While the eastern resort of Santa Eulalia is far from sleepy, it definitely offers visitors the alternative of a quieter pace of life in Ibiza. For every busy beachfront dominated by high-rise hotels and chock-full of plastic sun loungers, there is a beautiful, unspoilt bay waiting to be discovered just around the corner. Attracting a largely German and British tourist crowd, plus a popular place for expats to set up shop, it’s also an area where it’s easy to find the creature comforts of home - if you can’t go on holiday without them, that is!
You can walk to everything!
If it’s shops, beaches, bars, restaurants, hotels and spas you want, Santa Eulalia has got ‘em – and they’re all within walking distance. Great for those who don’t have transport, or don’t really feel the need to explore much further than the resort, particularly with children. Stroll along the main promenade from start to finish and you’d be hard pressed not to find something to do, and the good news is it’s an easy walk over the coastline to reach neighboring beaches and connected resorts.
It’s a great base for families
Great shallow waters and lifeguards on duty, plus its narrow, contained shape make the beach of Santa Eulalia a great, safe place to holiday with kids. There are no parties or rowdy beach bars in the area, so the friendly, family vibe really shines through. You’ll also find plenty of entertainment for the kids in the town and many of the beach bars offer weekly crèches and special themed menus to take the stress out of holiday dining with the little ones. You can enjoy your wine and paella by the sea in peace, meanwhile they’ll be chowing down on chicken nuggets while being entertained by a clown – heaven!
On-water action awaits
Whether it’s windsurfing, sailing, jet skiing, joyriding on a tube, cruising on a pedalo, waterskiing, wakeboarding or fishing that takes your fancy, the eastern side of the island boasts the best conditions for all of the above. In the right conditions (generally out of season or after a storm), there have even been known to be surfers hitting the break at nearby Cala Nova. Of course, underwater activities like scuba diving and snorkeling are also on offer, making the east ideal for water babies and the adventurous types.