The family friendly town of Santa Eulalia and its surrounding municipality is a perfect spot to travel for your Ibiza vacation. Whether you decide to reside there for your entire holiday or take a day trip to browse around, we are sure it will not disappoint.
Santa Eulalia is Ibiza’s third largest town. The area is busy and vibrant the whole year round with many shops, bars and restaurants open throughout the winter as well as during the height of the season.
The town offers a blend of authentic charm with narrow alleys and meandering streets full of whitewashed buildings and ancient architecture, alongside many modern new builds – especially as you head down towards the port, along the lengthy promenade where guests will encounter its beautiful 5 star Hotels.
Beaches in Santa Eulalia
Deep blue waters run from the stunning Santa Eulalia Marina Port, where you will find a multitude of spectacular yachts and sailing boats, along the seafront and down onto the first beach of golden sands, which also happens to be the first non-smoking beach on the island.
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This beautiful beach sits directly in front of an array of trendy, contemporary, Mediterranean, and traditional bars and restaurants. It is the most idyllic spot to sit and gaze at the passing sailing boats and enjoy the basting sun all day long until it dips behind the picturesque mountain side of Siesta.
Continue to walk along the promenade and a beautiful water feature opens your walkway onto a further second long stretch of golden sands. Here sun-loungers are lined and fully serviced by the classy Chiringuito Blue Beach Restaurant, owned by the brand new W Hotel, which is situated directly behind it. A Mediterranean dining dream and lifestyle beach restaurant that gives Santa Eulalia a new defining class and style of its own.
The 300m long white sandy beach of Santa Eulalia boasts clean shallow waters, as well as a wide range of water sports including diving and sailing options for the more adventurous visitor. Further along the coast are the bays of Cala Pada, Niu Blau and Es Canar, all of which are family friendly and offer great bars and restaurants as well as ample sunbeds, such as Pura Vida Beach Restaurant.
For a more humble and authentic beach, Cala Martina can also be easily reached, where a diving and windsurfing school awaits. Here, ‘Restaurant Martina’, very popular among locals and wind surfers on the island, offers beautiful Paella and fresh, locally caught seafood dishes everyday.
Cala Nova is perhaps one of the areas most renowned beach spots for its perfect beach setting of white sands and turquoise blue waters, which at the right time of the year can incorporate a swell for surfing. Here, tourists will find plenty of beach locations such as Atzaro Chiringuito, Aiyanna (Amante Ibiza‘s sister restaurant) and the brand new Bless Hotel to soak up the sights in luxury.
The town area of Santa Eulalia has every vacation necessity to enjoy a relaxing local holiday without needing to leave. The area is popular among locals residing all year round and therefore supermarkets, pharmacies, tobacconists, fashion boutiques, hair and beauty salons, DIY stores, art galleries, phone shops, outlets, souvenir shops, medical centres and everything in between are readily available. Just don’t forget siesta and shop front closing still happens almost everywhere between 2pm-5pm.
The area is home to a multitude of cultures, age groups and styles. From typical Ibicencan generations and families, to European residents, young and old and plenty of returning summer visitors, Santa Eulalia is a pleasant location that encompasses a beautifully diverse community.
The recently renovated town centre has many little squares with plenty of typical Ibizan monuments and sculptures. Here you will find small playgrounds for the children, more shops, bars and restaurants, and a calendar during spring boasting of many patron saint and community fiestas.
The central feature of Santa Eulalia is the main Town Hall and square which sits directly in the middle of the town, facing the sea. From here, stunning night light water features and surrounding palm trees create a magical ambience, perfect for summer evening strolls.
During the height of the season local artisan markets run along the Marina Port every evening and local markets operate each weekend in the town centre.
The area also plays host to the two most famous Hippy Markets on the island. Las Dalias, on the road to San Carlos is open every Saturday during the day time throughout the year, and also on Monday evenings during the summer months. Within a 10 minute drive or short bus journey into Punta Arabi visitors will find the famous weekly Hippy market each Wednesday, where an island invasion takes place.
Restaurants in Santa Eulalia
You will never be short of a good meal in Santa Eulalia, there is a whole street dedicated to the art of dining! Its official name is Calle San Vicente, but better known as Restaurant Street, and for good reason. There are literally dozens of restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the globe from Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian and much much more with the outdoor seating areas lining the street and giving a summery al fresco feel.
If you prefer to take in the seaview then there are plenty of beachfront restaurants to choose from. For something truly authentic with regular salsa nights, entertainment and outstanding Iberico meats, try Can Xarc at the mouth of Siesta. If you’re looking for a chic and intimate spot then Babylon Beach on the road to Es Canar offers a luxurious setting with a rustic beach atmosphere directly on a low cliff edge stepping down into the sea.
What’s more, the area’s very first Fish & Chip takeaway is arriving this season directly overlooking the marina port. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Ibiza Fish & Chip Co.
Accommodation in Santa Eulalia
Santa Eulalia has a great selection of family hotels, self catering apartments and Bed and Breakfast opportunities. There really is something for all.
Choosing anything from a local apartment or a seaview hotel room will literally accommodate a short walking distance to everything this town has to offer. The fantastic 5 star hotel, Aquas de Ibiza with its brand new rooftop terrace and luxury cocktail bar overlooking the marina is an absolute must visit. And, even if you’re residing in another accommodation, this prestigious hotel welcomes guests to enjoy all their facilities including their beautiful wellness spa for the day.
Transportation & Excursions
Santa Eulalia being the third largest city on the island means transport and accessibility is regular and easy. Taxis are in abundance both day and night. Buses run relatively well and on time which can link you to almost any spot on the island including the airport.
Hop on the bus, take the mini tourism train (which the children will love) or if you fancy taking a day trip out then jump on the ferry service linking Santa Eulalia and Ibiza Town for a pleasant day excursions for the whole family.
Attractions in Santa Eulalia
Standing 52 meters above sea level and offering breathtaking views across the town, the church “Puig de Missa” is thought to have been built around 1568. With its impressive Moorish style architecture, the church is surrounded by a small village and accessible by road and by foot, although be warned, it is a steep walk and not for the faint hearted!
Situated in a traditional style house, the Ethnological Museum of Ibiza offers an insight into an age gone by, with exhibits including cultural items such as clothing, tools and jewellery. A must see for those interested in the rich history of the island.
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