Of course the most popular thing to do in San Antonio is to visit the Sunset strip and watch the spectacular sunset from there. You have two options, find a spot along the beach and enjoy it for free or choose a good seat at one of the famous café/bars and do it in luxury (have in mind that they will overcharge you even for a bottle of water).
Most of the bars there are famous (Café del Mar, Mambo, Savannah) with famous djs playing music (lounge before sunset, more beats after sunset) but the star of the area is the sunset itself, have your camera ready for some amazing pictures in front of you… I have not much things to add here, romantic people will love it, your girlfriend will love you, the bar owners will love your money, everyone will be happy at the end :)
Ugly architecture, numerous hotels and apartments, lots of people looking for party all night long, this isn’t the most attractive town of course. Most people that live here I guess they take advantage of the tourist boom and they money they get but they also complain about some misery the cheap tourist packages brought (british hooligans during the 80s, british party animals that love clubing after the 90s) so they also know that this is now a completely different place than the small seaside town that was based on fishing just 60 years before. The only thing that reminds fishing here are some monuments like the ones you see on pics 4 & 5.
But during the day and off season (we were there on late may) it was kind of peaceful, we walked a bit along some small streets, we checked the church in the centre, we walked down along the promenade, on Passeig de ses Fonts, there are lots of café and restaurants there with tables on the pavement, I liked the row of trees (most of them palm trees) and some fountains that take your eyes away from the ugly buildings.
Then we did a small stroll down to the port and that’s all. In the evening we just went to Ses Variades coast line (10’ walk from the centre) where we just picked a table at Café del Mar and enjoyed the sunset.
This is the main church of San Antonio. It was constructed during 14th century in a strange style, typical Ibicenco defensive architecture, actually it is a fortified church that was the centre of the village life, obviously to protect the people from threads like a pirate attack so not just a place for prayer but a shelter for the inhabitants of the port.
You can still see the defensive tower, from up there they were bombing the enemies while the doors of the fortress were made by iron so they couldn’t be burned. The defenders could also throw from above stones and boiling oil (ouch!)
Before we enter the front gate we noticed the olive trees, a sign of peace in our days too, there are no pirates anymore buy thousands of people that come to this town to get drunk at one of the numerous parties that take place here during the summer months.
Once inside the church we noticed there’s no much light but many things to see as it is like a small museum with numerous paintings and sculptures. During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) every item was stored in other places so most part of the interior is still intact.
I noticed many altars, an old one showing Saint Antony, Saint John and Maria Magdalena while the new altar (pic 4) shines bright (it was recently renovated). As always I loved the rose windows, the one at pic 5 is located at the back side of the temple. There’s a staircase that leads to the tower but it’s not open to the public.
You will find San An?s landmark at the point where the Passeig de ses Fonts boulevard meets Avenida de Portmany. Christopher Columbus' famous Egg is a replica of his ship in the hollowed out middle. This is the egg of Christopher Columbus, the ship represents his ship, the Santa Maria.
As the legend goes, Columbus was seeking finance for his trip to discover the route to the Far East, but he was told it was an impossible task. So, he took an egg, and said something like that:
?Would you say it was impossible to stand this egg upright?'
Of course, everyone agreed it was impossible. Whereupon Columbus lightly cracked the base, so that the egg could stand upright. 'Nothing is impossible', said he, and thus obtained the confidence of his financial backers.
Secondly, according to exhaustive research by Ibicenco author, Nito Verdera and his book 'Colon Ibicenco', Columbus is believed to have been an Ibicenco!
Sant Antoni is the second largest town on the island of Ibiza, it's full name is Sant Antoni de Portmany (or San Antonio Abad - many places on the Balearics bear more than one name e.g. Ibizian, Castellan, sometimes Arabic). The town was originally called Port Magnus by the Romans, but long before the Romans there was a Bronze Age settlement here. During the time of the Phoenicians, culture and commerce flourished on the island. Later the Greeks came, then the Romans. These were then followed by the Vandals, Byzatines, the Arabs and the Moors. In 1235 the Christian Reconquista toppled the Arabs and the Catalonians conquered Ibiza. The character of the island was, however, imprinted by the Arabs and the Moors. The Arabs also began intensive farming, built a refined irrigation system, which is still partly in use today, and terraced (as did the Phonenicians before them) further areas with natural stone walls.
The older part of the town runs from the 16th Century church down to the port as this was originally a fishing village. This is the area known nowadays as the West End and it?s hard to find a live fisherman here (but we found two fisherman monuments in the area). Instead, Sant Antonio, or San An, as the town is called often, has two huge clubs: Es Paradis and Eden, both clubs just off Avgda. Dr. Fleming in the center of town.
Sant Antoni offers a wide range of boat trips, from glass-bottomed tours of the harbor and a shuttle service west across the bay to the sandy beach of Cala Bassa (with stop at beautiful Port des Torrent Bay), through to trips around the island including famous Es Vedra.