On Ibiza’s peaceful northeast coast, Playa Es Cana holidays are by and large relaxed, bohemian affairs. In this lively yet family-friendly area of the famous party island, you can enjoy long days on the sandy beach followed by budget-friendly dinners and unobtrusive entertainment at sundown. The expansive Cala Nova beach, a 10-minute stroll north, has surfing potential when the time’s right, while the weekly hippy market at the Punta Arabi hotel is crammed with vibrant stalls selling handmade artefacts, as well as live music and mime artists.
Pick up souvenirs and grab a bite to eat from the selection of stalls selling Iberian favourites such as paella, chorizo and sizzling hot Padron peppers. That’s about as intense as it gets on holidays to Playa Es Cana, and the resort is favoured by young families who want to get away from it all in the quiet sanctity of one of Ibiza’s most enchanting corners.
Go bargain hunting
Every Wednesday, Punta Arabi hosts a hippy market selling clothes, food and gifts. Hundreds of stalls are set up in the cool shade of the pine trees.
Make a splash
Thanks to the warm Mediterranean sea, water sports are very popular – you can water ski, parasail and windsurf, or simply have a paddle to cool off.
Ride the train
The route of the Es Cana tourist train takes in San Carlos village, with its 17th-century farmhouse, and a quiet beach bar, via the sights of unspoilt Ibiza’s forests and hills.