Sant Antoni de Portmany

At the harbour

Sant Antoni de Portmany (aka San Antonio Abad or simply San Antonio) is the second largest town in Ibiza, and is considered by British clubbers to be the clubbing capital of the world. It is situated on San Antonio Bay, on the west of Ibiza.

For two thousand years, Sant Antoni was a small fishing village, but it began to grow in the late 1950s when many hotels and tourist resorts were built as part of a mass tourism initiative which took place across Spain.

By the 1980s, Sant Antoni had acquired the stigma of being the holiday location of choice for British football hooligans, which lead to a decline in tourism in the area. However, it regained its popularity in the mid 1990s when it gained a reputation in Britain as being the best place to stay whilst having access to all the islands night clubs, often quoted as the best in the world who also host the best DJs in the world.

Young British clubbers make up the vast majority of visitors to the area.

Understand

Most locals speak English quite well. Or to put it another way, most of the British tourists here don't bother trying to speak any Spanish.

Get in

The bay of Sant Antoni

By plane

See Ibiza Airport for details.

A taxi from the airport costs approx. 27-30. You can also take the airport bus to Ibiza town and change there or in peak summer season there is a direct bus to Sant Antoni every 30mins. Will cost around 3 €.

By bus

By boat

In season there are some boats to/from Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

Get around

By taxi

On foot

Walk. Town is small enough.

See

Iglesia de Sant Antoni

People go to Sant Antoni for clubbing, drinking, beaching, etc. rather than enjoing the beauty of this town. That's not least because of that it is not a particularly attractive place: someone on the Internet has written that the most lovely building there is the building of the Lidl supermarket at the town's outskirts (which is quite an ugly one). Still a curious traveller may find a few places are worth visiting:

Sa Punta des Molí

Do

The battle of tomatos

Buy

"Genuine Imitation" Sunglasses from the "Looky Looky" men

Eat

The Town is full of pizzerias, Chinese restaurants and bars. It's difficult to find decent restaurant with local food.

Drink

Bay bar at Sant Antoni

Sleep

West End, Sant Antoni

When the sun comes up, it is the best time to sleep. The locals have the town in the day, and singing crowds are likely to keep you awake at night. It's hot all day and night, so you have to be either very tired or have an air-conditioned room.

Go next

Look for local clubs and bars that have pre-parties and buses to big clubs outside town. You may need to buy tickets in advance (prices range from 12 to 50)

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