Sant Antoni de Portmany (Spanish: San Antonio Abad or simply San Antonio) is a town on the western coast of Ibiza, the second-largest town and municipality on the island. It is situated on Sant Antoni Bay on the west coast of the island, part of the Spain autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.

For two thousand years, Sant Antoni was a small fishing village that rose from the Roman natural harbor Portus Magnus, but it began to grow in the late 1950s when many hotels and tourist resorts were built as part of a mass tourism initiative which took place across Spain.

As the number of tourists grew, the development of bars, hotels and other tourist infrastructure spread right around to the other side of San Antonio bay, as far as Cala de Bou which lies in the adjacent municipality of Sant Josep de sa Talaia. Since the 1980s British tourists have made up the majority of summertime visitors to San Antonio.

The West End is an area of San Antonio. Only a couple of streets wide; the main street is the Carrer de Santa Agnès, it hosts a variety of bars ranging from the dance and house music Ibiza is famed for to rock and indie music. PR staff line the street trying to attract tourists into any of the many bars on the strip with special deals on alcohol. It is also the location of the Island’s only strip & lap dancing club: Taboo.

Bars on the street open as early as 10am for breakfasts and continue to steadily open throughout the day for sports or afternoon entertainment until everything is open by 11pm and then everything closes again at 3am. Originally the name “The West End” refers to a night time minibus trip from hotels in Es Cana in the 1970s that would come to San Antonio’s bars (as Es Cana had no bar scene) and the name of this tour package was “The West End Experience”. Since then the area has become known simply as “The West End”.

Best restaurants

There are 2 Michelin list restaurants in the city:

  • Es Tragón, Carretera Cap Negret, Sant Antoni de Portmany, 07820, Spain, · Creative cuisine (1 star)
  • Es Ventall, Cervantes 22, Sant Antoni de Portmany, 07820, Spain, · Contemporary cuisine

Ferries

Among the harbour of San Antonio there are various boats and ferries that have multiple connections to beaches such as Cala Bassa, Cala Compte, Pinet Playa, Es Puet, Cala Grasió, Cala Salada and Port es Torrent. These have daily departures from may until end September or October. Also once a week there is a ferry to Formentera.

Main information

Area: 127 sq. km

Coordinates: 38°58′51″N 1°18′2″E

Language: Spanish, Catalan

Population: 22,446

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1, in summer +2

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