Discover the best-kept secrets of Sant Antoni de Portmany
Sant Antoni de Portmany is a municipality on the island of Ibiza considered a natural paradise for its inhabitants and any tourist who visits it. Thanks to its climate, you can travel to this town at any time of the year and enjoy its attractions.
Discover in this article what to see on your visit to Sant Antoni de Portmany.
1. Beaches of Sant Antoni de Portmany
The beaches of Sant Antoni are a natural treasure of the island and can be reached by car or along the coastal paths.
One of the best spots in Sant Antoni: Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta.
Surrounded by populated forests and with an unspoilt natural environment, these coves make up one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. The crystal clear turquoise water and fine white sandy beaches make them ideal for activities such as kayaking and snorkelling.
To access these beaches, the best option is to hire a car which you can leave in the free car park and from there take a bus to the coves.
In Cala Salada you will find a restaurant and access is easier, while in Cala Saladeta you will not find any services and to access it you will have to walk along a path, so we recommend that you take with you everything you need for a day at the beach.
Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta: a perfect tandem
Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta are located to the north of the town centre of Sant Antoni, so if you have a rental car or motorbike, you can reach them in just ten minutes.
Both coves with crystal clear water are perfect for relaxing, enjoying a swim or snorkelling. They alternate sandy bottoms, rocks and areas of posidonia, which is why they are very popular with residents and have a family character.
Cala Gració is the largest cove, presided over by the Sa Conillera islet and surrounded by pine and juniper trees. Its little sister, Cala Gracioneta, is on the other side of a rocky promontory, although smaller than its sister, it has the same charm and beauty.
Charming urban beaches
Sant Antoni also has more easily accessible urban beaches such as S’ Arenal, Es Pouet and Caló des Moro. These beaches of fine sand and crystal clear water have services and facilities so that you can enjoy a day at the beach in comfort: restaurants, shops, ramps, showers and water activities such as kayaking or paddle surfing.
In Caló des Moro you can enjoy one of the best sunsets on the island. This beach has places where people gather to watch the sunset.
2. Walk along the Sant Antoni Promenade
The promenade of Sant Antoni is one of the main attractions of the municipality, full of bars and restaurants with views of the Mediterranean. It stretches from the beach of Es caló des Moro to the beach of S’Arenal.
You can walk or cycle along the promenade and enjoy a large part of the bay. Along the way you will find the Ses Coves Blanques lighthouse, which has been fitted out as a socio-cultural centre.
3. Discover the Columbus Egg
Located at the entrance to Sant Antoni, on a roundabout, you will find the Columbus Egg. A monument that pays homage to the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America, the work of Antonio Hormigo, Julio Bauzá and Luis Ojeda.
It is a six-metre-high reinforced concrete egg inside which is an iron replica of the Santa María, whose prow points towards America.
4. Visit the church of Sant Antoni
The church of Sant Antoni, also known as the church of Sant Antoni Abad, is located in the centre of the city. This church was built in the 16th century and has been renovated and enlarged several times over the centuries.
It has a neoclassical style, with a nave and a dome. The main façade has a large entrance door above which there is a niche with a sculpture of Saint Anthony. Inside you can find a variety of religious artwork, including an image of the Virgin of Peace, the patron saint of the city.
In addition to being a popular tourist attraction due to its architectural beauty and historical importance, it is an active place of worship where daily masses are held in different languages.
Other rural churches of Ibizan essence that you can visit during your stay in Sant Antoni are the church of Sant Rafael, the church of Sant Agnès and the church of Sant Mateu.
5. Sa Punta des Molí cultural space
This complex is made up of a restored mill, a waterwheel and a typical house that has been converted into an exhibition hall. Inside the mill you will find a restored typical trull and the space that was used to make oil with the machinery. Outside you can visit the botanical garden with a wide variety of native plants.
The Sa Punta des Molí cultural space is a meeting place for the local community and a point of reference for the promotion and art of the island of Ibiza. A place to visit that should be on your list if you are interested in the culture and history of the island.
6. Enjoy a sunset
Sant Antoni is also known for its incredible sunsets, here are some of the places where you can enjoy the sunset.
- Ses Variades: Ses Variades promenade, in the centre of town, is a popular place to watch the sunset. From here you can watch the sunset while you listen to live music or have a cocktail in one of the bars.
- Cala Salada: if you are looking for a less crowded and quiet place to watch the sunset, Cala Salada is definitely the best option.
- Hostal La Torre: this small hostel is located on a hill in front of the sea, in the Cap Negret area. The terrace of the hostel offers panoramic views of the coast and is a perfect place to enjoy the sunsets.
- Es Vedra: in this place full of energy you will find one of the best sunsets on the island. Enjoy the magic of watching the sun go down and match the islet in the sea.
Hire your car and drive around the island of Ibiza
Discovering the nooks and crannies of this island can be much more interesting if you have a hire car. This way, you can explore the island at your own pace without depending on or worrying about public transport timetables and routes. Rent a car in Ibiza also allows you to access places that would be difficult to get to otherwise, such as remote beaches or rural villages. It’s also a fun way to discover the island, especially if you’re travelling in company. After this article in which we have visited Alcudia, we can only wish you to enjoy the island and especially this town to the fullest!