Wondering what 3 days in Ibiza would look like? Keep reading for our perfect itinerary.
Ibiza is one of the Balearic islands and has a reputation as a sun-soaked mecca for partygoers, drawn by its legendary nightlife and world-class clubs.
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While there is undoubtedly nowhere better to dance the night away, it would be very wrong to dismiss Ibiza as ‘just’ a party island. The clubbing resorts represent only a very small part of this beautiful destination, and there is simply so much else to explore.
The Old Town just oozes historic charm, while the dramatic coastline and turquoise waters provide ample opportunity for relaxing and soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine.
There are cool markets selling incredible locally produced crafts, scenic villages dotted with the island’s iconic white houses, and delicious Ibizan cuisine just waiting to be discovered!
If you plan to spend 3 days in Ibiza, you might wonder how to see the best of its attractions and get a taste of local life. So we’ve put together this helpful itinerary, sharing some of our favorite places to visit, eat, and stay throughout your trip.
We strongly recommend renting a car or motorbike for a long weekend in Ibiza. Taxis can be expensive, and the public transport network is somewhat limited.
But be sure to rent your vehicle well in advance – demand is high!
On the first of your three days in Ibiza, you will explore the attractions in its medieval Old Town, then head to one of its most popular resorts to try watersports or relax on the beach.
The 16th-century bastions of Ibiza’s Old Town are visible from right across the southern part of the island, especially at night when floodlights illuminate it in the darkness.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is filled with winding alleys, Renaissance architecture, and beautiful flowering courtyards.
Start your morning with coffee and fresh orelletes – a popular Ibizan pastry – at one of the many pavement cafes, before starting to explore the cobbled streets.
The Old Town (known locally as Dalt Vila) was first settled by the Phoenicians and is largely pedestrianized. Take a walk around the massive walls that completely encircle it.
It takes around an hour to complete the loop, all the while enjoying exceptional views over the port and across to Formentera.
Part of the charm of visiting the Old Town is getting lost in its web of streets, but there are a few sights you must see!
One is the partly derelict castle, composed of a variety of historic buildings that were constructed over a period of 1000 years.
It is closed to visitors, but if you head to the bastion Baluard de Sant Berna on the southern side of the ramparts, you can get some great photos of it.
Another must-see is the Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, a contemporary art gallery located in an 18th-century powder store and armory.
Also worth a visit if you are an art lover is the Puget Museum on Sant Ciriac Street. Housed in a 15th-century mansion, it contains 130 works from local artists depicting life on the island.
For religious art, head to the island’s cathedral close to the town’s highest point.
You can also appreciate the building’s magnificent architecture, incorporating Catalan Gothic and baroque styles. Pause for a moment to enjoy the lovely views of the town and port from the square just outside.
Before stopping for lunch, pay a visit to the Necròpolis del Puig des Molins. It may not look impressive, but this is actually an ancient burial ground and one of the sites that led to the town’s World Heritage status.
Some of the tombs date back to the 7th century BC, and the museum is fascinating, displaying objects such as jewelry, vases, and amulets that were discovered inside them.
After a morning of sightseeing, it’s time to enjoy the lively beach resort of Playa d’en Bossa.
Located halfway between Ibiza airport and the Old Town, the region is packed with great shops, restaurants, and bars. It has a fun atmosphere no matter what time of day you visit – and, best of all, the longest beach on the island!
If you want to just sit back and relax, you’ll find plenty of beach bars offering sunbeds, parasols, and live DJs playing the latest summer sounds.
But if you prefer a more active afternoon, why not try one of the many watersports on offer?
Just about anything you can imagine is available here, including diving, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet-skiing. You can even hire a catamaran, lie back, and enjoy the coastal views!
Playa d’en Bossa is also the ideal spot from which to catch a ferry to the neighboring island of Formentera – the smallest of the Balearics and famous as the most tranquil.
Head back to the beautiful Old Town for the evening and feel the change in the ambiance as the lights go down!
There is no shortage of wonderful eateries to choose from, but we would recommend reserving a table at the excellent S’Escalinata, located near the top.
It has a wonderfully authentic atmosphere, with relaxing music and divine tapas. Its elevated position gives you some fantastic sunset views, and there are many beanbags spread outside from which to enjoy them.
For the second of your 3 days in Ibiza you’ll be soaking up the atmosphere of its third largest town before heading to the small but charming resort of Es Caná on the island’s east coast.
The perfect way to start the day is with a delicious breakfast at Passion Cafe, Santa Eulalia. You’ll find these high-end cafes dotted across the island, offering everything from healthy meals to traditional (and not-so-healthy) favorites!
It’s now time to head into town to see what makes this family-friendly resort so popular!
One of Santa Eulalia’s highlights is its elegant promenade, lined with palm trees. It extends the entire length of the beach and features an impressive fountain, along with lovely miniature gardens.
If you walk to the right, you’ll come to the Santa Eulalia Bay beach. Here you can see the Santa Eulària River – the only river in the Balearics – at the point where it meets the sea.
Why not visit the town’s exclusive yacht marina, too? It’s a great place to take a stroll and admire the beautiful and luxurious boats moored there.
This is also the time to indulge in a little souvenir shopping. You’ll find a flower-filled rambla extending from the town hall in the center of Santa Eulalia to the sea.
It is lined with street vendors selling all manner of local crafts. There are many portrait painters, too, giving you the chance to chance to bring home a special memento of your time here.
Santa Eulalia has a distinctly artistic vibe, so before choosing a spot to stop for lunch, we recommend visiting one of the local galleries.
The Barrau Gallery on the S’Alamera Boulevard is a good choice, displaying the work of the Barcelonese painter Laureà Barrau i Buñol who first visited Ibiza in 1912.
We recommend spending your second afternoon in the small but popular resort of Es Caná, just a short distance from Santa Eulalia on the island’s east coast.
It has a beautiful central beach with an attractive harbor, and a surfing beach – Cala Nova – located just a 10 minute walk to the left. The waters are clear and the rocky area to the left of the beach is excellent for snorkeling.
Alternatively, head to the pine-covered hill to the left of the beach for an enjoyable but challenging walk!
After strolling back to Es Caná’s central beach, continue walking for another 10 minutes, and you will reach Cala Martina beach. Here you can watch the windsurfers or – if you’re feeling brave – take a lesson and try it out for yourself!
If you happen to visit Es Caná on a Wednesday, calling in at the local hippy market on the grounds of Club Cala Martina is a must!
This is the island’s original hippy market and the largest in Ibiza, packed with stalls selling items from all over the world, many of which are hand-made. There’s more to the market than shopping, with drummers, live music, and a dedicated kids’ area.
To end the day in this picturesque corner of Ibiza, treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the HAMBRË Restaurant, just 15 minutes from Es Caná.
The food is exceptional, with innovative dishes displaying the chef’s creative flair. There is an impressive wine selection and a relaxed, friendly ambiance that makes dining here a pleasure.
On the last of your three days in Ibiza you will be traveling to the north of the island, then on to see some of its pretty villages and towns.
One of the things that makes it easy to see Ibiza in 3 days is its relatively small size. The drive from the Old Town to the north coast takes under 40 minutes.
Here you will discover some real hidden gems and some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. This part of Ibiza is also very rural, providing an oasis of tranquility after a couple of days in the busier resorts.
You have many lovely spots to choose from but we would recommend including the secluded cove of Es Portitxol on your list. To reach it, drive towards Sant Miquel, then take the road to Sant Mateu.
Pass through the area of Isla Blanca, then park your car once you reach the part where the sidewalk is poorly maintained. From here you’ll take a 30 minute walk along a scenic coastal path until you reach the bay.
The turquoise waters in this remote spot are surrounded by fishing huts and you will often see the fishermen going about their work. The authentic and traditional atmosphere feels a million miles away from the bustling family resorts!
Alternatively, head to Cala d’en Serra. Surrounded by high, majestic cliffs, this oval-shaped beach is simply stunning.
Its clear waters are rich in marine life, making it an ideal spot for snorkeling.
Next, take the short drive over to Portinatx, once a small fishing village but now a growing resort with three beautiful beaches to choose from. Stop here for lunch before setting off to see some more of Ibiza’s idyllic spots towards the center of the island.
Your first stop is one of Ibiza’s most beautiful white villages – Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera – which you can reach from Portinatx in under half an hour.
It is an interesting mixture of old and new, with traditional agriculture and restaurants coexisting with trendy bars.
Take a moment to relax in the main square and admire the whitewashed fortress church overlooking it, then check out the famous Bar Costa, filled with paintings swapped for food by hungry artists!
From there take the 15 minute drive to Santa Agnés.
This pretty little village is located in a valley filled with almond trees and features rows of traditional white houses. There are no attractions as such – just a unique rural charm that makes it feel as if you have stepped back in time.
The surrounding countryside is jaw-droppingly beautiful, especially in January when the almond trees bloom.
Finally, take the short drive east to the wine-making valley of Sant Mateu, where you’ll find the tiny village of Sant Mateu d’Albarca. Be sure to visit the church in the center of the town.
Built in typical Ibizan style, it features a large open-fronted vestibule and traditional bell tower.
At the end of your long weekend in Ibiza, enjoy a meal in the lush candlelit gardens of La Paloma, a Mediterranean restaurant in the little village of San Lorenzo.
Surrounded by fruit groves, it has a welcoming family atmosphere and an ever-changing menu. The farm-to-table ethos ensures that every meal contains only the finest and freshest local produce, much of it grown on-site.
Are 3 Days In Ibiza Enough?
Ibiza is a fascinating little island, filled with everything from secret coves to bustling resorts. It would be easy to spend a week or more seeing all it offers.
However, this itinerary setting out what to do in Ibiza in 3 days gives you an insight into every aspect of Ibizan life, from the traditional to the modern.
Just remember that you will need three full days to do everything listed here. Add an extra night to your stay if you arrive late in the day, or have an early departure time.
Where To Stay In Ibiza
There is no shortage of excellent accommodation in Ibiza, with options suitable for every budget.
Here are some of our favorite places to stay.
Best Budget Accommodation
The Aparthotel Playasol Jabeque Soul offers good value for money, with an ideal location between Playa d’en Bossa and Ibiza Town.
Each room has a balcony with a sea view, there are separate swimming pools for adults and children, and a tasty buffet breakfast is available.
Best Mid-Range Accommodation
The adults-only Mikasa Boutique Hotel enjoys a quiet location in Ibiza town.
The rooms are beautiful, decorated with only natural materials and with designs inspired by one of the four seasons or 12 moons.
The property’s terrace bar features a restaurant serving Mediterranean and international cuisine, with an à-la-carte breakfast also available.
Best Luxury Accommodation
For an unparalleled experience and world-class service, look no further than the Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay.
Featuring 3 fine restaurants, 2 pools, and a brand new rooftop terrace, this exclusive hotel offers a range of elegant rooms and suites, many with sea views.
Touches of luxury are everywhere, and guests particularly love the Japanese fare available at the on-site Nobu restaurant.
Final Thoughts On This Itinerary For Three Days In Ibiza
Combining popular resorts, natural coves, scenic villages, and good food, this itinerary will allow you to experience the very best of Ibiza’s attractions and atmosphere.
We hope that you enjoy every moment of your stay.
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