- Posted by Johanna
- On 26th April 2017
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Sun-kissed skin, turquoise water, white beaches, flowing drinks and parties that last from sunset to and beyond sunrise – this is what Ibiza is about. This island in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain is known as the party capital of Europe. Ibiza is located 93 miles from the city of Valencia and is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain.
Ibiza’s modest population of 132,637 is swallowed whole by the six-million-odd tourists that descend on it each year. These tourists are mostly looking for sunshine, nightlife and world-known clubs with a lively electronic music scene even though the island’s government has been working on promoting more family-oriented tourism. But why fix it if it ain’t broken? Let’s take a look at the island’s history and see how it became the party hub of Europe.
In the year 654 B.C. the Carthaginians discovered Ibiza and founded Ibiza Town, making this one of the earliest towns in Europe. They christened the town Ibossim, quite similar to its present day name. Since this, Ibiza has been under the control of many conquerors. During the Roman Empire, Ibiza was called Ebusus, but the island was not however made part of the empire. Instead it retained its independence as a confederation town.
The Arabs came in the 9th century A.D. and stayed for almost 500 years. They called the island Yebisah. The arabic influence can still be felt strongly today in many customs, such as the construction of the houses, traditional costumes and musical instruments, and of course in the island dialect ‘Ibicenco’. Finally, Ibiza was conquered by the Catalans in 1235. The island maintained its own self-government in several forms until 1715, when King Philip V of Spain abolished the local government’s autonomy.
Fast forwarding to modern times, Ibiza opened to international tourism in the late 1950s. Since then, the nightlife on the island has undergone several changes. Origins of today’s club culture may be traced back to the hippie gatherings held during the 1960s and 1970s. During these, people of various nationalities sharing the hippie ethos would regroup, talk, play music and occasionally take drugs. In the 1970s the night club scene was starting to shape to the way that we know it today and several places opened and made a lasting impact on Ibiza’s nightlife. Some of these original clubs are still in operation today, like Pacha.
During the 1980s, the music played in these clubs gained in reputation and became known as Balearic beat, a precursor of the British Acid housescene. As rave parties blossomed all over Europe, a DJ-driven club culture took hold of the nightlife also in Ibiza.
Clubbing Scene and DJs today
Nowadays, during the summer, top producers and DJs of dance music, such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta or Lucianoin come to the island and play at the various clubs, in between touring to other international destinations. Some of the most famous DJs run their own weekly nights around the island. Many of these DJs use Ibiza as an outlet for presenting new songs within the house, trance and techno genres of electronic dance music.
Clubbing in Ibiza is unlike anywhere else, not only because of the DJs, but because of the unique atmosphere and the fact that the party doesn’t have to stop even when the sun comes up. Some clubs close at 6am but then reopen at 7am to keep the party going. Entry to the clubs might often be quite expensive, but the night will be far from an ordinary club night.
A typical day in Ibiza usually goes a little like this: sleeping in, chilling at the beach or taking part in epic boat parties, watching the sunset and having dinner, then moving to town for a few drinks and finally ending the night in a club. Life doesn’t get a lot better than that, does it? Now it is your chance to bury all stress and sorrows in the white sand, enjoy the sun and let loose – join us for this End of Exams Trip to Ibiza!