09:00 Cobbled streets
On Saturday morning, take your breakfast in Ibiza’s old town. The Dalt Vila, as it is known, should top your agenda – it made the UNESCO list after all. Sample flaó, traditional custard pastries, and coffee. Or pick up food from the shady Old Market at Plaça de la Constitucio, from 10am.
11:00 Objets d’art
Whilst it’s not the heat of the day, climb further up the winding streets to the solid-looking 16th century church, The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Snows. On your wanderings, cast your eye over some holiday goods – not all stands are made equal, but the old streets are renowned for showcasing local arts and crafts that won’t look silly on your mantelpiece. For treasures that have lasted longer than a summer, visit the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, for contemporary Catalan art, then climb to the Bastion Santa Lucia for harbour views.
12:30 Cava sangria lunch
It’s definitely time to clamber back down and hit the beach. After a morning of being lost in Roman fortifications, take lunch with a view. A cava sangria-fuelled lunch session over a couple of hours will stand you in good stead for one of two activities – siesta or beach: Talamanca Bay’s Sa Punta restaurant has a terrace so close to the water that it’s practically a swim-up and serves refreshing sushi.
17:00 Party beach
The best beaches on the island depend on your mood. If you’ve got a new white bikini to show off, then head to Playa d’en bossa. It’s the party beach, so strike a pose and play the timeless game of who’s watching who. From 5pm the hotel pool party, ‘ANTS’ at Ushuaïa is in full swing every night, serving intense house music.
Alternatively, if that all sounds a little exhausting, the little coves on the coast are a great hideaway – you can go exploring and find your perfect niche on the beach. Try pine-clad Portinatx or Santa Eulalia. The beaches are well serviced with chiringuito – bars where you can buy delicious local food to eat with a big slice of sea view.
19:00 Sunset Boulevard
Sundowners are an integral part of the culture on an island with superb vistas and perfectly positioned bars to capture them. Try Restaurant Cala d’Hort, on a beach with an extraordinary view of the sparse slopes of Es Vedra island catching the late afternoon rays. Elsewhere, Experimental Beach on the southern tip of the island has a beach club lasting well into the night.
20:00 Fusion fare
For dinner, Ibiza is spoilt for choice, whether you want hearty fare including tapas, local ham and fish, or somewhere serving exciting fusion food on massive white plates. Try Can Bass, a little drive away from the hubbub, serving sushi specialities under great big lanterns.
22:00 Going out
Enjoy that perfect couple of hours where, having started your tan and fresh from the sea, you return to your hotel to get ready for a big night out. Whether your preparations involve steeling yourself at a nearby bar, a nap, or a dressing-up session, enjoy this calm before the storm.
00:00 Take to the floor
Should you want to dance, you’ll be in good company. Ibiza’s nightlife is glamorous, even transcendental. Hï Ibiza has taken the place of legendary club Space and will be the dancefloor destination of 2017. Entrance fees and monstrous queues can be off-putting, so buy before you fly. The atmosphere is lively, the crowd is willing, and the night is young.