There are no big hotels here, just a few boutique guest houses and traditional farmhouses that have been converted into stylish rural hotels. A few shops and bars line the small village square. All this changes in June when the village comes alive for the famous Fiesta de Sant Joan. As usual, the village is dominated by the 18th century whitewashed church. Unusually the rest of the architecture is not all the traditional cubic, bleached white Ibicenco houses. There's an air almost of Atlantic Spain with stone built houses with sloping roofs on the outskirts of the village. The main street is a joy. Quiet, flower bedecked, wrought iron balconies and ancient wooden doors lead visitors up the cobbles and steps. Here and there the scent of garlic, the hiss of coffee machines and the chatter of clients in the bars.
SIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS
The Municipality claims part of Es Amunts, an area of high environmental value with a unique fauna and flora. This beautiful landscape offers amazing routes to be walked, leading you to Balanzat’s defensive tower and the cave of Es Culleram, a shrine to the Goddess Tanit dating back 2400 years can be found on the way to the coast and the restaurant Can Gat by the beach is such a popular seafood eatery that local
BEACHES NEAR SAN JUAN
Although the town itself is situated inland, it offers good access to some of the most popular tourist resorts, sandy beaches and secluded coves and bays of the north. Venture north and you will arrive at Portinatx, a great family friendly resort with three lovely beaches. Cala San Vicente is worth a visit for its fine sandy beach and safe waters.
Each Sunday San Juan comes to life with a lovely artisan market in on the village square opposite the church. There is a great selection of organic produce and artisan-crafted goods, for example homemade Hierbas (Ibizan herb liqueur), organic bread, fruits from the island like figs and almonds, handmade soap, leatherwear, candles, jewellery and much, much more. At midday local bands play live on the square and there are local bars where you can have a drink or snack. The market takes place all year round and is very popular with islanders and tourists alike.
SAN JUAN FIESTA (JUNE)
The day of 24 June is the day of the village's patron San Juan, Saint John the Baptist. The evening before, on the 23 June, a raucous fiesta featuring firecrackers and bonfires to drive away evil spirits and welcome the summer is celebrated in the village. There's a great custom of this night that anyone can easily take part in. All you need do is to write a list of all the bad things that happened to you in the last year and then throw it into one of the many little bonfires scattered around the village. Then, jump over the fire to leave all those bad things in the past. Afterwards, as tradition dictates, you should write another list with all the good things which you want to happen to you in the year to come - this is for you to keep.