San Juan Village in Ibiza
Principal village of the municipality of the same name, the least populated and most rural of all the municipalities on the island. It lies in the north east at the head of a beautiful wooded valley surrounded by a group of mountains that mirror those of its opposite southern corner of the island – the municipality of San Jose. The views from their peaks across the island are exceptional and, seen at sunrise, explain why Ibiza is called ‘The White Island’. Shrouded in mist which burns off as the sun rises, she was invisible against the blue of sea and sky to ancient seafarers. These mountains slope down to form the entire north coast of the island as towering cliffs where they meet the sea. A municipality covering a quarter of the island’s coastline, but boasting barely a dozen of the island’s smaller beaches. However, as they say – the best things come in little packages and these are some of the finest and most dramatic of beaches.
The village itself, dominated by the 18th Century church at its heart, is known by islanders as ‘hippy headquarters’ where barter in ‘alternative medicine’ replaces the need for money. The coastline is almost entirely cliffs with just the occasional cove cutting in to beaches like Puerto de San Miguel, Benirras and, on the way to Portinatx, the beaches of Xarraca, S’Illot d’es Rencli & Xucla.