Ibiza has been the Spanish island playground for European gay boys since the
early 1980s and still continues to be one of the most fashionable places to get a tan.
OutUK sent Colm Howard-Lloyd to investigate more about Ibiza and what makes it such a popular gay destination.
SEX ON THE BEACH
Like any good gay destination Ibiza has some fantastic and cruisy beaches. It’s perfectly acceptable to go nude on most beaches, although the beaches in town – such as Figueretes are less popular with the bits-out crowd.
The main gay beach is Es Cavallet. It’s quite a journey across the island but if you’re
a beach-bum then it’s worth the hike. The beach is full of wall to wall cute boys and the aforementioned beach bar Chiringay. The great thing about this beach bar is that they will bring your drink and food right to your sun lounger. We found it very difficult to leave!
Keeping the bits under Lycra at Figueretes.
Directions to Es Cavellet are pretty simple. Take the bus from Ibiza Town or Figueretes. The bus should be going to Las Salinas and you’ll know you’re on the right one when your backed into a bus with lots of sexy boys!
Once you get off the bus just follow the crowd and pretty soon you’ll see a huge rainbow flag flying over Chiringay.
If you don’t want to make the journey to Es Cavallet then the beach at Los Molinos is worth a visit. Known locally as “mountain goat beach” this beach
has no facilities and it's an energetic climb down the cliffside, but we spent a happy afternoon there boy spotting.|
The best way to get directions is to ask at your favourite bar, although basically it’s on the coast (funnily enough for a beach) between Figueretes and Ibiza Town, just before you get to the town walls.
Los Molinos - Mountain Goat Beach
STRAIGHT TO PARTYLAND
A lot of gay clubbers seem to be slightly apprehensive about going to non-gay venues, but Ibiza’s reputation as club capital of the world is well-deserved and a visit to Ibiza wouldn’t be complete without cheeking out some of the big gay-friendly clubs.
A word of warning though: as we said before clubbing in Ibiza isn’t cheap and you should expect to pay around €40-60 to get into the most popular venues. It is worth however chatting to your friendly barman (local barmen will appreciate, and indeed deserve, an attempt at Spanish) who will probably have discounted or free tickets to a selection of good nights.
I'm fabulous - but does my bum look big in this?
Successful and legendary since 1973 is Pacha. When you decide to visit you can choose between going on its
straight nights or on the gay-night. The gay night is one of the oldest established on the island, but to be honest
we found it a little quiet and not particularly gay. We recommend you check out one of the busier nights and forgo
snogging the husband or boyfriend for a few hours of partying!
Privilege Ibiza originally known as Ku Club is the "world's largest nightclub" according to the
Guinness Book of Records, also defined as a Superclub with a capacity of 10,000 people. It is
located close to the village of San Rafael. It is the paradise of lovers of techno and house music;
famous for outdoor parties, its sunrises while the music still sounds, its pool and the immensity of its tracks.
It's currently closed but expects to re-open at some point in the future.
Hï Ibiza opened in 2017 and it has played host to many of the biggest names on the electronic
music scene with world-class residents and some state-of-the-art design and sound.
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club offers music at all hours and a sophisticated environment full of bikers in
bikini, Balinese beds and huge LED screens.
O Beach Ibiza is a pioneering club holding festive poolside parties, live DJs & aerial performances in San
Antonio. It's on the west coast where you can enjoy magnificent Ibiza views and sunsets.
Stunning views, music and people in Ibiza
Eden Ibiza is another disco of a considerable size with a capacity of 5,000 people. It has a large main
room and another room with independent access that can boast a unique sound thanks to the Void
Incubus Gold soundsystem playing House music and techno.
Bora Bora is much more than a beach Ibiza bar, where the music, the multiculturalism of the people and
the festive atmosphere is something that characterizes it in its essence. Admission is free and you can
enjoy the dance music provided by the resident DJs and special guests. It is the embodiment of the Ibiza beach party.
And finally the one club you really can't miss - Amnesia. Amnesia is often credited with really making Ibiza
such a club land star. We don't know about that but the music's good and the crowd are the sexiest on the island. As the
music takes over you will find that it's perfectly ok to snog the husband or boyfriend here, or indeed anyone that takes your fancy.
The club is located close to the village of San Rafael on the highway between Sant Antoni de Portmany and Ibiza Town.
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK
Amnesia (Ctra. Ibiza a San Antonio, Km 5; Website)
Bora Bora (Playa D'en Bossa, Sant Josep de sa Talaia; T: +34 971 30 19 06; Website)
Chiringay (Playa des Cavallet; T: +34 971 59 95 08; Website)
Eden Ibiza (Carrer Salvador Espriu, Sant Antoni de Portmany; Website)
Hï Ibiza (Platja d'en Bossa, Sant Josep de sa Talaia; Website)
O Beach Ibiza (Carrer des Molí, 12-14, Sant Antoni de Portmany; T: +34 971 80 32 60; Website)
Pacha (Av. 8 d'Agost; Website)
Privilege Ibiza **CURRENTLY CLOSED** (Urbanización San Rafael, Sant Antoni de Portmany; T: +34 971 19 80 86; Website)
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Club (Platja d'en Bossa, 10, Sant Josep de sa Talaia; T: +34 971 39 67; Website)
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Revised July 2022.