Ibiza, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, could be out of commission due to COVID-19. With a far quieter summer this year, the usual party hotspot has gone silent. What does this mean for the island and its future? Let’s dive into what’s happened so far.
What It Used To Be
- Hundreds of sweaty clubbers packed shoulder to shoulder on the dance floor
- Lasers beaming overhead as you dance atop the cliffsides
- Rushes of energy and electronic beats intensely pound in your ears
Today, with the global pandemic shutting down every facet of the entertainment industry, the island is a ghost town. The livelihood of its tourism has dissipated. Only a few people visit for just a few days.
With a very bad summer comes a very bad winter. Normally known as the best-known Balearic island, Ibiza attracts everyone worldwide. From celebrities to young tourists, you knew what you were getting into when you booked a trip here. The underground scene started in the 1980s and slowly matured into an internationally known tourist mainstay.
What It Is Looking Like Now
- Social distancing, shuttered nightclubs, and canceled flights
- No prospect of fun returning anytime soon
- Locals that relied on the islands’ nightlife must consider a future without it and make alternative income plans
- Loss of two main markets of tourism due to travel restrictions
- Different vibes due to decreased capacity and indoor activities
- A raucous reputation due to excessive drinking and debauchery may lead to a restructure of sustainable and respectful tourism
It’s been a disappointing summer for the Balearics, as it has been everywhere else. Not being able to get away properly and losing jobs has taken a toll on all of us. Even if it was safe to get away, the threat of quarantine still poses a serious caution.
So What’s Plan B?
- Bars still hold great atmosphere and play quality music, if superclubs shut down
- Live events aren’t held, clubs remain closed, large crowd gatherings remain unthinkable
- Emphasize Ibiza’s suitability as a family vacation destination, rich with history and nature
- Encourage families to visit and explore the island beyond its parties
Summer of 2021 seems to be the estimated turnaround time. Until then, we’ll monitor closely for any updated progress.
“This is just 2020, and we have to forget it.” – Juan Miguel Costa, Ibiza’s tourism director