Ibiza on a Budget

Two Ibiza seasonaires help you save money

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Ibiza is not cheap. From the see-and-be-seen restaurants to the £20-a-drink clubs, the whole island begs for you to open your wallet and throw money at the situation. However, there are tricks and tips that can help shave a little off your expenditure. The experts in this field? The seasonaires. Fashion and beauty blogger Lowri Evans and freelance make-up artist Jo Mackay tell us the best way to save a pound, or ten.

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Lowri Evans:

‘I spent last summer in Ibiza, assisting Pacha Magazine editor, Maya Claughton Boyd. You have to become clever at saving money when you’re here for the whole summer. I would skip the out-of-the-way, pricey lounge restaurants in favour of the buzzy eateries in Eivissa town, like the Hostal Parque (Plaça del Parc, 4, 07800 Eivissa; enq 00 34 971 30 13 58, hostalparque.com), where you can get a salad, pasta or grilled chicken for a fiver. The Hostal looks out on to La Plaza Park, where many talented buskers perform for a bit of light entertainment, so you get that thrown in for free. Nearby, the permanently-packed pizzeria El Pirata (Calle Garijo 10b; enq 00 34 971 192630, elpirata-ibiza.com) is well worth queuing for - alongside the DJs, dancers and islanders - for a hefty slice of their delicious pizza for a mere £4. Bag a terrace table and you’re set for the evening.

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Partying on the cheap is tricky, but you can save by buying tickets in advance from sites like residentadvisor.com, and by looking out for people giving free early-bird wristbands on the beach. And no need to get a taxi to the club – the island’s infamous Disco Bus has four different routes and runs through the night – tickets are around £2.60 (enq discobus.es).

Jo Mackay

‘I’m returning to Ibiza this summer as a make-up artist and to work in the nightclubs with the Angel Squads (mobile masseuses) – a brilliant way of financing my stay. As my boyfriend, Stuart, is a DJ with the Wildkats, we don’t often need to take the cheap route when partying, but there are plenty of tips I've picked up from living on the island. You have to do a sunset supper, but bypass the more expensive options for the well kept secrets. At Hostal la Torre (Urbanizacion Cap Negret 25, 07820 San Antonio; enq 00 34971 342271, hostallatorre.com), you can book into their pretty terrace restaurant and watch the sun go down as you enjoy their tasty but inexpensive food and drink. If you do want to splash out, try El Boldado (Sant Josep De Sa Talaia, Cala D´Hor, enq 00 34626 494537, restauranteboldado.com) in Sa Caleta or Hacienda na Xamena (Urbanizacion N Xamena, s/n, buzon 11, 07815 San Miguel, enq 0034 971 33 45 00, hotelhacienda-ibiza.com) up on the north of the island.

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There are ways of getting around the eye-wateringly high price tags at the superclubs too: booking dinner at Pacha (Avenida 8 de Agosto; enq 00 34 971 31 36 12, pacha.com) will get you in free to the club (usually £35 - £50 on the door); there is a minimum spend of £60pp at the table, but you get your meal, drinks and club entrance for that price. Space (Platja d'En Bossa, s/n, 07817 Sant Josep de sa Talaia; enq 34 971 39 67 93, spaceibiza.com) normally costs £60 for a ticket, but arrive before 9pm and you’ll not only have half price entry, you get to listen to some great up- and- coming talent on the Terrace.

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