The holiday season in Ibiza runs from May to October (the clubbing season runs from the end of May to the beginning of October) and, with 80% of Ibiza’s income dependent on tourism, you can bet that, during those few months, the island is fairly switched on to the needs of all those visiting “The White Isle”.
(image source: www.ibiza-experience.com)
So it might be your summer holiday, but it is the island’s living. This means three things.
1 Ibiza wants you to have the best time EVER
2 Ibiza wants to make as much money out of you as possible
3 Ibiza will make sure that your “best time ever” does not mess up everyone else’s best time ever!
This is all fine and good, but how do you prepare for a holiday in Ibiza?
It is very easy to get carried away on Ibiza, so pay for as much as you can beforehand and take as little as you can with you. If you book holidays all inclusive in Ibiza then you are half way there. Don’t imagine, however, that “all inclusive” on Ibiza means the same that it does elsewhere: expect “bed, breakfast and club”, rather than “dinner, bed and breakfast”, because clubbing in Ibiza is an essential part of your holiday!
Your “all inclusive” holiday might include club entry but it will not include drinks. Prices are generally quite horrific although the generous measures for spirits do go some way to make up for that fact. However there is no doubt that you will get through a large amount of your budget on drinks, with drinks costing 50% more in the clubs as they do in the pubs there – up to €15 for a flavoured vodka drink!
So the most important way of preparing for a holiday on Ibiza is to save up. Don’t skimp and don’t be tempted to do it all on a credit card.
If you are coming to Ibiza for the club scene then it is a good idea to get your ibiza club tickets, or at least the main ones, before you leave home. Yes you might be able to blag the odd free entry (especially if you scrub up OK) but it is probably best not to rely on that fact – you will be up against some stiff competition!
Do a bit of homework
- See where the clubs are (although on this small Islands no club is so far away from wherever you are staying that you can’t get there easily), what DJs are on when and the dates for the various headline parties (opening and closing parties, Radio One Weekend, Cream etc!)
- Find out when your friends are going
- Lastly, learn a bit of the language. This is the Good To See top tip for travelling anywhere in the world and it could be vital on Ibiza – not because no-one speaks English and you are going to die if you can’t make anyone understand (like some worldwide destinations) but because of one main reason.
Even a couple of phrases will seperate you out from the rest of the muppets heading to Ibiza every summer.
This is especially great when dealing with one of the 130,000 locals on the island or if you find yourself away from the resort and in the more rural areas (Ibiza’s “Campo” or “countryside”). They are generally happy that you are here but, like anyone, they like a bit of respect… like the police, or maybe a great looking guy or girl or just the taxi driver or the hawkers… so here are the simple phrases that everyone likes to hear in their own language!
- Yes – Si
- No – No
- Hello – hola
- Please – Por favor
- Thanks a lot – muchas gracias
- My name is… Me llamo…
- What’s your name? – Cómo te llamas?
- Can I help you?* – Puedo ayudarle
- I am Sorry – Lo siento
- You have beautiful eyes – Tienes ojos bonitos
- Two beers please – dos cervezas por favor
- Goodbye – Adiós
* Obviously it is good to know what this means because you might hear it a lot, but it can also be handy to use. It immediately suggests, rightly or wrongly, that you know what you are doing! This is especially useful when you have no idea what you are doing, where you are or maybe even what your name is, but don’t want to let on!
To help with your preperation for your holiday in Ibiza, here is a video showing you how to say these phrases – otherwise just watch some old Dora the Exporer DVDs!