At once traditional and cosmopolitan, Santa Gertrudis is one of the most popular areas for young families, groups and couples holidaying in Ibiza. Surrounded by lush countryside – complete with farm animals and orchards – and boasting easy access to anywhere on the island, the buzzing, pedestrianised centre maintains its Ibicenco heart under the majestic gaze of an ancient church. The outer streets contain beautiful villas and contemporary apartments while the surrounding campo is dotted with farmhouses and luxurious modern villas.
A haven for the health-conscious, the village boasts an array of healthy, vegetarian and vegan cafés including the cutting-edge Wild Beets, takeout hotspot Picadeli and fresh healthy family eatery Numero 74 L’Atelier. Just a little further up the road, Aubergine Ibiza is set in the middle of its very own huerta, and the farm-to-table meals are local and seasonal. Lovers of Spanish cuisine will find plenty of tapas and home style cooking options in the main square, including the iconic Bar Costa, complete with hundreds of legs of cured ham hanging from the ceiling. Fine dining comes courtesy of popular Mediterranean eatery Finca La Plaza and lovers of Italian cannot go past the legendary Macao.
In the countryside surrounding the village, you’ll find bike trails and hiking paths perfect for island exploration. Yoga and Pilates studios complement the conscious vibes of the village and there are no shortage of shopping hotspots, ranging from fashion and homewares – be sure to pass by the whimsical La Galeria Elefante for one-of-a-kind retail therapy, SLUIZ for quirky and eclectic decor and Numero 74 L’Atelier for organic basics and kids’ clothes – to eclectic auction houses showcasing unique antique wares, eclectic art and classic Ibicenco decor.
Though Santa Gertrudis is set in the heart of the island, some of the island’s best beaches are accessed within a short drive. Just down the road is the family-friendly beach of San Miguel, complete with watersports, hiking trails and shallow, tranquil waters. A little further north you’ll find bohemian beach Benirrás – the hippie chic bay surrounded by pine forest that boasts incredible sunsets, iconic Sunday drumming rituals and a variety of dining options.