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Resort guide for Es Caná, Ibiza

Situated in the east of the island, Es Caná has all you could want for a beach holiday full of relaxation but also fun and sport.

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Es Caná (Es Canar in Catalan) is a very popular resort on Ibiza's east coast that is small, yet very lively and just minutes north of Santa Eulalia.

Beaches

Es Caná is a great and fun place to spend your holiday. With a great central beach, fringed with palm trees, crystal clear waters and soft sands with lots of water sports, you will find it easy to love.

You will find a quaint little harbour at this beach with stunning views and a range of beach bars, all offering cocktails and foods that will satisfy all types of hunger and thirst. Jacaranda lounge bar and restaurant takes it a step further offering a pool, stunning views and great music at night and there's plenty more evening entertainment in the rest of the resort too.

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 main surfers' beaches on the island.

If you stroll just ten minutes in the other direction 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 plus there's a well-respected diving school there too.

Things to do

Parasailing, scuba diving, windsurfing, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) tours and all the fun boat rides and ferry trips imaginable: this is just the tip of the iceberg of all amazing things to do 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 some excellent three-hour scenic tours. Choose from one to to the charming village of San Carlos or to beautiful secluded beaches on the North East coast.

Restaurants

In Es Caná there is a wide choice of nice eateries and restaurants, many of them directly on the main beach or near the rocky coast, many with stunning sea views.

At the surrounding beaches you also find long established beach restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood as well as more sophisticated beach clubs like Aiyanna at Cala Nova or the luxurious Nikki Beach Club at nearby S'Argamassa beach.

Markets

For the shopaholics amongst us, Es Caná boasts a comprehensive range of options and on the outskirts of the resort you will find the excellent and original Hippy Market of Punta Arabí that takes place every Wednesday. This very popular market attracts people from wherever they are staying on the island. Jewellery is a speciality and is often inexpensive and beautifully crafted with silver from India. You will also find great clothing, shoes and handmade leather goods, not to mention a range of hand crafted goods.

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. In summer they also have a night market in Las Dalias and some interesting parties with live music and DJs in the inner club room.

Getting around

Es Caná is well connected to the rest of the island. Santa Eulalia, Ibiza's third largest town, is just minutes away for great shopping and fine dining. Ibiza Town with its fortified old town and amazing nightlife can be reached in 30 minutes by car or bus. Sea ferries take you to Santa Eulalia, Ibiza Town and even to Ibiza's sister island Formentera.

The surrounding countryside of Es Caná is largely unspoilt with fields of deep red earth and pine forests. Also nearby is the white-washed village of San Carlos, home to the legendary Anita's Bar, one of the original 1960s hippy hangouts.

Spotlight tip - take a walk

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.

Nearby accommodation

Accommodation in Es Caná is plentiful and varied with budget hostels and apartments or hotels with entertainment and sports programmes.

The azuLine Hotel Atlantic offers studios and apartments with up to two bedrooms, which can also be booked all-inclusive. The hotel boasts great facilities for kids and a varied entertainment programme for the whole family. If a hotel is not your thing, live the dream and rent your own private holiday villa.

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