As one of Ibiza’s top beach resorts, Santa Eulalia lives up to its status, with pristine sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Located on the east of the island, Santa Eulalia is a quiet town, with an emphasis on family holidays, good shopping and great dining. With a reputation as the island’s cultural and gastronomic centre, make sure you choose a Santa Eulalia holiday in 2017.
This is the Balearics, so a good beach is par for the course, and Santa Eulalia has a very good one, with a gentle slope into the sea that makes it safe for kids. Even better, it’s no smoking, and has a smart, palm-lined promenade that runs alongside. Coupled with outstanding views of the surrounding hills and a peaceful river that meanders up to a restored Roman bridge, Santa Eulalia has the best of the outdoors.
Most of the action in the resort is around Calle San Jaime, on the main strip, where you’ll find boutiques and cafés. The town shuts to traffic in the evening and chairs from the restaurants start to spill over the pavements and into the street.
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Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 50m
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From art galleries to an exclusive yacht marina, Santa Eulalia holidays will take your breath away. Puig De Missa is an historic area with a church that tells a story of a time when pirates were among the most frequent visitors to this beautiful shoreline. You’ll be able to boast of completing the climb to the lookout setting of this beautiful old building, parts of which date back to the 16th century. What was once the perfect perch for spotting trouble is now the perfect spot for picnicking with beautiful sea views.
Take to the waters while you’re in this stunning seaside setting. The marina at Santa Eulalia has its share of millionaire’s yachts, but it’s also the start of plenty of affordable maritime adventures that showcase the beautiful Ibiza coastline. You can cruise cheaply to Ibiza Town for a day’s shopping, or explore secret coves along the coast. The neighbouring island of Formentera is a smaller version of Ibiza, with beaches that are on a par.
Wine and Dine
You can’t go on a Santa Eulalia holiday without sampling the rich and colourful local cuisine. Influenced by traditional Balearic ingredients of vegetables and pulses, the food here is not only tasty but very low in fat. Obviously seafood plays a major role in Balearic dishes, as does pork due to pig farming, Maó cheese from neighbouring Menorca, the Mallorcan pastry ensaimades and the local wine.
In Santa Eulalia, you will find the best restaurants on the two main streets. The tree lined Calle San Jaime is a brilliant place to enjoy a coffee and people watch. If you love tapas, head to the Royalty Restaurant, one Santa Eularia’s oldest restaurants. Located on Calle San Jaime, you can grab a table on the street.
Elsewhere, Calle San Vicente is ideal for evening dining, with a Mediterranean vibe. For a real taste of Ibiza, book a table at Ca Na Ribes. Beautifully situated in a sheltered courtyard garden, this restaurant serves traditional Ibicencan recipes including tender steak and fresh fish.
Family holidays in Santa Eulalia are bound to begin at the beach. With a stunning coastal location, soft sands and gentle sloping shores, the beaches here are safe for the little ones to play and paddle. There’s also a great range of water sports on offer at local beaches, from banana boating to windsurfing.
Away from the sand, the children can let loose at the Aguamar Water Park, just outside of Ibiza Town. With countless exciting rides and slides, swimming pools and child-friendly restaurants, the whole family can slip and slide through the day and cool off from the Spanish sun.
Just 25 minutes north of Santa Eulalia in Platja d´Es Canar, you and the family can take a relaxing ride around some of Ibiza’s remote beaches and countryside from a tourist train. With frequent stops for photos, sunbathing and swimming, you will get to explore the north of the island with a local guide who will give you all the fun local facts.
Action and Adventure
With its enviable coastal location, Santa Eulalia has an abundance of beach and water activities. Like the underground world of Cova de Can Marça, Ibiza’s largest cave system. Begin your adventure with a hike up a scenic path with views of the Port de Sant Miguel, then enter the cave and take in the awesome golden stalactites, shimmering waterfalls and plunge pools.
If you want to dive straight in, Cala Bassa is the perfect place to cool off. The natural swimming pool is just outside Sant Antoni and holds a wealth of coloured marine life beneath the stunning just blue water. Pack your mask and snorkel so you can really explore the underwater magic of the sea.
For all the action, negotiating 39 platforms and zip lines up in the treetops, is the assault course Acrobosc. The Adventure Park is located between Santa Eulalia and Es Caná and offers a unique experience for all adventurous types.
Life's a Beach
You could easily spend your whole holiday lounging on Santa Eulalia’s own splendid beach. It’s got a wealth of facilities, including lifeguards and disabled access, and follows a beautiful natural curve in front of the resort. You’ll find water sports and diving schools aplenty at the neighbouring marina.
The neighbouring beach is called Mariner’s Beach. It’s a bit quieter, and has something unique in the island group – a river! Indeed, the pretty harbour-side is at the estuary of the only river in the Balearics, with a restored Roman bridge just upstream.
You don’t need to limit yourself though, this part of Ibiza is overflowing with beautiful beaches. Head to Es Niu Blau beach, a walkable couple of kilometres away for a smaller, quieter beach with the trendy Pura Vida Beach Club to provide your cocktails. Big, broad Es Cana beach is also within walking distance, as is the water sports favourite, S'Argamassa Beach, home of the famous Nikki Beach Club.
Although the lively music and bright lights of Ibiza Town are only an hour away, Santa Eulalia nights were made for chilled drinks and watching the sunset.
If you want to make the most of the town’s relaxing atmosphere, then head up to the roof terrace of Aguas de Ibiza hotel to enjoy a cool cocktail and brilliant views of the Marina. To up the tempo, walk down to the Marina to appreciate the live music at Guarana. This laid-back bar provides great night time entertainment, including DJs and bands, as well as dancing.
You won’t want to miss the famous and luxurious lounge, Nikki Beach Ibiza only three kilometres up the coast. For all-night dancing, further along the coast is the resort of San Carlos and the lively club of Las Dalias, which is home to weekly parties. If you are after hardcore clubbing, then the busy resorts of Playa d'en Bossa and San Antonio are your best option.
Ibiza is known for its legendary sun sets and Santa Eulalia is no exception. What better way to spend your evenings on your Santa Eulalia holiday that watching the sun go down, with your loved one by your side? With stretches of golden sand and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the beach is the best place to go of an evening. Pack a picnic and enjoy the peaceful views with a cold glass of malvasia wine.
A good way to get closer is an intimate dinner by candle light. Santa Eulalia’s Calle San Vicente, also known as ‘Restaurant Street’ is 200 metres long and has everything from Spanish tapas to French fine dining, as well as sushi and Italian restaurants. To dine like the locals, embrace al fresco dining and sit on a table on the pavement - what could be more romantic?
The local tipple of choice here is sangria, so why not make a night of it and head to Santa Eulalia’s main street to enjoy a quiet carafe after your delicious meal.
The island of Ibiza is characterised by history which involved conquests from the Romans, Moors, Greeks, Phoneicians and Catalans. Its culture revolves around the traditional farmers, craftsmen and fishermen that exist on the island today.
Santa Eulalia’s landmark, the 16th century church, Puig de Missa is a great piece of history that sits in a tranquil spot with wonderful views of the town. You can also explore the history of the Balearic Islands at the small Ethnographic Museum close to the church.
Much of the architecture in Santa Eulalia reflects its past and can be seen by the typical white house and villas dotted around the coast. These days, Ibiza is known as a haven for musicians, writers and artists and artists, with a strong hippy community. You can see the island’s creativity in nearby resort of Es Cana. Here there the famous hippy markets that sell a range of handmade goods, including jewellery and clothing.