It is almost impossible to be bored on the west coast of Ibiza, especially if you know what to see and do in San Antonio, one of the island’s main tourist towns.
Known in Catalan with the place name of Sant Antoni de Portmany, this destination has a fabulous bay with plenty of opportunities to practice water sports, a long promenade full of life and sunsets whose popularity has crossed borders.
We are telling the truth if we tell you that you will not be able to just sit around posing; you will need to spring into action as soon as you unpack your suitcase. You only live once…
On the Mediterranean
1. Explore the area’s most stunning coves by boat
The enchanting coves scattered along its winding coastline make Ibiza a true top destination. Cala Bassa, Cala Conta and Cala Salada are some of the island’s most beautiful coves, just a few kilometres from San Antonio. Spending a day on a boat exploring Ibiza, while marvelling at its clear blue waters, is a fantastic way of getting to know the island.
2. Go snorkelling and visit caves on a kayak
If you prefer to row across Ibiza’s turquoise waters and discover more inaccessible places, a trip on a kayak is the perfect way to see unspoilt beaches and fascinating caves from a different perspective. You will also have the chance to go snorkelling and explore the hidden depths of the island’s unique waters.
3. Hire a jet ski
There’s nothing quite like the rush you get from driving a PWC. If you want to do it on your own, remember you’ll need a boat licence, although you can also opt for a guided tour with an instructor. Whichever you choose, remember to have fun and be careful.
4. Take the plunge and go scuba diving
Are you brave enough to make your debut in the underwater world? Ibiza might just be the perfect opportunity. The unbeatable natural beauty of its waters offer those who wish to give it a try many locations for doing their first dive and discovering the island’s underwater world.
5. A BBQ on a catamaran
An outing on a catamaran is an excellent way of sailing around Ibiza or visiting the neighbouring island of Formentera. The size and shape of these boats make them the perfect place to spend a day enjoying a BBQ and taking in one of the island’s stunning sunsets, making your holiday extra special.
6. SUP yoga
This kind of yoga is done on a stand-up paddle board in the sea, and it helps connect mind and body in a different setting. Whether first thing in the morning to fill yourself up with energy or in the evening while taking in one of the island’s sunsets, this is a truly unique wellness experience.
7. Cala Gracioneta
The cosy and beautiful Cala Gracioneta cove is one of the closest to San Antonio. Its stunning turquoise waters only add to the breathtaking charm of the setting, sheltered by rocks and surrounded by pine trees.
8. Learn to surf, windsurf or kitesurf
If you fancy the idea of taming the waves on a surfboard, there are surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing beginners’ courses, that give you the chance to try out these fun water sports, which are sure to give you a massive adrenalin rush.
9. Party on a boat
This is the ideal plan for those looking for fun at all costs in the company of friends, and a fantastic opportunity to meet new people. Drinks, live DJs, entry to a nightclub and unbeatable views of Ibiza from the sea, during the day or as the sun is going down. Work hard, party harder.
In the city
10. S’Arenal beach and promenade
S’Arenal is one of Ibiza’s few urban beaches. Lively and bustling, its fine sand and shallow waters offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean with the boats in the harbour in the distance. The promenade, with its palm trees, shops and bars, is perfect for going on a stroll as the sun is coming up or going down, which is when the colours of the island’s sky are even more stunning.
11. Watch the sunset from Café del Mar
Café del Mar has become one of the most well-known places to enjoy Ibiza’s magical sunsets. Each day, dozens of people wait for the sunset while sipping on a cocktail in a sophisticated setting and listening to chill-out music in the background.
12. Lunch with a view of the harbour
Villa Mercedes is a unique converted villa where diners can sample Mediterranean fusion cuisine on an outdoor terrace which boasts gardens and views of the San Antonio harbour. What’s more, the restaurant puts on daily live musical performances.
13. A stroll around the marina
San Antonio has an attractive marina which is perfect for a stroll, browsing the nearby shops and restaurants, or even doing water sports such as stand up paddle surfing or scuba diving.
14. San Antonio Church-Fortress
Between the 14th and 17th centuries, Barbary pirates roamed the Mediterranean, forcing the Ibizans to seek refuge during the attacks. The Sant Antonio Church is a good example of Ibiza’s temple-fortresses and still preserves its defensive elements, such as the tower, the absence of windows, the thick walls and one of its two cannons.
15. Friday market
One of the new things this summer to include in your plans for things to see and do in San Antonio is Art & Mercat, a market for arts and crafts, food and organic products that is held on Friday mornings in the vicinity of the church. Rosell Street and Ample Street host their different stalls, along with musical performances and gastronomic tastings.
16. Savouring Ibizan cuisine
If you do not want to leave Ibiza without taking a big bite of its gastronomy, you will find two excellent restaurants offering Ibizan cuisine in the centre of San Antonio: Es rebost de Can Prats and Es ventall. At the first you will find the island’s traditional specialities, while at the second you can try the contemporary cuisine of Chef José Miguel Bonet, inspired by local recipes.
17. The most famous Spanish omelette of Ibiza
The town of Santa Agnès de Corona in the municipality of San Antonio is home to Can Cosmi, a well-known bar and corner shop that has been featured by travel guides thanks to its juicy Spanish omelette with potato and vegetables. Afterwards, you can stroll through pla de Corona, a valley dotted with almond trees where you will also see examples of Ibiza’s traditional architecture.
18. Nights at Pike’s
Pikes Hotel is a true Ibiza institution for many reasons, one of which is for hosting Freddy Mercury’s (and possibly the island’s) most raucous birthday party. Located less than 2 miles from the town, its different spaces offer fun house and disco music sessions. Entry is free and can only be obtained via its website.
19. Visit the Can Marçà cave
The Can Marçà cave, 25 kilometres from San Antonio, is one of Ibiza’s main tourist attractions. Visitors can go on a guided tour, which includes a light and sound show, and discover its hidden depths.
20. Have dinner in a church
The restaurant Sa Capella, on the outskirts of San Antonio, is a truly unique place to have dinner. With a diverse menu, the stone walls of the former chapel of Saint Agnes, which dates back to the 18th century, offer an unforgettable dining experience.
21. Go hiking in the surrounding area
There’s more to San Antonio than the sea and beach. The area has various routes, such as San Antonio-Cala Salada or Sant Mateu-Torres d’en Lluc, which are ideal for those who enjoy hiking. Whether your adventure takes you along the coast or through countryside inland, spectacular views are guaranteed.
22. Wine tourism
Wine lovers have the chance to see how this thousand-year-old alcohol is made at vineyards near San Antonio. Some wineries offer guided tours, such as Sa Cova and Can Rich de Buscastell, where wine and tasting sessions of local produce are organised.
23. A journey through Ibiza’s past
Very close to the town, in the bay of San Antonio, is Sa Punta des Molí, a historic and cultural settlement which is ideal for discovering Ibiza’s two-hundred-year-old secrets. The Buenavista windmill, built in 1818, a waterwheel, an olive oil mill, and the house where the German philosopher Walter Benjamin lived are the main places of interest.
24. An aquarium inside a cave
Just a five-minute drive from San Antonio is the Cap Blanc Aquarium, located inside a naturally-occurring cave, formerly used as a lobster farm. Here, visitors can discover all the main species present in the Mediterranean around Ibiza.
25. An outing on a quad bike
A different way of exploring Ibiza’s valleys is on a quad bike. Give in to your adventurous side and drive through pine forests, vineyards, almond trees and fig trees. The perfect way to release adrenalin.
Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza, a hotel for adults in San Antonio
If you are looking for a good base from which to embark upon these 25 plans for things to see and do in San Antonio, be sure to book your room today at Amàre Beach Hotel Ibiza, our 4-star hotel recommended for adults. Its excellent location in Bou Cove, in San Antonio Bay itself, not only places you a stone’s throw from all these proposals, but also allows you to relax between each activity, whether at the Germaine de Capuccini wellness or on our roof with sunset views. Don’t hold back, say it: #WhatAFeeling!