Sant Antoni de Portmany

  • Sant Antoni de Portmany, Spain
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Spain

On the west coast of Ibiza, the seaside resort of San Antonio is the second biggest tourist centre on the island. Near the marina, the 'Egg of Columbus' is the true heart of the city, an essential point of reference between the pleasant seafront promenade along the beach and its port, one of the busiest places on the Balearic Islands. This long, rather urbanised coastal strip is also the undisputed realm of the British youth, who flock to the many bars each competing to be louder than the next! Among them, the legendary Café del Mar remains the venue of the unmissable 'puesta del sol'. To the sound of trendy music, the crowds flock to view the memorable sunsets, with snake charmers and jugglers with flaming torches for entertainment, as parasailing couples watch on in amusement. Fans of nightclubs should head to the Es Paradis Terrenal, near the marina. Covered with a pyramid-shaped roof, this club is famous for its 'Fiesta del agua': twice a week, the dance floor is transformed into a real pool and clubbers dance in water up to their waist! For lovers of more 'natural' pleasures, San Antonio also offers some of the most attractive coves in Ibiza, such as Cala Salada, Cala Conta, Cala Gracio and its younger sister Cala Graciete, as well as charming authentic villages like San Rafel and San Agusti.

Sant Antoni de Portmany: what to do?

For romantics, the 'Las Puertas del Cielo' café is a great place to admire the sunsets, located on the Can D'Es Pla path, near the village of Santa Agnès. From the top of the vertiginous cliffs overlooking two small rocky islets, you can gaze at the beautiful twilight in peace, away from crowds. If you want to watch a sunset in a less intimate setting, head to the legendary Café del Mar, a must for the 'puesta del sol'. Trendy music, snake charmers and jugglers with flaming torches are all on the programme: Don't arrive too late because the tables fill up quickly! Finally, San Antonio is the departure point for cruises to the famous Es Vedra rock, nicknamed the 'cathedral of the Mediterranean'. The boat runs along the magnificent coves with crystal clear waters of the southwest of Ibiza.

The seafront promenade is where San Antonio's lively bars are located. From the port of San Antonio, many boats provide transport to the most isolated beaches and creeks of the island. Don't miss the village of San Rafel with its fortified church; the view from Sa Talaia, the highest peak on the island; and the Santa Cova cave, one of the few open to visitors. Not forgetting the old town of Ibiza.

  • The beautiful, wild rocky inlets.
  • The atmosphere at the Café del Mar at sunset.
  • The small villages on the island.
  • The built up coastline.
  • The charmless hotels.

Reminders

Party people will be pleased to hear that San Antonio is also home to the Es Paradis Terrenal, near the marina. Covered with a pyramid-shaped roof, this club is famous for its 'Fiesta del agua': twice a week, the dance floor is transformed into a real pool and clubbers dance in water up to their waist!

To avoid

Avoid going to Café del Mar by car, the chances that of finding a parking space are extremely slim during peak season. Feel free to park a little further away. A little walking never hurt anyone!

Sant Antoni de Portmany: what to eat?

We recommend: the https://www.easyvoyage.co.uk/restaurant/el-clodenis">Clodenis, located on the heights of the village of San Rafael, facing a beautiful church with a white façade. One of the best restaurants in Ibiza has taken up residence in an old 18th century finca. Its lentil salad is renowned throughout the world. You can sit under the trees of the flowery terrace or on the other side of the restaurant, around the pool crossed by a wooden bridge on which there are also tables. Food lovers will appreciate the Mediterranean and Provincial cuisine with a Spanish twist. Take a leaf out of the Spaniards' book and don't arrive before 9:30pm in order to make the most of the illuminations.

Sant Antoni de Portmany: what to buy?

There are few local crafts in Ibiza. However you can bring back pottery.

Sant Antoni de Portmany Reviewedhotels
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    Sirenis Club Aura
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  • 7.2 /10
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    El Arenal
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