Cala Nova and Punta Arabí demarcate the limits of the Es Canar touristic hub, a former fishermen’s enclave centered on the beach of the same name. Today holidaymakers appreciate the area’s quite atmosphere, its range of quality hotels and its myriad options for leisure, gastronomy, shopping, water sports and other activities. These attributes have generally attracted families and couples as well as those travellers who wish to explore Ibiza’s Mediterranean charms at their own pace. From its small fishing port, convenient shuttle boats and excursion ferries set off for Santa Eulària des Riu, Cala Llonga, Ibiza harbour and the island of Formentera.
The beaches of Es Canar: two shores, a single destination
The island of Es Canar and the islets of Sa Galera and Esculls d’en Racó lend a special charm to the seascape facing the beaches of Es Canar and Cala Nova, linked to each other by a pleasant walkway that runs along the shoreline and is paved with tarmac for most of its length. Both beaches are ideal for children due to the gradual slope of the seafloor, although Es Canar beach gives youngsters the opportunity to practice water sports. On the other hand, Cala Nova is set amid lovely natural scenery with transparent waters and enchanting pine trails that lead off from the cove’s north side. If you like walking, don’t miss the chance to explore these wooded pathways!
What to See in Es Canar
Beyond its beaches, Es Canar’s main tourist attraction is the Hippy Market at Punta Arabí, the oldest and largest in Ibiza. Opened in the summer of ’73, it currently has over 500 stalls featuring crafts, accessories, fashion, jewelry, Adlib clothing and more. It is held every Wednesday throughout the summer season, so don’t forget to put it on your list of must-dos during your Ibiza holiday.
The landscape surrounding the tourist hub is sprinkled with stunning snapshots just waiting to be photographed and added to your collection of selfies. Discover Ibiza’s traditional old farmhouses and its fields of fig and carob trees by taking walking route nº 1 and cycling routes nº 3 and nº5, this last mentioned being a comprehensive tour of the beaches within the municipality of Santa Eulària des Riu.
Calandar Dates for Es Canar
– Patron Saint Festivity for Sant Cristófol: on 10th July, Es Canar celebrates the key date in the festivities honouring Saint Christopher, patron of travellers. Among the day’s events, a procession of traditional carts and a paella tasting rank high on the list.
– Hippy Market at Punta Arabí: held every Wednesday from April to October all day long
– Day of the Tourist: the third Thursday in September marks a day of tribute to tourists with an extensive programme including cultural and sports activities, exhibitions of island folkways and field trips to the surrounding countryside.