced the night away with friends we had met at Space, to the likes of Paul Van Dyke, Calvin Harris, Eddie Halliwell and Benny Benassi. Not to sound too repetitive… we came home to watch the sun rise over Ibiza.
Realizing the Ibiza’s nightlife was getting the better of us, we spent the final days in the sun and exploring the scenery of the island. We went to the infamous Café del Mar to take in a sunset (for a change), with large crowds that cheered when it set into the water. Our last day on the island, we went into Evissa to see the old town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The walled city, built upon a hilltop, gives panoramic views of the island and coastline.
Another check-mark on our bucket-list, we leave Ibiza with great memories and empty wallets. The experience was everything we hoped it would be, and more –a must do for any electronic music lover. Good bye Ibiza, till we meet again.
Next stop, Dubrovnik and the coast of Croatia –WHOOP!
Love to you all, glad your summer is turning around. Enjoy that sunshine.