Santa Eularia, the most emblematic village of Ibiza

Ibiza has thousands of places where to enjoy a holiday, but if you are one of those travellers looking for calmness, tradition, the sound of the sea in the morning, sandwiches in traditional bars, walks around narrow streets and the Mediterranean at its best, Santa Eularia des Riu is your destination.

Santa Eularia des Riu, Ibiza

It is said to be the perfect place for a family vacation, as it has the most relaxing and entertaining ambiance for children. In addition, it features tourist attractions for all ages, beyond nightlife and the great discos and clubs of electronic music of the moment.

Santa Eularia des Riu is unique, not only because it features the only river of the Balearic Islands, but because it keeps the authentic essence that the island of Ibiza lost with the arrival of the mass tourism of parties, sun and beach. It is a small place of turquoise waters and white sand.

Its beaches and coves are a beehive in summer, but much more welcoming and quiet than those in Sant Antoni, Sant Josep or Vila. Ideal for all type of travellers, Santa Eularia des Riu’s beaches are perfect for children due to their shallow waters and their sandy areas for walking and playing. Rocky coves, despite their beauty, might be dangerous for children and of difficult access.

Regarding accommodation, there are thousands of options, as despite the calm and authentic ambience, Santa Eularia is one of the tourism centres in Ibiza. There you will find Adults Only hotels, hotels for children, classic beach hotels, hotels with chill out and beach club… Whatever you may need. Some examples of accommodations with a good quality price ratio are the recently inaugurated IBEROSTAR Santa Eularia, the Tropic Garden or the Fergus Paraiso Beach, located in Es Canar beach.

Sea view accomodation of IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel

Sea view accomodation of IBEROSTAR Santa Eulalia Hotel

For eating, do not miss one of the most famous sandwich bars in the island, the Costa Bar, and try its delicious cured ham sandwich. But if you want to try a more elaborated local dish, you will find options for all tastes in the historic centre of the village. Tapa hopping is also a must-live experience in Santa Eularia. It is true that in summer you will have to make your way through the crowd to get a tapa, as many people go to Santa Eularia to eat.

For a morning or a cool night in the island, instead of visiting a disco, we recommend you an outdoor experience: the hippy markets. The Punta Arabi and Las Dalias markets are in Santa Eularia, one of them really close to Es Canar and the other one in the area of Sant Carles, one of the must visit villages of the island.

Another of the villages near Santa Eulalia and considered one of the gems of the island for its traditional essence is Santa Gertrudis. It is also a good area for discovering some local delicacies, prepared with fresh products from the orchards of this small locality.

In Santa Eularia, we recommend you walk up to its highest peak, Puig de Missa. It is worth the effort, as you will be able to contemplate a panoramic view of this coastal area of Ibiza.

This village has good communications with the centre of Ibiza (Vila) and with the airport by public transport. The best option if you want to make the most of your time and to visit more areas of Ibiza or plan trips to its different beaches is that you rent a car or a motorbike. Buses are not the best option, especially if you are not going to stay in the island for a long time.

Beaches of Ibiza: Es Canar

Secluded, quiet and off great natural beauty, the beach of Es Canar is one of those beautiful corners of Ibiza where to turn to when you seek to disconnect from the world and enjoy the authentic hippie spirit of the island. Located in the municipality of Santa Eularia des Riu, it has calm and shallow waters, surrounded by fine white sand, and over the years it has become one of the most popular beaches for families with children looking to discover the charm of Ibiza, first hand.

Santa Eularia des Riu, Ibiza

Santa Eularia des Riu, Ibiza

Shaped like a horseshoe and sheltered from the winds, the beach of Es Canar has all the necessary services from hammocks and parasols to lifeguards, showers, pedal boats and all kinds of bars. The beach is not too large and during the high season, as with all the beaches in Ibiza, it is difficult to find a spot unless you arrive early.

mercadillo Hippie Las Dalias

Mercadillo hippie Las Dalias

The beach is located in the village of Es Canar, near the centre of Santa Eulalia des Riu, heading towards the San Carlos area, between Punta Arabi and Cala Llenya. It is a lively place, filled with small shops, restaurants and bars, and small Ibizan style houses.

The town celebrates, on Wednesdays, one of the most famous markets in Ibiza, the market of Punta Arabi, where you can buy all kinds of objects and typical Ibizan clothing, as well as handicrafts and accessories. Nearby, in San Carlos which is roughly 3 Kms, from the beach of Cala Nova, you can find the emblematic market of Las Dalias, where it is very likely to find a celebrity during the summer.

Hotel Fiesta Cala Nova, Ibiza

Hotel Fiesta Cala Nova, Ibiza

The town has a nice historic wall and a port from where you can rent boats and kayaks, and  enjoy a beautiful day sailing near the coast. Many of these boats leave the port of Es Canar and connect directly to the port of Ibiza as well as the nearby beach of Cala Llonga.

There are many hotels in Es Canar, with rooms for couples in Cala Nova and accommodations suitable for the whole family, as well as public transport services that connect to the main attractions of the island.