This is a place not to be missed. It’s easy to get there. If coming from other parts of Europe, I suggest you fly or take the train to Valencia, then take the TransMeditteranea Fast Ferry over to Ibiza. It takes about three hours crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The time I was there, August 2000, the ferry was about 1 1/2 hours late leaving port. By the time I got to Ibiza, it was dark. Perfect timing. As all of Southern Spain, nothing starts until about midnight. If a cruise liner is in town, then earlier. The ferry will drop you right downtown Ibiza. While coming into port, the site is spectacular. The city is all lit up, including the old city’s defensive walls.
My first experience of Ibiza was trying to get a cab. They are few and far between. When leaving the ferry, run for the cabs as it will take you awhile to get one if you miss the first batch (hold on to your hats ladies..). Once I managed to secure a cab, or so I thought, this lady in extremely high heels comes running-half-stumbling towards that cab. You could tell she just got out of the clubs. She wanted to know if I was going to the airport. Go figure!! Well, to make a long story short, she joined me in the cab so she could take it to the airport once I got to my Hotel. What this lady told me in the cab, made me realize I was in what must be one of the party island of the world. Jackpot!!!!
Once checked into your hotel, take a stroll downtown. The one nice thing about Ibiza is you don’t need a map to know where the nightlife is. Once downtown, just follow the crowd. Before long, you will see plenty of gay flags. I found that everyone is extremely friendly and willing to help you find the next hangout.
Ibiza is one city you don’t have to worry about ending up at the wrong bar at the wrong time, as long as it is after midnight!!! A map of the city’s gay bars is not needed as they are everywhere. I can’t recall what the bars were called, but they were all great and different. One piece of advise, don’t leave your drink out of your site. Staff and guests alike have a tendency to drop things into your drink. So, if that is not of your liking, beware. For all others, enjoy the ride!