Santa Eulalia des Riu
Santa Eulalia des Riu is the second biggest city of the island of Ibiza, after the capital and takes its name after the homonymous river located nearby.
Santa Eulalia city is important not only for its beaches but also for the “hippy markets” of some of its areas and nicest places.
It doesn’t have many monuments, but the few existing are well kept and of big interest for the tourists that, in Ibiza, are looking for something different besides the sea and the sun.
Santa Eulalia is a perfect alternative to the capital, for a special holiday.
Santa Eulalia’s sea
The sea of Santa Eulalia des Riu includes some of the most beautiful beaches of the Ibiza island.
The most fascinating are Cala Llenya, Cala Nova and Cala Mastella: open to tourism but without the assault of crowds typical of other areas of the island.
They preserve a wild aspect that tourist expect to find. Agua Banca is also primitive and charming, where nudism can be practiced in a extremely clear sea.
Cala Olivera is a beach surrounded by a thick vegetation, where the sand melts with the rocks giving a sense of exotic freedom.
More adequate for families and traditional beach lovers, there is the coast of the city Santa Eulalia’s beach which allows to enjoy the sea remarkably close from the center of the city with all the necessary facilities.
A hidden and amazing dream is Sol d’En Serra beach, a Pebble beach that faces the sea with its incredible colors.
With no doubt, the kingdom of the scuba divers and for those looking for sunshine and peace is Cala d’Espart.
What to visit in Santa Eulalia
Santa Eulalia is a city enriched by charming ancient churches. The most beautiful one is Puig de Missa, a sacred complex composed by a big fortified church dedicated to Santa Eulalia.
Located on the hilltop at about 52mt it was built in the XVI century from a small chapel of the years 1300.
Nowadays, besides the church, the complex includes the Ethologic Musuem of Ibiza and Formentera.
Other important monuments are: the stone Aqueduct (century I) the Ajuntament, which is the city hall of 1795, the monumental fountain that reminds of the rescue from a wreck of a vessel in
Palma de Mallorca (1913) and the monument of the typical dog of the island, the podenco Ibicenco.
The famous Hippy Markets, rich in colors, art craft and rarities, takes place every Saturday, in Sant Carles, and every Wednesdays, but only from April to October, in Punta Arabí, in Es Canar.
During summer, the Sant Carles market also offers a night edition.
How to reach Santa Eulalia
Located 21km from the airport of the island of Ibiza, Santa Eulalia is well connected to all the areas of the island. The bus lines 13 and 24 connect the city directly to the capital and to the airport.