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Portinatx

Portinatx Holidays

The well-known beauty spot of Portinatx can easily claim to be the most attractive resort in the Balearics for its contrast of brilliant blue waters with beautiful green landscape. There's a reason it was chosen as the setting of the film South Pacific. This most northerly point of Ibiza is a place to relax in seafood restaurants or sip sangria, relax on one of its three beaches, or explore dramatic coastal trails.

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A trio of bays

The three beaches in Portinatx are all within walking distance of the centre and each other so you can select which one to lounge on depending on your mood that day. They all have lifeguards and lots of loungers. For ease, S'Arenal Gros - Portinatx's main beach - is in the middle of the village and at 125-metres long provides plenty of soft sand to sunbathe on.

If you've had a few bevvies the night before and want some peace and a bit of shade, S'Arenal Petit is just right. The fringe of pine trees on this small beach will keep you cool and adds a pretty, natural element.

To try your hand at snorkelling, head to Playa Porto Beach. This is where the lighthouse is situated and fishermen bring in their haul that you could be eating for your dinner that night.

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Bobbing along

For water sports and boat trips, S'Arenal Gros is your best bet, with pedalos and kayaks on hand, as well as the opportunity to try windsurfing or diving. From Es Port harbour you can go out scuba diving or on a glass bottomed boat trip to see dolphins, seahorses and colourful fish as well as an old shipwreck.

Be a sport

Aside from beach-based activities, this family-friendly resort has loads to do. The Hotel El Greco has a mini water park with three big slides and a children's area that is open for the public to use. All Inclusive hotels Ibiza have plenty to keep you active however there is plenty to explore in the centre of Portinatx too. You'll find a games centre with bowling and pool-tables, as well as a play area for little ones. While at Jardin del Mar's mini golf course, don't be put off your swing by the spectacular sea views.

Take your camera along the coastal trails that stretch out from Portinatx as you're sure to be snap-happy at the views. In an hour you can be at Punta d'es Moscarter to the north east with its striking black and white striped lighthouse. Or if you want to go the whole hog, the path to Punta de Xarraca to the west winds along for 10 kilometres and rewards you at the end with a spectacular, unspoilt beach.

Mediterranean mouthfuls

You'll mainly find Spanish and Mediterranean food in Portinatx's restaurants, with the pubs set-up for British food washed down with ale. As the bays are so large, lots of the eateries are situated right on the water's edge, where you can watch the sea while eating its 'fruits' such as red snapper and lobster.

After sunset

Come night time the party atmosphere breaks out around the village with bars along the coast and in the main square staying open until late. Having said that, there are no big clubs here so festivities remain tame in comparison to other Ibizan resorts, but are perfect for cheap Ibiza holidays. What you will find is live Spanish music in the bars and pints with a quiz in the pubs.

The 'passeo' between S'Arenal Gros and S'Arenal Petit beaches is filled with bars and shops and leads to one of the most popular bars, Zulu Lounge. On the sands of S'Arenal Petit this bay-view bar has cool music and comfy seats to sink into for the night.

You're never too far from glow sticks and electro music in Ibiza should the mood take you. The closest place that you will find a party atmosphere is San Antonio Town and in 25 minutes you could be in Eden or Es Paradis dancing the night away.

Fiesta Portinatx

Portinatx has its own 2-week fiesta during July with fun and games including flamenco dancing displays and sports on the beach. The final Saturday is when a huge beach party kicks off with a DJ and midnight fireworks, with upwards of 4,000 people in attendance.

Souvenir shopping

Delight your friends and family with gifts from the shops in Portinatx's main square, which sell traditional and often handmade Ibizan wares. You can also pick up crafts, clothing, jewellery and accessories at the Sunday hippy market, which kicks off after 5pm. Just follow the road from the south end of the main beach.

Out and about

Having booked Ibiza package holidays you will be wondering where is best to explore, and with the fantastic transportation systems available you can do so with ease. There are direct buses to Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town so you can see plenty of the island. Santa Eulalia is a pretty harbour town that is the island's gastronomic and cultural centre. The capital Ibiza Town is home to big clubs, Spanish high streets stores and a hillside old town.

For a fun way to see the sights, hop aboard the Ibiza Express mini road train. It swings by the ancient dripstone caves of Can Marca and the village of San Juan with its beautiful 18th century church, as well as stunning beach spots for a quick dip in the sea.