Sant Joan

November 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It is the area of the island with the lowest number of inhabitants and it stands out because it offers the wildest natural landscapes, with spectacular cliffs that have been declared as a Natural Area of Special Interest, since both flora and fauna of great value live side by side in its ecosystems. It has always been an area famed for its great number of springs, for the quality of its honey and for the fertility of its land, tinted an intense rust red colour.

Nowadays, it remains essentially the same: there are still wide areas far from built-up zones in which the curious, nature-loving traveller will feel the urge to find practically virgin secret coves. In the entire zone there are three tourist resorts of noteworthy size which are Port de Sant Miguel, Portinatx and Cala de Sant Vicent. In the village of Sant Joan the two most emblematic buildings are the small Casa Consistorial, the home of the town council and the church. The municipality is made up of four parishes: Sant Joan, Sant Miguel, Sant Vicent and Sant Llorenc. They are small villages in which local neighbours live side by side with people who have arrived from all over the world wanting to seek peace and quiet in the most rural depths of Ibiza.

SITES OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Sant Miguel: You will be able to find all kinds of services right the way along its main street as much in winter as in summer. One must-see is the church, built on a hill and, as in the case of Santa Eularia, the hill which houses it is called “Puig de Missa”. The port of Sant Miguel is one of the most important tourist enclaves in Sant Joan, with hotels, restaurants in which you may sample the fresh fish of the island, shops and leisure facilities. Its beach is very beautiful and looks out to the islet Sa Ferradura – connected to the shore via a spit of land.

Sant Vicent: In earlier times it was the most isolated part of Ibiza to the extent that its inhabitants were obliged to travel to the capital by sea if they wished to avoid days on end of journey on land. Now, on the other hand, its cove is the ideal tourist resort to spend holidays with the family. From its small port excursions depart towards the island of Tagomago and it is also possible to visit the Cave of Es Culleram nearby.

Cala de San Vicent, Ibiza

Cala de San Vicent, Ibiza

Cova des Culleram: From Cala Sant Vicent you will find a sign posted path to reach Cave of Es Culleram, a sanctuary from the Punic epoch at which the goddess Tanit was worshipped which some authorities have identified as the Roman goddess Venus. The natural cave surrounded by pine trees was used for many years to store explosives. However, in the summer of 1907 an important find was discovered inside the cave with hundreds of statues and objects that represent Tanit and these were later transferred to the Archaeology Museum.

Portinatx: The peacefulness of the waters of Portinatx has turned it into the ideal place for boats to anchor. In this tourist zone of considerable beauty you can find all kinds of facilities to practise water sports as well as a wide range of amenities and leisure options. Portinatx boasts two beaches known as S’Arenal Petit and S’Arenal Gros, and at the end of the bay there is the eponymous port, a spot that is especially recommended if you wish to enjoy a swim in its transparent waters.

Beaches: Port de San Miguel or Cala de Sant Vicent offer all kinds of services in a family-oriented and quality setting. Other especially charming coves include Benirras (where a surprising hippy atmosphere can be felt and where you can see a spectacular sunset), S’Illot des Rencli, Cato d’en Serra, Cala Xuclar or Cala Xarraca.

A must-see: The settlement of Balifia and Cova de Can Marca

Situated just a few metres to the east of the village of Sant Llorenc there is the old settlement of Balafia, considered to be one of the best examples of traditional architecture on the island since its owners built defence towers attached to their houses in order to protect themselves from pirate attacks. The fortified group is made up of five farmers’ houses with two towers that make up a zone of great interest. All the houses are inhabited which is why they are to be found in a state of perfect conservation even if it is not possible to visit them inside. A walk through the area across the fields sown with cereals and fruit trees is a delight not to mention a visit to the church.

A little before arriving at Puerto de Sant Miguel, you will come across a signposted way that leads to Cova de Can Marca, a cave system formed as a result of sea erosion. Prehistoric animal fossils were discovered here. In the interior of the cave it is possible to see stalactites that grow one centimetre every thirty years and a 20 metre high waterfall. Its ancient geological formations, its cascades and artificially-recovered water courses will surprise you.

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