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7 day itinerary for people that want it all in Ibiza

Ibiza is the island of many faces. It has laid-back and party-centric beaches, a historic old town and a waterpark, local markets and top-notch cuisine. That's before mentioning one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Europe. There are enough activities on this Mediterranean island to fill a history-heavy itinerary, a club-centric one or to try a new beach every day.

But in our opinion, the best holidays are varied ones, with bits and pieces from all aspects of the island so you can truly get a taste of Ibiza. We've outlined a well-balanced holiday itinerary to make sure you see all the highlights this beautiful and interesting place has to offer.

Monday – Spend the day at Portinatx

There's no better way to introduce yourself to Ibiza than by spending a day at the beach. The island is rife with gorgeous beaches, whose atmospheres range from vibrant and upbeat to the ultimate in relaxation.

At the top of the island is the easy-going town of Portinatx, whose landscape is so beautiful it was chosen as the backdrop for the film South Pacific. Here, you can get well acquainted with Ibiza's island life, sipping cocktails and grabbing seafood dishes at local beachside restaurants. After all, you'll need your rest for more energetic days – and long nights – later in the week.

Tuesday – Explore the great outdoors

Ibiza's landscape is laden with natural beauty that begs to be explored. You can spend a day descending into the Can Marca Dripstone caves, which have stalagmites and stalactites protruding from all angles and pools bubbling up in eerie greens and yellows.

Just off Ibiza's coast is Es Vedra, a mysterious rock formation that's the talk of many rumours, including one that it's the tip of the lost city of Atlantis. If you hike up along the facing cliffs and gaze out towards it poking out of the blue sea, you can make a conclusion of your own.

Wednesday – Whisk down water slides at Aguamar

Ibiza is home to only one waterpark, but Aguamar is certainly worth the visit if you're in the area. It's a top pitstop if you're travelling with kids, as it's home to a number of water slides and a splash park that are child-friendly.

There are also more adrenaline-heavy rides like the Kamikaze and Black Hole for the adventure-seeking holidaygoer, plus lawns and pools for just relaxing.

Thursday – Hippy Market in Es Cana

On Thursdays, Ibiza's most popular market rolls into town – it's the Hippy Market in Es Cana, put together by a group of ex-pats. You can spend the morning drifting through the market and then explore the surrounding town after.

At the Hippy Market's stalls, you'll find handmade items like clothing, jewellery and other souvenirs, plus food stands and live music that keep the atmosphere upbeat.

Friday – Party it up in Playa d'en Bossa

You can't leave Ibiza without experiencing the town's wilder side. It's what Fridays are meant for. The shores of Playa d'en Bossa are a lively stretch of beach, where you can hear the music drift in from nearby bars or pick up a flyer for the night's entertainment at a top club.

Watersporting activities like pedalo rides and jet skis glide off in the waves – you can rent equipment of your own and join in the fun. You'll be in great proximity to some of the island's best clubs as, come nightfall, Playa d'en Bossa comes alive. Popular clubs like Sankeys, Space and Ushuaia are havens for electronic music lovers, and will have you dancing until sunrise.

Saturday – Stroll through the Dalt Vila

Now that you've got the clubbing out of your system – or maybe you haven't – you can spend a day winding through the cobbled streets of Ibiza Town's historic Dalt Vila. Formerly occupied by the Romans, it still contains ancient Roman artefacts, not to mention a castle on the top of the hill. While strolling through the avenues, you can expect to stumble upon art galleries, scenic courtyards and gourmet restaurants spilling into the streets.

If you're feeling up to it, head to San Antonio for another late night, singing and dancing until the sun comes up. With a worldwide reputation for all things wild, make sure you drop by Es Paradis and Cafe Mambo before you leave Europe's favourite party island.

Sunday – Cruise out to Formentera

With Ibiza all but covered, you can close out your holiday with a visit to the small island of Formentera. A short boat cruise will get you to the smallest Balearic Island, where you'll find a much slower pace of life and some seriously peaceful beaches whose skylines aren't clouded by seafront buildings.

Here, you can stretch out on the white sands, browse the stalls at local markets or grab a cocktail at an open-air cafe.

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