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San Antonio Town

San Antonio Town Holidays 2016/2017

Famed the world over for its nightlife, staying in Ibiza's playful San Antonio Town you'll be in the heart of the action. It's come a long way in 30 years from a small fishing village to an international DJ hub but San Antonio still has a big connection with the water. You can enjoy the golden beach, take a boat trip from the marina or watch the sun set over the Mediterranean from the Sunset Strip chill-out bars. Then as the evening goes on the music cranks up a notch and the party begins.

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Clubbing all night

Ibiza is the unrivalled king of clubbing and San Antonio Town is the place to be on the island with funky bars, huge clubs, amazing music and an atmosphere to match.

The Sunset Strip breaks you in gently with a line of chill out clubs and cafe bars including perhaps the most famous Ibiza venue Cafe del Mar. Along with firm favourite Cafe Mambo, you can have a bite to eat or sip a cocktail day or night. Set on the shores of the bay of Calo des Moro you'll catch the most beautiful sunset views over the Mediterranean from the Sunset Strip. You can also hear warm-up sets from the likes of Tiesto and Pete Tong before they go on to play the big clubs.

From here, the West End is only a 10-minute walk to a big selection of pubs, bars and some of the smaller clubs, playing everything from indie to pop and harder dance tunes.

It's along the seafront that the big clubs call home though. Among the superclubs are Eden and the glamorous Es Paradis, with its pyramid-shaped roof, an interior hanging with plants and a sunken area ripe for foam parties. Relative newcomer Plastik is a hip club patronised by Mark Ronson.

There's also a regular disco bus throughout the summer season that will take you to any of the island's super clubs from San Antonio's main bus station and back again. As well as being a lot of fun, it's only €3 each way.

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Fiesta time

If you're planning on visiting in August then you won't want to miss San Antonio's annual festival. The Fiestas de San Bartolome are held around 24th August and you'll find a funfair, live music and street parties. It culminates in a feast and a magnificent firework display.

Chilled out days

San Antonio's main beach S'Arenal de San Antonio was improved a few years ago and provides 500 metres of white sands and calm shallow waters with bustling bars behind. It joins on to the beach of San Antonio Bay to form a long stretch where sunloungers and parasols are available. There are also regular ferries from the marina to take you to nearby beaches, ranging from tucked away coves to wide bays of sand.

As well as party boats, there are plenty of marine excursions to explore. They include glass bottom boats ferrying you to San Antonio cave aquarium to see recovering sea turtles or to the renowned hippy market in Es Cana on Wednesdays. Back in San Antonio, there is plenty of shopping in the West End with independent boutiques and more tourist-focused shops selling souvenirs, ice creams and beach inflatables.

Many of the big clubbing brands - Pacha, Amnesia, Cafe Mambo, Cafe del Mar, Space and Privilege - have their own shops selling CDs, clothing and other merchandise. Along the streets there are also colourful markets selling jewellery, souvenirs and other goods.

Getting active

The warm waters off San Antonio are ideal for splashing about in and you can get involved in water skiing, banana boat rides and flyboarding, where jets of water help you fly over the sea. Or at the beach sports club you can try your hand at surfing on their FlowRider simulator. There's also a Total Wipeout-style Ocean Mania inflatable course in the bay during summer months.

There are many ways to explore the area such as quad bike excursions around the beautiful beaches, hiring mopeds or just getting out your walking boots - as long as you avoid the midday summer sun.

Take in Ibiza

It's easy to see a bit of Ibiza and take in the tourist attractions as it's a small island spanning only 35 kilometres. Ibiza Town is 20 minutes away by bus and is very picturesque with a historic old town perched on a hill. There are also plenty of shops and a port full of super yachts here, plus the world-renowned Pacha nightclub.

Aguamar water park is right beside the famous Space nightclub in Playa d'en Bossa, just south of Ibiza Town. You can have fun on the slides and in the pools with aeroplanes flying low overhead to and from the airport.

You can enjoy the golden beach, take a boat trip from the marina or watch the sun set over the Mediterranean from the gorgeous Sunset Strip of chill-out bars. Then as the evening goes on the music cranks up a notch and a long night of dancing awaits.