The Town

The Town

Sant Joan is located on the North side of Ibiza’s island, with three main tourist resorts, Portinatx, Sant Miquel’s Port and ‘Cala Sant Vicent’

This is an area where to enjoy nature, culture and a great place to interact with the locals also where to experience some of that well known Hippy spirit. Its coastline exhibits much more than beaches, these area has vast and virgin woods with impressive cliffs, torrents and rural extensions in which agriculture is the main way of life.

Prove of the incredible nature of the area is ‘Es Amunts’, a 15.000ha surface at a 100m above sea level, with mountains reaching 400m high. This area is perfect for trekkings and has a great echological value.

In the municipality’s capital town with the same name, Sant Joan, you have Sant Joan’s market, opened every Sunday all year round from 10am to 4pm. It’s one of the most popular markets because the products you can find. Ecological and hand made produced articles, hippy style high quality clothes and great music to enliven the ibicenco Sundays.

Our trekking suggestion for this area:

Routes provided by: Consell d’Eivissa and Ibiza Mundo Activo


Portinatx is a remote, tranquile resort of Ibiza in Sant Joan’s municipality. Portinatx has been praised for its picturesque scenery and many believe it to be the most beautiful resort on the island. Landmarks include the Punta Moscarter Lighthouse and Torre de Portinatx. Like most of Ibiza, the surrounding countryside is heavily forested. The town is shadowed over by sa Descoberta, a large wooded hill rising up to roughly 250 metres above sea level.

Portinatx is a small family resort rather than a party place with warm seas off of its small beaches that remain shallow for some distance, and with several shops, bars and places to eat of various national cuisines and price brackets. There is, also, a boat service to Es Canar and Port de Sant Miguel.

La Torre de Portinatx, worked in the past as a coastal surveillance tower and was built during the eighteenth century. Its aim was to control the north coast of the island, especially abrupt. Its works were officially finished on 26 October 1763. No artillery was ever placed at this tower, its was just an observation point. The building was designed by engineer Ballester and constituted in a fairly simple way.


Sant Vicent

Sant Vicent

Sant Vicent de sa Cala is the smallest settlement on the island of Ibiza and is three kilometres west along a valley from the resort of Cala de Sant Vicent. The hamlet consists of several houses around a small rural church. Its church was built between 1827 and 1838. It has a double arched porch and sits in front of a tiny plaza contains a solitary palm tree. The façade is very plain except for a small plaque which states that the church is the ‘house of God and gate to heaven’.


La Cala is a resort in the isolated north-eastern part of the island. It is a relatively quiet and child-friendly bay with a wide sandy beach. The bay is enclosed by steep cliffs to the south and the ‘Sa Talaia’ which at its peak is 303 meters above sea level. The beach has clear, clean shallow waters.

There are many little trips you can do to the private island of Tagomago. You can also visit Es Culleram cave, not far from Sant Vicent’s town.

Cova des Culleram is on the hills above the resort, the cave plays a big part on the island History. These caves can be found on the steep rocky slopes of the Cas Rierons uplands between Cala de Sant Vicent and the village of Sant Vicent de sa Cala. The small cave system was an important place and lay at the heart of Punic religious life more than two thousand years ago. The caves were first inhabited by Bronze Age settlers around 1600 BC and later was made into a shrine by Carthaginian colonist around 500 BC until 300 BC. The Carthaginian came here to worship their deities Reshef and Melkart, after which the caves became a shrine to the goddess Tanit. The caves were rediscovered in 1907 when a series of excavations took place, the last being in 1981. These excavations, uncovered hundreds of offerings which had been placed in the dark recesses of the caves to honour the gods of the ancient world. Many of the objects recovered from the caves can be seen in the Archaeological Museum in Dalt Vila in Ibiza Town. On one side of the entrance to the cave there can be seen a cistern which has been cut into the rock. The water gathered here would have been used by the priests. Pilgrims who had made the trek here would have been ceremonially cleansed before entering the shrine.

Sant Llorenç

Sant Llorenç

The ancient village of Sant Llorenς de Balafia, is often just known by the name Balàfia and it offers a very good sample of Eivissan traditional architecture. The name comes from a time past when this was a Moorish village. The oldest part of the village consists of seven houses which includes two refuge towers and two ‘trulls’ (Olive Oil Press). Bedore arriving to the group of houses you can see an old well. The original builders believed in strength through numbers as shown by the way this settlement was built, with the dwellings in close proximity to each other. The seven houses are strung out along a gently sloping ridge running north to south.

There is a bar in the village, a mediterranean home made food restaurant, La Paloma and also a park with a picnic spot next to the church. Nearby you can also find ‘Es Amunts’ intrpretation centre and some of the best local food restaurants, such as Ca na Pepeta os Es Pins.

Sant Miquel & The Port

Sant Miquel & The Port

Sant Miquel is the largest urban centre in the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja. The village still retains a few of the older houses which sit amongst much newer shops and apartments. On the north edge of the village is the hill top parish church. The church is dedicated to the Archangel Saint Michael, its central nave was built in the XVI century and it is the cross shape what makes this church different.

In the town square of  Sant Miquel you can visit its artisan market, every Thursday from 6 to 10 pm, from June to Spetember. Full with stalls selling art & handicrafts, local products, all typical things of Ibiza and it also has a second hand market. At around 6.30pm the market presents live music by a local artists.


Port de Sant Miquel is an important turist resort some kilometres from the town. It’s a great place for sea sports and it is self-contained with bars, restaurants and shops. One of Ibiza’s best hotels from all times is in the area, Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena is a five star hotel with a lot to offer.

Another of the beauties on this area is sa Cova de Can Marçà, was used by smugglers. Located, between 10 and 40 metres above sea level, it it opened to the public and it is worth the visit. Just the walk to the cave’s entrance makes it worth it, as the views from the Port are amazing.


Benirrás is one of Ibiza’s most famous beaches. It’s set against a backdrop of densely pine forested cliffs. The beach is a mixture of pebbles and sand with rocks at either end of the beach. The bay’s crystal clear sea makes the cove a popular spot for snorkelling. The sheltered bay is a popular spot for the spectacular sunsets, and a fantastic way of enjoying this parrticular event, is from a kayak.

There are many paths for walkers leading away from the beach through the surrounding woodlands of unspoilt natural beauty. Offshore in the middle of the bay lies the iconic rock called Cap Bernat. The rock is said to resemble, variously, a woman at prayer, a giant baby, or the Sphinx.