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Discover Ibiza’s charming neighbourhoods


Discover Ibiza’s charming neighbourhoods

In the spectacular countryside of the north of the island, we find the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja.

San Juan is becoming one of Ibiza’s most up and coming areas for those seeking their own personal rural retreat with complete privacy away from the bustle of the south and west. The charm of the area is a mix of unspoiled nature (hidden beaches, stunning rugged coastline and beautiful valleys) with the laid-back countryside feeling and boho chic vibe. Due to the increased demand in the area, GHL has opened a new office there specifically for this market.  The classic Ibicenco finca is the primary architectural style found in this area, but there are also a few newly built properties retaining the local style, all of which boast magnificent views. The village of San Juan is the focal point of this region, along with the hamlet of San Miguel. The main beaches in the area are Portinatx, Cala San Vicente and the renowned Benirràs beach – famous for the hippy drummers who celebrate sunset throughout the summer months, while the sun sinks into the sea. Top Ibiza properties with exceptional views increased in price by up to 7% last year and for villas in prime locations prices are around Euros 7,000 per square metre. Rare mountain top properties with sea views can be significantly higher in price.

Santa Eulalia del Río is the second largest municipality of the island.

It starts from the north after Cala San Vicente, and goes right to the outskirts of Ibiza town, around Jesús, in the south. Santa Eulalia offers great shops, restaurants and a beautiful Marina. It’s a vibrant town, not only in summer but in winter, too. The town of Santa Eulalia is the hub of this region, followed by San Carlos village and its famous hippy markets of Las Dalias and Punta Arabi. Several trendy beach clubs, such as Amante, Pura Vida, Babylon Beach and Nikki Beach, as well as the recent opening of two 5-star hotels, Aguas de Ibiza and ME Hotel, have enhanced the area even further. Beautiful country villas, wonderful authentic fincas, ruins ripe for reform and apartments with breath-taking sea views, are all found in this area. Prices in the east are still moderate compared with other areas, having risen an average of 2% last year, but we predict that it will be one of the most interesting markets in which to invest for the next few years. Apartments in prime locations are still reasonably priced, starting from Euros 3,500 per square metre, while villas in the most desirable areas start at Euros 6,000 per square metre.

The centre of the island may not have beaches, but makes up for this with the beauty and tranquillity of the local countryside.

The heart of this area is the picturesque village of Santa Gertrudis, a most attractive village with an open plaza and pedestrian streets, restrained architecture, excellent restaurants, cafés and fashionable boutiques – providing a sophisticated yet laid-back environment. The International School at Morna Valley is a major attraction for families. There are a number of livery stables in and around San Lorenzo and Santa Gertrudis, as horse riding is popular in the area. Another central town is San Rafael, which has been declared the only artisan zone – Zona de Interés Artesanal – in Ibiza because of the traditional pottery shops there. The centre of the island has become one of the most sought after places to live on the island and this is reflected in the property prices, which have risen by up to 10% in the past twelve months. Villas in the best locations with gardens and pools start from Euros 8,500 per square metre, but can be significantly higher with rare sea views.

In the heart of the southern part of the island lies Ibiza Town.

Whilst much of the town is a sprawling modern metropolis, the traditional charm is kept in the Old Town (Dalt Vila) – World Heritage Site with its fortifications and cathedral. The city offers many restaurants, local shops, museums, art galleries, boutiques and bars to suit all tastes and budgets. From the Ibiza port, ferries come and go and super yachts moor at the quayside. Across the water there are the Ibiza and Botafoch Marinas, each with their own selection of fashionable restaurants and nightclubs. Near Ibiza town there is the popular village of Jesús and just above in the hills, we find the exclusive urbanisation of Roca Llisa with its golf club. In the south-west of the island there is the municipality of San José de Sa Talaia, which includes the entire south coast from Playa d’en Bossa in the East, then extends up the west coast as far north as San Antonio. This area boasts many famous beaches with their fashionable beach restaurants and clubs: Playa d’en Bossa, Es Cavallet, Ses Salines, Sa Caleta, Cala d´Hort, Cala Vadella and Cala Tarida. The municipality of San José has seen the most rapid growth in population over recent decades and villas in top locations are priced from Euros 8,500 per square metre.

The municipality of San Antonio de Portmany covers the north-western corner of the island.

The resort town of San Antonio is probably the best known in this area, and it’s the second largest town on the island. The town gets very busy in summer, especially with young English holidaymakers who come to Ibiza for the parties and the sun. In winter the town gets quieter and families enjoy living here. On the outskirts of the town there are the pretty villages of Santa Agnès, San Augustín, San Mateo and Buscastells which remain almost totally unspoilt and keep the charm of the laid-back country-life. In these areas it is still possible to find a relatively quiet place to live. The west side is also famous for the beautiful beaches of Cala Salada, Cala Compte and Cala Bassa. From many places in the west, the amazing Ibiza sunset can be seen, and this adds to the desirability of the area, especially around Cala Salada, with prices around Euros 10,000 per square metre and rising.   (Photo: Shutterstock, Cartera deitsmejust)

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