In the north Ibiza shows more of its more original side. It is a far cry from the hustle and bustle in the tourist destinations on the east and west coast. The landscape is dominated by small mountain ranges which are covered with dense pine forests. Especially on the north-west coast the steep cliffs drop directly into the deep blue Mediterranean water and there are only a few beaches here.
The small resort is dominated by some large hotels and apartment complexes which are situated around the sandy beach at the end of a long bay. In summer it gets really crowded here. You can see banana boats shooting across the sea, snorkels poking out from the water, children building sandcastles in the soft sand and couples soaking up the sun on the numerous sun-loungers. On the promenade the restaurant kitchens are turning up the heat to spoil their guests with typical local dishes. Port de Sant Miquel is a typical holiday destination for families with children and is especially popular with the Germans and British.
A trail through the woods leads from Port Sant Miquel to Cala d'es Motons. This gem is a lovely little place, especially for young people who feel at home in an alternative and trendy environment. The beach is nestled between cliffs and its appeal is to a large extent due to a lovingly designed restaurant where cocktails are served, as well as fresh fish straight from the grill.
Very close to Port de Sant Miquel is the remarkable limestone cave of Cova de Can Marçà which has formed inside the cliff face and is highlighted for its visitors with colourful lights. Just a few kilometres north-east of the seaside resort is one of the best-known beaches on Ibiza's north coast, the small bay of Cala Benirras, which is surrounded by pine forests and offers a great view of the offshore rocks and tiny islands in the sea. In spite its location in the middle of nature, there are a few restaurants with cosy terraces, but there are no water-sports here. To this day Cala Benirras is the venue for the Fiesta de los Tambores, one of the greatest spectacles of the hippies who have made their homes in Ibiza since the 1960s. Every Sunday, musicians meet at sunset to play improvised rhythms on their drums together. This tradition has become well-known acrosst the island and nowadays lots of people gather on the beach to listen to the drummers, while the sun sets over sea.