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Sant Rafel

Sant Rafel, Ibiza

Holidays to Ibiza are no longer just for those seeking hedonistic experiences. The jewel in the crown of the Balearic Islands, Ibiza has resorts to suit every kind of traveller. Sant Rafel, a peaceful village just under 15 minutes from Ibiza airport is the perfect base for exploring the island. Its central location means you're never far from a beach or a town. The village itself has plenty of restaurants if you want a quiet evening close to your holiday home.

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Ibiza’s official Artisan Zone

A holiday to Sant Rafel means you're staying in Ibiza's only official Artisan Zone. It's home to artists and craftspeople, some of whom still use traditional methods to craft their work. You'll see original pieces of pottery and ceramics in shops dotted throughout the village or on the roadside where artists have set up stalls. To learn more about the techniques used, book onto a workshop and make your own souvenir to take home.

A place of cultural significance is the pretty whitewashed village church of Sant Rafel. Sat on a hill, it has a Moorish feel about it with a pyramid shaped bell tower, and perfect views across Ibiza Town.

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Iconic Ibiza clubs

If you're going clubbing on your holiday in Sant Rafel, you couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Three of the islands most famous clubs in Ibiza are on your doorstep. Amnesia, one of Ibiza's super clubs with room for 5000 revellers, is within walking distance of the village. It hosts themed nights and has VIP sections on the upper levels.

Privilege is the world's biggest nightclub. With a capacity of 10,000 clubbers, it has an indoor pool, a large stage where shows are performed and a garden chill zone.

Underground is a different kind of club where they don't announce the lineup, and it's all about the music. It's got a no-frills approach and probably the cheapest drinks in any club on the island.

Sun, sea and fun in San Antonio

Your Sant Rafel holiday wouldn't be complete without a visit to the vibrant town of San Antonio. In just under 15 minutes you'll be in San Antonio Bay with its five beautiful golden sand beaches and warm shallow water perfect for the kids to splash about in. There are lots of beachside bars and restaurants, and some fun water activities to try out. Bounce over the waves on a flying fish inflatable or hang on tight on a banana boat ride.

Take a boat tour across the bay and its islands or hop on a jet boat at the port and feel the adrenaline rush as you jump the waves at high speed.

Historic Ibiza Town

From the world famous Pacha nightclub to the ancient citadel of Dalt Vila, Ibiza Town has something for everyone. For a dose of culture, head to the Old Town. Walk up the steep, cobbled streets, cross the drawbridge flanked by roman stone statues and you're in the main square. Take in the panoramic views from the battlements by the Gothic cathedral, Our Lady of the Snows, then see the artworks inside the church.

If you want to see how the rich and famous live, go for a stroll around Ibiza Town's two upmarket marinas. Superyachts bob on the water, and designer boutiques and fine dining restaurants mingle with luxury hotels on the quayside.

Cover the coast

Ibiza's beaches are stunning, from bays surrounded by rugged cliffs to cute sandy coves. Take the family to Cala Longa with its safe shallow waters and activities aplenty to keep everyone occupied. Challenge yourself to reach the beach via a rickety ladder at Ses Balandres. It's worth holding your breath for on the vertical descent to get there.

How about jetty jumping at dusk in Cap des Falcó? This pebbled beach sits next to the Sea Salines salt flats and is home to Experimental Beach, a cracking cocktail bar. For a different dusk experience, go to Benirras in the north of the island on a Sunday. Join in with the tribal drumming session at sunset after a visit to the nearby Boho-chic hippie market.

Whether you want a relaxing holiday to reconnect with yourself or you want to dance til dawn, Sant Rafel is the place to stay. You'll see legendary sunsets, picturesque towns and spectacular scenery. The typical Mediterranean climate means you'll be going home with a serious tan as temperatures rise to around 30ºC in the summer. Ibiza will capture your heart, and you'll want to come back time and time again.