The Lucas Fox Guide to San José, Ibiza
San José (Sant Josep in Ibicenco) is the largest municipality in Ibiza and is located in the south of the island. It includes some of the most emblematic sights, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery of the island. In the centre is the charming village of San José, which is dominated by a striking 18th Century church and boasts some excellent bars and restaurants serving traditional cuisine, tapas and seafood as well as designer and traditional shops. This pretty, whitewashed village is far removed from the world famous party hot spots that much of Ibiza is famous for and has become a popular hub among northern Europeans who have made this part of Ibiza their home.
Aside from the town of San José, the municipality includes the parishes of San Agustín and Es Cubells, quiet, picturesque villages with pretty churches. The area is also home to well known Ibiza landmarks such as the Sunset Ashram Beach Club and the Cala Bassa Beach Club, both providing fabulous settings in which to enjoy a drink or two whilst watching the famous Ibizan sunsets. In the centre of the municipality is Sa Talaia, Ibiza’s highest woodland, which at 475m high offers one of the best views over the island.
The Salines Natural Park is one of the most visited nature reserves in Spain and includes the southern tip of Ibiza (within the San José municipality), the north of Formentera and the islets which separate the islands. The area is dominated by salt pans and marshes and was designated a Natural Reserve in 1995 and a Natural Park in 2001. In former times, Ibiza was called the island of salt, and its inhabitants were even guaranteed a supply of the condiment by law. After the re-conquest of Spain by the Moors, the salt pans became one of the most important saltworks in the Mediterranean. For various centuries they belonged to the Crown, until they passed into private hands in the late 19th Century. Today the extraction of salt continues, using traditional methods and creating a fantastic landscape of white mountains.
Ses Salines beach offers a glamorous feel on its heavenly shores with the famous beach clubs Malibu, Jockey Club and Sa Trinxa attracting the in-crowd from all over the world. Likewise, world famous luxe beach club Blue Marlin at Cala Jondal allows the jet set to arrive directly by boat in the crystal waters to enjoy a relaxing cocktail and dinner at this popular spot.
The municipality’s coastline is 80km long and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, such as Es Cavallet, Cala Jondal, Cala Vedella, Cala Tarida, and Platges de Comte, as well as traditional fishing bays, such as Porroig, Es Xarco and Sa Caleta. The coastline is abundant with cliffs and islets, such as Es Vedrà, Sa Conillera, S’Illa des Bosc and Ses Bledes, which dominate the view. The sea beds, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, are carpeted with fields of posidonia oceanica, which gives the water its translucent appearance.
There are also important archaeological sites in this region such as Sa Caleta’s Phoenician village, which was founded by the first settlers on the island and is now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Ses Païsses de Cala d’Hort, a Punic-Roman settlement, and the magical, mystical volcanic outcrop known as Es Vedrà.
If you are interested in viewing property in the municipality of San José, here are a few to get you started:
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