Smaller than many but livelier than most, this is Es Caná, a popular resort on Ibiza’s east coast, just minutes north of Santa Eulalia.
Boasting a great central beach, fringed with palm trees, crystal clear waters and soft sands, fully watched over by lifeguards and offering more water-sports than you can shake a stick at, Es Caná is Fun, with a well-deserved capital ‘F’.
However Es Caná has even more to offer. A ten minute stroll to the left of the main beach brings you to Cala Nova beach. Lovely and unspoilt, this is one of the surfers beaches on the island, with some cool beach bars serving really good food, through to chill-out lounge bars like Zen Sea.
Decide instead to stroll just ten minutes in the other direction and you’ll find yourself at Cala Martina beach. This beach is home to the wind and kite surfers of the island. Here you can undertake lessons as well as benefit from a well-respected diving school. On the left of the beach is the celebrated Chirincana beach bar (offering nights of live music) and further south, Restaurant Martina (serving great paella).
Parasailing, scuba diving, windsurfing and all the fun boat rides and ferry trips imaginable, this is just the tip of the iceberg in this gorgeous corner of the island. Want to get off the water and explore inland? The Tourist Train leaves directly from the resort and offers an excellent three hour scenic tour including the historical village of San Carlos, a fully restored 17th century farmhouse and a pit-stop at the visually arresting Cesar’s beach bar, before wending its way back to Es Caná – a fabulous way to see and understand some of the peculiarities and uniqueness of Ibiza.
For the shop-aholics amongst us Es Caná boasts a comprehensive range of options and on the outskirts of the resort you will find the amazing and original island Hippy Market of Punta Arabí every Wednesday, so popular that those from other resorts jump on the local ferry services and buses to come and check it out. This is a “not to miss” event. Jewellery deserves a mention here as it’s a speciality, inexpensive but beautiful, crafted with silver from India. You will also find great clothing, shoes and handmade leather goods, not to mention a range of art.
If you do miss the Punta Arabí Hippy Market, nearby, on the road to San Carlos, is the Las Dalias Hippy Market each Saturday. You won’t go wrong finding time to enjoy both however! They really do incorporate the vibe of Ibiza, with some great bargains and quality merchandise right on your doorstep, not to mention terrific fun with the colours, people and sounds of the day.
Back to the main beach, have we mentioned the quaint little harbour? It has one of those too! - making best use of the stunning views are a range of beach bars, all offering cocktails and foods to be sure that every hunger and thirst is firmly quenched. Jacaranda lounge bar and restaurant takes it a step further offering a pool, stunning views and great music at night, but isn’t alone in evening entertainment which Es Caná has plenty of.
Insider Tip: New Wave Restaurant / Bar – you choose your meat and grill it yourself on the BBQ – great quality meat, fabulous garden patio style venue with a wonderfully welcoming chilled out atmosphere. Just ask a local and they’ll direct you to it, just on the outskirts of Es Caná (Can Suldat)
If you’re looking for even more, Es Caná is well connected to the rest of the island, by bus and also by ferry. Santa Eulalia, Ibiza's third largest town, is just minutes away for fine dining and the likes of Pacha nightclub, one of the world's most celebrated nightspots just a hop, skip and a jump beyond there, in Ibiza Town. The surrounding countryside of Es Caná is also a point of admiration. Largely unspoilt with deep red earth, fields and pine forests the landscape is well worth exploring, also the nearby white-washed village of San Carlos, home to the legendary Anita's Bar which was the original hang out of the hippies.
Spotlight Tip: The stunning coastline allows you to walk a good deal of its length; to the north the walk to Cala Nova and Cala Leña takes in idyllic places to rest in the shade or to swim from the sandy beaches along the way. To the south past the beaches of Cala Martina, Cala Pada, S'Argamassa and Niu Blau the coast walk to Santa Eulalia has perfect resting spots in shady areas and swimming from rocks and sandy beaches: with those all important little bars strategically placed. As an option; walk to Santa Eulalia and get a taxi or the ferry-boat back.
Accommodation in Es Caná is plentiful and varied from budget hostels and apartments to 3* hotels with varied entertainment and sports programme, ensuring most tastes are catered for. These can be booked directly through Ibiza Spotlight for complete peace of mind.