Landing in the morning / Atterrissage tôt le matin

I want to preface this by saying that I understand there is more to Ibiza than the nightlife and party scene. However, I did not experience that other side of the island. When I went to Ibiza during my group tour of Spain, all we were focused on was having fun.

And what fun we had! I don’t want to sound pretentious, especially because I was only there for one weekend. But a weekend was all it took for me to question how some people decide to travel to Ibiza for a week, or even an entire summer. The party scene is wild and like nothing I had ever seen before. And I am not referring to the fact that parties don’t stop until the morning. (It’s the same thing in Haiti and several other places where DJs don’t stop spinning until way after the sun has risen.) Nor am I referring to the eclectic mix of people in the crowds. (Hello, I’m a New Yorker, show me a more random assortment of people enjoying the nightlife on any given New York City night.) Nor is it because there is always a party happening somewhere during the day. (Seriously, look at any Caribbean nation during the carnaval season.)

Who knew they would become two of my favorite travel buddies / Et dire qu’elles sont maintenant de deux mes amies de voyage

No, what I mean is that in Ibiza there is something magical and electric in the air. Even without partaking in illicit substances (which truthfully scare me and I’ve never been interested in partaking in), something about the vibe and atmosphere of the place makes all the partying seem normal. Of course all you want to do is club hop and party with strangers that have become your friends. Nonstop. I don’t think we ever really took into consideration how expensive of a weekend it all was.

I may not remember much more about Ibiza, other than the fact that we had fun. It was a gorgeous summer weekend on a gorgeous Spanish island. I became closer to some of the other people I was traveling with. (I could not have imagined that I would meet two of my favorite people in Spain before the trip.) We saw some of the most legendary house music DJs perform including Avicii (may his soul rest in peace), David Guetta (and his ex-wife Cathy), along with many others who are just as talented.

I loved Ibiza for the carelessness and ease of it all. There was no second-guessing when we were invited to parties. Our tour leader had all the right connects and got us tickets to whatever we wanted to attend. In fact, she attended right along with us. We partied at the beach, we partied on boats, and we partied at the most famous clubs in the world. It was so fun, and I cherish those memories so much. Especially now that I am a bit older. The liver that went to Ibiza is not the same as the liver today. And that is okay. As much as I loved my time spent on the island, I don’t necessarily see myself doing that again.

We went to Tantra for pre-gaming / Tantra avant le club


View from the port / Vue depuis le port

D’abord, je veux dire que je comprends qu’Ibiza ne se limite pas à la vie nocturne et à la fête. Cependant, je n’ai pas connu cet autre côté de l’île. Quand je suis allée à Ibiza lorsque je voyageais avec un groupe en Espagne, nous nous sommes contentés de l’aspect plaisir.

Et qu’est-ce qu’on s’est amusé ! Je ne veux pas paraître prétentieuse, surtout parce que je n’étais là que pour un week-end. Mais un week-end a suffi pour que je me demande comment certaines personnes décident de passer une semaine à Ibiza, voire un été entier. La vie nocturne là-bas ne ressemble en rien à ce que j’avais jamais vu auparavant. Et je ne parle pas du fait que les fêtes ne s’arrêtent que le matin. (C’est la même chose en Haïti et dans plusieurs autres endroits où les DJ n’arrêtent pas jusqu’à bien après le lever du soleil.) Je ne fais pas non plus référence au mélange éclectique de personnes dans la foule. (Je suis New-Yorkaise, montrez-moi un groupe plus bizarre de personnes profitant de la vie nocturne que n’importe quelle nuit à New York.) Ce n’est pas non plus parce qu’il y a toujours une fête quelque part pendant la journée. (Sérieusement, essayez n’importe quelle nation des Caraïbes pendant le carnaval.)

Tantra had all the drink specials / Tantra avait des promos spéciales sur les boissons

Non, ce que je veux dire, c’est qu’à Ibiza, il y a quelque chose de magique et d’électrique dans l’air. Même sans consommer de substances illicites (qui me font vraiment peur et je n’ai jamais été intéressée à en consommer), quelque chose dans l’ambiance et l’atmosphère de l’endroit fait que fêter tout le temps semble normal. Bien sûr, tout ce que vous voulez faire, c’est sortir en boîte et faire la fête avec des inconnus qui sont devenus vos amis. Sans arrêt. Je ne pense pas que nous ayons jamais vraiment pris en considération le coût du week-end.

Je ne me souviens pas beaucoup plus d’Ibiza, à part le fait que nous nous sommes amusés. C’était un magnifique week-end d’été sur une magnifique île espagnole. Je suis devenue plus proche de certaines des autres personnes avec qui je voyageais. (Je n’aurais pas pu imaginer que je rencontrerais deux de mes personnes préférées en Espagne avant le voyage.) Nous avons vu certains des DJ les plus légendaires de la house music en spectacle, notamment Avicii (que son âme repose en paix), David Guetta (et son ex -épouse Cathy), ainsi que de nombreuses autres personnes aussi talentueuses.

J’ai adoré Ibiza pour l’insouciance et la facilité régnant sur l’île. Il n’y avait pas à réfléchir lorsque nous étions invités à des fêtes. Notre guide connaissait toutes les personnes essentielles et nous a obtenu des billets pour tout ce à quoi nous voulions assister. En fait, elle y a participé avec nous. Nous avons fait la fête à la plage, nous avons fait la fête sur des bateaux et nous avons fait la fête dans les clubs les plus célèbres du monde. C’était tellement amusant et je chéris tellement ces souvenirs. Surtout maintenant que j’ai vieilli un peu. Le foie qui est allé à Ibiza n’est pas le même que le foie d’aujourd’hui. Et ça ne me dérange pas. Autant j’ai adoré mon temps passé sur l’île, autant je ne me vois pas forcément refaire ça.

Having a full dinner in between clubs / Manger entre deux clubs
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  1. […] visit the country. I had heard so many amazing great things, especially about Madrid, Barcelona and Ibiza, and I could not wait to go see it for myself. I am a casual soccer fan, a food lover, and an avid […]

  2. I want to go too

  3. This all sounds fun, I am getting notes for when it’s my turn to go

  4. Fun times it seems

  5. Sam and Molly says:

    We just stumbled on your blog and want to thank you, we love your way of telling stories and sharing your travel memories

  6. Very nice

  7. Ibiza, yeah! Trop de bons moments pour moi la-bas aussi

  8. Come to Asia

  9. Come over the border to in Canada

  10. C’est bien beau tour ça

  11. You look beautiful!

  12. Thank you Kika for writing this article. Hope you go back to Ibiza soon!

  13. Content de te lire

  14. Se sa banboch! J’aime! Bravo!

  15. how to get in canada

  16. How can I get like you?

  17. Top fun times over there!

  18. Jean-Christophe says:

    Bientot la saison!

  19. Merci merci merci

  20. come to australia

  21. Super fun

  22. Moi j’y vais plus

  23. Ibiza’s reputation is changing, I’m interested in going back, are you?

  24. Ah ouais quand même, Ibiza!

  25. Gilberto R. says:

    Yes, gotta love Ibiza!

  26. Nice to see this online

  27. can you give more details on booking

  28. Nice

  29. incredible!

  30. Ibiza sounds so fun! I can’t wait to go this summer!

  31. I cannot wait to go to Ibiza! You make it sound so fun!

  32. Everyone goes to Ibiza now, it’s not the same like before

    1. I have heard it’s changing with more restrictions imposed, but I still cherish my memories

  33. We did not stay in a fancy hotel when we went. Paying that much money just to sleep is ridiculous. Who sleeps in Ibiza?

    1. I traveled with a group so no fancy hotel for me either haha

  34. How much was that trip that allowed you to go all over Spain like that?

    1. The trip is still offered, though I think now they added Valencia in addition to all of the cities I was able to visit. This was a while ago so I am not sure how much the price would be now.

  35. J’ai tellement hate de visiter Ibiza aussi!

    1. Il n’y a vraiment rien de tel!

  36. can you buy tickets for the parties over the counter?

    1. I am not sure, but probably! Our tour manager just had a connect so she was able to get us all the tickets we wanted for the events we wanted

  37. I got a flashback to my summer spent in Ibiza in 2012! Such similarities, I also can’t believe what we did back then!

    1. Hahaha what happens in Ibiza stays in Ibiza!

  38. C’est comme un passage obligatoire Ibiza, trop de bons souvenirs

    1. Oui en effet, dur d’expliquer à ceux qui n’y sont jamais allés

  39. Tell us more!

    1. Read the blog for more 😉

  40. Mrs. D Young says:

    Crazy how rapidly that is changing now with the new regulations!

    1. I was just reading about it!

  41. We should all have a fun summer in Ibiza like this!

    1. Everyone should have that experience!

  42. Doc Farley says:

    It’s so weird how Ibiza is changing so quickly

    1. Yes, every time I read about the new regulations and restrictions I am a bit saddened, but if it’s making it safer for tourists and more peaceful for the residents I guess it’s for the better.

  43. How can I do the same trip?

    1. That trip took me all over Spain. It was called “Spanish Spree”.

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