Enigmatic Es Cana holidays 2017 / 2018
Get ready to jet off to one of the most famous of Spain's Balearic islands – Ibiza. Es Caná holidays in 2017/2018 are a popular choice for people who want to get a taste of Ibiza, without being fully immersed in the electric nightlife scene. A beach resort village with traditional elements intertwined, Es Caná is the ideal package holiday for couples, groups and families.
The way Es Caná appears is quite a contrast compared to some of Ibiza's more popular resorts, like San Antonio and San Antonio Bay. Not as developed as its neighbours, the village is home to a small fishing harbour and a moon-shaped bay. As the destination of the weekly Hippy Market, you’re guaranteed to see all kinds of people passing through this pine-fringed beach resort.
Many Es Caná cafés, stores, hotels and souvenir stalls look out onto the azure Mediterranean Sea. Whether you’re keen to access untouched expanses of coastline on foot, are craving a plate of paella with a sea view, or perhaps want to get involved in the glamorous lifestyle at a beach bar, Es Caná holidays will not disappoint.
Just like other parts of Ibiza, there’s a trendy air to this sophisticated resort. Despite the fact Es Caná is considered more of a laid-back spot, there are myriad attractions to keep all ages satisfied. What's more, the fact that this beach resort village is located just minutes north of Santa Eulalia means that it’s a suitable base for explorers who are keen to cover a lot of ground.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
When to go
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There is an endless list of attractions to be found in and around this favourite Balearic Island resort. Tuck into fresh lobster, shop for trinkets at the weekly Hippy Market or join in with the Eivissa Medieval Festival celebrations every May. The Ibiza Express is a tourist train that passes through Es Caná and its nearby resorts on a daily basis. Hop on board, especially if you are visiting with the kids. The Jacaranda Lounge is a welcoming place to kick back with a few glasses of sangria before the sun sets.
You can rent a bike, take a taxi or ride on the local bus if you wish to see some of Ibiza's main points of interest. Sea Salinas National Park is one of them. This protected natural area is an oasis of untouched beauty, with various wildlife species favouring the habitat. Get up close to Spain's version of what has been named ‘Stonehenge’, get your photo taken next to the whitewashed Església de Puig de Missa, or wander through a complex ancient cave system known as ‘Cova des Cuieram’.
Wine and Dine
The Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians who once roamed the land contributed to the wine production in Ibiza. From the 18th-century onwards, wine production took off at a rapid rate. Most of the landscape is ideal for growing wine, but you’ll notice that a wide selection of the bottles embellishing local restaurant and bar shelves are imported.
When you’re on holiday in Es Caná in 2018, make sure you try red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo. White wines like Chardonnay and Parellada will bring out the flavour of fish dishes, such as paella. Cheap dining is not hard to find, but if you want to treat yourself, or indeed someone else, to a dollop of luxury, make a toast at one of the fine dining restaurants in the region.
Eateries are dotted around the town and along the beachfront. Restaurante Las Arenas, La Finca Can Suldat and Restaurante Mar Bella are a few fine examples of upscale authentic Spanish dining.
There’s more than meets the eye in Es Caná, where stalactite caves and an aquarium sit within close proximity. Families feel welcomed and there are a number of sightseeing options, with the island train proving popular with the kids. The ambient melodic sounds you hear playing inside the laid-back cafés in the pretty Ibizan resort are very different to what you’ll hear in Ibiza's central party hubs.
Since Es Caná’s main beach has crystal-clear shallow waters, children can paddle safely here. Take a stroll around the resort and you’ll come across carousels, go-karting and even ten-pin bowling. Water parks are just a ride away and the street performers will put an instant smile on your face.
Playing a game of mini golf will bring the family together in a fun environment, before heading out for an evening of Spanish feasting. In addition to a mini-golf course, Es Caná is home to a funfair. Most of the plush hotels and accommodation in this seaside village are designed with family-friendly amenities, like live entertainment, swimming pools and kids' clubs.
Action and Adventure
Watersports activities are available in abundance all around the island. Equipment is usually provided, so there’s no need to bring extra luggage on your Es Caná holiday. By indulging in watersports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, paragliding, or by experiencing the thrill of a banana boat ride, you’ll be left with a feeling of euphoria.
Don't worry too much if you are not courageous enough to participate in such activities because Es Caná boat trips are equally as popular. As a traditional fishing port, you can take the chance to embark on a voyage that will give you a glimpse into how the local fishermen make a living.
Ibiza Town and Santa Eularia can be accessed by boat, or you could even hire your own private charter if you fancy indulging. Scuba diving trips can be arranged from Es Caná, as well as glass-bottom boat trips, which will open your eyes to the diverse marine life found in the Balearics.
Life's a Beach
One of the main priorities for holidaymakers is to get that sun-kissed feeling and top up the tan. This won’t be a problem when you’re on holiday in Es Caná, with the horseshoe-shaped bay welcoming throngs of people every day. Numerous facilities are made available to the general public, including sun loungers, toilets, parasols, showers, restaurants and shops, yet compared to some of Ibiza's' more well-known resorts, the beach is rarely crowded. Monitored by lifeguards, you can feel confident about wading in the water, even if you’re not a confident swimmer.
When staying in the resort of Es Caná, the main beach can be accessed on foot. Ferries depart from surrounding marinas, so why not check out Santa Eulalia too? Pedalos are available for hire or if you’re travelling as part of a group, a banana boat experience is a must. Waterski hire is on offer for daring individuals and if you stroll along the 300-metre beach to the harbour, you may even catch a fish of your own.
Considering the fact that Ibiza is the ‘Party Capital of the World’, the nightlife scene will not be too far out of reach. Ibiza has numerous bars and impressive nightclubs that attract music lovers every single month. The most infamous areas to party the night away are Playa d'en Bossa and Ibiza Town, both a short journey by car from Es Caná will put you in the centre of the action.
Es Cana itself has its fair share of clubs and late-night bars for visitors to enjoy. Seek out ‘The Egg’ roundabout, as partygoers from around the world will use this landmark as a checkpoint or meeting point, before a night of dancing to live DJs and playing drinking games.
Don’t be put off by the thought of visiting Es Caná if you’re not a party animal. The resort strikes a careful balance between revelry and mellow socialising, with hangout bars positioned around the resort and some excellent spots for group dining, as well as a couple of chic bars worth putting on your glad rags for.
Romance-wise, the resort of Es Caná is a worthy choice. Modern facilities are integrated into the design of most hotels, allowing you and your partner to soak up some luxury during your 2017/2018 holiday to Es Caná. An Aquabus island voyage will show you and your better half stunning sights around the White Isle.
Another way to bond with each other while spending time in the great outdoors is by trying your hand at fly fishing in Es Caná. Or, with handmade and intricate pieces of jewellery and clothing for sale in the local markets, surprising your partner with a Spanish gift will be easy.
An even better surprise would be to organise a ferry trip to Formentera for the day. It would be tough to scratch the surface in a single day, nevertheless, with tapas bars, viewpoints and some of the most tranquil bays waiting to be explored hand-in-hand, Formentera is ideally suited to couples.
Wherever you’re in Spain, it’s hard to ignore the vibrant culture. A culture that’s remained strong throughout the years. Spanish influences have not been tarnished by tourism. Actually, booking an Es Caná holiday in 2017 will give you a chance to see how the ancient Romans have left their mark on the land, what with a handful of timeworn landmarks shaping the scene.
A major cultural hub, Es Caná is best known for its bohemian bazaar, which adds to the hippy vibe of this village. Traditional Spanish entertainment in the form of flamenco dancing and bullfights are not uncommon. Should you be visiting during a time when a holiday is happening, you can witness the local people participating in what is known as a ‘fiesta’.