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Ibiza - Charming towns and leisurely beach days

Far from its party capital image, Ibiza boasts striking scenery, charming family resorts and many of the best beaches in the Balearics. The coastline offers incredible variety, from long sandy shorelines to secluded rocky bays. Further inland, undisturbed villages and white-washed houses are set in hilly hideaways among the lemon and olive groves. Coastal areas cater for every conceivable sports and leisure activity, while those who seek pure relaxation just tune into Ibiza’s laidback tempo.

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Santa Eulalia

Full of local charm, Santa Eulalia is deservedly popular. Little white houses with colourful flowers trailing down their walls, cluster around the fortified hilltop church. Perfect if you want to relax and people watch, the quaint square brims over with pavement cafés, tapas bars and market stalls, as well as some of the best restaurants on the island. You’ll find a delightful seafront here with a carefully tended promenade, a white sand beach and bustling marina.

  • 40mins fromIbiza

San Juan

You can get a taste of the laid-back Ibizan lifestyle in this delightful, rural village. A hippy culture still remains here, and the area is still popular with intellectuals, musicians and farmers alike who gather in one of the last remaining authentic towns of Ibiza. San Juan boasts old and new style bars and cafes in the centre of the village, with its traditional church at the heart. You'll find the coast within easy reach, and the attractive resort of Portinatx with its two sandy beaches, ideal for families, is just a short drive from San Juan. Portinatx also has a little port and sheltered waters for all kinds of watersports, plus quieter coves to explore nearby.

  • 40mins fromIbiza

San Agustin

San Agustin is one of the smallest, prettiest and best preserved villages on the island. Situated between San Jose and San Antonio, the village enjoys a position close to a wide range of stunning beaches. The centre of San Agustin is set on the hillside and offers beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding pine forests, and there is also superb cuisine, local bars and shops on offer.

  • 30mins fromIbiza


One of the top beauty spots in Ibiza, this much-loved resort is set around a pretty cove with a backdrop of lush green pine forests. Portinatx has become a popular choice amongst families, with the main beach providing sheltered bathing and water activities for all ages. The town itself provides low-key nightlife with a selection of bars and restaurants.

  • 45mins fromIbiza

San Rafael

You can enjoy a relaxing, sun soaked Ibizan holiday in the quiet village of San Rafael. A few local amenities are available when you need them including a handful of cafés, restaurants and a supermarket as well as some excellent craft shops. San Rafael is famed for the wonderful, locally produced ceramics, which you will see on display around the village. You can easily explore the rest of the island by car from San Rafael - it's only a 20 minute drive either way to bustling San Antonio and the island’s capital, Ibiza Town.

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San Jordi

San Jordi is a typical Ibicenco town in the Ses Salinas area, just a few miles from Ibiza Town and slightly inland from Playa d’en Bossa Beach. There are a small number of shops and restaurants, whilst nearby resorts also offer a wider range of amenities within a few minutes' drive.

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San Miguel

You can truly relax in this peaceful, unspoilt rural village, set within the tranquillity of beautiful, forested hills. The village has rows of traditional little houses, shops and restaurants. You can easily enjoy days on the beach from here - just four kilometres away is Port de San Miguel, with its broad sandy beach protected by the surrounding cliffs. The bay is perfect for families with its soft sand and shallow waters and you’ll also find plenty of watersports and lots of room to run around. You may also like to enjoy relaxing evenings enjoying a meal or a drink in one of the bars and restaurants set alongside the little fishing port and beach.

  • 45mins fromIbiza

Cala Conta

Boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in Ibiza, Cala Conta is the perfect location for a tranquil villa holiday. The beach is split into several different stretches of sand lapped by crystal clear waters. Popular for swimming and snorkelling by day, in the evening you can also enjoy spectacular sunsets as you gaze out over the Mediterranean Sea. There are several excellent restaurants located at the top of the rocky terrain behind the beach, where you can spend warm evenings enjoying good food and the fantastic views. The neighbouring resorts of Cala Tarida and San Jose are just a short drive away.

  • 40mins fromIbiza

Ibiza Town

One of the most fascinating parts of the island, Ibiza Town is charming and vibrant, offering a great mixture of daytime and nighttime attractions. The historic Old Town, surrounded by spectacular 16th Century walls, has windy streets with spectacular restaurants and views. For the energetic nightlife, head to the Port area, or why not shop till you drop in the local stalls and boutiques, open till the early hours!

  • 15mins fromIbiza

Playa d'en Bossa

The popular beach resort of Playa d’en Bossa is easy to reach being close to the airport and home to Ibizas longest stretch of sand. The relaxed atmosphere and shallow waters make the beach perfect for young families. Set just a few kilometres from Ibiza Town, it is also a popular resort for those looking for a lively fun-packed holiday, with a good selection of lounge bars and eateries being within walking distance. There are many boat excursions departing from Playa d’en Bossa, enabling you to explore numerous other parts of the island including Ibiza Town, Figueretas, Portinatx and San Antonio.

  • 10mins fromIbiza

San Antonio

The resort of San Antonio is one of Ibiza’s most popular, drawing in tourists from all over the globe, offering something for everyone. Experience one of the celebrated sunsets at Café del Mar, after spending a day paddling in the shallow waters of the bay. The resort offers international restaurants, bars and entertainment, and all just a 20 minute drive from the airport.

San Antonio Bay

San Antonio Bay has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and a choice of half a dozen beautiful beaches. Our properties are located in the quieter end of San Antonio. A road runs out from the resort centre offering an endless array of bars, restaurants and family entertainment within easy reach.

  • 30mins fromIbiza

San Carlos

A beautiful area dotted with charming farmhouses and edged by bays of crystal clear waters, the village of San Carlos is popular with locals and visitors alike. For years it has attracted writers, artists and musicians, who have helped to develop the wonderful, cosmopolitan atmosphere. At the centre of San Carlos is a former concert hall and bar, Las Dalias. Bob Marley and Mick Jagger both played at the venue, which is now home to the best hippy market in the area – smaller, yet more atmospheric than the famous one at nearby Es Canar.

  • 40mins fromIbiza

Santa Gertrudis

In the heart of the island, Santa Gertrudis is a lovely rural village steeped in tradition. Dominated by the centrally positioned church, its main square has a cluster of traditional Ibicenco restaurants and café-bars, combined with new, chic establishments – popular with locals and tourists alike, to sit and watch the world pass by. Just a 15 minutes drive from Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town, Santa Gertrudis is a great location to explore the island.

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Your Ibiza Villa holiday

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Outdoor pursuits in Ibiza

The natural beauty of Ibiza’s landscape lends itself perfectly to an enormous choice of outdoor leisure activities. Walking, hiking and trekking are popular ways to soak up the scenery and sunsets. Coastal routes take you from beach to beach and a trip into the mountains offers spectacular sea views from the cliff tops.

A sports paradise, the island has golf courses, horse riding, diving and boat trips. Taking one of the many tour trains is also a great way to see the island away from its bustling beach resorts.

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On the beach in Ibiza

With nearly 60 beaches to choose from on Ibiza, you’re never far from a wonderful stretch of golden sand or a sheltered cove. The island’s waters are also amongst the cleanest in the Mediterranean.

In the north, Portinatx offers magnificent panoramic views, rocky shorelines and a seabed of fine, white sand. You’ll find Playa d’en Bossa in the south has the longest sandy beach on the island – an ideal setting for families. For something a bit more active, watersports are available at larger resorts in peak season.

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Atmospheric evenings in Ibiza

There’s no escaping the fact that Ibiza is the world’s clubbing capital. With its contemporary and unique nightspots, the island remains one the most fashionable destinations in Europe.

A variety of stylish and traditional low-key bars and restaurants can be found all over the island. Here you can spend hours sampling delicious fresh seafood or typical tapas while lounging on luxurious scatter cushions. Intimate little bars line the winding lanes of the Old Town of Ibiza, whilst nearby Playa den Bossa offers a livelier nightlife.

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Retail therapy in Ibiza

Shopping on Ibiza offers a truly unique experience. Across the island you’ll find a selection of outlets, most of which stay open late.

Hippy markets provide the perfect opportunity to sample this much-loved Ibizan culture. Colourful stalls sell exotic batik wraps and clothing, tailor-made leather moccasins and a tantalising variety of east Asian silver jewellery and trinkets. Trendy boutiques are famous for their ‘ad-lib’ fashions, whether you go day or night-time shopping in the Old Town of Ibiza. Art galleries and local crafts are also in abundance here.

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Not to be missed...

  • Explore Ibiza Town. Visit the fortified Dalt Vila (old town) with its ancient cathedral, monastery, museums, boutiques, art galleries and cafés. Then take in the bustling port with its amazing mix of markets, buskers and millionaires’ yachts.
  • Have a wild wet day at a water park or go snorkelling and discover the wonderful underwater world.
  • Be part of a long-established Ibizan tradition, and watch the sunset near the rocky islands of Es Vedra and Es Vedranell from the cliffs at 'L'Era d'Es Mataret' near Es Cubells.
  • Visit the weekly Wednesday hippy market at Es Canar.
  • Take a boat trip to the little sister island of Formentera and switch off - no planes, and no five star hotels - just Caribbean-like turquoise seas, white sand beaches and charming villages.

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Confirmed stay: 03 September 2016
Published on: 30 October 2016
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