For two thousand years, Sant Antoni was a small fishing village that rose from the Roman natural harbor Portus Magnus, now is one of the most famous and visited towns by many different kind of tourism. Sant Antoni does have many things to do which don’t just envolve partying. Sant Antoni is the ideal area for the best sunset you will ever see and it’s a great place to practice may different water sports and where loads of boat excursions depart from.
Presiding one of the entries to Sant Antoni you will see a big egg in the middle of a roundabout, that’s when you’ll know you are in Sant Antoni. The egg has also got a model of Santa Maria’s ship. This egg is a statue erected in the early 1990s to commemorate the local claim of having been the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Further on you get to ‘Passeig de Ses Fonts’, part of Sant Antoni’s harbourside promenade, it is an area which was developed in the early 1990s to improve the appearance of the town. Its massive fountains take the centre of the promenade, they are illuminated at night. Surrounding the square you have many different kind of restaurants and cafes offering a view over Sant Antoni Bay, during summer evenings they install a Hippy Market. It is also the best place from which to watch the massive fireworks display which celebrates the fiesta of Sant Bartholome on 24 August, one of the biggest celebrations on the island and not to be missed.
Located at the beginning of the bay of Sant Antoni you have ‘Port des Torrent’, this beatiful sand spot has been given its name because it’s generated in the mouth of a torrent, the island’s largest natural port, a great touristic resort where you’ll find all kind of activities to do, hotels to stay at and restauranst with great food to try.
San Rafael or Sant Rafel in Catalan, is a small, quiet village with little more than a church, a few bars and restaurants, some of them which you must try, such as Can Pilot. The majority of the village’s population live in the surrounding countryside.
This quiet population located in San Antonio Abad’s municipality, was among the first population settlements in Ibiza. It is known that BC there were settlements in San Rafael due to a bronze hatchet found in ‘sa Bassa Roja’, a farm in San Rafael.
San Rafael is an area of interest because of its artisan workshops where you can find different traditional and typical ceramic. Infact, is the place of work for some of Eivissa’s best potters, who have created new trends with pieces inspired in the Punic culture. Usually they work throughout the year.
Santa Agnès de Corona, is a village and parish in the municipality of San Antonio. The village occupies the ‘Pla de Corona’, in the area of ‘es Amunts’ which is shared with Sant Joan’s municipality, it’s now a protected area. Check our Sant Joan section for more about ‘es Amunts’.
It is a very quiet village where historically there hasn’t been a great center of population, living almost all the inhabitants of Santa Agnes de Corona, still at present, in houses scattered in the surroundings. The landscape of the village is still the traditional rural Ibiza. The most distinctive feature is the large number of almond trees, specialy in January and February, when they become a big attraction as it is the time of flowering.
Its church was built in 1812 and inside keeps a sculpture of ‘Nuestra Señoara del Rosary’, dating from the same period as the temple.
A few kilometers from the village you have ‘Ses Balandres’, one of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the island. An area where you can go hiking and climbing. On clear and sunny days you can see the peninsula.
Sant Mateu is a nice small town with a cemetery, a church, a bar or two, and a few houses. Within this same area, stands out Buscastell, where you can enjoy the Pitiusan countryside and where you can find most of the vineyards. From red to fruity white, is an area where you can feel the love for wine. In December, Sant Mateu’s locals celebrate the ‘Fiesta del Vino’, and hundreds of people gather to taste the island’s wines.