Hailed as one of Europe's 'big 4' for gay summer holidays, irresistible Ibiza has dancing 'til dawn and big-name DJs written into its DNA. Between Bohemian bliss, celebrity clientele and the clubbing crowd – you're guaranteed to be shown a good time. Larger than life characters are all part and parcel of Ibiza's personality, where diversity is celebrated and differences are embraced. Sexual orientation is a non-issue on the island of excess – where the White Isle welcomes everyone with arms wide open.
Don't be fooled into thinking spectacular social events are the island's only party trick, beyond the pulsing nightlife lies a quainter, quieter side. One where unrivalled natural beauty and off-the-beaten-track beaches provide the perfect backdrop for getting under the skin of gay friendly Ibiza…
From May to October the hum of hedonism soars almost as high as the temperatures, with August climbing to 30°C and counting. Whether you're a sun-seeker, day-trip devotee, culture vulture or simply chasing a summer of achingly stylish parties, there's a reason this idyllic island is a gay hotspot.
Sun-soaked days soon turn into all night dancing on this Balearic beauty, with Ibiza well established as the world's clubbing capital. A-list appeal, fashionable nightspots and chic bars are available in abundance, where people from all backgrounds embrace and celebrate the things that make them unique. Ibiza Town takes the title as the gay friendly club-hub, with the most popular places found in Dalt Vila and Figueretas.
Mingle in a melting pot of different styles and individuals, from decadently dressed drag queens to people kitted out in every colour of the rainbow – this is the place to see and be seen. It's not just the LGBT community that make the most of cutting loose of course, with visitors the world over losing their inhibitions and exploring freedom of expression.
Nightlife on the White Isle is the stuff of legend. Dazzling lights and balmy summer nights are an iconic backdrop for one-of-a-kind clubs. From outrageous (in the best possible way) themed nights to deliciously over-the-top theatrics, there's plenty of places for larger-than-life party-goers and crazy characters to unleash their wild side!
If Ibiza Town is your go-to for glamorous social soirées, then San Antonio is the staple for a spot of sunset swooning and cocktail sipping. Live music, quirky cafés and a buzzing bar scene are all part of the infectious atmosphere of this western beauty. Not to mention the beachside hideaways and luxurious lounges for those time you're looking for a low-key affair. Dubbed the Sunset Strip, clue's most definitely in the name for this easy-going part of Ibiza.
Pssst… did you know? There's just one gay-only club on the entire island – a testament to Ibiza's openness and inclusivity.
Gay Pride and the party paradise go together like sand and sea! The Balearic beauty more than brings its A-game for four days of flamboyance, fun and fabulousness – with Ibiza Town's port posing as centrepiece of the festival. A long standing history with the LGBT community, the island's gay scene has been in full swing since the '60s.
The month of June marks Ibiza Gay Pride, attracting hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers to its stunning shores. A jam-packed itinerary and calendar of events is accessible to everyone, with everything from beach parties to conferences, talks, shows, screenings and concerts. Showstopping parades take the streets by storm in a kaleidoscope of colour. Energetic and exuberant, onlookers can't help but be inspired by the dazzling display of diversity. Fantastic floats and fancy dress are all part of the march, where attendees champion the rights of the LGBT community. So raise a glass, celebrate in style and savour every second of this non-stop party.
The White Isle has a few tricks up its sleeves that are a far cry from super-clubs and hedonistic hubs. One of the island's most popular tourist treasures is just a stone's throw from the districts that'll have you dancing all night long. Filled with a completely different lease of life in the day light, Dalt Vila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site found in the upper part of Ibiza Town. Blessed with beautiful views over the Mediterranean Sea and a maze of backstreets and boutiques within its wonderful walls – the fortified city is a guaranteed holiday highlight. Best explored on foot, navigate your way through the dramatic main entrance, cobble stone courtyards, picturesque plazas and rows of restaurants. There's plenty of events for culture vultures too! From open-air cinema shows to castles and cathedrals – one visit is never enough!
A world away from the fast-paced party places, Mother Nature has been hard at work sculpting Ibiza's spellbinding shores. Over 60 beaches pepper the island, from sweeping stretches of golden sands to hideaway coves and off-the-beaten-track bays. A healthy helping of Blue Flags play testament to turquoise waters and first-class facilities, with no less than 10 flying their colours proudly.
Diversity is just as celebrated in Ibiza's shores as on its shores, so you can go from soaring red cliffs in Sa Caleta to tranquillity and seclusion at S'Estanyol. Wild, unspoiled beaches are the perfect backdrop for long, lazy days bathing in the blissful Balearic sun. While a livelier crowd top up their tans at Cala Conta.
Beyond the bucket list club scene, Ibiza is no stranger to keeping holidaymakers entertained. Whether you're a foodie fanatic, full blown beach bum, nature lover or fancy yourself as a bit of a cultural connoisseur – you're bound to be blown away by all that's on offer! Voguish vespa tours, heavenly hiking trails, jeep safaris, wet and wild watersports and catamaran cruises are just the start…
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