The main draw to Puerto San Miguel is the beautiful scenery. There are rocky coastal paths and forested inland areas so you can lose yourself in the landscape. Walking from the beach there are some narrow steps, which lead to an amazing coastline vantage point and a 3,000-year-old pirate tower.
All Inclusive hotel Ibiza have plenty to keep you entertained, but getting out and about to see what stunning sights the island offers is an absolute must. A year-round attraction bringing people from all over the island, the Can Marca dripstone caves are a natural wonder that has been lit-up to create a spectacular show. They’re a short walk from San Miguel beach along a scenic path.
Once a smugglers’ hideout, you can tour the underground lakes and 30-foot waterfall to learn about the local history with a multilingual guide. There are also great views out to sea from openings cut into the cave walls. And even if you’re not going to the caves, you can have a drink on the terrace and enjoy panoramic views across the water.
Around the village
Seafood is plentiful in Puerto San Miguel and most of the restaurants serve local dishes. None more so than Port Balansat restaurant, which cooks the native fish, Bullit de Peix. Often cited as the best seafood restaurant on Ibiza, locals travel from all over the island to eat here.
Night times are quiet in Puerto San Miguel, but you can have some drinks in the bars along the beach. Or you could head inland to neighbouring San Miguel to try out one of their handful of bars where you’ll be treated as a local.
Not a place you’d go specifically for shopping, Puerto San Miguel does however have some souvenir shops and places to pick up beachwear or buckets and spades. There is also a supermarket for your holiday provisions, all of these amenities adding up to make cheap Ibiza holidays easy to enjoy.
Out and about
Four kilometres inland from Puerto San Miguel is its older sibling San Miguel, which is home to a historical old town and 14th century fortress church. It’s also easy to get around to the rest of the island as there are bus links directly to Ibiza Town, Es Cana, San Antonio, Santa Eulalia and San Juan. Alternatively, you can take the scenic route on a small ferry to clubbers’ paradise San Antonio, the resort of Portinatx and the hippy market in Es Cana.
There is also a family-friendly tourist train that will take you to other northern Ibiza destinations at a leisurely pace. They include the small village of San Juan with its hippy atmosphere and picturesque church as well as Portinatx with its good beach and plenty of shops.
You can stop in San Juan to take a horse-riding trek from Ibiza Horse Valley. Their magnificent rescue horses will trot you through the stunning mountains and forests of this pretty part of Ibiza.
Your pick of sands
There are a number of nearby beaches worth a visit, each with their own style. Benirras Beach, just around the corner, is known for its stunning sunsets and on Sundays it fills up with people who’ve come to hear the drummers who ‘drum down the sunset’. There is a good Mediterranean restaurant here called Elements, which also has a fresh juice bar, a massage and yoga room, DJs and a boho fashion boutique.
In 20 minutes you can drive to Cala Xarraca, which has a natural mud bath with healing properties and crystal clear waters ideal for snorkelling in. A little further along the coast, Cala Xuclar feels like a secret beach. This small cove just has a few pedalos, loungers and a small refreshment stall.