Reflections on ibiza's nightlife tourism

  • José Ramón Cardona Universitat de les Illes Balears
Keywords: Ibiza, Nightlife, Advantages, Disadvantages


The origins of Ibiza's nightlife offer are at the end of the fifties, but nightclubs as they are known today emerged in the seventies. The current image of party would be difficult to explain without the expansion of the eighties, with nightclubs such as Ku, and from the nineties a group of nightclubs and other establishments that have become world leaders were formed. The success of the sector is based on entrepreneurs and establishments with a long history and an important reinvestment and innovation policy, which has slowly transformed the longest-running nightclubs. But its greatest importance lies in its ability to attract tourists, marking the true high season of the island. Clubber tourism is the main complement to sun and beach tourism, and together they represent the majority of Ibiza's tourism business. But it is a controversial activity with a bad image among the residents, due to the inconvenience it causes (noise, traffic, street parties, etc.) and the fear that it will generate an imitation effect among the inhabitants of the island (drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, etc.). This has generated a continuous debate between the freedom that the entrepreneurs ask to offer a better offer, and the limitations that neighbours demand to rest and not suffer discomfort.

Author Biography

José Ramón Cardona, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Universitat de les Illes Balears


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How to Cite
Cardona, J. R. (2019, October 1). Reflections on ibiza’s nightlife tourism. Journal of Tourism and Heritage Research, 2(4), 33-51. Retrieved from