One of the great things about the little island of Ibiza is it’s love independent business. While some of the most well-renowned brands that originated in Ibiza have now go on to claim worldwide success, the little island still plays host to a gaggle of small yet mighty independent traders.
Infamous for saying “NO” to some of the heftier fast food and coffee chains, Santa Eulalia – the third biggest “pueblo” on the White Ilse, is brimming with autonomous restaurants, shopping experiences and places to rest and relax.
Here we count down just 9 (3 in each category of): Shopping, Eating and Drinking and Relaxing in Santa Eulalia so you can fill your day from dawn ‘til dusk, with experiences unique to your holiday in Santa Eulalia, that won’t break the bank.
9. El Naranjo (Eating)
Enjoy the dappled sunlight that sprinkles through the bouganvilla into the terrace of this charming little restaurant, El Naranjo in Santa Eulalia. During the the day, El Naranjo (The Orange Tree, in Spanish) offers a reasonably priced “menu del dia” – the Spanish “daily set-menu concept” where you can choose from set courses, including a drink; at a more economic price. At night, the menu includes fresh seafood, (not be missed!) while the combination of foliage and fairy lights make this restaurant a magical setting you can enjoy at a realistic price.
8. Teatro de España (Relax)
Fancy a break from all that beach and wining and dining action on your holiday? If you like to mix it up, Teatro de España on the main high street (Carrer de Sant Jaume) of Santa Eulalia often shows local theatre productions, concerts and movies both in Spanish and English (with Spanish subtitles). It also might be noteworthy that they usually try to get the original version in English of the latest kids movies (pixar, disney etc.) – so might be good option for young families, who’s parents would like to take a well-deserved break for a couple of hours, plus it’s a really lovely space to relax in – a renovated old theatre, that maintains all it’s original charm whilst being fully spec’d with all mod-cons. You can find the time-table here:
7. Las Dalias (Shopping)
Just a short ten minutes outside of Santa Eulalia, Las Dalias, is probably one of the most famous shopping attractions on the island. Las Dalias hippy market hosts hundreds of stalls from artizans, fashion and jewellery, homeware designer’s with unique pieces from around the world or things that have been hand-crafted here on the island. There are a couple of bars and usually some tranquil music playing as well as a buzzing restaurant – which all make for a great ambience of creativity and fun. It is held almost every Saturday through-out the year, with more evening dates plus concerts added in the height of the summer.
6. Sa Carboneria (Eating)
A don’t miss for all meat fans – “Sa Carboneria”, in Catalan – or “The Coal Shop” in English, specialises in grilled meat. They are renowned for their 45-day-matured meat and that is served sizzling on a hot stone – which they compliment with locally sourced fresh ingredients wherever they can, along with their own little bodega – there is everything you need for a great night under one roof. Be sure to book a table in the pretty courtyard, as nothing beats sitting under the stars while you enjoy your organic meal.
5. Pure Om Yoga (Relaxing)
Get your ‘Om’ on at Pure Om yoga, a super-cute yoga studio at Carrer Cesar Puget Riquer in Santa Eulalia. Pure Om is a little haven of relaxing yoga classes that includes, Soft Yoga, Hatha Flow and Astanga styles. We like it because the classes can be taught in both English and Spanish and it’s only 10€ to drop in and try a class.
4. Bisc (Shopping)
Be sure not to by-pass Bisc just as you enter Santa Eulalia, it’s right before the round-about but it’s not worth missing. These interior design experts have their beautiful show-room kitted out with the most elegant/modern pieces – a must-see if you love the island vibe and fancy Ibizan inspired home. Not only does Bisc have beautiful home-ware decorations, but they also support other local independent designers, in their Bisc village section, that showcases some of the most original work, not found any where else.
3. Optica La Mar (Shopping)
What holiday in Ibiza is complete without a oh-so-cool pair of sunglasses? Optica La Mar, is an independent Ibiza-based optometrists that offers cool shades, as well as eye-exams – so whether you fancy some designer sunnies or if you just need a check-up, pop in to Optica La Mar and take away a “ pair of glasses from Ibiza”.
2. Taco Paco (Eating)
Immerse yourself in Mexico in Taco Paco, Santa Eulalia… Once you step inside, the colours, smells and flavours that shout “Ándale!” and are guaranteed to give you a big smile! The walls are decked with art so-cool-and-quirky, you might forget to look at your menu before the attentive waiting staff are around to take your order. The shabby-chic decorations along with the cactus and sugar skulls give the place a joyful vibe, while the food does not disappoint either, very fresh and delicious yet not too pricey – making Taco Paco probably one of the most under-rated eating experiences in Ibiza.
1. Jacaranda Lounge (Relax)
Jacaranda is a little gem in the east of the Island, not only because of it’s gorgeous setting, olympic size swimming pool and swim-up bar, that is surrounded by beautiful Balinese beds – but also because of it’s friendly and relaxed atmosphere… There are many beach bars that you can enter in the height of the summer in Ibiza, for a day of relaxation for just 8€ per person. Jacaranda also boasts two restaurants (one Mediterranean Restaurant and one Sushi), a lounge bar where they can whip up organic Mojitos and a sisha zone, and we love it because it all comes at a reasonable price. During the summer they run a Celebrity Sundays party where British house-hold names come to dj and dance the night away. The value for money and the fabulous setting are what makes Jacaranda Lounge our top pick for the 9 Nice Alternatives Things to see and do in Santa Eulalia.