Portinatx Ibiza is a small, quiet resort town and fishing village on the rugged northwestern tip of the island. It is known for its historic eighteenth-century landmark watchtower set high on the cliffs and its lovely beaches. There is not much nightlife in Portinatx as it is a resort favored by families and those who want to get away from the nonstop parties that occur in other parts of the island. However, the famous nightclubs of Ibiza Town, Santa Eularia, and San Antonio are still within easy driving distance, and there are ferries to all of these places in case you’ve imbibed too much to drive.
The large bay in which the town sits has numerous small sheltered coves, creating four main Portinatx beaches to choose from. S’Arenal Gross, the largest and main beach with most of the restaurants, bar, and shops and S’Arenal Petite, smaller and more secluded, are both excellent sandy beaches that are popular with most visitors and are particularly good for Portinatx holidays with children. Another of the centrally located Portinatx beaches is Playa Porto, also sandy and shallow and set right in the harbor. There are several Portinatx hotels and apartments quite close to these three beaches. Gardiola is a little further away, but still within the main bay.
There is excellent snorkeling and diving around Portinatx Ibiza due to the rocky and rugged nature of the coastline here. Even the four main beaches are great for this sport. However, if you’re looking for Portinatx beaches that are wilder and more remote and boast superb diving, head about a mile east to Cala den Serra. Many Portinatx holidays that concentrate on diving are spent in this secluded cove. Even if you’re not diving, this is a gorgeous spot, and well worth the journey over the rather primitive back road. Other things to do here include hiking, especially along the rugged coastline. The hike to the watchtower is particularly rewarding. A more strenuous hike can be done for about seven miles to Punta Xarraca, where some filming for the classic film South Pacific was shot.
Even though Portinatx Ibiza has little nightlife, there are a few good music bars in town. This has always been a fishing village, and the many local restaurants are known for their fine seafood. You can also take glass bottom boat rides along the coast, particularly popular with youngsters of all ages—and you can view wonderful marine life in the crystal clear waters without ever getting wet. There’s a great open air market held on Sundays where you can get good bargains on pottery, leather goods, jewelry, and other handcrafts. Most Portinatx holidays for families seek out the apartments and vacation villas that can be found both in town and up in the hills. About two miles away in the little village of San Juan is the Agriturismo Can Marti, an eighteenth-century organic and solar powered farm with four very unique apartments. Or you might choose the Paradise Beach Apartments, a lovely resort complex outside of town.