Holidays to Sant Rafel line up the perfect mix of slow-paced island days and lively nights.
Sant Rafel sits in the middle of the island, between the chilled east and lively west coasts. It’s in a secluded spot, surrounded by pea-green countryside. This place has a few tricks up its sleeve, though. There’s an unusual 18th-century church set on a hill – take the walk up and you’ll be treated to panoramic views over Ibiza Town. Drive for five minutes, meanwhile, and you’ll get to the Ibizkus vineyard, which offers regular tours and wine tastings.
The village has been named an official artisan zone for its pottery and ceramics scene – and it’s the only place in Ibiza that’s been awarded this status. You’ve got lots of shops full of original pieces, and some artists still pride themselves on using traditional techniques. There are also plenty of roadside vendors, and you can join in with a workshop, too.
San Rafel’s central position means you’re perfectly placed to access Ibiza’s sparkling coastline. Drive west and you’ll reach Sant Antoni de Portmany AKA San Antonio. Here, you can visit an aquarium set within natural caves. A boardwalk winds through the Aquarium Cap Blanc, over water full of fish, stingrays and octopuses. The town’s also home to Europe’s first slingshot. Once you’re strapped into the harness, the slingshot’s released and you’ll reach speeds of 160 kilometres per hour in less than two seconds. But, it’s not just an adrenaline rush – the sea views are amazing, too.
The east coast of the island is pretty chilled-out. Ibiza Town, which is a 10-minute drive from Sant Rafel, features a UNESCO-rated old quarter, edged with medieval walls. Wander through the cobbled streets up to the cathedral for the best views over the town. Plus, the city’s port is a gateway to Formentera. Hop on a ferry and you’ll be on one of the little island’s unspoilt beaches within 25 minutes.
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