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Clubber's guide to San Antonio, Ibiza

Watch the setting sun listening to sublime chill-out tunes from top DJs; have your first dance in a pre-club bar and then party the night away in one of the town's super clubs.

With a picturesque harbour, bustling sandy beach and palm-lined promenade that snakes all the way from the small Caló des Moro beach to the other side of the bay, San Antonio is not only a beautiful resort for holidaymakers, it is also the stepping stone to Ibiza's famous clubbing scene.

While it has garnered a reputation as a party hotspot over the years, San Antonio is also a favourite with locals, who descend in the evenings and at weekends to take advantage of its excellent restaurant scene, making it a great spot for families too.

San Antonio is home to an extensive range of bars, clubs and restaurants as well as waterfront clubs Eden Ibiza and Es Paradis, Ocean Beach Ibiza (a champagne-popping, open-air pool party venue) and the raucously rowdy West End. You'll also find Ibiza Rocks here, one of the best venues on the island to see top music acts as you dance beneath the Balearic stars.

Sunset bars

In San An, you will find the famous Sunset Strip, undeniably a legendary spot on Ibiza and a rite of passage for anyone visiting the White Isle for the first or even the 15th time. The stunning sunsets are set against the brilliant blue sea and a kaleidoscopic sky, all enhanced by sets from world-class DJs playing in bars that line the promenade.

The oldest of these, Café del Mar, is still a firm favourite, but these days it's also joined by an array of plush neighbours. All of them share the same prime position on this scenic stretch of bay coastline.

The famous Café Mambo is now arguably the most well-known of the sunset cafes, thanks to its roster of internationally renowned DJs, every day of the week.

Savannah is a slightly more low-key pre-party hangout as is Mint, which does an excellent fixed-price menu.

Further down at the end of the sunset strip, then there is Kanya and Golden Buddha, and a string of others smaller bars as you make your way further round the bay towards Caló des Moro. You are not limited on choice when it comes to cocktail spots with perfect vistas.

Bars & beach clubs

And, this isn't the only side of town with a wide selection of places to eat and drink alongside great views. The promenade that leads all the way to S'Arenal beach is also home to a huge range of bars and restaurants. Favourites among these are Itaca, Ibiza Rocks Bar, Tulp, Linekers, Plastik Bar, and the ludicrously luxurious Ocean Beach Ibiza, which has become a San Antonio favourite in just a few short years. All of these venues have their own unique energy, so whether you are looking to chill out on a hammock or dance on a podium in a swimming pool, there is something for everyone.

Clubs & boat parties

While Eden and Es Paradis are close to San Antonio, Ibiza's other super clubs like Amnesia, Pacha, Ushuaïa, Hi Ibiza and Privilege are all about 15-25 minutes away in a taxi, setting you back about 15-25€ a trip. Alternatively, you can catch the Disco Bus from the main bus station - behind the 'Egg Roundabout', from midnight onwards, costing a few Euros per journey and running every half an hour.

If daytime clubbing is your thing, make sure you hit one of the many boat parties that depart daily from San Antonio. Most of them sail into the sunset, all of them boast first-rate DJs, and each guarantee a truly unique experience.

Daytime activities

San Antonio is also set up to offer a full programme of daytime entertainment, should you want it. From adrenalin-fuelled parasailing, speedboat tours and scuba-diving, to a relaxing day on the beach, the Ocean Mania assault course and seeing the island at speed in a Hotrod. You have a lot of choices.

Video - great choice of water sports

Restaurants

San Antonio also offers a variety of cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, traditional Spanish, Ibizan, Tapas, Grill and Italian, so you really will be spoilt for choice during your stay. For a selection of Spotlight recommended restaurants, click here.

Accommodation

San Antonio as a whole is a reasonably priced resort and offers a wide choice of apartments and hotels and hostels.

There are many great value hostels in the centre of town, such as the traditional, family-owned Mari Hostel and the comfortable Florencio Hostel. There are also self-catering options like the Casa Maria Apartments with a rooftop pool or as a bit more upmarket choice for the sophisticated clubber, the beautiful Cubanito Ibiza Suites in a colourful Art Deco style.

Sophisticated clubbers also love the stylish Puchet Hotel in a quiet part of the town yet only 10 minutes from the town centre. A bit further along the bay the Apartments Marina Playa right at the sea are also a great choice for clubbers who want to unwind from the long Ibiza nights in style. And directly on the beach Playa Pinet, the Sol House Ibiza offers fantastic in-house events on the spectacular roof terrace with stunning views over the bay.

If you are coming in a group, we have a special recommendation for you: Treat yourself to your own private holiday villa; the price per person is a really good alternative to a hotel. In the beautiful surroundings of San Antonio there are several - and this town villa for up to 7 people with pool and surrounding chill out areas is even right in town!

San Antonio Bay

The Bay of San Antonio is perfectly suited to those who want to be a little further away from the buzz of the town. A short walk from the centre, the bay has several quieter beaches offering water sports and beachside restaurants, and one of the best sunset spots in the west of the islans, Kumharas restaurant and bar, where the attitude is so laid-back it is almost reclining.

How to get there

San Antonio has excellent bus connections to all the major resorts and to the airport, which is 20 km away. The disco bus connects all night to the major clubs, to Ibiza town and the clubbing resort of Playa d'en Bossa.

There are parking areas and public car parks, both free and with charge, read more in our Holiday tips - getting around Ibiza.

You'll also find several taxi ranks in town, taxi fares on Ibiza are quite reasonable, especially if travelling in a group.

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Read more about the resort and its beaches in our extensive resort guide for San Antonio.