Almost without realizing it, we’re in July and summer on the island is in full swing. Here on our blog , we propose a sightseeing route in the northwest of Ibiza, through interesting and varied territory with a bit of everything: local color and tradition, beaches and out-of-the-way corners. Who’s up for it?
From Sant Miquel de Balansat, we’ll set off in the direction to Sant Antoni de Portmany, heading toward the northern and lesser known part of the municipality. This area is less touristy and has some spectacular coves that are every bit as beautiful as Ibiza’s more famous beaches.
First, you will reach the village of Sant Mateu, nestled in the Plà d’Albarca. This area is very traditional vine growing and winemaking; the wineries Can Maymó and Sa Cova are located in this environment. The village center consists of the whitewashed church, the bar Es Camp Vell, the restaurant Can Cires and some traditional ibicencan houses. In the surroundings you can make a nice hike to Cala d’Albarca, an amazing place surrounded by steep cliffs.
We made our way and secondly, we recommend a visit to the bastion of tradition, Santa Agnés de Corona (Santa Inés). This tiny village is a truly authentic representation of yesteryear and probably looks much the same as it did 100 years ago, with nothing more than a church, it was built in 1812 and contains a carved figure of the Mother of God of the Rosary, which dates back to the same time period; Can Cosmi, its bar serves Spanish omelets (tortillas) that are famous all over the island; Cas Sabater, a workshop leather craftsman and a few typical homes.
Santa Agnés is also renowned for its full moons of January and February. These special nights signal the time of year when people go to the village to see moonlit fields full of the most beautiful almond blossoms. The entire valley of Santa Agnés ( Es Plà de Corona) is dressed in white fragrant blossoms, offering viewers a symphony of nature difficult to describe. A unique glimpse of the still beauty of winter.
After a lovely stroll through this genuine Ibicenco village, we recommend a stop at nearby Cala Salada. Actually, we find here two beaches within one cove, the larger is Cala Salada proper, while the smaller and wild cove (and more difficult to reach) is known as Cala Saladeta. These two sandy stretches are separated by rocky cliffs that give shelter to some wonderful fisherman’s huts. Both beaches are nice, quiet family spots with fine sand, incredible crystalline waters, all framed by green woods. In truth, the smaller beach is more special and we recommend it, but be very careful climbing over the rocks.
The next stop comes highly recommended as one of Ibiza’s very special spot: Punta Galera. It is not exactly a beach or a cove because there is no sand. It is the base of a broad cliff and is formed by enormous slabs of flat, multi-leveled rock, created by the quarrying activities of a bygone era. The result is a succession of natural seaside terraces, perfect for sunbathing and swimming in its crystalline waters. Some practice nudism there. This is a must for anyone seeking something quiet, secluded, and very Ibiza!
Have a great time!