When people think Ibiza, many think clubbing, drunken rowdiness or hippy hang outs, but this Balearic isle is also a family-friendly place, with great resort towns such as Santa Eulalia in the east of the island.
Santa Eulalia is Ibiza’s third largest resort with a beautiful, palm-lined promenade running the length of the excellent beach, while Port Esportiu, the redeveloped harbour area, is filled with stylish bars and restaurants.
This is a living, breathing town, not just a tourist resort, so it has year-round appeal as well as a reputation as a gastro and cultural hub on the island. But rest assured, there are British pubs too, with big-screen sports and a good pint.
Getting there/around Santa Eulalia
All flights arrive at Ibiza Airport and Santa Eulalia is about 13 miles, or a 30-minute drive.
Car hire is available at the airport, but in high season, it might be best to pre-book. Driving is on the right and can be quite fast-paced, so have your wits about you.
Beaches in Santa Eulalia
There are two town beaches in Santa Eulalia, with diving school, water-skiing, parasols, hammocks and other holiday essentials.
The whole island is naturally endowed with wonderful beaches so you’re spoilt for choice. Near Santa Eulalia, you’ll find beaches and coves such as Es Cana, Cala Longa, Es Figueral, S’Aigua Blanca, Cala Boix, Cala Mastella, Cala Martina, S’Argamassa, Cala Pada, Es Niu Blau beach, and Es Calo de s’Alga.
Sightseeing in Santa Eulalia
Head up to Puig de Missa to see the most interesting architectural sight of Santa Eulalia, the 16th century fortified church. There’s also a local ethnographic museum up there, which is really for the more dedicated sightseer, but it is housed in Can Ros, a typical old country home anyone will find appealing.
Take a river-walk – the town is home to the only river in the Balearics – up to the Roman bridge and along the way, stop off at the footbridge and cross over to the little beach area of Calo de S’Alga.
The first Sunday in May brings about the town’s biggest fiesta of the year.
Eating out in Santa Eulalia
The key place to head to for eating out is Calle San Vicente, a whole street of restaurants and closed to traffic in the early evening. There are also many choices around the Port Esportiu marina.
Fish is the order of the day when it comes to local cuisine, so try a mixed fish grill, parrillada de pescado or zarazuela, a fish stew. Local spicy sausages, sobresada, are worth trying and finish the evening at a heladeria or ice cream parlour.
Nightlife in Santa Eulalia
This place took off in the 1960s and 1970s and regularly used to attract European jetsetters, but its nightlife attractions are more modest these days, appealing to the family market.
For something a little slicker, head over to Port Esportiu home to Guarana, the best club in town and open until 6am. Known for its jazz and blues on Sundays.
If you do want to try some of Ibiza’s famous superclubs, the ‘Disco Bus’ service runs through Santa Eulalia to Privilege and Amnesia.
Shopping in Santa Eulalia
Shopping is nothing to match Ibiza Town, but there are plenty of decent shops to browse and take a wander round the little summer market stalls of leafy Passeig de s’Alamera.
If you like markets, then head to Es Cana, a couple of miles away, it’s known for its weekly Wednesday hippy market (at Club Punta Arabi) from May-October. It’s a far cry from the 1970s original market but still an experience, with about 400 stalls.
Family attractions in Santa Eulalia
With its selection of fine beaches, relaxed atmosphere and wide range of self-catering accommodation and hotels, Santa Eulalia is a family winner.
Kids will love a trip on the Santa Eulalia Express – well, it’s hardly an express service, more a little toy-town train that makes a circuit of the area from the Town Hall.
Day trips in Santa Eulalia
The nearby charming interior hilly town of Santa Gertrudis has leafy streets, whitewashed houses,a laid-back lifestyle, pretty cafes and a church containing the largest belfry in the Balearics.
Make a trip into Ibiza Town to see the streets at night buzzing with restaurants, bars and cafes and shops open until late, as well as the marina with its many gorgeous yachts.
An hour’s boat-ride from Santa Eulalia is the tranquil little island of Formentera.