Holidays to San Carlos sit within the laid-back bracket. This old hippy hangout hasn’t forgotten its roots, showcasing sleepy cottages and one of Ibiza’s best flower power markets.
Flower power roots
Laid-back San Carlos can be found in the island’s northeast, nestled between Cala San Vicente and Santa Eulalia. It may be tiny, but this village is known all over Ibiza. Back in the Sixties, it was one of the original meeting points for hippies and backpackers. And it’s not lost that artsy, bohemian feel. You’ll see the best evidence of it at the Saturday market, where dreadlocked merchants peddle incense, tarot cards, and embroidered floor cushions.
The village has the same face as most on the island – low-rise whitewashed buildings make up its fibres. Just a few restaurants, shops, and one bank, pharmacy and bakery huddle around the village square. There’s also a picturesque church and a village green, which plays host to children’s puppet shows and adult yoga classes.
Exploring further out
At San Carlos you’re within easy reach of the peaceful beaches of Ibiza’s east. It’s a 5-minute drive to the pine-fringed arc of sand in Cala Leña, and Cala Nova and Cala Mastella are just a bit further on. Trips to Ibiza Town are easy, as well – it’s just a half-hour by car to the capital. This UNESCO-protected city was made for exploring – picture a warren of cobbled streets cocooned by wraparound Medieval walls.
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