Restaurants, shopping and leisure on the island of Ibiza Featured

There is more to this island than parties. This is the itinerary for a perfect day of sea, sun, and shopping.
by 01 July 2009

Ibiza is open 24 hours . For those who have the stamina, this would be the perfect day: wake up late, enjoy breakfast, drive to the port to meet with friends and head out to Formentera on a yacht. Spend the day tanning, listening to chill-out music, and swimming in remote coves off the island.

My favourite restaurant in Formentera for lunch is Juan y Andrea (Tel. +34 971 187 130), where they serve amazing paellas and the freshest seafood. The best moment is seeing the sun set on the way back to Ibiza. Priceless.

Back in the port Marina Botafoch, late afternoon is the best time for some shopping. The best shops are Mayurka (Tel. +34 971 199 947), Campos de Ibiza (Tel. +34 971 19 19 54) and Arias (Tel. +34 971 192 129), the best luxury multibrand stores in the area where I always find bikinis and funky accessories. If you are looking for more boho chic clothes head into the old town and visit the now famous store owned by Vicente or make your way to the Las Dalias market where endless hippy accessories are on offers.

Dinner is a whole social affair on the island and there are countless restaurants that offer good service and great food. I love Eléphant (Plaza de la Iglesia, en San Rafael. Tel. +34 971 19 8056), La Barraca, Dos Lunas (Ctra. de San Antonio, km. 6. Tel. +34 971 19 8102), Ayoun (Isidor Macabich, s/n. San Rafael, Ibiza. Tel. +34 971 19 8335), BamBuddha (Tel. +34 971 19 7510), Can Pau (Ctra. San Miguel. Tel. +34 971 197 007), La Brasa (C. Pere Sala, 3. Tel. +34 971 30 1202) for meat, and Trattoria del Sole (ctra Ibiza- San José km 7,5. Tel. +34 971 800 006) for pasta. And the most traditional? La Oliva (C. Santa Cruz, 2. Tel. +34 971 30 5752) in the castle in the old part of town.

After dinner there is always an improvised party in some of the most amazing houses on the island. Be advised, you’ll need more than a good GPS to get there as they are in the more remote and private parts of the island. Then it’s off to the clubs where each day of the week you have a different theme night. The classics are still the best, so look no further than Pacha and Space.

My favourite moment after a long night and early morning is a good breakfast on the way back home, in the town of Jesús. The pastries are oven fresh, just made and still warm. There is nothing like it.

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