How are restrictions of the government changing Ibiza's clubbing scene?

Logo of Bora Bora beach club

Ibiza is known for its many parties during the summer season. Undeniably, this year is different than any other year.

In this blog post, I will take a closer look at the reasons why the oldest beach club in Ibiza, Bora Bora, is closing after 40 years.

Is the reason the change in restrictions of the government?

Is the clubbing scene in Ibiza changing?

It seems, that the government took the break of the pandemic as a chance to design many new restrictions.

The clubs are back, but something is missing.

The vibe is different from the one that used to exist. One can’t explain exactly why. It seems no one can get a hold of the reason why everything about Ibiza is a little different this year.

The calculations, of whether certain parties will have success and high visitor numbers are hard to make. This got reflected many times this season. Parties that used to be hits, ended up with low visitor numbers. Also, the other way around. Unknown small no-name events are the ultimate hit.

Event at Bora Bora, dancing young people in a club

dancing crownd at #Authentic Ibiza event

How did Covid impact the clubbing scene in Ibiza?

I don’t know why this phenomenon occurred this year, but there is no doubt that it does. It feels surreal that the season is slowly coming to an end.In a way, it feels like it did not start, because of the timelessness that surrounds Ibiza.

The summer of 2022 was and still is full of surprises. One of them is the announcement of the oldest beach club on the island, Bora Bora.


Closing after the season 2022.


For many, this is highly nostalgic and emotional. The parties at Bora Bora were legendary and famous. 40 years of Bora Bora.

 They will always represent the true spirit of the island.

How are Ibiza’s Beach clubs changing?

One could call it ironic, how this closing  fits the overall situation in Ibiza.

It is a good example of all the things that changed in the party scene of Ibiza.

Let's take a closer look:

The Beach Club consists of different areas.

The beach part with sunbeds, the terrace of the restaurant, the restaurant and the SECRET CLUB.

Why secret, you may ask yourself reading this?

Because it is behind closed doors, due to noise restrictions.

Everything works according to the rules.

This on the other hand, makes it very hard to gain new guests and an interested audience.Even the most wanted DJs on the island, make it seem like it is not possible to fill the beach club.

Everyone is asking: Why so?

I have not found an exact answer to the question that many of us ponder on.

Needless to say, this is a sad occasion to write about.

The venue used to be full of people. Now, due to noise restrictions on the island, it is not allowed to party outside a lot anymore. And if so, only at certain times and with a maximum decibel limit.

Crowd partying at the beach of Bora Bora

What was it like in Bora Bora beach club, 20 years ago?

Let’s take a little journey into the past to a typical day at  Bora Bora a few years ago. If you take a closer look, you can see clearly, that the change came slowly but steadily.

In earlier years, people were enjoying their day at the beach on sunbeds and were happy to listen to great music while sunbathing.

Loud music led to a curious audience of pedestrians at the public beach.


The days turned into legendary parties. Visitors that passed by the beach, stayed and partied in the water. The feeling of belonging, that is typical for Ibiza could be sensed at every moment.

The fact that people at the public beach brought their own alcohol, did not bother anyone, because the large crowd attracted even more guests that filled the VIP areas of the club.

Fast forward a few years, the music was not allowed to be at maximum volume anymore and the beach area of the club was closed as well. The spots were not public anymore.

The party was only allowed on the terrace. After this was restricted as well, Bora Bora was forced to build glass walls, to dim the noise.

The terrace  was surrounded by this and the feeling of freedom was cut down and limited.

Later the DJ had to move inside the building away from the terrace and now plays entirely behind closed doors.

Are restrictions destroying Ibiza’s party culture?

While looking at this said development, it is almost ironic how fitting this situation, reflects on the current situation on the island.

The closing of Bora Bora during the year of the grand reopening after the pandemic.

A year, that many predicted to be wilder and crazier than early party years on the island. In a way it is crazier than ever before, because of the many new restrictions and inspections, of the police and government.

It seems, like the parties are being outsourced from the island.

The island is undoubted in a state of change, but where will the subculture of music go and what will the next years bring to the table of clubbing?

DJ playing at #Authentic event in Bora Bora

Guest at #Authentic ibiza event at Bora Bora beach club

What will the end of the season be like in Ibiza?

In conclusion, the season is changing, fall is near and so is the closing season of Ibiza.

Now that you are informed about the development and the unfortunate closing of Bora Bora, come join us and celebrate a great and unforgettable last season of Bora Bora.

The last chance to dance at the legendary venue.

We as AVANA have a special connection to the Club.

For many years our CEO hosted residency events in cooperation with Oceanbeat every week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

We are proud to host one last residency.

Every Saturday, we as AVANA are hosting the #Authentic Ibiza event.

Our branded event could not be more fitting.

The club truly represents the spirit and embodiment of authentic Ibiza.

With this blog post, I want to invite you to join us and take one of the last chances to dance at Bora Bora, before the doors are closing forever.


-by Ariane Buechner

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