San Antonio Bay is one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean. Quieter than Ibiza town, it is perfect for family beach holidays. Holidays to San Antonio Bay are also terrific for local culture.
Located on the west coast of Ibiza, it is a twenty-minute drive from the airport (IBZ). San Antonio, or San An' itself has three sections. The town (Westend) is popular for its nightlife, shopping and restaurants and contains a beautiful promenade, busy with yachts and boats. There is one beach in the town that has safe and shallow waters, ideal for families.
The Cala De Bou, or the Bay itself is generally a lot more relaxed than San Antonio town, making it a popular choice for family holidays. There are five beaches to choose from in San Antonio Bay. These sandy beaches are large enough for lounging and family beach activities and there are plenty of activities on offer such as jet skiing, parasailing or riding a banana boat. The beaches also offer other activities for kids, including parks, mini golf and bouncy castles.
The Ses Veriades, or Sunset Strip, is ideal to watch some of the beautiful sunsets that San Antonio is famous for. Along the strip there is the famous Café del Mar and the Mambo club that hosts Radio 1 parties. Other club attractions on San Antonio Bay holidays include Es Paradis, with its decorations, natural gardens and water parties that attract visitors from all over the world. Eden caters to a variety of music tastes and Judge Jules hosts Sunday nights.
San Antonio Bay offers easy access to other parts of the island with regular bus services running to and from Ibiza Town (or Eivissa). As well as its popular restaurants, bars and clubs, the Marina and shopping boutiques, it also contains the historic Old Town (also called Dalt Villa). A UNESCO site, Dalt Villa is surrounded by a sixteenth century wall. It also contains sights such as the fourteenth century Santa Maria d'Eivissa cathedral and the archaeological site, Puig de Molins (necropolis).
The all-year round hot and dry weather is one of the reasons why it is such a popular destination. Even throughout winter, average temperatures do not fall below 16 degrees and it rarely rains. July and August are usually the hottest months in San Antonio with average temperatures of at least 30 degrees.
The Fiesta of Saint Bartholomew is celebrated on the 24th August and the main square overlooking the Bay is the best place to see the Fiesta fireworks display. There are a number of other festivals held throughout the year, including Santa Eulalia in May and Nostras Senyora des Neus in August.
Since 2005, Ibiza Rocks has taken place in San Antonio throughout the summer. This includes a number of rock concerts held at the Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Past Ibiza Rocks acts include Florence and the Machine, the Arctic Monkeys and The Specials.
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Relaxing: San Antonio may be known as Ibiza's party capital - but it also knows how to help its visitors relax and recharge their batteries. Sun seekers should head to the town's main beach where they can spend the day unwinding on a lounger, only moving to grab a long cool drink from one of the many bars.
Romance: The Sunset Strip is the perfect setting for romance. Watch the sun go down in a pink sky while sipping on cocktails and listening to chilled-out beats in a beach-front bar.
Nightlife: Take advantage of Ibiza's famous clubbing scene. Start your evening in the restaurants and bars of the vibrant West End then dance the night away in world-class clubs such as Es Paradis and Eden on the San Antonio waterfront.