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San Antonio (Ibiza)

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San Antonio (also Sant Antoni) 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, San Antonio 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, San Antonio 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 having the best night clubs and DJs.

Young British clubbers make up the vast majority of visitors to the area, mostly attracted by programmes such as the Ibiza Uncovered series on Sky television.


Understand

Most locals speak English quite well.

Get in

By taxi from airport - €20-30.

You can also pick up a ferry to/from Barcelona.

Get around

Walk. Town is small enough.

See

  • The Egg. The best known landmark in San Antonio, commonly used as a meeting place by groups who have become separated.
  • Passeig de ses Fonts, part of San Antonio's harbourside promenade. This area was developed in the early 1990s to improve the appearance of the town. It features many plants, including palm trees and rubber plants, as well as fountains, which are illuminated by night. The opposite side of the street is lined with pavement cafes.


Do

  • Clubbing
  • Beaches
  • Cruises, speedboats
  • Parasailing
  • Sunsets
  • Workers Parties

Buy

"Genuine Imitation" Sunglasses from the Looky Looky men

Eat

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

The curry club comes highly recommended.

Drink

The West End is an area in San Antonio covering several blocks, filled almost entirely with British bars, each of which has one or more agents outside, trying to entice customers with offers of cheap drinks. Though several of the bars are disco bars, most are geared towards street drinking.

  • Café del Mar - This is the must spot to catch an amazing sunset set to chillout music. A perfect start to any night.
  • Privilege
  • Bar Amsterdam - Cheap drinks, free booze if no tables are free!

Sleep

When the sun comes up, it is the best time to sleep. The locals have the town in the day.

It's hot all day and night, so you have to be either very tired or have an air-conditioned room.

Get out

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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