Ibiza is Spain's party town. It is Europe's party town. For five months every year, from early May until early October, it knows no bounds, wilder on a slow night than Mardi Gras at its wildest, and as boisterous and extravagant as Rio's Carnaval. Hyped on the likes of MTV, E! and Sky TV, it draws the world's best DJs and the party-hearty young crowds from all over Europe and America to its bars, nightclubs and discos. But be forewarned, it is not a cheap party: for those five months, the price of everything on the island – yes, everything! from accommodations to food items – goes through the roof!
The Balearic Islands of Spain
On Ibiza, even though the entire island is abuzz, the party scene is concentrated principally in two locales: Sant Antoni di Portmany, the second-largest town on the island, frequently referred to as San Antonio, situated on Sant Antoni Bay on the west coast of the island and touted by Time Out magazine as "arguably the clubbing capital of the universe"; and Ibiza Town, the capital and largest town of Ibiza, situated on the east coast of the island, only a 20-minute drive east from Sant Antoni. Virtually all of Ibiza's famous bars and clubs can be found in these two towns, the majority in Sant Antoni. There are of course other places of interest on the island as well, among them such quaint villages as Santa Eulària des Riu and such secluded beach coves as Xarraca, but in the party fervor they are all but forgotten.
Ibiza is the third-largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, situated in the Mediterranean just 50 miles (80 km) west of Valencia. It has a resident population of around 133,000.
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