Set over many levels in the scenic Ibizan hillside, Cova Santa is one of Ibiza’s best kept secrets, and a wondrous venue that captures the liberating essence of the island.
If you happen to land on the island during darkness, your first encounter of it might be driving on the road to San Jose in your taxi, and seeing the glow of its lights in the distance. Alluring.
Its location is fairly isolated. It has few neighbors and really does feel like a safehaven hidden in the countryside. Unlike Ibiza’s more famous clubs, there’s little chance of stumbling upon Cova Santa by luck.
Owned by the same family behind Amnesia, Cova Santa often shares its programme and artists. It’s the ideal spot for an after party, and has hosted many in its time.
Although it does throw a wide range of parties covering various styles of house music, Cova Santa is perhaps best known for its Sunday parties Woomoon and Storytellers. They are like mini-festivals, with peripheral entertainment, market stalls, street food and theatrics. Truly immersive and open to all ages, not strictly adults.
In 2022 alone, the unique hotspot was home to some of the hottest underground parties in the game right now, including East End Dubs' Eastenderz, Prunk's sought-after PIV party, Darius Syrossian's Do Not Sleep, Richy Ahmed's Four Thirty Two imprint, as well as Lee Burridge's All Day I Dream.
Eastenderz at Cova Santa, Ibiza - 2022
Away from the dance floor, the club also has its own award-winning restaurant, which boasts some of the finest food, wine and cocktails found on the island. For those with large enough budgets, starting your night dining above the dance floor is a great way to experience everything the venue has to offer.
Cova Santa does have an intimate, downstairs club capable of accommodating fewer than 500 people. This opens most nights after the music turns off outside between 23:00 and midnight. It does tend to get quite cozy, as everybody surges downstairs before it gets full.
Make no mistake though, the venue is all about daytime partying in the open air and the inside really plays second fiddle to that. If you arrived after midnight and only got to experience inside, you might feel a little underwhelmed. For that reason, make sure you arrive pre-sunset and see Cova Santa at its enchanted best, transitioning from light to darkness. That will give you some idea of what it was like partying
If you’re wondering about the name, then, yes, the site really does have its own cave complete with its own myth and legend. Sadly rarely open publicly nowadays, should you be lucky enough to get the opportunity, do it! You’ll be part of a very exclusive club.
Ibiza, Islas Baleares