It would be easy to spend every day of your Cala Pada holidays relaxing on the beach. However, there’s lots to see and do in the two nearest towns, Es Canar and Santa Eulalia del Rio. While Es Canar is five minutes north up the coast, Santa Eulalia is ten minutes to the south. Buses run regularly to both resorts. They can also be reached via walking paths that run alongside the beach, and across stunning coastal areas.
Es Canar has a busier beach where you can take a dip after your walk. This town is renowned for its weekly Hippie Market, located in the Punta Arabi resort complex. You’ll find stalls selling handmade jewellery and colourful clothes. Enjoy browsing for souvenirs, trying tasty foods and marvelling at the live music and circus performances. Another attraction in Es Canar is a toy train that takes you around the town’s best sights, and out into the surrounding countryside.
Meanwhile, Santa Eulalia is a classy town, known for its traditional architecture, great restaurants and upmarket boutiques. Stroll the glitzy marina or head to the Paseo, a chic shopping street lined with craft stalls.
Local cuisine and nightlife scene
Between Cala Pada, Santa Eulalia and Es Canar, there is a wide range of wining and dining options from quiet restaurants to upbeat bars. Cala Pada specialises in laid-back Mediterranean restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and pasta dishes on flower-filled terraces.
Santa Eulalia is where you’ll find the best dining options, as it’s the island’s gastronomic centre. If you head to Calle St Vincente, or ‘restaurant street’, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Head to a local tapas restaurant to try sausages made in the Baleriacs, marinated peppers and crispy cod balls. You can also look out for classic local dishes such as zarzuela, a seafood and rice stew similar to paella.
In Cala Pada, there are lots of upmarket spots offering cocktails, wine and ocean views. Head into Es Canar for a wider choice of bars, some of which offer live music and DJ sets. However you choose to spend your evening, you’re bound to have fun.
Cala Pada is very well-connected. It’s less than 30 minutes to the nearest airport, while Ibiza Town is a similar distance away. This beautiful Mediterranean city is where the ancient and the modern collide.
Explore the winding lanes of the picturesque old town where you’ll find a fortified citadel and some fantastic museums. Venture into Ibiza Town for a buzzing nightlife scene, with its numerous clubs and late-night events.