Worth getting out of bed for
There are good dive schools in Cala San Vicente (on the north side of the island) and in the Marina area of Santa Eulalia. You can charter any kind of boat through the hotel, just ask at reception. Or if you need a fix of retail therapy, or fancy perfecting your Ibi chic look, Benirrás Beach is great for bikinis, embroidered dresses, leather sandals and jewellery. The night market in San Carlos on Monday night is also fun for a trawl.
For lunch, try the humble Es Bigote on Mastella beach, serving only fish stew; you’ll eat like royalty – provided you can get a table. There’s no phone so book in person a few days in advance. For all your favourite Spanish lunchtime fare, head to Restaurante Cala Xarraca (+34 971 33 35 18) in the cove of the same name; the fish stew is especially tasty. It’s very popular, but you can sit on the beach while waiting for a table to become available. La Paloma in San Lorenzo (+34 971 32 55 43) offers delicious Italian cooking at dinnertime. The ambience is so relaxed that it almost feels as though you are in someone’s home. For tasty tapas, Bar Destino in San Jose (+34 971 80 03 41) is opposite the church; no need to book for lunch but do so for dinner. For a respite from Mediterranean flavours, the Cardamom Club on Camino Puig de Missa in Santa Eulalia (+34 971 33 00 17) is a stylish Indian restaurant. Far for the madding crowd, S’Illot (+34 971 32 05 85) is just off the road to Portinatx, and is a great plastic-tables-and-chairs beach restaurant which specialises in paella and fish; build up an appetite splashing in the lovely clear waters there.