Xereca – Heavenly rural hideaway just five minutes’ drive from Ibiza Town.
If you’re coming to Ibiza for a way to unwind but want to be close enough to the action to dip in and out, try Xereca (pronounced sheh-reh-ka), whose glorious gardens, pool, and next-door yoga studio will have you relaxed in no time. Despite the spacious grounds, there are just eleven rooms, making the place feel like an intimate secret. It also means staff can take the time to personalize each guests’ stay. But you’ll never feel too far from the action here. Not only can you walk into Puig d’en Valls to get a sense of life here outside of the tourist centers, but you can also drive into Ibiza Town (Eivissa) within five minutes and not sacrifice any of the experiences.
For those who like being in the thick of it, check out Xereca’s extremely stylish self-catering apartments in Dalt Vila.
Xereca – Location
- Address: Calle Torrente s/n, Puig d’en Valls.
- Area: Once a village in its own right, Puig d’en Valls (pronounced pweesh den vals) is now considered a suburb of Eivissa, but it has managed to retain a sleepy local feel with its plaza, restaurants, and grocery stores. This is almost immaterial, however, because the whole point of a stay at Xereca, set right where the town fades into fields and hills, is to get away from it all (yet being just a 5-minute drive from the city). Staying here makes it a breeze to explore the rest of the island, too, and you never need to worry about parking.
- How to Get There: An easy 12-minute (7 miles) car ride from the airport (the hotel can provide transportation). It is possible to get there by public transport, via the #10 to the Club Nautico stop in Ibiza Town, from where it’s a 6-minute (2 miles) taxi ride.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €110 from Ibiza International Airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: Ibiza Town (Eivissa), Santa Eularia, Sant Rafel.
Xereca – The Basics
- Ages: Guests tend to be couples on romantic getaways but families are welcome. The hotel can provide kids’ menus and babysitting services.
- Beach: Platja Talamanca, a mellow beach with good amenities and shallow waters, is a 10-minute drive (3 miles) from the hotel and Platja d’en Bossa is a 12-minute drive (6 miles).
- View: Views across the countryside to the hills.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All the suites have enormous bathtubs.
- Laundry: Laundry services available (additional charge).
- Parking: Free on-site parking and electric car charging.
- Extras: Concierge service, beach bag with towels available to borrow, use of a shower room for late departures, welcome drink, private airport shuttle upon request, all-day breakfast, exclusive guest use of upper terrace, newspapers, and electric car charging.
- 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: +34 971 316 192
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: xereca.es
Xereca – Amenities
- Pool: Beautiful pool, surrounded by sun loungers and double bed cabanas.
- Spa: No spa.
- Fitness Center: No fitness center. Awa Yoga is next door, and the hotel can book guests into public classes or arrange private sessions.
- For Disabled Guests: One Double Deluxe is fully wheelchair accessible with a roll-in shower. Most of the rooms are on the ground floor.
- Activities: Sunset Sounds night every Thursday draws the general public for tapas and live music. Awa’s yoga classes.
Xereca – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: The on-site restaurant serves a changing menu of modern Ibizan cuisine with an emphasis on organic, seasonal ingredients, intelligent vegan dishes, and an almost exclusively Spanish wine menu. Open noon-midnight. Those staying in suites get a 15% discount. $$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: The bar, in the swooping canopy outside the main building, is open all day to guests and offers a snacks/tapas and a pool menu.
- Breakfast: Breakfast is served two ways: a cold buffet with hot à la carte options or a ‘picnic breakfast’ to take away if you’re off exploring. Available 8:30-11:30am.
- Room Service: There is 24-hour room service but food options are more limited overnight.
Xereca – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Double • Garden Double • Garden Double Deluxe • Garden Suite • Xereca Suite • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms are smoke-free but smoking is permitted on the terraces and in the gardens.
- Best Room: The Xereca Suite, on the first floor of the main building, has a comfy terrace with a sofa and armchairs overlooking the grounds and countryside. It’s an expansive open-plan space with beautiful tiled floors, a sleeping area, a lounge/work area, and a bathroom with a freestanding tub and shower cubicle. All the rooms feature rain showers, minibars, B&W A7 audio systems, robes, slippers, and Nespresso coffee machines.
Xereca – Local Transport
- 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).
Xereca – What’s Nearby?
A stay at Xereca will usually involve a car or taxi to get you around. If you’re heading to the Old Town, allow extra time for finding a parking lot and factor in a 5-10 minute walk from there to your destination, as there are lots of pedestrianized streets.
Recommended Nearby Tours
We recommended walking unless the 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 (2 miles).
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.
While no one would claim Puig d’en Valls is trendy, there are some good local joints to try if you need a break from the car. Es Camí Vell, an 8-minute walk (0.4 mile), does excellent home cooked meals and has a cheap set lunch, while Restaurante Oli, a 12-minute walk (0.6 mile), does simple breakfasts, great salads, and tapas. You’re unlikely to find anything on either place’s menu for more than $15, or any other tourists for that matter.
- 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. $$. (2.5 miles).
- 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. $$-$$$. (2.5 miles).
- Bar Flotante – Very convenient and reliable bar-restaurant right on the Platja Talamanca, popular among locals. Specializes in fish dishes. (2.5 miles).
- Nobu – Famous and highly awarded modern Japanese cooking from Nobu Matsuhisa in his brand’s hotel in Talamanca Bay. (3 miles).
- Re.Art – This ‘urban gastrobar’ serves up delectable, creative tapas from talented Catalan chef David Reartes. Michelin recommended. $$-$$$. (2.5 miles).
- 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. $-$$. (3.5 miles).
- Finca La Plaza – Gorgeous restaurant serving rustic-chic seasonal Mediterranean in a romantic setting, with lights strung up between the palm trees. From the same team as Beachouse in Platja d’en Bossa and Mikasa hotel-restaurant in Talamanca. $$-$$$. (7 miles).
- El Chiringuito des Port – This modest little shack by the port serves up surprisingly great Argentinian-style seafood and grilled meats and becomes a convivial place to drink in the evening. $-$$. (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. $$-$$$. (9 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. $$. (11 miles).
- Giri Cafe – Contemporary Mediterranean drinking and dining in a cozy restaurant that opens into a magical garden with sun loungers. $$-$$$. (14 miles).
- Port Balansat/Chiringuito Pascual – Aside from the gorgeous family-friendly beach and great cliff-side hikes, part of Port de Sant Miquel’s charm is great food, thanks to these neighboring restaurants. Both are fabulous picks for fish and seafood. $$-$$$. (14 miles).
- Es Boldadó – Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Es Vedrà rock formation, this place not only has one of the best views on the island, but it also serves truly excellent seafood. Michelin recommended. $$$-$$$$. (17 miles, or scramble around the cliffs from Cala d’Hort).
- Massa Coffee – Massa makes for a hip hangout and, yes, the coffee’s excellent. (2.5 miles).
- 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. Open 10:30am-2:30am. (2.5 miles).
- Passion – This award-winning Ibiza mini-chain, with branches in several of Ibiza’s most popular spots, does delicious, healthy food that’s good any time of day. 9am-11:30pm. (5 miles).
- Born – Tiny vermouth and wine bar with great coffee, tapas, and light bites on the lively Plaça del Parc. (2 miles).
- Petit Vermut – Easygoing vermouth and tapas bar that has disco and funk music in the evenings. (2.5 miles).
- TiraPallá – A vertiginous terrace bar (steep staircase to the top) with gorgeous views up to Dalt Vila. Open most of the night into the early hours for cocktails and music. (2.5 miles).
- 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. (2.5 miles).
- La Bodega/La Bodega Talamanca – The original outpost, a fun, unpretentious tapas bar at the foot of the Portal de ses Taules (2.5 miles), was so popular that there’s now a La Bodega Talamanca, right on the beach (3 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. (10 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. (2 miles).
- 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. And it’s right next door. (2.5 miles).
- 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 the restaurant. (9 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. (11 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. (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. (6 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. (9 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. (10 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. (10 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. (2 miles).
- 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). (2 miles).
- 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. (3.5 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. (4 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. (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. (9 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. (9 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.
- 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. (2 miles).
- Sombrerería Bonet – Selling Ibiza’s finest selection of hats for over 100 years, this island institution is still run by the Bonet family. (2 miles).
- Vila Vins – Best-stocked wine store in Ibiza. There are often tastings and talks. (2 miles).
- 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. (2.5 miles).
- 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. (4 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. (5 miles).
- Espadrilles – High quality espadrilles in classic and funky styles, from the brand who made the humble peasant shoe an international favorite. (2.5 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. (6 miles).
- Aurobelle – Light, bright, whimsical, and ethically-sourced clothes in cotton and silk. Flagship store in Santa Gertrudis (7 miles), 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. (11 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. (13 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. (3 miles).
- 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. (9 miles).
- 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. 20-minute drive to Platja de ses Salines (8 miles) or to Experimental Beach (8 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 (11 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. (10 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. (12 miles). There’s a much smaller version that’s slightly more authentic in Sant Joan de Labritja on Saturdays (13 miles).
- 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 a 30 to 40-minute drive (15 miles).
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