San Jose Introduction
San Jose is situated inland in the hills, fifteen kilometres from Ibiza Town and nine kilometres from San Antonio. It is a charming traditional village, rather than a tourist resort, where most visitors stay only a short while on their sightseeing tour. Few chose to make their base here and this is one of San Jose’s main attractions. The other, of course, is the natural beauty of the landscape and the panoramic views over the island. San Jose has some excellent restaurants and shops and a good range of accommodation. Car hire is recommended if you plan to visit coastal resorts or explore the interior of the island.
Why Go To San Jose?
San Jose holidays offering a relaxing break, away from the busy coastal resorts, in the hills of Sa Talaia, where the scenery is spectacular and the people are friendly and welcoming. San Jose is an ideal base for a walking holiday with beautiful countryside and stunning views.
Who Is San Jose Popular With?
San Jose is very popular with older couples looking for a place to relax in the sunshine away from the beach loving hordes. It also attracts ramblers as there are many exhilarating trails in the area as well as the trek to the top of Sa Talaia where, on a clear day, you can see the Spanish mainland.
When To Go To San Jose
The holiday season in San Jose begins in late April and lasts until October with temperatures ranging from the twenties to the mid thirties. Early and late season are particularly popular with walkers when the temperatures are less fierce.
San Jose - The Place
San Jose is a village that attracts the upper end of the market and is home to some fine hotels, villas and apartments. It is a peaceful place with a traditional island atmosphere that is often lacking in the more popular seaside resorts. San Jose lies in a beautiful hilly landscape surrounded by open countryside with views of the sea. It is the perfect base for those seeking a holiday retreat. Here the pace of life has not even reached the slow lane but remains on the hard shoulder. Stroll through the pretty palm lined streets, rest awhile in the pavement cafes adorned with pots of vibrant blossoms, before continuing along the narrow streets with their quaint little shops. The eighteenth century Church with its bell tower dominates the town and is well worth a visit.
San Jose has a good number of excellent restaurants serving a variety of food and catering for most tastes. Accommodation is good with hotels, villas and apartments.
Although there are local bus services in San Jose, if you wish to explore the island, car hire is recommended. This is often a cheaper option than taking organised excursions. The nearest beaches are Port des Torrent, a quiet family friendly beach, and San Antonio the very antithesis of San Jose. Here there is a plethora of recreational activities both in and out of the water.
San Jose Nightlife
San Jose nightlife is fairly low-key and is centred on its hotels, restaurants and bars. The sunsets in the village are the highlight of every evening and are best enjoyed over a peaceful drink in the company of friends.
San Jose, being an island village, rather than a tourist resort, has a good range of shops, enough to satisfy all but the most avaricious of shoppers. Popular purchases include leather goods, pottery, embroidered linens and jewellery.
San Jose Eating
Although San Jose’s restaurants serve a variety of menu, the emphasis is on traditional food. Fish remains a major part of the island’s cuisine. A good way to try island food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Ibiza than at home. Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive. As always, when in Spain, children are warmly welcomed and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.