Discover the rout of Ibiza’s white towns

If you want to get to know the true essence of the island, a visit to the white towns is a must during your holidays. These are small villages scattered between the inland and northern areas of the island, where the traditional rural constructions or casas payesas are still preserved, a type of building made of stone and wood, with wide walls and small windows, dotted with white.

Here, everything goes by slowly… You will discover traditions, picturesque streets and squares, and you will also get to know the daily routine of its people. It’s time to enjoy every moment, without rushing, and to appreciate the little things. Get to know the beauty of towns like Santa Gertrudis or Sant Carles de Peralta, in contrast with the most party-oriented area of the island… A guaranteed unforgettable experience! Are you ready?

Sant Carles de Peralta

The small village of Sant Carles de Peralta is located about 18 kilometres from the city of Ibiza. It is a very peaceful town, perfect for getting lost in its narrow streets and enjoying the landscape, full of traditional country houses.

One of the must-visits in Sant Carles is the famous Las Dalias hippie market, which you will find less than half a kilometre from the centre of the town. This market started on Valentine’s Day in 1985 and, year after year, the number of stalls has increased to over 300.

Here you will find everything you can imagine, from unique handicrafts, fabrics, handmade clothes, jewellery, decorative objects, musical instruments and much more. In addition to the large community of artists and artisans, the market also has various options for lunch, dinner, a granita, a drink to the rhythm of DJ’s inspirational vibrations… and even a Berber tent with a wide variety of sweets and teas.

The Las Dalias flea market is open every Saturday of the year from ten in the morning. During the summer months, you’ll also find a night-time version on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. It’s the perfect place to familiarise yourself with Ibiza’s boho-chic atmosphere.

As well as the flea market, you can’t miss out on strolling through its streets adorned with almond and carob trees, or a visit to its church that dates back to 1785.

Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera

You will find Santa Gertrudis about nine kilometres from the city of Ibiza. This village, surrounded by fruit orchards, is known as the village of dairy cows as it is home to the only dairy cows on the island.

It is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet among whitewashed white houses and beautiful, half-hidden corners. You will probably love its streets, full of art centres and artisan shops, as well as its church and small square, full of bars and restaurants.

Santa Agnès de Corona

Saint Inés, or Santa Agnès de Corona, in the northwest of Ibiza, is one of the smallest villages on the island. In fact, it is a tiny village that has remained unchanged over time.

Here, apart from a few small houses scattered around a small 18th-century whitewashed church, a sample of traditional Ibizan architecture, you’ll only find a craft shop and a couple of bars. Really not much else.

Every year, during the months of February or March, many artists and photography lovers flock to the Pla de Corona, a plain located in the surrounding area, in order to witness the impressive spectacle of the almond trees in bloom.

And just two kilometres from the centre, you cannot miss out on the opportunity to contemplate one of the best views of Ibiza, from Ses Balandres, better known as the Gates of Heaven: a spectacular cliff in the middle of a pine forest that will undoubtedly leave you speechless. This is just a small sample of some of the villages that form part of the route of the white villages of Ibiza. We also recommend San Mateo, Sant Joan de Labritja and Sant Llorenç de Balafia, among others.

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