Santa Eularia

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Santa Eularia is the second largest municipality in terms of the number of inhabitants on the island after the city of Ibiza. It offers a huge variety of beaches, charming villages, isolated fields and markets which attract thousands of tourists every season. It stands out on account of its fortified temple, the church of Es Puig de Missa, and it provides all kinds of services and leisure facilities all year long.

The Ethnology Museum of the island is based in this town which also has a romantic maritime walkway, a yachting marina and a beautiful Roman bridge. The district includes other picturesque villages such as Sant Cartes de Peralta, Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera and Jesus, with white-washed churches and a delightful, bucolic atmosphere which are connected to the more urban nucleus of Puig den Valls. The coast is full of wide stretches of sand such as Cala Llonga, Cala Nova, Cala Llenya or AigLies Blanques, as well as little fishermen coves. The most famous markets on the island, Las Dalias and Es Canar, which open to the public on Saturday and Wednesday, respectively, also belong to Santa Eularia.

Ibiza Santa Eulalia del Rio beach

Ibiza Santa Eulalia del Rio beach

SITES OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO THE TOURIST

Urban centre of Santa Eularia: It benefits from a great deal of activity all year round and has a multitude of services and shops, a beach, the maritime promenade and the yachting marina. Its streets spread out around two main avenues: Calle San Jaime, full of shops, restaurants, banks and chemists’ and the S’Alamera Promenade, that crosses Calle San Jaime and joins the seafront with the town hall by means of a boulevard. In these areas you can find all manner of services related to the world of sea-faring as well as businesses and restaurants.

Markets: The one in Las Dalias, in Sant Caries, which is held every Saturday throughout the entire year. The market of Punta Arabi, in Es Canar, takes place every Wednesday from April to October. In these markets you will be able to find all kinds of objects, gifts and curiosities from all over the island. In the summer months there are also stalls located on the S’Alamera Walk in Santa Eularia.
Sant Caries de Peralta: The region is replete with almond, fig and carob trees in a rural zone of beautiful farmhouses and coves characterized by their crystalline waters. In this tiny village you can also visit another of the churches of the island, built in 1785 and surrounded by a small garden in which you can see a traditional well.
Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera is another of the villages with great charm and lots of life day and night due to the quantity of bars and restaurants, in which you will be able to sample dishes ranging from delicious ham sandwiches to the very latest haute cuisine in a setting surrounded by fruit trees and shrouded in peace and quiet. There are also clothes’ shops, leather artisan goods, art galleries and lots of activities throughout the year. The church which presides over the village was built in 1797.
Jesus: This village boasts one of the oldest churches on the island. It is believed that Franciscan monks settled there in 1498. The church exhibits the most significant piece of historic-artistic heritage in Ibiza and Formentera: a Gothic altarpiece dating from the 16th century and attributed to Rodrigo de Osona. This village, very close to the capital, is typified by a special form of irrigation by means of irrigation channels which is why it was always held to be the market garden of Ibiza. Next to the village of Jesils, Puig d’en Valls is another of the villages of the district of Santa Eularia that has managed to preserve its rural past and the fields under cultivation.
Beaches: The most famous are Aiglies Blanques (nudist), Es Figueral, Cala Boix, Cala Mastella, Cala Llenya, Cala Nova, Es Canar, Punta Arabi, Cala Martina, S’Argamassa, Cala Pada, Es Niu Blau and Cala Llonga. All of them offer a family atmosphere and crystal clear waters.

A must-see: Es Puig de Missa
The traveller who approaches the town for the first time can not avoid feeling deeply impressed by the sight of the hill crowned by a church that stands over the entrance to the locality. It is Puig de Missa, an unmissable spot to visit from which it is possible to look out over the whole town. In order to protect themselves from the pirates that attacked the bridge of Santa Eularia, the inhabitants of the town built a temple elevated on a hillside which was ultimately destroyed in successive attacks. Around the middle of the 1.6th century a new one was built but this time with the characteristics of a fortified precinct.

A stroll around the cobbled streets of Es Puig de Missa, from which there are splendid views, must include a visit to the temple and also to its small and particular cemetery. Also on Es Puig de Missa you can visit the Ethnology Museum, situated in the typical farmhouse of Can Ros and the Barrau Museum. The setting takes us back to the way of life of a century ago.

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