Activities / 2 Nov 2022

Discover the B side of Sant Antoni


ant Antoni is a holiday destination chosen by thousands of visitors every year. The summer season has so much to offer that it is a huge draw for tourists and a hive of activity throughout this period. However, when summer draws to a close, Sant Antoni continues to surprise visitors and residents alike, with an extraordinary range of things to do, many concerned with nature and open-air activities. The fact is, if anything, getting out into nature and the countryside in winter is even more rewarding than in summer as it is the ideal time to switch off and let yourself be captivated by the local scenery. We could call it the side B of Sant Antoni – a truly multi-faceted place.

The mild climate even in winter, is ideal for those interested in following one of the hiking trails that run inland or along the coast. Most are appropriate for walkers of every kind and no special preparations are needed to set off on your hike. The Cala Gració, trail, for example, is really easy and you will be able to rediscover the section of coastline that runs from Caló des Moro to the cove, visiting the Cap Blanc Aquarium on the way. Another urban route takes walkers through the Ses Variades area to Sa Punta des Molí, and from there you can carry on to other points of interest such as the Ses Coves Blanques lighthouse, today an exhibition centre, the church or the chapel at the top of sa Talaia, with its lovely views of the whole bay.

Walkers with a little more practice under their belts can try the Cala Salada route and the always spectacular Punta Galera, a hike with a total of 12 km trail, or inland walks that take you through Pla de Sant Mateu and Pla de Corona respectively. Walks and paths await you with all the authentic and natural charm that Sant Antoni can offer visitors.

If you are interested in organised walks, you can try the various Nordic Walking meetings programmed for the winter months. Walks have been planned to set out from Buscastell, Can Bonet, Sa Talaia, Santa Agnès de Corona and Can Tomàs. The local council provides Nordic Walking poles (free until supplies run out), which will be handed out half an hour prior to the start of the walk. It is a unique opportunity to breathe in the fresh air and share experiences.

You can see all the routes programmed here

The winter season is also perfect for cycling aficionados. Sant Antoni has endless paths and trails which are perfect for mountain biking, and there is a comprehensive network of minor roads for road cyclists to pedal as they enjoy the picturesque scenery. In any case, both occasional and more regular fans of cycling and also serious cyclists will find a host of plans and possibilities for their sport.

If you don’t have a bicycle, the ideal solution is to hire one and follow one of the many special routes designed for cyclists. There are companies that hire mountain bikes, road bikes or electric ones, and they can suggest trails that lead into the most rural and natural parts of the municipality such as that Es Broll, a delightful spot where fresh water is star of the scenery, Sant Mateu and Santa Agnès.

Winter is also the time to slow down a little and gently let time pass by, as the light and colours change, and revel in the thousands of delightful details that even the most casual observer will notice if you know how to look. For this reason, it is a good idea to bear in mind beauty spots like Pla de Corona, where nature shines in all its glory. It is the perfect rural landscape, forming a flat plain of farmland, dotted here and there its traditional local farmhouses, set among the fertile red fields where hundreds of almond and carob trees grow.

When the almond trees are in bloom, you will be treated to a field covered in a snowy white carpet of their blossom. The Pla de Corona is a pleasant and easy walk, completing a circuit that starts at the charming little church of Santa Agnés. with its thick whitewashed walls and reduced dimensions, which has the curious detail of having the lowest ceilings of all the island’s churches.

Taking a small detour from the road bordering the farmland, on the side closest to the coast, we can reach the cliff tops and enjoy the spectacular views provided by Sa Penya Esbarrada, with its path that runs by the remains of an ancient and isolated Arab dwelling.

The area also offers an interesting variety of cuisine and restaurants. Facing the square with its little church is one place full of history. Can Cosmi opened in 1951 as a grocer’s and still maintains it original character although it is now a bar-restaurant. Their potato tortilla is legendary.

On the other side of the road there is another veteran restaurant, Sa Palmera with its varied menu featuring Mediterranean dishes, typical home cooking and local specialities, and it has a lovely garden where you can enjoy a meal and spend a leisurely afternoon in the sun.

If you wish to add some fabulous views of the sea to this delicious mix, then Puertas del Cielo (Can Jordi) is the place for you. Set practically on the edge of the clifftop, it is the best place to set off for the Penya Esbarrada lookout point. However, diners can just stay put and be treated to incomparable views of the islets of Ses Margalides while they enjoy some typical Ibizan specialities such as fried octopus or a perfect rice dish not to mention meat and fish as well.

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