When you think of Ibiza it often conjures strobe-lit images of thumping nightclubs, relentless partying, and rowdy intoxicated young people having the time of their lives. Granted, Ibiza has certainly earned its reputation as a clubbing mecca. However, there’s a lot more to it than most with only a casual knowledge of the island might realise. If you’ve previously dismissed Ibiza as nothing more than a party haven, then think again! Whilst the San Antonio area of the island is still a firm favourite for clubbing holidays, other parts of the island exist at a far more relaxed pace and make for truly gorgeous holiday destinations. One of those gems in particular is Ibiza’s third largest resort, Santa Eulalia.
Santa Eulalia Promenade
Situated on the western shore of Ibiza, Santa Eulalia offers the perfect blend of relaxation and leisure, making it a wonderful holidaying environment for both couples and families. You can do as much or as little as you want, and nothing feels imposed upon you. A short 14 mile drive from Ibiza Airport will take you to the heart of the resort, with its stretch of hotels overlooking the beautiful palm-lined promenade, the(child friendly) sandy beaches and azure blue sea beyond.
Santa Eulalia has accommodation to suit every budget and holiday maker. With a fantastic selection of hotels to suit families such as the Apartahotel Orquidea, with it’s magnificent views of the sea, to self catering apartments, all the way up to high end luxury villas with their own swimming pools and spas.
Shops & Amenities
The main shopping areas of Santa Eulalia are all situated within good walking distance from most hotels and make an intriguing destination for fashionistas and casual shoppers alike. With the resort increasingly popular amongst wealthier holiday makers, there are plenty of high end boutiques offering designer goods, as well as more reasonably priced shops of every variety. Whether its clothes, jewellery, trinkets, antiques or curiosities you’re looking for, the shopping in Santa Eulalia caters. For those staying on a self catering basis, they might want to check out the grocery stores such as ‘Can Eularie’, a well stocked shop offering local seasonal produce. Other shops such as ‘Bodega Ribas’, offer a rich treasure trove of wines and spirits that’ll excite any connoisseur. From fine Riojas to champagnes, you’ll find the perfect tipple to accompany those warm al fresco evenings – and the warm and friendly staff will be more than happy to offer their advice and recommendations.
Es Cana Hippy Market
The Es Cana Hippy Market is certainly a must visit. Taking place every Wednesday from 10am – 6pm (from April through to October) and only a short bus or car journey away from the main resort, the Hippy Market makes for a unique shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir, artisan crafted ornaments, hand-made jewellery or simply a bargain – there’s some wonderful finds to be found in this bustling Mediterranean market.
Day or night there is something to suit every taste and mood when it comes to dining in Santa Eulalia. You can watch the sun set over the sea as you enjoy a decadent candle lit meal on the beautifully illuminated palm-lined promenade, or enjoy an indulgent lunch and cocktail overlooking the marina. Or like many before you, you can venture down Santa Eulalia’s famed 200 metre long ‘Street of Restaurants’ (which Is closed off to traffic during the evenings); where you’ll be spoilt for choice with a fabulous range of restaurants offering international cuisine. A stroll down The Street of Restaurants is a treat in itself, with its relaxing ambiance, tantalizing smells, and Mediterranean charm. Finding a restaurant that takes your fancy will be inevitable, the difficulty will come in choosing amongst all the other choices that also appeal.
There is also a great choice of bars dotted about the resort, the majority of which are far more relaxed haunts than you might expect in Ibiza. However, if you’re someone who occasionally likes to get a bit livelier when the sun goes down, then the go-to club ‘Guarana’ located by the port is worth a visit – offering both live music and popular guest DJs.
A trip to Formentera should be right at the top of your priorities. A short ferry journey from the mainland will take you to this little spot of unspoiled paradise. It’s a forgivable cliché of pure white sand and crystal clear water, easily comparable to the Caribbean. With the beach Formentera’s main attraction, the tiny island (which has no airport) also has some lovely restaurants and other amenities to ensure your day in paradise doesn’t go without. Many holiday agents offer packages for day trips, so be sure to enquire beforehand.
Not just a pretty resort, Santa Eulalia is quite the artistic hub; with numerous museums and galleries dedicated to local artists, some of which like the late Laureano Barrau, are now world famous. The impressionist painter’s works are now displayed in a small museum on the hill of ‘Puig De Missa’, a gorgeous 400 year old church that is also worthy of a visit. For those who fancy a little burst of exhilaration in amongst the generally slow and relaxing pace of Santa Eulalia however, they can certainly have their fix too – and the tranquil resort doesn’t hold any punches when it comes the activities available. With water sports, diving, and some fantastic nearby waterparks, there is certainly plenty to get the adrenaline going.
Perhaps the biggest attraction in Santa Eulalia however, is Santa Eulalia itself – and just how varied it can be as a resort. The small town will fit most people’s holiday desires like a glove, whatever they may be, whilst everything else remains utterly relaxed and quiet by default – which is of course the best type of default to have during a holiday. So be sure not to overlook Ibiza, as there are gems like this that are most definitely worth a visit.