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What started life as a small, fishing village has now become a world-famous gateway to clubbers’ paradise and is a popular choice when booking Ibiza holidays. Holidays in San Antonio are renowned for good times and music, thanks to the superclubs that have made it their home and the resort’s legendary ‘Sunset Strip’, where the next party is only a few footsteps away. Amnesia is one of the world’s most iconic clubs and you’ll find it just outside of the resort, cranking out the best in dance music and playing host to some of the biggest names in the DJ circuit. Ibiza Rocks is another popular venue, set in the grounds of a hotel and with a permanent stage, ready to showcase acts of all genres.
However, there’s more to this destination than meets the eye. While it might be known for its night-time craziness, it does have a quieter side. To watch the sun set and relax to some ambient beats, head to Café Mambo. If the nightlife doesn’t see you keeping vampire hours, you can top up your tan on San Antonio’s beach. Loaded with water sports, it’s a great spot to revive your partied-out system. However, if you’d rather chill out in peace and quiet, you’ll find the beach of Cala Gracio a twenty-minute walk from the resort.
Things to do
There’s no better way to start your day than by soaking up some sunshine on San Antonio’s golden-sanded beach. You can flop on a sun lounger or, if the previous night hasn’t left you feeling too tired, you’ll find an excellent range of water sports to wake you up. By the time the evening comes, you’ll be ready to head straight to the Sunset Strip to see the sun go down, which is when the town really comes alive. Head out on a party boat, or sip cocktails in the swish Cafe del Mar, and when it gets late it’s time to pull out the big guns: make it Ibiza Rocks or Eden.
If you’re planning a holiday to San Antonio, then a great nightlife is obviously something that’s high on your priorities. The eclectic and colourful San Antonio bar and nightclubs will provide something new and exciting every day. From sipping cocktails along Sunset Strip, to foam parties, powder paint parties and non-stop dancing to world-class DJs at the superclubs; you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.
After all the partying, you’ll be in much need of somewhere to indulge in relaxation and recuperation the next day. Luckily, San Antonio is blessed with some amazing beaches for you to do just that. Whether you head to San Antonio Bay or the smaller Calo des Moro Beach, you’ll find golden sands lined with inviting loungers, plus calm waters for you to paddle in or enjoy some water sports. These can sometimes get busy in the summer months, so there’s also the option to jump on the ferry to one of the other beaches on the west coast, such as the beautiful Cala Bassa Beach.
World famous sunsets
San Antonio boasts sunsets that rival all others in the world. No two are the same and people will find themselves revolving their plans around the sunset each day of their holiday, as it’s impossible to get bored of them. There are a number of great places to view them, such as one of San Antonio’s local beaches or ones that are just a short drive away, such as Cala Comte. But by far the most popular place to head is Sunset Strip. Get there early and pick the best spot at either Café del Mar, Café Mambo or Mint Lounge.
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San Antonio Bay
San Antonio Bay is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful resorts on the island and is a popular destination for many travellers when booking Ibiza holidays. You’ll find it just south of the clubbers’ paradise that is San Antonio Town.
However, San Antonio Bay holidays are much quieter than other parts of the island; although access to the club scene is easy enough, if you want it. The resort tends to attract families and couples, looking to spend some quality downtime together away from the crowds and parties. Head down to the crescent-shaped beach and, towards the harbour, you’ll find an array of water sports on offer, from water-skiing, to splashing about on a banana boat!
If you want some seclusion, there are five beaches within walking distance of San Antonio’s golden sands. Cala Gracio is one of the best, with a gently-shelving shoreline, making it ideal for little ones who want to have a splash about in safe water. The focus is really on families and you’ll find child-friendly attractions, such as outdoor playground Acrobosc, within easy reach.
Things to do
With five stunning beaches to choose from, you can choose to top up your tan in peace and quiet, or throw yourself into a variety of exciting water sports on offer at San Antonio harbour. Each beach has its own distinct character, but they all have in common golden sands, crystal-clear waters and shady palm trees.
For shoppers, the harbour market is a treasure trove of trinkets and handmade goods. If you’re travelling with the family, spend a day on the rides, slides, flumes, and pools at the Aguamar Water Park. Romantic couples can enjoy a quiet wander on the waterfront to watch the sun go down or, if you’re feeling lively, get into the groove at one of the clubs in San Antonio Town.
The ideal location
Its position on Ibiza’s west coast has a lot of benefits that make it such a popular spot with all different types of holidaymakers. It’s a beach lover’s paradise, which is perfect for soaking up the warm Ibiza sun throughout the day and then watching the superb sunsets as evening falls. But if you’re after something a bit more upbeat, you have vibrant bars and clubs of San Antonio within easy walking distance. However, if you’re wanting to find out more about the island’s history and culture, Ibiza Town is just a short drive away in the opposite direction.
You may not realise it, but San Antonio Bay is actually made up of a number of different beaches and coves, each of them offering something unique and wonderful to all who visit their shores. Es Puet is perfect for paddling and fishing, S’Estanyol is great for water sports and barbecues and Port des Torrent is the place to be for snorkelling – to name but a few. Which will be your favourite?
Eating and drinking
A leisurely stroll along the picturesque promenade lining the bay will see you being spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to stop for food and drink. There are countless appealing bars, cafés and restaurants, all providing exceptional views across the bay. Take your pick from all the mouth-watering menus that are put out to tempt you and be sure to have found the best seat in time for sunset.
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‘World-class’ is a phrase strongly associated with Ibiza Town, particularly in reference to its legendary club scene. However, there’s much more to this part of Ibiza than non-stop parties and banging tunes. By day, Ibiza Town reveals itself in all its glory; a surprising mix of sleek, chic buildings and rustic architecture. You can check out the island’s cultural heritage with a visit to one of the many museums and art galleries, or dip into its fascinating past with a trip to the nearby castle or explore the imposing cathedral.
Shopping is almost a national pastime on a Ibiza holiday, and Ibiza Town has plenty of shops where you can spend your holiday Euros. Head to the New Town and you’ll find 21st century shops glittering around squares peppered with outstanding restaurants. In the Old Town, things become far more traditional, with cobbled streets housing quirky boutiques and low-lit bars. The Old Town also acts as host to the region’s famous Hippy Market, which transforms the streets into a colourful carnival of sights, sounds, smells, and bargains!
Without doubt, the main reason people come to Ibiza Town is for the nightlife. With iconic clubs and lively bars, the only phrase that seems appropriate is ‘world-class’.
Things to do
Whether you’re a clubber, a history buff, a shopper or a foodie, Ibiza Town has something for everyone. By day, you can dip a toe into its rich past with a stroll around the oldest part of town, Dalt Vila. Wander through its ancient streets to discover whitewashed buildings, churches and the old city walls. If you want to sample the local cuisine, stop at a restaurant for a traditional Catalan dish, such as the local favourite, ‘guisat de peix’, fish in a creamy potato stew. For one-off souvenirs, check out the craft stalls of Sa Penya, or immerse yourself in the weekly Hippy Market.
By night, the sounds of club music fill the air. During the summer season, every night is a party in Ibiza Town, when clubbers flock to superclubs like Pacha and Space.
There’s plenty to see, even if you decide not to leave Ibiza Town at all during your holiday (although we highly recommend that you do). The town is made up of two distinct areas: the old town (Dalt Vila, or ‘High Town’), where there’s a castle, a cathedral and lots of little streets to explore, and the more modern areas (Eixample, or ‘Extension’), which is just about everything outside the old town’s walls. Look out for quaint medieval churches, craft stalls, and great little restaurants and bars.
If you do want to explore further afield, a boat trip will give you the best views. You could go to the tiny island of Es Vedra, see the coastline on a sunset cruise or catamaran trip, or, if you’re more of a party animal, take your place on a party boat.
Beach life and nightlife
You’ll have easy access to several beaches when you stay in Ibiza Town, including some of Ibiza’s best. Just outside the centre are the sands of the family-friendly Figueretas Beach and Talamanca Beach, which is more suited to adults. And if you go a little further (but not much), there’s Playa d’en Bossa, a beach that’s so long the atmosphere changes as you walk along it. This is where you’ll find both the liveliest beach bars and the quietest places for complete relaxation.
There’s nothing better after a do-nothing day at the beach than getting ready for a night out. And as night time in Ibiza isn’t only about clubbing, you’ll be able to find the perfect place for you to enjoy yourself; whether you want to unwind with a quiet drink and a nice view or make the most of the famous DJs playing at the superclubs.
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