Whether you’re tired of the raucous partying offered in San Antonio or you’re looking for the ideal holiday getaway for your family, Portinatx has everything you’re looking for and more. Hidden on the northernmost tip of Ibiza, Portinatx is a small resort town that shields you from the bustle of the rest of the island while still providing enough entertainment to keep you amused.
Portinatx is blessed with three beautiful sandy beaches that are ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. S’Arenal Gross and S’Arenal Petite are both great sandy beaches to bring your family to take advantage of the sunny weather and enjoy the surf. For renowned snorkeling conditions head to Cala Xarraca, a more pebbly area or even Cala d’en Serra which you can find by following the coast east up a rather primitive road. Cala d’en Serra is worth the trip however, as it rewards you for the rough road with a scenic beauty that is exceptional even by Ibiza standards.
If your family is interested in hiking trips Portinatx should definitely be your holiday destination. This small resort acts as a great base from where to hike up and down the coast where you can enjoy a wide variety of terrain from cliffs to beach. The truly adventurous can walk the 10 kilometres from Portinatx to Punta de Xarraca, a hike over rocky terrain known to be one of the most difficult treks on the island. If this all sounds too exhausting then take one of the glass bottom boat rides which are available from nearly every port instead. With the exceptional clarity of the water you’ll be able to see the wide variety of marine life without even having to get wet.
When you get hungry after all the hiking and snorkelling you’ve been doing you’ll be ready for the restaurants of Portinatx which are well-known for their variety of fresh fish. If you are near the beach head for Es Puet Blanc with its open-air terrace and famous variety of fruit sundaes and cream cakes. Also make sure that you visit Cas Mallorqui and enjoy both beautiful views of the beach and the fresh Mediterranean fish dishes.
In terms of shopping make sure you’re there for the open-air market that takes place every Sunday. You can find a wonderful selection of leather, pottery and jewellery available as well as more artistic offerings.
Self catering apartments provide most of the accommodation in this tiny resort but worth a special mention is the family orientated Hotel El Greco which has its own waterpark, not to mention buffet style meals with Italian and Chinese nights. For more intimate accommodation take a look at the Portinatx Apartments which feature a pool, nearby beach access and a little more privacy.
If you’re looking to get your family away from it all then Portinatx is well worth considering. If, however, you’ve decided to stay in san Antonio with the Ibiza party people then consider a day excursion by boat that goes around the northern headland of the island providing stunning views of the coastal scenery around Portinatx.
Map of Portinatx: This map should give you an indication of just how small the resort actually is. Zoom out to see where it is in relation to other resorts on the island and get an idea of distances from the fact that it is only 36km from the airport.