When it comes to holidays to Portinatx, you can forget everything you know about Ibiza. This place’s secluded coves, laidback restaurants and hippie market are a million miles from the hustle and bustle of San Antonio.
The real Ibiza
Everything that drew people to Ibiza in the first place can still be found in Portinatx. This small village on Ibiza’s northernmost tip has a picturesque horseshoe bay, backed by sweeping pine forests. And with its seafood restaurants and bars overlooking the bay, it’s got the chill-out formula down to a T.
There’s a pair of beaches in Portinatx’s bay. S’Arenal Gros is the main beach, with a 125-metre crescent of golden sand in a little cove. The water is safe for paddling, and there’s a handful of watersports on offer, too. Next door is S’Arenal Petit – this spot’s a little quieter and gets plenty of natural shade from the pine trees. At the northern end of the village, you've also got Es Port, the fishermen’s beach. Here, the snorkelling is first-class.
Portinatx may be quiet, but it’s got plenty up its sleeve. When it comes to attractions, you’ve got the pick of a minigolf course and a 10-pin bowling alley. Plus, you’ve got glass-bottom boat trips and scuba diving from Es Port harbour. After the sun sets, the entertainment gets going in the bars dotted around the village.
Portinatx also ticks off great coastal trails. There’s a 10-kilometre path to Punta de Xarraca that rewards you with a beach at the end of it, while Cala d’en Serra is reachable in an hour and a half. For something with a bit more cosmopolitan buzz, the island’s chic capital, Ibiza Town, is a 30-minute drive away.
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