Spain’s cluster of Balearic Islands offers plenty of chances for the hardcore clubber to shake their thing until the break of dawn and beyond. While Ibiza undeniably rules the roost when it comes to nightclubs, each of the islands has its own personality and appeal. So whatever your musical taste, there is sure to be somewhere on these beautiful sunshine hideaways where you can feel the groove.
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If you like losing it on the dance floor to electronic music, go to Ibiza. Now the globally recognised Mecca for clubbers since the 1980s, Ibiza has some legendary nightclubs.
Perhaps the best (in my opinion at least, having been there many, many times) is Space, in Playa d’en Bossa. The combination of open-air terraces, big booming sound systems, top notch DJs and a glamorous yet overwhelmingly laid back crowd, is hard to beat. Don’t miss the Sunday parties when the music goes on through the day and night.
Other big-name venues not to be missed are: Pacha, Amnesia and Privilege. And if you prefer your music on the commercial side, head to San Antonio for Eden and Es Paradis.
Think of clubbing in Mallorca and the first thing that comes to mind is often the 4,000 capacity BCM Planet Dance in the beer-and-bake package holiday epicentre, Magaluf.
But if you’d rather brush shoulders with the glitterati than the drunken kids on vacation, there are plenty of fashionable nightspots to choose from in the island’s more up-market capital, Palma de Mallorca.
Set into the hillside above the Paseo Maritimo is Abraxas, the club formerly known as Pacha Mallorca but renamed after a wrangle with the Pacha brand owners. With fantastic views over the marina, Abraxas features top name DJs throughout the summer and is also open in winter, which is not always the case for Balearic nightspots.
Other choices include: 113, a chilled-out NYC-style club; Tito’s with its dramatic glass elevator entrance and R&B playlist; El Divino Mallorca, baby brother of the famous Ibizan nightspot; and Black Cat, a popular gay hang-out.
The nightlife in Menorca is generally more low-key than in its larger neighbours but that is not to say there’s a shortage of places for a party.
One particularly theatrical location is the Caves of Xoroi, in Cala en Porter, which, as the name might suggest, is set into a series of caves high above the sea. The darkened recesses of the nightclub burrow deep into the hillside while the breezy seating areas offer unparalleled views over the water.
Fans of salsa will want to check out Asere, in Ciutadella, which is open every night in the summer but only on weekends the rest of the year, and Tse-Tse in Mahon, which can be found close to the ferry terminal.
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