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NannyJen
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PostSubject: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:53 pm

San Antonio, Ibiza
May, 2012

San Antonio lies on the West coast of Ibiza & consists of a horseshoe shaped bay with the old town & harbour on one “arm” & what is known as “the bay area” stretching around the rest of it.

The old town is laid back, not very big & very pleasant by day with little streets of different shops, bars & restaurants to enjoy & a pretty harbour backed by a wide promenade with palm trees & fountains. At night, especially in high-season, it becomes very lively on the West End Strip & at the 2 big clubs, Eden & Es Paradis - but I can’t really comment as we thought it best to leave that to the youngsters!!

Some pics of the town (not many, sorry).















When I last visited San Antonio (more than 20 years ago), the “bay area” was only developed to barely a mile from the old town but, now, it stretches all around the bay (about 2.5 miles). I walked right round one day & TBH, I wasn’t very impressed - the little beaches were nice but it was all “purpose-built” with some big hotels & a few run-down areas, scruffy bars & empty buildings etc. Perhaps it would be better later in the season but it was not really my cup of tea & I was glad our hotel was just a 10 minute walk from town with nice areas both sides of it.

Areas around our hotel.




























We had some lovely lunches in various bars/restaurants near our hotel (prices on the whole were similar to Mallorca). Our favourite was one that jutted out over the sea with tables & chairs on the sand.










Another great one was a typical Ibiza-hippy-style bar, complete with hammocks and chandeliers hanging from the open grass roof!











I think my best tapas lunch was albondigas (meatballs) & patatas bravas at the little bar of the apartments next to our hotel.








Finally, I must mention the sunsets which San Antonio is famous for - they were spectacular. I took some pics but my camera & my photography skills don’t do them justice.

















As it had been such a long time since I last visited Ibiza, I had forgotten what a laid-back, easy-going place it is. Even the young people we met & saw were full of fun & just having a good time with no loutish behaviour - but, as I said earlier, we didn’t visit the livelier areas in the evening. Also, I dare say it’s different in high-season when the numbers increase dramatically.

We really enjoyed this lazy, sun-sea-and-sand holiday &, hopefully will get to return to San Antonio.



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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:05 pm

Yet another fantastic & honest review there Jen, with more fabulous photo's, another well deserved rep from me. clap clap It certainly brought back memories for me. Me & my mate went to Es Paradis, it is the nightclub where the roof opens up, we were the oldest one's in there. Embarassed Embarassed Looking at that Tapas, has made me really hungry now, hungry it looks great. The sunset is great over Ibiza, I saw one spectacular one from the Cafe del Mar, with this song in the background.




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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:37 pm

Mick, I would have loved to go over to Cafe del Mar to watch the sunset & for the atmosphere - but it was a bit too far for Rae to walk. Thinking about it, we could easily have had a taxi over though roll eyes . Maybe next time.

Thanks for the reps - much appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:32 pm

another rep from me Jen, surprising how different a place can be in early season
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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:25 pm

Another rep from me great pics, yes me and Debbie stayed in san an town once for two days and it wasnt really for me either it was minging lol. even the walk around th beach was not nice at all.

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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:07 pm

brilliant review and pics Jen - rep from me too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:15 pm

Another rep winging it's way Jen. I've also been to San Ant, have also been to several other towns in Ibiza, I think I prefer Playa D'Bossa out of all the ones I've stayed at.

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PostSubject: Re: Balearic Islands, Ibiza, San Antonio   Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:12 pm

Great review and lovely photos. rep from me too.
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