Holidays to San Antonio Town take you to a clubbing haven, but also leave you with great shops and restaurants, as well as an easy route to the island capital, Ibiza Town.
A clubbing superstar
A few decades ago, San Antonio Town – or Sant Antoni de Portmany, as the locals have it – was a sunny little fishing town, host to the odd hippie traveller. That all changed in the Eighties, though. Nowadays, this place is the loudest postcode on Ibiza – and elegant dining spots and great shopping top off its clubbing crown.
San Antonio’s huge natural harbour didn’t come with its own beach, so a 500-metre stretch was put in a few years ago. The soft, flat sands are right in the middle of town, fringed by trendy bars and sunloungers, and the sea is calm and shallow. Regular ferries run to nearby beaches if you fancy a change.
San Antonio’s nights gear up on the Sunset Strip, which is filled with chillout clubs and café bars, and end 10 minutes’ walk away in the lively West End part of town with its maze of boisterous discos, superclubs and bars. Low-key can be an option, too, with relaxing post-dinner cocktails on offer along the twinkling seafront.
Twenty minutes to Ibiza Town
The island’s capital is a 20-minute drive away. It’s the yin to San Antonio Town’s yang, with a walled old town bursting with Medieval alleys and time-worn churches, a 14th-century cathedral and several museums. Downhill, the marina is the place to order a strawberry daiquiri and watch the super-rich moor their yachts. Clubbing goliaths Pacha, Amnesia and Space are just round the corner from here.