Ibiza's Hidden Gems - The Abandoned Festival Club

Apr 25, 2023

Photo of Lissy Lübeck

Lissy Lübeck

2 min read

A haven for urban explorers and Instagram adventurers alike, the abandoned Festival Club lies in the hills above San José, found on the road just passed San Agustín, these exquisite ruins are a monument to the very first Ibizan super club.

The murals and graffiti that cover the walls of the structure present a secret, open-air gallery, tucked away in stunning natural surroundings.

Originally opened in 1972, the large complex included a restaurant, amphitheater and several dance floors. Hosting music concerts, mock-bullfighting, performance entertainment and more, it invented the idea of the first large multipurpose discotheque on the island.

In the days when bus tours were at their height, coach-loads of international tourist clientele would descend on the venue for endless nights of wining, dining and dancing.

Sadly in 1974 the club was forced to close. It was always planned to re-open but unfortunately never quite managed it, so the forces of nature took hold and turned it into the dystopian style playground it is today. In the present day it is a paint-can paradise which is one of the White Isle’s most unique structures.

In the 80s and 90s, unofficial rave parties still took place here. Some DJs used the stage to set up their DJ equipment and people danced to it on the dance floor. Top DJ Maceo Plex even recorded a DJ set here in 2016.

Whilst you don’t need to be a ninja to visit the festival club, we recommend treading carefully around the derelict site if you decide to do it alone. Ideally, drive your car to the site and take your time to walk around, take some photos and explore every nook and crannie.

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