As you approach the town from Ibiza’s main road, impossible to miss is the iconic ‘Puig de Missa’ (Hill’s Mass), a fortified church that stands on a hill 52 meters above sea level and overlooking Santa Eularia and the only river in the Balearic Islands. Puig de Missa is one of local’s favourite temples to celebrate their special wedding days, as well as communions and baptisms.
One of the must do’s in Santa Eularia is the Ethnografic Museum qhere you will be able to enjoy the local ibicenco architecture as well as traditional jewelery, clothes, house objects and farm tools.
Santa Eulària is the third largest town on the island, situated on the East coast North of Ibiza’s town. As you continiue the main road into the town on your left you see the recently renovated main square, ‘Plaza España’ with the city council at the top of the square and some bars as Royalty, one of Santa Eularia’s oldest options, which since 2014, is part of the live music programme that runs through the summer in different establishments.
On your right hand side you’ll see ‘Passeig s’Alamera, also recently renovated and modernised square that leads onto the Promenade, both of the full with lively, vireid and all price range shops, bars & restaurants. You also hace the town’s beach and further on the marina where you can find the most exclusive bars and restaurants of the town.
Paralel to ‘Carrer Sant Jaume’, the main street, runs ‘Carrer Sant Vicent’ which is a pedestrianized and full with different style restaurants. Santa Eularia is a great place to go out for dinner and drinks when visiting Ibiza in the busiest summer months because its cuise selction, new coctail bars in the marina and the possibility to park your car without many trubles.
Jesus is a village near Ibiza town and not far from Cala Llonga, in fact, it’s extension reaches, with ‘Ses Feixes’, Ibiza’s Promenade and Talamanca but it actually belongs to Santa Eulalia’s municipality. Beeing so close to the city it is a great place for locals to live as the commute is so short, but of course that also makes it one of the most expensive areas to live in. Because it has a family atmosphere it also has a great variety of restaurants to enjoy the ibicenco night through all the year.
Jesus is, together with Ibiza, the one town which name isn’t a Saint. Its church ‘Nostra Mare de Jesús’ (Our Jesus’ Mother) is situated in the heart of the town, it’s considered to be the oldest church on the island. Despite the ever expanding sprawl of Ibiza town, there is still an open vista of green fields and orchards towards the prominent hill of Dalt Vila. It is thought that Franciscan Monks established the site in 1498, they left the site after fifty years, leaving it to the Dominican order, who also left the site for the protection of the Dalt Vila following raids by pirates. It was in 1755 that the old monastic building was turned into a parish church. What set this church above all others on the island is its Altarpiece painted around 1500 by Rodrigo de Osona. The altarpiece has 25 painted panels, with the central panel having a representation of the Virgin and child. The surrounded panel has images of Saints and has themes such as the Annunciation, Jesus Nativity, Resurrection, the Ascension.
Ses Feixes, declered World Heritage Site, are a threatened wetland area. The Moors brought with them these wet lowlands system, they are an important wintering ground and resting place for many migratory birds and constitutes a key haven for wildlife. The area is very important as wetlands such as these are rapidly disappearing in the Mediterranean region.
On the hillside above the village are two important housing developments. The Can Pep Simó estate, designed in the 1970s by Catalan architects Erwin Broner and Josep Lluís Sert. The developments are described as a combination of traditional and modern architecture and attracts students of architecture from across the globe.
Also in the area, you have s’Estanyol, a very quiet beach that’s set in unspoiled natural environment. It is an ideal beach for the sunbather as it is an east facing beach and is protected from the often prevailing wind along this stretch of the Ibiza coastline. Along the north-eastern edge of the cove there are several typical Fishermans rustic boathouses. On the opposite side of the cove there are many areas of flat rock formations which are ideal for sunbathing with a bit of privacy. The Water in the cove is crystal clear and very calm, making this a very popular snorkelling spot with hidden underwater caves.
Cala Llonga can be found resting along the East Coast of Ibiza, approximately 10km north of Ibiza Town and 5km south of Santa Eulalia
Having been nothing more than a small peaceful farming community, supported by local fishing, until the early 1970’s when it was sought out for development by a group of British businessmen. Over the last 35 years it has been transformed dramatically into a popular tourist resort. It is however accepted among locals that some 500 years ago the bay was used regularly by smugglers, who were no doubt attracted by the shelter and cover afforded by the small bay with it’s steep hills on either side.
Cala Llonga is a small self contained resort that maintains the peaceful and tranquil nature of its past. As a result it has become a popular getaway for families and couples who want to enjoy the beauty of Ibiza without being exposed to the busy Ibiza nightlife. It is particularly popular among the British and has a distinct British feel to both the resort and the clientele, no doubt influenced by the British developers. Full with souvenirs and typical English pubs, but you also have some very nice and exclusive restaurants in the vicinity, such as La Casita or Amante Beach Club which is on a cliff in Sol d’en Serra, a few minutes drive from the resort.
Cala Llonga is, also, near to Ibiza’s Golf Club in Roca Llisa, therefore it is an ideal place for golfers to stay at.
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera it’s not just the geografical centre of Ibiza, but it is also reference for those who know that there’s another Ibiza beyond partying!
Known, by the locals, as the restaurant town because its great selection, you can choose among different prices, food styles and atmosphere, santa Gertrudis is a meeting point for any local or visitor.
From Paellas to ‘Montaditos’, from Vegeterian to Argentinian roasts is the great selection you can find in this little town. All near one to the other, so by wondering around looking for the perfect spot for your family lunch, friends reunion dinner or Sunday paella, will be very easy as the centre of the town has been recently pedestrianized and the church stands right in the middle to point out the area.
Sant Carles is one of those typical, small villages in which you have a church and some restaurants, the houses will be scatered around the village, in the countryside. The church is the centre piece, it’s from the 18th century and its porch is a place to spend some time sitting and relaxing.
But Sant Carles is better known for the hippies settlements from the 60’s, still today you can sense the spirit in places like ‘Las Dalias’ (opened all year round on Saturdays 10am to 8pm; summer months on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays 7pm to 1am) or Ca n’Anneta, one of the islands most famous and traditional restaurants. In fact, Ca n’Anneta is the place to go for Hierbas Ibicencas (local herb liquor) and Flaò, a cheesecake.
Also worth visiting is Es Trull de Ca n’Andreu, a 17th century farm, with a renovated typical Ibicencan farmhouse, which has been turned into a museum. This is a great place to learn and experience the lifestyle of the native Ibicencos. Font de Peralta, this old fountain runs down through a series of small pools towards a holding tank (safareig). The Font de Morna is fed by the water filtering from the torrent of s’Argentera.
The resort of Es Canar is between Santa Eularia and Sant Carles on the North Eastern coast, so it is very famous for its outstanding sunrises. Mainly, a family resort, Es Canar has some white sandy beaches, many souvenir shops and a great selection of restaurants, pubs and a few Beach Clubs. You can catch a ferry to Santa Eulalia, Ibiza Town or Formentera from its small habour.
South from the centre of the resort you arrive to Punta Arabí where you can find one of the biggest Hippy Markets on the island, opened every Wednesday, from the 20th of May until the 28th of October, 10 am to 6pm.