The Towns

The Towns

Sant Josep is the largest municipality in the island. On the East, it shares Platja d’en Bossa with the municipality of Eivissa, and Sant Antoni’s Bay on the West. Apart from Sant Josep’s town, the municipality includes the parishes of Sant Jordi, Sant Agustí and es Cubells, all of them quiet picturesque villages with beautiful churches.

Sant Josep offers important tourist resorts, as well as some of the most beautiful coves and fisherman coves in the Pitiusas.
The coastline is full with cliffs and islets, such as famous Vedrà, you have great treks in many different parts of the municipality.

Sant Jordi de Ses Salines

Sant Jordi is situated between the Airport and Ibiza town, but it is also the nearest town to Playa d’en Bossa’s tourist area. The centre piece of Sant Jordi, like in most towns on the island, it is its majestic and fortified church. It was built to meet the spiritual needs of the people working in Ses Salines salt ponds.

Sant Jordi’s horse racecourse is the venue for the biggest flea market on the island ‘Mercadillo Sant Jordi’. It takes part every Saturday, all year round (weather permited) from 8am to 3pm.

Sant Jordi is also great for local food, like Can Sala, great ‘bocadillos’, burguers and ‘Montaditos’ (different toppings on toasted bread) and a great place to rock like a local!

Another great place, more of a gourmet style, for burguers, cocktails & live music is Vinyl.

Not far from Sant Jordi you have Ses Salines beach & Natural Park and Sant Francesc village, Es Cavallet beach and Es Codolar stony beach.


Sant Agustí des Vedrà

Sant Agustí is a small village that sits on top of a hill on the main road from Sant Josep to Sant Antoni. The village consists of three narrow streets clustered around the small parish church. The fields surrounding the village have grapevines, which produce a home-made fruity red wine of excellent quality. Nearby you have many beaches, such as Platges de Comte and Cala Bassa

A traditional Ibiza house in the center of Sant Agustí Village is Restaurant ‘Can Berri Vell’, it is located in front of the typically ibicenco architecture church and a magic place to enjoy gastronomy, conversation and a good bottle of wine.

Ses Salines

Ses Salines

Sant Francesc is the gateway to Ses Salines Natural Park & Beach as well as Es Cavallet & Cap des Falcó. It is, probably, the smallest village on the island as it only has a church and two bars.

Ses Salines of Ibiza and Formentera, salt pans and marshes which were designated a Natural Reserve in 1995 and Natural Park in 2001. Endemic plant and animal communities co-exist here in a rich ecosystem where salt is a dominant feature. All this makes their landscapes and beaches unique and unrepeatable. In earlier times, Ibiza was called the island of salt, and it is so to such an extent that its inhabitants were guaranteed a supply of the condiment by law. Still today, it is in working conditions using the traditional methods, it is a place not to be missed when visiting the island.


Cap des Falcó is the nearest end to ses Salines on the pebbled beach of Es Codolar, this is one of the longest and least visited beaches on the island but it still has a ‘chiringuito’, Soul Beach with good Italian food and the best music welcome you on the opposite end. Experimental Beach Club, on Cap des Falcó’s end, right under the planes trail, is also a great place to chill with a cocktail while watching the sunset.

Ses Salines Beach being ‘the fashionable’ beach and meeting point of celebrities that it is, is part of the Natural Park of Ses Salines, a strongly protected area due to its high ecological value. Considerably long, it is very popular because of its blue waters, thanks to the ‘Posidonia Oceánica’ (a protected and declared World Heritage Site marine plant), the great variety of the services it offers and its closeness to the city of Eivissa. Full with ‘chiringuitos’, from the very far right end, Guaraná to the Jockey Club near sa Trinxa via Malibú, a mandatory stop for the celebrities.

Es Cavallet is right next to it and, although having pretty much the same conditions as Ses Salines, it’s mostly visited by nudists and the gay community, which to be completely honest, makes it less crowded and easier to get a spot in the busiest months in summer.

Es Vedrà

Es Vedrà

Es Cubells, a charming little village, not far away from Es Vedrà o Cala d’Hort, is a must stop on your tour around the island because its church and stunning views from the cliff where stands a tribute to the fishermen. In this area you can find beautiful fishermen beaches and coves, such as Ses Boques, Cala Llentrisca, Es Torrent and Porroig.


The silhouette of Es Vedra arising from the sea is the best logo for Ibiza as a brand. It is 413 meters high, is part of the Cala d’Hort nature reserve and it is uninhabited. The only inhabitants today are a sub-species of wild goat, which lives on the slopes and caves of the island. There is also a sub-species of the Ibizan wall lizard on the island. It is also home to a colony of the endangered bird of prey called Eleonora’s falcon. 

Rumour has it that the island used to be home to sirens and sea-nymphs. It is also thought of as the holy island of Tanit, the Phoenician lunar goddess, worshiped as the fertility goddess who became Ibiza’s patroness. Legend has it that specific sacrifices were made to Tanit during full moons on the shore of the island.

The Giant

Es Vedrà is also the setting for one of Ibiza’s popular fables (Rondalles). Es Gegant des Vedrà (The Giant of Es Vedrà) is the tale about two brothers who, to cure their father of an incurable illness, had to go to Es Vedrà island to gather rock samphire and face the huge giant who lived on the island, huddled in one of the island’s many caves. The two brothers’ ingenuity, along with the help of sea urchins, managed to debilitate the giant, and thus collect the samphire for the cure.


Many people have claimed to have seen UFOs around the island and some believe that there is a secret UFO base under the sea here, and that Es Vedrà is their gateway or navigation beacon. One such sighting is famously known as Caso Manises. On November 11, 1979 a commercial flight between Mallorca and Tenerife was redirected to make an emergency landing in Valencia. The pilot reported a strange rapid moving light aproaching his aircraft close to the island of Es Vedrà. He sent out an SOS signal and as the air traffic controller was unable to identify the object he was urged to change his flight path.

The beach of Cala d’Hort, from where you can see the Rock is a nice tranquil beach where you can enjoy fresh fish with the best views on the island. That is Restaurante ‘El Carmen’.

Cala d’Hort, along with the beaches of Es Xarcu, Es Torrent, Es Cubells, Ses Boques, Cala Carbó occupy the south-west coast of the Sant Josep area. Also full of restaurants and bars where to enjoy local food and fresh fish.

Sa Talaia

Sa Talaia

Sa Talaiassa, also known as Sa Talaia or Sa Talaia de Sant Josep, is the highest mountain on the island of Ibiza. It is located in the southwest of the island. Talaia, the name of the mountain, means “watchtower” in Catalan, Talaiassa referring to a specially large one.

Sant Josep de sa Talaia, the island’s largest municipality, is named after this mountain.

The way up is easily accessible for any type of vehicle. To get there you must leave the village of Sant Josep towards Sant Antoni and then turn left to Cala Vadella. You will find a sign to the left on the road to Cala Vadella. One you are at the top, on clear days, you can enjoy some of the most stunning views of the island.

Our cycling suggestion for this area:


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

Pirate Towers

Pirate Towers

Seven are the defense towers better known as, Pirates Towers, four of them are located in the municipality of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia. These towers were built between the 16th and 18th centuries with the purpose of protecting the Ibicenco population of the comings and goings of Turkish pirates, and later on of the British, French and Dutch troops. The towers were built in high spots of the island and close to beaches where the enemy landings were more easy.

Torre d’en Rovira: in the westernmost area of the Portmany Bay. This tower was buil in 1763 and has a greater height and diameter, while retaining the proportions, offers spectacular views overlooking the ‘Illots de Ponent’ (islets of the west) and in the opposite direction you can see a beautiful view of the Bay of Sant Antoni. This tower is easily accessible, located east of ‘Platges de Comte’.

Torre des Savinar, or most well known as ‘Torre del Pirata’: this is the most famous tower in Ibiza thanks to its fantastic views of Es Vedrà. Located on the left of Cala d’Hort beach (also a Nature Reserve), it’s one of the few towers that can be accessed inside. Another of the most visited, magical and great treks is Atlantis, an ancient Roman quarry where the marès stone was extracted to build the Renaissance walls of Dalt Vila.

Torre de Sal Rossa or des Carregador: this defence tower was built in the 16th century to protect the inhabitants of Ibiza and the workers of the salt ponds from possible lootings of Turkish and North African pirates. Since, at that time, the salt production was the main source of wealth of the island, Sa Sal Rossa was the only watchtower which had a civilian purpose having a large interior compartment with a capacity of about 200 people.

Torre de ses Portes: between Ses Salines and es Cavallet is the tower of ses Portes, characterized by having a more slender structure than the rest. It’s purpose was to protect a now disappeared fishing village and today only the huts remain. An idyllic place to visit, with spectacular views to Formentera.

‘Calas’ & Sunsets

’Calas’ & Sunsets

The west coast of Sant Josep is known for its beautiful sunsets and its fantastic white sandy beaches.

From South to North-West, starting with Es Codolar near the airport, we continue to Es Bol Nou beach. Locals call this one Sa Caleta which is quite confusing as that is actually the little fishermen’s cove by Es Bol Nou. You will be able to tell when you see the small cliffs formed by orange toned rocks. Nearby you have one of Ibiza’s Phoenician sites. It’s located on a small peninsula, on the southern coast of the island. Sa Caleta was an urban-type settlement, it could be compared with similar sites in the south of the Iberian peninsula.

The origins of the settlement go back to the latter part of the 8th century B.C. although it may be that initially Sa Caleta may had been some kind of provisional and seasonal base for both economic and geographic expeditions in the Pitiusas (Ibiza and Formentera).

Partly covered with pebbles and located inside a large bay facing south, we reach Cala Jondal, famous for the lively and cool beach clubs and nice restaurants settled on its shores.

Then we arrive to one of the hot spots in Ibiza, Es Cubells, Es Vedrà and Cala d’Hort.

Cala Vadella, offers many possibilities for the practice of water sports, but it also has a wide range of services, restaurants, bars, and shops.

Cala Tarida is another of the most popular beaches on the island. Very touristy, also with plenty of alternative entertainment, services and restaurants.

Next is one of the most famous beaches in Ibiza, Platges de Comte which competes with other areas to see the most spectacular sunsets on the island and probably in the World. On the horizon you can see the islets Illots de Ponent. A true paradise for kayaking or boat excursions.

And finally the beach of Cala Bassa, a true natural pool, considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island thanks to the transparency of its waters, the fine quality of the sand and the lush juniper, pine and tamarind forest that surrounds it. There is a boat trip from Sant Antoni to the beach, that it’s highly recommendable.