Gay Ibiza • Essential Guide

First time in Ibiza? Then our essential guide for gay travellers is for you.

Es Cavallet – see below


Within the Spanish island group of the Balearics in the Mediterranean is a lush, green little gem with a big reputation for a club and party scene like no other. Welcome to Ibiza.

Ibiza has attracted gay and straight fun-seeking summer holiday makers for decades. It also attracts a very different crowd of both gay and straight visitors who enjoy the island’s beautiful hidden coves, ancient villages and some of Europe’s most stunning holiday villas which dot the landscape throughout the north of the island.

Dalt Villa – see below

Gay Scene

Gay party animals simply need to orientate between two key locations – during the day that is Playa Es Cavallet, Ibiza’s gay beach and the nightlife in Ibiza Town (where the vast majority of gay visitors stay).

The only deviation is to experience one of the gay parties hosted by the islands legendary super clubs, which are in different locations around the south of the island.


Getting to Ibiza

By air

Ibiza is served by numerous charter flights from the likes of Thomas Cook and First Choice and most of Europe’s low cost airlines including EasyJet, Monarch and RyanAir.  Regular scheduled flights are available from British Airways, Air Berlin and Iberia.

If you are travelling from outside Europe, you will need to connect at a mainland European hub airport such as Madrid, Barcelona, London or Berlin.

A taxi from the airport to Ibiza Town will cost around 20-30€. The Route 10 bus departs every 30 minutes or so and costs 4.30€ (2015).

By boat

There are several ferry services from mainland Spain. Barcelona and Valencia having year round sailings, with higher frequency options in the main holiday season.


Getting around Ibiza

For many gay visitors to Ibiza, getting around amounts to little more than the daily trek from Ibiza town to Es Cavallet beach. You just need to decide on your mode of transport as its too far to walk. Your best options are to take the local bus or hire a scooter, or car.

For the bus, you will need plenty of patience as the queues are very long at peak times.  Scooter riders need to be aware of the dangers – especially from the many other fun seeking, inexperienced scooter riders filling the busy road from beach to town. Accidents, bumps and scrapes are far too common.

When you are tempted to sample one of Ibiza’s super clubs, a local taxi is your best option to get there and back safely.

To explore the island and take in the beautiful and less developed north, its fishing villages, local craft and produce markets and beautiful secluded little sandy bays, then the best option is to hire a car.

The road network is good, and the traffic quickly disappears once you leave the main tourist areas in the south.


Where to Stay

For our list of recommended hotels in Ibiza Town near the gay nightlife, visit the Gay Ibiza Hotels page.

Cala d’Hort Beach at sunset

Things to See & Do

Ibiza Town will grab your attention as the centre of the island’s night time gay scene, with numerous bars and small clubs dotted around its quaint cobbled streets and alleys.

It is also a UNESCO heritage listed fortified old town that’s well worth exploring, all the way up to the Castle (Dalt Villa) atop a rocky outcrop, commanding fine views down over the town and out over the Mediterranean.

Ibiza has one hundred miles of coastline and fifty beaches, so if you can tear yourself away from Es Cavallet, even just for one day, your efforts will be well rewarded.

Avoid St Antonio completely (the centre of the straight party crowd scene) and head northeast to discover a completely different, tranquil and beautiful side to the island. Stop off at the charming villages of St Miguel and Sant Joan de Labritja before heading back down to Ibiza Town.

Another great day trip is to visit Ibiza’s sister island, Formentera, a one-hour boat ride away, and easily reached by ferry from Ibiza Town. Once there, you can hire a bicycle or scooter to explore and really appreciate the beauty and peaceful tranquility which this island is famous for.

There is a good range of holiday accommodation on the island too if one day of peace and quiet leaves you wanting more.


When to Visit

Ibiza’s summer season runs from late May to late September. You can be lucky with warm and sunny weather by chancing a trip in April, although many of gay venues are only open during the high season.

August is particularly busy and a popular “add-on” beach destination for those who visit Barcelona for the Circuit Festival.

May, June and September are great times to visit. Chances are you will have day after day of beautiful sunshine and the whole scene, from the beach to the bars, has a more relaxed and chilled out vibe. You will still meet plenty of other gay travellers, but generally, accommodation, flights and car rental prices are cheaper.



Ibiza is part of Spain and within the European Schengen visa area. If travelling from outside Europe, check to see if you require a Schengen visa.



Spain is a member of the Eurozone. Cash dispensers are widely available. You may be asked for photo ID if paying with a credit or debit card in a shop.


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