With numerous hotels, restaurants, a large marina and a nice promenade lined with palm-trees, Santa Eulalia del Rio is the centre of the well-established tourist area of the east coast of Ibiza. The only river on the island leads into the Mediterranean here, but nowadays it only flows into the sea after heavy rainfall. The second largest city by population in Ibiza is called Santa Eulària del Riu in Catalan. It attracts mainly tourists who find the island's capital too hectic and the party hotspot of San Antonio too loud. In summer there is a lot going on here, but overall holidaymakers can expect to find a very sophisticated atmosphere here.
The two town beaches of Playa de Santa Eulalia and Playa del Rio are only a few metres away from the town centre. It is mainly families with children who come here to enjoy the soft sand, but there are plenty of couples and singles to be seen here too. The facilities of the beaches of Santa Eulalia speak for themselves. There are lifeguards looking after the safety of the swimmers, as well as amenities such as showers and toilets. In addition to the restaurants, bars and shops right behind the pretty promenade, the beaches of Santa Eulalia also offer comprehensive leisure facilities. From jet-skiing, wakeboarding, banana boating and pedal boats to diving excursions to the island of Tagomago, there really is something for everyone here.
Ibiza's east coast is characterized by several small holiday resorts that have often been sparingly built to leave plenty room for the natural surroundings. The sandy beaches which slope gently into the sea provide usually very good conditions for family holidays and are just a few minutes' drive from Santa Eulalia. For example it is hard to imagine the beaches of Cala Pada, Cala Llenya, Cala Llonga and Es Canar in summer without their crowds of children. These beaches have a lot of facilities and some even have large playgrounds. Diving schools, boat rentals and water-sport outlets guarantee plenty of action and the beach of Cala Martina in particular offers a wide range of water-sports.
The holiday resort of Es Canar is also known for its large hippy market. People flock here from all over the island to browse the countless stalls for clothes and craftwork. The market takes place every Wednesday at the Holiday Club of Punta Arabi and is easily accessible on foot from the resort beach. Another highlight among the many hippy markets of Ibiza is Las Dalias, located near Sant Carles, a few kilometres north-east of Es Canar. In a cosy atmosphere musicians play between the many small stalls and there are also several small restaurants and bars. Las Dalias is open every Saturday and in the summer months additional markets take place on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Between the numerous family resorts there are two beaches on the east coast which are dominated by trendy beach clubs: S'Argamassa has a luxury hotel and the first branch of the world famous Nikki Beach. A pool, DJ and first-class restaurants offer all that is needed for the exclusive beach lifestyle. Not quite as glamorous is the Amante Beach Club in Sol d'en Serra, but what does stand out is its location at the impressive steep cliffs together with its tasteful atmosphere. Nature-lovers who prefer tranquillity and a more intimate atmosphere will feel at home in the small bays of Pou des Lleó and Cala Mastella. These natural beaches are unspoilt and on each side there are a few small boat houses and also a kiosk. Even in summer these places are not overcrowded.
"Big adventure playground for children"
"Plenty of sand for playing in"
"Sipping champagne at the pool"
"Classy, pretty town beach"
"Diving and swimming fun for the whole family"
"Tiny rocky bay with a small Chiringuito"
"At the sea and river"
"Happy screaming kids and haggling"
"Fresh sea breeze "
"Cool off in the south of Santa Eulalia"
"Water-sports for everyone"
"Surfing, camping, exclusive dining"
"Beach club in an impressive rocky setting"