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Resort guide for Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

The third largest town on the island attracts holidaymakers with its broad beaches, a palm fringed promenade, a fantastic choice of restaurants and great shopping.

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Santa Eulalia (Santa Eulària in Catalan) is the third largest town of Ibiza, popular with island residents, but also a much sought after resort by those desiring a quieter holiday, with many attractions for the more discerning visitor.

Promenades and beaches

The seafront promenade is the most prominent feature of the town, it spans the length of the wide, smoke-free beach, adorned with palm trees, miniature gardens and a large fountain. Facing the sea, walk along to the extreme right, till you can go no further to Mariner's beach, where the only river in the Balearics runs into the sea.

From Mariner's beach a pretty, peaceful river-walk meanders up to the Roman bridge - one of the few remains of Roman times on Ibiza. Midway, a footbridge spanning the river gives onto another pretty paved walkway leading to the little beach of Calo de S'Alga at the neighbourhood of Siesta with its small-village atmosphere.

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Restaurants and bars

There are two main streets in which you're bound to see lots of people. The tree-lined Calle San Jaime is the main street and is the daytime meeting place for the coffee and conversation cliques who meet at the tables of the cafes and restaurants to watch the world go by, such as at Royalty restaurant, a local institution that's on a prominent corner in the centre of town.

Backing on to San Jaime is Calle San Vicente, famous as "Restaurant Street". Closed to traffic in the early evening, it is transformed into the living, breathing picture of an ideal Mediterranean scene. Chairs and tables, laughing promenaders and diners, light, music and strolling musicians appear, giving this picturesque street an intoxicating fiesta atmosphere.

Try Ca Na Ribes where you can sit in its beautiful courtyard garden and dine on traditional Ibizan recipes. In a parallel road to the Restaurant Street, you'll find El Naranjo, a decades-long favourite with the locals which is open all year round.

Situated right on the sand of the broad Santa Eulalia beach, the laid-back Chiringuito Blue serves healthy food all day long, prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Nearby, in the beautiful surroundings of Santa Eulalia, you'll find lovely country restaurants like Can Muson de sa Vila serving some of the best grilled meats here on the island, including many vegetarian options. Nagai Ibiza offers exquisite Japanese fusion cuisine with intriguing flavours and innovative dishes.

An Ibiza icon, Bambuddha is so much more than a restaurant - a temple for fine dining but also a popular bar and venue hosting the occasional party, to which the whole island flocks.

Shopping and markets

In the centre of the town a little rambla leads from the town hall to the sea, bright with flowering oleanders and hibiscus and colourful with the crafts of street vendors and exhibits of instant portrait painters, ending at the promenade, the fine white beach and the blue Mediterranean beyond.

Santa Eulalia also is a shopping paradise; there are many small fashion boutiques, shoe shops with a wide selection, sportswear and lovely places with household and decorative items - and you are able to find real bargains here, prices are much lower than in the capital Ibiza Town.

The largest and most famous hippie markets of the island, Las Dalias near San Carlos and Punta Arabí in Es Caná, are also only a short taxi ride away.

The marina

Along the promenade, you pass a colourful array of restaurants and cafés, from the cheap 'n cheerful to international exclusive. To the left at the end on the promontory small ferries ply to nearby beaches, the hippy market in Es Caná, Ibiza Town and for day trips to our sister island of Formentera - or why not charter a boat yourself?

Just around from there is the impressive yacht marina, which has made Santa Eulalia one of the focal points of the Mediterranean wetset. This stylish area has become a favourite for dining, shopping, entertainment and the laid back nightlife of the resort.

Activities

There is a wide choice of activities available, from water sports on the beaches of Santa Eulalia and its neighbouring bays to some interesting excursions that explore the resort's beautiful surroundings, either on land or on water.

Artists

Santa Eulalia is the hub of a fascinating colony of talented people, many of them world famous. Local & countryside galleries and shops have the privilege of selling works by artists who exhibit in the world's capitals.

Nightlife

Nightlife in Santa Eulalia is more laid-back than in Ibiza Town or in the clubbing resorts Playa d'en Bossa and San Antonio. People go out for a nice meal, then stroll along the lovely promenade and later maybe enjoy a drink in a bar.

There are some bars which offer live music and stay open till late, but normally people venture to the super-clubs around Ibiza Town for a night out. The only party venue near Santa Eulalia is Las Dalias on the way to San Carlos - but here you find some interesting events, which are also very popular with the locals.

Read more in our Nightlife guide to Santa Eulalia.

Out and about

The western approach to Santa Eulalia is across a narrow bridge, with a lovely little Roman bridge to your right. The fascinating 16th century architecture of the church at the summit of the Puig de Missa (Hill of the Mass), is beautifully lit at night.

From this hilltop you get fantastic views over the municipality of Santa Eulalia which includes Santa Gertrudis, the greater part of Jesús, Es Caná, San Carlos and the beautiful bay of Cala Llonga.

Across the narrow bridge and first left is the 'pretty' route to Ibiza Town, passing Siesta, the small resort of Cala Llonga, the Ibiza Golf Club and the village of Jesús.

Staying in and near Santa Eulalia

Santa Eulalia is a popular choice for families and couples. There is a great choice of hotels, from quaint little places to elegant four and five star hotels. The stylish ME Ibiza Hotel and the luxurious Sol Beach House by the renowned Melia Hotel Group are peaceful havens right by the sea, the latter only a short stroll from the elegant marina.

If you prefer to cater for yourself, there are also apartments for all budgets. A great alternative is renting you own private villa; you too can live the dream! There is a fantastic choice of holiday villas near Santa Eulalia, catering for all group sizes and budgets.

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