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San Rafael, Ibiza

The small village of San Rafael can be found on the main road between Ibiza town and San Antonio.

Like all Ibiza villages San Rafael is dominated by a late 18th Century church with amazing views all the way down to Ibiza Town where you can see the castle and the harbour, busy with cruise ships and big ferries. If open, also have a look into the church, it is really beautiful.

Restaurants

Foodies can experience culinary karma at a string of eateries which serve both typical local cuisine and more exotic concoctions from the Mediterranean area.

Can Pilot is a great favourite for its excellent meat; the excellent and very popular chuletón can be cooked yourself at your table. This place is worth booking ahead as you'll find it's often very busy, being popular with locals and tourists. Es Tancó Pizzeria nearby offers traditional food with a modern twist as well as what many regard as the best pizzas of the island. Nearby San Rafael, next to Amnesia, Las Dos Lunas is a dreamlike location serving fresh Italian cuisine on its enchanting terraces.

Ceramics and pottery

Another main feature of the village is the pottery workshops. San Rafael has been declared the only artisan zone – Zona de Interés Artesanal – on Ibiza because of the traditional pottery shops there. Beautiful handmade ceramics and pottery are sold in two shops in the village and in the many roadside shops on the whole island. The Icardi ceramic workshop has a wide selection of pottery made in exactly the same way today as when first introduced to the island by Mediterranean invaders thousands of years ago.

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