Few places in the world offer such wonderful cultural and leisure activities, beaches and ways to relax as Santa Eulalia del Rio (or Santa Eulària des Riu), the second most populated town in Ibiza. Named after the only river crossing the so-called White Island, it is one of the most attractive holiday destinations for couples. And one of the best Iberostar hotels - Santa Eulalia - is there to help you experience exclusive Ibiza holidays.
The hospitality of the local people, the light and the laid back atmosphere of this town guarantee you an unforgettable trip to Ibiza. Therefore, Iberostar Hotels &Resorts encourages you to visit one of the greatest treasures of the Pine Islands enjoying the all the comfort we provide.
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Located just 15 km northeast of Eivissa-Vila, the photogenic capital of Ibiza, Santa Eulalia del Rio has been a mecca for painters and writers coming here in search of inspiration for years. The town has preserved a lot of the traditional way of life and at the same time is well known for its unique cosmopolitan atmosphere. In addition the town lies close to one of the most impressive natural attractions of Ibiza - the hill called Puig de Missa.
So, where to start exploring the area during your holidays in Santa Eulalia? Without a doubt, the 15th century hilltop Church of Puig de Missa tops the list of things to see. Then the Church of Nostra Mare de Jesús follows. Built between the 15th and 16th centuries the building is an excellent example of Gothic architecture. Also you must visit the Plaza de España, which is studded with fountains and palm trees. The predominantly white-coloured square is a sort of miniature version of Ibiza town. Moreover, there is a monolith placed in memory of the residents, who rescued a group of castaways in 1913.
At the same time, do not miss all the museums on offer in Santa Eulalia del Rio. Among which the Barrau Museum located on the Puig de Missa and dedicated to the work of Catalan Impressionist painter Laureà Barrau i Bunyol (1863-1957) deserves a special mention. Barrau was one of the best artists at really capturing the luminosity of Ibiza. Barrau settled permanently on the island 1912.
The Ethnological Museum of Ibiza and Formentera is also well worth visiting. Opened in 1994, it explains the traditional way of life of the inhabitants of the two islands. In the museum, you can see farm implements, clothing, jewellery, musical instruments and weapons and get an idea of how the everyday country life was in the past.
Finally, planning your Ibiza holidays, include a visit to the surrounding towns to your itinerary. Especially Sant Joan de Labritja, one of the most traditional towns in Ibiza, and Sant Miquel de Balansat, which is one of the oldest parishes on the island.
And without a doubt, one should visit the island’s capital, Eivissa-Vila (also known as Ibiza town), whose old town (a district known as Dalt Vila) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
There is no need to say that beaches are one of the most outstanding attractions in Ibiza. And Santa Eulalia del Rio is home to the magnificent Santa Eulalia beaches. The most accessible of which is Santa Eulària, an almost 300 m long urban beach with shallow waters, perfect for people of any age.
However, there many more beaches to visit. One example is Es Canar. This semi-urban beach of fine sand is located 5 km from Santa Eulalia del Rio close to the hippy markets. Another great beach is Cala Pada, close to Santa Eulalia and Es Canar. Cala Martina beach is close to the markets and is ideal for water sports. S'Aigua Blanca is a nudist beach; Cala S'Argamassa is a rustic golden sand beach, and the 400 m long Cala Nova is surrounded by a lush pine forest. Then there is the small beach at Cala Mastella, with turquoise blue waters which are perfect for swimming; Cala Llenya beach which is located approximately 10 km away from Santa Eulalia, and the gorgeous, white sand beach Cala Llonga. So, Santa Eulalia del Rio is a perfect destination for your Ibiza holidays. As you see, it has something to offer everyone, whatever your taste!
Santa Eulalia del Rio is not only a perfect destination to relax and enjoy the sun, but also for sports. For example, staying at one of the best 4-star Iberostar hotels - Santa Eulalia, you have the chance to practice golf at Club Golf Ibiza, in Cala Llonga. Should you prefer, take a sailboat tour from Tagomago Marina or explore the many places for diving in Ibiza. Another alternative is hiking. There is a wonderful route between Es Canar and Pou des Lleó, perfectly marked and full of places to take in the breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Thus, those who are looking for more active holidays in Ibiza are more than catered for in Santa Eulalia del Rio as well!
On the other hand, if you want to get in touch with the local customs during your Santa Eulalia holidays, note that on February the 12th the town's annual festivities are held honouring the patron saint. A massive procession sets out from the Puig de Missa hill on the day. Later on in the year, on the first Sunday in May, a colourful parade of decorated carriages takes place in Santa Eulalia del Rio.
At Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, we want to help our guests to enjoy the leisure opportunities Santa Eulalia del Rio offers to the full. Therefore, we provide one of the best hotels in Ibiza, the Iberostar Selection Santa Eulalia Ibiza; an adults-only hotel with direct access to the beach, where you will find all the comfort and services needed to turn your Ibiza holidays into a dream break. If you wish to go all-inclusive, check out the deals available at this hotel.
In addition, the spa hotel has a STAR PRESTIGE area, a VIP zone where you will find out what it means to stay at a truly luxurious hotel. A magnificent terrace, an exclusive lounge area, an open-air chill out space called the Sky Lounge with Balinese beds and stunning sea views, a pool and an open bar service. Not to mention special rooms and suites.
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