If you are planning your holidays to San Antonio Bay or San Antonio Town in Ibiza, the following information may help by giving you an overview of this popular resort.
San Antonio Bay
The area generally referred to as San Antonio Bay runs south from the town of San Antonio. This is a big bay and there are plenty of small resorts and beaches in both directions from the main town. The first main area you come to is called Cala de Bou, on the far side of San Antonio’s harbour but these days more or less a continuation of the main town. It makes a good base for your San Antonio Bay holiday if you don’t want to be in the absolute heart of club city, but you can still reach it easily if you want to. Holidays in San Antonio Bay tend to attract more families than those in San Antonio Town.
Cala de Bou has several small beaches, so the crowds tend to get dispersed among them. The best beach on this stretch is Playa des Pinet, or Playa d’en Xinxo, which is located about 3km west of Punta del Moli. Although nothing special, this 100m wide small sandy cove offers safe swimming in sheltered waters and a few shore-side snack bars. It is also possible to waterski here or take a ride on an inflatable banana.
Further round San Antonio Bay is Port des Torrent, an old village that has become a favourite tourist centre. Port des Torrent is named after a seasonal stream which comes from Ibiza’s highest peak and empties into the small bay. The beach in Port des Torrent is normally packed with families enjoying the calm water during the summer months.
San Antonio Town
San Antonio [Sant Antoni de Portmany] is Ibiza’s second largest town and could hardly be more different from Ibiza Town. Yet for all its brash modernity, it is an historically interesting town.
To the north of the town is the Cave of Wine Cova des Vi where dynamic cave paintings were discovered in 1917. The cave is not open to the public, but as it is closed only by an iron grill, the paintings are quite visible. San Antonio developed into a small town before the 1960s and 1970s ushered in the era of mass tourism. Virtually overnight, San Antonio was transformed into the islands major package-holiday centre. While the development of hotels, bars, discos and souvenir shops brought enormous economic benefits to some of the townsfolk, it was at the expense of the landscape that had once been among the finest on the island.
The area generally referred to as San Antonio Bay runs south from the town of San Antonio. This is a big bay and there are plenty of small resorts and beaches in both directions from the main town.
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