Ibiza is one of the four Balearic Islands in Spain and by far the most popular. This small island in the Mediterranean is very gay-friendly and brings in quite the mixed crowd. Whether you’re there to go clubbing in its infamous nightlife scene or take it easy while tanning on one if its beautiful beaches, or perhaps a little bit of both, Ibiza won’t disappoint. In addition to the clubs and beaches, Ibiza is also well known for its historic center where the old city wall still stands, its incredible Mediterranean gastronomy, and its can’t-miss annual events.
Table of Contents
1. General Tips
3. Gay Hotels in Ibiza
4. Sightseeing & Activities in Ibiza
5. Gay Tours in Ibiza
7. Restaurants and Cafes
8. Ibiza Gay Bars
9. Ibiza Gay Clubs and Parties
10. Ibiza Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
11. Gay Events in Ibiza
12. Day Trips from Ibiza
Staying in Ibiza Town is probably your best bet as most sights and attractions are centered around there. If you want to avoid the swarming summer crowds, consider visiting Ibiza in the winter when tourism drops and the island becomes a quiet, tranquil haven. For a day trip away from the chaos of Ibiza, check out the island of Formentera known for its calmer presence and gorgeous beaches. Driving 20 minutes west of Ibiza Town is where you'll find San Antonio (called Sant Antoni in Catalan), the other major town on the island. It's significantly less expensive and you'll find a younger crowd – often British twenty-somethings on their low-cost package vacation. The official language of Ibiza is Catalan (like Barcelona) but everyone speaks Spanish and definitely English as well.
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Transportation & Airport Transfer
For a rather small island, Ibiza can seem oddly spread out so renting a car or motorbike is really helpful, if not necessary, to really explore the island. If you’re staying in Ibiza Town, you may be able to get away with not renting a vehicle, but you’ll eventually be taking a taxi at some point during your trip so you’ll need to budget for that. Getting from one town to another can cost about €30 in a taxi, but the towns themselves are quite walkable and won’t require transit. When arriving from the airport, there are a few bus lines to get you where you’re going at a price of about €4. Line 10 connects the airport to the Ibiza Town and line 9 connects the airport to Sant Antoni and Sant Josep. If you want the life of luxury you can book a private transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Gay Hotels in Ibiza
AxelBeach Ibiza – located right on the beach, a unique landscape in Sant Antonio bay. Its trendy and exclusive interior design makes our modern apartments exclusive and stylish, which have private suite, living room, private terrace and totally equipped kitchen. Get ready to enjoy with us the best sunsets of Ibiza from the magnificent pool deck at our Sky Bar or just lying on the beach indulging yourself by the Axel best experience ever.
Hotel Cenit – a family friendly and gay-friendly hotel located on a nice hill offering great views of the sea and still walking distance to the historic center of Ibiza as well as well known beaches like Playa d’en Bossa and Figueretas. The hotel has 63 rooms and 55 apartments with free wifi in public areas. There’s also a gorgeous rooftop pool and bar where you can sip on specialty cocktails and their beauty center offers treatments and massages for en extra dose of relaxation. (rates start at €60-100)
Hotel Marigna – this recently refurbished, adults-only hotel offers 44 rooms with a white and blue sea-side vibe. Located right in Ibiza Town, beaches are easily accessible along with the historic center. The hotel offers three styles of rooms including the standard, twin, and premium, the latter two choices both come with balconies. They’ve also got a restaurant and terrace with a jacuzzi, ocean views and free wifi in public areas. Though it doesn’t have its own pool, it does offer free access to the pool at the hotel next door. (rates start at €45-100)
Casa Alexio – located near Jesus, a village just 5 minutes north of Ibiza Town, Casa Alexio is a men-only, clothing optional, gay guesthouse with 13 designer rooms. It has an outdoor pool, jacuzzi and bar with plenty of space to lounge and enjoy the sun. From the terrace you can catch great views of the center as well as the island of Formentera. Though not quite in the center, it’s still quite easy to access some of the best spots around the island. (rates start at €50 during low season)
La Finca Ibiza – this historical, gay-friendly guesthouse has ten one and two-room apartments located just 3 kilometers from the center of Ibiza. This charming stay has rooms with a more traditional and romantic ambience and the location also has an outdoor terrace, pool and bar. Privately run, the staff is very friendly and helpful making sure you have plenty of fun and relaxation during your stay. (rates start at €100)
The Purple – this hotel by Ibiza Feeling, a hotel company of four hotels in Ibiza, is located in San Antonio, a 20 minute drive away from Ibiza town. The ideal place to book if you plan on staying on the cheaper, San Antonio side of the island. Though San Antonio may not be for everyone, this property is definitely an LGBT haven among the swarms of young British tourists with still beautiful beaches and views. The hotel has a great restaurant and bar with unique, specialized food and drinks. The rooms and common areas have a fun, colorful decor and there’s also a nice outdoor pool and bar behind the hotel. The mostly LGBT staff is incredibly warm and friendly and will be sure to help you make the most of your stay in Ibiza. The Purple also has fantastic 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor. (rates start at €60)
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Sightseeing & Activities in Ibiza
Ibiza has numerous activities and sights for travelers to enjoy depending on what sort of holiday you’re looking to have. Here are some of the top highlights to consider when visiting the island.
Beaches – the official gay beach in Ibiza is Es Cavallet which is about 15 minutes south of Ibiza Town. Not surprisingly, this is also a clothing optional beach. The most popular spot along this stretch of sand is in front of Chiringay, a popular restaurant and bar. The sand dunes behind it are known as a cruising area, or somewhere to take a friend from the beach to.
Dalt Vila – the old walled town of Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful collection of winding, narrow streets filled with cute shops, restaurants, museums and monuments. It is best to enter through the Portal de ses Taules to start your visit.
Madina Yabisa Historical Interpretation Centre – this museum is housed in the Casa de la Curia and recounts the town’s history with audiovisual devices and also houses many archaeological remains.
Gay Tours in Ibiza
There aren’t currently any gay tours in Ibiza, but there are many gay-friendly options.
Boat Party – with an open bar, food and great DJs plus free entrance into Ibiza clubs, this boat party has it all. Share covered seating or take to the dance floor on the top deck with up to 300 party guests. Book tour →
Parasailing – this is a great activity in Ibiza because the island landscapes and cliff faces are beautiful and the water is amazingly blue. It makes for great views and it's a fun option especially if you've never tried it. Book tour →
Calle de la Virgen – this street has many shops in addition to all the gay bars. Here you’ll find many boutiques, the ever popular Spanish brand ES Collection as well as the sex shop Sa Majesté.
San Jordi Market – for a Saturday morning flea market, check out the one in San Jordi from 9am-3pm. Here you’ll find a bit of everything including books, clothes, jewelry, and furniture.
Dalt Vila – within the old walled city itself you can find the typical souvenir shops as well as places to find handicrafts and various works of art.
Paseo de Vara de Rey – this trendy area also has a lot of shopping and dining options. It’s a great place to take a stroll, stop by a cafe and pop into a few shops while meandering the city.
Restaurants and Cafes
Marea Ibiza Club – right up in the marina of Ibiza Old Town, this restaurant serves fresh top-quality seafood locally caught but prepared with a South American flair. Octopus, prawns, sea bass…you name it. If it’s in the ocean, it's probably on the menu. In the center of the action it’s also a great place to enjoy a cocktail and feel immersed in the ambience of the old town.
Restaurant Can Costa – Ibiza town isn’t cheap, but exploring a bit deeper can turn up some cheap and cheerful places to eateries like this traditional Spanish restaurant at the port. It’s also as authentically Spanish as it gets, being frequented by locals – who you might have to share a table with – and having a thoroughly Spanish menu, which includes a range of seafood and regional treats like Andalucian homemade Gazpacho.
Restaurante Can Bof – just behind the port is this hidden gem of a restaurant, whose entrance hidden away on a side street leads up to a plant-filled terrace with enviable views across both the port and Old Town. The restaurant is family run – which always seems to lead to great customer service – the Mediterranean menu is full of delicious choices and being less easy to find keeps the atmosphere calmer than the touristic options nearby.
El Zaguán – this restaurant is ideal for that bustling rustic Spanish tavern vibe, where the clientele are just as comfortable eating on a bar stool as at a wooden table. In the heart of The Old Town you’ll find all the standard Spanish tapas choices done well there, as well as meat and seafood dishes.
Restaurante Sa Nansa Eivissa – across the waters of the port – next to Pacha – lies this classy establishment specializing in quality seafood. It’s a bit of a walk from the Old Town but worth it for the Paella alone. Presentation is given as much import as taste, making Sa Nansa an ideal date location – as does the extensive wine list!
Chiringay Restaurant – this restaurant and bar right on the gay beach offers quality Mediterranean/Spanish food and an incredible cava sangria – seriously, get the cava sangria! Dining on the outdoor terrace with views of gorgeous men tanning seaside is practically its own dessert. Did we mention the cava sangria?!
El Chiringuito de Cala Gracioneta – tucked away in an almost secretive cove with a view of the bay of Cala Gracioneta, El Chiringuito is an inspiring dining experience. They serve up a mix of Mediterranean and Spanish dishes. Seafood lovers, be sure to order the Parrillada de Pescado and thank us later.
Savannah – with a gorgeous terrace overlooking a rocky coast and bright blue waters, this restaurant in San Antonio is very well situated and perfect for a nice lunch if you're on this side of the island. Their menu offers a variety of delectable and affordable dishes from around the world including seafood, woks, and Brazilian and Argentine meats. Again, the cava sangria is a must.
El Carmen – if you’re in search of paella, El Carmen will not disappoint as the paella here is wildly popular. Like just about any restaurant in Ibiza, the views from the outdoor terrace are equally edible as it looks out over the water of the beach Cala d’Hort.
Ibiza Gay Bars
Angelo Bar – Known as one the best cocktail bars in Ibiza. The business is gay-owned and on its huge terrace you´ll find all the trendy locals mixing with tourists looking for Sex on the Beach…and cocktails too. The rooftop bar/restaurant has one of the best views of the old town and castle, being literally right across from it. The bar below has drag shows and its own terrace, but – unlike the main terrace – is closed out of season.
Mona Lisa – A stylish pink lit cocktail bar that's somewhat of a gathering spot for gays looking to get the night going. During the summer the bar spills out onto the large terrace with DJs spinning tracks out from tents out on the street and hunky topless men in attendance promoting itself and the super clubs. Be sure to order the recommended mojitos!
Sunrise – A gaggle of gay bars are all clustered together on the ironically named Calle de la Virgen. There's a palpable atmosphere all year round and parades promoting the super clubs pass through during the summer – making it one of the best places to get a wristband to get in cheaper to club nights like Amnesia. The best of Calle de la Virgen's bars is Sunrise, given a charismatic flair thanks to the wooden swings – no not that type of swing – in front of the bar. That and the sexy lightning make it the most instagrammable bar on the street and during the summer you'll find DJs adding to the vibe. Get your drink, take your photo and get out on the street though, as that's where all the gays gather and you're likely to make friends of the tourists and locals.
Dado – The second largest of the bars on Calle de la Virgen that often has cheap deals on cocktails in comparison to the others on the strip. It also has the advantage of being the last – or first depending on where you come from – bar on the street, making it easier to access and buy a drink at when the strip is bustling – which it usually is.
Ibiza Gay Clubs and Parties
To get to the clubs and parties take taxis or the disco bus from the Ibiza port or San Antonio bus station. For years, Anfora was the only large, dedicated gay club in Ibiza but it closed several years ago. Lola's is the closest thing you'll find nowadays, so you'll want to keep on the look out for the special weekly and monthly gay parties hosted during the summer on the island.
Lola’s – a long running small club and the first on the island – open since 1965 . It’s tucked away in the old quarter behind the Old Fish Market and has a gay leaning crowd. One of the only clubs in the Old Town that's open out of season with local DJs playing house music.
Matinée – This party has been going since 2009 and is held every Saturday night during the summer at the ever popular Amnesia where it attracts quite the Spanish crowd. Some parties have specific themes like Red Light, Matinee Gold and La Leche, but all of them are sure to be crazy fun.
La Troya – If Matinée doesn’t tire you out, there’s La Troya also at Amnesia every Sunday. It’s a mixed party with a fresh mix of mainstream and house music along with great DJs, performers and dancers.
Supermartxe – this award winning Friday night party at Privilege is focused on its stage show with great performers and club music that will keep you going all night. Since its start in 2007 in Madrid, it’s become one of the must attend parties in Ibiza.
Café Olé – This Monday night party at Space is flamboyant, gay-friendly, and puts on a great show with famous DJs. Past themes like Erotica, Flashback, Burlesque, Freak and Pervert give an idea of what you're in for this party.
Tanga Ibiza – first made popular in Madrid and Barcelona, this popular party offers a mix of pop, dance and 90's music with great energy and performances. It's held on Sundays and is known for its fun and friendly atmosphere. The organizers are the same who organize RuPaul's Werq the World in Spain, plus they invite popular performers like Vengaboys, Gala, INNA, Loreen and Eleni Foureira.
HE. SHE. THEY. – This three times a year party at Amnesia promotes diversity within its parties. Taking place in July, August and September (2023 dates to be announced) He.She.They originated in London and was so popular it expanded to hold events in Ibiza. The club night is a polysexual playground of sexual exploration and all to the backing of some of the best DJs playing hard house and techno beats,
El Baile – a fairly new LGBTQ+ friendly party every Thursday (in season) at Pacha. Inspired by Pacha´s 25th anniversary book, El Baile, it´s a wild party full of wacky stage shows, innovative light shows and theatrical costumed madness to go with the house and dance music played. El Baile is an experience as much as a night out.
Ibiza Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars
The only gay cruising bar, La Muralla, closed in 2017.
Gay Events in Ibiza
Ibiza Gay Pride – this event has been on hiatus for a number of years but recently returned in July of 2015. It consists of special parties and venues, a fashion show, art and photography exhibitions, documentaries and of course a small, but energetic Pride Parade.
Day Trips from Ibiza
Formentera – this small island just south of Ibiza and the most southern of the Balearic Islands is a great day trip to escape the never ending club scene of Ibiza. Its beautiful white beaches and clear waters bring many visitors over to relax under the Mediterranean sun. Travel to the island can be done easily by ferry. They leave from the Ibiza port about every 30 minutes in the high season and arrive in about 40 minutes. The ferry costs about 40€ round trip. Book tour →
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