Accommodation on Ibiza

Accommodation here is a necessary evil, because the authorities frown upon people sleeping rough on the beaches.
Although this makes the islands look more tidy, the subject of accommodation has become more and more of an issue as the island continues to attract increasing numbers of visitors.

For permanent residents this means paying property prices that are the highest in all of Spain – even more so than central Madrid! For those of us who can’t afford to buy, the same applies to property rental prices.

For island visitors the situation is slightly different as there is a fair spectrum of choice on offer, from the humble hostal room to the penthouse suite at one of the five star hotels.

However, the increasingly popular choice nowadays, much to the angst of the powerful local hotelier’s association, is private villa rental. As hard as the hoteliers have tried to stamp out this option, they appear to have no chance of reversing the trend.

The internet and dot com airlines have brought on the decline of the traditional tour operators’ market. People have got used to traveling independently and like the idea of booking a villa between them, with their own swimming pool, for the same money they would spend booking individual hostal rooms as a group.

Nightlife on Ibiza

The ‘super clubs’ of Ibiza are renowned the world over as the global HQ of dance music, and deservedly so. Not only for their size and splendour, but also for that unique nightlife atmosphere created by thousands of people, fresh off the beach, letting their hair down with a holiday vengeance.

It has to be borne in mind though that these clubs pre-date the ‘dance music’ phenomenon by many years. Most have been around for three decades and more, during which time they have provided a stage for the top ranking artists of the moment down through the years.

For this reason they have taken every musical genre that has come and gone over this period in their stride – from the hippies onwards.

In the meantime many other smaller venues have established themselves offering DJs and live music in a more intimate setting.

In a nutshell, whatever type of entertainment or nightlife rings your bell you’ll find it here somewhere.

Art and Culture on Ibiza

By virtue of having been occupied by so many different cultures over the course of the centuries, Ibiza’s cultural heritage is huge and incredibly varied. The influences reflect the various occupiers’ own cultures, from the Phoenicians via the Romans and Moors to the more recent Catalans.

Most recently the occupiers have been less aggressive, but equally pervasive. Many of the early hippies were artistically inclined and were swiftly followed by more and more artists reveling in the quality of the Mediterranean light and the effect it had on the colours that surround us.

Little surprise then that the island has more artists per capita than almost anywhere else on the planet and a wealth of art galleries at almost every turn.

Living on Ibiza

Living on Ibiza is an art form. On first arrival with no information, friends or grasp of the language it can be very difficult – unless you’re filthy rich. On the other hand, if you have seriously useful skills and an ability to put yourself about, without treading on other people’s toes – the keys to paradise are at your disposal.

Essential skills might be best summarized as: a willingness to clean or paint other people’s houses, the possession of ‘green fingers’ for their gardens, an affinity for digging holes in the road or bottle juggling skills to find work in a bar.