Ibiza is my happy place, and the one place I return to yearly with my mum – it’s our special place that we escape to and spend some quality mother/daughter time together.
When you mention going to Ibiza, most people tend to think clubs, partying and all-nighters, but it couldn’t be further from the Ibiza we return to year after year.
We always stay in Santa Eulalia, a beautiful coastal town on the east coast of the island. With a perfect blend of relaxed, laidback Ibiza vibes with a buzzing social scene and atmosphere, Santa Eulalia has so much to offer. Restaurants, gorgeous cafes, yoga classes, shops and markets, walls adorned with bougainvillea, beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters. So, without further ado, I have pulled together a bit of a guide of my favourite things to do/see and where to eat and stay in Santa Eulalia.
My mum is the absolute expert when it comes to accommodation in Santa Eulalia, she always does extensive research and is a mind of information when it comes to prices/location and facilities!
This time we stayed at the Ebusus Apartments, and one that we have already said we would book for next time. With its very central location, incredibly friendly owners, a balcony overlooking a beautiful old building with a glimpse of the sea, and is self-catering (trust me, you want to be able to eat out here!), it ticked all the boxes! I also enjoyed the throwback 70s feel of the apartment, with its tiles and vintage tableware!
We have stayed previously at the Tropic Garden Hotel, which was more of a family hotel and perfect if you have kids but is set a little bit further out along the beautiful promenade.
Another hotel we have stayed at year after year is the Rio Mar. Now this hotel isn’t the most flash or up-to-date, but it really is the friendliest heart-warming place and you are lucky if you can get a room at this extremely booked up hotel! We first picked this hotel for its amazing sea view – with huge windows overlooking the glistening waters we were sold. But we were drawn in by its sense of community, with mainly elderly people booking every year to meet with old friends they have met at the hotel, generally it feels like something out of an Erica James novel!
At dinner and breakfast (generally rooms come half-board), you may be seated with others, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but creates friendships for life between a lot of the elderly residents and it just feels a very special place. We arrived one day too early to check in, and one of the elderly residents came over and offered to store our luggage in her room so we had the day bag-free. She said she would be around the pool all day so to just find her when we needed to pick it up. It’s such a trusting place that we did exactly that, and whilst dropping the luggage into her room she told us how it was her first year there alone as her husband had sadly passed, but that it was their special place and she was meeting friends they met over dinner years before.
It’s not one for everyone, some would see this hotel is dated – but it feels like a hidden gem to myself and my mum who just find it utterly charming!
Food / Drink
Santa Eulalia has a plethora of gorgeous restaurants, cafes and bars, here is a round-up of my personal favourites:
Calle los lirios 44 bajos
Santa Eulalia Del Río, Islas Baleares, Spain
Open everyday 10am until 8.30pm
This absolutely beautiful cafe was a new find this year. From my love for yoga, I wanted to go to a class whilst I was on holiday and through Instagram I stumbled upon Hambre that offers yoga classes every weekday morning at 10am (more on that later). After my yoga class, we decided to sample the food. Hambre is around a 15 minute walk out of the centre of Santa Eulalia, located in the picturesque Siesta. I think this is possibly the most beautifully decorated café I have ever seen. With white washed wooden flooring, a canopy of vibrant pink flowers, wicker light fittings dripping with shells, cacti set against pink walls, and the most picturesque terrace which is used as the location for the yoga class, with hammocks available for after! This is a place of tranquillity, with such friendly welcoming staff and delicious organic food (I highly recommend the Egg Sando sandwich for some brunch!). I couldn’t recommend this place enough and can’t wait to return next year!
Calle del Mar, 2, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 11am until 11pm except Wednesdays
This restaurant is located on the Santa Eulalia boulevard overlooking the sea with really quirky décor and offers delicious organic food. There is a choice of a tapas style meal (I recommend the hummus and the guacamole!), or an individual main dish (the Thai curry or avocado burrito are my favourite picks). We normally eat here a few times throughout the week, even if for a smoothie or a sangria. Caos is open all day every day except for Wednesday, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. With a relaxed vibe and eco minded ethos, it’s a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.
Carrer de Sant Vicent, 49, 07840 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday from 12pm until 12am except Thursday
This Nepalese curry house is located along a buzzing atmospheric street full of restaurants, and we were drawn in by the size of their naan breads which they have a special plate for that hangs on the side of your table. My favourite dish is the mango chicken curry, absolutely delicious and not something I have ever come across in your average curry house. If you love a curry as much as myself, I highly recommend stopping by!
Carrer Bartomea Tur Clapés, 20, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday from 10am until 7pm
This lovely rustic restaurant is located along a beautiful coast walk, and is a favourite to stop by and make use of their sunbeds in a prime spot overlooking the sea. There is a minimum spend of 35 euros for use of the beds, or you can sit in the beautifully decorated restaurant for food or drinks. I haven’t yet sampled their food menu, but it is all ethically sourced from their own farm in Ibiza and looks delicious!
Camino la Haya, 6, 07849 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 12pm until 9pm except Wednesday
Further along from Babylon Beach, we came across this quirky beach side café, Soul Good, which has a very laidback feel with great soul music and is a lovely place to cool down with a cold drink and look out at the sea.
Carrer de Sant Jaume, 34, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Islas Baleares, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 7pm until 10pm except Monday and Tuesday
Taco Paco is a bright and vibrant Mexican eatery with colourful walls adorned with art and is full of reclaimed furniture. It is a feast for the eyes and offers a delicious menu full of tasty tacos, burritos, and the best nachos. They also sell beautifully hand-painted skulls (which I now own two of!)
Av. d’Espanya, 71, 07800 Eivissa, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 7.30am until 9pm
Pop into this bakery and get a take-out chocolate ensaimada. trust me. Just do it! Heavenly!!
Edificio Punta de Mayol, Carrer Joan Tur Tur, 13, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Islas Baleares, Spain
Open Monday to Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday to Sunday 10am – 10pm
This vegan and vegetarian restaurant located along the busy promenade is renowned for its healthy dishes and was a concept dreamed up by Lana Love and has now expanded to 7 different locations around Ibiza. Something about Ibiza makes me want to fill my body full of lovely nutritional healthy food and Passion provides exactly that.
Carrer Salvador Camacho, 9, 07840 Santa Eulària des Riu, Illes Balears, Spain
Another hidden gem, the Vi Cool bar at the top of the Aguas De Ibiza hotel. This very glamorous rooftop space is perfect for either a sunbathe, swim and chill-out in the daytime, or an evening cocktail watching the sky turn from pastel pink to black, with an amazing 360° view over Santa Eulalia. The terrace has a pool surrounded by comfortable sofas and daybeds and has been decorated with nautical rope netting and beautiful lanterns. There is always a DJ playing chill-out music which gives you all the Ibiza feels! It feels a very 5* experience and you truly feel you have arrived on holiday!
Avinguda del Doctor Fleming, 22, 07820 Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 12pm until 1am
A tranquil restaurant and bar set by the sea, with comfy lounge seating and a spectacular view. We normally grab a drink here and take in the sights. On our last visit to this lovely place, we spotted a man sleeping in a hammock with a pet Macaw Parrot nestling into him – only in Ibiza!
Carrer de Sant Llorenç, 22, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Río, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 9am until 12am
This bar and kitchen is located near the marina and offers hearty wholesome food in a bustling atmospheric restaurant. The décor is very industrial, which wouldn’t look out of place in Manchester or London, with bright murals on the wall. It’s a great place to a grab a drink and a burger, I recommend the veggie burgers on offer!
This delightful little café was next door to our apartment, and we stopped by for a coffee and frozen yogurt one afternoon. It is a charming space with lovely décor (especially the twinkly lights!).
Carrer Ricardo Curtoys Gotarredona, 3, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Illes Balears, Spain
Open everyday 5pm until 1am except Sunday
And last but certainly not least, Somiart. Somiart not only offers delicious food , drinks, and a sea view – but also has a live art show every night after 8pm. Xavier who owns the restaurant is a wonderful host, and performs nightly a beautiful acrobatic theatrical performance suspended on a hoop suspended from the ceiling. ‘Somiart’ means ‘dream of art’ and it delivers exactly this, a dream like magical experience for all to enjoy. Xavier is the loveliest welcoming host and I highly recommend visiting this restaurant for an evening treat!
Things to do and see
As mentioned above, I took a couple of yoga classes at the beautiful Hambre, and it was a truly wonderful experience. If you enjoy yoga I highly recommend one of their 10am yoga classes. The first I took with the lovely Leandra on a Monday morning and it was just myself attending, so I got for 15 euros a one-to-one session and learnt so much as I am mainly self-taught so it was great to have an hour with Leandra. The next I took on the Thursday morning with Isaac and it was absolutely brilliant. Isaac really brings fun into yoga, teaching us that yoga is life and to be enjoyed. It was a very unique class and felt other-worldly. It was the best 15 euros I have spent, and I wish I could attend every week (adding to my long list of reasons to pack up and move to Ibiza one day!!!)
There is a lovely coastal walk in the direction of Es Cana, with deep red earth next to the vibrant blue sea, it is a truly breath-taking view! You also pass by a number of properties which are beautiful and I dream of owning one some day!! There are numerous walks around the Santa Eulalia area, this one being my favourite.
Santa Eulalia has absolutely stunning beaches, long sandy strips to walk along and clear waters to swim in. We always make sure we have a ‘beach day’ of reading and swimming and generally being barefoot on the sand.
There is an array of shops around Santa Eulalia, clothing, homewares, plants (that I can’t bring back home sob sob!), and general souvenirs. I purchased an absolutely wonderful macramé masterpiece this year from a local shop and have my eye on the shell light fittings! There is also a hippy market every day along the ‘Ramblas’ by the fountains.
Numerous times we have sat at the end of the pier at the marina, there is something so calming and tranquil about walking among the boats. Its a really pretty area surrounded by lovely restaurants and shops.
There is a great bus connection in Ibiza, and we tend to use this to get around since it is very cheap. I will do another post on the different areas I have visited from Santa Eulalia but there is the option of catching the local transport, or booking various boat trips at the marina.
There is so much to do in and around Santa Eulalia, it is a wonderful place to be based for your holiday with so much to do but with good connections to explore more of the island. The next Ibiza post will be about the famous hippy markets!