Ibiza is synonymous with hedonistic, colourful nightlife and the freedom to express who you want to be. First-time visitors to the island may come for the neon nightlife and a plentiful selection of the world’s finest bars and clubs, but many end up returning to bask in the unique culture and traditions the White Isle has to offer.
If dancing the night away in one of Ibiza’s famous mega-clubs is not your idea of a relaxing holiday, you may well feel more at ease exploring the fabulous and diverse cultural highlights offered around the island.
Cinemas under the stars
During the summer months the island has its own twist on Hollywood glamour, with several outdoor cinema experiences popping up, all under the exclusive Ibizan stars.
Whether you’re hungry for the classics, searching for the new and vibrant or simply wishing to sample Spanish cinema at its finest, you’ll be sure to find a selection of films which cater to your cinematic palate.
The open-air cinema at the Amante Beach Club is located high up on the cliff edge and contains a dramatic backdrop in the form of the ocean. Ticket prices include a beanbag for your comfort, as well as popcorn and wine. You will never have experienced a cinema like this!
Cinema Paridiso Ibiza operates a pop-up cinema experience across the island and uses many of the island’s unique buildings and stunning monuments as the perfect accompaniment to a great film and good company. The island is also home to permanent cinemas such as the multiplex Cinema Multicines in Ibiza Town, showing the latest blockbusters, and the retro Cine Regio in San Antonio which places you back in the golden age of cinema with plush, red velvet seats and a red curtain to unveil the grand screen.
Galleries and Museums
Like many Mediterranean cities and settlements, Ibiza has a rich cultural history with many treasures revealing the island’s rich heritage as an important and prosperous trading post.
The Archaeological Museum of Ibiza is housed across two sites in Ibiza Town and Puig des Molins and traces the island’s history back to the first settlers, the Phoenicians, who named the island in the 7th century. The museum is home to a range of rare and unusual finds, previously hidden for centuries, and tells a fascinating tale of the island’s past.
The medieval citadel of Dalt Vila, housed within its own walls, is a unique site and is itself an open-air museum housing the remains of the Phoenician’s second city. Within the city, visitors can explore the treasures of the past, such as Roman statues, cathedrals and preserved artworks, as well as enjoying spectacular views across the island and the crystal Mediterranean.
The island’s creative lifeblood is clear for all to see and the number of galleries is testament to the island’s artistic heart. The Contemporary Art Museum at Dalt Vila contains works and installations from artists the world over in its expansive galleries. The museum promotes the work of young, local artists from across the island and the fusion between the modern and the traditional makes for a fascinating visit.
Live music and performance
Music plays an important role in island life; most bars and restaurants offer an eclectic mix of live music to cater for all styles and tastes.
For lovers of jazz and blues, Ibiza Town boasts an array of specialist venues hosting some of the world’s finest musicians. You will also find outdoor jazz/blues performances in most towns and villages for fiesta celebrations during Patron’s Day festivities.
For diverse live performances, look no further than the Can Ventosa Cultural Centre in Ibiza Town. With a tantalising offering of music and performances ranging from live orchestras, to headlining bands, theatrical performances and specialist children’s shows, there is always something exciting and thrilling filling the air!