There are huge advantages of visiting Ibiza at almost any time of the year, from the changes in weather to the changes in super club line-ups, so let’s break down the season and give you the highs and lows of each, so you can be fully equipped to pick the perfect time for you.
VIP Guide to Ibiza
When should you visit?
April sees the magical island of Ibiza start to come to life. More high-end stores, bars and restaurants are starting to open, giving them a few weeks practice before the season truly begins, and we see a steady increase in the hustle and bustle of daily life, especially in places such as San Antonio and Ibiza Town. The weather is truly delightful and the beaches still practically empty – the perfect time to explore the island.
Beginning of Season (May-June):
The opening parties of many of Ibiza’s super clubs have historically taken place on or after IMS. The International Music Summit typically takes place on the last weekend of May and includes a huge programme of panel talks, keynote speakers and performances spread across an entire weekend. The clubbing programmes fill up as the weeks pass, the popular hippie markets are back for the summer and the Balearic weather starts to heat up. More yachts are seen exploring, and the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters are beckoning, and the tourists respond in happy numbers.
High Season (July-August):
The weather is heating up and so are the line-ups! By the first week of July, the super clubs of the island are in full swing, with jam-packed daily programmes and the world’s best DJ’s gracing the decks night after night. VIP tables are harder to come by and celebrities are spotted almost daily. Beach clubs are full to the brim and everyone is truly living their best lives on the White Isle. The beaches are fuller, yes, but the atmosphere is electric and there is so much fun to be found – no matter where you go. Non-clubbers tend to escape to the beautiful north of the island for spa escapes and VIP boutique experiences, whereas fun-loving dance music fans flock to San Jose or Playa D’en Bossa to be fully immersed into the clubbing mecca of the world.
End of Season (Sept-Oct):
With August out of the way, everyone on the island is noticeably calmer, evidently having a little more room to breathe. Though the weather can be a little hit-and-miss, most days are deliciously warm with bright blue skies. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a day trip to Formentera on a private yacht, wander the streets of Dalt Vila or dine al fresco overlooking the magnetic Es Vedra. Most clubs wind down their weekly programming, heading towards closing parties at the end of September, with the exception of a select few, who like to extend through to October and finish the season on a high. Villa hire is still extremely popular at this time of year, along with yacht charter and sangria-fuelled brunches at the islands most exclusive restaurants and beach clubs.
The winter months are an incredible time to visit Ibiza, with many towns and villages putting on weekend fiestas and artisan markets for locals and visitors to enjoy. Many bars and restaurants also stay open until the end of the year, before closing for renovations or new menu creations ready for the next season. Most winters, Pacha stays open on the weekends, and many venues host unforgettable parties to see in the New Year. The infamous New Year’s parties at Heart & Lio are a sight to behold – alongside the brave souls that take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea to kick off the brand new year. Out of season visits to the white isle should be on everybody’s bucket list.