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How to have the perfect 24 hours in Ibiza

Our hour-by-hour guide is here

  • Johnny Lee
  • 10 July 2017

If you could spend the perfect 24 hours in Ibiza, where would you go and what would you do? To really make your most of the day, timing is the key.

8pm – Sangria and Tapas

It may sound like a slightly underwhelming way to start your fantastical 24-hour Ibizan romp, but as soon as you’ve checked into your hotel, make sure your next priority is tapas and sangria. Any local bar with an outdoor patio section will do; the idea here is to acclimatise yourself to the sights, smells and pace of Spanish life as quickly as possible. The sweet cinnamon flavoured vino and the salty, nutrition-less snacks will slow your metabolism right down, instantly jacking your overworked Western psyche into holiday mode.

9pm – Watch the Sunset

The best place to watch the sunset is San Antonio. Cala D’Hort, Cala Bassa and Cala Conta are further west, but you’re going need a car to get there. In order to keep costs to a minimum, stick to Sa An, where you’ll find plenty of cool bars like Savannah, Café del Mar and Café Mambo along the sunset strip. Alternatively, you can always grab a can of something fruity and sit on the rocks. This is technically illegal, but everyone does it. For a more secluded San An sunset, walk along the promenade until you reach the Golden Buddha, then carry on all the way to the Aquarium and continue to the far end of the peninsula. All you have to do now is sit cross-legged on your organic horse hair rug, inhale wafts of ceremonial tobacco and ask the universe to strengthen your sinful soul as the sun plunges headfirst into the Mediterranean.

10pm – Live Music at Ibiza Rocks Hotel

Tuesday night is live music night at Ibiza Rocks. Nowadays, there are more live DJ performances and live PA performances on the island than ever before. But if you really want to see a bonafide live band powered by organic instrumentation, Ibiza Rocks remains the only venue on the island capable of showcasing such intricate recitals. Note: the headline bands usually hit the stage at 10pm.

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