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Wed 26 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

There's a great daytime vibe at the gay beach Es Cavallett near Ses Salinas - loads of hot guys, a masseur, a cocktail bar...sounds like a recipe for disaster! There's no beach side DJ but the party should be in your pants

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The Sun looks into a perfect hotspot for the ultimate gay holidaymaker as they adorn the buzzing island of Ibiza.

Forever known as a great destination for the LGBT community, many can be dumbfounded by the overwhelmening aroma of straight nights out and club events, but, hidden behind the pebbled alleyways and sun kissed coves, there are many unknown gay hotspots us all to revel in.

Ibiza has long been the destination of choice for a gay getaway. With bronzed bodies and Balearic beats, the island's seductive pull for the gay community is plain to see.

However, if visiting the island for the first time, where do you start?

Here, The Sun have teamed up with Clubbing Queen, DJ and Club Promoter Jodie Harsh to give you a round-up of the best gay-friendly bars, clubs, nights and beaches on the island.

Where it all happens ... Calle de la Virgen

Unlike other popular holiday destinations, such as Gran Canaria, Ibiza does not have a huge gay scene: although don't let this put you off.

"Ibiza's actual gay scene is pretty small. There are a few gay clubs and bars around the old town that are quite fun but the real action happens in the superclubs - most of which are pretty mixed - and at the hotels," Jodie advises.

In fact, the only club that is exclusively gay is Anfora, offering a comforting slice of pop and cheese for those funked out. Among the 'super-clubs', Amnesia, Privilege, Pacha and Space, all have gay friendly parties at least once a week.

A particularly glam night is La Troya, held every Wednesday at Amnesia, with its opening night this year on June 16th. Another big impact for the island's gay scene is the return of Heaven Ibiza, re-opening after an absence of a year or two - a must for those who enjoy its London 'sister'!

For an insider's take on what's on offer Jodie reveals:

"I really like Matinee at Amnesia, it's pretty hedonistic and very gay - a sea of muscle men, in fact. The Swedish House Mafia and F**K Me I'm Famous nights at Pacha were great last year, I played at the former.

They're both straight nights but really open-minded and there's no attitude. Soap is a fun bar in the old town if you just want to drink vodka tonics and check out the boys and fall into bed at 1am when everyone else hits the clubs."

Looking at the island, Ibiza old town is its gay centre.

Calle de la Virgen is the main gay street and is occupied by a large number of gay bars and mixed bar. Figeuretes, the seaside area of Ibiza town, has also developed a scene of its own over the last few years.

When recovering from a particularly raucous night painting the town pink, clubbers can also visit gay beaches.

"There's a great daytime vibe at the gay beach Es Cavallett near Ses Salinas - loads of hot guys, a masseur, a cocktail bar...sounds like a recipe for disaster! There's no beach side DJ but the party should be in your pants."

To survive your hols in Ibiza, Jodie has a few do's and don'ts to see you through.

"Bring lots of money because drinks are a lot more expensive in the super clubs.
Buy tickets in advance for the bigger club nights, or get special wristbands from the teams of promoters in the bars around the old town in the evenings. Also, if you're feeling lucky, bring plenty of condoms and, unless you're staying in a five star hotel, it's unlikely your room will have a stereo, so bring an iPod dock."

So what can we expect for this season from Ms Harsh?

"I'll be popping up here and there this year, rather than at a permanent residency. Keep up to date on and on my Twitter. My top tune to watch out for this summer is definitely 'One' by Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Angello. It's massive and it's going to blow up the island in 2010."

So, there you have it. All in all, Ibiza is the perfect destination for your hols, accepting of a gay lifestyle - whether you decide to stick with the scene or not

Source: The Sun


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