To the east, Santa Eulalia (or Santa Eulària des Riu in Ibicenco) is the island’s third town in importance and population after Ibiza and San Antonio. This is a quiet and family friendly tourist resort where you may not find much partying but where gorgeous beaches, great restaurants, craft markets and tradition abound.
How to get to Santa Eulalia
Getting to Santa Eulalia is easy, it is just a 15-minute drive from Ibiza on one of island’s main roads, the EI 20, better known as simply the road to Santa Eulalia. You can also get there by bus from Ibiza with L13 línea 13 or with the night bus Nº 13 línea nocturna N13.
What to see in Santa Eulalia?
When you arrive in Santa Eulalia from Ibiza you can’t help noticing the lovely Hill towering at the entrance to the town, the Puig de Missa with its 16th century fortress church, a cemetery, gardens and wonderful views over the sea and the town. There is a lovely walk up to the top from the riverbed of about 3km, the Ruta del Río (river route) which passes by the bridges Pont Vell and Pont Nou, the centre Can Planetes, with its old flour mill and the Ethnographic Museum Museo de Etnografía located in an old typical farmhouse. The river of Santa Eulalia is the one and only river in the Balearics, and although the riverbed is practically dry, it still affords a pleasant walk down to the river mouth.
In Santa Eulalia town you Will find all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants. The town is built around the main Street, Sant Jaume with its municipal cinema. The pedestrian walkway S’Alamera descends from the Town Hall to the sea and has some colourfully eye-catching fountains. Another great option is to stroll along the promenade to the leisure port, one of the most important ones in the Balearics with plenty of shops and restaurants. If you walk a bit further almost to the outskirts, you Will come to the Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, an impressive space which holds all kinds of cultural events, fairs and congresses.
What is more, the towns San Carlos, Santa Gertrudis, Puig d’en Valls and Jesús, as well as the tourist resorts Es Canar and Es Figueral all belong to the municipality of Santa Eulalia. Worth highlighting are also the municipality’s beautiful beaches like Aguas Blancas, Es Figueral, Cala Llonga, Cala Nova, Cala Llenya, Cala Boix, Cala Martina, Pou des Lleò or Cala Mastella We must also mention that two of Ibiza’s most famous hippy markets, Las Dalias in San Carlos and Punta Arabi in Es Canar are also held in the municipality.
Where to eat and drink in Santa Eulalia?
There is no end of great bars and restaurants in Santa Eulalia. If you want to take potluck the best thing to do is head for the promenade or the pedestrian street known to the locals as “the restaurant Street” which starts at the town hall and where you Will find plenty of excellent restaurants.
In addition, we can recommend
Can Xarc, an old farm house in a great location beside the river mouth and by the sea. It is great value for money and often puts on live music.
O Galego, one of the best Galician restaurants on the island offering highest quality fresh produce.
El Deseo, a Mexican restaurant with a spacious terrace by the sea.
Celler Ca’n Pere, is a classic for local Ibizan cuisine with a lovely terrace overlooking the sea. You can find it on San Jaume Street (the main Street)
Ca’s Pagès, on the road between Santa Eulalia and San Carlos, this is a classic for local Ibizan cuisine and grilled meat.