Sant Antonio

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sant Antonio possesses at least two great treasures: its impressive sunsets from Ses Variades and the beauty of its meadows of almonds in bloom. Curiously, the evenings and the music which goes along with them are well-known all over the world and, yet, the rural essence of the district is unknown to the greater part of its visitors. It is well worth while discovering Sant Antonio, beyond the urban centre and passing through Sant Rafel, Santa Agnes, Sant Mateu or Buscastell.

Ibiza San Antonio de Portmany marina

Ibiza San Antonio de Portmany marina

Things to see and do

• Bay of Sant Antonio: The splendid bay of Sant Antonio, next to the urban centre, is the focus of the life of the town. The zone is full of shops, restaurants and all kinds of services, including the boats that connect the town with other points on the island and the mainland, as well as the fishing dock, the nautical club and the yachting marina. From the Seafront Ses Fonts you come to the interior streets of the town where there is all manner of businesses, among which you can find Ibizan fashion and other products specific to the island such as hand-embroidered clothes, leather goods, ceramics, jewellery and a range of cuisine that includes patisserie, cheeses, sausages, liquors or wines among others. The urban centre offers a wide walkway that skirts the entire coast and joins up Ses Variades with the Seafront Ses Fonts and continues until the cultural centre of Sa Punta des Moll.

• Sunset at Ses Variades: Each day in the summer thousands of people come together at the coast of Ses Variades to see the impressive sunset. The bars of the zone provide accompaniment to the farewell to the sun with live music and some of the DJs which play at these bars enjoy international recognition. For the rest of the year the sunset is still spectacular even if the atmosphere is more relaxed.

• Churches: It is worth while getting acquainted with the churches of Sant Antonio, Sant Mateu, Sant Rafel, the underground chapel of Santa Agnes and the little chapel of Buscastell.

• Sant Rafel de Sa Creu: Situated 8 kilometres from Sant Antonio, this village is the only place on the island to be declared “Zone of craftwork interest” and where it is possible to chat to the potters who work and show their pieces there. It also boasts a wide range of high quality restaurants.

• Cueva de Ses Fontanelles: Houses a collection of cave paintings. Situated in a hilly zone between Sa Foradada and Cap None), this cave, which is reached via Cala Salada, also features the name of Sa Cova des Vi (the wine cave), since it was used as a wine cellar. The paintings were made in the Bronze Age (i000 B.C.), according to a French archaeologist, Abbot Henri Breuil, who discovered them in 1917. The beauty of the cliffs of the place is an extra attraction when making this excursion.

• Aquarium Cap Blanc: Just two kilometres from the centre of Sant Antonio, very close to Cala Gracie), and beside the road, you will find the path that leads to the Aquarium Cap Blanc, also known as Sa Cova de Ses Llagostes, Sa Cova des Peix or Sa Cova des Veil Mari. The latter is the name by which the Ibicencos know the monk seal which until very recently used to shelter in this beautiful natural cave. For a long time this was the place where popular festivities were held and, nowadays, it is a small, natural aquarium in which the visitor may view the wide variety of Pitiusan marine fauna.

• Beaches: Many tourists tend to congregate to sunbathe or swim at the beaches in the bay of Sant Antonio, even if there are other singularly beautiful beaches in the area such as Cala Gracie) and Cala Gracioneta, two exquisite little bays joined up by a tiny rock causeway, situated 2,5 kilometres from the centre of Sant Antonio. Cala Salada is very nice and suitable for families and then there is the option of Punta Galera for the more adventurous, a rocky area that has become one of the favoured spots for fans of nude sunbathing.

A must-see: Journey to the interior
To visit the village of Santa Agnes de Corona, its church and to pass through its paths covered in almond blossom during the months of January and February- is a delightful experience. The same can be said of a trip to Sant Mateu d’Aubarca to pay a visit to the wine cellars in which the wines of Ibiza are made. Then there is a visit to Ses Torres d’en Lluc, an archaeological site that probably dates back to the Middle Ages and is made up of two ancient towers and a wall. If you keep going in an easterly direction you will reach Cala d’Aubarca, across a path that must be traversed on foot where you will discover a steep coastline of great beauty which provides shelter for many kinds of birds among which feature Eleanor’s falcon and the royal falcon.

About Spain vacations

Comments are closed.