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How to get the most out of Ibiza in only two days

Around the island in only two days - can you do it?

An Ibiza trip doesn't just have to be back-to-back partying or only lying on a beach: the island offers many more experiences for the traveller that likes to both relax and explore. On a quick break - and if you want to do things - cutting back on nocturnal pleasures would be prudent, in favour of something say more invigorating.

Proving that you can have an exhilarating time on Ibiza without so much as setting foot in a bar, we've compiled a two-day itinerary for you to go out and get the most out of your short stay. Cramming as much as possible into a whistlestop 48-hour break is going to test your time-keeping, as well as your endurance, but the rewards are worth it. Of course, we do provide fun options within, should the mood take you.

Where to stay?

Accommodation wise, we've got a few good recommendations at different price points. The lively Bora Bora Apartments in Playa d'en Bossa feels right in the thick of the action. With large, airy rooms and DJs spinning at poolside, this might feel like a good compromise for avoiding the clubs, whilst still getting some Balearic beats. You could also try the four-star Garbi Ibiza Hotel and Spa in the same resort. It has its own nightclub SWAG, which you could drop into for a couple of hours, though we'd recommend the spa and wellness centre to help prepare you for the next day ahead.

Fun where you stay at the Bora Bora Apartments

The more budget-conscious might like to consider family-run Hostal Marí in San Antonio, where you are away from the crowds or for something a bit more upmarket there's the Blau Parc Aparthotel, with stunning views of the bay. Meanwhile, over in Ibiza Town and quite upscale is the Ibiza Corso Hotel & Spa, a modern hotel with striking design throughout and amazing views of over the water to Dalt Vila, the walled citadel on the hill. Close by and a touch more pocket-friendly is the stylish Ocean Drive, styled in the Art Deco look of Miami South Beach. Either one would make a great option as a base for exploring.

Getting about - day one

Pretty lanes and peace in San Carlos

After checking in, first port of call is going to be hiring a car so you can really explore the island's offerings at your leisure.

Seeing as you're on holiday, why not treat yourself and travel in a bit of style? Ibiza Fun Rent a Car offer a range of cars with some great classics, like topless VW Beetles or the Citroen 2CV.

Get a cool classic car to rent or choose a regular one.

Driving around the island's picturesque winding country roads can feel like something out of a film. If it's a regular car you want after all, never fear, as there's still plenty of great local car hire companies to choose from to get you motoring.

Now you have your wheels, there's no excuse not to dive in, so try either the beautiful north or the wondrous west. This exercise is about experiencing a side of Ibiza you haven't already. While there's lots of options, we have a few pointers.

Cala Nova has something for all

The stunning village of San Carlos, once the epicentre of Ibiza's hippy culture, whose influence remains to this day, has done well to retain its charm and sense of detachment from the modern world. From the original hippy haunt Bar Anita to the sprawling hippy market of Las Dalias, both offer a slice of the bohemian. Visit the old white-painted church and walk along peaceful walkways to find more restaurants and marvel at the old-world feel - a visit here is really is going to feel like a proper escape.

Another benefit of venturing north is the vast array of gorgeous beaches at your disposal. Even at the height of summer, you can still find yourself on a beach entirely to yourself. A real departure from the precious little space found elsewhere in July and August.

Discovering Ibiza's more picturesque side brings its own rewards. Eyewear by Optica La Mar

We recommend unspoilt Cala Nova - there's even a nudist section if you want to bare all - or further north Cala Xarraca, remember to take your snorkel for this one. If you want more ideas for a trip to the north, check out our road trip article.

You could head west, as here, there are plenty of great beaches to visit. As well as the sublime beaches of Cala Conta, you might want to try one that's close by and only a little harder to get to, such as Cala Codolar. A trip a bit further south brings you to Cala d'Hort, where you should really go and stay for sunset, when it falls behind the islet of Es Vedra. This majestic rock really does imbue the visitor with a sense of peace. It really is a wonder to behold. You can head to the Es Vedra viewpoint ("mirador" on the map and near to that is the pirate tower of Es Savinar - what more could you want?

Where to dine?

Low key, stylish or fun - how do you want your restaurant to be?

When you have worked up a rigorous appetite, you'll need dinner options. If staying at the Blau Park in San Antonio, then Ample 32 is an on-site restaurant, serving a stunnig view to with the great food. Hostal Marí has its own dining space too and neither are far from the many available eateries of San Antonio if you want more choice.

If you've chosen one of our Ibiza Town hotel selections, right by them are two great places to eat: the Corso Restaurant an on-site theatre-inspired eaterie with Spanish Mediterranean food and a discreet and intimate atmosphere. On the other end of the scale is STK Ibiza, a high-energy party restaurant with regular entertainment. Simply choose the vibe you want - both offer great, and quite different, dining experiences.

Sublime views and food on the beach

If Playa d'en Bossa is your Ibiza holiday base, there are several options. Beach clubs often close early up to around 20:00, so if it's an early evening meal you want, these present a good option. Choose from the sublime minimalist luxury and fine cuisine of the divine Beachouse or go to Bali Beach and try one of its paellas or grilled meat specials. Warning, the last time for meal orders there is at 18:00. If you are late, cross the road and head to Sissis - try the Angus steak!

Pizzas into the flame

If you want something simple like an authentic pizza, you have to try Es Tanco. With two locations in Sant Jordi and in San Rafael, you are always nearby and can find perfect pizzas, cooked in a traditional wood burning oven. It's one of the best examples you'll find on the island.

Our Ibiza restaurant guide breaks down eating out options by cuisine, resort and ambience - take a look to get more choice.

Picks for FUN AND activity - day two

Cruise the waves on your own yacht for the day

While the itinerary for day one focused on discovery, day two is all about doing things, either actively or maybe just sitting back. Here are a few choices.

If there's enough of you in your group, why not hire your own yacht, complete with skipper, and go over to see the coast and beaches and anchor just off the gorgeous island of Formentera? Or you could head north and head for the coastline up to the dramatic cliffs of Sol d'en Serra, stopping in this sheltered cove. Smart Charter Ibiza, based in Ibiza Town, has a range of great boat charter options for you to discover. Their boats even offer Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards and snorkeling gear too. The same company also offers a shared experience so if it's just the two of you, you won't have to miss out.

Beaches by boat and beautiful scenery on the way

Going westwards, sailing from San Antonio, you might fancy the great new sea and sand adventure: the Beach Hop Cruise. You'll see the beautiful coastline and outlying islands, stopping at two different and very pretty beaches, Cala Conta and Cala Bassa. All this in a glass bottomed catamaran plus SUPs on offer too. Drinks prices on board are reasonable too. Check out the ticket options as one offers an open bar option.

If you want to be a bit more active, then staying in the same resort, you'll want to try out a tour with SUP experts SUP Paradise. Ruben, the owner and guide is a local, so he really does know where to take you and what secret little spots there are in and around San Antonio Bay. It's a great full body workout on these boards, so it's not for the faint hearted - you will feel pretty incredible after your trip seeing stunning beauty up close and personal.

All aboard the SUP!

A great in-betweener for activity and boat fun is with one of Ibiza Waterports' special packs. You can be taken out by speedboat to simply see a sunset with a glass of fizz to end the tour or go by day and indulge in some serious snorkeling. On all tours, you get to see inaccessible islands, coves and secret caves - it's a real nature adventure. Throw in a fun ride on a bladefish with its Adventure Pack - whatever you choose, it's a top time out with these guys.

Your mid-morning flight home tomorrow means there's a window of opportunity left to hit the clubs, if that desire still lingers. Just play it safe and request a wake-up call at reception first. Who knows, after all this activity and fresh air, you might feel you don't need it anyway?

We find the best tonic to the blues, is simply to plan your next White Isle adventure!

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