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Updated: April 24, 2020
Sir Joan – Sophisticated modern luxury, perfect to explore Ibiza Town and the island.
Sir Joan is a rare beast: a luxury boutique hotel that caters to pretty much all types of guests. Its lobby/bar/restaurant flows into a garden with a plunge pool, a calm space during the day, and live DJs adding a bit of spice in the evenings. Its soundproofed rooms, a masterclass in cool contemporary luxe with personality, have plenty of space for business travelers to work, along with well-stocked bookshelves to help those on holiday unwind. And its clever interconnecting rooms and suites make it perfect for groups of friends or older families. All this with the Sir chain’s wonderful collection of hand-picked local activities and not one but two fabulous eateries.
Sir Joan – Location
- Address: Passeig Joan Carles I 1, Ibiza Town.
- Area: Fabulous location in terms of walkability – 10-minute stroll (0.5 mile) to Dalt Vila and 5-minute drive (1 mile) to Talamanca Beach (via superclub Pacha). But no one will pretend that the hotel’s location isn’t a little odd: it’s on the corner of a busy roundabout with the harbor on one side and an industrial estate on the other. However, it’s right on the water, offers beautiful views over the old town, and you can get out of town very easily to explore the rest of the island.
- How to Get There: The hotel provides airport transportation and a rental car free of charge for guests staying in the more expensive rooms; otherwise, it’s an easy 11-minute drive (6 miles) from the airport. On public transport, the #10 bus runs every 15-30 minutes and takes 20 minutes to the Club Nautico (nautical club) on the port, from where it’s a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the hotel.
- Handy to: Ibiza Town’s main clubs, Formentera boat, Dalt Vila.
Sir Joan – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples, groups of friends, or in town on business. All ages are allowed and cribs are available upon request, but there are no specific amenities offered for children and no kids’ menus in the restaurant.
- Beach: The hotel’s right on the water, but it’s a working port. The nearest beach (Platja Talamanca) is a 20-minute walk (1 mile, 5-minute drive). Platja de ses Figueretes is a 30-minute walk (1.5 miles, 9-minute drive) while Platja d’en Bossa is a 10-minute drive (3 miles).
- View: The Penthouse suites (and some of the south-facing rooms on the upper floors) offer incredible views over Dalt Vila and the harbor.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
- Parking: Valet parking available (free for those staying in the more expensive rooms). Free/metered on-street parking (depending on time of day).
- Extras: Concierge service, Illy espresso machines in all rooms, and specialist art, design, and travel books on Ibiza and Spain in the lobby and rooms. For those staying in the suites, there’s champagne on arrival, a free rental car, and use of the hotel’s Dutch-style bicycles thrown in.
- When to Book: As far ahead as possible for July and August. Out of season, there’s usually some last-minute availability.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +34 871 182 525
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: sirhotels.com
Sir Joan – Amenities
- Pool: Small pool in the garden.
- Spa: No spa but in-room treatments available on request (extra charge).
- Fitness Center: Small fitness area in the garden with mats, kettlebells, and straps.
- Laundry: Dry cleaning/laundry service available (extra charge).
- For Disabled Guests: Upper floors accessible by elevator.
- Activities: The Sir Explore program links up visitors with local specialists to provide a range of local experiences such as snorkeling, dance classes, yoga, hiking, etc. (extra charge). Available for non-guests too. Sushi-making lessons available on request at Izakaya restaurant.
- Other Facilities: Sir Joan has its own fully-staffed luxury boat for guests to rent. There are also bicycles to rent (free for guests staying in suites).
Sir Joan – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Izakaya opened in 2019 on the back of the chain’s fabulous reputation in other major European cities. Located on the hotel’s ground floor, with tables sprawling out into the garden, it offers Japanese-Peruvian fine dining in sharing plates with an emphasis on wagyu beef, raw fish dishes, and mouth-watering veggie options. Excellent cocktail, wine, and sake menu, take-out sushi boxes, and sushi-making lessons available on request. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with bar bites available in between. $$$-$$$$. ● The Butcher serves up high-end, inventive burgers (with chicken, fish, and vegetarian options) and milkshakes to eat in or take away. Open 1pm-7am to catch anyone with the post-club munchies. $.
- Lounge/Bar: Izakaya’s generous polygonal bar takes center stage on the hotel’s ground floor and stocks a wide range of champagnes, wines, and sake, and makes excellent craft cocktails and mocktails until 1/2am (low/high season), often with live DJs on the decks. Next door at The Butcher you can enjoy boozy milkshakes and beer all night long.
- Breakfast: Delicious breakfast includes one meal (from Full English or American Pancakes to Açai Bowls) plus buffet, served in Izakaya or in bed. Included for those staying in suites, otherwise €39. Served 8am-12:30pm.
- Room Service: Rooms come with a goody box and a room service menu with food and drink. Food from both restaurants and the bar is available most of the day and night (not 24 hours; check availability – hours change with the season).
Sir Joan – Rooms
- Room Types: Boutique • Deluxe • Supreme • Corner Studio • Grand • Sun Deck • Penthouse • Grand Penthouse
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is permitted on balconies.
- Best Room: The hotel’s Grand Penthouse joins the 2 top-floor Penthouse suites together. It is famously known as the most expensive room on the island as prices can soar to above $5,000 in the summer (far less out of season). It offers classy modern opulence with a lot of perks: 2,800 sq ft of space with another 1,700 sq ft of terrace; wraparound views of Ibiza Town, the harbor, ocean, and hills inland; two bedrooms, each with a lounge area; a premium cocktail bar; a rental car with valet parking; airport transportation, breakfast, and the use of the hotel’s bikes. All this on top of the features that come as standard: AC, soundproofing, phone, bottled water, pillow menu, bathrobes, a B&O Bluetooth speaker, free toiletries including local ayurvedic oils, and Illy espresso maker.
- For Families: The Grand Penthouse has space for 4 guests. The Sun Deck suite, which combines 2 Deluxe rooms and a Supreme junior suite via a generous terrace, can sleep up to 6 (2 per room).
Sir Joan – Local Transport
- Walking: You’ll want to do most of the city on foot, especially the port area (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk), and Dalt Vila (0.8 mile, 16-minute walk to Portal de ses Taules). From Sir Joan, it’s possible to walk to any part of the city on foot within 45 minutes (including Platja d’en Bossa). Hiring scooters or bikes can be a great way of getting around town.
- Bus: The #10 bus to the airport is quick (takes 20-30 minutes) or regular (every 15-30 minutes), and stops nearby, outside the Club Nautico (0.3 mile, a 6-minute walk from the hotel. Buses to other parts of the island can be hailed on Avenida de Sant Joan de Labritja, a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the hotel. There’s also the all-important Discobus that will get you between clubs and cities at night during high season (stops at Pacha, a 6-minute walk or 0.3 mile from the hotel).
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: There are no international taxi firms on the island. Look out for taxi ranks or call one of the various numbers (all part of the same radio taxi co-operative with bilingual operators): +34 971 333 333/+34 971 398 483/+34 971 800 080/+34 971 343 764. The co-op launched an Uber-esque app, Taxi Ibiza (iOS, Android), in summer 2019 (mixed reviews so far).
- Water taxi: Barcas de Talamanca runs a small ferry every 30 minutes (takes 15 minutes) between Marina Botafoch in Talamanca and Ibiza port. 9am-11:30pm May-October only.
Sir Joan – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
We recommended walking unless driving distance is given.
- Sir Explore – The Sir hotel chain handpicks various local experiences. Though their line-up sometimes changes, expect things like snorkeling, yoga, cooking classes, boating, and ceramics from native experts. Various locations.
- Ducks United – Offering classic car rentals as well as tours in old Citroen 2CVs or Defenders, Ducks United offers the most characterful transportation on the island. Various locations.
- Ibiza Food Tours – Excellent tours of Ibiza Town’s food and wine scenes with an emphasis on local specialties and the island’s gastronomic history. Tours start by the port-side sailors’ statue. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
The title for the island’s best bullit de peix (bu-yeet di pesh) is hotly contested and you’ll be in for a treat if you try this regional specialty in any great fish restaurant. Originally concocted by fishers who would have to cook everything in one pan, various fish pieces are cooked in a broth, sieved out, and eaten, followed with sticky rice cooked with cuttlefish in the same broth and drizzled with aioli. If you like seafood, you must not leave without trying this flavor explosion.
- Can Bof – Quirky family-run restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean cuisine and tapas, just off Marina Botafoch. Its garden offers stunning views over Dalt Vila. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 8pm. $$. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Re.Art – This ‘urban gastrobar’ serves up delectable, creative tapas from talented Catalan chef David Reartes. Michelin recommended. $$-$$$. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- La Dispensa – Describing itself as a ‘creative gastronomic workshop’, La Dispensa has 4 distinctly themed salons along Carrer de la Santa Creu in Dalt Vila. It serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $$-$$$. 18-minute walk (1 mile).
- Fish Shack – Rustic shack serving simple but excellent fresh fish and seafood for lunch, right on the water. Cash only. Open daily noon-5pm or when food runs out. $-$$. 9-minute drive (2.5 miles).
- Finca La Plaza – Gorgeous restaurant serving rustic-chic seasonal Mediterranean in a romantic setting, with lights strung up between the palm trees. From the same team as Beachouse in Platja d’en Bossa and Mikasa hotel-restaurant in Talamanca. $$-$$$. 15-minute drive (7 miles).
- 45 Millas – Truly outstanding food coming from this small kitchen in an unlikely San An backstreet. World-fusion tapas with an amazing liquor selection. $$-$$$. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- Ca’s Pagès – Delicious traditional Ibizan food (specializing in grilled meats) in a rustic restaurant with a delightful garden. Open lunch and dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. Cash only. $$. 20-minute drive (11 miles).
- Can Pujol – Right on the beach, the old-fashioned but charming Can Pujol serves reliably great bullit de peix and excellent paella. Open daily for lunch and dinner; booking recommended. $$-$$$. 24-minute drive (12 miles).
- Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. 24-minute drive (14 miles).
- Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. 32-minute drive (14 miles).
- Es Boldadó – Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Es Vedrà rock formation, this place not only has one of the best views on the island, but it also serves truly excellent seafood. Michelin recommended. $$$-$$$$. 40-minute drive (16 miles, or scramble around the cliffs from Cala d’Hort).
- Vivi’s Creamery – Feed your ice cream fix almost any time of day in the Plaça de la Constitució. Excellent handmade ice cream with inventive flavors and good dairy-free options. 11am-12:30am. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Croissant Show – Enduringly popular corner cafe on the Plaça de la Constitución at the foot of Portal de ses Taules. Good any time of day for delectable pastries, coffee, smoothies, light bites, or cocktails. Cash only. $-$$. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- S’Escalinata – Lounge on the steps of Dalt Vila, literally, at this cafe-bar where seating is on bean bags sprawled on the cobbled steps; expect cocktails and light bites. 18-minute walk (1 mile).
- Born – Tiny vermouth and wine bar with great coffee, tapas, and light bites on the lively Plaça del Parc. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Petit Vermut – Easygoing vermouth and tapas bar that has disco and funk music in the evenings. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Paradise Lost – With the tagline ‘rum, ale, and real good records’, is there anything else you need to know? Quirky kitsch bar with good DJ nights. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- La Bodega Talamanca – The original outpost, a fun, unpretentious tapas bar at the foot of the Portal de ses Taules (15-minute walk), was so popular that there’s now a La Bodega Talamanca, right on the beach. 26-minute walk (1.5 miles).
- Cafe del Mar & Cafe Mambo – San An’s Sunset Strip has a range of bars to sample, but Cafe del Mar and Cafe Mambo are so well-established they are brands in themselves. DJs play epic tunes as the sun slips beneath the sea. Book to secure the coveted seaside tables. The action on the strip starts in the early evening and fizzles out shortly after midnight when the crowds move onto the clubs. 22-minute drive (11 miles).
- Kumharas – A relaxed trippy-hippy sunset hangout with good food in Port d’es Torrent and glorious views back over San An, open 11am-3am daily. 23-minute drive (12 miles).
- Sunset Ashram – Book a sun lounger or booth and listen to chill-out beats from live DJs as the sun goes down over the stunning Cala Conta. Reservations necessary if you want a good spot. Open 10am-midnight. 30-minute drive (17 miles).
Entertainment Restaurants/Smaller Clubs
- Lío – From the Pacha team comes a dinner show ‘extravaganza’ with cabaret, gourmet cuisine, and club nights right on the water. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- STK (Botafoch) – Part swanky lounge, part steakhouse, the Ibizan outpost of this US chain has entertainment every night of the week, from dancers to cabaret acts and live music. 17-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Pike’s – Reading about Pike’s heyday is a bit like reciting the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, with a guest list that has included Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Bon Jovi, and Freddie Mercury among others. Its pool was also the location of Wham’s Club Tropicana video. Nowadays, the hotel-bar, run by the Ibiza Rocks group, does theme brunches, afternoon teas, and poolside dinner events. The bar’s open to the public but reservations are necessary for many events and for the restaurant. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- Racó Verd – Unpretentious Mexican-inspired al fresco dining in a lovely Sant Josep courtyard with local acts. Everything from live jazz, flamenco, or folk, to DJs spinning chill-out tunes. In the daytime, this place has a boutique gift store and does brunch, lunch, and smoothies. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- Sluiz Entertainment Restaurant – Intimate Sant Josep dinner-show with surrealist fine dining, theater, cabaret, music, and bar, run by the creators of the extravagant Sluiz megastore. Open Wednesday-Sunday (low season: Friday-Sunday) 8pm-midnight. 20-minute drive (11 miles).
Day clubs throw parties – usually around a pool – that start in the late afternoon and go on until the other clubs begin around midnight. Most are also hotels.
- Ushuaïa – Ushuaïa has become a huge brand and now has a hotel, spa, many restaurants (sushi, steak, oysters, and caviar), a shop, and more in its name. Look out for its famous ANTS party and residencies from massive DJs like Calvin Harris. 10-minute drive (5 miles).
- Benimussa Park – Benimussa Park really used to be a zoo, so it’s apt that its most famous night has come to be The Zoo Project. There are several different arenas (e.g. the Seal Pit and the Rabbit Hole) and a roller disco, as well as stalls, makeup artists, and performers in abundance. The party starts around 5pm. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- O Beach – San An’s answer to Ushuaïa, O Beach has an enormous pool (almost 6,500 sq ft) and is famous for the Hed Kandi, Kisstory, and HotBed parties. 20-minute drive (11 miles).
- Ibiza Rocks – Drawing a younger Instagram-friendly crowd, the renovated Ibiza Rocks Hotel throws epic daytime pool parties with acts like Craig David, Stormzy, as well as the BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA crews. 22-minute drive (11 miles).
Ibiza’s superclubs generally run from May-October, with spectacular opening and closing parties. Not only do you have to choose which club to go to (see below as well as websites like Ibiza Spotlight), but also which particular night/event to go for. Once that’s decided, all that’s left is to plan which Discobus to get (or order your taxi), dress up, and get your credit card ready; this much fun does not come cheap.
- Heart – From the creators of Cirque du Soleil and the Adrià brothers, both Michelin-starred chefs, Heart presents guests with a 5-act dinner-club experience. Expect superlative cuisine amid avant-garde acts and music. The club’s La Troya night is LGBT+ friendly. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Pacha – Legendary club that started small in 1973 but has since burst out of the island to become an international mega brand (those cherries…). Still going strong thanks to its program of resident DJs and long-running nights like the ‘authentic hippie party’ Flower Power and Monday night’s The Masquerade. Warm up at the club’s intimate and glamorous sushi restaurant (with live DJ on the decks, of course). 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Amnesia – Throwing great parties to help you forget life’s sorrows since the 1980s with all the biggest DJs, immersive jamborees, as well as live performances from international artists. Famous nights include the outrageous and creative elrow as well as the La Espuma foam party and the ever-popular Pyramid. 10-minute drive (4 miles).
- Privilege – With a capacity of 10,000 (nearly 70,000 sq ft), Privilege holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest club. In its former incarnations, this was KU club as well as the site of the Manumission night, and it still draws a large gay crowd, especially to its SuperMartXé night. 11-minute drive (5 miles).
- Hï – Located right opposite its sister club, Ushuaïa, Hï keeps the party going all night with DJ residencies. Its nights are varied and imaginative (F*** Me I’m Famous!/Glitterbox/Black Coffee), as is the quirky decor. 12-minute drive (6 miles).
- Es Paradis – Es Paradis does fun, pure and simple. Water parties, neon paint parties, R&B, and reggaeton nights are on the calendar, and the inside is a dazzling maze with a garden, soaring Grecian columns, and a pyramid roof. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- Eden – Opposite Es Paradis, Eden and its newer sound system pump out amazing underground electronica and dazzling light shows. Former incarnations of the same club, Star and Kaos, were infamous. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
Thanks to the thousands of creatives who’ve been drawn here over the years, Ibiza is an eminently stylish place that has spawned its very own fashion styles. Look out for the terms ‘Adlib’ and ‘boho chic,’ which bring together traditional Balearic fabrics with whimsical, freewheeling flourishes. The best places to shop on the island are the port area in Ibiza Town and the gentrified town of Santa Gertrudis, a veritable treasure trove. Do not, under any circumstances, miss the concept stores Gallería Elefante and Sluiz. While many shops are ditching the traditional siesta between 2-5pm, you’ll still find it harder to shop in the afternoon. On the upside, shops stay open until 9pm or later.
- Vila Vins – Best-stocked wine store in Ibiza. There are often tastings and talks. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Charo Ruiz – Visit the flagship store of one of the founders of Ibiza’s ‘Adlib’ fashion. Ruiz’s gypsy/boho couture made with fine fabrics started on a market stall in the 1980s and has since become a worldwide brand and a byword for Ibiza-chic. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Sombrerería Bonet – Selling Ibiza’s finest selection of hats for over 100 years, this island institution is still run by the Bonet family. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Carrer de Guillem de Montgrí – This street is bursting with great stores. If you’re looking for boho chic, try Jeffrey’s or Isla Ibiza Bonita, complemented with beaded jewelry from Piedras. Meanwhile, Can Gourmet/Gourmet Bocadillos does budget-friendly, mouthwatering sandwiches with local and international delicacies such as jamón serrano, caviar, or wagyu beef. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Espadrilles – High quality espadrilles in classic and funky styles, from the brand who made the humble peasant shoe an international favorite. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Cerámica Can Kinoto – Carme Corominas and colleagues have produced high-quality artisanal pottery here since 1978. Worth a visit. Open 10:30am-1pm & 3-6pm. 11-minute drive (5 miles).
- La Galería Elefante – More of a sensory experience than a shop, you can drench yourself in everything you need for the complete boho-chic lifestyle, including clothes, jewelry, kids’ toys, gifts, and homeware. 12-minute drive (5 miles).
- Sluiz – From the cows hanging in the trees and outrageous parking lot signs to the cafe dripping in kitsch, Sluiz has to be experienced to be believed. An enormous warehouse, full of fantastical, fun, and fabulous clothing and homeware. There’s a cafe too. 12-minute drive (6 miles).
- Aurobelle – Light, bright, whimsical, and ethically-sourced clothes in cotton and silk. Flagship store in Santa Gertrudis (7 miles, 15-minute drive), with outposts in Sant Josep and Las Dalias.
- Toni y Lina Pujolet – Want to buy souvenirs, espadrilles, or a nice cesta (beach basket) without being ripped off? The Pujolets have a huge selection of good quality souvenirs at reasonable prices. 20-minute drive (10 miles).
- Boutique Papillon – Unassuming store that features a huge array of locally designed cotton clothing for men and women, in the island’s famous bright whites and unique block prints. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-2pm and 5-9:30pm, Sunday 10:30am-2pm. 23-minute drive (13 miles).
- Los Otros – Concept shop selling on-trend toiletries, interior pieces, clothing, jewelry, and more, with a restaurant and cafe/bar featuring a great terrace. Perfect after Las Dalias. 25-minute drive (14 miles).
- Los Enamorados – Outlandish 70s-inspired clothing, art, and interior pieces as part of a funky hotel-restaurant-bar overlooking Cala Portinatx. 32-minute drive (18 miles).
For an overview and pictures of all the beaches, go to the official Balearic Island tourist site. Ibiza’s international reputation for being a party island does not disappoint. The island has everything from the biggest club in the world to wild costume party nights, grubby underground hedonism, and everything in between. There’s music for all tastes and the clubs are multigenerational affairs that tend to be tolerant and diverse: it’s all about having fun. For those who want to have a good time without the raving, try one of the entertainment restaurants or chill-out bars at sunset.
- Dalt Vila – 16th-century walled city within Ibiza Town’s old quarter with a warren of steep, pedestrianized, and cobbled streets (wear flat shoes with grip). There’s a cathedral, castle, the ancient Unesco-protected Puig des Molins necropolis and attached archeological museum, churches and little chapels, a monastery, a contemporary art museum, lookout points, and medieval bulwarks. There are a few ways into Dalt Vila but the magnificent Portal de ses Taules on the Plaça de la Constitució is by far the most dramatic. Every Friday night, you can enjoy traditional Ibizan dancing and costumes at the Baluarde de Sant Pere. 16-minute walk (0.8 miles) to Portal de ses Taules.
- Ses Salines – Spectacular salt flats and protected woodlands. Excellent birding opportunities; you can sometimes spot flamingos. There’s an interpretation center if you want to learn more about the area. The beach of the same name is one of the island’s best. For one of the most fabulous bar-restaurants on the whole island, take the dirt path to Experimental Beach on Cap des Falcó, where you can eat and drink from the comfort of your sun lounger. 15-minute drive (8 miles) to Platja de ses Salines/19-minute drive (8 miles) to Experimental Beach.
- Puig de Missa & Santa Eulària des Riu – Santa Eulària is a delightful city to explore with a pleasant beach and great indoor food market, but if you only have time for one thing in this area, do not miss the majestic 16th-century Puig de Missa (pweesh deh meesa). It is possible to drive up but make sure to wander around the characterful cluster of streets up there and marvel at the views. 19-minute drive (9 miles).
- Sant Josep & Sa Talaia (hiking) – The tourist board has produced a good guide to some of the best hikes on the island, but for view-hunters, head for Sa Talaia, Ibiza’s highest peak at 1,550ft above sea level. The walk starts in the delightful town of Sant Josep, which somehow manages to fuse the best of sleepy inland Ibiza with stylish stores and eateries. 20-minute drive (10 miles) to Sant Josep.
- Sant Antoni de Portmany & Around – ‘San An’ gets a bad rap for being flooded with young, drunk Brits, but if you can navigate your way around them (avoid the blocks around Carrer Santa Agnes), you’ll find a delightful, diverse town with excellent restaurants and a glorious bay full of little villages and coves to explore. It has some of the island’s most famous and enduring superclubs like Es Paradis and bars like the ever-popular Sunset Strip. 20-minute drive (11 miles).
- Las Dalias – Ibiza has long attracted people seeking an alternative lifestyle and nowhere is a more enduring symbol of their legacy than Las Dalias hippy market just outside Sant Carles de Peralta. As the market grew in popularity (it draws up to 20,000 people on Saturdays), it inevitably became more corporate: many stallholders accept credit cards and there’s even an online store. Nevertheless, it’s well worth exploring the market’s heady mix of clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, artwork, and more. It’s a fun place to hang out, with lots of food stalls and club/live music nights. 25-minute drive (12 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (13 miles, 25-minute drive).
- Es Vedrà & Southern Beaches – The south-westerly section of the island is most famous for the stunning Es Vedrà rock formation in the sea, and it is also home to some fantastic beaches. Standouts include: Cala d’Hort – for the best views of Es Vedrà, you can go out on boat trips from here to see it up close; Es Cubells – for its magnificently situated cliffside church and off-the-beaten-track cove; and Cala Vadella – one of the most perfect little beach villages, with a crescent of sand and a pretty plaza right on the beach with all the amenities you’d need for a day out. All are 30-40 minute drives (14 miles).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- PicNic – Minimart with a deli counter, smoothie bar, and some gourmet options right opposite the Formentera Ferry. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Mercat Vell – Small produce market in a Grecian structure in the Plaça de la Constitución. 15-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Es Mercat – Santa Eulalia’s produce market has a great selection of local foodstuffs, including little tapas bars. Underground and un-touristy. Monday-Saturday 7am-2pm. 18-minute drive (9 miles).
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