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San Jose

San Jose Holidays

A place of simple charms that hasn't succumbed to the demands of tourists, San Jose is a relaxing haunt for couples wanting to experience a living Ibizan village. Think old-time Spaniards spending their days playing cards under a shady harbour.

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Village life

Halfway up Sa Talaia Mountain and 500 metres above sea level, San Jose gives amazing views of three sides of the island. The scenery around town is just as good, as this floral village has pomegranate trees lining the streets and pretty gardens in which to sit with a drink.

The main central square of San Jose is dominated by a 15th century whitewashed church, which has a beautiful domed interior with gilded decorations. Around the village is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants, which tend to be multi-purpose. For example, at The Fashion Cafe you can have coffee or a meal and then shop for German designer items. Elsewhere bars double up as art galleries, so you get two for the price of one in San Jose.

As San Jose isn't tourist-centric, perhaps because it doesn't rely on a beach, things carry on in much the same way in winter as in summer. The garden bars move indoors to places like the cosy pottery shop, or people keep warm under heated lamps while listening to open air music.San Jose is one of the perfect places to book up cheap Ibiza holidays in the cooler months.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Spanish
  • GMT +1

Local food

San Jose is a traditional place so all the food here is Spanish and Mediterranean, and you're sure to find some island classics such as Sofrit – slow cooked spiced meat and sausage stew.

One such place that you'll get good Ibizan cooking is Sa Soca, with its charming vine-covered terrace. Or at Es Raco Verd you can sit al fresco in the gorgeous courtyard with a glass of wine while you listen to smooth music. They often have smooth jazz and blues bands and the food and drink is very affordable.

Seeing the island

Aside from gazing down on the other Ibizan resorts, you'll probably want to get out there and see a few up close. San Jose has good transport links to San Antonio and Ibiza Town, with buses stopping at the village every 90 minutes. From these towns you can get to most other places on the island or you might want to hire a car for convenience.