So you’ve arrived in Ibiza, maybe you’ve done a few parties already, and after a few too many mojitos you’ve looked at the bank balance and it makes for grim reading! Fear not my penniless pal, help is on hand! Having survived three seasons on little more than the monetary value of a can of coke, an ice cream, and spag bog (roughly €6 a day), here are a few suggestions on what the island has to offer for you VIP (very impoverished people) out there!
Once you wander outside the confines of Bossa or San Antonio, as you’d expect there are a plethora of beautiful beaches scattered all over the island. With all of these I’d say try and make a day of it by getting there early, and if there’s a crew of you going bring a cooler and load up on some cheap sangria, beers, baguettes and aioli.
Most of the beaches can be reached by bus, with a return ticket costing between €3-€4. For more information on ticket prices and times check out http://bit.ly/1EK7pX9. Check out my blog post on ‘8 Ibiza beaches you must see’ for more information on the best beaches to visit: http://bit.ly/1IWIWzp.
Eating out in Ibiza isn’t cheap and if you are on holiday pretty sure you don’t want to be going to the supermarket and cooking at home? Never fear Ibiza Beatz is here and we have some secret ideas to save you money. Pizza in Ibiza not only rhymes, it is also super cheap. You can get an absolutely massive slice of Pizza for €4 from most places and it’s great to soak up all that alcohol. If you feel like something a bit healthier most of the small little kiosks will do ½ a baguette filled with all your favourites for only €3. If you feel like going out and having a nice meal with friends then head to Ibiza Town. Here for €10 you will be able to get yourself an entrée, main and a drink. Meal sizes in Ibiza are often large so you can even share with a friend. Try ordering a paella to share with a few tapas!
The picturesque old town is worlds away from the bright lights and hustle and bustle of San An and Bossa. It’s a great place to amble around for a few hours and get some great pics for back home. Its cobbled streets, nice cafes and various nooks and crannies eventually lead up to Dalt Villa and the Santa Mari D’Evissa cathedral. From here one gets a fantastic panoramic view of Ibiza from Bossa beach to the Ibiza town marina. After your descent, head towards the marina to enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of the finest yachts you’ll never ever own! From San Antonio the town is served by the number 3 bus, and from Bossa the number 14 will have you there in 10 minutes.
If you happen to be on the island on the second week in May you should attend the annual medieval festival in the walls of d’alt villa. This year it takes place from Thursday My 7th to Sunday May 10th. It is a celebration of Ibiza’s down through the ages, with this year’s festival celebrating the middle ages. The festival attracts over 50,000 visitors and features an array of exhibitions, markets and performances that cater for all ages and families. Get your hands on a medieval costume and join in the fun of this truly unique event.
Ibiza is famed for its sunset which sets in the North of the island. One of the best spots to experience this apart from Benniras, is the sunset strip in San Antonio. The strip is home to many famous bars and restaurants including Café Mambo, Café Del Mar, Savannah and Kanya, and features nightly sets from some of the world’s best DJ’s, as those in attendance watch the sun go down and the night begin. A meal and drink at one of these places isn’t cheap, but thankfully the crew at Mambos allow revellers to enjoy a beverage or two down at the rocks as long as you use the bins provided. Soothing Balearic beats provide the perfect soundtrack to a picturesque sunset and an atmosphere which money can’t buy!
Free parties/beach parties
We all like freebies, especially when we’re broke and that freebie happens to involve a rooftop party atop of a five star hotel featuring the like of Sasha, Andrea Oliva, Hot since 82 and Dj Sneak. Last summer Heineken held their own party on the rooftop of Ushuaia tower with completely ‘gratis’ entry. There are plenty of these parties happening across the island, from the infamous Bora Bora beach party in Playa D’en Bossa to Solomon’s impromptu afternoon sets on the San An promenade. So be sure to keep your ear to the ground and follow the relevant facebook pages to stay in the loop. Sands and Beachouse in Playa d’en Bossa both regularly play host to free parties featuring top international talent such as Tini, Jamie Jones, Carl Cox and Guy Gerber. In addition, there are also many secret villa parties that take place all over the island. These are usually some of the best parties the place has to offer so get chatting to those pesky workers flogging you tickets on the beach and find out what other shin digs are happening on the cheap.
Ok it’s not free, but when you consider the drinks and club ticket prices on the island, the Ibiza Beatz pre parties held at both Tantra bar and El Mojito in Playa D’en Bossa are a pretty decent offer if we do say so ourselves. Included in the €39.99 package is guest list entrance to one of the superclubs and a 3 hour free bar (beer, sangria, selection of long drinks and soft drinks) in one of the hottest spots in Playa D’en Bossa. The Ibiza Beatz pre-parties are a great way to meet, mix and mingle with your fellow partygoers before you all set off for the nightclub. Many big names such as Steve Lawler, Ferry Corsten and Bob Sinclair have all shown guest appearances as well. To buy tickets to one of our pre-parties: http://bit.ly/1O5y3NA
Many of the workers out here do things on the cheap as it is the only way to survive a full season. Therefore, we here at Ibiza Beatz understand your grievances with the price of this place, and are more than happy to help you make the most out of your trip on a shoe string budget! We’re a friendly bunch who like to think we know a thing or two about this island so to get more information or to meet with one of our reps on arrival, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Words: Daniel McCarthy