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Ibiza, the white isle … an island where you will certainly not get bored easily. Ibiza has it all: the craziest parties, amazing nature, beautiful landscapes for bike rides and crystal clear turquoise beaches.
We often get questions from our Bike Ibiza customers: what’s really fun to do here on the island? Which beaches are good for resting our legs after a bike tour? What are good restaurants where we can have a nice dinner?
So for all our guests: the ones on a day trip on the mountain bike/road bike & the bikers on a Bike Ibiza cycling holiday: in this blog, we will give you a short overview of the regions of Ibiza, including some nice beaches and restaurants.
Ibiza mainly consists of 3 parts. The North/East with the towns of San Juan, San Carlos and Santa Eularia, the South with Ibiza town, Playa den Bossa and San José and the West Coast with San Antonio.
All are totally different but equally beautiful, each region in its own specific way.
THE QUIET NORTH/EAST
Santa Eularia is the 3rd largest city on the island. Most people come here to relax and enjoy nature and/or sports activities. In this town, you will not come across many partygoers. It is a haven for couples, families and people with children.
Ibiza is known for its hippy markets. Santa Eularia is the area where you will find the best hippy markets of the island.
On Wednesday there is the market of Punta Arabi, which is immediately the largest market on the island. Here you can wander around for hours looking for nice clothes or gifts for the home front.
The market of Las Dalias is the most beautiful market, here you will find the most beautiful stalls and special articles. The atmosphere is just great here, often they also have live music. The Saturday market is open all year round and in high season on some evenings too. Many bars and places to eat, highly recommended: Las Dalias
(Colourful stalls @ Las Dalias hippy market)
A little further to the north lies the village of San Joan. On Sunday mornings there is also a nice hippie market going on the cosy town square. The atmosphere is super chilled here, always with live music. This market is also visited frequently by the locals.
Cala Benirras is a beach you must have been to at least once. This is the legendary hippie beach in the North of the island. On Sunday evening the hippies play the drums until the sun sinks into the water. This is a tradition that has been maintained for many years.
There are several places to eat on the beach while you enjoy one of its legendary sunsets.
(Benirras, one of its legendary sunsets)
Aguas Blancas is also a gem of a beach. Small sandy beach surrounded by beautiful rock formations. To get here, you drive through San Carlos, a sweet little village, have a stroll through the streets and eat ice cream in one of the best ice cream bars of Spain.
For good food, you have plenty of options here on Ibiza. Here are a few popular restaurants in this area of the island:
Babylon beach bar: a quiet beach bar where you can chill during the day and also enjoy good food with your feet in the sand. In Santa Eulaira, with sea views:Babylon beach bar
Sa Carboneria: for the true meat lover, a card with an extensive meat variety. In the centre of Santa Eularia, garden terrace: SaCarboneria
Passion café: a health café / restaurant on the Santa Eularia promenade: Passion-ibiza
Project social: the place to be for hamburgers in St Eularia. Very varied drinks menu with a large selection of beers and cocktails ProjectSocial
Chrinicana: chill out beach bar with a hippie vibe. Part of the ‘La Playa’ campsite, located by the sea in Es Canar. (Near the hippie market of ‘Punta Arabi’) Also in the evening, with live music on Wednesdays: Chirincana
Cala Boix restaurant: authentic Ibiza restaurant located in Cala Boix (between San Carlos & Aguas Blancas). Ideal for paella and Mediterranean dishes:Restaurante Cala Boix
Bar Anita: the most famous bar on the island. In the 60s it was a meeting place for the hippies. Check out a large number of mailboxes: the people from the neighbourhood can pick up their mail hereJ . Try the homemade ‘Hierbas’ – the liqueur of the Balearic Islands & enjoy some fresh food: Bar-Anita
Antarctica ice cream: traditional ice cream parlor, run by a Dutch couple. Very tasty ice cream, completely homemade with natural products. Located on the paseo of Santa Eularia: Antarctica
Boathouse: very beautifully decorated beach restaurant , inspired by boat life & the sea. Very varied menu, also good for cocktails, juices, smoothies and ice cream: The Boathouse
BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS ON THE WEST COAST
San Antonio is the second-largest city on the island and is mainly known for its beautiful sunsets and the famous sunset strip, where Café del Mar and Café Mambo are located. Many pre-parties for the large clubs are organized on this sunset strip.
In the town centre, it’s always quite busy during the summer, the English partygoers have made it their home for decades. However, the last year’s changes are in sight, the West-End area has strict closing times now & therefore, it’s getting a bit quieter in San Antonio.
Yet this side of the island is really wonderful and has some of the most visited beaches of Ibiza.
Cala Comte beach is a top favourite for many people and with good reason.
From the Sunset ashram bar, you can enjoy the views with a cocktail until the sun sinks nicely into the sea: Sunset Ashram
The water here is beautifully turquoise and transparent, the bay is surrounded by beautiful sand rocks and the sunset here is ‘out of this world’.
(Crystalline waters @ Cala Comte)
Cala Bassa beach is another beautiful bay where the water is super clear, from here you have a wide view over San Antonio. Almost the entire beach is occupied by the Cala Bassa Beach club, not cheap, but if you want to be pampered for 1 day, go for it. They have very tasty ‘sangria de cava’ here: Cala Bassa Beach Club
Chimichurri: is a good meat restaurant not far from Cala Comte, with garden terrace: Restaurante Chimichurri
Tapas: varied tapas restaurant with snacks from all over the world, in San Antonio: Tapas
Hostal La Torre: a beautiful place to have a drink/food at sunset. Amazing views. Just outside the city: Hostal La Torre
The old town of Ibiza, called D’alt vila, is a world heritage site. Take a walk up the small alleys and admire the view from the top of the walled city.
(D’alt vila, Ibiza’s old town – a world heritage site)
Also worth a visit is an area of ‘La Marina’, check out luxury yachts dock and have a stroll till the end of the street. The very lively area at night with a lot of bars & cocktail lounges.
Food & Drinks
The ‘Plaza del Parque’ is a cosy, typical ‘plaza’ in the heart of the town, just behind the Vara De Rey. It’s a good place for some people watching from one of the many terraces.
The Croissant show: Iconic French-style café / bistro with French Croissants and pastries. At the entrance of the old town. Nice for breakfast, cakes, dessert, drinks, lunch or for people watching at nighttime: Croissant Show
Kaixo Ibiza: tapas restaurant with a Basque twist in the centre of the city, somewhat hidden in an alley. Good price/quality ratio: Kaixo
San Jose is a small & quiet village in the south of the island. This village is located close to beaches such as Cala Jondal (for luxury with beach bar Blue Marlin), Sa Caleta (beautiful with red rocks) and Cala D’hort (famous for Es Vedra).
Cala D’Hort is a very popular beach, mostly because of the amazing views over Es Vedra. This is the magic rock that lies just off the coast there.
For the locals, Es Vedra is a rock with special powers, there is a mystical atmosphere and the area is fantastic. Meditations are often organized here because the energy here is different & relaxing.
Take a walk to the pirate tower, so you have an even better view of Es Vedra. Es Vedra is also a real highlight for the sunset. Breathtakingly beautiful….
Casita Verde is located in a beautiful valley next to the village of San José. This beautiful place is an eco-educational centre that is open to the public every Sunday. The Green Heart works with many volunteers who live there, are trained and supervised. In Casita Verde, they show you how to live sustainably. Every Sunday you can visit the centre for a delicious organic and vegetarian lunch, followed by a tour. You can become a member of 10€ and your lunch will be free. Future visits lunch will cost you 7€. Often with live music. (open to public only on Sundays) Casita Verde
Carmen: fish restaurant in Cala D’hort with views to Es Vedra. Speciality in paella, bullit de peix and seafood: El Carmen Cala d hort
Es Boldado: restaurant above Cala D’hort with views to Es Vedra. Speciality in paella and Mediterranean dishes: Restaurante Es Boldado
Jul’s: modern Greek restaurant. Experience Mediterranean cuisine with a twist. On the road to Sa Caleta: Juls
Can Limo: Peruvian fusion cuisine and extended cocktail list, based on Peruvian Pisco. Located just outside the village of San Jose: Can Limo
You can feel it already, Ibiza will not leave you unmoved…
Discover this paradise, enjoy its beauty & cuisine.
Feel the essence of the island.
Eric & Wendy @ Bike Ibiza
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