The Ultimate Ibiza Weekender Itinerary


By Eloise Barker

Title photography by F.J. Jiménez

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Updated September 2018

Like any wild child of the 90s, Ibiza has now grown up. But, with its natural beauty, stylish clubs and fusion restaurants, we can’t see it ever getting old. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Ibiza: enough time to soak in the pool, slip on your dancing shoes, and be back boasting by Monday.

Friday

20:00 Make your getaway

You can catch direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted to Ibiza Airport and be there in two and a half hours.

If you can duck out of work a little early catch the 14:45 flight from London City Airport and arrive at 18:10, in time for dinner. Alternatively, take the 20:35 from London Gatwick or the 21:45 from London City Airport, arriving at 23:55 or 01:10 respectively. The main beach hotels on Playa d’en Bossa are just a ten-minute transfer away.

You’ll spot yachts, romantic couples and everyone wearing an awful lot of white from this trendy perch.

01:00 Check out the check-in

Park your wheelie suitcase at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, on Playa d’en Bossa. This hotel isn’t just near the party – it literally is the party, hosting nightly events. For somewhere a little quieter that’s still moments away from the action, Torre del Mar is the perfect pied-à-terre after a night at the nearby clubs and beach parties.

  • Superior Sea View room at the Torre del Mar, Playa d’en Bossa
  • Dalt Vila, Ibiza. Photo by Juergen Held / Getty Images

    Winding streets

    Visit the UNESCO-listed old town of Ibiza, where the shops spill out over the cobbled streets.£34 each-way

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  • Sa Punta restaurant

    Seafront dining

    The celebrated Sa Punta restaurant has two other branches across the island. Patchwork, serving Lebanese, and Ginger, inspired by Asia. But Sa Punta was their first, and sports a stunning seafront view.

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Saturday

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.

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 older treasures, 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

After all that clambering about the old town, treat yourself to lunch just around the corner from the old town, in Talamanca Bay. Sa Punta restaurant has a terrace so close to the water that it’s practically a swim-up. You’ll spot yachts, romantic couples and everyone wearing an awful lot of white from your trendy perch. After a few glasses of cava sangria, you’ll be ready for one of two things: a siesta, or the beach.

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, where you can swing by Ushuaïa’s massive pool party (ANTS) from 5.00pm on Saturdays. Ibiza is all about the beach clubs, and the famous Nikki Beach near Santa Eulalia is the chicest option, with live music and dancing around the pool. Alternatively, if that all sounds a little exhausting, there are plenty of quieter coves on the north coast. Try pine-clad Portinatx, a tiny resort on the very northernmost tip of the island.

  • ANTS at the Ushuaia Ibiza © Ushuaia Ibiza

19:00 Sunset Boulevard

Sundowners are a big deal in Ibiza. With sunsets this good, who going to complain? The views over the little island of Es Vedra are pretty unbeatable – from the mainland, you can sit and watch its sparse slopes in the changing afternoon light. Es Boldado in Cala D’Hort is a popular restaurant for enjoying the view. For drinks, head to San Antonio bay, where the ever-ready-to-party cocktail bar Kumharas serves sangria with a side of sun.

20:00 Fusion fare

You’ll be spoilt for choice at dinner time. Ibiza’s restaurants excel at high-end fusion cuisine. Light dishes like sushi are always highly sought after by the island’s health-conscious clientele. Can Bass has cool outdoor décor. For authentic Spanish, there’s Beso Beach, which opened a branch in Ibiza in 2018.

00:00 Take to the floor

Should you want to dance, you’ll be in glamorous company. Ibiza’s nightlife is always great, occasionally bordering on transcendental. Once the season kicks off, Hï Ibiza puts on enormous club nights nearly every evening of the week. It only opened in 2017, replacing the legendary club Space, but has already risen straight to the top of the scene. Entrance fees and monstrous queues can be off-putting, so buy your tickets before you fly. The atmosphere is lively, the crowd is willing, and the night is young.

Sunday

08:00 Sunday service

How are you feeling? Some clubs will stay open until 8am Sunday. If you’re up early enough, perhaps a spa treatment will familiarise you with the more natural side of the island. A yoga class or a massage session is in order. Try a treatment at Insotel Fenecia’s Prestiga Spa in Santa Eulalia. If it doesn’t realign your chakras it will certainly align with your holiday’s wellness goals. Fresh juices round everything off.

10:00 To market

Drive to San Juan’s Sunday market, which is open from 9.00 am on Sundays. It has a hippie vibe, plus chic bits and bobs, making it perfect souvenir-hunting territory. Look out for local delicacies.

11:00 What about brunch?

Ibiza might be an island, but it certainly hasn’t been cut off from the brunching trend. Passion, a popular organic café, has six locations – including Santa Eulalia – and focuses on healthy, raw and local produce. Their salads look fresh, crunchy and restorative; and, best of all, they serve breakfast all the way up until 2pm.

15:00 Inland adventure

An afternoon drive will reveal the last of the islands secrets to you. Inland is somewhat of a forgotten paradise; the island is big enough to hide plenty of rustic secrets – olive groves, fig trees and mountain villages with their goat guards. It’s soothing to run rural for a few hours.

18:00 Last throes

If you’re up for it, the Hard Rock Hotel’s legendary ‘Children of the 80’s Party’ is a great way to end a wild weekend. A ten-minute transfer to the airport means you can comfortably catch the 02:40 to London Gatwick, arriving at 04:00. Then straight to work… if you dare. For a more restrained approach, take the 19:35 flight arriving into London City Airport at 21:00. Perhaps it’s a little more reasonable after what will prove to be an indecently entertaining weekend.

Where to stay in Ibiza

Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza

The first Hard Rock Hotel in Europe landed with a splash in 2014 with its own beach club and internationally revered events calendar. Located on the Playa d’en Bossa, it’s right in Ibiza’s clubbing heartlands. What’s more, this trendy five star has a great sky lounge, The Ninth, for sundowners.

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Nobu Ibiza

Nobu opened a hotel in 2017 in the chic environs of Talamaca Bay. The rooms look like they belong in a celebrity beach house and the dining, as expected, features intricate sushi. Plus, it’s close enough to Pacha to walk in heels.

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