San Miguel, situated on the northern coast of Ibiza, is in fact made up of two separate components; the village of San Miguel and, some 4 kilometres down the road, the bay of Puerto de San Miguel. San Miguel itself is small and peaceful, but offers a range of convenient facilities including banks, super markets, a chemist and some small bars and restaurants. A visit to the local church, parts of which date back to the 14th century, is also recommended. A few kilometres further on, arriving at the bay, you will be rewarded not only with spectacular views of the azure blue water, but also with a beautiful sandy beach with sun loungers and parasols, plus the possibilities to take part in water sports, go on excursions or visit the nearby limestone caves.
A paradise for walkers
San Miguel is far removed from the party atmosphere of Ibiza Town, but is very popular with people who enjoy peacefulness, the beautiful natural surroundings and walking or hiking. The forested hills around San Miguel lend themselves to wonderful expeditions, which will reward you with panoramic vistas across the bay, and the area also boasts a 3000-year-old pirate tower which you can visit. A cooling breeze keeps the temperature pleasant, even in the heat of summer.
Three must-dos in San Miguel
Among the various bars and restaurants in San Miguel, it seems that Restaurant Port Balansat is the one that attracts people from far and wide for lunches and dinners. Opinions vary and some think the prices are a little steep, but many say the trip is worth the effort. Even though the restaurant specialises in fish and seafood, like the famous Bullit de Peix (local fish stew) and Paella, the large menu also offers plenty of choice for vegetarians and gluten free diets.
Another thing to put on your list is a visit to the weekly craft market in San Miguel (every Thursday evening throughout the summer), and finally, you should make time to find a spot in one of the cosy little local bars where you can enjoy a glass of Hierbas (the local aniseed liqueur).