This area to the North West of the island is nothing but contrasts. When most people hear the words San Antonio it conjures up images of Brit’s abroad, loud music and fried breakfasts. In some part, this assumption would be correct but this is limited to the main strip in San Antonio town. Haven on Earth have an array of villas situated in the unspoilt areas of San Antonio, near to the ammenities of Ibiza Town and some of the best beaches on the island.
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There are plenty of small towns within the San Antonio municipality that retain their old Ibizan charm. The tiny village of Buscastell for example, still remains unspoilt and a lovely place to spend time. Buscatell is situated on the country road from San Rafael to Santa Agnes. It is very small but has a lovely atmosphere. The village consists of a little church, a school, a bar and a small supermarket and that's about it. The local bar called 'Can Tixedo' not only serves drinks and fantastic tapas, but also doubles as an art gallery, displaying the works of locally based sculptors and painters. Definitely worth a visit!
Santa Agnes is another small town on the outskirts San Antonio that is definitely worth a visit. Santa Agnes is a wonderful place to visit in order to discover the real Ibiza, far away from the hustle-and-bustle of Ibiza Town and San Antonio. If you are heading to one of the western beaches, why not stop off here for a quick drink and a walk around? The town comprises of a church, a supermarket, a few bars and several fincas - but not much else, which only adds to the rural charm.
Like most Ibizan towns that have remained unspoilt by tourism, the town is dominated by the church. This is the case with San Rafael, a small village in the centre of the island and listed under the municipality of San Antonio. This little town is synonymous with pottery and there are two shops in the village that sell ceramic items, perfect for gifts to take home.
In the 1960’s San Antonio town was still a peaceful fishing harbour, this unfortunately is no longer the case. With the tourist boom large hotels appeared along with clubs, bars and souvenir shops attracting the Brits along with 18-30 holiday makers in search of bar crawls and all night clubbing.
The harbour promenade runs around the bay. On the other side of the street lies the Passeig de ses Fonts with its landmark fountains. The promenade continues along the sandy beach to Sa Punta des Moli at the southern end.
San Antonio in not the place for a cultural or relaxing holiday. However, if you do find yourself in the area and fancy watching on of the best sunsets you can imagine head to The Café del Mar. This bar is synonymous with the famous Ibizan sunset after successfully timing the setting of the sun to music. As the sun disappears over the horizon the ambient music crescendos creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the onlookers gathered at the café and on the beach.
The Hidden Ibiza...
It has been said that the most beautiful people in the world can be found in New York; whoever made this statement had clearly never visited the Balearic Island of Ibiza. On most nights from May to October the trendy old town is a buzz with tall, tanned model-types from all over the world, shopping in the many boutiques, sitting down for a light meal and cocktails at a restaurant, before heading off to one of the many exclusive clubs on the island, which welcome celebrities and members of the international jet-set night after night.
However, there is far more to Ibiza than the clubbing capital of the world. Forget the Brits abroad version of Ibiza which discourages holiday-makers looking for a relaxing getaway with culture and style. This party scene only applies to a very small part to the west of the island known as San Antonio, leaving the rest of the island relatively unspoilt and undisturbed. Discount the San Antonio area and its heaving strip and you will discover a hidden Ibiza that really does have it all.
In the 1960’s San Antonio town was still a peaceful fishing harbour, this unfortunately is no longer the case. With the tourist boom large hotels appeared along with clubs, bars and souvenir shops attracting the Brits along with 18-30 holiday-makers in search of bar crawls and all night clubbing. The San Antonio harbour promenade runs around the bay. On the other side of the street lies the Passeig de ses Fonts with its landmark fountains. The promenade continues along the sandy beach to Sa Punta des Moli at the southern end. San Antonio in not the place for a cultural or relaxing holiday. However, if you do find yourself in the area and fancy watching on of the best sunsets you can imagine head to The Café del Mar. This bar is synonymous with the famous Ibizan sunset after successfully timing the setting of the sun to music. As the sun disappears over the horizon the ambient music crescendos creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the onlookers gathered at the Café del Mar and on the beach.
Ibiza, referred to as the White Island or La Isla Blanca, is by far the most diverse and beautiful of all the Balearic islands. Yes, the island is renowned for its super clubs and wild nightlife but this island also offers a laidback spiritual atmosphere making it popular with hedonists that want to completely escape from it all. Haven on Earth focus on the unspoilt areas of this beautiful island, which retain their original Ibizan charm and identity. We have a wide range of villas individually chosen to fit our client’s requirements and provide you with the perfect home-from-home in Ibiza. Our villas range across the board from small rustic fincas to large contemporary villas with all the modern conveniences and tailored luxuries that you could ask for.
The island of Ibiza is made up of 5 municipalities: San Juan, Santa Eulalia, San Jose, San Antonio and Ibiza Town/Eivissa. Haven on Earth offer villa rentals in all of these areas. Each municipality has its own identity and offers a different experience. If you are not familiar with the island and need some help deciding which area is best for you, please contact one of our travel consultant. All of our team have spent time in Ibiza and will be delighted to discuss the different options available to you.
The municipality of San Juan, the smallest municipality in terms of both population and size, located in the north of the island, it boasts some of the most beautiful beaches. Portinatx, Playa San Miguel and Cala Xuclar are all beautiful places to spend an afternoon. If you head to the north of the island you will find paradise in the way of beautiful countryside and hidden beaches with crystal clear waters. This part of the island offers a bohemian, laidback attitude. Small towns such as San Juan are probably least effected by conventional tourism and therefore known locally as ‘Hippy Headquarters’. San Juan holds residence to those on the island that seek an alternative lifestyle in favour of spirituality. This village is a fantastic place to stop off for a coffee on the way back from one of the idyllic northern beaches. There is not much going on in San Juan, but that is the main attraction… it is a favourite of the Haven on Earth team. Beside Hippies, this part of the island is popular with wealthy families who want to be within easy reach of the idyllic beaches of the North.
The area of San Jose is largest of the five municipalities on the island. It includes the South Western area and stretches from Playa d'en Bossa to San Antonio. The village of San José is relatively small. There are a few shops, cafés and restaurants, aswell as a pretty church that is worth a visit. San Jose’s coastline offers some incredible beaches and coastal resorts such as Cavallet, Ses Salines, Cala Jondal, Cala d’Hort, Cala Carbó, Cala Vedella and Cala Tarida.
In the South of San Jose lies the village of Es Cubells. This quiet yet prestigious village grew around the Carmelite church and is popular with German and British Expats who are looking for a typical Ibizan town. We recommend that you visit the church in this little town; it is more impressive than others that you may come across during your stay on the island. The pretty white-washed church in Es Cubells is positioned on a cliff so you have remarkable unobscured views out to sea. This location has become popular with wedding parties; exchanging their vows infront of this amazing backdrop of nothing but ocean views.
The island’s main urban centre is Ibiza Town, referred to as Eivissa, in the South of the island. This large town comprises of the Port, ‘La Marina’, with its large shopping scene, the former fisherman’s quarter Sa Penya and the historic Old Town ‘Dalt Vila’ meaning the 'High Town' which towers over the surrounding area and is illuminated at night like a spectacular beacon. Large ancient walls surround the Dalt Vila old town which comprises the city’s Cathedral and a Castle, currently being converted into the five-star Parador Hotel. The city’s large walls were designed to defend the city against attacks from the Berbers. Construction started in 1554 and was thought to have lasted for 31 years. Dalt Vila was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site back in 1999. Visitors to Dalt Vila enter the fortification through the ‘Portal de Ses Taules’ drawbridge, opposite the old fruit and vegetable market Es Mercat Vell. Once inside there are many craft shops, art galleries, a museum, along with many first class restaurants and bars.
The Marina also plays host to some delightful late night bars offering cocktails and the opportunity to walk along the Marina, down to the cruise ship dock extension which offers magnificent views of Dalt Vila and is a favourite walk for locals day and night. In the evening the harbour mile becomes a promenade with artists, buskers and performers on stilts trying to entice people to visit a disco, all providing entertainment for passers-by. In 1898 Ibiza town spilled over the walls of the old town quarter creating the Ibiza town as we know it. Today the Plaza Vara de Rey is the centre of town. The Montesol Hotel sits proudly on the corner of the square; the oldest hotel in Ibiza, it exudes glamour and old-school charm. Princess Caroline of Monaco, Orson Wells and Pink Floyd have all stayed here. Gradually the nearby Plaza del Parque has become equally as popular; this square is pedestrianized so it is popular with families wanting to relax with a coffee whilst the children play in the square.
Lastly, the municipality of Santa Eulalia lies on the South East of the island. The main town of the same name is popular with families and couples. Dominated by a beautiful palm tree-lined promenade, this town is not short of things to do. There are many shops, bars and restaurants, infact this town is considered to have some of the best restaurants on the island.
Santa Eulalia boasts 2 beautiful beaches, both very clean with white sands and crystal clear waters, with all the conveniences one could want close by. This town offers an array of fantastic restaurants and is considered the gastronomic gem of the island. Along the tree-lined promenade there is a fantastic range of waterfront bars and eateries to choose from. Why not do some ‘people-watching’ from the comfort of one of the many cafes, then stroll along to the marina and gaze at some of the luxury yachts moored here.The town also benefits from a wide selection of shops; from the small independent souvenir shops through to luxury boutiques selling international designers. If you do wish to visit Ibiza town, you are only a 15 minute drive away.
Santa Eulalia is quieter than nearby Ibiza town but it still offers the essential amenities that make your holiday enjoyable.The island boasts some fantastic gastronomy, whether you are looking for a chilled beach front restaurant, traditional Balearic cuisine or a Michelin star establishment, you can find it here. The island is small, infact you can drive across it in 45 minutes, meaning that you are never too far from Ibiza town offering a fantastic range of cafes, bars and restaurants.
Favourite restaurants of the Haven on Earth team:
Ibiza’s gastronomy scene is fast becoming reason to visit this stunning island. World famous eateries are arriving every season and whether you are looking for traditional Balearic fare in authentic surroundings or something more high-end, contemporary and experimental you can find it on this island. Eating out in Ibiza can be expensive but there are still plenty of little independent restaurants outside of the major towns that are worth a visit and are more reasonably priced.
If you are heading back from one of the Northern beaches and feeling peckish you must visit a traditional restaurant called Ses Arcades. From the outside Ses Arcades looks a little tired but don’t be put off. The restaurant décor is typical 1970’s Spain, with lots of dark wood, and a few older locals sitting around but that’s the charm! This family run business is open for lunch and dinner and offers traditional, homely fair and friendly service an incredible price. You will find that this restaurant is frequented by locals day and night, always a good sign. This restaurant is particularly pleasant in the evenings. There is a large covered terrace with plenty of space to relax along with a chirpy cockatiel, the resident pet. Try their rabbit with onions or their fantastic seafood paella!
It can be difficult to find a good restaurant in Ibiza town. There are many to choose from but very few are worth writing home about. Plenty are overpriced and disappointing. We can recommend restaurant options that we have found to be consistently good. Firstly, we would recommend if you are in the Marina area of Ibiza Town to visit the ‘Formentera Restaurant’. Their speciality is Paella so definitely try one of their many varieties. We recommend the seafood option with black rice.
Alternatively, if you have been sitting in one of the squares near the entrance to Dalt Vila, take a walk to Carrer de Pere Sala where you will find ‘La Brasa’. From the outside, this restaurant resembles a tropical garden with huge palms and bogenvilias cascading out of the doorway. Request to be seated in the courtyard area; this is a magical setting with palm trees, tropical flowers, fairy lights, twinkling candles and rustic chandeliers. Fascinating and very romantic, especially at night. The menu is assorted, with plenty of fresh meat, fish and a fantastic paella to choose from. Some options can be quite pricey but overall the ambience, good food and friendly service make it worthwhile.
If you are in the mood for a luxurious beach experience then look no further than ‘Beachouse’. This beach concept restaurant is located on the beach at Playa d’en Bossa. The menu has a distinct rustic Italian theme and offers a fantastic selection of food for all appetites and tastes. Beachouse is undoubtedly cool and luxurious but refreshingly welcoming and child friendly, there is even a children’s menu. Relax on one of the day beds; sip your cocktail with a background of chilled Balearic beats, while the children play on the beach. As the sun goes down, this restaurant becomes a romantic beach haven and the perfect place to experience the Ibizan sunset.
Hailed by many as the best restaurant on the island, Bambuddha Grove as long been the go-to choice for fusion cuisine. The Balinese-inspired restaurant offers delicious ‘MediterrAsian’ cuisine within a grand estate visited by the island’s elite. This unique venue offers visitors a luxurious evening amongst sumptuous furnishings with the finest food imaginable. Why not head to the ‘Tantra Cocktail Palace’ within Bambuddha where you can sample one of their signature cocktails whilst listening to one of the resident DJs.
Besides the cuisine, Ibiza also benefits from some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the world. From white sands and crystal clear waters to idyllic sunsets, this island has it all. Each beach in Ibiza, and there are 80 of them, has its own identity and charm. We recommend that during your stay you visit as many of them as possible.
Favourite beaches of the Haven on Earth team:
Aiguas Blancas; a long golden sand beach with a backdrop of imposing rocky cliffs is a perfect example of Ibiza’s unspoiled North-Eastern coast. Aiguas Blancas is one of the few nudist beaches in Ibiza, although this part of the beach is small and further up; the main stretch is dominated by families and there is a lovely restaurant, although it is quite expensive, that serves drinks and snacks. If you do decide to take a stroll up the beach to the naturist section, you will find locals and well-informed holiday makers making the most of the dark grey clay found in the rocks from the cliffs. People fill up bottles with seawater and mix handfuls of clay dust to form a paste which is then rubbed over the body to create a body mask. They sit in the scorching sun until this paste hardens, after about 15 minutes you wash this mask off and your skin is left feeling soft and purified. The turquoise waters are reasonably shallow and great for swimming, with plenty of caves and rock pools to explore. It is ideal to visit in the morning; the sun disappears behind the cliffs after 6pm. It has a steep ramp, so it may not be advisable for older persons or persons with disabilities. The beach is popular with local families and ageing hippies who want to escape the tourists.
As you follow your way down the winding hill to the small beach of Cala Vadella, you will notice the striking turquoise waters dotted by spectacular white yachts. A small crescent shaped beach plays host to a handful of restaurants enclosed by pine trees. We recommend taking a snorkel with you, Cala Vadella has a number of small rock pools and crystal clear waters meaning that it is perfect for examining the creatures that live in this beautiful sea. This beach is popular with families and German holiday-makers; it is advisable to arrive early during peak season as the beach can get quite crowded in the afternoon.
There are also some good restaurants to enjoy here; we can recommend Can Jaume for a nice dinner after a day at the beach.Situated on the northern coast, San Miguel is a charming seaside resort with a retro feel. There are a few hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. A flat, sandy cove with clear shallow waters makes this beach popular with families with children; however it is also very popular with the locals and visitors to the nearby caves of Can Marca. This beach gets very busy at weekends, so it is advisable to visit during the week.
If you are looking to escape to pure paradise a visit to the little arc shaped bay of Cala Xuclar in the north-west is a must. Surrounded by pine trees and weathered fishing huts Cala Xuclar is the perfect place to get away from it all and spend an afternoon on the sand, with a book, with only the sound of the sea to disturb you. This little gem is a great place to head to after having lunch in the near-by town of Portinax. Always a great escape as it never gets overcrowded and is mostly visited by Ibizans and clued-up expats.
Situated on the East coast of the island, S’Argamassa is a beautiful dark sand beach, small in size, (only 50 metres by 5 metres) but packed with water sports for the active holiday-maker; including windsurfing, sailing, pedaloes, parasailing and canoeing. Perfect for families who want to do more than lie on the beach. However, if sun-worshipping is more your thing, then there are plenty of tiki-style thatched umbrellas providing beachgoers with a break from sun. Conveniently located near to the resort town on Santa Eulalia, this beach is perfect for families who fancy trying a different beach to their local one, during their stay.
If you are looking for a beach nearer to Ibiza town, behind the harbour basin, only a stone’s throw from the Marina, lies the attractive beach of Talamanca. The shallow waters are safe for children. In spite of the fact that Talamanca is a popular tourist spot with hotels and restaurants it is still considerably quieter than Ses Figueretes or Playa d'en Bossa. Part of Talamanca belongs to the municipality/area of Santa Eulalia, but it is considered Ibiza town because of its proximity and easy access to the town.Playa d'en Bossa, is the longest beach on the island and it borders the municipality/area of Sant Jose.
For a long time Playa d'en Bossa was regarded as the most beautiful beach in Ibiza, now it has become popular with the young crowd due to the building of several luxury hotels favouring the clubbing scene. You won’t find many of the locals here, although the sand is white and the shallow waters are perfect for swimming, one will notice a steady stream of aircraft overhead as the beach is under the flight path. However, if one of the many clubs are hosting a beach party, the noise from the aircraft will be drowned out by the loud electronic music.
How to get to Ibiza:
You can reach the island either by plane or ship. Ibiza has its own airport in the south of the island. Several airlines provide direct access from the Spanish Peninsula and Europe.
Airlines include: Air Berlin, Air France, Easyjet, Iberia, KLM, Ryanair, Thomsonfly and Vueling. The flight time from London airports to Ibiza is roughly two and a half hours.
There are three main ports in Ibiza: Ibiza town, Santa Eulàlia and San Antonio. Apart from the ferry crossings, it is also possible to reach the island by private ship, chartered crossings and various cruises. The regular sea crossings reach the island of Ibiza from Barcelona, Valencia, Dénia and Palma de Mallorca.