Ibiza villas: Where to stay – San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is a little secret sitting in the centre of the triangle of Santa Gertrudis, San Joan and San Carlos. It’s under the radar, quietly humming, hugely appealing and totally outside the mainstream. The homes in this area run the gamut of Ibiza style – from reformed farmhouses to sleek, architectural masterpieces.

It’s more like a gathering of ancient buildings tucked into a gently sloping wooded landscape than a village. A medieval church presides over a scattering of houses, a bar, a little school and famous café La Paloma. Behind this so-called village is an enormous picnic area with public barbecues and kids adventure playground. Tranquil and serene, San Lorenzo is the perfect location for people who love to escape but still want the option to dip into the social scene whenever they like.

Local dining

For its secluded location, San Lorenzo boasts an extraordinary selection of top eateries. La Paloma Cafe and Restaurant, in the centre of the village, provides delicious homemade breakfasts and lunches. Come the evening it transforms into a romantic Italian inspired restaurant. At the other end of the spectrum is the stalwart Balafia, serving up mixed grills barbecued over olive, almond and carob branches accompanied by crispy potatoes and a juicy tomato salad. It’s simple fare full of flavour and atmosphere. For authentic Ibicenco Sunday lunch, head to Es Pins for paella and arroz de la matanza. Only minutes away is the foodie stretch of San Juan road where you’ll find Japanese delights at Nagai, healthy, raw and vegan delights at Cicale Roots plus fine Italian at Cicale by night, trendsetting global dishes at Bambuddha, pure culinary artistry at La Muella Ibiza and high-end tradition at Oleoteca Ses Escoles.

Nearby attractions

The picturesque village of San Juan hosts a weekend market that harks back to the true hippy heritage of Ibiza. Stroll around the cute village and pick up a few handicrafts, stop in at The Giri Café for lunch and soak up the live music. The surrounding landscape is rugged and provides spectacular views. In the other direction is the urbane Santa Gertrudis with an international buzz, lively cafe scene and cute boutiques. San Carlos hosts the famous Las Dalias market full to the brim with trinkets from all over the world plus an impressive array of local characters.

Best beaches

San Lorenzo is an inland hamlet but beautiful beaches are not too far away. Head out of San Carlos towards the east and you’ll come to the diminutive and divine Cala Mastella. For more of a buzz, head to Cala Llenya with its soft golden sands and family friendly ambience. Further north is Playa Es Figueral where you can laze on silky sand or partake in stand-up paddle boarsing, kayaking, water-skiing, diving and, if you’re brave enough, a banana boat.

Featured villa: Villa Novia

The owners of this four-bedroom villa have a keen eye for fine design and absolute luxury is evident everywhere. A palette of whites and greys with splashes of metallic and bold colours creates a delightful juxtaposition with the natural beauty of the surrounds. Villa Novia captures that mix of homely nonchalance and chic design that is the essence of Ibiza.

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