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72 hours on Ibiza

In the first of a new series, we take a closer look at some of the great things the island offers.

Ibiza fits in a lot of life in its almost 600 square kilometres. This small Mediterranean island is renowned worldwide for its clubs, dance music, hippy counterculture spirit and for being the best place on earth to hold a party.

This new itinerary series gives you ideas on how to spend your time well on the White Isle. You won't just be dancing and eating. You will be going out to see why the island stuns the senses with its bright blue skies, turquoise waters and deep orange sunsets, the stuff of dreams.

Your 72-hour action and discovery-filled tour starts here. Look out for more itinerary features in our exciting new series.


Day 1: Ibiza Town and a south coast beach

The ramp of Portal de ses Taules that leads to Dalt Vila

You will have been smart and booked a morning flight, so you can make the most of your time on Ibiza. Get a taxi to your hotel and drop off your bags, freshen up and then make your way to Ibiza Town and get a late breakfast or lunch, depending on what time you get there.

Bar Flotante at Talamanca beach is a wonderful place to start. The cafe has spectacular views of the bay and it is reasonably priced. Spend a bit extra and go to the very swanky Capuccino, for personal service and amazing views of the medieval castle of Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town. Le Croissant Show in the old market place is an institution that you should try at least once.

With your bellies full, head next to see Dalt Vila whose history spans centuries and multiple invaders, like Phoenicians and Moors. You will see posts with plaques in several languages that delve into the island's rich history. Walk through narrow cobbled streets and go up the steep tunnel to get to the Cathedral, admiring the view on the way up.

A beach reward: Las Salinas beach

A lovely reward after that sightseeing would be to head to Las Salinas beach; on the way marvel at the salt flats and then head to the legendary Jockey Club for one of their amazing cocktails. Sit back, relax and think that it can't get much better than this. Stay for sunset and then return to your hotel; if you are lucky, you will see the sky turn the salt flats a reflective pink to match the sky as you pass through to get to your base.

Freshly scrubbed and washed, it's time for dinner which in Spain means 10pm. You can go earlier, but when in Ibiza... Marina Botafoch is the hip part of town and has some great restaurants. Across the water in the harbour area of the port, you can try the freshest seafood on the beautiful garden terrace at island institution El Faro. This divine meeting spot is the ideal place to do some superyacht spotting and is as ingrained into Ibiza's culture as many an icon of the island, bearing witness to the arrival of the hippies and the ravers. This place has seen it all.

For something deliciously different and close by, try La Mezcaleria, which combines smokey mezcal with ultra fresh Mexiterranean fusion food. If you want to head out to a more secluded setting, dining under the stars at cliff top beach club restaurant Amante, makes for a positively romantic evening out.


Day 2: The golden west

Cala Conta, a divine beach in the west of Ibiza

After you have had breakfast it is time to hit the road and head west. When you see the stunning beaches of the west coast of Ibiza, you will fall in love, It is almost impossible not to. First take a trip to the divine Cala Conta and gaze at the pretty outlying islands as you lay back on the soft golden sands, with Balearic beats wafting over you.

Another heavenly beach and your lunch spot is the Cala Bassa Beach Club, where you can have a long leisurely meal, sip on a cool drink and unwind. They even bring your food to your sunbed. From here you will have a bird's eye view of the spectacular San Antonio Bay.

Try almost any type of watersport from jet skiing to Stand Up Paddles to having the kids towed on a banana boat at Cala Bassa. The widest choice of watersports is in San Antonio where you can parasail or head off on a kayak tour.

Time to relax at Cala Bassa Beach Club

After a long day of active relaxing, you should head over to the Sunset Strip, where you will find the famous sunset cafes like Cafe Mambo and Cafe del Mar. Here, sit back and watch the glorious oranges and reds of the sun as it falls below the horizon. If you wanted a more wild setting, the view from boutique hotel Hostal la Torre is magnificent as is the view from Punta Galera, next to Cala Salada beach.

If Ibiza were a religion, perhaps the super clubs would be its temples, dispensing a special brand of carefree hedonism that is unique to Ibiza. Is there a club to rule them all? We would say, it all depends on taste.

For 2017 though we would strongly recommend stepping into the new Hï Ibiza, the first new super club in eons...and make clubbing history. It promises to be state-of-the-art and different. Privilege is the world's largest club and this year gets a big revamp. Whichever club you land in, know you are stepping in the footsteps of many a happy reveller. For a moment of clubbing magic, Amnesia's terrace at 6am is where you will want to end up dancing (if you make it that far).


Day 3: Relax and see sights

Es Vedra - the mystical and magical rock of Ibiza

Depending on how close you were to sunrise before bedtime, you will want today to be a more relaxing affair. Go and see some sights, sit in bars and cafes or go back to the beach to relax. A trip to Cala d'Hort gives you the best views of the mystical rock of Es Vedra, or drive to the tiny village of Es Cubells and gaze at the dreamy sea views there. For chocolate box prettiness, the village of San Agustín is hard to beat and gives uninterrupted views of the gorgeous Ibizan countryside.

Benirras beach in the north is a must. Stick around till evening and watch the sunset drummers, a modern Ibiza legend. Along from here are the Can Marça caves with 1000 year old stalactites.

Then, drive to the village of Santa Gertrudis for its chi chi and cosmopolitan air. The village is easy to get to from all over the island as it is in its centre. Bar Costa is a very affordable and agreeable spot to get some amazing cured meats and cheeses and yes it is worth queuing to eat at this popular place.

Follow in the footsteps of the famous at Las dos Lunas

For a glamorous evening dinner, Las dos Lunas, is the place to be. This Ibiza institution has welcomed everyone from George Michael to the King of Spain and the food is really yummy. With a gorgeous garden lit to perfection by the owner himself, you will be hard placed to find a more sensuous setting.

To end your day and to make good use of all your 72 hours, make your way back to where you are staying for a refreshing sleep. That way if you did tour or party too much, you will go back home with a big smile on your face and remember fondly your fabulous trip to the White Isle.

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