Ibiza's Inland Villages & Towns
San Jose is situated in between the airport and San Antonio and unfortunately this is the only time many people get to see it.
San Jose is the largest of Ibiza’s inland villages and sits high in the hills at the base of the island highest point – Sa Talia. It is the centre of the municipality and boasts a wide selection of amenities with the 18th century church being at the centre of village.
This church is one of the most visited, by tourists, in Ibiza and inside the large altar depicts the infant Jesus with Mary and Joseph. At the time of construction every local family assisted in the building of the church.
Numerous style cafes, bars and restaurants can be found here and cuisine ranges from tapas and local delights to modern and up market bistros. Visit ‘Raco Verde’, a popular bar with live music, cocktails and an outside terrace. Other amenities include banks, a supermarket, petrol station, pharmacy, galleries and various shops.
San Jose is full of character and charm and as with all villages major tourist development appears to have passed on by.
San Rafael is located in the center of Ibiza, situated halfway between Ibiza Town and San Antonio. Until 2007 the main road between the two went directly through San Rafael but now the controversial tunnel bypasses the village.
The church takes up a prominent position on the hillside and from their spectacular views can be seen of the surrounding area and across to Ibiza Town. The village itself has a small population as most of the houses and finca’s are set in the countryside around. San Rafael is known as a craftsman’s village and the shops reflect this.
The quiet village comes alive at night as it is home to some of the islands trendiest restaurant/bars - El Ayoun and E’lephant, a well known local eatery is Can Pilot. Privilege, Underground and Amnesia nightclubs are a short distance away.
The islands Hippodrome, where trotting races and moto cross can be enjoyed is just on the outskirts of San Rafael. As is the islands largest estate – an 80,000sq meter stud farm.
Other amenities include banks, a supermarket, petrol station, pharmacy and craft shops.
This charismatic village lies in the center the island and in recent years has become a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. Located far from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist area if it’s a peaceful and relaxing village you’re searching for then look no further.
Numerous cafes and tapas bars surround the pedestrianised center of Santa Gertrudis offering the perfect place meet for a coffee or glass of wine. Step in to one of the tiny studios/galleries and see traditional artists at their easels. Casi Todo, the islands auction house, is a great place to vist and pick up an authentic and sometimes very old memento from Ibiza.
The church lies at the heart of the village; work began in 1785 and was completed in the early 19th century. The imposing bell was added in 1899 after been constructed in Barcelona.
San Carlos is a small village located a short distance from the islands third largest town – Santa Eulalia. A handful of traditional shops, selling authentic Ibicenacan goods can be found.
As well as several other cafes and bars San Carlos is home to Anita’s bar, this is one of Ibiza’s original hippy bars and is well worth a visit. Popular beaches such as Auga Blancas, Cala Llenya and Cala Mastella are within a short distance and many stop of for refreshments on the way. San Carlos is also home to Las Dalias, on Saturday one of the islands best markets.
San Jordi is situated close to the airport and in recent years has become more developed with commercial companies using this as a base. A small commercial center has sprung up and an all you can eat buffet style Chinese restaurant – the Wok is well worth a visit.
It wasn’t always this way, the church here is steeped in history and dates back to the 14th century. In the 16th century it was expanded and used as a fortified building protecting the locals from invasion.
On a Saturday sees the islands flea market/car boot sale spring to life, this seems to attract half of the island. Other amenities include banks, a supermarket, petrol station, pharmacy and various shops.
(Pronounced Hes – oos in Spanish) is located on the outskirts of Ibiza Town. Being so close to the capital has brought with it many great eating spots and watering holes. Bon Lloc is one of the islands most tradition bars serving a wide range of Ibicencan delights.
The church dates back to 1549 and houses one of the islands artistic marvels, a 16th century painting known as father and son.
Other amenities include banks, a supermarket, petrol station (Ibiza Town), pharmacy and various shops.
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