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, an essential trip on any Ibiza holidays, there are plenty of marine excursions to explore too. 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.
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.
As well as plenty of home comforts like pizza and chips you can get a real taste of Spain at some of the elegant dining venues on the West End, Sunset Strip and beach bars. The most tourist-friendly restaurants are alongside the marina and have chairs spilling out on the square with menus in English.
In the pedestrianised West End there is a mix of gastropubs, takeaways and elegant dining rooms serving all kinds of food. The trendiest venues to eat at are those on the Sunset Strip where you can dine with the best sea views in town.
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. There are plenty of All Inclusive Ibiza hotels within this area so you can complete your stay in style.
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.